NICE Announces New Generation of Employee Engagement with Back Office Proficiency Essentials
Jan22

NICE Announces New Generation of Employee Engagement with Back Office Proficiency Essentials

NICE today announced NICE Back Office Proficiency Essentials, a leading-edge solution that uniquely combines performance measurements with driving employee engagement. The new solution is validated by a proof of concept (POC) conducted with 35 companies across industries that found a gap of more than 1.5 hours between perceived and actual productivity amongst back office employees. By leveraging NICE Back Office Proficiency...

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Vernon Hill, Metro bank on  starting from scratch, what’s their macro approach
Jan22

Vernon Hill, Metro bank on starting from scratch, what’s their macro approach

We talk to Vernon Hill, founder, and chairman of Metro Bank about starting from scratch, what’s their macro...

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Finnovex Live: Banks will be pushed back to be money custodians, just as they were in 1300
Jan22

Finnovex Live: Banks will be pushed back to be money custodians, just as they were in 1300

Says Tariq Alusaimi, Head of Digital Strategy, Central Bank of Kuwait while speaking about the recent trends in the Banking and Financial Services Industry, in a candid conversation with Kanchi Shah, Head of Production, Exibex. Tariq Alusaimi is responsible for driving the digital strategy for Central Bank of Kuwait, the Kuwaiti banking sector, and oversees the development of the Kuwaiti Fintech eco system. He is also a member of the...

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This week’s market commentary from David Jones, Chief Market Strategist at Capital.com
Jan22

This week’s market commentary from David Jones, Chief Market Strategist at Capital.com

It’s a quiet start to the week with US markets shut for the Martin Luther King holiday. However, as usual there will be enough for traders to watch, with the UK Prime Minister Theresa May expected to outline her latest proposal for the Brexit deal. What may surprise many is the strength of the pound so far this year, given the pantomime that UK politics appears to be. Last week saw the pound briefly hit 1.30 against the US dollar, its...

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Anders la Cour, Banking Circle on The Background of Banking Circle
Jan22

Anders la Cour, Banking Circle on The Background of Banking Circle

We talk to Anders la Cour, Chief Executive Officer at Banking Circle about the background of Banking Circle.

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Amsterdam startups raise more than €400 million in 2018
Jan22

Amsterdam startups raise more than €400 million in 2018

New figures reveal Amsterdam-based startups raised more than €400 million in investments in 2018, with six companies in Amsterdam receiving €20 million or more each. Blockchain specialists Bitfury raised the largest amount at €80 million, while Agendia and Ohpen earned €35 million and €25 million each. Other startups in the top 10 include Framer, Digital Insurance Group and Tiqets. A record-breaking year for Amsterdam’s tech...

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Luke Lloyd-Davies Joins Metro Bank Advisory Board
Jan22

Luke Lloyd-Davies Joins Metro Bank Advisory Board

Metro Bank, the revolution in British banking, is pleased to announce the appointment of Luke Lloyd-Davies to its Advisory Board. The Advisory Board allows Metro Bank’s executive team unprecedented access to a group of visionary thinkers, industry experts and market disruptors, who are all leaders in their respective fields. Luke Lloyd-Davies is the Chief Operating Officer of Rocket Entertainment Group owned by Sir Elton John and...

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Natixis Payments and Wynd forge strategic partnership to design retail omni-channel solution
Jan22

Natixis Payments and Wynd forge strategic partnership to design retail omni-channel solution

Natixis Payments and Wynd are set to join forces to develop an innovative and disruptive solution to streamline the omni-channel point-of-sale and payment experience, thereby supporting retailers in their digital transition. As part of this strategic partnership, Natixis is taking a stake in Wynd during the company’s fund- raising exercise with a group of investors. Natixis Payments and Wynd are combining their respective areas of...

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Dolfin opens for US trading hours
Jan22

Dolfin opens for US trading hours

 Dolfin, the independent and agile wealth management platform, announced today that it has extended the hours of operation of its London-based independent trading desk to include US trading hours. Allowing clients to execute trades in US-listed securities for the full duration of the session. Dolfin’s trading and execution service operates through a network of more than 230 counterparties, trading across a wide range of asset classes....

