2017

Amazon Incites HQ2 Bidding War

Amazon Incites HQ2 Bidding War

The firm says the new headquarter would be as big as the existing offices in Seattle and will come with $5 billion in investment promising jobs for 50,000 employees.

Metadata Makes Sense

Metadata Makes Sense

For banks that have invested in Big Data capabilities but are struggling to generate value from them, metadata can unlock meaningful insights.

The Sky’s The Limit For Treasury

The Sky’s The Limit For Treasury

Off-site storage in the Cloud boosts treasury-management solutions, offering affordability, flexibility and scalability.        

Best Digital Banks 2017

Best Digital Banks 2017

In the first round of our Best Digital Bank Awards 2017, evolving customer needs drive financial institutions’ technology innovation.

Digital Banks Of Distinction 2017

Smaller banks must rely on agility to be competitive against their larger, but slower-moving, rivals when it comes to implementing digital measures and rolling out new products

Waking Up To The MiFID II Compliance Challenge

Waking Up To The MiFID II Compliance Challenge

The second phase of European Union’s 2007 Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID) II comes into effect starting January 2018. It will not only extend the scope of financial instruments under coverage but also require extensive record keeping setting firms across the EU for a big compliance challenge. 

AkzoNobel CEO Faces Shareholder Revolt

Newly appointed AkzoNobel CEO Thierry Vanlancker takes over the Dutch paint company at a time when it faces an ongoing battle with its biggest shareholder, Elliott Management, and several hostile takeover attempts from US rival PPG Industries.

Speed Or Safety?

Speed Or Safety?

As more companies outsource information management to the Cloud or colocation services, focus on data protection increases.

Delaware Mulls Rules For Distributed Ledgers

Delaware Mulls Rules For Distributed Ledgers

Delaware has proposed amendments to new legislation that would enable corporations to use distributed ledgers for record-keeping and to keep track of stock transactions, the state’s latest effort to be a first mover when it comes to blockchain technology. 

Reaping Interest Rewards With Raisin

Reaping Interest Rewards With Raisin

The partnership of mobile-only bank N26 with German fintech Raisin allows the bank to offer its clients, initially in Germany but across the EU beginning next year, the chance to open savings accounts with just a few taps. As Raisin ...

Equity Forever

Damian Glendinning, Lenovo’s treasurer, explains why the world’s biggest PC maker opted for a dual-tranche financing transaction using a perpetual security.

#9 Blockchain

First developed in 2008 by Satoshi Nakamoto—whose identity remains a mystery—as a public ledger for all bitcoin transactions, blockchain is now outshining the cryptocurrency it underpins as it offers banks and others the benefits of a distributed ledger, i.e., an ...

#2 Mobile Payments

#2 Mobile Payments

Starbucks generates 27% of its US sales via mobile payments, as consumers opt for contactless coffee. While there were efforts to provide banking through cell phones in the late 90s, the transition, around 2007, from cellphones to smartphones—with their expanded ...

Flux Favors Innovation

Flux Favors Innovation

It’s been another crazy year, with Brexit, the election of Donald Trump as US president, tensions building up with Russia, continued strife and displacement in Syria and rising tensions in Asia, all of which are affecting global markets.

Alipay Seeks Growth From Traveling Chinese

Alipay is partnering with banks around the world to provide its Chinese customers with seamless service at their preferred tourist destinations, with Italy’s UniCredit Bank following France’s BNP Paribas and Barclays in the UK.

Payments Get Real

Payments Get Real

Corporate and banking entities are seeking faster, more secure payment systems, and experiments in the payments space are coming to fruition.  

Voice Control For Safe Banking

Voice Control For Safe Banking

By adding voice commands to its SmartBank app, Santander claims to be the first bank in the UK to allow customers to make payments in real time using their voice.

European Mobile Bank Expands Via Collaboration

Just months after receiving its banking license, Berlin-headquartered mobile-only bank N26 is active in 17 eurozone countries. The rapid rollout was made possible by N26 linking up with innovative partners, including TransferWise (intercurrency transfers), Vaamo (N26 Invest) and Barzahlen (Cash26).

Winner Q&A: RBC's Rausch on Client Focus

Winner Q&A: RBC's Rausch on Client Focus

James Rausch, head of Canadian client coverage and global head of transaction banking for banks, brokers and exchanges with RBC Investor & Treasury Services, speaks with Global Finance on bespoke customer service, innovation and trade flows.

Winner Q&A: Africa Gears Up For Trade

Winner Q&A: Africa Gears Up For Trade

A Q&A with Henry Oroh, CEO of Zenith Bank, which won Global Finance's 2017 award for Best Trade Finance Provider in Ghana, about prospects for increased trade and greater uptake of documentary finance instruments in the coming year.

Honing An Edge in Transaction Banking

Honing An Edge in Transaction Banking

Much has been said about the brave new world of transaction banking—robots and blockchains replacing humans and inefficient paper. Incorporating artificial intelligence and Big Data enable smarter, more strategic, enterprise-wide efforts.

Tillerson’s Test: To Manage Relations With Kremlin

Tillerson’s Test: To Manage Relations With Kremlin

ExonMobil’s CEO Rex Tillerson went overnight from dark-horse candidate to president-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of State. If confirmed, Tillerson might prove to have the toughest position in the new cabinet as he wrestles with strife around the world and a new relationship with Russia.

Q&A w/Air Liquide: Deal-Contingent Forwards

Q&A w/Air Liquide: Deal-Contingent Forwards

Jacques Molgo, group financing & treasury director, and Laurent Chesnay, head of group front office, Air Liquide, a French multinational, explain the appeal of deal-contingent forwards (DCF)—a type of foreign exchange contract.

2016

Ripple Looks to Make Bigger Splash in Payments

Ripple Looks to Make Bigger Splash in Payments

Financial settlement start-up Ripple has enjoyed a cordial, but at times uneasy relationship with the financial messaging network SWIFT. On the one hand it has sought to collaborate with SWIFT to try and improve the cross-border payments experience for corporate ...

Danger In The Cloud

Danger In The Cloud

The 2016 Global Cloud Data Security Study, compiled for digital security company Gemalto by the Ponemon Institute, shows that safety measures are not keeping up with Cloud data challenges, making organizations vulnerable in storage and management of confidential information.

Best Digital Banks 2016

Best Digital Banks 2016

The first-round winners of the 17th Global Finance Best Digital Bank Awards reveal the strategic importance that both corporate/institutional and consumer banks place on digital banking.

Can Jet CEO Make Walmart.com Fly?

Can Jet CEO Make Walmart.com Fly?

US | Wal-Mart’s decision to buy Jet.com, a fast-growing e-commerce company, for $3.3 billion is being viewed as a shrewd move for both companies—one that strengthens their ability to compete with Amazon.