Guidewire and Verisk Insurance Solutions Announce Growing Adoption of ISO Electronic Rating Content

GuideOne Insurance | August 10, 2016

OSTER CITY, Calif. & JERSEY CITY, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Guidewire Software, Inc. (NYSE:GWRE), a provider of software products to property/casualty insurers, and Verisk Insurance Solutions, a leading source of information about property/casualty insurance risk, today announced the growing adoption of Guidewire Standards-based Templates based on Verisk’s ISO Electronic Rating Content (ERC) in the insurance market. Guidewire Standards-based Templates make it easier for insurers to stay current with the latest commercial lines rules and advisory loss costs. Verisk Insurance Solutions is a Verisk Analytics (Nasdaq:VRSK) business.

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TRADING SYSTEMS

GMEX launches interoperable trading and post-trade hub bridging access between traditional and digital asset markets

GMEX MultiHub Limited | January 10, 2022

GMEX MultiHub Limited (GMEX), a new business unit of the GMEX Group, is pleased to announce the launch of Digital MultiHub (MultiHub). MultiHub is a global cloud-enabled trading and post-trade digital market infrastructure platform which facilitates 3rd party trading and post-trade services across traditional and digital asset markets. Delivered through a Platform-as-a-Service, microservices distribution model, MultiHub enables capital markets participants to gain simple access to regulated digital assets and market infrastructure. Digital assets are becoming increasingly relevant in capital markets portfolios. According to recent research from Fidelity Digital Assets, 84% of US and European institutional investors are interested in purchasing institutional investment products that hold digital assets. However, a lack of standards, platform interoperability and time to market challenges remain across multiple blockchains and traditional infrastructure. MultiHub addresses this fragmentation, providing the growing global market of institutional participants with a faster and safe clearing and settlement solution for hybrid digital and traditional trading. MultiHub provides global access to turnkey digital asset exchange, custody, and governance solutions. The platform facilitates credit allocation and checking, collateral management and margin trading, order routing, netting and settlement across multiple trading venues, custodians and participants. To develop MultiHub, GMEX worked with AWS and with Luxoft as a development partner, to implement and deploy the MultiHub platform powered by AWS Cloud and core ledger technology. AWS and GMEX jointly developed the business case, and together created a go-to-market plan to help GMEX grow their business. Other initial partners and customers include: Trustology, a UK FCA registered digital asset custodian incubated and backed by ConsenSys and also backed by Two Sigma Ventures; GCEX, a regulated UK based traditional and digital assets broker; SECDEX Group, a Seychelles licensed securities, commodities and derivatives exchange; and Arabian Bourse, an Abu Dhabi Global Market based crypto asset exchange and custodian. They are all part of a continuously expanding capital markets infrastructure ecosystem of partners, backers, and customers. These companies provide access to some of the fastest growing regulated digital asset markets and regions. GMEX chose to build MultiHub on AWS Cloud so that it could benefit from a diverse array of tools and harness reliable, scalable and highly secure infrastructure. Using AWS also ensures that the solution is flexible, easy to access and cost effective. GMEX Group CEO, Hirander Misra commented: “MultiHub is a unique multi-asset network of networks service that enables cross-venue, cross-participant trading, clearing and settlement of both traditional and digital assets with a single point of connectivity for both industries, which negates the need to integrate across venues. This complements our mission to cost-effectively drive the accelerated institutional take-up of digital assets by making it easier to trade, clear, settle and pledge them alongside traditional assets, heralding the new age of Exchange 4.0.” “This marks a significant move in capital markets. The GMEX MultiHub will drive digital transformation within the space and at the same time allows for accelerated execution and custody for institutional players as they get into or scale their digital assets activity”, said Alex Batlin, Founder & CEO of London-based digital assets custodian Trustology, which has brought its scalable on-chain and on-exchange capabilities to GMEX MultiHub on AWS Marketplace. Lars Holst, CEO of GCEX, a digital assets broker, added, “I am now able to have a broader range of customers access our execution capabilities more efficiently and am able to convert that gain in velocity to an increase in liquidity confidence for our partners and their customers within the GMEX MultiHub community.” Anoop Nannra, Global Blockchain Lead at AWS, commented: “The portability of digital assets has become an increasing challenge impacting trading and volumes.” He added, “GMEX MultiHub makes it easier for customers to access, trade and settle digital assets with a reduced carbon footprint, compared to trades that use the blockchain. This is because digital assets can be pledged by custodians without moving onto a blockchain. That alone means that the carbon created by the trade is far reduced when compared to trades that use the blockchain which is compute intensive.” Hugh Richards, MD, Products & Solutions, Luxoft, added: “As institutions increasingly adopt digital assets as part of their digital transformation agenda, the need for hybrid (both traditional and digital) settlement and custody solutions is required to simplify this adoption. Luxoft is pleased to be the development support partner for GMEX MultiHub, responding to the increasing demand for such decentralised trading solutions.” GMEX MultiHub will be globally available via AWS Marketplace (an online software store that helps customers find, buy, and immediately start using the software and services that run on AWS), with plans to broaden regional coverage to meet the needs of different jurisdictions. For more information, please visit https://www.gmex-group.com/multihub-digital-market-infrastructure-platform/

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Derivative Path Raises $35 Million in Growth Equity Funding from FTV Capital

