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March, 2017

  • 27 March

    Zurich based FinTech Tradeplus24 closes CHF 100M credit facility with OceanoOne

    A bumper week for new guys on the block, having only less than a week ago announced a successful investment round. Launched in late 2016 and partnered with global player AIG and Switzerland’s largest insurance advisor Kessler & Co AG (Marsh Network). Tradeplus24 AG offer a unique combination of trade …

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  • 27 March

    Collaboration between banks and fintechs is the key to survival

    Collaboration between banks and fintechs is the key to survival according to an in-depth survey released by the EIU  • Regulators shape bank strategies with regulations cited across the top 3 biggest impacts on banking to 2020 • Report says 56% of retail banks agree more payments will flow via …

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  • 27 March

    mBank to invest EUR 50 million in new technologies for financial institutions

    mBank will set up the first fund in Central and Eastern Europe that will specialise in developing and selling new technologies. The Polish bank has an ambition to join the group of leaders having an influence on digital transformation in the banking sector. The investment will be of benefit to …

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  • 27 March

    Two years won’t be enough for the UK to negotiate post-Brexit relationships

    With Theresa May setting a date for the formal process of leaving the EU on March 29, we have a comment below from Markus Kuger, Senior Economist at Dun & Bradstreet, on what the leaving process might look like and why two years won’t be enough time for the UK …

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  • 24 March

    SO I’M THE FINTECH ENVOY FOR THE NORTHERN POWERHOUSE…

    My colleague and good friend @riteshs01 didn’t like the first version of this article. He REALLY didn’t like it and made sure, over the course of a range of emails, Slack chats, texts and calls, that I fully understood just how much he didn’t like it and why. Did I …

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  • 24 March

    FINTECH NORTH – SHOWCASING LEEDS AS A FINTECH CAPITAL

    In recent months the interest and activity in the FinTech sector in Leeds has heightened, with developments including the publication of a Council-funded report into FinTech in the Leeds City Region, the unveiling of plans for a new digital city and laboratory on the south of the city, and the …

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  • 24 March

    42% of UK businesses are more inclined to expand operations overseas since the Brexit vote and US election results

    Emerging markets are becoming increasingly attractive to 63% of UK businesses, with 75% eyeing Dubai as an overseas business location to expand into New research by DMCC (Dubai Multi Commodities Centre) (DMCC)  that just under half (42%) of UK businesses have more appetite for overseas expansion in the post-Brexit and …

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  • 24 March

    FINOVATE EUROPE IN 129 SECONDS. IN CASE YOU MISSED IT.

    First to present was Angelique, CEO of GAINX, who introduced Flow AI, which they described as a tool for ‘innovation strategy management’, including showing where ideas are coming from, predicting what will happen to them, improving and measuring the ROI of ideas, preventing ‘Innovation Drag’. Next up we had Danny …

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  • 24 March

    The Countdown to GDPR… 299(ish) days to go.

    Companies today are using data in ways that were unimaginable when the current Data Protection Act was being drafted. We’re talking about an era pre Google, pre Facebook, pre Uber. Pre internet as we understand it. When the Data Protection Act was conceived, the idea of one company being able …

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  • 24 March

    ROBOTIC PROCESS AUTOMATION… WHAT’S THAT GOT TO DO WITH THE PRICE OF BREAD?

    It decides it. You’re in a Supermarket. Ok, so imagine a loaf of bread. It’s worth the most in the morning, when it’s just been baked and has that buy me look feel and aroma. As its freshness decreases over the day, the price decreases. Freshness is the price metric …

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  • 24 March

    Profile: Alison Hutchinson CBE, CEO of Pennies

    Alison Hutchinson CBE, CEO of Pennies: We’re an independent charity that has created a new standard for the payments industry, retailers and charities to enable simple, data-free giving. Our digital charity box gives customers the chance to add a few pennies onto transactions when they pay by card. We don’t …

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  • 22 March

    UK regions attract more early-stage FinTech investments, according to FinTech Global

