Deutsche Bank is reportedly working with IBM, Microsoft and India's HCL Technologies to set up joint innovation labs in Berlin, London and Palo Alto. The firm plans to send bankers across business units to these labs in an effort to spur innovation and improve digital services, the Wall Street Journal reported.
American Express is planning to offer mid-sized businesses cloud-based tools for automated commercial payments to suppliers. The tools, being offered by the American Express Global Corporate Payments division in partnership with cloud-based financial management vendor Intacct, will allow mid-sized businesses to log on to a cloud-based tool and send checks to a supplier and automatically update the general ledger by clicking a button.
In the search for alpha, asset managers are finding that the automated and quantitative trading strategies they increasingly rely on are portable--into new asset classes and new geographies.
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In manufacturing, companies are traditionally worried about every component of their supply chain, assessing each component's performance level and susceptibility to failure. As spectacular cyber breaches and technical glitches make headlines, financial firms that have outsourced portions of their infrastructures as cost-saving measures are now looking at their supply chains with that same critical eye.
BGC Partners has extended its tender offer to acquire rival interdealer broker GFI Group after its stake in the company more than doubled but fell well short of the majority needed to assume control. The offer to purchase shares of GFI for $5.25 per share in cash has been extended to end of business on Dec. 9.
Regulation Systems Compliance and Integrity or Reg SCI, the rules devised to better insulate the market against the technical failures, received unanimous approval on Wednesday. The regulation--which mainly applies to exchanges, clearing houses and certain other market infrastructure players--mandates annual reports on efforts to safeguard systems and a policy for immediately notifying the Securities and Exchange Commission when a major technical problem is detected.
Mobile apps have become the most common daily interaction channel for the banking industry as a whole, and 45 percent of smartphone users in the U.S. and U.K. have downloaded and been satisfied with banking apps, according to a study released today by Apigee Institute. By contrast, only 27 percent of the same pool of respondents have downloaded and been satisfied with apps from large retailers.
Fidelity isn't the first company to launch an interactive virtual city app, but it's the first to create one in which the city is built entirely out of stocks. StockCity, developed by Fidelity's research and development think tank Fidelity Labs, is a data visualization app that recreates investors' portfolios as a 3-D city.
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The accounting standard setter is likely to try to resurrect amortization of goodwill, which critics say would enable companies to obscure the poor performance of assets they acquire.
Companies should use technology, targeted communication to better reach individual employees and get them to save appropriately for retirement, Towers Watson said.