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As open banking is implemented across Europe, improving product agility is now a priority for 51% of European banks says report released today by Temenos
Jan22

As open banking is implemented across Europe, improving product agility is now a priority for 51% of European banks says report released today by Temenos

PSD2 and GDPR are making their presence felt in Europe.  As a result European banks are prioritizing how they respond to changing customer behavior and demands (56%), new technologies (49%) and regulatory fines (46%), according to an in-depth study released today by Temenos (SIX: TEMN), the banking software company. The report, written by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) on behalf of Temenos, explores the theme: “Whose customer...

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UNLOCK Blockchain Forum ends with major announcements on the 10-year anniversary of the Blockchain inception
Jan22

UNLOCK Blockchain Forum ends with major announcements on the 10-year anniversary of the Blockchain inception

The UNLOCK Company DMCC, a platform that provides information, intelligence, insights and news pertaining to the Blockchain sector held its UNLOCK Blockchain forum in Dubai on Jan 15-16, 2019 at the Ritz Carlton Hotel DIFC. The UNLOCK Blockchain Forum was a great success with 350 participants from around the region. Osman Sultan, Chief Executive Officer of Emirates Integrated Telecommunication Company (EITC), the parent company of du,...

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Success of AML and KYC processes depends on ability to properly manage resources and capacity, says ActiveOps
Jan22

Success of AML and KYC processes depends on ability to properly manage resources and capacity, says ActiveOps

For many businesses – especially those operating in the financial services sector – anti-money laundering (AML) and know your customer (KYC) processes are crucial in ensuring that companies are maintaining regulatory compliance and monitoring for suspicious activity. To stay on top of AML and KYC requirements, organisations must ensure they have the ability to adequately plan and manage resource and capacity, so that staff efficiency...

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Saxo Q1 Outlook: Beware the global policy panic
Jan22

Saxo Q1 Outlook: Beware the global policy panic

Saxo Bank, the online trading and investment specialist, has today published its Q1 2019 Quarterly Outlook for global markets, including trading ideas covering equities, FX, currencies, commodities, and bonds, as well as a range of macro themes impacting client portfolios. “As 2019 gets under way, Europe is sliding back into recession despite a negative ECB policy rate”, says Steen Jakobsen, Chief Economist and CIO, Saxo Bank....

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Online broker DEGIRO working with Accuity to reduce risk exposure
Jan22

Online broker DEGIRO working with Accuity to reduce risk exposure

Accuity, the leading global provider of financial crime compliance, payments and Know Your Customer (KYC) solutions, announced that it is working with DEGIRO, the fast growing FinTech and largest online broker in the Netherlands, to automate customer account screening using a comprehensive range of sanctions and watchlist data sets. DEGIRO has quickly become one of the largest brokers in Europe, which has gained the business...

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BlueCove Limited selects OPUS by Germany based PATRONAS Financial Systems GmbH as central portfolio & order management, compliance management and order routing solution
Jan22

BlueCove Limited selects OPUS by Germany based PATRONAS Financial Systems GmbH as central portfolio & order management, compliance management and order routing solution

ATRONAS Financial Systems (“PATRONAS”), a Freiburg-based leading provider of multi asset portfolio and order management solutions for the international investment industry, today announced that BlueCove Limited (“BlueCove”), a new London based scientific fixed income asset management firm founded in 2018 by Hugh Willis, Executive Chairman, and Alex Khein, CEO, have signed an agreement for a fully managed installation of PATRONAS’s...

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Nordea ranked as one of the world’s most sustainable banks
Jan22

Nordea ranked as one of the world’s most sustainable banks

For the second year in a row, Nordea was ranked as one of the top 100 most sustainable corporations in the world by Corporate Knights. As the only Nordic bank to qualify among the top 100, Nordea climbed the ranking from number 86 to 47. The 2019 Global 100 ranking was announced today at the World Economic Forum in Davos.  – I’m proud that our hard work to integrate sustainability into our business has been recognised. During...

