Fundrock set to Acquire Fund Partners
Jan23

Fundrock set to Acquire Fund Partners

Professional Partners Administration Limited confirmed today that it has reached an agreement to sell its major ACD operation, Fund Partners, to the independent Luxembourg-based fund management company FundRock Management Company S.A. (formerly known as RBS (Luxembourg) S.A.). Subject to regulatory approval and final contract details, the two parties hope the agreement will be signed and sealed ‘within the next two to three months’....

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ASOS Partners with Klarna to Launch Pay after Delivery in Nordics
Jan23

ASOS Partners with Klarna to Launch Pay after Delivery in Nordics

In order to make online payments more flexible for shoppers, ASOS has partnered with one of Europe’s leading payments providers, Klarna, and their pay after delivery technology following a successful partnership in Germany over the past three years. Klarna’s pay after delivery allows retailers to bridge the gap between the online and offline shopping experience. When making a purchase on desktop or mobile, customers in the Nordics...

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Leading P2P and Investment Platforms Choose Goji
Jan23

Leading P2P and Investment Platforms Choose Goji

Goji today announces it is has been selected to launch the Innovative Finance ISA (IFISA) by newly authorised P2P platform Landbay; bond investment platform UK Bond Network; crowd bond provider Downing; and SME-focused P2P platform Peer Funding. These players have selected Goji to build and integrate a fully managed IFISA service, capitalising on the investment service provider’s expertise, user experience and operational capability....

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Goldmoney Inc. Announces Compliance with Shariah Standard on Gold
Jan23

Goldmoney Inc. Announces Compliance with Shariah Standard on Gold

Goldmoney Network Accounts and Wealth Holdings Endorsed as Shariah-Compliant by Amanie Advisors Goldmoney Inc. today announced that Goldmoney Network accounts and Wealth Holdings have been endorsed as Shariah-compliant by the Shariah Supervisory Board of Amanie Advisors, which issued the fatwa in accordance with the Shariah Standard on Gold set by the Accounting and Auditing Organization for Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI) and...

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Former UK Minister for Africa joins Brand Communications as Advisor
Jan23

Former UK Minister for Africa joins Brand Communications as Advisor

Brand Communications is boosting its team with the hire of former Minister for Africa, James Duddridge MP, as an Advisor. The hire will strengthen Brand Communications’ ambition to become the foremost communications’ partner of choice for and foreign businesses wishing to enter or grow their business in Africa. James will bring his deep knowledge of Africa, experience of operating at the highest levels of government and extensive...

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Rambus Ecebs Makes Travel Easier with Launch of HCE Ticketing Solution
Jan23

Rambus Ecebs Makes Travel Easier with Launch of HCE Ticketing Solution

HCE Ticket Wallet Service and Ticketing App enable secure transition from physical to virtual smart cards within existing infrastructure  Rambus Ecebs today announced a comprehensive mobile ticketing product suite leveraging Host Card Emulation (HCE) technology to securely load virtual smart cards onto smart phones for the public transport industry. From the back office to the consumer, this solution includes an HCE Ticket Wallet...

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deVere Group Launches its own Private Bank
Jan23

deVere Group Launches its own Private Bank

deVere Group, one of the world’s largest independent financial advisory organisations, has today launched its latest project: its own private bank. deVere Group Bank St Lucia is understood to be the first private bank to be owned by an independently-owned financial adviser firm.  It has been facilitated by the acquisition of Arton Bank. The founder and CEO of deVere Group, Nigel Green, comments: “Thanks to the hard work, commitment...

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Starling Bank First of Digital Challengers to Join Faster Payments As Direct Partner
Jan23

Starling Bank First of Digital Challengers to Join Faster Payments As Direct Partner

See your real balance with real numbers in real time Starling Bank, the leading next generation bank, became the first of the digital-only challengers to join Faster Payments this week. The 13’th direct participant of the Faster Payments Scheme and the first of the next-generation banks to connect directly to the payment system, Starling Bank is excited about the benefits the technology gives their customers. Faster Payments...

