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US community banks' partnerships with P2P lenders continue to expand

In the first months of 2015, P2P lenders Lending Club and Prosper have formed alliances with 360 independent banks in the US. Prosper, the second largest...

Digital overtakes regulation as topic keeping bankers awake at night

Seven years on from the global financial crisis, the digital future has replaced the wave of new regulations as the main concern of banks. This is...

StanChart UAE looks to national and Islamic segments for growth

Having revealed last week that its Middle East earnings took a hit last year because of low interest rates, more competition and its decision to stop...

Mobile money now reaching four out of five markets in sub-Saharan Africa

A new report by GSMA (Groupe Speciale Mobile Association) has found that mobile financial services (MFS) are now available in 89 countries and, crucially,...

Samsung Pay's new technology set to follow an old technology

Samsung has moved rapidly to head off Apple's acceleration into the payments space, buying Boston business LoopPay in Feburary and then rolling it...

P2P platforms could overtake banks' FX trade, says CurrencyFair founder

The peer-to-peer international currency transfer business will quadruple in size each year for several years to come and could eventually take the lion's...

MasterCard rolls out national ID scheme for Egypt at MWC Barcelona

Illustrating how central mobile phones are becoming to financial inclusion, MasterCard picked the annual Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week...

Banks hit for six percent by fraudsters using Apple Pay

Frauds conducted through the use of Apple Pay could account for up to six percent of transactions involving the mobile wallet, according to a number of...

Will payments banks pay off for India?

In November 2014, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) made a path-breaking move in opening up a new category of banking licences: Payments Banks. Given the...

CurrencyFair: How peer-to-peer international currency platforms could turn FX transfer trade upside down

When the Irish economy crashed in 2008, the soaring unemployment rate sent thousands of skilled workers halfway around the world to seek employment in...

Suresh Ramamurthi's supercharged community bank

Banker and software entrepreneur Suresh Ramamurthi is hesitant to use the word 'disruption' when talking about his businesses. As he explains...

Austria's Heta Asset goes from bad bank to pariah

Austria has brought a new European regulation into play and declined to keep pouring money into its 'bad bank', after auditors discovered a multibillion...

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