This week’s market commentary from David Jones, Chief Market Strategist at Capital.com
Feb19

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

It’s a quiet start to the trading week, with US stock markets closed in observance of the President’s Day holiday. The Dow closed at its best levels in more than two months and has now rallied by over 4,000 points since the December low.  This “V”-shaped recovery has been impressive – and probably unexpected by most given the gloom that dogged financial markets in the last few months of 2019.  But despite the threat of trade...

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Braintri co-developed IKO mobile app voted world’s best twice
Feb19

Braintri co-developed IKO mobile app voted world’s best twice

For the second year in a row, IKO, the mobile app of the CEE financial industry giant PKO Bank Polski, took top spot in a global industry ranking of mobile apps of 100 worldwide banks. The ranking was published by the British Retail Banker International magazine. Overall, IKO outperformed the mobile solutions of several renowned banking brands, including JP Morgan Chase, Barclays, and Bank of America. IKO is co-developed by Braintri,...

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Paris Fintech Forum 2019: Daniel Kreis, Handelsbank AG
Feb19

Paris Fintech Forum 2019: Daniel Kreis, Handelsbank AG

We talk to Daniel Kreis, Handelsbank AG about what they do, German Fintech’s and much more!

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Paris Fintech Forum 2019: Marek Pärtel, Estateguru
Feb19

Paris Fintech Forum 2019: Marek Pärtel, Estateguru

We talk to Marek Pärtel, Estateguru about their company, how will it help the lending industry and much more!

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Shield FC Announces Cloud-Enablement of Compliance Platform
Feb19

Shield FC Announces Cloud-Enablement of Compliance Platform

Specialist RegTech provider Shield Financial Compliance (Shield FC) announces the cloud-enablement of its compliance platform. The Shield Cloud provides financial institutions with a full and flexible regulatory compliance solution, out of the box. Shield’s platform offers complete regulation compliance monitoring and across all eComms platforms. This covers the whole data lifecycle, from capture and Record Keeping, to analysis...

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NEXT Biometrics Receives Further Orders for Aadhaar Enabled Applications in India
Feb19

NEXT Biometrics Receives Further Orders for Aadhaar Enabled Applications in India

NEXT Biometrics (Oslo Bors: NEXT), a global leader in fingerprint sensor technology, today announced that it has received further orders for its STQC and UIDAI certified fingerprint technology in India. The fingerprint sensors are sold through NEXT`s distribution partner AqTronics Technologies, Pvt. Ltd. and will be used in a range of Aadhaar based applications such as Jeevan Pramaan (i.e. an Aadhaar enabled digital service for...

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Governor Software partners with CastleHill for enhanced RSA Archer integration
Feb19

Governor Software partners with CastleHill for enhanced RSA Archer integration

Governor Software Ltd, an innovative governance and oversight solution provider, today announced that it has partnered with CastleHill Managed Risk Solutions to provide enhanced RSA Archer integration to its client base. The integration of RSA Archer and Governor Software’s proprietary technology enables CastleHill’s clients, namely senior executives within financial institutions, to have a broad view of their risk and compliance...

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Keeping Conversation Meaningful: WeGather Moves Away From Clicks Over Quality With New Premium Service
Feb19

Keeping Conversation Meaningful: WeGather Moves Away From Clicks Over Quality With New Premium Service

WeGather, the global online platform for expert and enthusiast-led discussions, announces a successful shift towards a premium monetised platform, in order to disrupt the traditional advertising revenue model in social media. In a climate where sensationalism trumps truth, many social media giants have built a model where they just want to captivise as much attention as possible and prioritise clicks over quality. However, this...

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Liechtenstein’s LGT goes live with Avaloq Banking Suite in Austria
Feb19

Liechtenstein’s LGT goes live with Avaloq Banking Suite in Austria

The Avaloq Banking Suite is now available in Austria: The Austrian unit of LGT, the international private banking and asset management group owned by the Princely House of Liechtenstein, has gone live with the Avaloq Banking Suite. The roll-out complements similar activation projects for LGT with Avaloq in Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Singapore and Hong Kong. All of the group’s core strategic markets now use the same banking...

