Navigating fintech’s rise: IMF, World Bank launch guide for policymakers

The International Monetary Fund and the World Bank jointly released a paper that will guide policymakers around the world in their handling of the rise of financial technology — commonly known as fintech. The paper, called the Bali Fintech Agenda, was launched on Thursday on the Indonesian island where the IMF and the World Bank are holding their annual meetings. Fintech has the potential to reach the 1.7 billion adults in the world that don’t have access to financial services, IMF Managing Dire


The International Monetary Fund and the World Bank jointly released a paper that will guide policymakers around the world in their handling of the rise of financial technology — commonly known as fintech. The paper, called the Bali Fintech Agenda, was launched on Thursday on the Indonesian island where the IMF and the World Bank are holding their annual meetings. Fintech has the potential to reach the 1.7 billion adults in the world that don’t have access to financial services, IMF Managing Dire
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Navigating fintech's rise: IMF, World Bank launch guide for policymakers

The International Monetary Fund and the World Bank jointly released a paper that will guide policymakers around the world in their handling of the rise of financial technology — commonly known as fintech.

The paper, called the Bali Fintech Agenda, was launched on Thursday on the Indonesian island where the IMF and the World Bank are holding their annual meetings.

The paper outlines 12 “elements” or considerations that the IMF, the World Bank and governments can keep in mind when designing policies and regulations that can maximize the benefits of fintech while keeping financial systems sound.

Those “elements” include using fintech to promote financial inclusion, allowing new technology players to have level playing fields with existing companies and having countries work together to protect the global financial system.

Fintech has the potential to reach the 1.7 billion adults in the world that don’t have access to financial services, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde said in a statement.

But, new technology could threaten existing financial systems. For example, volatility in the price of cryptocurrencies has raised concerns about investor protection, according to the paper.

“Fintech can have a major social and economic impact for them and across the membership in general. All countries are trying to reap these benefits, while also mitigating the risks,” Lagarde said.

“We need greater international cooperation to achieve that, and to make sure the fintech revolution benefits the many and not just the few,” she added.

World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim said fintech would be particularly helpful to low-income countries, where access to financial services is low.

Both organizations said the paper doesn’t represent current work, nor does it aim to provide specific guidance or policy advice. They will, however, start to develop specific programs on fintech.

The IMF will focus initially on the implications on monetary and financial stability and how international monetary systems and global financial safety nets evolve. The World Bank will work on using fintech to deepen financial markets, enhance responsible access to financial services, and improve cross-border payments and remittance transfer systems.


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AT&T will launch a Netflix rival next year

AT&T will launch a streaming service to rival Netflix next year, the company said Wednesday. AT&T, which also owns DirecTV, has been broadening its advertising and media offerings since closing the deal. HBO Now is a stand-alone streaming service for HBO content. The new service, AT&T said, will be a stand-alone streaming service and host content from HBO as well as other WarnerMedia properties. The service will launch in the fourth quarter of 2019.


AT&T will launch a streaming service to rival Netflix next year, the company said Wednesday. AT&T, which also owns DirecTV, has been broadening its advertising and media offerings since closing the deal. HBO Now is a stand-alone streaming service for HBO content. The new service, AT&T said, will be a stand-alone streaming service and host content from HBO as well as other WarnerMedia properties. The service will launch in the fourth quarter of 2019.
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AT&T will launch a Netflix rival next year

AT&T will launch a streaming service to rival Netflix next year, the company said Wednesday.

The new service, anchored by HBO as the lead brand, will host all of WarnerMedia’s other properties, including movie and TV franchises, and follows AT&T’s purchase of Time Warner earlier this year. AT&T, which also owns DirecTV, has been broadening its advertising and media offerings since closing the deal.

“Around HBO will come a great library of additional content from not only the WarnerMedia properties but also some selective third-party licensed content,” WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey said during an on-stage interview at Vanity Fair’s New Establishment Summit on Wednesday.

“And the driver behind this is really straightforward. We know there’s customers who love to engage with our content — we’ve got a great history of building it — much of which they can’t get in one place,” he said.

