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“Why might citizens hold virtual currencies rather than physical dollars, euros, or sterling? Because
October 15 · Issue #56 · View online
“Why might citizens hold virtual currencies rather than physical dollars, euros, or sterling? Because it may one day be easier and safer than obtaining paper bills, especially in remote regions. Virtual currencies could actually become more stable.”
Christine Lagarde – Head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Financial Services
Alibaba’s $15 Billion Research Investment to Include FinTech Focus
What to Watch for as Wall Street Reports Third-Quarter Results
RBC integrates financial management platform with online banking for SME clients
UK's Aldermore in talks over $1.3 billion takeover by FirstRand
The PayPal-Mastercard Global Partnership May Lead to a PayPal NFC App
MasterCard to Open Innovation Lab in India, Partner for ‘Smart City’
Jupiter pulls £300m from Neil Woodford
Accenture to Create DLT Prototype for Singapore’s Central Bank
Goldman creates 'brain trust' in effort to boost deals business
Thomson Reuters commits $100m to Toronto technology centre
BNP Paribas applies AI to alleviate trade matching delays
Corporate banking and the ecosystems of the future
Finastra Brings Payments to Microsoft Azure
Swift positive on blockchain, but big challenges remain
Ripple looks to drive bank adoption with $300m XRP rebate programme
City of London calls for a FinTech sector deal to ensure UK remains leading hub after Brexit
IMF Head Says Cryptocurrency Could Be the Future
Banks Need to Increase Focus on APIs if They Want to Match FinTechs, Verizon Says
The Secret of Success in FinTech: Partner, Merge, Acquire
Ripple blockchain network hits 100-member mark
Monaize Partners With Komodo, Launching Blockchain e-Banking Platform
R3 and Bolero Announce Partnership on New Lading Service
Could PCI DSS provide a guide for safeguarding payments over Swift?
Indian Bank Signs Pact with UAE to Facilitate FinTech Growth
Lemonade Insurance Opens its API Platform to Developers
Can regtech and CLM save the customer experience? - new Finextra report
Monzo fends off suitors as current account upgrade begins
EU to implement electronic ID for residents to accelerate adoption of e-government services
FCA met Saudi Aramco before trying to change rules for $2tn flotation
The United States May License Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Exchanges
EU launches anti-trust probe into bank data sharing
Bank trade group bids to quash Square banking bid
Key Hires
HSBC picks retail head John Flint as next CEO
Barclays chief compliance officer Roemer quits for Wells Fargo
Exclusive: Destek Markets UK On-Boards Daniel Lawrance
O-SYSTEMS Onboards Executive Nir Elbaz to Head OSYSFX Offering
ADS Securities Promotes Matt Chow to Head of Business Development APAC
M&A Activity
Funding Transactions
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