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One in five businesses say decision makers don’t place a high enough value on technology
Feb19

One in five businesses say decision makers don’t place a high enough value on technology

One in five (21%) businesses in the UK believe that decision makers do not place enough value on technology and 24% do not understand how fintechs could help them, according to research by Centtrip, a leader in intelligent treasury management, payments and foreign exchange. The firm surveyed more than 500 chief executives, chief financial officers and managing directors at UK companies and found that businesses that have decided not...

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Credorax Appoints Sian Bosley to SVP Business Development; Strengthens Expansion Into the European Market
Feb19

Credorax Appoints Sian Bosley to SVP Business Development; Strengthens Expansion Into the European Market

Credorax, the licensed Merchant Acquiring Bank providing cross-border Smart Acquiring services and a variety of Smart Payment solutions to global merchants and payment service providers, today announced the appointment of Sian Bosley to SVP of Business Development. “The eCommerce and mCommerce sectors are booming, and merchants around the world are demanding a strong payment infrastructure to keep up with customer expectations,” says...

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“Sorry I’m late, I had problems connecting” – New data reveals 9 out of 10 people struggle when connecting to a video conference call
Feb19

“Sorry I’m late, I had problems connecting” – New data reveals 9 out of 10 people struggle when connecting to a video conference call

Despite the increase in video conferencing usage, issues relating to ease-of-use and content sharing are impacting enterprise collaboration. The overwhelming majority of enterprises (90 per cent) reported experiencing challenges when connecting to video conference calls. This is according to a new survey from StarLeaf, conducted by Vanson Bourne, which featured responses from 500 IT decision-makers and Line-of-Business leaders in the...

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PXP Financial aims to put people at the heart of payments
Feb19

PXP Financial aims to put people at the heart of payments

Today marks the public launch of PXP Financial, a global payments expert delivering frictionless acquiring solutions built for merchants by merchants. The business is supported by a management team made up of experienced payment and corporate finance experts. Led by CEO, Koen Vanpraet, formerly of Global Collect/Ingenico, Credorax and Intrapay, PXP Financial delivers integrated, omni-channel integrated payments solutions for in-store...

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Gate.IO supports BitTorrent (BTT) Airdrop to TRX Holders
Feb19

Gate.IO supports BitTorrent (BTT) Airdrop to TRX Holders

Blockchain assets exchange platform, Gate.IO has today announced that it is supporting the BitTorrent (BTT) airdrop to TRX holders, it released the first airdrop for users last week. The airdrops will continue into the future and a monthly snapshot will be taken on the 11th of each month, where users can receive an official airdrop. This new addition, means Gate.IO now offers 19 trading pairs on its perpetual contracts feature and it...

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CryptoCompare Publishes Monthly Exchange Review for January 2019
Feb19

CryptoCompare Publishes Monthly Exchange Review for January 2019

CryptoCompare, the global cryptocurrency market data provider, today published its January 2019 Exchange Review, offering institutional and retail investors insights into the cryptocurrency exchange industry. The January Monthly Review provides an overview of the current exchange landscape as well as a monthly evaluation of how spot volumes vs futures volumes have developed historically, including both crypto exchanges (BitMEX and...

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Closecross Bolsters Senior Management Team With Appointment of Quentin Issele
Feb19

Closecross Bolsters Senior Management Team With Appointment of Quentin Issele

CloseCross, a multi-party, decentralised derivatives trading platform in beta, has announced the appointment of Quentin Issele to Senior Product Manager. The appointment comes as the UK based company – recently backed by Amnis Ventures for $3 million USD –  amplifies its efforts to level the playing field and create a transparent alternative to the current derivatives market. As Senior Product Manager, Issele’s key role...

