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Top fintech stories this week – 24 February 2017

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Catch up on Banking Technology’s top five fintech stories of the week – all in one place! IBM and Northern Trust debut blockchain for private equity Uses the Hyperledger Fabric. Visa opens new innovation centre in London It’s the latest and largest one. Digital gets a spurt with Natwest and RBS experts Every branch gets […]

Visa and Thomson Reuters go deep into India’s Fintech Valley Vizag

Fintech Valley Vizag

Fintech Valley Vizag, a project championed by the Government of the State of Andhra Pradesh in India, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Visa and Thomson Reuters. Thomson Reuters will use the infrastructure provided by the government and local university resources to build fintech projects in the area. Visa is expected to support […]

Visa opens new innovation centre in London

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Visa has unveiled its latest and largest innovation centre in London, located at its European headquarters in Paddington Basin. The 1,000+ square metre space will let Visa staff work side-by-side with financial institutions, merchants and other partners to develop new payment solutions. Rajesh Agrawal, London’s deputy mayor for business, says “as a successful fintech entrepreneur […]

IBM in major IoT drive with new partners

IBM working with Standard Life and ING Direct Australia

IBM has unveiled a large ecosystem initiative as it opens the doors of its new $200 million global headquarters for its Watson Internet of Things (IoT) business in Munich, Germany. BNP Paribas, Capgemini and Tech Mahindra are some of the firms who will place development teams at the IBM centre. Harriet Green, general manager, IBM […]

Prepaid gains more love from Canadians

Backbase comes to Canada in style

Reloadable prepaid cards are a hit with Canadian consumers, with 95% of them saying they are satisfied with the products in 2016, reports Banking Technology‘s sister publication Paybefore. The figure represents an increase of 22 percentage points from 2015, and stands as the highest satisfaction rate for all payment tools, according to the second annual […]

Mastercard growing faster than Visa in Americas

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Mastercard saw faster growth than Visa in the Americas in 2015 but, with 43%, Visa still has significantly the largest market share, according to research by Retail Banking Research (RBR). According to RBR’s Global Payment Cards Data and Forecasts to 2021 study, the number of Mastercard cards grew by 6% in the Americas in 2015, […]

Smooth Commerce and Visa first in Canada for Visa Developer Programme

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Smooth Commerce and Visa have completed the first integration of Visa’s Developer Programme in Canada and brought to market “a first of its kind innovation” in the mobile commerce space.

Dubai gets first fintech accelerator

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FinTech Hive, to be housed at the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) in Dubai’s Central Business District (CBD), is set to launch this quarter. Accenture runs fintech innovation labs in New York, London, and Hong Kong; and has been tasked with setting up and operating the accelerator. Aimed at providing better financial services technology to […]

Payments paradise by the dashboard light: Visa, Honda test-drive in-car transactions

Honda and Visa Demonstrate In-vehicle Payments with Gilbarco and

Honda and Visa are testing a system that enables a driver to pay for fuel and parking from inside Web-connected cars, the latest development in the emerging Internet of Things (IoT), and yet another sign that more payments are moving beyond physical payment cards, reports Paybefore. The announcement, made from the Consumer Electronics Show in […]

Walmart and Visa make peace in Canadian payments dispute

Visa Europe and Visa Inc are one company again

A major payments battle has come to an end: Walmart Canada and Visa said they have reached a deal that enables consumers to use Visa-branded payment cards at retail locations in that country, reports Paybefore. The companies did not disclose terms of the deal, which stems from a disagreement in 2016 involving interchange. Walmart said […]

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