    London still dominates the UK FinTech sector and attracts over 82% of FinTech investment capital but there are encouraging signs that other parts of the UK are attracting early-stage investments. Although the amount of capital invested in UK FinTech companies based outside London fell last year, analysis from FinTech Global, …

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  • 22 March

    Econaut In The Future Financial Space

    The Finnish activist economist Akseli Virtanen has created a new cooperative hedge fund that mixes art and finance and challenges the entire space surrounding fintech. I was invited to an advisory meeting with the London-based Danish film director Mette Reitzel who is planning to make a documentary about the Finnish …

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  • 22 March

    THE DIGITISATION OF FOREX

    London, regardless of any Brexit uncertainty, continues to be the biggest market in the World for foreign exchange trades, a third of global totals, in algebraic terms, NY + SG + HK = UK. Ever more entrants trying to cut a space whilst margins get thinner and thinner. The new …

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  • 22 March

    Proethical People: Oliver Huggins

    Oliver Huggins, COO of Rates Services at London Stock Exchange Group, grew up in the Suffolk countryside and went to Bristol University before beginning a career in the City in the mid-90’s. He’s got twenty years’ experience in financial markets, initially on the trading floors of large investment banks as …

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  • 22 March

    TECHNICALLY CHALLENGED? BUILDING THE NEW ECONOMY ROADMAP FOR THE CHARITY SECTOR

    If I were to give you two choices to support an organisation working on reducing recriminalisation rates of offenders, which one would you choose? The latest EdTech solution for daily learning and rehabilitation that claims an incredible 0% reoffending rate among its 20,000 users over 4 years; or a local …

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  • 20 March

    Will Mexico take the FinTech Crown as Leaders of the LATAM Region?

    It was a very interesting experience to visit Mexico City on behalf of the Department for International Trade in partnership with the Emerging Payments Association. It’s not every day that UK FinTech companies get a chance to meet with key Mexican stakeholders and decision makers in the industry.  I was …

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  • 19 March

    Nearly 1,000 attendees gather in Kyiv for BlockchainUA

    The international BlockchainUA Conference was held in Kiev on 17 th March 2017, and gathered nearly 1,000 attendees. Forty expert speakers took part in the Conference, from ten different countries. The primary Conference themes were Fintech and Blockchain. Presentations were given at three different locations at once – the Main Stage, …

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  • 19 March

    Simmons & Simmons joins the Bank of England’s FinTech Accelerator Community

    The Bank of England (the Bank) FinTech Accelerator (the Accelerator) has today launched a new Community, bringing together FinTech-related organisations to engage with the Bank, share insights on trends and support the development of the sector.‎ Simmons & Simmons’ head of FinTech, Angus McLean, is the only industry expert from …

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  • 17 March

    Financecoin price levels continue to display uptrend movements despite failed ETF listing application

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday denied a request to approve the listing of what would have been the first digital currency exchange-traded fund (ETF) built to track digital currencies. This is the first of an estimated three applications filed with the SEC in total. Prior to this …

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  • 16 March

    NOW Money wins heavyweight title at Get In The Ring Abu Dhabi

    FinTech, NOW Money, has won Get In The Ring Abu Dhabi, an annual start-up pitching competition, which aims to provide resources and exposure to start-ups by setting them in a ring to compete against one another in a pitching “battle”. The competition, which was organised and hosted at Abu Dhabi …

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  • 15 March

    Leeds tech conference FinTech North announced

    FinTech North 2017 is once again set to take place during Leeds Digital Festival week and aims to attract 350 delegates and support from the FinTech community in the Leeds City Region, across the UK, and internationally. FinTech North 2017 will be hosted on the 26th April 2017 at aql …

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  • 15 March

    Starling Hackathon Opens Door on Open Banking

    Starling Bank announced it is to host its first hackathon, opening up its API to outside developers for the first time. The hackathon makes Starling the first UK licenced bank to launch a public API in keeping with the ambitions of PSD2 and the Open Banking initiative. Starling’s public API …

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  • 15 March

    Ovum Highlights New Big-Data Search Technology

    Technology research company Ovum has shone its spotlight on new big data precision search tool Nalytics.com, stating that its precision search and discovery platform could be the answer for companies looking for a search solution which does not require a big investment in IT infrastructure. In its “On the Radar” …

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  • 14 March

    BLOCKCHAIN IS THE KEY?