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Fintech and its Future for Africa
Jan23

Fintech and its Future for Africa

Written by Abax Focus Fintech is probably the most overused word in the world of finance right now covering everything for     crypto currencies to companies looking to reinvent themselves and adding fintech to their profile   without understanding what it means. There are some similarities to the dotcom boom of the early 2000’s with many fintech companies chasing what seems like unlimited pools of investment and no doubt a vast...

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Expect Market Volatility in Trump’s First 100 days
Jan23

Expect Market Volatility in Trump’s First 100 days

Investors should expect volatility in global financial markets in the first 100 days of Donald Trump’s presidency. This is the warning from Tom Elliott, International Investment Strategist at deVere Group, one of the world’s largest independent financial advisory organizations. Mr Elliott comments: “Market volatility should be expected over the next 100 days, the period in which new administrations like to lay down their mark...

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London Leads Growth in RegTech Investments as Sector set to Soar in 2017
Jan23

London Leads Growth in RegTech Investments as Sector set to Soar in 2017

London is set to lead a dramatic growth in the regulatory technology industry, according to new research from FinTech Global, a specialist data and intelligence firm. RegTech investments have more than tripled over the last five years Investments in RegTech companies have grown by a multiple of 3.5 times over five years: Investments in RegTech companies have grown by over 38.5% (C.A.G.R) between 2012 and 2016. Last year a record $678m...

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Content Guru Ranked as a Leading Cloud Contact Centre Vendor
Jan23

Content Guru Ranked as a Leading Cloud Contact Centre Vendor

Content Guru has been ranked within the top handful of largest cloud-based contact centre infrastructure vendors in Europe and worldwide by number of seats, according to US-based industry analyst firm DMG Consulting LLC. A leading independent analyst firm, DMG Consulting LLC provides research and consulting services focusing on contact centres, unified communications, back-office operations and analytics. The 2016–2017 Cloud-Based...

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Banks that Open up will become Match-Fit for Consumers
Jan23

Banks that Open up will become Match-Fit for Consumers

By Dom O’Brien, design director at Fjord, Design and Innovation from Accenture Interactive We’re at the start of one of the biggest changes to hit the banking sector in modern times. Banking and financial industries have long ridden the coat-tails of their heritage, relying on their DNA of stability, security and adversity to risk to keep afloat. In an increasingly digitised and automated world, finance stalwarts will have to become...

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MBNA: Biggest Challenges
Jan20

MBNA: Biggest Challenges

Gary Watts from MBNA speaks to us about the challenges in the industry.

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President Trump’s Term is Unlikely to be the best for US Equities

US equities are unlikely to perform better during President Trump’s tenure than under many of his predecessors, analysis by Source, one of Europe’s leading ETF providers, shows. The analysis shows that the S&P 500 delivered an annualised return of 13.9% under Barack Obama and 15.2% under Bill Clinton, ranking their terms fifth and third respectively in terms of stock market gains (since 1853). But with the S&P 500 currently on...

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Fintech Finance Season 2 Episode 06: Cross Channel Contact Centres
Jan20

Fintech Finance Season 2 Episode 06: Cross Channel Contact Centres

In this episode of Fintech Finance, we take a closer look at the how different areas of customer contact can interact with each other. For this, we look at mobile, branch, digital and voice with Simon Separghan MD for Global Contact and Digital Channels at Barclays, Christophe Reiche, CEO at Iwoca, Richard Nicholls, Vp at Teleperformance and Martin Dodd, the Connect Managing Director at Lloyds Banking...

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Brexit, Trump and KYC: How is compliance shaping up in 2017?
Jan20

Brexit, Trump and KYC: How is compliance shaping up in 2017?

