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Billionaire investor Draper leads US$4.2mil funding in US blockchain start-up

Texas-based Factom Inc, a blockchain technology company that secures data, said it has raised US$4.2mil in financing from a slew of global investors led by billionaire investor Tim Draper.

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Banks tighten SWIFT system security after hacks

Banks are tightening the security of their SWIFT messaging networks – used by the industry to shift trillions of dollars each day – following revelations that hackers are increasingly able to get into this system to steal money.

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Microsoft behind blockchain-based trade finance project

Microsoft and Bank of America Merrill Lynch have joined forces on a project to use blockchain technology to make trade finance transactions faster, cheaper, safer and more transparent.

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Accenture breaks blockchain taboo with editing system

Accenture is challenging a defining feature of blockchain, its immutability, by patenting a system that will allow data processed and stored using the technology to be edited.

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Trillion-dollar global fund industry faces pressure to tighten belt

LONDON: Home to trillions of dollars of global wealth, mutual fund firms face an unfamiliar round of belt-tightening as changes in the way people invest and rising costs chip away at rich margins.

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HSBC retail head sees more bank partnerships with financial tech firms

HSBC's retail banking and wealth management head John Flint expects banks to partner more with financial technology (fintech) companies in the coming years to help meet changing demands from customers.

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Fund tracking index of digital currencies like bitcoin to launch

A London-based start-up said it would launch the first fund to track an index of digital currencies such as bitcoin in the coming weeks.

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Barclays conducts first blockchain-based trade-finance deal

Barclays and an Israel-based start-up company have carried out what they say is the world's first trade transaction using blockchain technology.

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Blockchain and why the financial sector is all excited about it

Blockchain, the technology behind Bitcoin, is generating a lot of interest in the finance industry, even locally. Here's why.

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Exchanges call for regulatory clarity over blockchain use

A lack of clarity over regulation is holding back the development of blockchain technology for cutting the cost of share trading.