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IBM teams with big banks for blockchain-powered trade finance platform

IBM working with Standard Life and ING Direct Australia

Tech giant IBM has partnered with five banks – UBS, Bank of Montreal, CaixaBank, Commerzbank and Erste Group – to launch a blockchain-based trade finance platform. The new platform, called Batavia, is built to be accessed by organisations of all sizes anywhere in the world.

Six new banks join UBS-led utility settlement coin plan

UBS wants to cut costs and innovate

The UBS-led effort to create a digital cash model for payments and settlement on blockchain has got six new banks onboard, according to the Financial Times. As Banking Technology reported in August last year, BNY Mellon, Deutsche Bank, ICAP and Santander joined UBS and Clearmatics to advance their utility settlement coin (USC) concept, and plan […]

Where top European banks are investing in fintech – CB Insights

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European banks are placing strategic bets in areas ranging from wealth management, lending, payments, regulatory technology, software, and blockchain. Which banks were the most active and what did they invest in?

StatPro to acquire risk and performance analytics business from UBS

UBS and StatPro agree acquisition deal

UBS is selling its risk and performance analytics service, UBS Delta, to StatPro Group, a provider of cloud-based portfolio analysis and asset pricing services for the global asset management industry.

R3, HQLAX and five banks build collateral lending solution on blockchain

Blockchain

Distributed ledger technology (DLT) consortium R3, together with five of its members and financial resource management specialist HQLAX have built a collateral lending solution for liquidity transfers. The solution is based on R3’s flagship platform, Corda, and is “an operating model for a digital collateral receipt (DCR) lending marketplace”.

Top fintech stories this week – 10 March 2017

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

UBS launches SmartWealth digital platform in UK

UBS SmartWealth co-heads Shane Williams and Nick Middleton present the solution

UBS Wealth Management has launched its new digital platform, SmartWealth, to tap into “a new audience” in the UK. The banks says it’s the first of its kind in the country.

Crypto Valley launch breathes life into blockchain and cryptography

Switzerland

Switzerland-based Crypto Valley Association has launched as the nation looks to boost its blockchain and cryptographic ecosystem. Headquartered in the Swiss canton of Zug, Crypto Valley is an independent, government-supported association which aims to foster the development of digital technologies in Switzerland and internationally. The association will support start-ups and established enterprises through policy recommendations, […]

UBS extends agreement with EPAM Systems worth $300m

The world’s largest wealth manager UBS has extended its long-standing agreement with EPAM Systems, a provider of product development and software engineering solutions. The agreement – worth over $300 million – “supports the bank’s strategic cost reduction programme”, according to EPAM.

This isn’t the end of the advisor: why tech won’t cut out the middle man

Robo-Advisory

Who do you trust with your money? Well, if the latest talk in personal finance is anything to go by, we’ll soon be placing our trust in an altogether less warm-blooded beast. Move over mankind: the robots are coming. But not so fast!

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