OakNorth first challenger bank to adopt Facebook at Work

OakNorth has become the first challenger bank to launch Facebook at Work as the platform prepares for its global launch later this year. Facebook at Work is the professional version of the social network, enabling individuals to set up an account that is separate from their personal Facebook but works in almost the exact same […]

Barclays launches digital banking hackathon

Barclays and MuleSoft, a platform provider for building application networks, have teamed up to host a digital banking hackathon. The hackathon will take place at Barclays Technology Centre Radbroke in Cheshire (UK) on 20-21 July. The event aims to foster innovation and harness technology to build a range of new financial services solutions. Peter Josse, […]

Cidel Bank implementing ERI’S Olympic core banking system

Canada-based Cidel Bank & Trust is implementing ERI’s flagship Olympic core banking system. Banking Technology understands that the deal was inked at the start of 2016. The implementation has already begun, and will equip the Cidel group with portfolio management and reporting tools, an automated transaction processing capability and an omni-channel client service architecture. Craig Rimer, […]

Infosys quarterly profit dips

Financial systems vendor Infosys has reported a fall in profit for Q1 2016 due to slower than expected project ramp-ups on deals it had won in previous quarters. For the quarter ended 30 June 2016, net profit was $511 million – a quarter-on-quarter (QoQ) decline of 4.1%, but a year-on-year (YoY) growth of 7.4%. Operating […]

Cloud tech: how to support cross-border M&A

Merging tech, avoiding “turf wars”, embracing change, careful planning and ensuring alignment between the companies – there is plenty to think about in any merger and acquisition (M&A) deal to ensure its success. Some relief, however, might come in the form of a cloud. When and how should this technology be applied? Banking Technology contributor, Graham Jarvis, […]

Why staying compliant and generating returns are not mutually exclusive for funds

As regulatory pressures mount, Jon Hallam of GoldenSource explains why removing the burden of data management from the shoulders of fund managers can help deliver absolute returns for investors. From investors wanting more bang for their buck to increasing regulatory reporting requirements, it’s fair to say that asset managers have had a fair bit to […]

Lloyds goes mentor with start-up match-ups

Lloyds Banking Group has launched a new mentoring scheme giving fintech start-ups access to its workforce’s expertise. The support offered includes refining concepts to strengthening business models within a flexible timeframe determined between the mentor and the start-up. The mentors will come from all areas of Lloyds and will be matched with start-ups according to […]

India’s Unified Payments Interface gets more banks onboard

Unified Payments Interface (UPI), launched in April by the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), will go live by the end of this month with 15 participating banks. UPI offers instant, online bank payments, and is seen as a major change to the Indian financial sector. It enables banks to provide real-time payments through QR […]

Neon aims to light up banking in Brazil

Brazilian online bank Neon has launched – offering accounts only accessed through a smartphone. The bank, founded by 24-year-old entrepreneur Pedro Conrade, is targeting the millennial crowd and its goal is to reach 100,000 active customers in its first year of operation. Neon says it will be the first bank in Brazil to use biometric […]

Tochka Bank launches world’s “first” financial Facebook bot

Russia-based Tochka Bank of the Otkritie Financial Group has launched the world’s “first” Facebook bot for a range of financial services. The bot will allow the bank’s clients to check their accounts, find nearby ATMs using geolocation, call the bank, contact customer support and make payments via Facebook messenger. Elena Budnik, chair of Otkritie Bank’s […]

Reserve Bank of India to tackle fintech regulations

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has put together an inter-regulatory working group (WG) to study the entire gamut of regulatory issues relating to fintech and digital banking in India. The move is designed to help facilitate their development and is the latest in a long list of technological advances in the country. Aside from […]

Top fintech stories this week – 15 July 2016

Catch up on Banking Technology’s top five fintech stories of the week – all in one place! Swift seeks stronger network security Strikes back after hacks. IBM to open blockchain innovation centre in Singapore Big Blue stays true to blockchain. Starling Bank gets UK banking licence Aims to launch to customers by January 2017. Unibank […]

Unibank revamps core banking with Temenos

Ghana-based Unibank has completed a major upgrade from Temenos’ T24 R8 core banking system to R15. The bank is the first in Africa to be up and running with this version of Temenos’ flagship product, Banking Technology understands. Unibank is a mid-sized universal bank in Ghana, with assets of around $430 million. The project was […]

Fintech innovation: staying on fringes or time to become core?

