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More businesses plan to hire staff in next three months
Monday, 31 March 2014

The number of businesses indicating they will hire staff in the months ahead has increased for a third consecutive quarter, supporting a view that underlying economic conditions are stable and that confidence is sound in spite of recent high-profile company and industry announcements on job cuts.

Retail banking IT spending to hit $152.5bn by 2018 in reaction to consumer strength
Wednesday, 26 March 2014

London, 26th March 2014: Increasing customer strength is requiring banks to focus on the front office once more, as they seek to generate revenue and grow market share, according to new research from Ovum. The shift towards business expansion strategies is most visible in emerging markets and North America, as Western Europe continues to struggle with sovereign debt issues and, consequently, a weaker consumer.

PwC - €64bn of Europe’s non-core loans sold last year, with €80bn expected in 2014
Tuesday, 25 March 2014

· UK banks top the 2013 non-core loan portfolio transaction table with €23.5bn of deals reported last year

· Commercial real estate (€18bn) and unsecured retail loans (€15bn) are the most actively traded non-core loan assets

· Non-core loan activity levels expected to reach c. €80bn across Europe in 2014

· Research by PwC shows that banks around Europe are still sitting on €2.4trn of non-core loan assets

ABA Statement on Interchange Court of Appeals Decision
Friday, 21 March 2014

The American Bankers Association (ABA) Statement on Interchange Court of Appeals Decision by Frank Keating, ABA President and CEO:

Troika report praised by Parliament Committee Chair
Thursday, 13 March 2014

The Chair of the European Parliament’s powerful Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee, Sharon Bowles MEP, has praised a report by the Parliament on the workings and operations of the Troika.

Sharon Bowles votes to improve governance and accountability of European accounting standard setters
Thursday, 13 March 2014

Today in the European Parliament in Strasbourg Sharon Bowles MEP, Chair of the Parliament’s Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee, voted to approve EU funding streams for three quangos tasked with setting accounting standards that European banks and other companies have to adhere to.

CGA launches new Supply Chain Finance platform to support business growth for SMEs
Tuesday, 04 March 2014

The platform has been developed in response to heightened awareness of the need for larger corporates to foster economic growth by supporting small and medium-sized companies. The interests of large corporates and their smaller, in some cases international, suppliers are often inextricably linked, and this solution addresses the financing needs of all parties in the supply chain.

Final agreement on market abuse rules reached - comments by Sharon Bowles MEP
Tuesday, 04 February 2014

An agreement between the Council and the European Parliament on the EU's Market Abuse Directive, legislation that will impose criminal sanctions on insider dealing and market manipulation, was approved by an overwhelming majority of MEPs in Strasbourg today. 

Sales expectations hit 10-year high
Tuesday, 04 February 2014

The outlook for stronger sales activity in Australia has surged to a 10-year high, with 47 per cent of businesses expecting increased trade during the June quarter as confidence builds about the year ahead.

Mount Street acquires Morgan Stanley Mortgage Servicing
Thursday, 30 January 2014

Mount Street, the dynamic new entrant into the European commercial real estate (CRE) loan servicing and management business, has acquired Morgan Stanley Mortgage Servicing (“MSMS”).

BoE Adds Sopra Banking Software to its List of Recognised Electronic Reporting Software Suppliers
Tuesday, 28 January 2014

London – January 28, 2014 – Sopra Banking Software, a world leader in banking software, solutions and services, is delighted to announce that it has today been added to the Bank of England’s list of recognised software suppliers in that they are able to transmit data in the required format.

Recognition by the Bank of England to meet this criterion was dependent on the successful testing of the electronic transmission of all Bank of England Statistical returns from the Sopra Banking report software package.

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