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BBVA increases newly independent fintech venture fund to $250m

BBVA increases newly independent fintech venture fund to $250m

21 hours ago  | 1 comments | 12 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.

European Commission confirms MiFID II delay

European Commission confirms MiFID II delay

10 February 2016  | 1 comments | 21 tweets | 26 linkedin

The European Commission has confirmed a one-year delay to the introduction of new trading rules for capital markets firms under the MiFID II regime.

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.

UK sets out open banking API framework

UK sets out open banking API framework

09 February 2016  | 8 comments | 99 tweets | 88 linkedin

The UK government has thrown its weight behind a report calling for the creation of an open banking standard that makes it easy to share and use financial data, arguing that the move would improve choice for customers, promote competition and stimulate innovation.

European clearing and settlement agency Euroclear has called on financial market participants to collaborate and embrace the long-term potential of blockchain technologies for cutting IT costs and driving down post-trade and securities servicing fees.

EU tightens money laundering controls

EU tightens money laundering controls

03 February 2016  | 4 comments | 18 tweets | 19 linkedin

The European Commission is proposing a raft of measures - from closer monitoring of bitcoin and cash transactions to the creation of national payment account registers - as part of an action plan to strengthen the fight against terrorist financing.

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