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Blockchain and Bitcoin round-up: 7 September 2017

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From immaturity to security, our latest blockchain and Bitcoin round-up features the European Central Bank, Bank of Japan, the People’s Bank of China, Bank Hapoalim and Microsoft. It’s happened before and it will happen again, but distributed ledger technology (DLT) has come into some criticisms in relation to payments. In a dark duet, the European […]

Top fintech stories this week – 23 June 2017

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Catch up on Banking Technology’s top five fintech stories of the week – all in one place!

ECB to develop service for settlement of instant payments

ECB goest to market for new treasury management software

The Governing Council of the European Central Bank (ECB) says it will develop a new service for the settlement of instant payments. The new service, Target instant payment settlement (TIPS), will enable citizens and firms to transfer money between each other in real-time and will be available around the clock, 365 days a year. The […]

SEC deals another blow to Bitcoin trading; ECB says “no” to blockchain

Regulators not keen on blockchain and Bitcoin

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) again has denied the listing and trading of Bitcoin, the decentralised digital currency. Meanwhile, the European Central Bank (ECB) has determined that whilst distributed ledger technology (DLT)/blockchain, has its advantages, it is not an option for the Eurosystem’s financial framework.

Clearstream migrates to Target2-Securities; nearly doubles T2S settlement volume

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Clearstream Banking Frankfurt and LuxCSD have migrated to the European Central Bank’s (ECB) Target2-Securities (T2S) platform. “The first business day is already in process and runs smoothly,” Clearstream states.

Eurosystem updates infrastructure Vision

Earthport's distributed ledger hub targets cross-border payments

The European Central Bank has outlined its plans to consolidate the Target2 and Target2Securities (T2S) platforms, introduce a new European-wide instant payments platform by November 2017 and develop a new collateral management system. The Eurosystem’s “Vision 2020″ plans were outlined by Yves Mersch, a member of the executive board at the ECB, at Sibos 2016.

European Central Bank goes to tender for new treasury management system

ECB goest to market for new treasury management software

The European Central Bank (ECB) has officially launched a procurement tender for a new treasury management system (TMS). The ECB’s current TMS platform is Wallstreet Suite, supplied by Wall Street Systems (now part of Ion Trading). The bank has been using it for many years, Banking Technology understands. According to the ECB, its TMS supports […]

Wave 2 of European Central Bank’s T2S migration plan completed

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The second wave of the European Central Bank’s (ECB) migration plan for Target2-Securities (T2S) transactions has been completed. T2S is the delayed centralised European platform for the settlement of domestic and cross-border securities, and is one of the largest infrastructure projects launched by the ECB. Wave 2 included Portugal’s central securities depository (CSD) Interbolsa, a […]

European banking industry under the competition and regulatory spotlight

Richard Mossman

It has been a busy week for the banking industry. The first big news was the publication of a comprehensive health check of 130 large European banks by the European Central Bank, which was commissioned in response to the sovereign debt crisis in the Eurozone. Brussels lauded the latest investigation as the most intense scrutiny that European banks have ever been put through.

ECB says February SEPA deadline can be met

SEPA Uptake Jan 2014

The European Central Bank has released statistics that it says show that migration to the Single Euro Payments Area “gathered pace strongly” in December and urged market participants not to relax in their migration efforts. Earlier this month the European Commission announced a six-month extension past the 1 February deadline by which time all payments […]

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