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January, 2018

  • 9 January

    Digital Realty Research: Half of FS IT capabilities can’t compete with FinTechs

    Digital Realty released a new research showing that more than half of IT leaders don’t think their IT capabilities are good enough to compete with FinTech competitors. The research surveys 100 IT decision makers in large financial services companies to understand: How prepared they are for the challenge presented by …

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  • 8 January

    International Fintech Conference confirmed for March 2018

    Following the success of the first conference in 2017, the second annual International Fintech Conference has today been confirmed for 22nd March 2018 in London. Over 100 Fintech firms and over 400 investors attended the first conference in 2017, which resulted in over £5 million worth of investment into the …

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  • 7 January

    Clarida Technologies raises €5 million of capital at a €100 million valuation

    Clarida Technologies Ltd., a UK incorporated technology company offering highly advanced big data-discovery software products and services to a wide variety of industries, is pleased to announce their recent acceptance of an equity investment of €5 million from a private investor which values the company at €100 million. Robin Poelmans, CEO, and …

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  • 5 January

    UK remains Europe’s leading hub for global tech investors

    2017 was a record year for UK tech investment, with London-based firms attracting the lion’s share of funding, according to data from London & Partners. The findings also revealed that the UK is Europe’s leading country for global tech investors, with British tech firms attracting more venture capital funding than …

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  • 5 January

    PayU Nigeria Goes Bigger on Online Payments with PayU Receive

    Businesses in Nigeria can securely request and receive payments directly from their customers using PayU’s (www.PayU.com.ng) product called PayU Receive (www.PayU.com.ng/payu-receive). PayU Receive is a secure payment solution that facilitates business-to-business and business-to-consumer payments easily via email or SMS. It allows businesses to make use of PayU’s safe and secure …

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  • 5 January

    Menlo Security has closed a $40 million funding round

    Menlo Security, speicialising in malware isolation, has closed a $40 million round in Series C funding, bringing total investment to $85 million. New investors in the round include American Express Ventures, Ericsson Ventures and HSBC. They join Menlo’s existing investors: JPMorgan Chase, General Catalyst, Sutter Hill Ventures, Osage University Partners …

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  • 4 January

    Huawei partners with Xpress Money to grow Mobile Money footprint in Africa

    Xpress Money, specialising in money transfers, has joined forces with ICT Company Huawei to drive mobile money services to more of the worlds unbanked, especially in Africa. The partnership will give the remittance firm access to Huawei’s mobile money service platform, which has over 100 million mobile money accounts globally. …

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  • 3 January

    Investing for the First Time: A Few Things to Remember

    Whether you’ve just won the lottery or you’ve decided your savings account isn’t living up to its potential, investing is a good decision. As a first time investor, your best option is probably to go through an investment firm – they know what they’re doing and have good reason to …

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  • 3 January

    ThinCats and Hennik Edge to support UK manufacturing with £100m of funding

    ThinCats, the alternative finance specialist, is making £100m available to fund and support dynamic manufacturing businesses across the UK, and help take them to the next level of growth. The £100m of funding in partnership with Hennik Edge, the networked advisory team for manufacturers, will see ThinCats use its UK-wide …

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  • 2 January

    Ferratum Group to partner with Thomas Cook Money

    Ferratum is partnering with Thomas Cook Money, the newly launched financial services division of Thomas Cook Group plc, to introduce its first Banking-as-a-Service (“BaaS”) venture. Ferratum will provide Thomas Cook Money with a fully functional and regulated mobile consumer finance offering powered by Ferratum’s highly successful and innovative mobile banking …

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  • 1 January

    DHL to partner with Africa’s largest e-commerce and fintech event

    DHL Express Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) has announced that the company has signed on as title sponsor for the 2018 DHL eCommerce MoneyAfrica Conference & Exhibition (Confex), which will be hosted at the new East Wing of the Cape Town International Convention Center on the 14th and 15th of March 2018. The DHL …

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December, 2017

  • 31 December

    Creditspring raises £2 million investment and establishes an advisory board

    Creditspring, the innovative consumer credit start-up, has taken steps forward in its mission to give people access to the credit. A successful investment round has yielded £2 million for product development, team expansion and market launch, with lead investor and BDT Capital veteran Chip Dunn becoming Non-Executive Chairman of the …

