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Cyber Attacks Will Continue to Succeed

Spectre and Meltdown demonstrate weaknesses in current hardware cybersecurity that will force a huge paradigm shift within the semiconductor industry. Spectre and Meltdown, two methods of exploiting security vulnerabilities found in Intel, AMD and Arm processors, demonstrate weaknesses in current hardware cybersecurity that will force a huge paradigm shift within the semiconductor industry. Software-based cybersecurity, the go-to measure to ensure ... Read More »

Proposed Combination of Informa PLC and UBM PLC

On 17 January 2018, the Boards of Informa and UBM announced a proposal to combine the two Groups to create a leading B2B information services group. The proposed combination is expected to be implemented through a share and cash offer by Informa for the entire share capital of UBM. Informa would acquire UBM in a US$5.2 billion deal. The deal ... Read More »

United Kingldom Open Banking Starts on January 2018

Callcredit Predicts Dual Speed Data Economy as Open Banking Starts to Become a Reality Consumer insight specialist, Callcredit Information Group, is predicting the emergence of a dual speed data economy as the phased adoption of Open Banking starts on 13th January 2018. Callcredit anticipates a gap will emerge between those businesses that are willing and able to harness the additional ... Read More »

China Payments: Time for HK Firms to Try their Luck

The Octopus payments system has again been the subject of much discussion in Hong Kong in the past few weeks. Even the venerable British magazine The Economist, in its November 23 issue, published an article entitled “Does Hong Kong’s Octopus cards have too many tentacles?”. Instead of the usual high praise about its innovation since its inception days in 1997, ... Read More »

Alibaba  Opens India Cloud Data Center

Alibaba is bringing its cloud computing business into India as it continues to expand its fast-growing business unit. Alibaba stated that its first data center on Indian soil will come online in January and be based out of Mumbai. The business already has clients in India, but a local presence will allow it to better service customers in the country, ... Read More »

US Risk Climate: Mortgage Credit Risk Increased from Q3 2016 to Q3 2017

CoreLogic Analysis Shows Credit Risk for New Loans in 2017 Similar to Loans Issued in Early 2000s Mortgage Loans Exhibit Higher Credit Quality Since the Great Recession Purchase-Loan Risk Up Year Over Year Due to High Investor Share Refinance-Loan Risk Up Year Over Year Due to Lower Credit Scores and Higher DTI CoreLogic® (NYSE: CLGX), a leading global property information, analytics ... Read More »

S&P Global CIO Out Amid Broad Operations Reshuffle

S&P Global Inc. Chief Information Officer Krishna Nathan is leaving the company following a broad reorganization at the financial data and analytics firm. Swamy Kocherlakota, the company’s head of global infrastructure and enterprise transformation, is now CIO, reporting to financial chief Ewout Steenbergen. Overseeing S&P’s global digital infrastructure group, he will focus on infrastructure, cloud strategy, information security and business ... Read More »

Blockchain-based Solution to Assist in KYC Dilligence: Bankchain

Indian banks ready to launch first blockchain-based solution to map corporate borrowers  A blockchain-based solution designed to help Indian banks and non-banking financial companies do their know your customer diligence of corporate borrowers, evaluate corporate lending risk, and manage vendors is ready to be deployed by the year-end. The solution has been developed by Bankchain, a 30-member consortium led by the ... Read More »

Fintech Leads the Way in the UK as Investment in Tech Firms Doubles in 2017

London’s fintech sector remains a hotbed of investment activity, capturing the lion’s share of a £2.99 billion venture capital splurge on UK tech firms. The figures, produced by Pitchbook for promotional agency London & Partners, show VC investment into the UK’s tech sector reaching an all-time high in 2017 at almost double the £1.63 billion invested in 2016. Brexit may ... Read More »

Chinese Bank Lending Hits Record On Corporate Finance Demand

Chinese banks provided $169.27 billion in new loans during the month, the publication said, citing data from the People’s Bank of China. That figure surpassed analysts’ expectations, especially considering China’s efforts to reduce risk tied to a surge in corporate debt.  An earlier survey from Reuters found analysts predicted new yuan loans in November to hit 800 billion, up from ... Read More »

US Senators Demand Unrealistic Penalties for Data Breaches

Two senators on proposed this week “massive and mandatory” fines for data breaches at Equifax Inc. and other credit reporting companies, starting at $100 for each consumer whose sensitive information is compromised. The bill from Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Mark Warner (D-Va.) would add a $50 fine for each additional piece of compromised personally identifiable information for each consumer. ... Read More »