Suncorp’s core banking software revamp with Oracle FSS nearly completed

Suncorp’s multi-year venture to modernise its core banking system, known as Project Ignite, is in its final stages. The new platform is now live for customer, collateral, collections and loan origination processes. Deposits and transaction banking are still to go – Suncorp expects these to be migrated before the year-end. Project Ignite was initiated in […]

Meridian Trust Federal Credit Union swaps in-house core deployment for outsourcing

Wyoming-based Meridian Trust FCU has converted to a hosted version of its core processing system, Symitar’s Episys. The credit union originally installed it in 2010 in-house. Symitar (a subsidiary of one of the “big four” core processors in the US, Jack Henry) says that as the time came to update its servers, Meridian Trust decided […]

Top fintech stories this week – 5 August 2016

Catch up on Banking Technology’s top five fintech stories of the week – all in one place! RBS scraps Williams & Glyn banking platform plans, writes off £345m Defeated by the IT challenges. W&G is now likely to be sold to Santander. Azimo “industry first” to enable money transfers via Facebook Messenger Sending money should […]

RBS scraps Williams & Glyn banking platform plans, writes off £345m

Royal Bank of Scotland has scrapped its plans to carve out the Williams & Glyn (W&G) subsidiarity – and instead it is likely to be sold to Santander. W&G has a network of 300 branches, 1.4 million retail and 200,000 SME clients – effectively the country’s seventh largest bank. It has been dormant for a […]

Interview: Rivi Varghese, CEO of CustomerXPs Software

Banking is going digital and instantaneous, which is great news for customers. But it is also a great headache for banks, as fraud is going that way too – the money can disappear into fraudsters’ virtual pockets with a blink of an eye, anytime, anywhere. At the same time, the real-time capabilities of new solutions […]

TMX Group embarks on business integration initiative

Canada’s major exchange, depository and clearing group – TMX – has unveiled a new initiative that is set to transform the company into “a client-driven solutions provider to the Canadian and global capital markets”. TMX states that “the objective of the initiative is to align, simplify and integrate relevant systems and operations to both lower […]

The future of banking is here: cognitive banking

Since the 2008 financial crisis, the sector has looked to repair reputational damage, lock down compliance in the system and rapidly innovate to serve a new generation. During this period of change, banks must redefine the value they want to provide for their customers. For example, do they want to finance the future dreams a […]

Azimo “industry first” to enable money transfers via Facebook Messenger

Azimo says it has become the first money transfer operator to enable money transfers worldwide via Facebook Messenger. “Money transfer is now social,” Azimo states. It describes its new functionality as “revolutionary”. It connects senders and receivers through their Facebook friend list, enabling them to exchange details immediately and links them to the Azimo app […]

New data and analytics solution for Aequitas NEO Exchange

Canada’s newest stock exchange, Aequitas NEO Exchange, has implemented the hosted version of OneTick platform, supplied by OneMarketData. The new platform underpins the exchange’s data and advanced analytics service, OneTickCloud. OneTickCloud supports global equities and futures tick history, reference data, and adjustment factors, and provides on-demand analytics for creating custom datasets. Karl Ottywill, COO at […]

ING Bank Romania launches new mPOS service with GoSwiff and MasterCard

ING Bank Romania has launched a new mobile point-of-sale (mPOS) service, underpinned by MasterCard and specialist vendor GoSwiff. ING mPOS is aimed at local merchants of all sizes. It enables them to accept card payments through mobile devices, smartphones and tablets, connected to a card reader. It also supports other added-value services, such as consumer […]

New mPOS solution for Indonesian merchants launched by Indosat Ooredoo and GoSwiff

Indonesian telco Indosat Ooredoo and GoSwiff International have teamed up for a new mobile payment acceptance solution for merchants in Indonesia, D-Pay. Bank Negara Indonesia (BNI) is the acquiring bank. D-Pay is a financial service that enables merchants to accept mobile payments, allowing their customers to pay using debit/credit cards (Visa, MasterCard and JCB) and […]

SIA buys e-money processing unit of Unicredit

Unicredit is selling its e-money processing unit to payments vendor SIA. The unit – part of Unicredit Business Integrated Solutions (UBIS) – processes around 13.5 million payment cards and manages 206,000 POS terminals and 12,000 ATMs in Italy, Germany and Austria. SIA has also got a ten-year outsourcing contract from UBIS for the supply of […]