In the face of an ever rising digital agenda in Europe, banks are jumping on the fintech bandwagon, hoping to jumpstart innovation. Technology stands today as a catalyst for change in established banking institutions, write Astrid Froidure, digital transformation lead at Open Reply, and Fausto Jori, owner of E-finance Reply. The spark comes in a […]

Starling Bank gets UK banking licence

New challenger bank Starling has received its UK banking licence and adopted Faster Payments. Starling Bank says the licence comes with unspecified “restrictions” from the Prudential Regulation Authority and the Financial Conduct Authority. The bank aims to launch to customers by January 2017. Anne Boden, CEO, Starling Bank, says: “For the past year, our team […]

Standard Bank launches banking app to four African markets

Standard Bank in South Africa has launched its existing banking app to four additional African markets. The app is now available in Uganda, Namibia, Ghana and Botswana; with plans to roll it out to Nigeria, Kenya, Zambia and Zimbabwe by the end of 2016. The latest development is part of its drive to “enhance its […]

Encentus Federal Credit Union selects Fiserv’s Portico core processing system

Oklahoma-based Encentus Federal Credit Union has chosen Fiserv’s Portico core account processing platform for digital banking and lending services. The credit union is migrating from its current providers to Fiserv; and Misty Potter, president and CEO, Encentus, says Fiserv “will empower our credit union with the progressive and innovative technology to drive a more rewarding […]

Virtual cards 2.0 set to boost commercial card uptake

Why are the next generation of virtual cards the key to commercial card adoption? Alex Mifsud, CEO of Ixaris, explores the issue. Commercial cards are relatively commonplace in the business world, with companies using these cards to buy a raft of business related items, including client lunches, airline tickets & office supplies. Commercial cards come in […]

Vendor spotlight: Europe is open

Target2-Securities (T2S) is a big task, but it is already improving intraday liquidity, says TAS Group. The opportunities are now ripe for the vendor to apply its fintech expertise across the pan-European market. Banking Technology caught up with TAS Group at the recent EBAday conference in Milan. When the T2S system went live in June […]

HSBC dodges US money laundering charges

HSBC has escaped charges of money laundering by US officials due to fears by the Department of Justice (DOJ) it might create a “global financial disaster”. A US Congressional report shows that UK officials, including Chancellor George Osborne, used their clout to warn the US it could lead to market unrest. According to the BBC, […]

On the UK’s Speaking Clock turning 80 and financial services

Britain’s Speaking Clock, which will celebrate its 80th birthday on Sunday, July 24, was a real fascination for me as a child. Who was this person on the other end of the phone who was always available, any time of day, who could tell me the time down to the exact second? Did they ever […]

Two digital-only banks set to launch in South Korea

South Korea’s banking sector is getting a shake up with two digital-only banks applying for regulatory approval in the second half of this year. According to Financial Services Commission (FSC) chairman Yim Jong-yong; K Bank, led by KT Corporation (formerly Korea Telecom), and Kakao Bank, led by internet company Kakao; plan to apply for approval […]

Banco Bradesco to trial blockchain-based digital wallet

Brazil’s Banco Bradesco is planning to start trials for a blockchain-based digital wallet service, as it looks to streamline operations and reduce costs. The service is being developed by Brazilian start-up eWally, discovered via Bradesco’s own innovation programme InovaBRA. Marcelo Frontini, MD at Scopus IT and part of Bradesco’s innovation department, says trials should start […]

Delivering true personalisation in the age of big data

Big data is a promise. In theory, banks can now know more about every single one of their customers than ever before. There is a real opportunity for them to cement their customer relationships; to create targeted offers and personalised experiences that attract new, and retain existing, customers. UK’s retail banks have increasingly been using […]

Albilad selects Profile Software’s IMSplus for new custody ops

Albilad Capital, the investment arm of Saudi Arabia’s Bank Albilad, is implementing IMSplus Custody, a specialist solution supplied by Profile Software. IMSplus Custody will support Albilad’s newly launched custodian services department. Albilad Capital operates according to Islamic finance principles and provides financing from equity and debt capital markets for a variety of sectors, including oil […]

Neptune sponsors set up company to run the open standard utility

Neptune, the open standards network for pre-trade indications in bond markets, has set up a new company, Neptune Networks Ltd, to run the utility. Neptune was formulated by Etrading Software and a group of 40+ banks and asset managers in H2 2014. The pilot production network went live in August 2015. Its supporters include Barclays […]

