FinTech


Neat trick as Hong Kong start-up uses selfies to verify payments

Hong Kong start-up Neat is setting its sights on the millennials’ market and will let customers open a payment account with a selfie. Neat founder David Rosa, a former MD at Citi, says the app and payment card will use facial recognition technology to confirm the holder’s Hong Kong identification card is correct. It’s not […]

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 […]

Infographics: the most exciting thing about bitcoin isn’t bitcoin

Bitcoin is a cryptocurrency, but the blockchain protocol behind it can be used for a variety of non-currency purposes. People are using the blockchain to develop everything from ride-sharing services to voting applications to cloud storage. This nifty infographics sums up how the blockchain protocol works and how it’s being used. Source: Who is hosting this?

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 […]

DNB’s P2P mobile payments app is Norway’s No 1

DNB’s “first” peer-to-peer (P2P) mobile payment solution in Norway has become the number one downloaded app in the country. Dubbed “Vipps”, and launched six months ago with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), it is now used by 25% of Norway’s population. The app is available for use on all mobile devices and it allows short chat […]

Do banks need IT expertise at the board level?

Technology is the most important agent of change today; hardly any industry is immune to both its value-creating and disruptive potential. However, in an April 2011 survey of corporate directors by McKinsey Quarterly, more than half said their boards had only one technology-related discussion a year, or none at all. Since then, the situation has […]

Mondo signs with Thames Card Technology for debit cards; has problems with mobile app

A UK-based challenger bank, Mondo, has partnered with Thames Card Technology for debit card production and personalisation. Beta test cards will be issued to consumers this year. Mondo, which positions itself as a “mobile first” bank, will be offering a contactless debit card paired with a mobile banking app to its customers. The mobile app’s […]

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 […]

The United Bank of Egypt upgrades core software with Misys

A long-standing user of a host of Misys’ products, The United Bank of Egypt has committed to upgrade to the latest version of software. The project is penned for completion later this year. The bank will upgrade to FusionBanking Equation (core system), FusionBanking Trade Innovation (trade finance) and FusionCapital Opics (treasury and capital markets). It […]

Path Solutions gains two new takers of iMAL core banking system

Path Solutions is implementing its flagship core banking offering, iMAL, at Summit Bank in Pakistan and Wifack International Bank in Tunisia. The contracts were signed in December and the roll-out is underway. Summit Bank Pakistan-based Summit Bank is implementing iMAL as it looks to grow its Islamic banking presence. Summit Bank was searching for a […]

Cash is still king but “uneasy lies the head that wears a crown!”

Even as I am prepping for my next industry event, observations from the last conference I attended continue to permeate my thoughts. The ATMIA US Conference that was held in New Orleans only recently and yet, three items continue to have me thinking about the durability, indeed longevity, of some of the points raised. In […]

Bank Treasury Optimisation Survey – brief, insightful & could get you a free iPad mini

Banking Technology is conducting a survey – short and sweet – to find out the banks’ priorities when it comes to treasury software and solutions. How can technology help treasurers cope with the multitude of regulation, business transformation and industry demands? The treasury function plays a pivotal role within a bank, and with great power […]

“Intelligent software” to answer customer queries at Atom Bank

A UK-based challenger bank, Atom Bank, has added another system to its bulging IT set-up. This is WDS Virtual Agent, which will answer customer queries from an AI bot within the bank’s mobile app. The solution is supplied by WDS, a subsidiary of Xerox. The vendor says it will “give the customers the power to […]

Banka Kovanica in core banking system revamp with ABBA

Croatia-based banking software developer, ABBA, has gained a new taker of its flagship core banking system, NovaDoba. This is a local bank, Banka Kovanica d.d. Varaždin. The agreement was signed in early March, “following months of negotiations”, says the vendor. The work on data migration and the implementation of the new solution has already begun. […]

Aktia Bank signs for Accuity’s Global WatchList, perseveres with core system conversion

Finland-based Aktia Bank is implementing Accuity’s Global WatchList to provide regulatory sanctions and other compliance data. The solution covers politically exposed persons (PEPs), companies, vessels, goods, countries and payment information. Accuity says that Aktia’s decision to sign for the Global WatchList was driven by the compliance needs and the need to improve the efficiency of […]

Microsoft selects Capitalise for latest tech accelerator

Microsoft has chosen Capitalise to join its latest accelerator, the fifth cohort of its 16-week programme for “high growth” technology companies. Capitalise officially launched at Finovate last month and is the “first” online marketplace using behavioural analytics to match lenders with SMEs seeking finance. The start-up says it features more than 50 institutional lenders, enabling […]

Labs’ labour lost: forget fin, forget tech, focus on the client

Not a day seems to go by without another innovation of fintech announcement from a bank. While most have now dabbled in an incubator, accelerator or a lab here, and a fintech investment there, they all have one thing in common, argues Leda Glyptis, director at Sapient Global Markets. And that is a lack of tangible […]

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 […]