AT&T already offers a handful of streaming services. DirecTV Now is a cable replacement that lets users stream live TV. HBO Go is a streaming version of HBO that requires a cable login. HBO Now is a stand-alone streaming service for HBO content. The new service, AT&T said, will be a stand-alone streaming service and host content from HBO as well as other WarnerMedia properties.

The company didn’t name specific properties to be included in the service, but it owns movie studio Warner Bros. and franchises like “Batman,” “Harry Potter,” and shows on networks like CNN, TNT and TBS.

Stankey said the new platform will come at a “compelling price point” but declined to say exactly how much it would cost. The service will launch in the fourth quarter of 2019.


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US Air Force hands Blue Origin, Northrop Grumman and ULA each a major rocket deal

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos on why Blue Origin is his ‘most important work’ 2:33 PM ET Wed, 3 Oct 2018 | 01:06WASHINGTON — The U.S. Air Force selected Blue Origin, Northrop Grumman and United Launch Alliance on Wednesday to each develop a domestic launch system prototype. Per the award, Blue Origin will receive $500 million for the development of the New Glenn rocket, Northrop Grumman’s Orbital ATK is slated for $792 million for its OmegA Rocket, and United Launch Alliance will bring in $967 million for


Amazon’s Jeff Bezos on why Blue Origin is his ‘most important work’ 2:33 PM ET Wed, 3 Oct 2018 | 01:06WASHINGTON — The U.S. Air Force selected Blue Origin, Northrop Grumman and United Launch Alliance on Wednesday to each develop a domestic launch system prototype. Per the award, Blue Origin will receive $500 million for the development of the New Glenn rocket, Northrop Grumman’s Orbital ATK is slated for $792 million for its OmegA Rocket, and United Launch Alliance will bring in $967 million for
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US Air Force hands Blue Origin, Northrop Grumman and ULA each a major rocket deal

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos on why Blue Origin is his ‘most important work’ 2:33 PM ET Wed, 3 Oct 2018 | 01:06

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Air Force selected Blue Origin, Northrop Grumman and United Launch Alliance on Wednesday to each develop a domestic launch system prototype. The long-awaited Pentagon deal known as the Launch Services Agreement enables the U.S. to transition away from foreign propulsion systems such as the Russian-built RD-180 rocket engine.

Per the award, Blue Origin will receive $500 million for the development of the New Glenn rocket, Northrop Grumman’s Orbital ATK is slated for $792 million for its OmegA Rocket, and United Launch Alliance will bring in $967 million for development of the Vulcan Centaur rocket.

Absent from the Air Force announcement was SpaceX, despite it winning an initial development award in 2016 alongside Blue Origin, ULA and Northrop Grumman.

“SpaceX is a valuable part of our launch team,” began Dr. Will Roper, assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, when asked about an award for SpaceX. “They have seven future launches to be done, and they are putting up critical payloads for us including GPS.”

“So, they have multiple launches coming up in the future, and the Air Force is interested and has the door open to work with them on certification if they want to pursue that with us. They can certainly compete in Phase 2,” he added.

Below is a breakdown of launch capabilities and award details.


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SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying an Argentinian satellite lands back at launch site

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket’s first stage has landed back at its California launch site after carrying an Argentinian satellite into space. The primary purpose of Sunday’s mission was to place the SAOCOM 1A satellite into orbit, but SpaceX also successfully sent a first stage booster back to Vandenberg Air Force Base for the first time. SpaceX has previously landed first stage rockets on land after Florida launches but had not done so on the West Coast. The satellite is the first of two for Argenti


A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket’s first stage has landed back at its California launch site after carrying an Argentinian satellite into space. The primary purpose of Sunday’s mission was to place the SAOCOM 1A satellite into orbit, but SpaceX also successfully sent a first stage booster back to Vandenberg Air Force Base for the first time. SpaceX has previously landed first stage rockets on land after Florida launches but had not done so on the West Coast. The satellite is the first of two for Argenti
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SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying an Argentinian satellite lands back at launch site

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket’s first stage has landed back at its California launch site after carrying an Argentinian satellite into space.