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Bitbond – First German STO with security
Feb18

Bitbond – First German STO with security

Blockchain company Bitbond announced today the first Security Token Offering (STO) with a securities prospectus, approved by BaFin. Bitbond is the first in Germany to issue a comprehensively regulated security token. In contrast to ICOs, the securities prospectus for the token-based bond gives investors unprecedented transparency and comprehensively documents their rights and the terms of the offer. At the same time, the offer is...

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Alibaba’s Ant Financial buys UK currency exchange giant WorldFirst reportedly for around $700M
Feb18

Alibaba’s Ant Financial buys UK currency exchange giant WorldFirst reportedly for around $700M

Ant Financial,  the financial services behemoth affiliated with Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, has made its first big move into Europe. It’s acquired London-headquartered payments company WorldFirst in a deal that sources tell us is valued at around $700 million. (That price would also line up with multiple reports from December claiming the two were in talks for an acquisition of around £550 million, or $717 million at current...

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Andrew Yeoman, Concirrus on How Important is the Quick Reconciliation of Payments

We talk to Andrew Yeoman, CEO of Concirrus about how important is the quick reconciliation of payments.

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Paris Fintech Forum 2019: Mattia D’Alessandra, Loanxchain
Feb18

Paris Fintech Forum 2019: Mattia D’Alessandra, Loanxchain

We talk to Mattia D’Alessandra, Loanxchain about their company, where the lending industry heading and much more!

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Mambu secures €30 million funding to accelerate growth
Feb18

Mambu secures €30 million funding to accelerate growth

Mambu, the leading SaaS banking engine, today announced  it has raised €30 million in its latest funding round led by US-based Bessemer Venture Partners, one of the world’s most experienced and successful SaaS-focused venture capital firms, with participation also coming from existing investors Acton Capital, CommerzVentures, Point Nine Capital and Runa Capital. Mambu, which launched in 2011, has experienced triple-digit growth...

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Wirecard equips Segmüller with mobile payment solution
Feb18

Wirecard equips Segmüller with mobile payment solution

Wirecard, the global innovation leader for digital financial technology, has announced its collaboration with Segmüller, one of Germany’s largest furniture retailers. Thanks to Wirecard, Segmüller offers its customers the opportunity to conveniently pay invoices with their mobile devices or credit cards when they receive their delivery. Wirecard not only provides the digital payment technology, but also handles the processing of...

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Asset finance at Paragon expands with series of new appointments
Feb18

Asset finance at Paragon expands with series of new appointments

Paragon has made a series of new appointments in its award-winning Asset finance business area as it continues to grow its lending commitment to British businesses. Jan Greenhalgh is among the recent uptake of new starters as Head of New Business in Asset finance. She brings a wealth of experience and specialist knowledge and is focusing on delivering, speed, consistency and accuracy to the SME market, through deployment of...

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Paris Fintech Forum 2019: Mishal Ruparel, Banking Circle
Feb18

Paris Fintech Forum 2019: Mishal Ruparel, Banking Circle

We talk to Mishal Ruparel, Banking Circle at PFF about the company, payments in the future and much more!

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Paris Fintech Forum 2019: Pat Patel, Money20/20
Feb18

Paris Fintech Forum 2019: Pat Patel, Money20/20

We talk to Pat Patel, Money20/20 at PFF about tech giants, PSD2 in Asia and much more!  

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Transforming Insurance Customer Experience Using Connected, Digital Claims, with USAA, SAP Ariba, Horace Mann Insurance and Swyfft
Feb18

Transforming Insurance Customer Experience Using Connected, Digital Claims, with USAA, SAP Ariba, Horace Mann Insurance and Swyfft

In an increasingly cost-competitive industry, digital technologies are providing today’s insurance carriers with new methods of distinguishing themselves from competitors. Of particular focus is the claims process. As insurance’s ‘moment of truth’, policy-holders’ experiences when making a claim can define whether they become satisfied and loyal customers for life or disgruntled, and unlikely to return. With the majority of insurance...