Melaine Campbell, Managing Director at Dun & Bradstreet, discusses her compliance predictions for the year ahead It is hard to ignore the impact that the one of the most turbulent political years in recent memory might have, not least on world of compliance. The overarching theme from the second half of 2016 seems to be countries making moves to do what’s best for themselves in regulation, rather than what works for the majority....

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Small World partners with Allied Bank to expand its presence in Pakistan
Jan20

Small World partners with Allied Bank to expand its presence in Pakistan

Customers will be able to receive the remittances in an easy and instant way in any ABL office network, formed by more than 1,080 branches throughout the country Small World Money Transfer is today announcing its partnership with Allied Bank Limited (ABL), one of the leading banks in Pakistan, through its Home Remittance Division. This partnership is part of Small World’s strategy to expand its presence in Asia and enhance the...

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Synechron Continues to Shine with expected Record Revenue Growth
Jan20

Synechron Continues to Shine with expected Record Revenue Growth

Synechron  has today provided guidance for the financial year 2016-17, expecting global revenues of $405m, expanding to 18 global offices and growing to over 6,600 employees. The 28% YOY increase is the highest in the last 5 years, and following this achievement, Synechron has set a revenue target of $500M in the next 12 months and $1bn by 2020 as it continues to make inroads and gain market-share in the digital and innovation spaces....

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Metro Bank Celebrates Growth with 500 new Jobs
Jan20

Metro Bank Celebrates Growth with 500 new Jobs

Metro Bank in 2017 is on the lookout for 500 new colleagues to join the banking revolution and support its rapid growth. 2016 was a milestone year for the bank, from listing on the London Stock Exchange, to opening eight new stores in communities across London and the South. This year, the pace is set to continue, with the release of its upgraded mobile app, to the launch of a fully integrated online account opening platform, as well...

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CEO Clarifies Special Nature of ATMIA Conferences  for 2017
Jan20

CEO Clarifies Special Nature of ATMIA Conferences for 2017

ATMIA today released a statement clarifying the nature of the association’s conferences in the dual anniversary year of 2017 to differentiate these industry events from competing commercial conferences. As the ATM turns 50 years this year, ATMIA celebrates its 20th anniversary of serving the global ATM industry. “We have special events planned for the industry to come together to celebrate half a century of success and, at the same...

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Robo-Advisors offer Retiring IFAs new exit options, says Verdict Financial
Jan20

Robo-Advisors offer Retiring IFAs new exit options, says Verdict Financial

Key wealth markets are set to experience a surge of new business models and further industry consolidation akin to that of broker consolidators in the UK insurance market, as the independent financial advisor (IFA) workforce ages and new technology and capital is introduced, according to financial services research and insight firm Verdict Financial.  The company’s latest report states that one of the more optimistic predictions for...

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Booking.com Teams Up with Ingenico ePayments
Jan19

Booking.com Teams Up with Ingenico ePayments

Ingenico ePayments today announced that it has signed an agreement to provide global payment processing and conversion optimization services to Booking.com. With Ingenico’s global footprint and large portfolio of international cards and alternative payment products, Booking.com is able to increase the conversion rate of visits into online payments made through its platform. Booking.com will also have access to Ingenico’s Elevate...

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VPNsandmore.com Extends Partnership with PFS
Jan19

VPNsandmore.com Extends Partnership with PFS

VPNsandmore.com has extended its partnership with Prepaid Financial Services (PFS) to offer Direct Debit payment solution to over 15,000 of its customers. VPNsandmore.com is Europe’s leading supplier of expatriate management services, including issuing satellite television viewing cards, internet services, and VPNs. Partnering with PFS has enabled VPNsandmore.com customers to continue to pay for UK services via an alternative banking...

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Glassbox: Customer Information
Jan19

Glassbox: Customer Information

Yaron Morgenstern, CEO of Glassbox, discusses the use of customer information.

