JP Morgan launches In-Residence start-up programme

JP Morgan has launched In-Residence, a new programme for fintech start-ups to use its facilities, systems and expertise. The company says it is inviting start-ups to sit “side by side” with its businesses to develop innovations that could “revolutionise” the sector. Sanoke Viswanathan, chief administrative officer of JP Morgan’s Corporate & Investment Bank, says this […]

Banking Technology and FemTechLeaders launch W.I.T. Award, entries now open!

Woman In Technology (W.I.T) Award recognises an outstanding contribution made by a female to the fintech industry. The W.I.T. Award celebrates the spirit of inclusion, diversity and creativity in the fintech industry Supported by a worldwide network of FemTechLeaders To be presented at the Banking Technology annual awards ceremony and gala dinner on 1 December. […]

Standard Chartered revamps wealth management ops with Temenos

Temenos has landed a major deal with Standard Chartered, to modernise the bank’s wealth management software across 30+ countries. The bank signed for Temenos’ WealthSuite, front-to-back office, which incorporates the vendor’s T24 system; Insight BI for analytics; Temenos Connect for channels; and the TripleA portfolio management software that stems from Odyssey Financial Technologies, a wealth […]

Nordea launches new digital group

Nordea has set up a new “Group Digital” unit to drive its digital banking agenda forward. The unit will start to operate on 1 September and will be co-headed by Poul Raaholt, previously head of group IT at Nordea, and Ewan MacLeod, previously responsible for the retail digital transformation programme at Royal Bank of Scotland. […]

All that glitters isn’t just our clothes!

When I first started travelling for my job, it wasn’t too afield. I was working in Australia so it involved trips to New Zealand, Singapore and not much more. However, in only a few years, my travel grew to where it became routine to visit the US, Germany and the UK, but with the aircraft […]

Top fintech stories this week – 1 July 2016

Catch up on Banking Technology’s top five fintech stories of the week – all in one place! Brexit threat to UK jobs at Visa Should I stay or should I go? Swift hackers steal $10m from Ukraine bank Massive attack. New challenger bank readies for launch in UK Atten-shun! UK military personnel, veterans and their […]

Panin Bank launches digital banking service with Fiserv

Panin Bank, a retail and business bank in Indonesia, has launched new digital banking products and services using Fiserv’s Mobiliti and Corillian Online. Ken Ng, director of retail banking, Panin Bank, says Fiserv has allowed it to develop an “innovative, feature-rich and integrated digital banking service that consumers have come to expect in the modern […]

New challenger bank, The Services Family, readies for launch in the UK

The Services Family bank will cater for the UK military personnel, veterans and their families. Sopra Steria’s technology will underpin its operations. The digital bank is being created by The Services Family Ltd (TSFL), a financial services firm set up two years ago by two military veterans. It is going through a process of obtaining […]

Deutsche Börse to provide IT infrastructure for German private bank

Deutsche Börse is to provide the IT infrastructure for German private bank Donner & Reuschel, and will assume administration and hosting for its data centres. In addition to connecting to its own trading platforms, Eurex and Xetra, network connectivity will also be extended to bank end users and additional third-party providers. “Deutsche Börse provides our […]

Axis Bank first in India to launch innovation lab, Thought Factory

India’s third largest private sector bank, Axis Bank, has launched a new innovation lab, becoming the first domestic bank to do so in India. Dubbed “Thought Factory”, the lab is aimed at accelerating the development of innovative technology solutions for the banking sector and is expected to work closely with the start-up community. Thought Factory […]

Yorkshire Building Society automates appointments system with BookingBug

BookingBug says Yorkshire Building Society (YBS) has become “the first truly omnichannel mortgage provider” with its new system that enables booking appointments in branch, online, mobile and call centres. UK-based BookingBug specialises in appointment scheduling and event management software. The new system has centralised data across 3,000 staff in 200 branches at YBS, and cut […]

Big data: bridging consumer experience & increased revenues in financial services

While the benefits of big data are well understood for compliance and fraud prevention, the technology can also deliver very useful insights into customer behaviour. Thanks to big data analytics, retail banks can monitor how customer behaviour evolves and any significant patterns that can inform which products to market and offer. In the UK, Lloyds […]

Fujitsu builds accounting system for Central Bank of Myanmar

Fujitsu has built an accounting system that complies with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) for the Central Bank of Myanmar. The Japanese firm says it has systemised journal entry, including functions for automatically generating accounting entries, and all sorts of forms. These were previously done manually by bank employees. This accounting system was built by […]

