FinTech | Trends
The launch of the blockchain-enabled asset trading platform Nasdaq Linq, Goldman Sachs’ filing of a patent for a securities settlement system based on a new virtual currency called SETLcoin, and the continued rise of blockchain banking consortium R3 all point to a race by financial institutions to harness the power of the blockchain.
FinTech | Trends
The country’s dominant bank sees future growth coming from the small-business market and from regional customers.
Traditional banks are pulling back from lending to small and midsize businesses. Just as happened in the US, funds are filling the void.
Riding a wave of government spending, Kuwait’s financial institutions are thriving despite the drop in petroleum revenues—for now.
Corporate treasurers are parking more cash in separately managed accounts, which can be customized to their investment needs—and often beat money-market-fund returns.
Q+A with Alex Chen, Executive Vice President of Ctbc Bank
Country Report | Israel
Chinese investors flock to the nation’s cutting-edge tech sector.
Nations slash subsidies in the face of cheap oil and regional conflicts.
The World’s Best Digital Bank Awards was preceded this year by the inaugural Global Finance Digital Bank Conference, held in London. Three panels of digital banking experts shared their experiences of competing against nontraditional providers in the financial technology space.
Q+A with Juraj Bojkovský, Director Of Electronic Distribution Channels At Tatra banka
Capital Markets | Deal Activity
This could be a record year for mergers and acquisitions, surpassing the 2007 peak in the US and globally. But optimism is waning regarding the outlook for 2016.
He has become the face of Puerto Rico’s woes, warning in media interview after interview of its inability to pay its bills and serving as the island’s bearer of bad financial news.
Iceland has recovered smartly from the worst recession in its history. Now it must keep inflation at bay—and that might require a monetary overhaul.
Q+A with Asit Oberoi, Senior President And Chief Operating Officer, YES Bank
The world’s biggest banks are cutting jobs and shrinking operations.
Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg call on old and new strengths to jump-start growth.
Trends | Fintech
China’s Big Three Internet and e-commerce companies—Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent—are so big they are referred to collectively as BAT, and all three have received banking licenses and scaled up their e-commerce and finance platforms.