BNY Mellon’s Dhiru Tanna discusses the huge potential of blockchain in FX-MM

Blockchain, the distributed ledger technology that underpins bitcoin, is leading the financial industry’s technology revolution and has huge transformative potential. In FX-MM, Tanna examines the progress of distributed ledger technology – such as the growing involvement of regulators – and its potential with respect to smart contracts and risk mitigation. Furthermore, the article describes how …

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In FX-MM, Satago explains how new technology capabilities are putting SMEs in control of their financing

The advent of the digital age is increasing the expectations of consumers and businesses alike for instant, round-the-clock payment solutions. While the financial market has been somewhat slow on the uptake, fintech developments – primarily driven by nimble alternative financiers – are becoming increasingly prevalent. In an article for FX-MM, Satago’s CEO Steven Renwick explains …

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S&P Global Ratings’ wrapped project finance issue at the University of Essex is covered by the specialist press

S&P Global Ratings has assigned an ‘A’ Standard & Poor’s underlying rating (SPUR) with a stable outlook to a £98.2 million debt issuance by ULiving@Essex Ltd. (ProjectCo), the entity created to build and manage student accommodation at the University of Essex. S&P Global’s SPUR rating reflects the accommodation’s lack of construction risk and high occupancy …

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News of iGTB contract win to implement Raiffeisen’s digital trade finance platform covered by specialist press

iGTB has agreed a contract to implement a comprehensive digital trade finance platform for leading Austrian bank, Raiffeisen Bank International (RBI) and five of its regional banks. The new platform will enable RBI to standardise its operations across numerous legal entities and client segments and digitalise its provision of guarantees, letters of credit, collections and …

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S&P Global Ratings’ Michael Ferguson explains why American hydropower is undergoing a financing renaissance in an article for Business Green

At first glance, America’s hydropower generators may appear peripheral to the country’s grid, but according to Michael Ferguson, S&P Global Ratings’ Head of US Energy Infrastructure, there is more than meets the eye. Writing for Business Green, Ferguson argues that although new plants are all but prohibited, and many assets are fast approaching their useful …

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Satago’s Steven Renwick writes an article for GTNews on how tech innovation is facilitating easy-access business finance

Technological advancements are creating new opportunities in the field of SME finance, and alternative financiers are leveraging these digital capabilities to offer pioneering solutions to small businesses. Writing for GTNews, Satago’s CEO, Steven Renwick, discusses the customer-first culture of fintechs, and how this is enabling them to produce exemplary and accessible finance technology. Renwick notes …

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Commerzbank recognised for leading cash and trade services in Global Finance’s awards

Commerzbank has been recognised as the “Best trade finance provider in Germany” and – for the second year running – “Best global bank for export finance” in Global Finance magazine’s list of the “World’s Best Trade Finance Providers 2017”. The bank has also taken the titles of “Best Overall Bank for Cash Management in Central …

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S&P’s Mike Wilkins tells Business Green that climate risk assessment is moving in the right direction, but not fast enough

Even after the 2008 financial crisis, new research by the 2° Investing Initiative and the Generation Foundation highlights how analysts and investors still largely ignore ‘white swans’ – non-cyclical, non-linear, long-term financial risks that short-term (1-5 years) focused financial analyses leave in the dark. In an interview for Business Green, Mike Wilkins, S&P Global Ratings’ …

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Deutsche Bank’s Shakrokh Moinian explores the far-reaching implications of PSD2 in TFR

PSD2’s predecessor regulation, PSD1, was introduced in 2007, to a very different kind of payments market. Since then, a step-change in technological development has thrown up a multitude of new payment methods, channels, and operators. PSD2 takes account of the changes that have occurred since 2007; it licenses and regulates new market players (or Third …

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BNY Mellon’s Bana Akkad Azhari discusses fintech in the Middle East

In an article for the American Lebanese Chamber of Commerce, BNY Mellon’s Head of Treasury Services, MEA and CIS, discusses how technology innovation is changing the landscape of finance in the Middle East. Azhari notes that, while the Middle East has been somewhat slower to explore some of these opportunities than other parts of the …

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