UK-based challenger bank Starling loses second CTO

CTO Mark Hipperson, who was also the bank’s co-founder, has recently left Starling. Prior to moving to Starling, Hipperson was a long-standing GM at a UK-based IT consultancy firm, BJSS. Earlier in his career, he was head of technology at Barclays’ corporate banking division (1992-2000). According to FT, this was his comment on his departure: […]

LGT Vestra keeps JHC’s Figaro wealth management system

Following an unsuccessful attempt to implement Third Financial’s Tercero platform and the subsequent market search, LGT Vestra has decided to keep its incumbent solution, JHC Systems’ Figaro. Figaro will continue to support front, middle and back office operations of the UK and Jersey-based wealth manager. The company was known as Vestra Wealth until recently. In […]

FirstRand Bank live on new reg reporting solution in London

The London-based subsidiary of South Africa’s banking group, FirstRand Bank, is live with a new regulatory reporting solution. The software is supplied by specialist vendor AxiomSL and supports the bank’s production and submission of statistical reports required by the Bank of England (BOE). AxiomSL has been providing its BOE reporting solution to financial institutions in […]

Jack Henry and Symitar in core software projects across US

US-based banking software heavyweight Jack Henry & Associates and its Symitar subsidiary are busy with a number of core software projects across the US. Jack Henry converted Georgia-based Bank of Newington and Wisconsin-based Cleveland State Bank to its Windows-based Core Director platform. Both banks decided to replace their previous core systems and multiple third-party vendor […]

Wells Fargo to launch real-time P2P payments in US

Wells Fargo will launch real-time person-to-person (P2P) transactions in the US – for more than 17 million mobile customers. Beginning 1 August, the service will allow Wells Fargo’s customers to send funds in real-time at “no cost” to any customer of a bank that participates in the real-time service, which operates on Early Warning’s clearXchange […]

Symitar’s Episys core system integrated with Amazon Echo; Baxter CU an early taker

Symitar, a credit union software subsidiary of Jack Henry, has teamed up with a think tank, BIG, for an initiative called Financial Innovations Voice Experience (FIVE). FIVE explores the possibilities that voice-based personal assistants such as Amazon’s Echo and Microsoft’s Cortana can bring to banking. Symitar’s Episys core processing system is being integrated with these […]

Challenger banks battle cry with AI

Challenger banks have turned their attention to artificial intelligence (AI) as they seek to provide a more personalised approach to banking. German digital bank Number26 has launched Pulse26, a new app that uses AI to provide updates based on the customer’s personal banking history. Number26 says the more a customer uses their account, the “more […]

Novabase builds customer onboarding platform for Banco CTT

Banco CTT, a new bank recently launched by CTT Correios de Portugal, the Portuguese post office, has developed a new customer onboarding platform. The platform promises to complete the opening of a new account at Banco CTT in just 20 minutes online. It has been developed together with a local software specialist, Novabase. It is […]

Fiserv launches real-time alerts solution for bank customers, Notifi

Fiserv has launched Notifi, a platform for the delivery of real-time alerts for retail and SME bank customers. Home Federal Bank and C&F Bank are among the first takers. The solution consolidates information from across a financial institution’s systems – including core account processing, online banking and mobile banking, lending software, debit and credit cards […]

Openfunds launches global standard for fund data interchange

Zurich-based non-profit organisation, openfunds, has created a global standard for the characterisation of investment funds. The goal of the new standard is to improve efficiency, transparency and reliability by eliminating potential sources of error and ambiguity during fund data interchange. Openfunds is now calling for a global adoption of the standard. The standard is published […]

Taking advantage of open source

The technology world is evolving from a cathedral-like structure dominated by major technology vendors such as Oracle, Microsoft and IBM, to a bazaar-like ecosystem where new paradigms, platforms and tools emerge constantly and are adopted quickly. Though it is a cliché to say that the pace of change is accelerating in IT, it is also […]

Interview: Matteo Cassina, Saxo Bank

During the two-day MoneyConf event in Madrid, there was an exclusive Banking Technology interview with Matteo Cassina, member of the global executive committee at Saxo Bank. Deputy editor Antony Peyton spoke to him about his opinions on the show and the industry. In terms of MoneyConf 2016, Cassina says: “I do believe there are a […]

Deutsche Bank gets go-ahead for 3,000 job cuts; invests €750m in digital projects

Deutsche Bank has got the green light from its work council to cut 3,000 full-time jobs. The cuts mainly impact retail and commercial business lines, with separate talks to be held regarding job cuts across other divisions. This development is part of Deutsche Bank’s major initiative to turn its fortunes around, announced last autumn. 9,000 […]