    Blockchain will dramatically improve the working processes between all parties and across most areas in the insurance value chain. It creates a single, shared and logical view of data. The process of buying or amending a policy, making a claim and all supporting activities should be much simpler and more …

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  • 14 March

    BLOCKCHAIN FOR INSURANCE – THE CHANGE IS HERE

    Insurance has a reputation for being a late adopter of technology, to suffer from a low level of client trust and to have inefficient (and often manual) processes. As a consequence, the adoption of a new technology that provides significant efficiency improvements, introduces systematic trust, allows comprehensive improvements to business …

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  • 14 March

    DATA for insurance

    To make the most of InsurTech, brokers must adapt to the benefits of connected channels and the data received within them. Insurers require data in real time in order to better price and rate the risks. New sources of data such as smartphone apps, Internet of Things and Connected Homes …

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  • 14 March

    More pressure is on

    From July 2017, Lloyd’s will have the authority to monitor and regulate the data requirements as outlined in version 5 of the Coverholder Reporting Standards. A core set of regulatory, tax, premiums and claims information, the standards are intended to make it easier to work with the Lloyd’s market by …

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  • 14 March

    A Fintech World

    A view from the Financial Services Forum event at Henderson Global Investors high on the 12th floor of 201 Bishopsgate. A panel of Rob Sanders from DOOR, Dagmara Lacka of BoldMind, and Mark Bradbury of Apply Financial debated the fintech revolution and where in the cycle we sit today. The …

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  • 14 March

    Insurance on the cusp of big change?

    The insurance industry is often seen as an ”Old Boys Club”, a conservative sector characterised by inertia. However, a rapid large-scale change seems to be imminent. Lemonade – the insurtech company powered by artificial intelligence and behavioral economics, set a world record for the speed and ease of paying a …

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  • 14 March

    Moneyhub Enterprise launches new ‘nudges’ technology surfacing key personal finance insights directly to the user

    Moneyhub Enterprise has developed a new “Nudges” product for personal finance apps, which continuously syncs and curates the customer’s key financial data into user friendly cards as they log in to their account. The creator of financial technologies for businesses and their customers believes the days of static PFM tools …

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  • 14 March

    Wanted: the future of financial health

    Fintechs with a focus on financial health can now apply to participate in a groundbreaking incubation programme announced today by the Finance Innovation Lab and Toynbee Hall. The Financial Health Fellowship, delivered over six months in 2017, will boost strategic know-how, transform leadership skills and prepare Fellows to scale their businesses. …

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  • 13 March

    Spring Luxuries to Splash Out On

    Uncovering the Essence of Modern City Life Sponsored by The Montcalm Royal London House As the sun starts to shine again it’s about this time of year I always get the urge for a bit of a rejuvenating splurge. After all, Spring is a time for rebirth and renewal and …

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  • 10 March

    Asian Banks Outline Blockchain Use Cases in Singapore

    FinTech Network will host The Blockchain for Finance Conference, Asia Pacific on June 20-21 in Singapore which will help companies to evaluate the latest use cases and POC’s to help assess the viability of adopting distributed ledger technology. With Financial Institutions eager to identify the commercial opportunity that blockchain technology …

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  • 10 March

    Slaughter and May announces successful Fintech Fast Forward applicants

    Slaughter and May, the leading international law firm, today announces the names of five tech businesses it has selected to join its Fintech Fast Forward programme. The successful businesses, which operate in fintech, regtech, insurtech and cyber security, are the first cohort to formally join the legal incubation programme which …

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