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Koine appoints seasoned & highly-accomplished Chairman & CEO
Feb18

Koine appoints seasoned & highly-accomplished Chairman & CEO

Koine, the institutional custodian for the digital economy, has appointed Hugh Hughes as Chairman and CEO. Hugh is a highly experienced figure in European technology and financial markets. He was CEO of Societe Generale Securities in London for 10 years. Previously, he built stockbroking businesses in London, selling and merging them into major European financial institutions. In 2005, Hugh co-founded Fixnetix, a financial technology...

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Gareth Howell, AXA on partnering with Insurtechs and Fintechs
Feb18

Gareth Howell, AXA on partnering with Insurtechs and Fintechs

We talk to Gareth Howell, Managing Director at AXA about looking to partner with Insurtechs and Fintechs.

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Improved Bank Connection User Flow for PSD2/Open Banking ecosystem
Feb18

Improved Bank Connection User Flow for PSD2/Open Banking ecosystem

During the process of integrating the banks across EU, Salt Edge has redesigned its Bank Connect interfaces to ensure the most intuitive, simple, and informative customer journey that can be in an Open Banking environment. Salt Edge outnumbers other data aggregators in regards to banks connected across the world. While continuously scaling up the number of connections, it is essential for the company to guarantee that the institutions...

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296. After Dark: Digital Love
Feb18

296. After Dark: Digital Love

ABOUT THIS EPISODE Can you feel the #digitallove? We certainly could at the first After Dark of 2019. Just one day before Valentine’s Day over 200 of finances’ finest entered the tower of One Canada Square in Canary Wharf. Set high above the city of London at Level 39, it was standing room only for a show that sold out in six hours. Before we started the show with our first fin-couple, a rebearded David kicked off support...

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Dolfin acquires business of UK subsidiary of Falcon Private Bank
Feb18

Dolfin acquires business of UK subsidiary of Falcon Private Bank

Dolfin, , the independent, London-headquarterd wealth management group, and the Swiss-based Falcon Private Bank announced today Dolfin’s acquisition of the business of Falcon’s UK subsidiary, Falcon Private Wealth Ltd. Dolfin – which will become an external asset manager to Falcon Private Bank – will broaden its client base and add about $1bn of client assets. This news means these clients will now be able to benefit from...

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Jacinth Smiley, Vice President & Chief Accounting Officer at LyondellBasell will be presenting at the upcoming Chief Financial Officer Summit!
Feb18

Jacinth Smiley, Vice President & Chief Accounting Officer at LyondellBasell will be presenting at the upcoming Chief Financial Officer Summit!

marcus evans is proud to announce Jacinth Smiley, Vice President & Chief Accounting Officer at LyondellBasell as a speaker at the Chief Financial Officer Summit that will take place on May 9-11, 2019 at the Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa, Palm Beach, Florida. Jacinth Smiley is an accomplished Senior Finance Executive and Certified Public Accountant with demonstrated leadership experience across multiple industries, including...

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Tapoly’s “Software as a Service” solution for brokers to provide access to a full range of on-demand insurance products
Feb18

Tapoly’s “Software as a Service” solution for brokers to provide access to a full range of on-demand insurance products

Europe’s first on-demand insurance provider Tapoly offers Software as a Service to brokers who can now access a comprehensive range of on-demand insurance products that are otherwise difficult to obtain. The key benefits of the platform are: Fully integrated broker interface allowing them to generate quotes and on-board customers in a matter of seconds via a managed web portal and online payment gateway The white-labelled front-end...

