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Comment: Bank of England figures
Wednesday, 29 March 2017
Richard Pike, sales and marketing director at Phoebus Software Limited says, “The fact that lending has dropped for the first time since August could indicate uncertainty due to many factors including Brexit and how it will affect the economy. Lending is still fundamentally strong, but in an environment  of uncertainty both in the UK and more globally, it will be interesting how these factors transpire into lending figures. Consumer sentiment will inevitably go up and down and so a take up of longer term fixed rates can be expected. Ultimately the underlying trend will be an upward one, as demand for people to buy housing or re-mortgage to secure a rate is met.” 
 
Comment: Brexit & Article 50: A deal that will change the course of the UK
Wednesday, 29 March 2017
“Theresa May’s plans to start Britain’s withdrawal process from the EU will set off a series of tough negotiations. The complexity of Brexit poses unique challenges, with overall sentiment and fiscal numbers continuing to paint a mixed picture: although forward-looking indicators are still reasonably strong, they have deteriorated since the start of the year and, simultaneously, inflation has registered its highest reading since Q3 2013. In this vein, it’s far too early to realistically assess the potential political and economic impact of Brexit – a real bone of contention will be the controversial departure bill, which may well see the UK pay in excess of £60 billion to officially leave the EU. With negotiations about future EU-UK trade relations expected to take longer than the two years available, it is likely that an interim agreement will have to be struck, and we do not expect full independence to be secured until the 2020s at the earliest. 
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Equifax launches facial recognition solution to improve speed and security of financial applications
Tuesday, 28 March 2017
Equifax, the consumer and business insights expert, has launched a bespoke Document Verifier solution to provide faster identity authentication for financial product applications using facial recognition.
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Esprow releases ETP C-Box update for automated MiFID II compliance certification
Tuesday, 28 March 2017
Esprow Pte. Ltd., a global provider of enterprise testing technology for the financial markets, announced today it has released a MiFID II adaptation of its ETP C-Box RegTech platform. The update will automate MiFID II certification of exchange members and counterparties and allow any regulated firm to streamline inbound connectivity fast and accurately.
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Equifax finds 56% of Brits prefer biometric banking
Monday, 27 March 2017
Research from Equifax, the consumer and business insights expert, shows that 56% of people online would prefer to use a biometric security method over traditional options like passwords to log into their financial accounts online.
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Affordability high on the agenda for UK organisations despite sporadic best practice, research finds
Friday, 24 March 2017
Despite the rising importance of affordability assessments’ for UK organisations, less than half (40%) of risk leaders rate themselves as very effective at identifying customers who are financially vulnerable, according to a major new study from Callcredit Information Group.
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Falcon Group concludes financial restructuring and announces new Board composition
Thursday, 23 March 2017
At the end of January 2017, Falcon Group had a consolidated capital adequacy ratio of over 20% and a solid liquidity cushion with an LCR of around 140%. Over the last few months, we focused on de-risking and fostering our business, and took relentless action to address remaining legacy issues. The Annual General Meeting 2017 has approved a new composition of the Board of Directors with Christian Wenger as the new Chairman and three new Swiss Board members.
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Celebrated technology leaders come together to tackle devastating data loss in banking
Thursday, 23 March 2017
Three eminent technology leaders have joined forces to launch BOHH Labs, with the goal of turning the tide against the skyrocketing costs of banking security breaches. Simon Bain, Damion Hänkejh and Ken Hawkins bring a combined 75 years of security technology experience, four patents with six pending, international corporate pedigrees spanning Hewlett Packard Labs, Amazon, Oracle, and deep experience in online banking and money transfer technology. 
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Equifax Touchstone: 2016 protection sales up 14%
Thursday, 23 March 2017
Analysis from Equifax Touchstone, a market leading intermediary database provider, reveals resilient performance of the protection market in 2016 with sales of £521.0 million, up from the 2015 total of £457.3 million (+13.9%).
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Independent Research Firm Names FICO as a Leader in Predictive Analytics and Machine Learning
Wednesday, 22 March 2017
Silicon Valley analytics software firm FICO (NYSE: FICO) was named as a leader in the March 2017 report, The Forrester Wave™: Predictive Analytics and Machine Learning Solutions, Q1 2017. The report explains, “FICO’s Decision Management Suite encompasses the end-to-end capabilities needed to create, deploy and monitor models for use in complex, consequential enterprise decisions.”
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Enhanced lifetime mortgage can make the difference
Tuesday, 21 March 2017
Key Retirement’s Dean Mirfin has outlined how the equity release market is seeing a decrease in drawdown take-up, whilst at the same time the number of enhanced lifetime mortgages has grown. 
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