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Fighting the good cyber fight

March 1, 2022

The financial services industry has long been a prime target for cyber criminals chasing big payoffs. However, the work the sector has put into standards and controls is beginning to deliver results.

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‘Instant-fication’ is coming – are transaction banks prepared?

February 22, 2022

To be ready for the move to real-time everything, transaction banks need to modernise their plumbing, re-engineer their core processes and harmonise their data flows, as well as bring their corporate and SME clients on the journey with them.

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UK private sector consortium enters the CBDC game

February 15, 2022

No longer content to sit on the sidelines of the Bank of England’s digital currency experiments, Project New Era plans to launch a private sector consortium for a real-world ‘dSterling’ pilot.

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Attracting new talent in transaction banking

February 8, 2022

The war for talent has never been greater, as many people have reassessed their lives and work during the Covid-19 pandemic. Transaction banking’s digital transformation, as well as its role in supporting the real economy, may give the industry an edge in attracting and retaining staff.

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Pandemic hangover fuels pessimism in 2022

January 18, 2022

The survey results underpinning the WEF’s Global Risks Report 2022 paint a bleak picture for the global recovery, with just one in six international business leaders feeling positive about the outlook for the world. 

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AML and data breach fines halved in 2021

January 11, 2022

Penalties that financial institutions incurred for non-compliance with anti-money laundering and data privacy regulations have dropped significantly in 2021. However, there is still much work to be done to stem financial crime.

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Looking back on 2021’s major themes

December 21, 2021

Cryptocurrencies, sustainability and financial inclusion are the notable hot topics for the banking industry over the past year, as well as regulatory changes and the continued digital transformation of the sector. 

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The great wholesale digital currency race heats up

December 14, 2021

In recent weeks, a few central bank experiments with wholesale digital currencies and blockchain have come to fruition, as well as private sector initiatives, all aiming to improve transaction settlement. 

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Landing on the right side of the 'great divergence'

December 7, 2021

The 11th edition of McKinsey’s annual banking review analyses the global industry’s profitability challenges, as well as the widening gap in market-to-book ratio between top and bottom performers.

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It’s that time of year again… the Bank of the Year Awards

November 30, 2021

Join us (virtually) as we raise our glasses to the banks that outshone their peers in terms of performance, strategic initiatives and response to the Covid-19 pandemic in 2021.

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