14 February 2016

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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.

Visa reveals major Square stake
Retail banking

Visa reveals major Square stake

12 February 2016  | 0 comments | 4 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.

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  | 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.

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.

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  | 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.

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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?
Payments

Is Paym a failure?

11 February 2016  | 17 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.

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
Wholesale banking

RBS prepares to open executive wing to startups

11 February 2016  | 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.

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