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SWIFT Chief Announces Integration With R3 At Paris Fintech Forum

“SWIFT, the global banking payments network, is to begin testing its GPI payments standard through R3’s Corda platform. Speaking on stage at the Paris Fintech Forum this morning, SWIFT CEO Gottfried Leibbrandt said: “Later today we are announcing an integration with R3.” In a follow-up announcement, the firm explained that the “integration” will be a trial that will […]


Mojaloop Bootcamp Application

“Some of the biggest challenges for retail financial services in developing countries include poor or missing payment APIs, a lack of standardization, and limited interoperability between various mobile money and bank-based domains within the payment system. These problems increase costs, create bad user experiences, and limit use cases. The Gates Foundation are working to create […]
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Same-Day and P2P Volumes Boom on the ACH While Back-Office Conversions Stage a Comeback

“The big ACH news for the past couple of years has been same-day transactions, which promise to meet demand for faster clearing and settlement, and help the network meet growing competition from financial-technology companies. Same-day ACH transactions—credits and debits combined—grew 46% year-over-year to 51.3 million from 35.2 million in 2017’s last quarter, Herndon, Va.-based NACHA reported this week. Growing slightly […]

Risk & Fraud

Glowing reviews tout counterfeit cash on the dark web

“An analysis by Secret Service experts linked the fraudulent bills to thousands of others that had been passed with a total face value of $4.1 million. That made Billmaker the nation’s most prolific domestic counterfeiter. Britsch’s buy sparked a nine-month investigation into the murkiest corners of the dark web, where cyber-savvy criminals use online bazaars to anonymously […]


Crypto exchange Kraken acquires Crypto Facilities

“Cryptocurrency exchange Kraken just closed its biggest acquisition to date. The company is buying Crypto Facilities in a nine-figure deal. Crypto Facilities is an exchange and index provider regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority in the U.K. In particular, Crypto Facilities lets you trade futures on multiple cryptocurrency pairs.”


Cheques to be excluded from UK’s New Payments Architecture

“Once again cheques in the UK are facing their demise, this time as a consequence of their being excluded from the New Payments Architecture project, or “NPA”. This time it will be a slow and lingering death over a 10-15 year period, as investment is channeled into other services and the cheque service withers on […]

On The Wires

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DFS Lab Announces Open Applications for Fintech Hackathon Focused on the Mojaloop Software

“Digital Financial Services Lab (DFS Lab), today announced it was hosting a hackathon in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania April 8 to 12. The Hackathon will offer participants an in-depth look Mojaloop, which is open-source software for financial services companies, government regulators, and others taking on the challenges of interoperability and financial inclusion. Interested applicants can apply on the DFS […]