Partnerships


Swiss banks and SIX plan national mobile payments platform

Exchange group SIX and Switzerland’s five largest banks are in talks over a joint mobile payments platform for the country. SIX, retail chains Migros and Coop, and telecoms company Swisscom are planning to create a standardised digital payment system for consumers in Switzerland. A joint statement from the banks – UBS, Credit Suisse, Raiffeisen, PostFinance […]

Oracle and Lombard Risk partner for regulatory reporting solution

Lombard Risk Management and Oracle Financial Services have teamed up to deliver a global regulatory reporting solution. Called Oracle Financial Services Regulatory Reporting Solution (OFSRRS), it automates the end-to-end process and integrates Oracle’s Financial Services Data Foundation (FSDF) compute engines with Lombard Risk’s regulatory reporting solution AgileReporter. AgileReporter is the latest version of Lombard Risk’s […]

BPC’s SmartVista powers Afghanistan’s national payment system

BPC Banking Technologies has teamed with Da Afghanistan Bank to launch a SmartVista-powered national payment system in Afghanistan. Afghanistan Payments Systems (APS), a consortium of financial institutions funded by Da Afghanistan Bank (the nation’s central bank) through the World Bank, aims to develop the retail banking market in the troubled nation by providing electronic and […]

Swift and China’s CIPS partner for cross-border payments

Swift has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with China International Payment Service (CIPS Co.) to develop China’s cross-border payments infrastructure. The agreement sets out plans to use Swift to connect China’s Cross-border Interbank Payment System (CIPS) with its global user community. Alain Raes, Swift chief executive of Asia Pacific and EMEA, says there are […]

Marstone teams with IBM Watson for cognitive computing-powered advice

Marstone, a New York-based financial services firm, has teamed up with IBM Watson for Wealth Management to offer digital advice assisted by cognitive computing. The plan is for Marstone’s platform, powered by Watson, to use data, patterns and natural language to provide cognitive advice and learn from experience. Margaret Hartigan, chief executive of Marstone, says […]

Sberbank Kazakhstan opens way to cardless cash withdrawals

Sberbank Kazakhstan and OpenWay have launched a cardless cash withdrawal service on the Way4 platform. The bank’s customers can now get cash at more than 900 ATMs without a card. Instead, a “secret” code is entered at the ATM. The new “cash by code” functionality was developed by OpenWay together with an unnamed third party […]

IHS and Markit to merge

Data providers IHS and Markit have agreed an all-share merger of equals, with the transaction expected to close in the second half of 2016. The “implied” equity value of the transaction is more than $13 billion and the deal has been “unanimously approved” by the board of directors of each company. Jerre Stead, IHS chairman […]

Storming the banks

Traditional banking has taken quite a beating in recent years as more and more customers prefer to handle their banking needs digitally rather than be bogged down by paperwork or wait in lines at a physical bank. In a bid to meet developing customer expectations, many banks have begun offering web-related services such as e-deposits, […]

GMEX teams with FPT to launch first real-time clearing house in Vietnam

GMEX Group has partnered with Hanoi-based FPT Information System to launch the first derivatives market and “fully integrated” clearing house in Vietnam. The target go-live date is Q4 2016. Both companies will provide the technology, while the Ministry of Finance (MOF) has entrusted the Hanoi Stock Exchange (HNX) and the Vietnam Securities Depository (VSD) to […]

USAA teams with Coinbase for Bitcoin

The United Services Automobile Association (USAA), a financial services group, has partnered with Coinbase to give Bitcoin usage a timely boost. Late last year, USAA launched a Coinbase pilot program, which allowed select USAA employees and members to view their Coinbase accounts on the USAA website and mobile app. Following the successful pilot, all account […]

LLB Group launches investment advisory solution with Avaloq

Liechtensteinische Landesbank (LLB) and its subsidiary LLB Invest have launched an investment advisory solution underpinned by the Avaloq and the swissQuant Group software. LLB Invest uses the Avaloq Banking Suite for its software needs – the solution has been running at LLB since 2008 as its main core banking system. SwissQuant Group provides risk analysis […]

