12 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.

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

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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 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?
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Is Paym a failure?

11 February 2016  | 15 comments | 20 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.

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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  | 1 comments | 15 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  | 0 comments | 9 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.

European Commission confirms MiFID II delay
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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.

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