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Moody’s Acquires Lewtan Technologies

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Moody’s Corporation (NYSE:MCO) announced that it has acquired Lewtan Technologies, a leading provider of analytical tools and data for the global structured finance market. Based in Waltham, Massachusetts, Lewtan provides solutions to issuers, investors, underwriters and others to administer, monitor and value securitized transactions. Its products cover more than 200,000 bonds and 20,000 securitized deals, serving over 300 financial institutions ... Read More »

Apptus Technologies Joins Demandware LINK

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As part of its expansion strategy, the Swedish software provider Apptus Technologies announced that it has become a Demandware LINK Technology Partner, joining a best-of-breed community committed to accelerating the adoption of innovative commerce technologies that are complementary to the Demandware® Commerce platform.  Through the LINK Technology Partner Program, Apptus Technologies has developed a pre-built integration between Apptus eSales and ... Read More »

LexisNexis Acquires Moreover Technologies

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Combined resources will create a next-generation, current awareness and enterprise distribution solution with unmatched content and analytical tools. LexisNexis® Legal & Professional announced that it has acquired Moreover Technologies, Inc., a leading global content delivery service and provider of consolidated current awareness and media management solutions.  Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed. News monitoring and distribution is a large ... Read More »

Salesforce.com Delivers Wave, the Salesforce Analytics Cloud

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Salesforce.com announced Wave, the Salesforce Analytics Cloud. Wave is the first cloud analytics platform designed for every business user, making it easier than ever for anyone to explore data, uncover new insights and take action instantly from any device. Companies can now quickly deploy sales, service and marketing analytics, or build custom mobile analytics apps, using any data source—empowering everyone ... Read More »

Dun & Bradstreet Third Quarter 2014 Revenues Up 1%

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Achieving the Fourth Consecutive Quarter of Revenue Growth Dun & Bradstreet (NYSE: DNB) core and total revenue for the third quarter was US$ 417.1 million, up 1% year over year, before the effect of foreign exchange (up 2% after the effect of foreign exchange). Operating income before non-core gains and charges of $107.4 million, down 16% from the prior year ... Read More »

Dun & Bradstreet Introduces D&B Onboard™ in the U.S. and Canada

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D&B  Onboard™ is to simplify KYC and CDD Compliance As businesses face an increasingly stringent global regulatory climate, Dun & Bradstreet (NYSE:DNB) announced the expansion of the Know Your Customer (KYC) and Customer Due Diligence (CDD) solution D&B Onboard™ in U.S. and Canadian markets. Currently available in Europe, D&B Onboard™ integrates the company’s database of over 240 million global commercial records with compliance-specific ... Read More »

FCIB Global: Compliance as Hot a Topic as Ever

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Compliance appeared to have been the hottest topic among credit managers of companies presently exporting their goods and services at FCIB’s 25th Annual Global Conference last week.  Perhaps the biggest takeaway was that perfection isn’t always necessary to appease governments and regulators, but diligence most certainly is. As previously noted by NACM, regulatory activity and the size of fines for ... Read More »

Mid-East Leading Cross Border Businesses in Africa Boom

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Middle East cross border businesses are showing the world that Africa is ripe for investment, with Abu Dhabi companies leading the charge in setting up or expanding there, this year. The latest United Arab Emirates company to increase existing business there is Etihad Airways, which has just said it will expand its African presence with a new daily service to ... Read More »

Moody’s Q3 2014 Segment Results – For BIIA Members

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For Moody’s Corporation overall, global revenue of $816.1 million for the third quarter of 2014 was up 16% from the third quarter of 2013. U.S. revenue of $449.1 million and non-U.S. revenue of $367.0 million increased 15% and 17%, respectively, from the third quarter of 2013. Revenue generated outside the U.S. represented 45% of Moody’s total revenue for the quarter, ... Read More »

Moody’s Corporation Q3 2014 Revenues Up 16%

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Moody’s reported revenue of $816.1 million for the three months ended September 30, 2014, up 16% from $705.5 million for the third quarter of 2013. Operating expenses for the third quarter of 2014 totaled $466.4 million, a 13% increase from the prior-year period. Operating income for the quarter was $349.7 million, a 20% increase from $291.5 million for the same ... Read More »

Baidu Acquires Peixe Urbano in Brazil

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Baidu Inc (BIDU.O) bought control of Brazilian online-discount company Peixe Urbano for an undisclosed sum, the latest step in a push to expand in Latin America’s largest economy that began more than two years ago. Under terms of the transaction Baidu will let Peixe Urbano’s management team, led by co-founder and chief executive officer Julio Vasconcellos, operate autonomously within Baidu’s corporate structure.  Both firms ... Read More »

FICO Joins The CardLinX Association

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Predictive analytic and decision management technologies key for card-linked offers industry FICO (NYSE:FICO) announced that it has joined The CardLinx Association (CardLinx) to collaborate more closely with other technology platform providers, merchants, digital publishers, payment networks and banks in promoting the growth of the card-linked offers industry. CardLinx develops industry standards that make deals and offers easier for consumers and merchants. A card-linked ... Read More »

9th World Consumer Credit Reporting Conference Dubai 2014 a Great Success

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The 9th World Consumer Credit Reporting Conference (October 19/21 2014 Grand Hyatt Dubai) was an outstanding success with over 300 credit information and financial services professionals attending. The event was organized by CDIA, the Consumer Data Industry Association (USA), ACCIS, the European Association for Consumer Credit Information Services, and the Credit Bureau of Saudi Arabia (SIMAH). Key topics centered on ... Read More »

GDS Link enters Joint Venture to establish Samason Credit Bureau of Cameroon

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GDS Link, a global provider of customer-centric risk management, process automation and Credit Reference Bureau solutions recently established a joint venture with Samason Global in its creation of Samason Credit Bureau Cameroon Ltd. (SCBC). Established by Samason Global, a leading provider of project and asset management, business consultancy and printing solutions to the Cameroon region, will now deliver consumer and ... Read More »

Database and Information Services M&A Up 18% in Deals

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Wilma Jordan of JEGI (The Jordan, Edmiston Group, Inc.) presented at the recent Outsell Signature event in Versailles, France an annual overview of M&A activities in the Media, Information, Marketing & Technology M&A fields. The M&A market is typically a strong economic indicator, and it is also sending out mixed signals. While deal value increased 132% in the first half ... Read More »

FICO: Fraud can be a Brand Wrecker

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FICO’s Anant Nambiar offered sound advice on the growing issue of fraud and its implications on a brand.  Nambiar states bluntly:  Fraud can be a brand wrecker.  Here are his comments: “Not only are financial institutions challenged by traditional payment card fraud, there is growing pressures from retail banking fraud, e-banking, first-party fraud including fraudulent applications for new accounts such ... Read More »

LifeLock® Partners with PrimeLending

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Partnership Gives PrimeLending Customers More Tools to Protect Their Financial Futures National residential mortgage lender PrimeLending, a PlainsCapital Company and subsidiary of Hilltop Holdings Inc. (NYSE: HTH), and LifeLock, Inc. (NYSE: LOCK), the industry leader in proactive identity theft protection, announced today that the companies have entered into a new business relationship.  As a result, PrimeLending will offer a 30-day free trial membership ... Read More »

Country Risk Climates: Trends to Keep an Eye On

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Botswana – general elections tomorrow are likely to return the long-ruling President Khama and his BDP to power, but with a diminished majority; Italy – the European Commission has misgivings about PM Renzi’s budget; Switzerland – banks have problems with the US Justice Department’s demands. INDIA:  Prime Minister Modi may not be as quick and aggressive with his economic reform ... Read More »