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Big data firm Palantir raises $450m
Wholesale banking

Big data firm Palantir raises $450m

24 July 2015  |  3982 views  |  0 comments | 4 tweets | 1 linkedin

Palantir Technologies, a big data startup co-founded by Peter Thiel, has completed a massive $450 million funding round that values the company at $20 billion.

Banks lag manufacturers and telcos in race to build innovation centres
Risk & regulation

Banks lag manufacturers and telcos in race to build innovation centres

24 July 2015  |  6666 views  |  3 comments | 28 tweets | 15 linkedin

The financial services sector is trailing rival industries in the race to set up innovation centres in technology hubs such as Silicon Valley, according to a report issued by consultants CapGemini and Altimeter Group.

Visa confirms Visa Europe acquisition talks
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Visa confirms Visa Europe acquisition talks

23 July 2015  |  9473 views  |  0 comments | 16 tweets | 23 linkedin

Visa has confirmed that it is in talks about buying back its former subsidiary Visa Europe, with a decision on whether to complete a deal expected by October.

Japan's Nikkei pays £844m for FT Group
Retail banking

Japan's Nikkei pays £844m for FT Group

23 July 2015  |  1973 views  |  0 comments | 2 tweets | 3 linkedin

Japanese media giant Nikkei has struck a deal to buy the Financial Times Group from publisher Pearson for £844 million in cash.

Wells Fargo creates innovation group
Wholesale banking

Wells Fargo creates innovation group

23 July 2015  |  6027 views  |  0 comments | 15 tweets | 9 linkedin

Wells Fargo has tapped veteran Steve Ellis to lead a newly created innovation group designed to help the 163-year-old bank thrive in the digital age.

Nasdaq and Nyse propose mutual back-up plan
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Nasdaq and Nyse propose mutual back-up plan

23 July 2015  |  2121 views  |  0 comments | 3 tweets | 3 linkedin

Two rival exchanges, the New York Stock Exchange (Nyse) and Nasdaq OMX, are planning to provide back-up to each other's closing auctions in order to prevent a repeat of the outage that hit Nyse earlier this month.

Deutsche Börse-backed bond trading startup closes after 3 months
Trade execution

Deutsche Börse-backed bond trading startup closes after 3 months

23 July 2015  |  2501 views  |  0 comments | 3 tweets | 1 linkedin

Bondcube, an electronic trading platform for corporate debt, has filed for liquidation just three months after going live.

Wall Street eyes the blockchain
Risk & regulation

Wall Street eyes the blockchain

23 July 2015  |  5601 views  |  0 comments | 24 tweets | 11 linkedin

Almost all of Wall Street thinks that the blockchain could be applied to institutional capital markets and many firms are already actively reviewing the technology, according to research from Greenwich Associates.

NY regulator sets sights on bank-backed messaging service
Risk & regulation

NY regulator sets sights on bank-backed messaging service

23 July 2015  |  3517 views  |  0 comments | 7 tweets | 5 linkedin

New York state's banking regulator has written to the firm behind a new instant messaging service backed by Wall Street's biggest banks asking about its document retention policies.

USAA introduces Savings Coach virtual assistant
Mobile & online

USAA introduces Savings Coach virtual assistant

22 July 2015  |  4740 views  |  1 comments | 13 tweets | 10 linkedin

Online army bank USAA has enlisted vendor Nuance Communications for the launch of a virtual assistant app dedicated to helping millennials save money.

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