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  • 30 December

    5 key themes that will transform banking in 2018

    NCR recently surveyed over 1,000 UK adults, aged 16 and above, to gather their thoughts on the future of banking. Some of the findings are pivotal in understanding how banking will change in the UK in 2018 – with trends like AI, PSD2 and consumer trust shaping the transformation. 1)      Banking …

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  • 29 December

    Asset Management Firms are Ahead of Banks in Embracing New Technology

    Survey results released today by Excelian, Luxoft Financial Services – the financial services IT consultancy division of Luxoft, a global IT service provider – reveal that 87% of IT executives working for Wealth & Asset Management firms believe their CEOs understand the importance of technology within the business. In contrast, 75% of IT …

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  • 29 December

    Bottomline: Business and Payments 2018 Predictions

    Bottomline Technologies is one of the world’s largest business payments providers. Here are some of their predictions in the global business and payments space in 2018: The debate of traditional currency vs Distributed Ledger Technology continues: Traditional currency continues to be digitalised with reduced use of cash/cheques, and it will become less …

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  • 28 December

    Youbit exchange closes because of cyber attacks

    Last week, Korean cryptocurrency exchange Youbit has announced that it is filing for bankruptcy after losing 17 percent of its assets in a cyber attack – the second it has suffered this year. Leigh-Anne Galloway, Cyber Resilience Lead at Positive.com, has made the following comments: “2018 has been a remarkable year …

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  • 28 December

    Robocash: The European P2P investors prefer automated investments

    According to the survey of the European P2P investors which was conducted by the platform Robo.cash, investors stick to the automated investment process. First of all, this can be explained by its simplicity for users and intention of investors to save time and keep money at work. The Analytical center …

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  • 27 December

    “In banking and fintech, the most important commodity is trust”

    Chairman of Pilatus Bank gives a speech concerning customer trust in the banking and fintech industries at Wealth 2.0 conference. In banking and fintech, the most important commodity is “trust”. Ali Sadr, Chairman of Pilatus Bank, believes that it is important to recognize where the banking industry stands relative to other industries on the trust scale. …

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  • 27 December

    Callcredit is using Microsoft AI to catch fraudsters trying to take loans in your name

    Recently Microsoft has announced that Callcredit, one of the UK’s biggest credit reference agencies, is using Microsoft’s Azure Machine Learning to spot fraudulent loans applications and protect consumers. The company, which works with lenders across the UK, partnered with Microsoft to build the next generation of predictive tools, enabling greater …

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  • 26 December

    Cyber threats are biggest technology fear for financial sector in 2018

    The financial services industry and public sector are aligned in their concerns about data and system security, with both citing a fear of harmful cyber threats emerging in 2018, according to a new study from digital workplace provider Invotra. The research, conducted among 504 senior IT managers working across public …

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  • 26 December

    IBM Announces Extensive Collaborations to Accelerate Quantum Computing

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    IBM recently announced the first clients to tap into its IBM Q early-access commercial quantum computing systems to explore practical applications important to business and science. They include: JPMorgan Chase, Daimler AG, Samsung, JSR Corporation, Barclays, Hitachi Metals, Honda, Nagase, Keio University, Oak Ridge National Lab, Oxford University and University of Melbourne. These 12 initial organizations join the newly formed IBM Q Network, a …

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  • 25 December

    Cryptospace Moscow 2017: “This is not just a party, this is a historic talent grab…”

    More than 55 speakers from 30 countries, more than 3000 participants, 6 sections, 12 hours of speeches and continuous networking. At Cryptospace, one of the largest blockchain and crypto event of the year, the world’s blockchain celebrities discussed crypto trading instruments, blockchain implementation into business, predicted the price of the …

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  • 25 December

    Ex-RAC MD lends financial backing to Cazana

    Robert Diamond, the former managing director of Motoring Services at the RAC, has become the latest automotive expert to lend financial backing to used vehicle database Cazana. The investment, which has come through Diamond’s Venture Capitalist organisation Fernbrook Partners, follows the recent arrival of ex Glass’ man Rupert Pontin and …

