As fintech gets hot, is central banking becoming cool?


‘Move fast and break things’ was famously Facebook’s mantra in its early years. Such an edgy outlook, championed personally by founder Mark Zuckerberg, sat well with the disruptive digital world – and continues to do so...

Should London worry about Euronext Amsterdam?


Perhaps the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Amsterdam is not Capital Markets. However, from 2021, Euronext Amsterdam is reported by the FT to be trading the largest volumes of any Stock Exchange in Euro...

Italian and German Banking Associations submit proposals to support European economic recovery


It’s only been a few days since Super Mario took the helm of the 3rd largest economy in the EU, Italy. And, seemingly unrelated, today the Italian Banking Association (ABI) and the German Banking Industry Committee (GBI...

Finch Capital completes successful first close of Europe III: its 150M EUR fund invests in high-growth FinTech and AI startups shaping the future of finance


UK and NL-based VC firm Finch Capital’s Europe III will target the Series A and B current growth funding gap for companies that shape the future of Financial Technology Investment focus: European category leaders w...

Can digital finance deliver social value to European citizens?


In our fast-paced lives, we rarely stop to consider in detail the issue of social value when it comes to major transformations in the market economy. Last year’s BBC Reith Lectures, delivered by the former Governor o...

Brexit fallout: how is ‘Bankfurt’ doing?


All being well, this June will see Frankfurt’s Deutsche Bank Park host World Club Dome, one of Europe’s largest electronic dance music festivals. Organisers promise to deliver ‘four days of full madness’ to revellers...

Can the European Payments Initiative succeed?


There is a little joke among payments cognoscenti that SEPA – the European Union initiative to harmonise payments across the Eurozone and which stands for Single Euro Payments Area – actually stands for ‘Sending Europea...

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Companies are getting their strategies together and closing their budgets for 2021, and many of us will be hoping for a better outlook, with recent news of multiple vaccines helping maintain a steady rise in confidence...

Talking dirty: the EU talks tough on AML


One recurring curiosity during the pandemic has been the extent to which banknotes are able to transmit coronavirus. Is money ‘dirty’? While opinions differ, what is certain is that tackling a different type of dirty mo...

Crisis puts shadow banks on regulators’ radars


Michel Barnier has had his hands full in recent years representing the European Union (EU) in the tortuous Brexit discussions with the bothersome Brits. But before that, he was a European commissioner with a differe...

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