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Aktif Bank Turkey targets cross-border payments

Turkey’s largest investment bank Aktif has begun using international payment services from specialist Earthport, in a move the bank says will help its corporate and retail customers to get a better deal on their cross-border payments.

Ukraine, Turkey and Russia crises pose banking challenge

Political turbulence in the Ukraine, Russia and Turkey this year produced disagreement between senior financial industry executives at a FIX Trading Community conference in London yesterday, with some arguing that politics should not be allowed to detract from the longer-term rise of non-western economies and others arguing the opposite.

Monitise targets Turkish mobile money

Mobile money firm Monitise has acquired Pozitron Yazilim, an Istanbul-based mobile technology specialist, in a £24 million all-shares deal that highlights the growing demand for mobile financial services in the eastern Mediterranean’s largest market.

Türkiye Finans rolls out remote management to 145 branches

Turkish bank Türkiye Finans Katılım Bankası is collaborating with US infrastructure company Opengear to roll out remote management technology for its bank branch network, which it says will help to cut costs and improve efficiency.

Indian post office plans banking expansion

India’s state-run post office the Department of Posts is planning to launch core banking services in the Indian capital city Delhi, as part of a major drive to become a banking services provider in the country.

Garanti Bank rolls out Turkcell mobile wallet

Turkey’s Garanti Bank and mobile operator Turkcell have partnered with Visa Europe in a deal aimed at bringing the Turkcell mobile wallet to more consumers in Turkey.

Don’t underestimate Turkey says HSBC

Most people have no idea how good Turkish wine is, according to Martin Spurling, chief executive of HSBC Turkey. With over 1.5 million acres of land devoted to vines, it is a little-known fact that the Mediterranean country is the world’s fourth producer of grapes. The same can be said for Turkey’s ambitious plans to develop Istanbul as a major international financial centre.

Turkey: where worlds collide

For centuries, Turkey has stood at the crossroads of Europe and Asia. While the country is leading the way in mobile banking, its infrastructure reflects a culture where minarets mix with mobile masts and ATMs compete for space with ancient monuments.

CCP proliferation clouds Asian OTC derivatives markets reform

Most emerging Asian countries have developed or are developing their own CCPs and trade repositories in response to global reforms of OTC derivatives markets – but proliferation of CCPs is a concern, according to new research by analyst firm Celent.

Borsa Istanbul revitalises Turkish capital markets

Created in April 2013, Turkey’s new Borsa Istanbul exchange is at the heart of an ambitious project to turn Istanbul into a major global trading centre. With the country’s economy ascendant, Turkey has a lot to offer, according to Ali Çöplü, chief information officer of Borsa İstanbul.

ECS powers Bangladeshi AB Bank ATM expansion

Bangladeshi bank AB Bank has chosen ElectraCard Services to run its ATM network and process credit and debit cards, as the bank ramps up its drive to increase financial inclusion in the country.

India’s ICICI takes aim at Indian mobile payments

India’s ICICI Bank is to launch a mobile payments service built by Movida, the Indian joint venture between Visa and mobile money specialist firm Monitise, that will draw on the potential to reach unbanked customers in the country.

HDFC Bank India takes up Numerix risk tools

India’s HDFC Bank has chosen to install risk management tools provided by Numerix, in a move the bank says will help consolidate its risk management and reporting capabilities.

Online payments on rise in Turkey

A partnership between German and Turkish payments specialists aims to take advantage of Turkey’s rising levels of online commerce, with the help of three Turkish banks.

Turkland Bank adopts Infosys core banking tools

Turkish bank Turkland has installed new core banking, CRM and treasury systems from Infosys – the first time a Turkish bank has implemented an externally developed core banking system according to the firm.

IndusInd Bank chooses Calypso treasury tools

India’s IndusInd Bank has installed a new system from Calypso Technology that it says will help it grow its treasury activities, increase its global markets business and better manage risk.

Immediate mobile payments come to Europe, M-Pesa to India

Payment processing firm Visa Europe has introduced a service allowing consumers to make mobile payments across the region immediately and using any European currency. Meanwhile in India, popular money transfer and payment service M-Pesa has now been fully launched. Visa Europe’s Personal Payments service enables Visa credit, debit or prepaid card users to accept payments […]

Turkey tops table at TradeTech

Prospects for Turkey’s capital markets gave delegates cause for optimism as the TradeTech conference and exhibition in London wound to a close on Thursday. “Turkey is moving from an emerging to a developed market,” said Alexis Chryssochoides, head of prop trading and product development at Eurobank Equities. “The country has already been upgraded by several […]

Mobile money to transform Turkish transport and US retail

Turkish operator Turkcell and SIM card and mobile security solutions provider Gemalto have each found themselves at the hearts of two mobile payment projects that promise to transform the transport and retail sectors in Turkey and the USA respectively.

Bombay exchange opts for Eurex platform in tech alliance

The Bombay Stock Exchange has become the latest exchange to sign up for Deutsche Börse’s Eurex platform, with the announcement of a long-term technology alliance under which BSE will join the Eurex technology roadmap and deploy Deutsche Börse Group’s trading architecture. As a first step, BSE will replace its derivatives market platform in the course […]

Rising stars dominate World Exchange Congress

Emerging markets Brazil, India and Turkey took the spotlight at yesterday’s World Exchange Congress event in London, as senior executives highlighted rising technological investment, growing competition and successful index performance.

Fircosoft signs AML watch list reseller in India

FircoSoft has signed a partnership with Indian IT services specialist iSolve to resell its watch list filtering products to financial institutions in India, where anti-money regulations are tightening. iSolve already sells compliance solutions to financial institutions in India, making the addition of FircoSoft’s filtering solutions to iSolve’s portfolio a logical step. It will be mainly targeting […]

India’s MCX-SX prepares for February launch

Indian exchange MCX Stock Exchange has set a date to begin trading in equity derivatives, in a move that opens up a new front in the competition between India’s dominant BSE and NSE exchanges.

Saxo Bank gobbles up Turkey business

Online investment bank Saxo Bank has opened an office in Istanbul, Turkey, following its acquisition of local broker Değer Menkul Değerler in May last year.

Earthport sees Turkey before Christmas

Cross-border payments service provider Earthport has opened a low value payments service into Turkey, which will allow Earthport’s clients to reach an estimated 42 million bank accounts.

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