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Blockchain and Bitcoin round-up: 30 November 2017

Coming straight after yesterday’s (29 November) fun and games, here’s another quick summary of the blockchain and Bitcoin action. Features the European Central Bank, Tieto, Coinsilium Group and StartupToken. Well, Bitcoin went past $11,000. And then dropped. As you read this it will have changed again. So, opinions are aplenty. And… banks should speed up […]

ECB targets new RTGS platform

The European Central Bank’s (ECB’s) governing council will decide by the end of this year whether to greenlight a new real-time gross settlement (RTGS) system to replace the decade-old Target2 platform.

Blockchain and Bitcoin round-up: 7 September 2017

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 […]

ECB to develop service for settlement of instant payments

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 […]

Eurosystem updates infrastructure Vision

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.

Top fintech stories this week – 3 June 2016

Catch up on Banking Technology’s top five fintech stories of the week – all in one place! ECB goes to tender for new treasury management system After many years it’s time for a change. Microsoft unveils blockchain-based identity system Inspired by the United Nations’ ID2020 Summit on Identity. Student Loans Company puts IT contract with […]

European Central Bank goes to tender for new treasury management system

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

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 […]

T2S takes one step forward amidst backwards steps

The European Central Bank has selected connectivity provider SIA, in partnership with telco Colt, for its connection to TARGET2-Securities (T2S), the delayed centralised European platform for the settlement of domestic and cross-border securities transactions. The European Central Bank is expected to migrate to SIA and Colt’s value-added network infrastructure in June 2016. The two companies will also provide the ECB with a message processing […]

Cashless payments plateau is stats mirage: Deutsche Bank

European Central Bank (ECB) figures appear to show that cashless payments transaction volumes in 2014 remained flat at 68 billion payments. However, Deutsche Bank analyst Heike Mai, who specialises in payments and shadow banking, has published a report that corrects this conclusion. Entitled ‘Payments in the euro area: Are they stagnating? – No!’ the report […]

Industry bodies look to harmonise ISO 20022 real-time payment implementation

Global interoperability of real-time payments systems will require harmonisation of market practices and standards. A group of international clearing houses, banks, vendors, payments associations and other parties have proposed setting up an activity to look at how to deliver this under the aegis of the International Standards Organisation – and set an ambitious target of collating an initial variant of ISO 20022 usage guidelines for real-time payments before the summer.

If T2S is the answer, what’s the question?

The purpose of the European Central Bank’s T2S project is ill-defined and taking so long to deliver that it is being pushed aside by other projects according to speakers at the Swift Business Forum in London.

ESMA looks for guidance on CSD technical standards

European securities regulator ESMA has published a discussion paper asking for public feedback on the technical standards that should be used for CSDs, including registration, settlement discipline, confirmation rules, acceptance or rejection of terms, as well as access to CSDs by other CSDs and market participants.

Custodian bank trio cut T2S asset servicing deal with Clearstream

Post-trade services institutions Clearstream, BNP Paribas Securities Services, Intesa Sanpaolo and BBVA have formed a tie-up in Europe, which they say is aimed at better asset servicing n Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Italy and Spain under the ECB’s forthcoming T2S project.