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Blog: The Rise of the West Midlands as a Fintech Hub

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Back in February, the Kalifa Review identified a Five-Point Plan of recommendations to achieve the UK’s vision of retaining its position as a global leader in financial services. In this blog post for Finextra, our CEO Julia Streets uses the framework of the #KalifaReview to speak to various champions from the Birmingham and West Midlands area to examine where we find ourselves seven months on from the Kalifa Review, and what still needs to be done. Link to article.

Taskforce on Digital Asset Standards

With thousands of crypto-assets in the market, there is no standard way to identify one digital token from another. Etrading Software, Registration Authority for the new ISO 24165 Standard for Digital Token Identifiers and ANNA, ISO Registration Authority for ISO 6166 ISINs, have created a new joint task force to identify potential standard identifier synergies.

Digitising Assets for Trading

There is real value in moving the underlying plumbing of capital markets to digitised products using distributed ledger technology. In this article for Tabb Forum, Magnus Almqvist, Head of Exchange Development at Exberry, offers both a roadmap and a checklist of questions for exchanges who want to take that next step towards moving to DLT based technology.

High-Frequency Data: From Optional to Indispensable

Since the beginning of the pandemic, access to near real-time data alongside traditional data such as GDP has become even more critical to understanding trends and rapid changes in the economy. Because of this, Howard Rees, CCO at Macrobond, believes economic analysis has changed forever. The genie is out of the bottle. He shared his views via Tabb Forum.

TreasurySpring Closes $10m Series A Funding Round

To meet the appetite for their Fixed-Term Fund (FTF) platform, TreasurySpring raised $10m capital in a Series A investment round co-led by MMC Ventures and Anthemis Group, with participation from existing investors, including ETFS Capital. In this blog, the TreasurySpring co-founders reflect on some of the drivers impacting the take up of the FTF platform.

Managing Risk Better

Scalable and secure risk monitoring is vital to ensure markets run efficiently and transparently. As 2021 is shaping up to be the year when financial markets make headlines for all the wrong reasons, inefficiencies in the infrastructure for managing risk need to be addressed. Darshan Vaidya, Co-founder and CEO of X-Margin, shares his views.

YEO funding 171% oversubscribed

Private messaging app YEO (Your Eye Only) connects business with people via an ultra-secure private messaging app. They recently closed their crowdfunding campaign and they were 171% oversubscribed, validating the need for a safe messaging platform. Their early success highlights that in our digital world privacy, security, control are imperative.

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