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NatWest Announces Fintech Partnership to Support Small Business Customers
Jan19

NatWest Announces Fintech Partnership to Support Small Business Customers

UK’s biggest business lender to offer FreeAgent accounting platform to small business customers NatWest is today announcing a partnership with leading accounting Fintech FreeAgent. The bank will be offering FreeAgent’s platform to small business customers over 2017.  The platform can be linked with businesses’ bank accounts, which comes with a host of benefits.  For instance, it will improve forecasting, save time and simplify the...

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ACI Worldwide to Drive Real-Time Payments for Rabobank

Leading Dutch-based multinational bank selects ACI’s UP Immediate Payments for SEPA Instant Payments ACI Worldwide  today announced that Rabobank, a global multinational bank, will utilize the company’s UP Immediate Payments solution. Based in the Netherlands, Rabobank is a leading, customer-focused cooperative bank. As the bank continues its growth trajectory among an increasingly crowded field, it realized the need to continue to...

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Brexit: State Street Launches Quarterly Brexometer Index Of Institutional Investor Sentiment
Jan19

Brexit: State Street Launches Quarterly Brexometer Index Of Institutional Investor Sentiment

State Street Corporation  today launched its Brexometer Index1, a quarterly pulse survey of institutional investor sentiment towards the UK’s departure from the European Union. In the third quarter of 2016, a sample set of research2 was completed as a benchmark and compared against a second survey completed in Q4 ahead of today’s launch. Key findings of the index include: 63 percent of institutional investors expect to maintain their...

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Platform Launches to Unite Advisers & Technology
Jan19

Platform Launches to Unite Advisers & Technology

Smartr365, a new technology platform designed to enable financial advisers to serve their clients quicker and more efficiently than ever before, launches nationwide later this month. Using state-of-the art bespoke technology, the Smart365 SaaS platform aims to shake up the sector by simplifying the way advisers work, through a series of real-time applications that will allow them to manage their clients’ finances more effectively....

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Xactly Introduces Commission Expense Forecasting Solution for Finance
Jan19

Xactly Introduces Commission Expense Forecasting Solution for Finance

Visibility into Compensation Spending Lets Finance Leaders Improve Forecasting Accuracy Xactly  today introduced Xactly’s Commission Expense Forecasting Solution, giving finance leaders increased insight into their organisation’s commission expense spending. With timely and on-demand visibility, the new offering provides the capability to forecast commission expenses, allowing companies to mitigate the risk of material weaknesses, and...

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5 Predictions for the Alternative Investment Industry for 2017
Jan19

5 Predictions for the Alternative Investment Industry for 2017

Last year was an exciting one in the alternative investment industry, and all indications point to another great year in 2017. Here are 5 predictions that will dominate the industry in 2017: 1. Capital invested in private equity funds will continue to increase amidst a further decline in hedge funds Growth in alternative investments will continue to be explosive in 2017. According to a report from Cerulli & Associates, the mean...

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Timely Testing Phase kick-off for EBA CLEARING’s pan-European Instant Payment System
Jan19

Timely Testing Phase kick-off for EBA CLEARING’s pan-European Instant Payment System

EBA CLEARING announced the timely kick-off of the testing phase for its pan-European instant payment infrastructure platform scheduled to go live in November 2017. Twenty-eight of the funding institutions from all over Europe were represented at a meeting in Milan, which marked the start of the testing phase and included a demonstration of the functioning of the new system in the test environment run by EBA CEARING’s technical...

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Aconex Appoints Paul Koppelman as Chief Financial Officer
Jan19

Aconex Appoints Paul Koppelman as Chief Financial Officer

Aconex Limited  announced the appointment of Paul Koppelman as chief financial officer. Mr. Koppelman will succeed current Aconex CFO Steve Recht, who recently announced his retirement. Mr. Koppelman brings to Aconex nearly 30 years of financial management experience and has held executive positions at several ASX-listed companies. Most recently, he was chief financial officer of Medibank Private Limited  where he played a pivotal...

