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Headcount cull claims investment bankers

As job cuts continue to bite at some of the world’s largest banks and financial institutions, new figures from Bloomberg Industries reveal the scale of the cull driven by lacklustre macroeconomic performance in Europe, a declining stock market and tightening financial regulation.

Acleda Bank fuels Cambodian expansion with Temenos tools

Cambodia’s Acleda Bank has embarked on a massive programme of expansion in a bid to reach unbanked customers in the country, drawing on core banking technology provided by Swiss banking software company Temenos.

Swift’s Innotribe Challenge 2013 opens for entries

Swift has opened its Innotribe Startup Challenge 2013 for entries. The year-round competition is intended to introduce financial industry decision makers and early-stage investors to the “innovations and emerging companies that are poised to transform the industry”.

International clearers form ‘Liquidity Alliance’

An alliance between central securities depositories in Germany, Spain, Brazil, South Africa and Australia aims to tackle the expected global shortfall in collateral arising from tough new financial regulation.

Trendy techs top CIO priority lists for 2013 says Gartner study

Faced with flatlining IT budgets, global CIOs must better exploit the business potential of technology to achieve results – currently they realise only 43% of that potential says Gartner. Top of the priority list is what the research firm calls ‘digital technologies’. In this it includes mobile, analytics, Big Data, social media networking and cloud, […]

Fightin’ talk: the regulatory backlash begins …

Far from coming out of a post-crisis period of grieving and re-learning how to engage with the wider world, the financial services industry looks like it is returning to its old belligerent self.

VocaLink boosts strategy and business development with new trio

VocaLink, the international payment provider, has made three senior appointments in its strategy & business development division. Nick Millar joins as strategy and customer insight director, Jim Wadsworth as product development director and Phil Harrison as commercial director, alternative payments.

Settlement Reached in Florida AG Prepaid Investigation (Jan. 17, 2013)

Jan. 17, 2013 A group of prepaid card providers has reached a settlement in a Florida investigation over fee disclosures and what the state’s Attorney General said were misleading claims regarding credit. The investigation was launched in early 2009 into business practices of AccountNow, First Data, Green Dot, NetSpend and UniRush Financial Services, all of […]

Visa Joins Five Indian Banks and TSYS for Saral Money Launch (Jan. 17, 2013)

Jan. 17, 2013 Saral Money, a project India’s government launched in late 2012 to gradually extend basic financial services to India’s 400 million unbanked consumers, is gaining momentum through the participation of Visa Inc., five major Indian banks and payments processor TSYS, which is providing biometric technology to authenticate users who sign up for the […]

U.K. Mobile Payments System Set to Launch Next Year (Jan. 17, 2013)

Jan. 17, 2012 An industry-wide mobile payments service set to launch next year in the U.K. will enable users to send mobile payments using just their phone numbers and a password. Eight of the nation’s major banks, including Barclays, HSBC and RBS, have signed on to the program, which is being guided by the U.K. […]

Earnings Roundup: eBay, U.S. Bancorp, JPMorgan Chase (Jan. 17, 2013)

Jan. 17, 2013 PayPal parent company eBay, JP Morgan Chase and U.S. Bancorp recently released fourth-quarter financial results. eBay Inc. reported net revenue of $4 billion for the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, 2012, a 17.6 percent increase compared with $3.4 billion during the same period a year earlier. The San Jose, Calif.-based company also […]

Banks boost ICAP’s Traiana with $36 million investment

Interdealer broker ICAP has raised $36 million through the sale of a 12% stake in its Traiana post-trade processing and risk management business to a consortium of banks – Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Barclays, Citi, Deutsche Bank, JP Morgan, Nomura, and the Royal Bank of Scotland.

