Quick read: European banking’s digital experiment

Quick read: European banking’s digital experiment

European bank chief executives speak obsessively to Euromoney about new and rebooted digital banking arms – read on for a guide to Dominic O’Neill’s in-depth examination of the strategy and rationale behind these projects, and their chances of success.

Inside European banking’s great digital experiment

Inside European banking’s great digital experiment

Bank chief executives in Europe are increasingly obsessed with their new or rebooted digital arms. These businesses promise to fend off new competitors and capture a next generation of clients, while piloting front- and back-office innovations. They could even offer the best chance of expanding in the eurozone, making banking union a reality. But will these investments merely play into the hands of the new rivals and hasten the banks’ decline?

World Bank launches first bond on blockchain

World Bank launches first bond on blockchain

By PETER LEE

With a modest-sized two-year Aussie dollar transaction, the World Bank may have ushered in a new era of speed, efficiency and transparency in debt capital markets, with deals announced, order books built and bonds priced and allocated on blockchain.

Benefits of virtual accounts are unclear, says ACT director

Benefits of virtual accounts are unclear, says ACT director

By SOLOMON TEAGUE

Banks say virtual accounts can improve corporate cash management, giving a much clearer view of company accounts and helping treasury play a more strategic role within organisations. But corporate treasurers themselves may be confused about the benefits they offer, and may also have more important matters on their minds.

ICO mania goes mainstream in Moscow

ICO mania goes mainstream in Moscow

By LUCY FITZGEORGE-PARKER

Cryptocurrencies are still not legal in Russia for now, but that isn’t stopping businesses from preparing to take hold of the future.

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Blythe Masters: Special focus

Blythe Masters: Special focus

Blythe Masters became CEO of Digital Asset Holdings in 2015 after 27 years at JPMorgan, where she was credited as the creator of the credit default swap (CDS).

Fintech and innovation: special focus

Fintech and innovation: special focus

From cloud technology to cashless payments, digital currencies to P2P networks, mobile banking to FX robots… financial institutions worldwide are looking to lead technological advances while also trying to keep up with them.