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Revolut Launches in USA

Revolut launched its Financial App and debit card in the United States. Since hinting at the launch last year, Revolut claims it already attracted tens of thousands of U.S. customers. Revolut launched in 2015 with a vision to build a Financial Super App – a single app where consumers can manage all aspects of their…
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26th March 2020 0

FCA issues coronavirus cryptocurrency scam warning

The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has warned investors to avoid coronavirus-related cryptocurrency schemes that may seem too good to be true. Crypto scams are on the rise to exploit investors In a warning published on its website, the regulator says criminals and scammers are trying to take advantage of confusion and market instability in…
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17th March 2020 0

Glasgow-based AutoRek Partners with Nationwide to Offer Data Management and Cloud-powered Financial Controls

Glasgow-headquartered AutoRek, a firm that provides financial controls and regulatory reporting software, has teamed up with Nationwide to offer a data management solution and cloud-powered financial controls for a three-year period, with a two-year extension plan. Gordon McHarg, managing director at AutoRek, stated: “I am really pleased to welcome an organisation of Nationwide’s calibre to…
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13th March 2020 0

Bain & Co: Banks are Losing Customers to Fintech and Tech Giants

Traditional banks are losing customers to nonbank competitors because they still lag the digital experience offered by leading fintechs, established specialist companies and major technology companies. In order to stay in the game, retail banks must improve their digital channels’ interface and functionality, according to research by Bain & Company. In a report titled As…
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11th March 2020 0

The impact of Brexit on the AML KYC Compliance and trade in the UK

AML/KYC screening is a mandatory part of the compliance operations of businesses. Nowadays every business is liable for some sort of KYC and AML compliance, and heavy non-compliance fines and penalties have left no choice but to invest in compliance. The regulations have changed and are more strict for financial institutions. Recently the EU implemented…
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3rd March 2020 0

Sweden is now testing its digital version of cash, the e-krona

The Riksbank, Sweden’s central bank, has announced the launch of a year-long pilot project of its proposed e-krona. The project will use distributed ledger technology inspired by the blockchains that run cryptocurrencies. Cashless in Sweden: Physical cash is headed toward obsolescence in Sweden. Nearly everyone uses a mobile payment application called Swish, and it’s been…
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28th February 2020 0

The buy-side is saving compliance and control professionals from the cold

If you work in compliance or regulation in an investment bank, you probably have very good reason to fear the rise of technology. As so-called ‘Reg-tech’ has taken hold, compliance spending is banks’ new target for cost-cutting. It’s fortunate, then, that compliance jobs are still very plentiful on the buy-side. “The buy-side has exploded in terms of compliance…
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25th February 2020 0

Apple Pay is on pace to account for 10% of all global card transactions

Apple’s mobile wallet is gobbling up a growing chunk of card payments around the world. As the service grows, it’s becoming a greater challenge to rivals like PayPal and attracting the attention of competition watchdogs. Apple Pay accounts for about 5% of global card transactions and is on pace to handle 1-in-10 such payments by…
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19th February 2020 0

Revolut rolls out Open Banking tool

Revolut has launched an Open Banking feature, giving UK customers the ability to see their bank accounts from other providers from within the challenger’s app. Revolut teamed up with financial API specialist TrueLayer to enable all of its retail and business customers to see balances and transactions from other high street and challenger banks. Retail…
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12th February 2020 0

Municipality of Zermatt Now Accepts Payments in Bitcoin

The municipality of Zermatt, in cooperation with Bitcoin Suisse, announced that it will accept Bitcoin as a means of payment for local taxes and official transactions with immediate effect. A point-of-sale solution provided by Bitcoin Suisse has been installed in the Zermatt town hall, so that fees for services from local authorities can be paid…
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7th February 2020 0