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Peer review of India

17 August 2016

The Financial Stability Board (FSB) published today its peer review of India. The peer review examined two topics relevant for financial stability and important for India: the macroprudential policy framework, and the regulation and supervision of non-banking finance companies (NBFCs) and housing finance companies (HFCs). The review focused on the steps taken by the authorities to implement reforms in these areas, including with respect to the recommendations in the 2012 Financial Sector Assessment Program (FSAP) report by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank. Continue reading…

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Corporates and compliance: Time to act

15 August 2016

by Robert Schneider, Head of Corporates & 3SKey, EMEA, SWIFT

In an effort to ensure compliance with financial crime regulations, regulators globally are beginning to focus their attention on the corporate sector. Many companies are regarding this new responsibility with scepticism and try to assign it to their banks. However, due to the complexity of the respective regulations, this approach is neither constructive nor a free pass for the future. But by attending to the issue and acting quickly, they can avoid negative effects to their core business. Continue reading…

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Tony de Bree
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Seven ways to reduce your financing needs as a start-up

13 August 2016

Recently  I was coaching and judging a number of local startups in my hometown, The Hague, in The Netherlands. The interesting fact is that many of those different entrepreneurs have a number of things in common and one of them is that they focus way too much on financing their company, their working capital and their investments and not enough on their customers and how to differentiate themselves from others. And the other thing that many of them have in common, large or small, is that they are asking for way too much money! Their financing needs are way to high. And that is a pity. So here are seven ways to reduce your financing needs as a start-up, inside or outside Fintech. 

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Cenkos failed to identify and manage properly the key risks

09 August 2016

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has today fined Cenkos Securities plc (Cenkos) £530,500 for failures in its sponsor services business. Cenkos failed to have appropriate systems and controls in place across its sponsor services business, and, on a particular transaction, failed to act in its sponsor role with the level of diligence and professional care that the FCA expects. Continue reading…

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Business Models in Fintech : an overview

20 April 2016

Last week, the European Fintech Awards were won by a number of companies from across Europe. The interesting thing was however that the number of Fintech-companies with real innovative (digital) business models and digital revenue models still seems to be rather limited. Continue reading…