Bangkok Capital automates front-to-middle office ops with Charles River’s IMS

Specialist vendor Charles River has supplied its flagship Investment Management Solution (IMS) to Bangkok Bank’s subsidiary, Bangkok Capital Asset Management (BCAP). The IMS front-to-middle office system, supplied on a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) basis, has automated BCAP’s investment process, says the vendor, “from portfolio management through trading, compliance, and settlement”. Charles River is also providing its Data […]

Texas-based Frontier Bank implements new board portal, DirectorsLink

Banc Intranets, a US provider of enterprise content management software, has onboarded Frontier Bank for its DirectorsLink web-based board portal. The Texan bank “sought to reduce time and costs associated with its board processes”, according to the vendor. DirectorsLink was chosen at the recommendation of Frontier Bank’s IT security vendor, Solis. The bank is now […]

New corporate challenger bank seeking to launch in the UK

A new challenger is coming to the burgeoning UK banking market – Copernicus Bank. It is founded and backed by Danela Ventures Partners Limited, a London-based advisory firm set up in 2010 by Aidan Brady and Michael Rossman. Danela Ventures Partners “focuses on financial services innovation”, according to Brady’s LinkedIn profile. It is “currently building […]

Banks and social media case study: Avidia Bank

Can social media really drive adoption of financial products? Yes, states a Massachusetts-based community bank, Avidia Bank. Kate Cwieka, Avidia’s marketing specialist, shares the bank’s experience in embracing social media and the results. Oh, and practical advice on this “non-traditional” marketing channel. Want to know more on how to apply Hootsuite and Periscope (or find […]

The hare and the tortoise: racing ahead in customer experience

Sid Parashar, SVP of client relations and strategic account management, Firstsource Solutions, asks if traditional banks are now ready to take on the new kids on the block when it comes to customer communications. As the banking industry emerges from one of the most transformative periods in its history, it has been a trying time […]

Barclays brings voice recognition tech to phone banking

Passwords are past it, as Barclays plans to launch voice recognition technology for phone banking. From tomorrow (2 August), customers will no longer need to answer a variety of questions to gain access to their accounts on the telephone. Steven Cooper, CEO personal banking and executive director at Barclays, says: “We have been testing it […]

Interview: Rupert Scofield, founder of Finca International

Rupert Scofield, president and CEO of microfinance organisation Finca International, discusses how it brings banking to the developing world and why people should follow America’s lead in the art of philanthropy. “This is your world. My generation had its shot. We thought our problems were daunting but it’s nothing like the stuff you’re dealing with. […]

New report lifts the lid on regtech sales performance globally

The Regtech Supplier Performance Report 2016, published by Market Fintech Limited and supported by Banking Technology, estimates that more 189 global financial institutions have deployed a range of new regulatory technology (regtech) solutions from 20+ specialist suppliers in just a couple of years.

BPCE acquires Fidor Bank

BPCE, the second largest banking group in France, has acquired German challenger bank Fidor. Fidor will remain as an independent business and says it will “capitalise on the support” of BPCE to expand and continue the development of its proprietary digital banking technology. Founder and CEO Matthias Kröner will continue as the chief executive of […]

Top fintech stories this week – 29 July 2016

Catch up on Banking Technology’s top five fintech stories of the week – all in one place! Abcul slow on tech modernisation project Exclusive: First credit unions to go live before year-end. New mobile banking for SMEs readies for UK launch Tide will offer a “nimble small business current account”. Top ten retail banking sites […]

Monizo to launch “first” banking service for freelancers

UK-based start-up Monizo is planning to launch the “first” banking service targeted solely at freelancers. In an exclusive interview with Banking Technology, CEO and co-founder Samuel O’Connor says the firm caters for the particular needs of freelancers across the UK. He says: “The rules are getting more onerous for freelancers and by the end of […]

Can robo-advisors stand the test of time?

Robo-advisors are becoming increasingly commonplace in the UK’s financial sector. Over the last 18 months, high street banks such as Barclays, Lloyds, Santander and RBS have all launched robo-advice platforms, and it’s not only these well-known names that are competing to own the online investment space. Smaller challenger brands like Nutmeg and Wealthfront have also […]

DBS heads to cloud with Amazon Web Services

Singapore-based DBS Bank has signed an agreement with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to use its cloud technology. The bank envisages shifting up to 50% of its computer workload to cloud within a two-year period. With this deal, DBS will create a hybrid cloud environment “optimised” for rapid changes of capacity and functionality, which is “complementary” […]

Tech Leadership Award open for entries!

