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Banking: Customers prefer a machine to a human teller

New data shows that more dramatic change is to be expected in banking and financial services. Marqeta, a card issuing platform, has found that customers would rather interact with a machine than with a human teller.

Harry and Meghan's new home cost $3 million to refit

London - Prince Harry and his wife Meghan's new home in Windsor cost £2.4 million ($3.05 million, 2.7 million euros) to renovate before they moved in, royal accounts showed Tuesday.

Q&A: Solving the digital identity problem in banking and finance Special

London - Challenger banks built on modern technology are continuing to grow in popularity; and customer expectations are rising. However, these financial institutions raise issues of identity verification. Tim Bedard from OneSpan highlights the significance.

US blacklists Iraq firm as Revolutionary Guard guns front

Washington - The US Treasury placed Iraq-based South Wealth Resources on its sanctions blacklist Wednesday, saying the company is an important weapons trafficking and financial front for Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

US dominates global tech investment

The latest figures relating to technology investment signal that the U.S. continues to dominate the global financial chain, whereas within Europe, despite the Brexit process, it is the U.K. that remains the main player.

Financial and social costs of raising a newborn baby dissected

The financial and social costs of raising a newborn baby in the U.S. are considerable. But how much does it actually cost? Finance site LendEDU has released a survey of 1,000 recent parents, which reveals the likely costs that will be incurred.

Young Koreans to be given $833 in basic income trial

A new universal basic income scheme is to be piloted in South Korea, where 170,000 young people (aged twenty-four) will be given the equivalent of $833 with very few conditions attached. The scheme also aims to boost local businesses.

Q&A: How insurance is changing in the age of data Special

Using location data provides many opportunities for insurers. Customers are becoming more receptive to the idea of sharing their data in order to benefit from financial products and services. What does this mean for insurance companies?

Q&A: Making commercial real estate investing accessible Special

A new wave of crowdfunding platforms have popped up to make investing in commercial real estate more accessible to the people. One CEO who is leading this is Eran Roth, CEO of iintoo, who explains how technology is opening up investment.

US hits Iran Guard finance network with sanctions

Washington - The US Treasury took fresh aim Tuesday at the international network funnelling dollars and euros to Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), naming 25 individuals and entities for financial sanctions.

Pentagon denies US wants 'cost + 50%' from allies for bases

Washington - Acting Pentagon chief Patrick Shanahan denied Thursday reports that the United States has a "cost-plus-50 percent" formula for allies to pay for the US military presence on their soil.

Iran's part in US sanctions bypass scheme ready 'this month'

Vienna - Iran hopes to have its part of a new payments vehicle -- devised to bypass US sanctions -- ready within a fortnight, Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi said on Wednesday.

France's 'yellow vest' protesters back on the streets, police respond with teargas

Paris - France's "yellow vest" protesters took to the streets on Saturday, for the 16th straight weekend, some clashing with police who responded with rubber bullets, tear gas and water cannon.

Why Nordstrom Q4 earnings are better than expected Special

Nordstrom just reported better-than-expected fourth quarter results. A big component of their success comes from its ‘Nordy Club’ loyalty program, which it reported has over 11 million members.

India is leading the way with digital insurance services

India is rapidly developing into one of the world’s powerhouses for insurance, and much of this growth is fostered by insurtech startups and the offering of digital services. The country’s insurance industry is ripe for innovation and disruption.

Q&A: Top four FinTech trends driving financial inclusion Special

Financial inclusion is on the rise globally as 69 percent of adults – 3.8 billion people – now have a bank account or mobile money provider. Key to achieving this have been fintechs, according to Steve Smith of Finicity

Gilded world of French heritage rocked by 'grotesque' auditor report

Paris - One of France's most historic institutions has hit back after state auditors eviscerated it as "sclerotic" and accused "moonlighting" staff of only working a third of the year.

Lithuania attracts London fintech firms as Brexit looms

Vilnius - Worried over Brexit uncertainty, dozens of fintech companies have applied for licences in Lithuania to secure access to the EU market, the Baltic state's central bank said Tuesday.

Maduro calls for return of Venezuela's UK-deposited gold

Caracas - Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro has called on Britain to return "more than 80 tons of gold" reserves deposited in London instead of sending humanitarian aid, in an interview with the BBC.

Italy's economic policies likely to hurt the poorest: IMF

Rome - The economic policies of Rome's populist government make Italy vulnerable to a crisis of market confidence, with the poorest likely to suffer the most, the IMF warned Wednesday.

Macron 'yellow vest' concessions harming state finances: auditors

Paris - The 10-billion-euro ($11.4 billion) package of measures for low earners announced by President Emmanuel Macron to try end the "yellow vest" revolt has "weakened" France's finances, state auditors warned Wednesday.

Trump vows not to 'cave' on 32nd day of government shutdown

Washington - President Donald Trump had a message Tuesday for Democrats hoping he'll relent in the political arm wrestling that has seen funds blocked to parts of the government for a record 32 days: "No Cave!

Trump offers concessions on immigrants in return for wall funds

Washington - US President Donald Trump on Saturday offered to temporarily shield a million immigrants from deportation if Congress authorizes funding for his Mexican border wall -- an idea Democrats rejected, making the US government shutdown likely to continue.

JPMorgan posts worst bond trading results since financial crisis

JPMorgan's fourth quarter results missed estimates on lighter-than-expected corporate and investment banking revenue and expenses that came in slightly higher than analysts' average estimate.

Best and worst banks for student loans in the U.S.

Analysts LendEDU have released two reports that have assessed the CFPB's Consumer Complaint Database for 2018. This is in relation to student loans in the U.S., considering intuitions assessed as ‘best’ and ‘worst’.

French women reclaim 'yellow vest' protests with peaceful demo

Paris - Hundreds of women on Sunday marched in Paris to reclaim France's "yellow vest" movement from violent activists, a day after protesters smashed their way into a government ministry.

France's 'yellow vest' protesters return to streets

Paris - France's "yellow vest" protesters were back on the streets again Saturday as a government spokesman denounced those still protesting as hard-liners who wanted only to bring down the government.

France's 'yellow vest' protesters return to streets

Paris - France's "yellow vest" protesters were back on the streets again Saturday as a government spokesman denounced those still protesting as hard-liners who wanted only to bring down the government.

US government shutdown veteran analyzes current crisis

Washington - Patrick Griffin worked in the White House for Democratic president Bill Clinton and participated in negotiations with Republican lawmakers during the 1995 government shutdown -- the longest in recent US history.

U.S. interest rate movement is following the market

The Federal Reserve has raised interest rates for the fourth time this year. However, this is in response to market conditions, according to Peter Kendall and Steven Hochberg from Elliott Wave International.
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