Payments Council pushes mobile payments back another year

The UK Payments Council has announced that the introduction of its planned Mobile Payments Service has been pushed back until “spring 2014” – a year after its previously expected introduction, and two years after Barclays broke from the rest of the UK banks and launched its Pingit service. The delay comes despite commitments from financial […]

Prepaid Regulation Could Have Adverse Effects, Says Study (Jan. 15, 2013)

Jan. 15, 2013 Competition in the network branded prepaid card market has led to lower costs and better functionality for card users, says a new working paper from the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. The well-functioning market, combined with a lack of evidence that consumers are making errors when choosing a prepaid card, means […]

NCR Adds PayPal to Mobile Payment Menu for Restaurants, Retailers (Jan. 15, 2013)

Jan. 15, 2013 NCR Corp., eager to expand use of its mobile apps for restaurants and retailers, this week announced an agreement with PayPal Inc. designed to make it easier for consumers to manage their bills and pay for food using their smartphones when dining out. Duluth, Ga.-based NCR plans to integrate PayPal alongside credit […]

MasterCard Continues Africa Push with Equity Bank Partnership (Jan. 15, 2013)

Jan. 15, 2013 MasterCard has inked a deal with Kenya’s Equity Bank to issue new debit and prepaid cards over the next 18 months. The 5 million new cards will be equipped with PayPass contactless technology and EMV chips, and are set to roll out initially in Kenya, followed by Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and South […]

TransCard Buys HQ Gift Cards, Expanding Reach to Malls and Casinos (Jan. 15, 2013)

Jan. 15, 2013 Chattanooga, Tenn.-based processor and program manager TransCard this week said it has acquired HQ Gift Cards, the nation’s largest program manager of mall-based prepaid and gift cards, as part of a broader expansion push. Gardena, Calif.-based HQ, founded in 2000 and acquired in 2006 by Ceridian Stored Value Solutions, manages gift and […]

Managing PEX Cards Goes Mobile (Jan. 15, 2013)

Jan. 15, 2013 PEX Card, a New York City-based provider of the Visa-branded PEX Card prepaid expense-management card for small and midsize businesses, has launched PEX Mobile, a suite of iOS and Android applications enabling PEX Card administrators to perform day-to-day cash management and expense control functions using a smartphone. “PEX Card administrators often play […]

Savvis Deal Strengthens Mozido’s Cloud Infrastructure, Hosted IT Offerings (Jan. 15, 2013)

Jan. 15, 2013 Mozido LLC, an Austin, Texas-based startup providing cloud-based, white-label mobile payments services for banks and merchants, has signed a multiyear deal for access to the cloud infrastructure and hosted IT solutions of Savvis, a subsidiary of telecom CenturyLink. “By leveraging Savvis’ leading cloud and hosting infrastructure, we will enable customers in the […]

The irresistible rise of digital banking

The banking industry, integral to our commercial and personal lives, has always evolved with the times to embrace new challenges and consumer attitudes. Technology plays an obvious and increasingly important role in this evolution.

Boots on the Ground (January 2013)

January 2013   Experts on five markets—Brazil, France, Italy, Middle East and Russia—discuss how prepaid is developing where they’re doing business, as providers and consultants. By Loraine DeBonis, Editor-in-Chief   Paybefore: How widely has prepaid been adopted in Brazil beyond the meal voucher market? Neissan Monadjem: The food voucher programs along with the mobile prepaid “card” vertical represent 80 […]

Social media trading goes live on DCM

Online trading service DCM Capital has released a trading platform with a social media sentiment feed, allowing traders to incorporate information from channels such as twitter and Facebook into their trading decisions.

Vienna bourse debuts high-speed data

Vienna Stock Exchange has started a new low-latency market data service that it says will provide better, faster market data for investors interested in trading Vienna, Prague and Ljubljana.

Misys markets “competitive advantages” for trade finance

Banking software provider Misys has incorporated global processing into its trade finance solution, TI Plus, in a move that the firm says will help banks gain a competitive advantage through improved customer service and reduced costs.

Viewpoint: Consolidation and Asset Extension

By Lee Britton, Prepaid Financial Services One of the great things about getting old is hearing new phrases defining old concepts. Chances are, by the time 2013 has been and gone, you’ll have come across the above phrase, specifically around payments or technology. But first, it’s important to recognize two apparently irreconcilable differences: What someone […]

MCX Will Start with Cloud/Barcode (Jan. 14, 2013)

Jan. 14, 2013 MCX executives and member merchants revealed a few more details about their plans for mobile payments during a panel at the National Retail Federation’s Annual Convention & EXPO in New York City today, including that its initial mobile payments solution will be primarily barcode- and cloud-based. The coalition of merchants, which announced formation […]