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Why Financial Institutions can take the Fight to Cybercriminals
Jan19

Why Financial Institutions can take the Fight to Cybercriminals

Paul Dignan, Global Technical Account Manager, F5 Networks You are now 20 times more likely to have your money stolen online than by a pickpocket or mugger in the street, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The stats revealed that almost six million web fraud and cybercrimes were committed in the past year in England and Wales alone – making it the most common type of crime suffered by adults in the UK....

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Incentive FM Group Wins Contract with Global Events Company
Jan19

Incentive FM Group Wins Contract with Global Events Company

Incentive FM Group has been awarded a three year contract to provide both cleaning and security services for Reed Exhibitions at its UK Headquarters at Gateway House in Richmond. Under the terms of the contract Incentive QAS will be providing daily office cleaning and janitorial services, periodic deep cleans, internal window cleaning and washroom services at the 42,000 square foot building which holds around 560 staff. In addition,...

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The BC/DR Impact of GDPR
Jan19

The BC/DR Impact of GDPR

Keith O’Leary, Principle Consultant, Sungard Availability Services Soon to be enacted across the European Union, the General Data Protection Regulation – better known as GDPR – has caused no end of concern among CIOs. Although it represents good news for consumers, from a business perspective, things aren’t quite so simple. While the regulation will be helpful in making it easier and more cost effective for cloud providers to offer...

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Cincinnati Bell Implements FinancialForce PSA for Project Management
Jan19

Cincinnati Bell Implements FinancialForce PSA for Project Management

FinancialForce today announced that Cincinnati Bell Inc. is now live on FinancialForce Professional Services Automation (PSA), with 1,400 employees already achieving time savings and productivity gains from the app. The majority of these users work remotely and are using FinancialForce for instant on-the-go time and expense entry. FinancialForce’s Enterprise Resource Planning solution enables customers like Cincinnati Bell to take...

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De Surinaamsche Bank Expands Relationship with Fiserv to Upgrade Core Banking Platform and Add New Digital Banking Capabilities
Jan18

De Surinaamsche Bank Expands Relationship with Fiserv to Upgrade Core Banking Platform and Add New Digital Banking Capabilities

Fiserv, a leading global provider of financial services technology solutions, today announced that De Surinaamsche Bank (DSB), the largest commercial bank in Suriname, has extended and expanded its long-standing relationship with Fiserv. DSB will implement DigitalAccess from Fiserv to enable online and mobile banking for retail and commercial customers. In addition, the bank is upgrading to the latest version of the Signature® core...

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Capriza Announces Partnership with Schroders
Jan18

Capriza Announces Partnership with Schroders

Capriza today announced Schroders has selected Capriza to power its drive to digitisation. Capriza’s Zapp capabilities will be deployed across the organisation as it responds to the waves of change in the financial services sector. Schroders wanted the ability to link and re-configure core processes from funds administration to sales, marketing to investment strategies using easy-to-use front-end technologies. Capriza achieves this...

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AliPay: Are the Banks Friend or Foe?
Jan18

AliPay: Are the Banks Friend or Foe?

Rita Lui from AliPay talks to us about banks.

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Earthport Blockchain Offering Secures Fintech Finance Award
Jan18

Earthport Blockchain Offering Secures Fintech Finance Award

Earthport has won industry recognition in the form of a ’silver’ award in Fintech Finance magazine’s inaugural prize-giving. This success was attributable to the strength of Earthport’s blockchain offering. Earthport announced its gateway partnership with Ripple in August 2015, which led to the launch of the Earthport Distributed Ledger Hub for multiple ledgers, announced in January 2016. This is planned to provide connectivity to...

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Motive Partners Launches as a Next Generation Fintech Investment Firm
Jan18

Motive Partners Launches as a Next Generation Fintech Investment Firm

Formed by an experienced team of industry executives, Motive Partners will invest, operate and innovate across the financial technology ecosystem London and New York 18 January 2017 – Motive Partners was launched today as a next generation investment firm focused exclusively on the technology enabled companies that power the financial services industry. Motive Partners has been formed to address the unique opportunity in financial...

