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Acquirers grapple with new payments landscape

Acquirers grapple with new payments landscape

February 2, 2015

The explosion in payment choices in recent years has left consumers confused as banks struggle to keep up with the latest innovations. This has made the role of the merchant acquirer more important than ever, as Jane Cooper discovers. 

Frank Abagnale

Catching them while he can: what Frank Abagnale did next

January 5, 2015

Frank Abagnale's story of cheque forger-turned-good guy is well documented in print and on film. His career has seen him work in partnership with 41st Parameter CEO and founder Ori Eisen. They tell Jane Cooper about their work to stay one step ahead of the cyber criminals.

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The US's slow journey to faster payments

December 1, 2014

US consumers may be calling for real-time payments, but progress has been slow, with the industry’s payments evolution only at ‘the end of the beginning’, according to the American Banking Association. 

FX prime brokerage reinvents itself

October 1, 2014

With the larger foreign exchange prime brokerage houses restructuring and new entrants offering new types of services, Frances Faulds asks whether regulatory changes have contributed to the demise of the industry or simply to its reinvention.

Will CIPS soothe renminbi payment headaches?

October 1, 2014

The Chinese government and the People’s Bank of China are yet to disclose the formal details concerning China’s International Payment Platform, but there is little doubt that the new system will fundamentally change the renminbi clearing market as well as the future of offshore renminbi hubs.

Low volatility numbs FX market

Currency investors eye storm clouds with relish

October 1, 2014

Low volatility in the foreign exchange market shows few signs of abating. That is good news for companies trading across borders, but a headache for banks and investors seeking to profit from currency movements.

Regulation gets real for virtual currencies

August 26, 2014

Both the EU and New York are looking to bring digital currencies under a full regulatory regime, but their approaches are rather different.

Sorry times for emerging market currencies

May 1, 2014

Emerging market currencies benefited handsomely from the US central bank’s huge quantitative easing programme. With that now being unwound and with China slowing, emerging currencies are now in retreat. Those from economies with weak fundamentals are especially vulnerable. 

The future of FX regulation

The future of FX regulation

May 1, 2014

With the foreign exchange market reeling from global investigations into the possible manipulation of trading, Frances Faulds looks at the impact more onerous regulation might have on the market.

Financing fintech start-ups

Financing fintech start-ups: will they take off?

May 1, 2014

Big banks and tech start-ups are collaborating to plug the gaps in financial technology, with the start-ups acting as a testing ground for technologies before they are scaled up. 

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