2020

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Oracle, SWIFT Add Fast Cross-Border Payments For SMBs

PYMNTS

Oracle Banking Payments announced Wednesday (Oct. 7) that it is supporting SWIFT ’s latest service to speed effortless global cross-border payments for small- and medium-sized business (SMBs) and consumer markets. “We see great potential for banks that are competing against FinTechs and alternate networks when it comes to cross-border payments,” Sonny Singh , Oracle Financial Services’ executive vice president and general manager, said in a statement.

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Will Finance Become 100% Digitalized?

Jedox Finance

We have been talking about a digital transformation in Finance for ages. Some have come far on the journey while others are still struggling. Having just gone through a severe crisis that saw everyone working remotely and using digital tools makes this transformation more relevant than ever. . Right now, we are looking at two almost extreme cases: On one hand, we are at a stage where the transformation can be completed because of all the tools are available.

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How to Prepare for Preliminary SaaS Due Diligence

The SaaS CFO

You’ve decided that it’s time to take on investment or sell your SaaS company. Or maybe that cold email from a private equity associate finally has you thinking about the next steps for your business. What’s next? Preliminary SaaS due diligence. Depending on your role and what side of the table you’ve been on, the […]. The post How to Prepare for Preliminary SaaS Due Diligence appeared first on The SaaS CFO.

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PayPal, Mastercard Add 5 EU Countries To Debit Card Offering

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PayPal and Mastercard are bringing the PayPal Business Debit Mastercard to more businesses in Europe. The companies said in a Wednesday (Sept. 23) announcement that the card is now available in France, Austria, Italy, Ireland and Spain beyond its current availability in the United Kingdom, Germany and the United States. Small businesses can have immediate access to their PayPal funds and unlimited 0.5 percent cash back on all of their eligible spending with the debit card.

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Register Now: Sneak Peek Into Close Automation SkyStem Web Demo

Technology is rapidly changing the way accountants perform and manage month-end activities. Spreadsheets, email, and shared drives no longer have to slow us down. Join us as we present a "sneak peek" recorded demo of SkyStem's month-end close solution – ART. In under four weeks, your team can start reaping the benefits of month-end close automation by vastly reducing spreadsheets, cut down on reconciliation work, speed up the month-end close, and better manage your remote team.

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European Central Banks Demand Strict Cryptocurrency Regulations

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Europe's biggest banks have called on the European Commission to implement tough regulations for cryptocurrencies, such as stablecoins, that would protect consumers and preserve state sovereignty in monetary policy, Reuters reported. In a joint statement Friday (Sept. 11), the finance ministers of Germany, France, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands said they asked the executive branch of the European Union (EU), the agency responsible for managing the day-to-day business of the EU’s 27 nations, to

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Western Union Expands Real-Time Digital Payments To 100 Countries

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Western Union just took another big step toward ramping up its growing digital payments arsenal. The legacy global remittance giant said on Monday (Nov. 23) that it has expanded its real-time digital payout capabilities in a move that encompasses billions of bank accounts in 100 countries. Western Union first unveiled the goal of expanding digital payments to 100 countries during its investor day event in 2019.

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Google Almost Done With Transition To SAP Ariba Network

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Google’s transition to SAP Ariba ‘s cloud-based services has a completion date set for Aug. 24 after multiple waves that began last October, according to a press release. The final wave concerns the Asia Pacific region. Last October, U.S. suppliers were switched over, and in May of this year, the rest of North America, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa made the jump, the release says.

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Wirecard Linked To Mafia Money Laundering

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Scandal-plagued German FinTech pioneer Wirecard counted among its payments processing clients an online casino that laundered money for an arm of “one of Europe’s most dangerous mafia organizations,” the Financial Times reported on Monday (August 3). The paper cited documents and “Italian legal sources” in its story about the organized crime syndicate ’Ndrangheta and CenturionBet, an online gaming company based in Malta.

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IRS Launches Consumer Portal For Getting Stimulus Checks

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A new IRS portal for coronavirus relief payments has been launched in conjunction with the U.S. Treasury to assist people who don’t typically file taxes. . The non-filer tool can be used by U.S. citizens and resident aliens who are not claimed as dependents and had gross income below $12,200 ($24,400 for married couples) in 2019, according to the IRS site.

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Accounting Software and ERP Readiness Guide

In this white paper, we explore the factors to consider in deciding whether the time is right for your Company to consider a new ERP or accounting software, the total cost of ownership and plans necessary to make the potential leap to these systems.

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Sweden’s Outlier Response To COVID-19, And Its Results So Far

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While most of the world has gone into some version enforced social distancing and quarantine mode with the rise of COVID-19 — closing schools, banning public gatherings, shutting down all non-essential businesses like restaurants and shops and requiring that anyone who can work from home do so — Sweden has been an outlier. Shops in Sweden remain open, as do bars, restaurants, schools and offices.

