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nCino Acquires Visible Equity to Drive Deeper Insights, Compliance and Advanced Analytics for the Financial Services Industry

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nCino, the worldwide leader in cloud banking, today announced that it has acquired Visible Equity, a market-leading financial analytics and compliance software company based in Salt Lake City, Utah. This strategic acquisition leverages the unique strengths and joint synergies of each company to further drive and accelerate transformation in financial services.

Founded in 2008, Visible Equity is a software as a service (SaaS) company that provides portfolio management, analytics and compliance solutions to banks and credit unions. The combination of Visible Equity’s advanced analytics software with nCino’s best-in-class Bank Operating System brings new functionality and benefits to end users, including:

  • Enhanced portfolio management with increased analytical insights across any financial institution’s portfolio, drilling down to individual deposits and loans;
  • Increased confidence in overall portfolio risk assessment including probability of default and loss-given default models;
  • Regulatory compliance combined with state-of-the-art analytics to manage, monitor and comply with fair lending; and
  • A comprehensive ALLL/CECL solution that effectively accounts, through robust models, for loan impairment and expected loss, and instantly produces reports and disclosures.

“Visible Equity is a perfect complement to our vision, mission and company culture,” said Pierre Naudé, CEO of nCino. “From the very beginning, nCino’s mission has been to transform financial services through innovation, reputation and speed, and we believe this acquisition will further enable us to execute on that mission. We’re extremely excited to expand the nCino Bank Operating System to provide even more advanced analytics and compliance capabilities to our clients, enabling them to drive greater insights, efficiency and risk management while furthering their customer relationships.”

Tara Lathrop, Supervisor of Leadership Support and Innovative Solutions at Corning Credit Union, said, “The industry is changing at a rapid pace and digital transformation and risk management is a continuous journey and challenge. Our members and employees are constantly looking for best-in-class technology, process efficiency, data insights, and risk management tools. These are the reasons why we already partnered with nCino and Visible Equity. Both companies have always had a philosophy of being able to fully support and scale with their clients and this acquisition highlights nCino’s vision of being able to offer more to respond to changing industry and client needs. We’re very excited about this combination, particularly as we continue to grow and scale as an organization.”

“Joining the nCino team is the right move for us and a natural fit,” added Brad Hansen, President and CEO of Visible Equity. “We share with them a passion for innovation, a laser-focus on customer success and a commitment to culture. A key driver of our desire to become part of the nCino family is their industry-leading Bank Operating System and ability to support a global client base of enterprise, regional and community financial institutions. We’re excited to share our insights and experience and look forward to further transforming financial services together.”

While Visible Equity and nCino will continue to offer their products separately to the market, the two platforms will become fully integrated to provide a seamless client and cloud-based experience, as well as an unparalleled portfolio management and regulatory compliance platform.

 

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Central banks and the FinTech sector unite to change global payments space

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The BIS, along with seven leading central banks and a cohort of private financial firms, has embarked on an ambitious venture known as Project Agorá.

Named after the Greek word for “marketplace,” this initiative stands at the forefront of exploring the potential of tokenisation to significantly enhance the operational efficiency of the monetary system worldwide.

Central to this pioneering project are the Bank of France (on behalf of the Eurosystem), the Bank of Japan, the Bank of Korea, the Bank of Mexico, the Swiss National Bank, the Bank of England, and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. These institutions have joined forces under the banner of Project Agorá, in partnership with an extensive assembly of private financial entities convened by the Institute of International Finance (IIF).

At the heart of Project Agorá is the pursuit of integrating tokenised commercial bank deposits with tokenised wholesale central bank money within a unified, public-private programmable financial platform. By harnessing the advanced capabilities of smart contracts and programmability, the project aspires to unlock new transactional possibilities that were previously infeasible or impractical, thereby fostering novel opportunities that could benefit businesses and consumers alike.