Jack Henry partners with The Clearing House for real-time payments drive

JHA Payment Solutions, a division of Jack Henry & Associates, has teamed up with The Clearing House (TCH) as they seek to bring immediate payments to the US. TCH is currently working to build a new real-time payment system, which it will own and operate. In partnering with JHA Payment Solutions, TCH says it will […]

Mizuho Bank and Fujitsu boost blockchain security

Mizuho Bank, Fujitsu and Fujitsu Laboratories have jointly conducted a three-month operational trial using blockchain, which makes it “practically impossible” to tamper with transaction histories. The trio says this shortens the processing time for cross-border securities transactions, from the current three days to same-day settlement. For the trial, they built a system that “almost instantly” […]

Lloyds launches digital analytics innovation team

Lloyds Banking Group has created an in-house digital analytics team in the UK. This was in “partnership” with ASI (Advanced Skills Institute) and Google. However, the Lloyds’ team does not include any staff from Google. The bank tested Google’s big data platform technologies and analytics on non-personal behavioural data using a “secure” Lloyds account on […]

ABN Amro teams with First Data for payments

Dutch state-owned bank, ABN Amro, is partnering with US-based First Data for payments and will offer services through its joint venture European Merchant Services (EMS). EMS has been processing credit card and debit card payments for businesses for over 25 years, and ABN Amro says entrepreneurs and small business owners will be able to add […]

Mizuho and Cognizant join forces for blockchain-backed record-keeping

Mizuho Financial Group and Cognizant have teamed up to develop a blockchain solution for the “secure” record-keeping of documents among Mizuho Financial Group companies around the world. The agreement is the beginning of Mizuho’s programme to use blockchain for building new work processes for transactions and digital interactions. This engagement will initially focus on New […]

Nymbus teams with Geezeo for personal finance push

US core banking software vendor Nymbus has teamed up with Geezeo, a white-label personal finance management (PFM) provider for banks and credit unions. Nymbus launched last year with a flurry of Star Wars-inspired quotes. It is looking to work with financial institutions (FIs) and compete with banking behemoths and the neo banks. The vendor sees […]

PayPal plans Latin America growth with América Móvil alliance

PayPal is teaming up with Mexican telecommunications giant América Móvil as it looks to expand in Latin America. The alliance’s focus will be on a new mobile wallet platform, which lets users pay for items by smartphone scans. With América Móvil on board, PayPal can target 140 million users in Brazil and Mexico. Dan Schulman, […]

BBVA makes Cisco top technology partner

Spanish bank BBVA has signed a strategic alliance with Cisco, allowing it to become its “priority” technology partner. BBVA says it wants to “foster connectivity and collaboration” between clients and employees, and speed up innovation and digitisation. This is the first of a series of alliances and BBVA says it is aiming to create more […]

I2c and TIS team up for payments in Asia

Payment firms i2c and TIS have formed a strategic partnership to standardise prepaid payment solutions on the i2c processing platform. Under terms of the multi-year partnership, Japan-based TIS will adopt i2c’s cloud-based platform as its standard for prepaid card processing and expand its use to support credit and debit card payment processing in “key Asian […]

Digital Asset teams with Accenture, Broadridge and PwC for blockchain growth

New York-based Digital Asset Holdings, a developer of distributed ledger technology (aka blockchain), has teamed up with Accenture, Broadridge and PwC. Digital Asset says it has entered into non-exclusive strategic business relationships with the companies, and Blythe Masters, CEO of Digital Asset, says the alliances will “accelerate innovation” and “drive growth”. The Accenture relationship will […]

Fintech for corporates: partnering for success

With global investment into the fintech arena growing at an astonishing rate, it is only a matter of time before the corporate sector begins to feel its true force. Fred DiCocco, head of market management, BNY Mellon Treasury Services, discusses how banks are adapting. Fintech is triggering a monumental shift in the payments space, with […]

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