20 December 2014

Company announcements

Mobile & online

Reuters launches UK edition of mobile app

19 December 2014  |  1326 views  |  0

Today Reuters, the world’s largest multimedia news provider, announced a new UK edition of its news app for iOS and Android devices.

Risk & regulation

Esma puiblishes MiFID II rules

19 December 2014  |  1383 views  |  0

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published today its final technical advice (TA) and launches a consultation on its draft regulatory technical and implementing standards (RTS/ ITS) regarding the implementation of the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II) and Regulation (MiFIR).

Virtual currency

New York regulator further refine BitLicense rules

19 December 2014  |  1421 views  |  0

Benjamin M. Lawsky, Superintendent of Financial Services, is today delivering remarks on the new, revised, proposed New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) BitLicense framework for regulating virtual currencies, as well as broader trends and issues in payments technology, at the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, DC.

Trade execution

Canadian regulatory body publishes HFT impact studies

19 December 2014  |  1392 views  |  0

The Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) yesterday published academic papers from three of the four academic teams chosen to assess the impact of high frequency trading (HFT) and related activity on Canadian equity markets, as part of the final phase of IIROC’s comprehensive HFT Study.

Retail banking

Bank note counterfeiting in the cyber underground

19 December 2014  |  1232 views  |  0

U.S. Attorney David J. Hickton for the Western District of Pennsylvania and U.S. Secret Service Special Agent in Charge Eric P. Zahren of the Pittsburgh Field Office today announced the filing of a criminal complaint in Pittsburgh charging a U.S. citizen with leading an international counterfeit currency operation headquartered in the Republic of Uganda.

Retail banking

NSD Payment System gets clean bill of health from Russian Central Bank

19 December 2014  |  923 views  |  0

The Bank of Russia has conducted an assessment of the Payment System of National Settlement Depository (NSD), Russia’s central securities depository, and has acknowledged a high level of the System’s compliance with the Principles for financial market infrastructures. Previously, the NSD Payment System was recognized as a systemically and nationally important.

Retail banking

Xerox to sell IT outsourcing business to Atos for $1.1 billion

19 December 2014  |  1198 views  |  0

Xerox (NYSE: XRX) today announced an agreement to sell its Information Technology Outsourcing (ITO) business to Atos for $1.05 billion prior to closing adjustments, with additional consideration of $50 million subject to the condition of certain assets at closing.

Mobile & online

Mozido acquires majority ownership in CorFire

18 December 2014  |  1610 views  |  0

Mozido, a cloud platform mobile payments and retail engagement solutions provider, today announced it has acquired the majority ownership in SK C&C USA dba CorFire, a U.S.-based mobile commerce company previously wholly-owned by South Korean IT services provider SK C&C.

Retail banking

New German digital bank Consors implements PFM technology from Meniga

18 December 2014  |  1756 views  |  0

Newly launched German bank Consors Bank (CB), born from France-based BNP Paribas’ German personal investment and online trading broker Cortal Consors SA, has entered the growing German retail-banking sector.


Luxembourg's BIL to offer cardless ATM withdrawals

18 December 2014  |  1520 views  |  0

To increase security, convenience and customer satisfaction at the self-service channel, Banque Internationale a Luxembourg (BIL) has partnered with Diebold, Incorporated (DBD) to launch a cardless transaction solution that enables end-users to remotely program and withdraw cash via a smartphone from any of the more than 100 ATMs in BIL's network.

Wholesale banking

IEX to use Kx software for data platform

18 December 2014  |  1224 views  |  0

Kx Systems, a leader in high-performance database and time-series analytics, today announced that IEX, a rapidly growing equity trading venue, has officially chosen kdb+ software for its data platform.

Retail banking

Baldwin Brothers selects SS&C wealth platform

18 December 2014  |  919 views  |  0

SS&C Technologies Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: SSNC), a global provider of financial services software and software-enabled services, is pleased to announce that Baldwin Brothers Inc. has selected SS&C’s wealth management platform.

Wholesale banking

Vanare acquires NestEgg for robo-wealth management

18 December 2014  |  2227 views  |  0

Vanare, a next-generation wealth management technology platform for investment advisors, announced today the acquisition of NestEgg Wealth to launch the first ever offering that completely integrates online wealth management with traditional wealth management in one seamless solution.

Wholesale banking

RateSetter takes on GraduRates loan book

18 December 2014  |  1528 views  |  0

Just before 2014 draws to a close, RateSetter is delighted to announce that it has taken on the loan book of GraduRates, a fellow P2P lender which helps students finance their education, funding loans for postgraduate study.

Retail banking

Esma clarifies position on investment-based crowd funding

18 December 2014  |  1247 views  |  0

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published an Opinion along with an Advice on Investment-based crowdfunding.

Retail banking

Tunis International Bank goes live on ICS Banks

18 December 2014  |  895 views  |  0

Tunis International Bank (TIB), the first bank established in Tunisia under the non-resident banking regulations and a member of Burgan Banking Group, the regional banking arm of Kuwait Projects Co. (KIPCO), went live on ICS BANKS® from ICS Financial Systems Limited (ICSFS), the global software and services provider for banks and financial institutions.

Post-trade & ops

Liquidnet Japan implements Torstone Inferno

18 December 2014  |  880 views  |  0

In June of this year, Torstone Technology signed a multi-year contract with Liquidnet – the global institutional trading network – and today announced the successful implementation of Inferno, its back office system, in support of Liquidnet’s business in Japan.

Wholesale banking

Bitcoin exchange Netagio launches USD and EUR order books

18 December 2014  |  1258 views  |  0

In response to customer demand, Bitcoin exchange Netagio today announced the launch of additional USD and EUR order books on its already established Bitcoin / GBP exchange.

Post-trade & ops

Union Investment adds OtasTechnologies to its trading processes

18 December 2014  |  1039 views  |  0

Union Investment, one of Europe’s leading asset managers, has successfully added the OTAS platform to its portfolio management process.

Retail banking

Europe's first chargeback remediation specialist, Global Risk Technologies, launches

18 December 2014  |  916 views  |  0

International dynamic risk mitigation services firm Global Risk Technologies has launched in Europe to bring its unique end-to-end risk management solutions to European merchants, helping acquirers and issuers minimise chargebacks.

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