Top fintech stories this week – 24 June 2016

Catch up on Banking Technology’s top five fintech stories of the week – all in one place! Visa Inc completes acquisition of Visa Europe Together again. Virgin Money UK in new banking software search Another one of Branson’s ventures. BIL embarks on major technology overhaul with Temenos Second time lucky? MoneyConf 2016: Woe to the […]

MoneyConf 2016: Domestic could be majestic for start-ups

Start-ups should first be focused on domestic markets over global ambitions, was one of the messages amidst the hurly-burly of Madrid-based MoneyConf 2016. More than 1,800 people were on hand for the two-day event held at the pleasant venue of La Nave. Part one of our review of the show was on wealth management, while […]

Profile Software gains new IMSplus taker, T.C.R. International

Cyprus-based wealth and fund manager Total Capital Resources (T.C.R.) International is automating its ops with the IMSplus system, supplied by Profile Software. T.C.R. provides fund set-up, administration and management, portfolio management and brokerage services, with access to all major exchanges, OTC markets and non-listed instruments. Profile’s flagship investment management platform, IMSplus, was selected “following an […]

MoneyConf 2016: Feelings defeat trust in biometrics battle

Customer feedback on biometrics is based on how they feel, rather than trust; was one of the messages from MoneyConf 2016 in Madrid. At the stylish venue, La Nave, more than 1,800 people attended the two-day event. Part one of our review of the show looked at wealth management. In the nicely titled “No shoes, […]

Infographics: the evolution of credit

This nifty infographics, courtesy of MBNA, is a whistle-stop tour of credit wonder and woe over the last 4,000 years – from ancient Babylon to modern Britain – and what people had to do to get a little credit.

Wirecard and Verifone join forces to grow payments business in Asia

The five-year agreement combines Wirecard software and Verifone devices, with Indonesia as the first target market. The strategic alliance will see the Indonesian subsidiary of Wirecard, PT Prima Vista Solusi, collaborating with the local operations of Verifone. Steve Aliferis, president of Verifone Asia Pacific, says that the company is now establishing “a local team and […]

Markit acquires specialist vendor Prism Valuation

Markit, an international provider of financial information services, is buying Prism Valuation, a specialist in independent valuation and risk analysis of derivatives and structured products. Markit says this acquisition will complement its portfolio valuations service, as it will provide enhanced coverage of complex OTC derivatives and structured OTC products. It will also expand Markit’s customer […]

Banks step closer to commercial production of Ripple’s cross-border payments platform

A host of major banks have adopted Ripple to improve their cross-border payments, the vendor says, and many have completed trial blockchain projects. The latest banks to join Ripple’s network are Santander, UniCredit, UBS, ReiseBank, CIBC, National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD) and ATB Financial. Ripple says its network now includes 12 of the top […]

Commerzbank launches peer-to-peer lending platform for SMEs, Main Funders

Commerzbank says it’s the first major bank in Germany to develop this type of digital financing marketplace. Main Funders is aimed at SMEs. Main Funders enables clients of Commerzbank’s Mittelstandsbank (MSB) business division (which caters for SMEs) to present concrete investment projects to potential investors and secure financing. The financing volumes are between €200,000 and […]

New breed of execs can bring true digital innovation to banking

Digital technology is increasingly seen as the key to transforming banking into a customer-focused industry befitting the modern age, and a new role of chief digital officer (CDO) has evolved to help implement this change. However, although many banks have used IT to build more customer-friendly interfaces on apps and websites, there is scope to […]

SIA and UBI Banca trial person-to-business Jiffy mobile payments

Jiffy – the instant mobile payments service developed by SIA – is coming to Italian stores. The person-to-business (P2B) project is piloted in Milan and Bergamo, allowing customers to pay via app at participating retail outlets authorised by UBI Banca. SIA says that “other major Italian banks have expressed interest in offering P2B the service […]

MintChip digital cash platform live in Canada; US and UK to follow

Toronto-based start-up, nanoPay, which acquired the assets of the digital currency business of the Royal Canadian Mint (RCM), MintChip, in early 2016, launches new digital cash. The first commercial application of MintChip is in Toronto’s Liberty Village neighbourhood, where consumers shopping or dining at participating merchants can use MintChip to pay for goods and services. […]

Virgin Money UK in new banking software search

Virgin Money UK, a financial services brainchild of Richard Branson, is understood to be looking for new core and digital channels banking software. Virgin Money’s underlying technology in the UK stems from a number of acquisitions, including a small outsource firm, Intelligent Managed Services (IMS), in 2010, and a larger, well-established bank, Northern Rock, in 2012 (the […]