FTV Capital | June 24, 2020

Derivative Path, Inc. (DPI), a leading capital markets financial technology and services company, announced today that it has secured $35 million in growth equity funding from FTV Capital, a successful investor in innovative, high-growth companies within the enterprise technology and services, financial services, and payments and transaction processing sectors. The investment is DPI’s first outside institutional round and will be used to expand its product offerings and help accelerate the company’s client-centric growth with financial institutions, end users and buy-side clients using DPI’s interest rate derivatives and foreign exchange platform. DPI was launched in May 2013 by a founding team of capital markets sales, trading, technology, and market risk professionals that also provided the company’s initial funding. Beginning as a leading-edge trading platform for regional banks, the company has added new capabilities to its platforms, including automated hedge accounting and comprehensive interest rate derivative product coverage, and expanded into new asset classes like FX. Derivative Path’s platform has become the system-of-record for interest rate and FX hedges for many of the leading regional banks in the U.S. and this investment will help DPI enhance its offerings while continuing to provide best-in-class client service and support.

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BITCOIN AND CRYPTO

SoFi Launches No-Fee Cryptocurrency Purchases for Direct Deposit Members

SoFi | March 25, 2022

SoFi Technologies, Inc. (“SoFi”), the digital personal finance company, today announced members will now be able to invest part of every direct deposit into cryptocurrency¹ with zero fees². This feature builds on SoFi’s robust offerings for Checking and Savings³ accounts, which already includes no account or overdraft fees, up to two-day early paycheck⁴ and an industry-leading 1.00% annual percentage yield (APY).⁵ Members will be able to set a recurring purchase⁶ for the cryptocurrency of their choice with each paycheck for no purchase fee, investing either by dollar amount or percentage of their deposit, into one of 30 coins. This feature is currently live to all members with both a SoFi Invest®⁷ crypto account and SoFi Checking and Savings account. Crypto investing is rising rapidly. In the last year alone, SoFi doubled the number of investors setting up automatic, recurring crypto purchases, By adding the ability for members to automate crypto purchases right from their paycheck, we’re making it easier than ever for our members to customize how they manage their spending, saving, and investing all in one place to help them get their money right.” Anthony Noto, CEO of SoFi. Alongside no-fee crypto purchasing, SoFi has launched a new online educational center to explain the ins and outs of cryptocurrency to investors. The new center is an ongoing resource to both crypto newbies and seasoned veterans alike throughout their investing journey. This product is the latest expansion of SoFi’s offerings to make it simpler to get started with cryptocurrency investing, including its offering to redeem SoFi Credit Card⁸ points directly into cryptocurrency. These features were created to allow SoFi members to invest when and how they want, all in the same app they can manage their credit card, bank accounts and investments. About SoFi SoFi helps people achieve financial independence to realize their ambitions. Our products for borrowing, saving, spending, investing and protecting give our over three and a half million members fast access to tools to get their money right. SoFi membership comes with the key essentials for getting ahead, including career advisors and connection to a thriving community of ambitious people. SoFi is also the naming rights partner of SoFi Stadium, home of the Los Angeles Chargers and the Los Angeles Rams.

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CORE BANKING

ORNL Federal Credit Union Partners with Alkami to Power Its Digital Banking Experience

Alkami | April 22, 2022

Alkami Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq: ALKT) ("Alkami"), a leading cloud-based digital banking solutions provider for banks and credit unions in the U.S., announced today that ORNL Federal Credit Union ("ORNL FCU") is implementing the Alkami Platform to amplify its digital banking experience with leading-edge digital tools and technology designed to help their members thrive. Our mission was to find a true, single platform that is innovative, customizable and offers a seamless user experience for our members, After vetting several providers, we chose to partner with Alkami because they brought the most advanced digital banking experience to the table and have a proven track record of continuous innovation and stability. Their ongoing guidance will help us stay ahead of the curve and empower our members to get the most out of their digital banking experience." Dawn Brummett, executive vice president and COO of ORNL FCU. ORNL FCU's digital channel saw an 24.2% increase over the past two years, making it the largest "branch" of the credit union and bringing its active participation rate to 57% across its member base. This growth is expected to accelerate with the launch of the Alkami platform, which will improve the existing user experience and introduce new features and functionality that will attract new users. We are thrilled to have ORNL FCU join the growing Alkami family. Our clients are among the most progressive financial institutions in the country, and ORNL FCU stands out as a leader in the space. It is exciting to have such dedicated and visionary clients whose digital-first mindset helps us push the envelope on what we can deliver to help fuel their growth." Alkami's chief executive officer, Alex Shootman. ORNL FCU is committed to providing our members with a best-in-class digital banking experience. From money movement and credit monitoring to online loan applications and Bitcoin services, our new platform helps us deliver on that promise, And, knowing we are partnering with a platform provider that has the knowledge, partnerships and extensibility to continue growing with us strategically ensures our ability to effectively cater to our members' digital needs now and into the future." ORNL FCU CEO Colin Anderson. About ORNL Federal Credit Union ORNL Federal Credit Union is a not-for-profit financial cooperative locally owned and operated by its members for the benefit of all who belong. Established in 1948 with 10 founding members, ORNL FCU's assets have grown to over $3.3 billion and membership has grown to over 185,000. Membership is open to businesses and anyone who lives, works, worships, or attends school in 19 counties of East Tennessee. About Alkami Alkami Technology, Inc. is a leading cloud-based digital banking solutions provider for financial institutions in the United States that enables clients to grow confidently, adapt quickly and build thriving digital communities. Alkami helps clients transform through retail and business banking, digital account opening, loan origination, and multi-payment fraud prevention solutions.

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