Medagate Rolls Out ‘Dual-Network’ Healthcare Card (Jan. 14, 2013)

Jan. 14, 2013 Restricted-spend healthcare payment provider Medagate, a wholly owned subsidiary of InComm, has announced the launch of what the company calls the first dual-network healthcare spending card. The MasterCard-branded Dual Value Health Card enables employers and health plans to offer members a healthcare funding account, such as a health savings account (HSA) or […]

Payelp Partners with Qiwi for Reloadable Prepaid Visa Card in Eastern Europe (Jan. 14, 2013)

Jan. 14, 2013 Payelp Global, a Los Angeles-based e-commerce platform serving merchants via 300 different payment gateways worldwide, is expanding its services to include a reloadable virtual prepaid card for consumers in regions that lack broad credit and debit card penetration. The offering builds on Payelp’s existing partnership with Moscow-based Qiwi Ltd., which recently introduced […]

Report: Mobile Banking Users to Reach 1 Billion Globally (Jan. 14, 2013)

Jan. 14, 2013 Nearly twice as many mobile phone users by the end of 2017 will have used their devices for mobile banking, compared with this year—1 billion versus 590 million—according to a new report from U.K.-based Juniper Research. The developed markets of Far East & China, North America and Western Europe will have the […]

Boku Earns E-Money License in Europe (Jan. 14, 2013)

Jan. 14, 2013 San Francisco-based mobile direct carrier biller Boku has received an e-money license for its European payments platform. Boku said the approval from the U.K.’s Financial Services Authority will enable the company to expand its platform in Europe. Currently operating in more than 65 countries, Boku has direct billing deals with about 250 […]

People on the Move: Dan Åkhagen, Payair (January 2013)

January 2013 Payair, a Swedish mobile commerce company, has hired Dan Åkhagen as human resources director. He will be responsible for the recruitment of new staff and the development of existing employees. Åkhagen has extensive experience with human resources issues in both public and private sectors. Before joining Payair, he was employed by game developer […]

People on the Move: Yunsok Chang, Ari Sarker and TV Seshadri, MasterCard Worldwide (January 2013)

January 2013 MasterCard Worldwide has announced three new appointments to bolster its Asia-Pacific, Middle East & Africa (APMEA) leadership teams. TV Seshadri is moving from India to Singapore as group executive, global products and solutions (GP&S) for APMEA. Seshadri will assume responsibilities for developing, driving and implementing product strategies and solutions for MasterCard to maximize the […]

Wall Street Systems acquires IT2 Treasury Solutions

IT2 Treasury Solutions, a UK company that provides treasury management software and services for large corporations and small and mid-sized financial institutions, has been sold to Wall Street Systems, a subsidiary of trading technology provider ION Trading.

March deadline for code to tackle fixing of interbank lending rates

European regulators have until March to impose a code of conduct on banks contributing to the creation of the Euribor interbank lending rate benchmark. The deadline is included in recommendations published by the European Securities and Markets Authority and the European Banking Authority following their joint work on benchmark rate-setting processes in the wake of the Barclays Libor scandal and other rate-fixing revelations.

Electronic Banking? Meet the man who wrote the book(s) …

Leaving no stone unturned in our mission to bring you information and data on banking systems from all corners of the globe, it is with some excitement that we pass on news from the learned journal Decision Support Systems.

BATS trading errors highlight perils of technology arms race

US exchange operator BATS Global Markets’ revelation earlier this week that it may have accidentally breached best execution regulation on thousands of client transactions over a four-year period has been criticised by senior buy-side traders, who have expressed disappointment at the failure of exchanges to serve long-term investors.

Mobile banking to hit 1 billion users by 2017

As uptake of mobile banking services is predicted to reach 1 billion by 2017, banks are starting to view the mobile channel as an indispensable revenue stream, according to Nitin Bhas, senior analyst at telecoms research firm Juniper Research.

IT pros willing to back the bankers

The finance sector has been plagued with bad press over the past five years, with little respite for those in the industry, but despite the issues faced by the sector, 59% of IT jobseekers would still consider entering the industry, writes Richard Nott, website director at CWJobs.co.uk.