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Pandemic Has Consumers Embracing QR Codes And Contactless Payments

PYMNTS

While the global pandemic has taken a toll on almost every business, consumer demand for all things touchless is surging — and has even been a driver of growth for QR codes. Although the 20-year-old technology has long enjoyed strong adoption in Asia (especially China), 2020 could go down as the year that U.S. merchants and shoppers fully embrace those ubiquitous square squiggly merchant codes.

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IRS Says Much Of Next Stimulus Payout Will Be Faster Direct Deposits

PYMNTS

The money for a second round of $1,200 stimulus checks for individual Americans could come quicker than the first, according to The Wall Street Journal (WSJ). The heightened speed at which the payments will come is based around the procedures, online tools and bank account information that were not present during the hasty rollout of the first payments, new at the time due to the pandemic’s rapid onset.

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Bringing AI To The Fight Against Healthcare Payments Fraud

PYMNTS

The coronavirus pandemic poses an unprecedented challenge to healthcare systems that will likely extend for months — and perhaps even years — to come. More than ever, hospitals and other medical facilities need to focus their resources on healing the sick and avoid getting bogged down by administrative costs and inefficiencies. This brings a longstanding challenge to the fore: Healthcare organizations have long struggled with fraud, waste and abuse (FWA), costing the United States healthcare sec

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Recruit and Retain New Blue-Collar Talent

Blue-collar jobs have a branding problem. One company, GEON, partnered with Paycor to find the solution. Learn how to attract, engage, and retain blue-collar employees, helping them build meaningful careers – and support your company’s goals.

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Personalizing — Not Just Digitizing — The B2B eCommerce Experience

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As the B2B commerce landscape innovates, it is continually after that "Amazon-like" experience forged in the consumer commerce world. But for B2B vendors and suppliers, the unique needs of corporate customers cannot be ignored, making a consumer-like buying experience particularly complex. Pricing and payments are two key areas that tend to look vastly different in the B2B world than in the consumer arena.

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PayPal CEO Shulman: Consumers Moving To Digital Currency In Droves

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Consumers are moving to digital payments and cryptocurrency in droves, and it’s inevitable that more central banks will issue digital forms of currency, PayPal CEO Dan Schulman said in a televised interview on Monday (Nov. 23). “There's no question that people are flocking to digital payments and digital forms of currency,” Schulman told CNBC’s “Squawk Box.”.

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Bahamas Launches Digital Sand Dollar; Adds To Rise Of Central Bank Digital Currencies

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Facebook’s Libra might be fading a bit as a perceived threat to monetary systems that have been in place around the globe for centuries. But the race is still on for central banks to develop their own digital versions of fiat to take their place alongside bills and coins. To that end, the Bahamas may stand out as an epicenter of sorts for the rise of central bank digital currencies (CBDCs).

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Central Bank Of Russia: Electronic Money Could Render SWIFT Obsolete

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Digital currencies could render the SWIFT global payments network unnecessary, RT.com reported, citing the Central Bank of Russia (CBR). Olga Skorobogatova, first deputy governor of the CBR, said 30 countries are working on their own national digital currencies, some of which could launch in five to seven years. According to the Bank for International Settlements (BIS), as of July, some 36 central banks published studies on the concept of a central bank digital currency (CBDC) also known as a di

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PowerPoint Best Practices for Creating Stellar Presentations

Mastering data visualization in PowerPoint will help accelerate your career because it positions you as someone who can present data that drives business decisions forward. think-cell's PowerPoint Best Practices eBook was created specifically for professionals aiming to master the art and science of data-driven storytelling. What’s inside: Practical Insights: Uncover valuable tips for crafting engaging and persuasive presentations.

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ID2020: What’s Needed For Digital Identity In 2020

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Who we are, where we’re headed and what this all looks like on the “other side” of the pandemic are topics on everyone’s mind right now. So are vaccines. So is online shopping, with urgency. All of these subjects share a commonality: IDs. In commerce, knowing (and verifying) who’s on the other side of a transaction can mean the difference between a retailer making a sale to a loyal customer or a fraudster.