Standard Chartered to invest $3bn in strengthening ops; not threatened by fintech firms

Standard Chartered says it plans to invest $3 billion in strengthening it technology, retail and private banking and wealth management operations. As part of this, $30 million will be invested over the next three years in Scope International, the bank’s global shared services centre in Malaysia. Scope International’s CEO Matthew Norris says that the subsidiary […]

Nordea’s new chief digital officer calls on fintechs to get in touch

Ewan MacLeod is heading to Nordea as co-head of its newly created “Group Digital” unit and is on the lookout for fintech companies, services and ideas to introduce to Nordea. MacLeod will be one of two chief digital officers at the Nordic banking group. The other one is Poul Raaholt, previously head of group IT […]

Top fintech stories this week – 8 July 2016

Catch up on Banking Technology’s top five fintech stories of the week – all in one place! Brexit: keep calm and carry on We assemble a panel of fintech and law specialists to discuss – with cool heads – the challenges and opportunities. Blockchain and Bitcoin round-up A round-up of key developments to save you […]

Becoming a challenger bank – a worthwhile challenge?

Advanced Payment Solutions (APS) has secured a credit licence from the UK’s regulator, Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). And whilst APS is not a bank, it competes with them. So is going through the pains for getting a banking licence really worth it, asks Rich Wagner, CEO and founder APS. We regularly see news of challenger finance […]

Brexit: keep calm and carry on

It’s hard to believe that it’s been just under two weeks since the UK narrowly voted in favour of Brexit. The pace of breaking news across the political and economic spheres has been brisk. In and amongst what is a great deal of uncertainty about the UK’s future relationship with the European Union, FinTech Futures, […]

Holvi launches MasterCard card for SMEs

Finnish fintech start-up Holvi has launched a debit card, Holvi Business MasterCard. It is available to customers in Germany, Austria and Finland. This follows on from the launch of a mobile banking app for iOS and Android last summer. Holvi, which was founded in 2011, provides entrepreneurs and SMEs with a range of financial and […]

ING and KBC team up for mobile payments in Belgium

ING and Belgian bank KBC have joined forces to launch a new, integrated mobile payments and loyalty platform in Belgium. This will combine ING’s payment app Payconiq with loyalty platforms Qustomer and KBC’s CityLife. Rik Vandenberghe, CEO ING Belgium, says the customer feedback it received about Payconiq and Qustomer “strengthens our conviction that as a […]

Torstone’s Inferno backs BNP Paribas in Fed Reserve deal

BNP Paribas Securities Services has become a direct securities participant to the US Federal Reserve through FedLine, its online financial services information and payment service. The company, a subsidiary of the BNP Paribas group, says this completes its direct connectivity to the US market on all securities instruments. BNP uses Torstone Technology’s post-trade securities and […]

APS Bank in Malta live with new core banking system, BML Istisharat’s ICBS

APS Bank in Malta completes its major technology overhaul. The project has been successfully completed on time and on budget, states the bank’s management. The new platform is the ICBS system supplied by a Lebanese banking software vendor BML Istisharat. The solution is delivered on a hosted basis. This is the first project for BML […]

Brexit: keep calm but be vocal in lobbying negotiators

The UK is home to the world’s leading centre for financial services, and in recent years a thriving centre for fintech innovation. Elizabeth Budd, financial regulation expert at Pinsent Masons, urges the financial services industry to be vocal about the framework it needs to have in place to protect this status, and continue to do […]

The digitisation of private banking in Italy

The financial institutions have adjusted their service and relationship models by integrating digital interaction and communication tools for private banking customers, writes Alberto Cuccu, chief product officer at Objectway. In Italy, the digitisation of banking services has for many years been focused primarily on propositions aimed at retail customers (such as payment services or home […]

Harrods Bank loses CEO

Just a couple of months following the appointment of the new CIO at Harrods Bank, its chief executive – Peter Ball – leaves. Ball has moved to specialist lender Together, to head its retail division. Together has been ramping up its leadership team – over the last three months alone it has added Colin Kersley, […]

Intrasoft International bullish on Africa banking tech business

Banking software vendor Intrasoft International has launched its African subsidiary. Kenya-based Intrasoft International East Africa will sell and implement the vendor’s flagship core banking system, Profits, as well as auxiliary solutions for AML, call centres, e-signature and fingerprint identification. It will also provide software and services to the public sector. The project has been underway […]