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High altitude, higher stakes?

  • Author: Ivan Castano
  • Published: 20 Apr 2017

Latin America’s third-largest economy could slip into recession if US President Donald Trump’s toxic cocktail of threats to upend the North American Free Trade Agreement or impose heavy tariffs on Mexican exports come true. However, Mexican banks are – at least for now – unconcerned. Ivan Castano writes. read more

New quid on the block- a sterling effort?

  • Author: Anna Milne
  • Published: 11 Apr 2017

The Bank of England has issued a new one pound coin which it claims is the most secure coin in the world. Its 12-sided, bimetallic, latent-imaged, micro-lettered, milled-edged, hidden high security-featured self is now legal tender and coming to a shop near you. Anna Milne asked some payments bods for their thoughts. read more

Grab your passports and run!

  • Author: Anna Milne
  • Published: 6 Mar 2017

So with this Brexit thing looming heavily on the cards, what is in store for the UK fintech sector, and what exactly would be the repercussions of losing passporting rights? Anna Milne highlights The Emerging Payments Association’s research into the best potential locations for fintechs. read more

To infin-tech-ity and beyond

  • Author: Anna Milne
  • Published: 3 Mar 2017

With the onset of spring there’s a sense of shifting change in the payments world too. Or is it that I’ve just been to a very forward-looking payments conference in Berlin, namely Merchant Payments Ecosystem (MPE). New payments roles are coming into view as we limber up to PSD2. Anna Milne writes. read more

The future of Europe’s payment infrastructure – an update

  • Author: Anna Milne
  • Published: 16 Nov 2016

With the ECB telling Sibos that it is looking at merging the Target2 real-time gross settlement payment system with the T2S securities settlement mechanism, providing a single platform for cash and securities processing in the eurozone, Anna Milne speaks to SWIFT’s Carlo Palmers to get the gen on its plans for 2017. read more

Mobile money takes off slowly in Afghanistan

  • Author: Robin Arnfield
  • Published: 16 Sep 2016

Afghanistan hasn’t seen the levels of mobile money adoption that Kenya has with M-Pesa. Mobile money is still embryonic and Afghanistan remains a cash-based society. But the government, mobile network operators (MNOs), and NGOs are working to foster adoption of mobile money, Robin Arnfield reports. read more

The EU view on blockchain

  • Author: Anna Milne
  • Published: 30 Jun 2016

Blockchain technology has grown in both reputation and popularity at a time where the UK is at a tipping point and could be overthrown by a potential Brexit. The European Union has been brought to the forefront of all discussions and examined under a magnifying glass by both Brexiters and Bremainers.. read more

Blockchain- the state of play in 2016

  • Author: Anna Milne
  • Published: 8 Jun 2016

If 2015 was the year of blockchain hype, 2016 should be the year of solid progress. At the Retail Banker International Annual Conference and Awards in London on 19 May, presentations provided some solid use cases of the much-discussed, much-misunderstood technology. Anna Milne reports. read more

Cross-border e-commerce expansion accelerates

  • Author: Alexander Atkins
  • Published: 16 Feb 2016

A recently announced partnership between cross-border online mall iguama and online commerce provider Ingenico ePayments highlights that cross-border e-commerce has gone from strength to strength, and will play a key part in global payments in 2016. Alexander Atkins reports on this development. read more

Corporates need tighter cash management control

  • Author: Anna Milne
  • Published: 22 Oct 2015

EuroFinance, the annual corporate treasury conference, this time in Copenhagen, Denmark, highlighted the issues and increasing challenges of cash management and the more and more pressing problem of adhering to sanctions lists, which are prone to change as much as twice a day. Anna Milne writes. read more

Canada consults users on payments infrastructure modernisation

  • Author: Robin Arnfield
  • Published: 6 Oct 2015

The Canadian Payments Association, the agency responsible for Canada's core payments infrastructure, is in the midst of a modernisation effort to ensure the country’s systems meet users’ needs. This will involve introducing Faster Payments as well as the XML-based ISO 20022 financial messaging standard. Robin Arnfield reports. read more

Legal links in the Blockchain: the disruptive effects

  • Author: EPI editorial
  • Published: 21 Sep 2015

Technology leads, law follows. Once again, new technology creates a different context for existing legal concepts. Corporate partner Jonathan Kirsop and corporate associate Dylan Kerrigan of international law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP examine consumer rights and security from a legal standpoint. read more

The Early Christmas Present from the EU

  • Author: David Parker
  • Published: 7 Aug 2015

The EU regulations on interchange, will if it is to be believed, save consumers €6bn a year and will help to boost more innovation and competition in online and mobile payments. David Parker assesses the likely impact of the regulatory changes. read more

Bringing financial services out of its shell

  • Author: Franchesca Hashemi
  • Published: 27 Jul 2015

Financial institution brands have been known to lack social media foresight for a number of reasons such as regulatory concerns and unimaginative marketing. Franchesca Hashemi examines a report delivered by Innovalue on how to engage effectively in the rapidly growing environment of digital consumption. read more

Canadian government regulates mobile payments

  • Author: Robin Arnfeld
  • Published: 28 May 2015

Now that Canada’s banks and mobile operators have staked out their positions in the mobile payments market, the Canadian government has introduced rules to ensure a level playing field. Potentially disruptive new entrants to the market, such as Apple Pay, will have to play ball. Robin Arnfield reports. read more


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