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IBM And FX Giant CLS Team Up To Launch Blockchain App Store For Banks

“Even private and permissioned blockchains need to build ecosystems and achieve network effects, just like their permissionless, public counterparts. At least, that’s the thinking behind LedgerConnect, a financial blockchain “app store” that aims to make it easier for banks to access distributed ledger technology (DLT) solutions from fintech and software providers, and for those vendors […]
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Companies

Corporates Begin Trials Of Multi-Bank Payments Tracking Across Swift gpi

“Financial messaging network Swift has begun pilot trials of a multi-bank payments tracking service with 12 member institutions and 10 multi-national corporates. The cross-industry collaboration tailors Swift’s global payments innovation (gpi) initiative to cater for the needs of corporate treasuries dealing with multiple banks by providing a single format for end-to-end tracking and integrated flows […]
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Global

How Canada’s Banking Protections Stifle Innovation At Home, But Give Big Six Free Rein To Expand Abroad

“Canada has a reputation for having a relatively steady banking sector and the high degree of regulation is intended to keep the financial system safe. Yet the same rules keeping everything on an even keel could also have the unintended consequences of limiting competition and consumers’ choices. Current rules include restrictions around ownership and anti-money […]
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Goldman Sachs is scaling back expectations for the buzzy 2-year-old service its new CEO is relying on, and it highlights a major concern with the economy

“Goldman Sachs is cutting a key target for its consumer lending platform Marcus, reflecting the firm’s growing concerns about the consumer debt market, according to a new report. Goldman has scaled back loan originations for 2019 for Marcus, according to a Bloomberg report on Monday which cited anonymous sources.”
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Global

Two-thirds of UK bank branches have closed in the past 30 years

“Banks often justify branch closures by pointing to partnership deals with local Post Offices for populations in remote areas. However, Which? has called into question the viability of the Post Office network as a stopgap solution, pointing to research which indicates that almost half of adults (45%) in Great Britain are unaware that they could […]
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Smaller FIs Weigh In on Mobile Financial Services

“Fifty-five percent of the respondents reported that more than 20 percent of their customers were active mobile banking users. Surprisingly, 14 percent of the respondents indicated they have no plans to offer mobile banking services. All but one of the FIs that have no plans to offer mobile banking had assets under $500 million. These […]
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Bank branches lose influence in battle for U.S. market share: study

“The percentage of customers who prefer to transact in branches declined to 26 percent from 38 percent in 2016, the study found. Branches are still among the factors McKinsey uses to determine opportunities to gain market share, but marketing, digital tools and customer satisfaction are becoming more influential.”

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Juniper Research: Blockchain Deployments To Save Banks More Than $27bn Annually By 2030

“According to the research, The Future of Blockchain: Key Vertical Opportunities & Deployment Strategies 2018-2030, banks that integrate blockchain will achieve cost reductions not just in payment processing and reconciliation, but in treasury operations and compliance. Indeed, the research argued that in compliance, automation of identity/money-laundering checks, allied to capability of the blockchain to verify the […]