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Growth within rental units, high sales rate in ongoing production of co-op units and strengthened offering for young adults and single-person households
Jan22

Growth within rental units, high sales rate in ongoing production of co-op units and strengthened offering for young adults and single-person households

In 2018, SSM adjusted its business strategy and housing offering to meet the altered conditions of the housing market in Stockholm and to strengthen its offering to younger buyers and single-person households. The adjustment resulted in clear growth within rental apartments and a sharper focus on an increasingly optimized and affordable housing offering. SSM’s flexible portfolio of building rights has enabled rapid adaptation of both...

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Ideagen set to celebrate a decade of successive growth
Jan22

Ideagen set to celebrate a decade of successive growth

Ideagen announced that it expects to record its tenth successive year of growth following the publication of its unaudited interim results this morning. The UK-based, global software firm delivered a strong market update with half-year performance in line with expectations and a strong outlook for the second half of the year. Revenues increased by 22% to £21m, while recurring revenues rose by 30% to £14m. Like-for-like bookings stood...

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Trusted, global solution needed as EU ministers meet to bolster Anti-Money laundering rules
Jan22

Trusted, global solution needed as EU ministers meet to bolster Anti-Money laundering rules

The EU finance ministers are due to meet following the European Union’s decision to adopt tougher anti-money laundering (AML) rules. This meeting is going to confirm proposals made by the European Commission in September to give more power to the European Banking Authority – aiming to interrupt and deny criminals access to financial resources. The need for tighter rules follows a number of recent incidents involving money laundering...

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Swatch announces SwatchPay! using secure mobile payment technology by G+D Mobile Security
Jan22

Swatch announces SwatchPay! using secure mobile payment technology by G+D Mobile Security

Swatch announces a new series of watches in the traditional stylish design that are enabled for convenient contactless payment. This innovative approach combines iconic Swatch design with a mobile payment feature that uses Giesecke+Devrient Mobile Security`s wearable enablement platform and wearable app as well as an embedded secure element to ensure the security of data and payment transactions. Following its successful launch in...

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Wondering how to weather the perfect cyber security storm? That’s exactly what we went to find out at a breakfast briefing hosted by Pushfor founder John Safa and PR veteran Mark Borkowsi
Jan22

Wondering how to weather the perfect cyber security storm? That’s exactly what we went to find out at a breakfast briefing hosted by Pushfor founder John Safa and PR veteran Mark Borkowsi

“Don’t have your pet name in your password” laughs Mark Borkowski as he opens the talk. Set against the backdrop of London’s The Ivy Club, a full audience loos forward to hearing entrepreneur and ex-hacker, John Safa, talk about his take on the future of cyber security. Staying on the topic of email security, Safa explains that email scams are getting more and more sophisticated. The problem is that email fraudsters can utilise...

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TD Bank Group to Sponsor La Voix
Jan22

TD Bank Group to Sponsor La Voix

TD will be among the main sponsors when season 7 of La Voix kicks off on February 10, with Marc Dupré, Lara Fabian, Éric Lapointe and Alex Nevsky occupying the famous red coaches’ chairs. Year after year, the Quebecversion of the singing competition The Voice is the most watched show in the province and the edition with the highest market share of the entire franchise worldwide. “Music reminds us that we are all connected...

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The GBBC strengthens its Board with the appointment of Fidelity Digital Assets’ Tom Jessop
Jan22

The GBBC strengthens its Board with the appointment of Fidelity Digital Assets’ Tom Jessop

The Global Blockchain Business Council (GBBC), the leading association for the blockchain ecosystem, has appointed Tom Jessop, president of Fidelity Digital Assets℠ and head of Corporate Business Development at Fidelity Investments, to its board. Tom’s appointment to GBBC’s board will be formalized at the next general assembly meeting. In his role as president of Fidelity Digital Assets℠ – Fidelity’s institutional digital asset...

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FinTech Connect 2018: Chris Chamberlain, Quadient
Jan21

FinTech Connect 2018: Chris Chamberlain, Quadient

We talk to Chris Chamberlain, Quadient about their company, working with financial institutions and much more!

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Fintech Finance presents: The Insurtech Show Episode 1.02 – Banking on Insurtech
Jan21

Fintech Finance presents: The Insurtech Show Episode 1.02 – Banking on Insurtech

In this episode of The Insurtech Show, we get a focus on the industry as a whole, looking at various pain points in the industry and how companies such as Banking Circle, AXA and Concirrus are solving these! From reconciliations in payments to customer experience we have the best thought leaders in Insurance! Firstly we sat down with Anders la Cour at Banking Circle’s London headquarters to discuss the challenges facing the Insurers...