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BBVA: Mobile App Evolution
Jan18

BBVA: Mobile App Evolution

Gonzalo Rodríguez  from BBVA talks about how mobile apps are evolving.

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ACI Provides Access to All Immediate Payment Schemes Globally
Jan18

ACI Provides Access to All Immediate Payment Schemes Globally

ACI launches latest version of UP Immediate Payments, offering single point of access to all Immediate Payments schemes globally ACI Worldwide  today announced the latest version of its UP Immediate Payments solution. Available via a SaaS delivery model or on-premise, UP Immediate Payments is highly flexible and adaptable, providing access to all Immediate Payments (IP) schemes globally. The newly launched version includes a number of...

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Ethoca & FICO Partner to Improve End-to-End CNP Fraud Management
Jan18

Ethoca & FICO Partner to Improve End-to-End CNP Fraud Management

Partnership Enables FICO to Provide Rapid Notification of Confirmed Fraud to Ethoca for Immediate Resolution Through Ethoca’s Global Network of Merchants Ethoca today announced a partnership with Silicon Valley analytic software firm FICO. Card issuers using the industry-leading FICO Falcon Fraud Manager will be able to easily connect to Ethoca’s Global Collaboration Network to maximize the recovery of card not present (CNP) fraud...

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Metro Bank Ramps up High Street Presence for Local Businesses
Jan18

Metro Bank Ramps up High Street Presence for Local Businesses

Following record levels of customer demand, Metro Bank, the bank for entrepreneurs, has today revealed that it is boosting its number of business bankers on the high street by 30% over 2017, as it continues to invest in its business services. Ian Walters, Managing Director Business Banking at Metro Bank explained the decision to expand the team: “For years now, businesses have been underserved by banks and over time this has chipped...

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Mobile-Payments are Taking off — and it’s a lesson for us all
Jan18

Mobile-Payments are Taking off — and it’s a lesson for us all

Ralf Ohlhausen, Business Development Director at PPRO Group Mobile payment methods continue to soar in popularity in the UK following the introduction of new players such as Apple Pay, Android Pay and Barclay’s Pingit. Together, with the anticipated launch of Samsung Pay coming soon to the UK, this is further lessening the country’s dependency on cash. The latest digital money index from Citigroup and the Imperial College London...

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Comment: The impact of the Brexit speech on Real Estate
Jan18

Comment: The impact of the Brexit speech on Real Estate

Agate Freimane, Senior Investment Director at BrickVest: “Theresa May’s announcement on the UK potentially leaving the single market will be well received by opportunistic investors in the UK and European real estate market and it will undoubtedly trigger more buying and lending opportunities.” “Through our online real estate investment platform, we’re seeing strong demand for UK real estate, especially in the form of debt like...

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Backbase Showcasing latest Innovation at Finovate Europe 2017
Jan18

Backbase Showcasing latest Innovation at Finovate Europe 2017

Backbase returns to unveil its latest innovation for digital banking at Finovate Europe. Backbase will be demonstrating their latest ‘Everyday Banking’ solution, that combines banks’ customer data and AI technology to assist their customer in their everyday live decisions, making the bank a trusted and relevant personal assistant. The Everyday Bank is all about making complex tasks simple and being super relevant to customers by...

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Seedrs Partners with Shenzhen to help UK SMEs Access the Chinese Market
Jan18

Seedrs Partners with Shenzhen to help UK SMEs Access the Chinese Market

Seedrs is excited to announce a partnership with the China Innovation and Entrepreneurship International Competition (IEIC), and will be hosting the National final in London on March 28th 2017 Known as the “Silicon Valley” of China and a neighbour to the bustling business hub of Hong Kong, Shenzhen is organising one of the largest international competitions for entrepreneurship. The competition, supported by the Ministry of Science...

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