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Genesis Global Introduces Primary Bond Market Solution for Asset Managers

Genesis Global, the low-code application development platform purpose-built for financial markets organizations, announced the launch of a solution that aggregates new bond deal data for asset managers, accelerates investment decision making and streamlines how they request and receive allocations. In primary markets for corporate bonds,… Read More

British Business Investments Makes Follow-on Investment into Universal Leasing Limited

British Business Investments announces a £15m follow-on investment into North-West based Universal Leasing Limited. The investment, which follows an earlier £12m commitment made to Universal Leasing in 2018, allows the company “to further increase its support for smaller businesses.” The transaction will be structured “as… Read More

Bank of England Holds Rates Steady Following Fed Continues Pause

The Bank of England held benchmark rates steady following the US Federal Reserve’s decision to continue its pause. The BOE said the Monetary Policy Committee voted 5 to 4 to hold the Bank Rate at 5.25%. The minority preferred to increase rates by 25 basis… Read More

Swiss Fintech Taurus SA, a Digital Asset Tech Firm, Teams Up with Deutsche Bank

Taurus SA, a digital asset technology provider, has signed a global partnership agreement with Deutsche Bank (NYSE: DB), one of the world’s major financial services providers. As part of the collaboration, Deutsche Bank will integrate Taurus’ market-leading technology to establish digital asset custody and tokenization… Read More

Financement Participatif France: Crowdfunding Association Anticipates More Delays on Debt Platforms Due to Economic Challenges – Real Estate in a Crisis

Financement Participatif France, the French crowdfunding association, has provided an update on debt-based platforms in the country. This means platforms that enable peer-to-peer lending, bonds, and mini-bond services. As part of a best practices charter, FPF instituted a requirement for member platforms to post performance… Read More

HSBC Pledges $1bn Financing for Global Climate Tech Start-ups

In a significant move towards bolstering the global fight against climate change, HSBC announced today its commitment to allocate $1bn in financing to early-stage climate tech startups worldwide. This ambitious initiative aims to accelerate the development of innovative solutions in various domains, including electric vehicle… Read More

Evolution of Investment Banking and the Democratization of Capital: A Conversation with Vince Molinari

The world of investment banking has witnessed significant transformations over the decades, particularly concerning small-cap IPOs and access to capital. In this Capital Ideas interview with Vince Molinari, the CEO of Fintech.TV and an experienced figure in investment banking, ICAN’s Dara Albright and Nick Morgan… Read More

FCA Reports Initial Findings on Account Closures Due to Political Leanings: Little Evidence So Far

The UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has released its initial report on potential discrimination at UK banks. The report follows the saga of Nigel Farage, a vocal political personality and former UKIP leader, who had his account shuttered at Coutts after management decided his values… Read More

UK Adults Focused on Savings Despite Many Having Less than £1K in Bank Accounts – Report

Gatehouse Bank, the Shariah-compliant challenger bank, has released new research demonstrating that the UK’s money mindset is shifting towards saving. The research looked at UK adults’ attitudes towards money, “assessing the key factors that influence them, why they look to save or spend their money… Read More

UK Private Equity Deal Value Increased Substantially QoQ in Q2 2023, Deal Count Increased for 4th Straight Quarter – Report

In Q2 2023, UK private equity (PE) deal value “increased 13.2% quarter-over-quarter (QoQ) while the estimated deal count increased for the fourth straight quarter, signalling the start of a potential recovery in UK dealmaking,” according to an update from Pitchbook. Pitchbook noted that “in light… Read More

UK Businesses Continue to Expand Operations, Despite Challenging Economic Environment, Research by iwoca Reveals

Despite a challenging economic environment, 101 new businesses were created every hour across the UK in the first half of 2023, according to research by iwoca, one of Europe’s small business lenders. Analysis of Companies House data reveals “that over 436,000 businesses were registered in… Read More

Most Consumers Will Switch Providers Due to Fraud Experience or for Enhanced Safeguards – Report

The scams deluge that flourished during the COVID-19 pandemic and proliferates yet today has heightened the public’s fraud anxiety. Rampant fraud is also “reshaping individuals’ expectations about organizations’ obligations to protect them – and the compromises they are willing to make to enhance security” –… Read More

FV Bank Welcomes Jennifer Yaris Rodriguez as Senior Trust Officer

FV Bank, the U.S. licensed global digital bank that offers a vertically integrated suite of traditional and digital asset banking and custody services, this week appointed Jennifer Yaris Rodríguez as its senior trust officer. The move is effective immediately. As senior trust officer, Rodriguez will… Read More

IBM Survey Reveals Differences Between Bank and Customer Priorities

The IBM Institute for Business Value, in collaboration with the Banking Industry Architecture Network and Red Hat, this week released findings from a new global study that reveals significant gaps between the stated priorities of surveyed banking executives and the customers they serve. The research… Read More

1 in 6 Americans Financially Vulnerable: Financial Health Network

One out of every six Americans is financially vulnerable, the highest percentage since before the pandemic. That is one finding in the Financial Health Pulse 2023 U.S. Trends Report, released this week by the Financial Health Network. Financially vulnerable consumers typically struggle to meet expenses,… Read More

Credit Cards in Circulation in Hong Kong Reach 19.71 Million

The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA), the city’s central bank, has released its Q2/2023 payment card statistics, revealing that the total number of credit cards in circulation in Hong Kong reached 19.71 million by the end of the second quarter. This indicates a marginal growth… Read More

Nanofiber Quantum Technologies Secures $8.5m in Funding for Quantum Computing Advancement

Nanofiber Quantum Technologies Inc. (NanoQT) announced a successful $8.5 million fundraising round, anchored by  global venture capital firms. The round was backed by US’s Phoenix Venture Partners (PvP) and Japan’s JAFCO Group Co Ltd, SPARX Group Co Ltd, Keio Innovation Initiative, Inc. (KII), and Waseda… Read More

Saudi Arabia-China Entrepreneurs Association Signs MoU with HKTDC to Boost Trade with Hong Kong

In a landmark move to fortify commercial ties between Hong Kong and Saudi Arabia, the Saudi Arabia-China Entrepreneurs Association (SCEA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC). The MoU was inked during the eighth Belt and Road Summit…. Read More

SolasAI Improves Bias Explainability and Mitigation Library

SolasAI, a provider of market-proven algorithmic fairness AI software, this week announced enhancements to the SolasAI Bias Explainability & Mitigation Library to produce fairness results faster and more efficiently while enabling companies to safely and quickly innovate with artificial intelligence. The update reduces fairness results… Read More

CME Group, DTCC Receive Regulatory Approval for Enhanced Treasury Cross-Margining Arrangement Launching Jan 2024

CME Group, the derivatives marketplace, and The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC), the post-trade market infrastructure for the global financial services industry, announced their enhanced cross-margining arrangement has received Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) approvals. The arrangement will… Read More

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