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Andrew Yeoman, Concirrus on the Biggest Challenges Facing Insurers Currently
Jan21

Andrew Yeoman, Concirrus on the Biggest Challenges Facing Insurers Currently

We talk to Andrew Yeoman, CEO of Concirrus about what are the biggest challenges facing insurers currently.

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Gareth Howell, AXA on biggest threats to the insurance industry
Jan21

Gareth Howell, AXA on biggest threats to the insurance industry

We talk to Gareth Howell, Managing Director at AXA about what do they perceive to be the biggest threats to the insurance industry at the moment.

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AI to outperform human credit decisions by 2024
Jan21

AI to outperform human credit decisions by 2024

Artificial intelligence (AI) will produce more accurate, reliable and transparent credit decisions than human-based systems within five years, according to capital markets professionals surveyed by Intertrust. Intertrust, a global leader in providing expert administrative services to clients operating and investing in the international business environment, surveyed over 500 capital markets executives to identify the impact that...

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One third of UK workers seeking a second job to make ends meet
Jan21

One third of UK workers seeking a second job to make ends meet

Nearly one third of workers (32 per cent) are actively considering taking a second job in order to stay afloat, according to new research from GettaSub, the employee benefits platform. The findings are contained in a new in-depth Gettasub report published today entitled, In work but cash poor which quizzed 2,000 fulltime UK workers about their financial concerns. In the last month alone, over one third (34 per cent) of workers...

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The top business intelligence trends for 2019
Jan21

The top business intelligence trends for 2019

The new year is underway, and the search for the ‘next big thing’ to help increase a business’s chance of standing out against the competition in 2019 is paramount. According to Gartner’s IT Glossary, Business Intelligence (B.I) is often defined as “an umbrella term that includes the applications, infrastructure and tools, and best practices that enable access to and analysis of information to improve and optimize decisions and...

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Civica launches innovation partners programme to find new technology SMEs
Jan21

Civica launches innovation partners programme to find new technology SMEs

Civica Group, the market leader in business-critical software, digital solutions and managed services for the public sector and regulated markets, has launched Civica Innovation Partners, in association with the TechMarketViewInnovation Partner Programme. Via the new initiative, Civica aims to find innovative UK technology startups to enhance its portfolio and ultimately deliver better services for its customers and the communities...

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Tandem Customers Look to Blue Skies On The Most Depressing Day of The Year
Jan21

Tandem Customers Look to Blue Skies On The Most Depressing Day of The Year

The third Monday in January may not be the darkest day of the year in literal terms, but for people struggling to get through the month it’s certainly an uphill battle. Originally coined by a travel company, it’s no surprise that millions of people book flights and travel insurance every “Blue Monday”. Tandem Bank have found that their customers spend 94% more on travel the 21st January than on the 21st in any other month – 57%...

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Fast-growing word-of-mouth marketing platform connects digital token for its 20,000+ user
Jan21

Fast-growing word-of-mouth marketing platform connects digital token for its 20,000+ user

Rally, the marketplace that rewards users for word-of-mouth recommendations, has unveiled the Rally Token onto Ethereum’s public network. Users have already capitalised on its offering, with 10m Rally tokens distributed and 70,000 transactions conducted in the first three months since launch for sharing links with their friends. The 20,000+ user-strong marketplace democratises the relationship between brands, users and advertising...

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FINGERPRINTS Supports Cardlab In Their Hardware Wallet Partnership
Jan21

FINGERPRINTS Supports Cardlab In Their Hardware Wallet Partnership

Smartcard manufacturer CardLab and cryptocurrency wallet maker, Spatium, have announced their partnership to create and manufacture a new generation hardware wallet. The credit card shaped wallet will feature biometrics by Fingerprints for secure and private authorization. Click here to read press release from CardLab. About Fingerprints Fingerprint Cards AB (Fingerprints) – the world’s leading biometrics company, with its roots in...

