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Digital banks have gained momentum in the past few years amid the global turmoil caused by the pandemic. They now face regulatory headwinds as well as traditional banks catching up to the competition through acquisition or imitation
Why more institutional investors are joining DeFi
The opportunities available in decentralised finance (DeFi) have made the sector increasingly attractive to institutional investors. However, it is DeFi’s transformation to become more accessible that has driven investors to the decentralised markets in the last year
New era for the crypto age
Does El Salvador’s decision to adopt bitcoin as legal tender move cryptocurrency out of the financial shadows and into the mainstream?
Amsterdam’s rise as Europe’s next financial centre
With London adapting to post-Brexit life, the Netherlands’ capital – aided by its tech-hub reputation – is gaining ground on becoming the new number one hub of finance in Europe
NFTs: A new market for digital brushstrokes
The problem of art in the digital realm is one of authenticity. With digital assets eminently reproducible, non-fungible tokens use blockchain technology to certify originals and may just bring about a revolution in the world of digital art and collectibles
The future of currency: centralised or decentralised?
There is hardly anyone left who overlooked the bitcoin bull market, with BTC pushing to new all-time highs this year. Blockchain, it seems, is here to stay. The way legacy institutions and governments react will determine the future of finance. OctaFX wonders if peaceful coexistence might be an option?
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As the largest renewable energy source in the EU, biomass has a central part to play in the long-term strategy for net-zero greenhouse gas emissions
Central banks are gradually warming to digital currencies
What began as a dream to wrestle control away from the state is becoming a model of adoption for the central banks that, once wary of digital currencies, are now learning to love them
Putting customers at the heart of digital change
Mashreq Bank may be the oldest privately owned bank in the UAE, but it has always been a leader in the pioneering use of technology to improve the customer experience
The shipping industry must adapt if it is to survive in the modern world
A host of technological, environmental and geopolitical challenges will test the resilience of the maritime sector over the coming decades
ICSFS’ fully integrated banking software enables organisations to profit from digitalisation
With consumers shifting to online banking, the strength and agility of a bank’s digital systems has never been more important. Through its innovative solutions, ICS Financial Systems equips banks for the digital age
Mashreq Bank sets out new blockchain initiative to ensure greater client security
Boasting the world’s tallest building and a series of man-made islands, the UAE has never been afraid to do things differently. The same is true of its financial sector, where banks are always keen to adopt new technology
Top 5 fastest-growing cryptocurrencies of 2017
Last year saw bitcoin’s market capitalisation expand by over 1,400 percent, but other cryptocurrencies have far outpaced this rise
Blockchain is unlocking the future of banking
Limited supply and speculative buying will likely prevent bitcoin reaching the masses. However, the blockchain technology behind it looks set to upend the world of finance
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