Do you know an outstanding Tech Leader? The Tech Leadership Award, part of our annual Banking Technology Awards, will go to an individual for leading and playing an instrumental role in devising and/or delivering the technology strategy to support the key business objectives of an organisation. The award is open to all industry participants worldwide […]

Diasoft scores second win in Vietnam with TPBank

Russia-based banking tech vendor Diasoft has landed its second deal in Vietnam, with TienPhongBank (TPBank). TPBank will implement Diasoft’s loan origination and debt collection solutions, part of a broader Flextera software suite. Diasoft’s first contract in Vietnam (and the vendor’s first in South East Asia) – signed in 2013 – is with Vietnam International Bank […]

Project Sentinel completes MiFID II technology specification, embarks on vendor search

Project Sentinel, a collaborative initiative by a group of banks to mutualise the cost of MiFID II implementation in the OTC front office, has completed the detailed business requirements that meet MiFID II regulatory obligations. The project is now focused on finding the right vendors to deliver the solution. “Once the vendor assessment is complete, […]

New mobile banking service for SMEs gears up for UK launch

UK-based Tide will offer a “nimble small business current account”, with a swift set-up and no monthly fees. It claims to be among the “world’s first” mobile-first banking services for SMEs. Tide’s CEO George Bevis says the company will open its virtual doors for business in autumn this year. Tide is currently in the “private alpha […]

Top ten retail banking sites in the US – June 2016

Who is leading the digital way among the US retail banks? We have put together some nifty stats for the top ten online banking sites in the US for the past month (data courtesy of SimilarWeb). We’ll be publishing regular updates on a monthly basis, to track the changes, developments and trends – to bring you a fuller […]

China: where the digital payments action is

Earlier this year a couple of surveys were released indicating that the real action in digital payments is in China. This shouldn’t be surprising: China’s economy continues to grow (despite doomsayers predicting a coming “crash” for at least a decade) and the Chinese government is investing billions into science and technology. The fruits of this […]

Lloyds selects Bacs payment solution from D+H

DH Corporation (D+H) has onboarded UK’s Lloyds Banking Group for its white-labelled Bacs payment service. Lloyds “sought to provide new payment services to enhance clients’ payables and receivables processes”, says D+H. To begin with, Lloyds will offer the vendor’s Bacs capabilities to SMEs and mid-market clients, but D+H hopes this will be subsequently scaled up […]

Italy’s FinecoBank to expand to UK

The UK’s challenger bank sector is set to gain another player. Unicredit’s subsidiary, FinecoBank, is coming to the UK this autumn, according to City AM. FinecoBank has been around since the late 1990s and today has over 1.1 million clients in its home market of Italy and €55 billion of assets. Alessandro Foti, CEO and […]

FinTech Group and Rocket Internet team up for digital banking launch

FinTech Group and Rocket Internet have formed a technology partnership, with the first step to launch a digital bank. Based on the banking licence of its subsidiary bank Biw, FinTech Group will provide Rocket Internet the infrastructure such as its own, proprietary core banking system and automated processes. In addition, XCOM, FinTech Group’s technology supplier, […]

Alpima to implement new digital advisory platform from SS&C

London-based advisory firm Alpima has selected SS&C Technologies’ APX and Moxy solutions to underpin its digital advisory business. APX is an integrated, front-to-back office portfolio and client management solution. Moxy is a centralised trade order management system. SS&C says the contract was preceded by a “thorough analysis”. Pierre Mendelsohn, founder and CEO of Alpima, comments […]

HSBC funds Xenomorph for data management boost

Xenomorph, a provider of data management technology to banks, investment managers and insurance companies, has received new funding from HSBC. The firm says the funding has enabled it to “accelerate global go-to-market plans” for its TimeScape EDM+ financial analytics and data management platform. TimeScape EDM+ is designed to manage the complete lifecycle of financial data […]

Top ten retail banking sites in India – June 2016

Who is leading the digital way among the retail banks in India? We have put together some nifty stats for India’s top ten online banking sites for the past month (data courtesy of SimilarWeb). We’ll be publishing regular updates on a monthly basis, to track the changes, developments and trends – to bring you a fuller picture of […]

CECL: introducing another project for banking IT departments

There was some big news for bank’s risk and finance technology departments last month. The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued Accounting Standards Update (ASU) No. 2016-13, Financial Instruments – Credit Losses (Topic 326): Measurement of Credit Losses on Financial Instruments. Notably, this standard introduces a new impairment model, commonly known as the CECL (current […]

EBA Clearing unveils specifications for new pan-European instant payment solution

EBA Clearing, a provider of payment infrastructure solutions owned by 53 major banks in Europe, has published the specifications for its future pan-European real-time payments solution. The new solution is set to go live in November 2017. It will comply with the SCT Inst Scheme of the European Payments Council (EPC). The document, which can […]