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The 6th Nextgen Payments Forum is about to Bring Payments to the Next Level of the Digital Age
Feb18

The 6th Nextgen Payments Forum is about to Bring Payments to the Next Level of the Digital Age

Payment innovation will take center stage in Cyprus this coming April with the central theme: Innovation in a Disruptive Digital Economy. The Event QUBE EVENTS is to host the International 6th Nextgen Payments Forum in Limassol, 04-05 April 2019. This prestigious international Forum is purposely structured to offer all participants a blend of networking activities, serious business talk and loads of in-depth insight, as well as,...

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AI in Business: 2019 Trends and Predictions
Feb18

AI in Business: 2019 Trends and Predictions

AI is already being implemented in businesses around the world, and while worries persist over whether robots will be taking over the workplace, some are predicting that it will actually improve and even create jobs in the future. From devices in our homes to mobile apps, AI has already made its way into our daily lives. The workplace is no exception and AI has already helped businesses make better use of data and streamline...

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iwoca raises £150m in equity and debt capital
Feb18

iwoca raises £150m in equity and debt capital

iwoca, one of Europe’s fastest growing small business lenders, today announces it has raised an additional £150m in equity and debt capital. The investment brings iwoca’s total funding to £350m. iwoca’s most recent fundraising included a Series D equity round led by Augmentum Fintech, the specialist fintech venture capital investor. NIBC Bank and other existing investors, including Prime Ventures, also participated. The capital raised...

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Saudi’s Agricultural Development Fund chooses Finastra to enhance credit services
Feb18

Saudi’s Agricultural Development Fund chooses Finastra to enhance credit services

Finastra’s core banking solution, Fusion Essence, has been chosen to power Saudi Arabia’s Agricultural Development Fund’s lending services. The governmental credit institution will use the platform – traditionally used by banks for retail – to provide its customers with an improved user experience, including new services and shorter loan approval times, as well as moving the fund forward in line with the Kingdom’s strategic...

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Monese launches exclusive partnership with Avios following successful Series B investment
Feb18

Monese launches exclusive partnership with Avios following successful Series B investment

Monese, the globally-connected banking service, has joined up with Avios, the loyalty currency, so users can easily track and maximise their Avios balance and check their transactions. This is the world’s first current account linked with Avios and it offers a new, seamless financial and lifestyle management service for mobile people. An exciting roadmap of developments, including further collection and redemption opportunities with...

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Central bank governors from Arab countries  to attend the 3rd FinTech Forum in Bahrain
Feb18

Central bank governors from Arab countries to attend the 3rd FinTech Forum in Bahrain

The Middle East and Africa FinTech Forum has announced that a large number of Central Bank Governors from the MENA region will attend the 3rd annual FinTech Forum, which will be held in Manama under the patronage of the Central Bank of Bahrain on 21 February 2019. HE Rasheed Al Maraj, Governor of the Central Bank of Bahrain, will inaugurate the FinTech Forum, which will also be attended by senior officials from the central banks of...

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GoCardless secures $75 million Series E investment to open up access to the first global bank debit network
Feb18

GoCardless secures $75 million Series E investment to open up access to the first global bank debit network

GoCardless, the global leader in recurring payments, has secured a $75 million Series E investment to open up access to the world’s first global bank debit network. By spring 2019, the GoCardless network will cover 70 per cent of the world’s recurring payments volume, spanning North America, Europe and APAC, enabling businesses to take recurring payments in any currency, via automatic bank debit. New investors – Adams Street Partners,...

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NEXT Biometrics Sensors Selected for Secure Display Panel Solution
Feb18

NEXT Biometrics Sensors Selected for Secure Display Panel Solution

NEXT Biometrics (Oslo Bors: NEXT), a global leader in fingerprint sensor technology, today announced that the Company`s One Touch Access 100 fingerprint sensor module has been selected by Prima Technology Inc. for integration in its high-quality display panel solutions. NEXT has shipped initial volumes of its One Touch Access 100 fingerprint sensor module which are currently being integrated and tested for use in Prima Technology`s...