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CFPB: Santander Must Pay $4.75 Million For Credit Reporting Violations

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Santander Consumer USA was ordered to pay $4.7 million to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau ( CFPB ) for violating the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), the CFPB said in a press release. According to the release, Santander allegedly knew that it provided incorrect consumer data to the three major credit reporting agencies (CRAs). Santander is an originator and servicer of non-prime auto loans and leases and provides credit information to CRAs via monthly data files, according to the CFPB

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HSBC Hong Kong Announces New API For Instant B2B Payments

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HSBC Hong Kong ‘s new application programming interface (API) will simplify the payment system for businesses down to a one-stop payment hub, a press release says. The service will let businesses incorporate the instant electronic Direct Debit Authorisation (eDDA) into their own systems, along with real-time funds transfer services. That will allow businesses to eliminate the cumbersome old ways, which required them to sign onto their bank accounts to set up a direct debit instruction and

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Reimagining The Bank As A Technology Company

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Intimidated by the scale and cost of a massive technological overhaul, large financial institutions (FIs) may approach their digital transformation (DX) journeys gradually, targeting various areas of operations to modernize one-by-one. While this strategy can yield results, it can also create silos, hampering a bank’s ability to achieve one of the most vital goals of DX: seamless integration of operations that boost efficiency and improve the end-user experience.

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Predictions You Can Rely On: How Data Drives Successful Financial Forecasting

Speaker: Robbie Bhathal, Founder & CEO, and Matthew Acalin, Head of Credit Intelligence

In today's volatile financial environment, how confident are you in your company’s financial forecasting? To get the most accurate cash predictions that will lead to long-term financial survival, real-time data is critical. Innovative cash management strategies can lead to better credit opportunities, more sustainable growth, and long-term financial prosperity.

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Financing Gets Flexible As eCommerce Sellers Brace For Seasonality Whiplash

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With the holiday shopping season in full swing amid the global pandemic, online commerce is booming. Digital Black Friday sales this year hit $9 billion, a 22 percent increase from 2019 figures, according to recent Adobe research. And the surge in eCommerce isn't isolated to the B2C world, either: as social distancing requirements and shutdowns migrate corporate buyers online, wholesalers, distributors and other B2B vendors are likely to face a similar holiday boon this year to fulfill rising cu

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US Treasury Proposes Sweeping New Disclosure Rules On Bitcoin, Other Cryptos 

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The U.S. Treasury Department proposed sweeping new rules late Friday (Dec. 18) that the government says would make convertible digital currencies like bitcoin less attractive to criminals engaging in crimes such as ransomware attacks. The new regulations, if adopted after a comment period, would require banks and some other institutions to obtain and report the identities of parties engaging in certain digital transactions, including payments involving what are called "unhosted wallets" – effect

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AI Models Eliminate Bias For Digital ID

PYMNTS

The age of artificial intelligence (AI) is upon us, where data feeds and models are used in the service of everything from verifying the digital identity of remote users to approving or denying a bank loan application. But Labhesh Patel , chief technical officer and chief scientist at real-time identification firm Jumio , told PYMNTS in a recent interview that AI-underpinned models are only as good as their underlying training datasets.

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Visa: Real-Time Settlement, Online Marketplaces Help Put SMBs Back On The Road To Recovery

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Online marketplaces are the digital storefronts helping small to mid-sized businesses survive — but adding real-time settlement into the mix can help them thrive. To that end, joint research between PYMNTS and Visa , in a study titled Marketplaces as Retail’s New Front Door , found that 60 percent of surveyed businesses that are not currently using online marketplaces would like to do so.

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Acterys: Revolutionizing CIO & CFO Decision-Making

Welcome to the Future of Technology for CIOs & CFOs! Ever stood on the precipice of a technological revolution, feeling the energy of change? Ever been captivated by the whispers of a software that's not just innovative but genuinely groundbreaking? Acterys unveils a groundbreaking technology tailored for CIOs and CFOs. This state-of-the-art solution streamlines data integration, analytics, and forecasting, empowering leaders to make informed decisions quickly.

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Retailers Using Chapter 11 To Break Lease Agreements

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Companies that have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy are using the court protection to end long-term lease agreements early and close thousands of stores, reported Bloomberg. The news site named Neiman Marcus Group Inc, Brooks Brothers Group Inc, J.C. Penney Co., J. Crew Group Inc. and the owner of Ann Taylor as companies looking to use this protection to avoid lease renegotiations and even back out of rent obligations altogether.

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Are Smart Cities Still A Smart Bet Amid ‘Urban Flight’ And The Pandemic?

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The pandemic has pressured corporate top lines — and as a result, leaves less money to go around to fund innovation, especially for tech-focused firms. So-called “smart-city” initiatives might be a casualty, especially if it’s perceived that people are leaving urban areas for the ‘burbs. In other words, to mangle a line from “Field of Dreams”: “Why build it if they won’t come?”.

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Square Said To Mull Buy of Jay-Z’s TIDAL Music-Streaming Service

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The highly competitive streaming-audio industry could be starting the New Year with some consolidation, a new report suggests. Jack Dorsey — the billionaire CEO of Square and Twitter — is said to be interested in buying TIDAL , the audio service owned by billionaire music legend Jay-Z. Unnamed sources told Bloomberg that the outspoken Dorsey has been seen with Jay-Z and his singer-wife Beyonce recently, and is reportedly interested in adding a music feature to payment platform Square’s growin