Category Archive: Financial Technology

In Trade Arabia, BNY Mellon’s Bana Akkad Azhari discusses how fintech can drive financial sector growth in the Middle East

  Technological innovation is changing the face of finance. In recent years fintech investment has reached new highs across the North America, Asia, and Europe. Now, fintech is gaining recognition across the Middle East – bringing with it the promise of enhanced efficiency, security and transparency. Moreover, banks in the region are propelling digital developments …

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Austria’s first BPO: Commerzbank’s landmark transaction covered by the specialist press

Commerzbank has reached a milestone in the digitalisation of the trade finance industry, having processed the first Bank Payment Obligation (BPO) deal in Austria. A BPO allows the automatic release of funds between banks based on the matching of electronic data. Companies are increasingly recognising the benefits of the trade instrument, which include faster communication …

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BNY Mellon’s Bana Akkad Azhari discusses how bank-fintech collaboration is creating opportunities for trade in the Middle East in Cash and Trade

Recent years have heralded a new, dynamic “fintech era”. Global investment in fintech has skyrocketed in recent years, yet, the vast majority of fintech investment originates from other regions, with the Middle East only accountable for 0.1% of the global total in 2016. However, fintech companies are increasingly looking at how new innovations can improve …

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In Banker Middle East, BNY Mellon’s Bana Akkad Azhari considers fintech’s potential to transform the region’s financial landscape

Global fintech investment is soaring, nearly doubling to US$23.3 billion in 2016, from US$12 billion in 2014. Yet, the Middle East currently lays claim to just 0.1 per cent of this. Nevertheless, fuelled by the growing influence of a millennial population and rising expectations for efficiency, transparency and accessibility, fintech initiatives are rapidly gaining purchase …

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Natixis’ Eric Le Brusq speaks to The Banker on digitisation and structured products

Digitisation and automation are transforming the way banks sell structured investment solutions. In fact, the latest developments see investment banks acting as platforms that enable professional buyers to create and execute their own products to the end client’s objectives. In a special report for the The Banker, Eric Le Brusq, Global Head of Equity Derivatives, comments …

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UniCredit’s Jan Kupfer and Claudio Camozzo on bank-fintech collaboration in Finance Digest

With banks and fintechs both bringing a raft of new innovations to the industry, how these two parties co-exist in today’s environment remains a key question. While some banks may have seen fintechs as a threat, many are now trying to learn from their innovative mindsets and agile setups. Collaboration is now being viewed as the preferred approach, with banks …

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In Latin Finance, BNY Mellon’s Dino Sani discusses the importance of innovation and collaboration across the banking landscape

  The exponential growth of fintech innovation in recent years has brought remarkable upgrades to Latin America’s financial services – most notably in the efficiency and ease of retail and domestic payments. But, despite this impressive progress, there is still a great deal to do when it comes to modernizing global transactions. Furthermore, owing to …

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Cartwright adopts RiskFirst’s PFaroe – news covered by specialist press

Cartwright, an actuarial and investment consultant for occupational pension schemes, has adopted RiskFirst’s risk analytics platform, PFaroe, to model scheme assets and liabilities. Cartwright will use PFaroe to perform asset-liability modelling, monitor funding levels and investment risk, and track triggers for asset switches, enabling the consultancy to design and implement holistic real-time client-focused solutions better …

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BNY Mellon’s Mauro Bonacina discusses the potential for technology to transform trade in FX-MM

  Trade as we know it dates back centuries and has altered very little; remaining heavily paper based, labour intensive and dominated by manual processes. Certainly, if you were to name one sector that could benefit from fintech innovation, trade would be it. And despite challenges to the digitalisation of trade – such as reluctance …

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In The Asset, BNY Mellon’s Dominic Broom considers the importance of collaboration and innovation in securing the future of trade in Asia

Trade in Asia is facing a changing global landscape and considerable challenges, with structural economic change taking place in the region itself, coupled with growing protectionism in the west. Despite this, Asia has experienced above average global trade growth in recent years and continues to do so, with the trade outlook for the region particularly …

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