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VTB applies for UK banking licence, selects core banking system

VTB Tower, Moscow

EXCLUSIVE: Russia’s second largest banking group, VTB, is looking to launch a retail banking business in the UK, Banking Technology understands. The bank has applied for a UK banking licence, to enable it to take retail deposits.

Fintech funding round-up: 13 September 2017

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Quickly following on from the fintech funding round-up on 11 September, here’s more action in a concise form. Features InfoSum, Neyber, Goldman Sachs, Forward Partners and BlackRock. Data tech start-up InfoSum has added $5 million to its seed funding, taking the total raised to date to $8 million. Joining existing investors Mark Suster (Upfront Ventures) […]

Industry bullish on promise of fintech – Opimas research

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Market players are bullish on the near- and longer-term promise of fintech, according to new research by Opimas, “Fintech Spending and Innovation in Capital Markets”. In 2017, it estimates fintech spending across all capital markets participants to exceed $127 billion.

Where top US banks are investing in fintech – CB Insights

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Since 2012, the top ten US banks (by assets under management) have participated in 72 rounds totaling $3.6 billion to 56 fintech companies, according to CB Insights. While investment activity dropped on a quarterly basis in Q1 2017, four of the last five quarters have seen over $1 billion invested into fintech start-ups in the US backed by venture capital firms.

Fintech funding round-up: 7 June 2017

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Fintech funding can be an intense blur of money, jargon and unerringly similar expansion plans. Here’s a round-up that gets to the heart of the matter. Features Plynk, IHS Markit, Barclays, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, Morgan Stanley and Wahed. Ireland’s Plynk, a money messaging app, has revealed a Series A raise of €25 million. Led by […]

Top ten blockchain stories in 2016

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It felt like there was a blockchain story every day in 2016, but we look back at some of the bigger stories with Banking Technology’s top ten! Microsoft and AMIS launch Asia’s first blockchain consortium Microsoft says it is also in “collaboration” with banks such as Ubon Financial, Cathay Financial Holdings and MegaBank to further […]

Fintech funding round-up: 20 December 2016

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Because you’ve all been so good this year, here’s a fintech funding round-up to save you time… so you can eat and drink more over Christmas. Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase and a group of other financial institutions including ICAP’s venture arm are finalising an investment in blockchain start-up Axoni, according to Reuters. New York-based […]

Infosys Finacle underpins Goldman Sachs’ new lending business, Marcus

Marcus runs on Finacle

Marcus, a newly launched online lending platform of Goldman Sachs, is running on Infosys’ Finacle core software. As Banking Technology exclusively reported earlier this year, Goldman Sachs has been working with Infosys on a new digital venture. The solution, which supports “the complete consumer loan-servicing lifecycle” at Marcus, is deployed in the cloud and hosted […]

Goldman Sachs leaves R3 blockchain consortium

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Goldman Sachs has dropped out of the R3 blockchain consortium, according to the Wall Street Journal. The bank was one of nine original members of R3, but let its membership lapse. A spokeswoman for Goldman Sachs told the Wall Street Journal that it will continue to work with blockchain. No other details were forthcoming. As […]

Trouble in the R3 paradise?

Trouble in R3 paradise?

More than 60 of financial institutions around the world (including many top-tier banks) are involved in the R3 consortium, with considerable financial and resource commitments. The international consortium promises to build a common blockchain-based platform – called Corda – but the end-result is still a number of years away.

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