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Bidooh tokens to list on OKEx partner exchange CoinAll and DDEX Exchange
Jan21

Bidooh tokens to list on OKEx partner exchange CoinAll and DDEX Exchange

Bidooh (the “Group”), a real-time, real-audience, digital billboard advertising platform, is pleased to announce that its DOOH Token has been admitted to list on CoinAll, a partner exchange of global leader OKEx, and DDEX, a world-leading decentralised exchange. The exchange listings follow the completion of Bidooh’s ICO in December 2018 and have been planned to coincide with the distribution of tokens to ICO participants starting on...

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LMAX Exchange appoints industry veteran Himanshu Kher as Group Treasurer
Jan21

LMAX Exchange appoints industry veteran Himanshu Kher as Group Treasurer

 LMAX Exchange Group (“LMAX Exchange” or “the Group”), a leading player in global capital markets that operates multiple institutional exchanges for electronic trading of FX and crypto currencies, has appointed Himanshu Kher as Group Treasurer. Himanshu began in this newly created role with LMAX Exchange at the start of 2019, having joined the firm from FTSE 250-listed IG Group plc, for whom he was also Group Treasurer.   Himanshu,...

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AUTOML – The new insight garner on the block
Jan21

AUTOML – The new insight garner on the block

The martech panorama is cluttered and crazy. Each day there may be a few new advertising eras being introduced that say to force engagement. Keeping up with this ever-changing generation panorama can be overwhelming. One of the hottest regions in today’s martech landscape is the control of consumer information. The Chaos of massive statistics Marketers are constantly seeking to wrangle massive quantities of purchaser statistics,...

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Customer Data Platform – Filling The Bridges Between A Marketer and A Customer
Jan21

Customer Data Platform – Filling The Bridges Between A Marketer and A Customer

As a up-to-date digitally aware marketer, you might manage client information that is siloed over various martech databases and stages. The outcome: Fractured client characters that upset your capacity to convey pivotal marketing aspects to clients. Then, you’re under strain to convey exceptionally customized marketing— at scale and progressively — as clients connect with your image over various channels, regardless of whether it’s...

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PermianChain Technologies launches its blockchain-based oil and gas trading and investment platform
Jan21

PermianChain Technologies launches its blockchain-based oil and gas trading and investment platform

PermianChain Technologies has launched the prototype of its platform for trading potential oil and gas reserves that have yet to be developed. PermianChain’s blockchain-based approach will make it easier to put a value on reserves before they have been produced, enhancing efficiency and improving understanding of a project’s viability. PermianChain has been designed to augment the way that firms across the oil and gas sector interact...

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How SMBs can achieve a better work life balance?
Jan21

How SMBs can achieve a better work life balance?

Running a business can be incredibly challenging. These challenges are only increased when the business is just getting off the ground or is making its first significant expansion. Therefore, many entrepreneurs or owners of SMBs find themselves continuously absorbed in the daily affairs of their business, and thus lose out on taking time for their personal lives. Psychologist, doctors and those who run successful businesses can all...

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UK Fintech MarketInvoice secures £56m in equity and debt funding
Jan21

UK Fintech MarketInvoice secures £56m in equity and debt funding

Fintech business lender MarketInvoice today announced it has raised £26m in new equity funding. This Series-B funding round was led by Barclays and fintech fund Santander InnoVentures with significant participation from European venture fund Northzone, an existing investor in the company. Technology credit fund Viola Credit, who also participated in the equity round, will provide a debt facility of up to £30m to help scale the...

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Financed by a loan from Gazprombank “Messoyakhaneftegaz” Deal of the Year recognized
Jan21

Financed by a loan from Gazprombank “Messoyakhaneftegaz” Deal of the Year recognized

The deal to raise the company ‘Messoyakhaneftegaz “financing in the amount of 100 billion rubles, one of the key players that made Gazprombank became the winner in the” Deal of the Year fundraising “annual award” Treasurer of the Year “Corporate Treasurers Association. This is one of the most prestigious awards of the Russian financial community and the only one in the area of corporate treasury....

