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More than four out of five anti-money laundering and customer onboarding professionals simply use Google
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More than four out of five anti-money laundering and customer onboarding professionals simply use Google

While the growing number of money laundering scandals have confirmed the need to protect businesses against fraud, many analysts simply rely on Google. Having surveyed 156 anti-money laundering (AML) and know your customer (KYC) professionals, RegTech company Arachnys has revealed that 85% used Google for their due diligence or risk […]

Thoughts on the market rout, compliance and working from home
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Thoughts on the market rout, compliance and working from home

  Having worked in the financial industry for 20 years, I always found it interesting how stock markets have been the proxy for gauging public fear. My first job was working as a trader at a Wall Street firm. The first taste I got about the connection between the markets […]

ESMA Issues Statement of De-Facto Postponement of SFTR Go-Live
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ESMA Issues Statement of De-Facto Postponement of SFTR Go-Live

As the world deals with the Covid-19 virus, SFTR is set to go live with its first phase on April 13th in the EU. However, due to shutdowns across Europe and difficulties preparing for the regulation, banks and industry associations have approached ESMA about postponing the start of SFTR. Today, […]

Giant Financial Institution, the BBVA, Asks Fintech Firms to Develop Regtech and Finance Solutions via its Open Talent Program
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Giant Financial Institution, the BBVA, Asks Fintech Firms to Develop Regtech and Finance Solutions via its Open Talent Program

BBVA (Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, S.A)., a Spanish multinational financial services company, is making changes to its Open Talent competition for early-stage firms and startups, in order to work cooperatively with Fintech businesses. BBVA is one of the world’s largest financial institutions. It offers services in Spain, South America, North […]

Financial regulators address the economic & operational effects of COVID-19
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Financial regulators address the economic & operational effects of COVID-19

Financial regulators across the globe have issued statements announcing precautionary measures to address the economic impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19), signalling a growing willingness to intervene. The Bank of Japan (BoJ), European Central Bank (ECB), UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the US Federal Reserve have all announced a range […]

Bain & Co: Banks are Losing Customers to Fintech and Tech Giants
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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. […]

Estonian e-Residency MD: No deal Brexit is no problem thanks to digital identity
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Estonian e-Residency MD: No deal Brexit is no problem thanks to digital identity

Digital residency could nullify the worst-case scenario of a no-deal Brexit for small companies and entrepreneurs, according to Ott Vatter, managing director of Estonia’s e-Residency programme. “E-residency can be a solution for some companies due to the uncertainty,” he tells Finextra Research. While much of the uncertainty around Brexit has […]

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

Lithuania’s fintech sector now fastest growing in EU
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Lithuania’s fintech sector now fastest growing in EU

Lithuania is home to the fastest-growing fintech sector in the European Union, and the second-fastest growing in Europe, behind only the UK. A study carried out by Invest Lithuania and Rockit Vilnius, which looked at the state of fintech in 2019, reveals an impressive 24 per cent increase in the number […]

Starling Bank raises £60 million
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Starling Bank raises £60 million

Starling Bank, “the leading UK digital bank,” has raised £60 million from its existing investors, Merian Global Investors and JTC. The investment will bring the total raised by Starling to £323 million and follows two funding rounds of £105 million in aggregate led by Merian in 2019. Starling has opened […]