The primary purpose of Sunday’s mission was to place the SAOCOM 1A satellite into orbit, but SpaceX also successfully sent a first stage booster back to Vandenberg Air Force Base for the first time.

SpaceX has previously landed first stage rockets on land after Florida launches but had not done so on the West Coast.

The satellite is the first of two for Argentina’s space agency. It carries a high-resolution instrument called a synthetic aperature radar that will be used for emergency management and land monitoring.


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A dramatic twilight SpaceX launch freaked out people in LA

It happened again: SpaceX launched a rocket from the coast of California at dusk on Sunday, and the atmospheric conditions created a stunning visual display. The U.S. Air Force released sonic boom warnings to California residents ahead of the launch, as this was also the first time SpaceX landed its rocket back near the West Coast launch site. On its return a few minutes after launch, the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket created a sonic boom that could be heard in several California counties.


It happened again: SpaceX launched a rocket from the coast of California at dusk on Sunday, and the atmospheric conditions created a stunning visual display. The U.S. Air Force released sonic boom warnings to California residents ahead of the launch, as this was also the first time SpaceX landed its rocket back near the West Coast launch site. On its return a few minutes after launch, the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket created a sonic boom that could be heard in several California counties.
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A dramatic twilight SpaceX launch freaked out people in LA

It happened again: SpaceX launched a rocket from the coast of California at dusk on Sunday, and the atmospheric conditions created a stunning visual display. Social media lit up in response, as people across Los Angeles took in the rocket’s glowing plume, which was visible from hundreds of miles away.

The U.S. Air Force released sonic boom warnings to California residents ahead of the launch, as this was also the first time SpaceX landed its rocket back near the West Coast launch site. On its return a few minutes after launch, the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket created a sonic boom that could be heard in several California counties.

Despite the advance warnings, Angelenos took to social media to speculate over the glowing cloud that appeared above the city.

LA Mayor Eric Garcetti explained in a tweet that the glow was “definitely not aliens.”

“What you’re looking at is the first launch and landing of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on the West Coast,” Garcetti said.

This phenomenon has happened before. In December, SpaceX launched the Iridium-4 mission just after sunset, which also created a highly visible plume in the sky. That launch caused similar reactions of shock and confusion across LA.


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Express is the latest retailer to launch a clothing rental service

The sharing economy, made popular with Uber, Lyft and Rent the Runway, is getting more personal than ever with traditional clothing companies offering rental programs for essential workwear and other fashions. Express Style Trial is a new service that allows shoppers to rent three items at any given time for $69.95 a month. Once a user is done with the clothing, the items are shipped back and three more can be rented with unlimited exchanges, similar to the early days of Netflix. After an order


The sharing economy, made popular with Uber, Lyft and Rent the Runway, is getting more personal than ever with traditional clothing companies offering rental programs for essential workwear and other fashions. Express Style Trial is a new service that allows shoppers to rent three items at any given time for $69.95 a month. Once a user is done with the clothing, the items are shipped back and three more can be rented with unlimited exchanges, similar to the early days of Netflix. After an order
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Express is the latest retailer to launch a clothing rental service

The sharing economy, made popular with Uber, Lyft and Rent the Runway, is getting more personal than ever with traditional clothing companies offering rental programs for essential workwear and other fashions.

The Express clothing brand is the third major retailer in less than a year to allow customers to rent its clothing through a new subscription service, following rivals Ann Taylor and New York & Co.

“The consumer who is more interested in access versus ownership is happening across many industries,” Express’ chief customer experience officer, Jim Hilt, said in an interview with CNBC. “We looked at this evolution and asked, ‘how do we participate?'”

Express Style Trial is a new service that allows shoppers to rent three items at any given time for $69.95 a month. Once a user is done with the clothing, the items are shipped back and three more can be rented with unlimited exchanges, similar to the early days of Netflix.

After an order is placed on Express, it takes around two days to process and another two to three days for delivery. Hilt said that “a super active user could have 12 different pieces … going out a month.” Renters can cancel the subscription at any time.