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Falcon strengthens its first-mover position in blockchain banking by introducing direct transfers of cryptocurrencies
Jan21

Falcon strengthens its first-mover position in blockchain banking by introducing direct transfers of cryptocurrencies

As the first Swiss private bank, Falcon introduces direct transfers of selected cryptocurrencies for both private and institutional clients. Falcon Private Bank reaffirms its first-mover position in blockchain banking by accepting direct transfers of selected cryptocurrencies. With immediate effect, private and institutional clients can directly transfer cryptocurrencies to and from segregated Falcon wallets, as well as convert them...

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Exploring the evolving role and scope of operational risk management in today’s dynamic landscape
Jan18

Exploring the evolving role and scope of operational risk management in today’s dynamic landscape

Blog by Shannon Harris, Senior Research Executive, Center for Financial Professionals (FinTech Finance are partnering with CeFPro’s upcoming New Generation Operational Risk Europe Summit, www.cefpro.com/oprisk. Use code: FF15 to get 15% off the current rate). In the past decade the financial industry has rapidly changed and evolved leading to enhanced risk management practices. Operational risk is no different, as new and emerging...

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Tandem Bank Starts 2019 With Half A Million Customers
Jan18

Tandem Bank Starts 2019 With Half A Million Customers

Today Tandem Bank announces that it has reached a landmark 500,000 customers, who Tandem has helped to save, spend and optimise their finances, solving their money issues in the process. 2018 was a transformative year for Tandem, from obtaining a banking license in January with the acquisition of Harrods Bank, to launching a suite of products to consumers and cementing its place as a leading UK digital challenger bank. Tandem is now...

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Assetz Capital kicks off 2019 with exclusive existing customer promotion
Jan18

Assetz Capital kicks off 2019 with exclusive existing customer promotion

Assetz Capital is welcoming its existing investors into 2019 with a 1% cashback available on newly invested funds until 14th February 2019, or the £20.19 million cap has been reached, whichever is the later. Plus investors can earn an extra bonus 0.25% cashback on all eligible funds invested through ISA wrapped accounts. The promotion is exclusively available to customers who began their registration on the platform before 1st January...

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Governor Software and Grant Thornton Ireland form strategic partnership to transform how companies manage and control risks and compliance
Jan18

Governor Software and Grant Thornton Ireland form strategic partnership to transform how companies manage and control risks and compliance

Governor Software Limited and Grant Thornton Ireland today announced they have formed a strategic partnership to offer clients a proactive solution to help them better understand and visualise their risk and compliance obligations. Through their collaborative partnership Governor Software’s industry leading technology and Grant Thornton’s insight and expertise will help clients to achieve the highest standards in risk and compliance...

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OneLife Appoints Romain Chevalier as Chief Commercial Officer
Jan18

OneLife Appoints Romain Chevalier as Chief Commercial Officer

The OneLife Company S.A. (“OneLife”) is pleased to announce the appointment of Romain Chevalier as the firm’s Chief Commercial Officer. Romain joined OneLife at the beginning of January, following the completion of the acquisition of the company by the APICIL Group. Romain has considerable experience in the life insurance industry and in sales and marketing functions. He worked previously as Chief Commercial Officer of Intencial, the...

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ScaleFactor Closes $30M Series B Funding Round to Power Small Businesses, Accelerate Back Office Automation via Business OS
Jan18

ScaleFactor Closes $30M Series B Funding Round to Power Small Businesses, Accelerate Back Office Automation via Business OS

ScaleFactor, an intelligent finance and automated accounting platform, today announced a $30 million Series B round of funding led by Bessemer Venture Partners, one of the most successful cloud venture capital firms in the industry. Fresh off the heels of their Series A in July 2018, ScaleFactor has raised $40 million in less than six months. Returning investors in the round include Canaan, Broadhaven Ventures, Firebrand Ventures and...

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TD Bank Group to Issue NVCC Preferred Shares
Jan18

TD Bank Group to Issue NVCC Preferred Shares

The Toronto-Dominion Bank (“TD Bank Group” or “TD”) today announced a domestic public offering of Non-Cumulative 5-Year Rate Reset Preferred Shares (non-viability contingent capital (NVCC)), Series 22 (the “Series 22 Shares”). TD has entered into an agreement with a group of underwriters led by TD Securities Inc. to issue, on a bought deal basis, 10 million Series 22 Shares at a price of $25.00 per...

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