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Groupama Asset Management reports net inflow of 1.420 billion euros
Feb18

Groupama Asset Management reports net inflow of 1.420 billion euros

Year after year, the third-party distribution business of Groupama Asset Management has continued to develop at a sustained pace. For example, the net inflow of subscriptions from external customers reached 1.420 billion euros by the end last year, bringing the total third-party assets under management to 20.5 billion euros (on 31 December 2018, compared to 19.8 billion on 31 December 2017). Overall, the total assets under management,...

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Pollen + Grace continues its crusade against over-processed food by launching in Tesco’s and Co-op
Feb18

Pollen + Grace continues its crusade against over-processed food by launching in Tesco’s and Co-op

This morning “free-from” food-to-go brand Pollen + Grace announces its launch into national supermarket giants Tesco and Co-Op, continuing its mission to bring exciting healthy meals to the high street. From May 2019, Pollen + Grace will expand into in 50 Co-op supermarkets across the South of England, including London and surrounding cities. The range will also be available in 55 Tesco stores within Greater London. Products are...

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FIX Trading Community Announces Verena Ross, Executive Director of ESMA, as Keynote Speaker for London EMEA Trading Conference
Feb18

FIX Trading Community Announces Verena Ross, Executive Director of ESMA, as Keynote Speaker for London EMEA Trading Conference

FIX Trading Community, the non-profit, industry-driven standards body at the heart of global financial trading, today announced Verena Ross, Executive Director of the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) as the Keynote Speaker for the EMEA Trading Conference on 14th March 2019. Verena is known for her proven track record in helping shape regulatory policy in the European financial markets. Regarded as the biggest one-day...

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NIBC invests in iwoca and broadens stake in FinTech community
Feb18

NIBC invests in iwoca and broadens stake in FinTech community

NIBC Bank has made an investment in iwoca, a FinTech small business lender which has been a client since 2017. In addition NIBC also increased its funding to accelerate growth. This partnership further strengthens NIBC’s tech-based investment portfolio and supports iwoca on its mission to help small businesses thrive. The investment follows a debt facility with NIBC as main financer since 2018. Over the last year, NIBC and iwoca built...

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Ingo Weber, Digital Insurance Group on Data Collected on Customers
Feb15

Ingo Weber, Digital Insurance Group on Data Collected on Customers

We talk to Ingo Weber Group CEO & Co-Founder at Digital Insurance Group about what services can they provide the insurers due to the huge amount of data collected on...

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David Germain, RSA on AI
Feb15

David Germain, RSA on AI

We talk to David Germain Group Chief Information & Technology Officer at RSA about AI.

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Barclaycard partners with SAP to simplify corporate payments
Feb15

Barclaycard partners with SAP to simplify corporate payments

Barclaycard Commercial Payments, part of Barclays Bank PLC, today announces a strategic partnership with SAP (UK) Limited, which will see Barclaycard integrate its award-winning B2B payment product, Precisionpay, into SAP Ariba, the world’s largest B2B marketplace for modern business. The integration, which will become available later this year, will bring procurement and payment together in one place, Ariba® Network, giving users a...

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Booming global cross-border e-commerce trade drives 48% Retail growth for PPRO in 2018
Feb15

Booming global cross-border e-commerce trade drives 48% Retail growth for PPRO in 2018

 PPRO, a cross-border e-payment specialist and one of the fastest growing fintech businesses in Europe, has today announced 48% growth for the Acquiring business in Retail e-commerce in 2018. The growth comes after a strong year for PPRO, who now works with 130 global Payment Service Providers (PSPs) to offer merchants access to 140+ local payment methods to bolster cross-border trade and expand their international customer base....

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Paris Fintech Forum 2019: David Parker, Polymath Consulting
Feb14

Paris Fintech Forum 2019: David Parker, Polymath Consulting

We talk to David Parker, Polymath Consulting at PFF about his job role/company, regulations, data and much more!

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