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  • 23 December

    Belarus Legalizes ICOs, Cryptocurrencies and Smart Contracts

    Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has signed the Decree “On Digital Economy Development” that legalizes ICO, cryptocurrencies and smart contracts. Adoption of the Decree makes Belarus the first world’s jurisdiction with the overall legal regulation of businesses based on blockchain technology. “Having adopted the Decree, Belarus becomes one of the world’s most comfortable …

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  • 21 December

    BlockchainTaxi Launches Token Generation Event Pre-Sale to Revolutionize Air Traffic Safety

    BlockchainTaxi a Switzerland-based startup creating a decentralized smart contract network for facilitating safe passenger taxi air travel, has officially launched a token generation event pre-sale and announced a full token generation event spanning from December 15th, 2017 to February 20th, 2018. BlockchainTaxi’s pre-sale will begin on December 15th, 2017 and …

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  • 19 December

    Industry experts predict that Blockchain will drive a wedge through insurance intermediation

    Hosted by Elmore Insurance Brokers in their Lime Street offices last week, a select group of senior insurance experts attended an exclusive roundtable event to debate the issues of Blockchain and its impact on insurance intermediation. Participants represented the views of buyers, Blockchain start-ups, intermediaries and capital providers – sharing …

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  • 15 December

    Top 7 financial services trends that will dominate 2018

    Brickendon, the challenger consultancy, forecasts key trends impacting the financial sector next year Without a doubt, 2017 has been a rocky year for financial services; with political upheavals, economic uncertainty and planning for numerous regulatory changes coming into effect in 2018. In 2017, Brexit was the talk of the town, …

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  • 12 December

    Digital Identity and the Future of Money

    Managing Director, The Bunker, PHIL BINDLEY Biometrics and behavioural biometrics are undoubtedly going to become the most common forms of identifying users. Access to devices and applications will be critical to secure the enterprise and the continuation of simple single factor password authentication will eventually be superseded, as the risks posed by employing single …

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  • 12 December

    “The future of identity is going to be far more pragmatic than people might think…”

    NIGEL VERDON, CEO and founder of Railsbank Ensuring identity safely and securely is a key topic for our sector, and there are going to be many changes over the next five years. But, when people ask how I see identity processes changing over the coming years, it’s really the wrong …

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  • 12 December

    Facial Recognition for Fintech

    BY TOBY BROWN, Head of Engagement for Occam DM, Response One & Amaze One (part of the St Ives Group) Amidst the shiny, bezel-free, Super HD glow of Apple’s product launch event, one image danced from the darkness, a harbinger of the world to come. That image, of course, was …

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  • 12 December

    Interview with SIMON GILBERT

    Simon GIlbert, Founder and Managing Director at Elmore Insurance Brokers Limited, specialists in FinTech Insurance Hi Simon, thank you for your time in this busy part of the year. We have learned a lot about PSD2 & GDPR in the last months, what impact does that have on the Insurance …

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  • 12 December

    The Customer-Centric culture

    with Bob Brown, CEO, VIPR Could you explain how your business model is disruptive? Our business model is centered around our customers – they are what drives our innovation and opportunities for product development in order for us to be disruptive. Although we offer ‘out of the box’ solutions, our …

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  • 12 December

    MORE BLOCKCHAIN INDUSTRY LEADERS TO SPEAK AT MIAMI

    After a huge response to the announcement of The 6th North American Bitcoin Conference and the whole world watching as Bitcoin incredibly hit $13k at the beginning of December, Keynote has added extra speakers to the Miami lineup to include even more of the biggest names from the world of …

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  • 11 December

    Mind the Funding Gap

    Q&A with NIELS TURFBOER, managing director of alternative lender, Spotcap, UK and Benelux What is Spotcap? Spotcap is a multinational fintech lender that issues unsecured credit lines and loans to small and medium size businesses. We lend from our balance sheet and use tried and tested principles to assess credit. …

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  • 11 December

    Expert opinions on the future of ICO

    “The team is far more important than the project itself” Shadi Paterson, CEO, Head of Growth, The 8760 The main 3 factors when rating the quality of an ICO are firstly, the team; then the utility of the token and its fiscal policy/economics and, finally, the Legal behind the project. …

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