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Forget Sandboxes: Why Governments Should Accept Licensing From Other Jurisdictions
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Forget Sandboxes: Why Governments Should Accept Licensing From Other Jurisdictions

When the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority announced the first round of Fintechs for their regulatory sandbox in 2015, it was heralded as a progressive move and reinforced the UK’s dedication to financial innovation. The FCA is now hosting their fourth cohort of companies, and it is evident that this may […]

European Regulators Call for Common EU-Wide Regulatory Approach for ICOs
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European Regulators Call for Common EU-Wide Regulatory Approach for ICOs

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published its advice to the European Union (EU) institutions on crypto-assets and initial coin offerings (ICOs) regulation, calling for a common EU-wide regulatory approach. In its advice paper, ESMA notes that some member states have or are considering introducing crypto-assets related rules […]

Fintech Revolution: From Data Management to the New Financial Ecosystem
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Fintech Revolution: From Data Management to the New Financial Ecosystem

The place of technology has transformed in our lifetime, moving from the mainframe to the palm of our hands. Once it meant efficiency, but now it’s enabling our lives, and whole economies, to change. In the 1970s, my mother was a COBOL programmer, working for Hammersmith Council. There were sandbags […]

Emerging fintech innovations set to influence SME lending in 2019
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Emerging fintech innovations set to influence SME lending in 2019

Aaron Hughes, Managing Director of Equiniti Riskfactor, looks at some of the emerging Fintech themes that will shape the SME lending landscape A wiser man than me once said that anyone attempting to make predictions will end up either wrong or lucky. In 2019, against a backdrop of uncertainty about […]

UK Standards Institution Partners With Blockchain Startup for Supply Chain Compliance
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UK Standards Institution Partners With Blockchain Startup for Supply Chain Compliance

The United Kingdom’s national standards body, the British Standards Institution (BSI), has partnered with blockchain company OriginTrail to increase supply chain transparency. The partnership was reported in a Jan. 24 press release. BSI, which has operated since 1901 and had a reported revenue in 2017 of 473 million GBP (about […]

FINRA Forum Shows Promises and Pitfalls of New Technologies
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FINRA Forum Shows Promises and Pitfalls of New Technologies

How experts from the securities industry and its regulators view AI, blockchain and other new technologies In the future, blockchain, artificial intelligence, network analytics and other new technologies may become as commonplace as the next-day or same-day delivery of consumer items, which was only an idea a few years ago. But for […]

IBM-Backed Blockchain Platform to Improve Supply Chain Management in Mining Industry
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IBM-Backed Blockchain Platform to Improve Supply Chain Management in Mining Industry

Major tech firm IBM has partnered with MineHub Technologies to deliver a blockchain solution that will improve supply chain management in the mining and metals industry. IBM announced the initiative in a press release published Jan. 16. MineHub is a company that uses technologies including blockchain to develop cost-saving applications […]

The Future of AI Will Be About Less Data, Not More
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The Future of AI Will Be About Less Data, Not More

Companies considering how to invest in AI capabilities should first understand that over the coming five years applications and machines will become less artificial and more intelligent. They will rely less on bottom-up big data and more on top-down reasoning that more closely resembles the way humans approach problems and […]