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BinckBank acquires FinTech firm Pritle

22 March 2017

With the acquisition of the business activities of Pritle, BinckBank expands its digital wealth management offering and provides an impulse toward the realization of its European growth ambitions in investment services. Pritle operates in The Netherlands, Belgium, Austria and Switzerland. This footprint is complimentary to the geographic reach of BinckBank. Pritle offers a unique combination of scalable, state of the art technology combined with a highly driven start-up culture. Together with the client base of BinckBank, this formula will accelerate growth within the market of highly accessible automated portfolio management.

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FSB Chair sets out need for full implementation of agreed reforms and the FSB’s priorities for the G20 German Presidency

17 March 2017

The Financial Stability Board (FSB) today published a letter from Mark Carney, Chair of the FSB, sent to G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors ahead of their meeting in Baden-Baden from 17-18 March. In his letter, the FSB Chair highlights the good progress made in implementing the post-crisis reforms, as a result of which the global financial system is moving from a state of fragility to greater resilience. Continue reading…

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Corruption Perceptions Index released

25 February 2017

Transparency International has released its 2016 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI). The CPI ranks 176 countries and territories on how corrupt their public sector is perceived to be. The index aggregates a number of different sources, including the views of business people and country experts. Transparency International says the results show “the urgent need for committed action to thwart corruption”. The scoring system ranges from 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean) and, in the index, over two thirds of countries and territories scored below 50 with a global average of 43. More countries received worse scores than better scores compared to their performance in the previous CPI. Continue reading…

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Proposed guidelines for the identification and management of step-in risk

16 March 2017

The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision recently issued a consultative document on the Identification and management of step-in risk. The proposed framework will help to mitigate potential problems at shadow banks from spilling over to banks. This work is part of the G20’s initiative to strengthen the oversight and regulation of the shadow banking system with the aim of mitigating systemic risks, in particular, those arising from banks’ involvement with shadow banking entities. Continue reading…

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Internet and high-tech startups are failing for the same reasons for 25 years

06 February 2017

While doing research and interviewing founders, co-founders and investors in Internet, high-tech and non-high tech start-ups and scale-ups for my new book in Dutch (see here) on start-ups and scale-ups, I realized that there were a lot of similarities between the first and the second Internet-bubble we seem to be experiencing now. One of the most interesting things is that start-ups and scale-ups seem to be ‘crashing’ for the same reasons for the last 25 years! From 1997 to 2001, I was working for ABN Amro Corporate IT Strategy and we were designing the new Internet-strategy for the Group. At the same time, all requests for funding (corporate venturing) and financing of Internet and other high tech ventures came to the Head Office to be reviewed. So we spoke with many large and small customers globally about their business plans and strategies. Continue reading…