Express, Ann Taylor and New York & Co. all use the CaaStle technology and logistics platform to offer subscription rental programs to shoppers. Customers can also buy items after they try them.

Where “Amazon wants to own the customer, own the data and the relationship,” CaaStle turns that data over to the retailers, founder and CEO Christine Hunsicker said. “We take an opposite approach. We want to strengthen the retailers’ relationship with their customer.”


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Kroger and Walgreens launch pilot program to pick up groceries at the pharmacy

Kroger and Walgreens are experimenting with a program that would allow Walgreen’s shoppers to pick up online orders of Kroger’s groceries at some of the pharmacy’s locations, the retailers announced Tuesday. Walgreens will also start selling some of Kroger’s private-label brands. Pharmacies like Walgreens have been losing sales of household products like shampoo that they can buy at conveniences stores or online. It acquired a stake in British online supermarket Ocado in May, agreed to buy meal


Kroger and Walgreens are experimenting with a program that would allow Walgreen’s shoppers to pick up online orders of Kroger’s groceries at some of the pharmacy’s locations, the retailers announced Tuesday. Walgreens will also start selling some of Kroger’s private-label brands. Pharmacies like Walgreens have been losing sales of household products like shampoo that they can buy at conveniences stores or online. It acquired a stake in British online supermarket Ocado in May, agreed to buy meal
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Kroger and Walgreens launch pilot program to pick up groceries at the pharmacy

Kroger and Walgreens are experimenting with a program that would allow Walgreen’s shoppers to pick up online orders of Kroger’s groceries at some of the pharmacy’s locations, the retailers announced Tuesday.

Walgreens will also start selling some of Kroger’s private-label brands. The two are testing the idea at 13 Walgreens stores.

“This concept brings together the best of two great brands to rethink convenience and redefine the way America shops for food,” Kroger CEO Rodney McMullen said in a statement.

The deal is the latest in a series of partnerships and combinations in which retailers have sought to offer new products and services as shopping habits change.

Pharmacies like Walgreens have been losing sales of household products like shampoo that they can buy at conveniences stores or online. Grocers like Kroger are looking to add service and distinction as they compete against the powerful union of Amazon and Whole Foods.

Examples include CVS Health’s planned $69 billion acquisition of health insurer Aetna and Walmart’s partnership with health insurer Anthem.

Kroger has been transforming its business to compete against the evolving retail landscape. It acquired a stake in British online supermarket Ocado in May, agreed to buy meal kit company Home Chef and launched grocery delivery service Kroger Ship.

It also plans to open an online storefront on Alibaba’s platform, Tmall Global, for international brands. The focus will include dietary supplements and private label products under the brand Simple Truth.

Kroger’s Simple Truth line, launched in 2012, has grown to reach $2 billion in sales.

Shares of Kroger edged up nearly 1 percent in premarket trading. Shares of Walgreens were down slightly.


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The pot stocks are soaring again after a CBD-based drug took a step closer to commercial launch

“We continue to recommend the stock on the basis that we believe the Epidiolex launch can exceed first year expectations,” the analyst added. News of the mild DEA classification comes amid growing fascination on Wall Street over a handful of companies engaged in the cultivation and production of cannabis products for either medical or nonmedical purposes. Other stocks in the limelight include pharmaceutical companies, including GW Pharmaceuticals, that produce and market drugs that use cannabino


“We continue to recommend the stock on the basis that we believe the Epidiolex launch can exceed first year expectations,” the analyst added. News of the mild DEA classification comes amid growing fascination on Wall Street over a handful of companies engaged in the cultivation and production of cannabis products for either medical or nonmedical purposes. Other stocks in the limelight include pharmaceutical companies, including GW Pharmaceuticals, that produce and market drugs that use cannabino
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The pot stocks are soaring again after a CBD-based drug took a step closer to commercial launch

Six experts on whether the cannabis craze is a boom or bust 8:04 PM ET Tue, 25 Sept 2018 | 04:49

This announcement “renders the launch set-up fairly straightforward for GW into a market where there is significant unmet medical need and very high pent up awareness/demand,” wrote Stifel analyst Paul Mattela.

