13 February 2016

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Visa reveals major Square stake
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Visa reveals major Square stake

12 February 2016  |  2245 views  |  0 comments | 3 tweets | 5 linkedin

Shares in Jack Dorsey's Square received a much needed boost on Friday on news that Visa has a 9.99% stake of Class A shares in the payments firm.

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

12 February 2016  |  1640 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
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Nasdaq to pilot blockchain for proxy voting in Estonia

12 February 2016  |  3481 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
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FinLab puts down $3 million to find ways to address financial shocks

12 February 2016  |  2179 views  |  0 comments | 3 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
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Challenger banks and established players line up for Finextra NextGen debate

12 February 2016  |  3831 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.

BMO prepares for NBA All Stars with 10ft tall ATM
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BMO prepares for NBA All Stars with 10ft tall ATM

12 February 2016  |  2485 views  |  0 comments | 3 tweets | 5 linkedin

The hordes of very tall men descending on Toronto this weekend for the NBA All Star game won't need to crouch down to access their equally large bank accounts thanks to a newly installed 10 foot tall Bank of Montreal ATM.

BBVA increases newly independent fintech venture fund to $250m
Security

BBVA increases newly independent fintech venture fund to $250m

11 February 2016  |  5120 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.

Is Paym a failure?
Retail banking

Is Paym a failure?

11 February 2016  |  7196 views  |  16 comments | 23 tweets | 16 linkedin

This week UK mobile P2P payment platform Paym published its latest figures on user uptake and transaction volumes. Hakim Mendjeli, former head of mobile product and strategy at Lloyds Banking Group, sifts through the data.

Indian central banker floats account number portability
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Indian central banker floats account number portability

11 February 2016  |  3056 views  |  3 comments | 12 tweets | 10 linkedin

A senior Indian central banker says that the industry should investigate the introduction of account number portability, making it easier for customers to switch providers.

RBS prepares to open executive wing to startups
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RBS prepares to open executive wing to startups

11 February 2016  |  4676 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
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Absa alert warns customers of future spending shortfalls

10 February 2016  |  4579 views  |  0 comments | 10 tweets | 12 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.

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