The collaborative effort seeks to address and surmount a variety of structural inefficiencies that currently plague cross-border payments. These challenges include disparate legal, regulatory, and technical standards; varying operating hours and time zones; and the heightened complexity associated with conducting financial integrity checks (such as anti-money laundering and customer verification procedures), which are often redundantly executed across multiple stages of a single transaction due to the involvement of several intermediaries.

As a beacon of experimental and exploratory projects, the BIS Innovation Hub is committed to delivering public goods to the global central banking community through initiatives like Project Agorá. In line with this mission, the BIS will soon issue a call for expressions of interest from private financial institutions eager to contribute to this ground-breaking project. The IIF will facilitate the involvement of private sector participants, extending an invitation to regulated financial institutions representing each of the seven aforementioned currencies to partake in this transformative endeavour.

Source: fintech.globa

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TD Bank inks multi-year strategic partnership with Google Cloud

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TD Bank has inked a multi-year deal with Google Cloud as it looks to streamline the development and deployment of new products and services.

The deal will see the Canadian banking group integrate the vendor’s cloud services into a wider portion of its technology solutions portfolio, a move which TD expects will enable it “to respond quickly to changing customer expectations by rolling out new features, updates, or entirely new financial products at an accelerated pace”.

This marks an expansion of the already established relationship between TD Bank and Google Cloud after the group previously adopted the vendor’s Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE) for TD Securities Automated Trading (TDSAT), the Chicago-based subsidiary of its investment banking unit, TD Securities.

TDSAT uses GKE for process automation and quantitative modelling across fixed income markets, resulting in the development of a “data-driven research platform” capable of processing large research workloads in trading.

Dan Bosman, SVP and CIO of TD Securities, claims the infrastructure has so far supported TDSAT with “compute-intensive quantitative analysis” while expanding the subsidiary’s “trading volumes and portfolio size”.

TD’s new partnership with Google Cloud will see the group attempt to replicate the same level of success across its entire portfolio.

Source: fintechfutures.com

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MAS launches transformative platform to combat money laundering

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The MAS has unveiled Cosmic, an acronym for Collaborative Sharing of Money Laundering/Terrorism Financing Information and Cases, a new money laundering platform.

According to Business Times, launched on April 1, Cosmic stands out as the first centralised digital platform dedicated to combating money laundering, terrorism financing, and proliferation financing on a worldwide scale. This move follows the enactment of the Financial Services and Markets (Amendment) Act 2023, which, along with its subsidiary legislation, commenced on the same day to provide a solid legal foundation and safeguards for information sharing among financial institutions (FIs).

Cosmic enables participating FIs to exchange customer information when certain “red flags” indicate potential suspicious activities. The platform’s introduction is a testament to MAS’s commitment to ensuring the integrity of the financial sector, mandating participants to establish stringent policies and operational safeguards to maintain the confidentiality of the shared information. This strategic approach allows for the efficient exchange of intelligence on potential criminal activities while protecting legitimate customers.

Significantly, Cosmic was co-developed by MAS and six leading commercial banks in Singapore—OCBC, UOB, DBS, Citibank, HSBC, and Standard Chartered—which will serve as participant FIs during its initial phase. The initiative emphasizes voluntary information sharing focused on addressing key financial crime risks within the commercial banking sector, such as the misuse of legal persons, trade finance, and proliferation financing.

Loo Siew Yee, assistant managing director for policy, payments, and financial crime at MAS, highlighted that Cosmic enhances the existing collaboration between the industry and law enforcement authorities, fortifying Singapore’s reputation as a well-regulated and trusted financial hub. Similarly, Pua Xiao Wei of Citi Singapore and Loretta Yuen of OCBC have expressed their institutions’ support for Cosmic, noting its potential to ramp up anti-money laundering efforts and its significance as a development in the banking sector’s ability to combat financial crimes efficiently. DBS’ Lam Chee Kin also praised Cosmic as a “game changer,” emphasizing the careful balance between combating financial crime and ensuring legitimate customers’ access to financial services.

Source: fintech.global

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