14 February 2016

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ASX wavers over future of Chess platform as it begins work on blockchain settlement

ASX wavers over future of Chess platform as it begins work on blockchain settlement

12 February 2016  |  1890 views  |  0 comments | 5 tweets | 1 linkedin

The Australian Stock Exchange says it plans to hire more staff as it lays the groundwork for the introduction of of a new post-trade platform based on distributed ledger technology.

Nasdaq to pilot blockchain for proxy voting in Estonia

Nasdaq to pilot blockchain for proxy voting in Estonia

12 February 2016  |  3696 views  |  0 comments | 12 tweets | 11 linkedin

Nasdaq is to use blockchain technology to streamline proxy voting on companies listed on the US Exchange-held Tallinn Stock Exchange.

FinLab puts down $3 million to find ways to address financial shocks

FinLab puts down $3 million to find ways to address financial shocks

12 February 2016  |  2407 views  |  0 comments | 4 tweets | 1 linkedin

The Financial Solutions Lab (FinLab), an innovation programme created by the Center for Financial Services Innovation (CFSI) and founding partner JPMorgan Chase, has opened applications for a £3 million, two-year challenge to address financial shocks.

Challenger banks and established players line up for Finextra NextGen debate

Challenger banks and established players line up for Finextra NextGen debate

12 February 2016  |  4129 views  |  0 comments | 6 tweets | 3 linkedin

A strong line-up of challenger banks, established banks and government and regulatory officials will take to the podium at Finextra's forthcoming NextGen banking event at London’s Level39 in Canary Wharf to debate the disruptive forces reshaping the banking sector.

BBVA increases newly independent fintech venture fund to $250m

BBVA increases newly independent fintech venture fund to $250m

11 February 2016  |  5410 views  |  1 comments | 15 tweets | 11 linkedin

BBVA is shaking up the way it invests in fintech startups, closing its $100 million in-house fund and pumping $250 million into a new independently managed outfit called Propel Venture Partners.

RBS prepares to open executive wing to startups

RBS prepares to open executive wing to startups

11 February 2016  |  4883 views  |  1 comments | 16 tweets | 13 linkedin

Royal Bank of Scotland is preparing to welcome 100 entrepreneurs and ten startup support organisations to the executive wing of its Scottish HQ following a year-long refit of the former symbol of big bank excess.

Absa alert warns customers of future spending shortfalls

Absa alert warns customers of future spending shortfalls

10 February 2016  |  4952 views  |  0 comments | 10 tweets | 13 linkedin

South Africa's Absa Bank is piloting a new predictive spending alert that warns customers if they are about to go into the red and offers customised options to help them better manage their finances.

City grandee Rich Ricci joins fintech revolution at freemarketFX

City grandee Rich Ricci joins fintech revolution at freemarketFX

10 February 2016  |  3805 views  |  0 comments | 9 tweets | 1 linkedin

Rich Ricci, formerly CEO of Barclays Corporate and Investment Banking, is the latest in a growing list of financial services grandees to lend their business heft to a disruptive technology startup, joining currency exchange freemarketFX as chairman.

Deutsche Bank calls for co-operation with fintech firms on B2B services

Deutsche Bank calls for co-operation with fintech firms on B2B services

10 February 2016  |  9403 views  |  1 comments | 30 tweets | 30 linkedin

Deutsche Bank has become the latest financial services giant to call on its industry to hug the hoard of upstart fintech rivals close, concluding that co-operation, not competition, is the wisest approach in the business-to-business payments arena.

Linux Foundation's Hyperledger Project boasts new members and code contributions

Linux Foundation's Hyperledger Project boasts new members and code contributions

09 February 2016  |  3410 views  |  0 comments | 10 tweets | 17 linkedin

The Linux Foundation-led Hyperledger Project has signed up 30 founding members from the technology and financial services sectors, with several donating code to the effort to build a cross-industry open standard for distributed ledgers.

Switzerland needs to become more fintech friendly or risk irrelevance

Switzerland needs to become more fintech friendly or risk irrelevance

08 February 2016  |  5236 views  |  0 comments | 22 tweets | 7 linkedin

Switzerland's potential as a European fintech hub is being damaged by lack of Government and bank support and a shortage of investment capital, according to a new report by Ernst & Young and Swiss Finance + Technology Association.

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