“We continue to recommend the stock on the basis that we believe the Epidiolex launch can exceed first year expectations,” the analyst added.

News of the mild DEA classification comes amid growing fascination on Wall Street over a handful of companies engaged in the cultivation and production of cannabis products for either medical or nonmedical purposes.

Other stocks in the limelight include pharmaceutical companies, including GW Pharmaceuticals, that produce and market drugs that use cannabinoids.

Tilray, for example, enthralled Wall Street last week after posting its best day ever following approval from the Drug Enforcement Administration to import pot to the United States for medical research.

Given the excitement around what appears to be an amenable DEA, Tilray shares have swung wildly over the last 10 days as investors are pinned between interest in a stake in the burgeoning industry and fears of an asset bubble.

Though both Aurora Cannabis and Canopy Growth — two other marijuana plays — traded lower Thursday, both stocks have endured similar frenzy over the last few weeks.

Aurora has rallied 35 percent this month in Canadian trading after Canadian news service BNN Bloomberg reported Coca-Cola is in talks with Aurora to develop weed-infused beverages.


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Apple and Salesforce are teaming up to launch Siri into enterprise

In exchange, Salesforce will make software tools so that the big businesses that use its back-end technology to power their own apps can build better products with features specific to iPhones and iPads. Apple and Salesforce both have huge ecosystems of third-party software developers. “If you look at enterprise in general, voice has not been used as much as in consumer,” Apple CEO Tim Cook told Reuters in an interview. In exchange, Salesforce is building tools so companies that tap into its bac


In exchange, Salesforce will make software tools so that the big businesses that use its back-end technology to power their own apps can build better products with features specific to iPhones and iPads. Apple and Salesforce both have huge ecosystems of third-party software developers. “If you look at enterprise in general, voice has not been used as much as in consumer,” Apple CEO Tim Cook told Reuters in an interview. In exchange, Salesforce is building tools so companies that tap into its bac
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Apple and Salesforce are teaming up to launch Siri into enterprise

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Apple and Salesforce are entering a partnership in which the iPhone maker will help Salesforce build the iPhone maker’s features such as its Siri voice assistant deeper into Salesforce’s own mobile apps, which are widely used in the sales and marketing industries.

In exchange, Salesforce will make software tools so that the big businesses that use its back-end technology to power their own apps can build better products with features specific to iPhones and iPads.

Apple and Salesforce both have huge ecosystems of third-party software developers. About 20 million developers make software for Apple devices, most of them focused on the consumer, while Salesforce has about 5 million developers who tap into its back-end systems to build business applications — a market that Apple has been expanding into through deals with IBM, Cisco and Accenture.

The partnership means that a salesperson can use Siri after a customer meeting to update that customer’s record with notes from the meeting, flag a customer service issue for a support team to follow-up on and many other data-entry tasks that can eat up valuable time.

“If you look at enterprise in general, voice has not been used as much as in consumer,” Apple CEO Tim Cook told Reuters in an interview. “We’re going to be able to provide the sales rep instant access to things using your voice instead of clicks and going through different apps. We’re changing the way people work, and that’s always been at the heart of what Apple is about — changing things for the better.”

In exchange, Salesforce is building tools so companies that tap into its back-end systems can make better use of Apple-specific features like Siri.

At Salesforce’s annual customer conference this week, Marriott International will demonstrate a new system that uses Salesforce and Apple tools so that hotel guests can turn up the heat, order a sandwich or hail a ride using Siri with an Apple HomePod in their hotel room. And at the next Marriot the guest stays at, Siri will remember the guest’s preferences — even their favorite sandwich, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff told Reuters in an interview.

“I don’t think I’ve met with a single customer in the world that doesn’t want me to help them do more with Tim’s products,” Benioff said Cook and Apple in the interview.

Salesforce also runs an educational platform called Trailhead, where it says one in four people who take courses in how to build business apps with Salesforce’s tools ends up getting a raise or promotion. As part of the deal, Apple and Salesforce will add courses on how to develop iPhone and iPad applications.

“These people are learning the tech skills that are elevating their careers,” Benioff said.


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