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BNP Paribas profit falls, misses forecasts

“Here are some highlights: PROFIT: BNP Paribas 4Q net profit fell 1.1% compared with the year earlier to 1.43 billion euros ($1.78 billion), undershooting expectations” writes Pietro Lombardi for marketwatch.com. Last fall, BNP said it expected a gradual increase in transformation costs to an average of EUR250 million a quarter.BNP has targeted about EUR3 billion in transformation costs between 2017 and 2019.Analysts had forecast net profit of EUR1.46 billion, according to a consensus forecast provided by FactSet.COSTS: Transformation costs–which include investment in digital banking, new technologies and operating efficiency–were EUR408…

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BNP Paribas Asset Management Announces Successful Blockchain Test

“BNP Paribas Asset Management, the autonomous asset management business of BNP Paribas, has successfully completed a test of its own blockchain, according to a company press release” reports financemagnates.com. Fabrice Silberzan, Chief Operating Officer of BNP Paribas Asset Management, commented: “We have a unique opportunity to continue shaping the future of the asset management industry using digital technology, and transform the fund distribution process.The test demonstrated that the new system can connect with other blockchains by completing an end-to-end fund transaction. Source: financemagnates.com Share This:

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Future of Bitcoin limited by having no lender of last resort, BNP Paribas claims

“The widespread adoption of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies will be stymied by the fact that they are not backed by a so-called ‘lender of last resort’, the French bank BNP Paribas has claimed” writes James Titcomb for telegraph.co.uk. Such a scenario could trigger a run on conventional banks, according to BNP Paribas, as consumers would seek to suddenly get cash from other sources.Replacing traditional currencies with Bitcoin would come with significant risks and undermine monetary policy, the French bank said.If consumers used a cryptocurrency for vital products such as mortgages, they would have no security and could…

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BNP Paribas to stop financing shale projects

“A BNP Paribas spokeswoman declined to comment on the bank’s exposure to shale and oil sands projects, but analysts estimate that it is limited” writes Noemie Bisserbe for marketwatch.com. Earlier this year, BNP Paribas said it won’t finance coal energy sector companies that aren’t seeking to diversify their energy sources.BNP Paribas won’t finance oil or gas projects in the Arctic region either, the bank said.The shale oil sector has boomed over the last three years, despite a steep drop in oil prices.BNP Paribas is one of the first banks to…

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One of Europe’s biggest investment banks plans to stop working with shale oil players

“BNP Paribas, France’s biggest listed bank, said on Wednesday it would no longer work with oil and natural gas companies that primarily do business in shale or oil sands as it plans to boost support for renewable energy projects” writes unknown author for cnbc.com. The bank also said that it would no longer finance new projects that are primarily involved in the transportation or export of oil and gas from shale or oil sands. BNP Paribas’s smaller rival Societe Generale said in October last year that it would quit financing…

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A Global Approach To Local B2B Payments Digitization

“Digitization of B2B payments is on the rise, but the trend is challenged by discrepancies across geographic markets, according to the latest World Payments Report by Capgemini and BNP Paribas” reports pymnts.com. But, it is difficult to assess overall trends in the digitization of B2B payments across the globe, however, because Capgemini and BNP Paribas found broad discrepancies across geographic markets.But, despite the increased use of digital payments, cash remains king, especially for low-value transactions.Industry participants can prepare for uncertainties as the payments ecosystem develops by working with banks and…

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R3 Members Develop Blockchain Trade Finance Prototype

“Eleven FI members of the R3 platform consortium have announced the next step in using the distributed ledger technology for trade finance” reports pymnts.com. That exploration led the group to develop the prototype trade finance app, the firm explained, that includes shippers and carriers.The banks announced news on Monday (Aug. 7) that they have developed a prototype application on R3’s blockchain platform, Corda, that aims to digitize and streamline letters of credit for trade finance transactions.The application we have built is the first of its kind, and we look forward…

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Corporate Banking Boosts BNP Paribas’ Q2 Performance

“In 2015 BNP Paribas announced renewed corporate banking strategies, with CFO Lars Machenil planning to boost market share and expand cross-border corporate payment capabilities” reports pymnts.com. Its corporate banking unit was particularly strong, with its corporate and institutional bank having a “very good quarter,” the bank said in a statement.BNP Paribas has taken steps to enhance its corporate banking services recently.Top French bank BNP Paribas didn’t lose as much money as analysts predicted.Cash management and trade finance operations boosted its corporate banking revenue by 13.5 percent. Source: pymnts.com Share This:

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BNP Paribas delivers earnings beat with strong revenues from investment banking division

“France’s largest bank BNP Paribas announced Friday that it delivered a top and bottom line beat in the second quarter, against consensus estimates, as its diversified banking model helped it to weather the recent trading activity downturn more successfully than many peers” writes Gemma Acton for cnbc.com. Here are some of the key metrics: Speaking to the drivers of the lender’s 17.2 percent annual jump in net income (excluding exceptional items), Lars Machenil, chief financial officer (CFO) told CNBC from the company’s Parisian headquarters that BNP Paribas’s strong result was…

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US Federal Reserves fines BNP Paribas $246 million

“WASHINGTON, July 17 (Reuters) – The Federal Reserve announced Monday it was fining BNP Paribas $246 million for “unsafe and unsound” practices in its foreign exchange markets” writes Aol Staff for aol.com. In addition to the fine, the Fed ordered BNP Paribas to overhaul how its senior management conducts oversight, and heighten controls on its FX trading. (Reporting by Pete Schroeder; editing by Diane Craft). In January, the Fed permanently barred one of the bank’s former traders, Jason Katz, from participating in the industry in the future over manipulation of…

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