Billionaire Greensill’s German Bank Draws Regulatory Scrutiny

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(Bloomberg) — When billionaire Lex Greensill won an $800 million investment from the SoftBank Vision Fund last year to develop new technology and expand his trade-finance empire, the bulk of the money went to a small, unprofitable German lender.

Greensill Bank, a 93-year-old firm known as NordFinanz Bank AG until the Australian financier bought it in 2014, suddenly found itself flush with capital. The size of its balance sheet increased more than seven-fold while it offered above-market interest rates to attract deposits that it would then invest in assets sourced by its parent, Greensill Capital.



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The growth of the Bremen-based bank has attracted the scrutiny of Germany’s main regulator as well as its deposit-insurance program, according to people familiar with the matter. They worry that too many of the assets on the bank’s books are ultimately tied to the same source: British-Indian entrepreneur Sanjeev Gupta.

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How COVID-19 Is Making a Stronger Case for Automating Finance > CEOWORLD magazine

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The economic impact of COVID-19 is like nothing we’ve seen in recent memory, and many CEOs and CFOs are laser-focused on ensuring their financial houses are in order. This leads to an operational strategy that prioritizes short-term needs — such as cash flow — over longer-term strategy. However, COVID-19 and the subsequent shift to remote work have actually made an even stronger case for automation and paperless processes in finance departments everywhere.

Is now the right time to invest in automation?

Given the massive economic uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, many executives would say “no.” In fact, 50% of CFOs intend to scale back or delay planned investments, and prevailing wisdom says this is a time for tightening the belt and circling the wagons rather than investing in transformative tech. But what if that’s actually holding you back?

Technology has been critical throughout the pandemic, helping companies pivot to

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Indian Companies Raise Record $31 Billion Equity Capital in Shrinking Economy | Investing News

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By Scott Murdoch and Patturaja Murugaboopathy

HONG KONG/BENGALURU (Reuters) – Indian companies have raised a record $31 billion in equity capital in 2020, Refinitiv data showed, as banks strengthen their balance sheets to prepare for future economic uncertainty and corporates tap into the elevated global liquidity levels.

The record raising comes despite India’s economy contracting 23.9% in the June-quarter, year on year, which puts it on track for the first annual contraction since 1980.

The rush of deals though has not been extended to initial public offerings (IPOs), which have fallen to a five-year low to be worth just $1.5 billion, in the eight months year to date, the data showed.

(Graphic: Indian companies’ equity offerings, https://fingfx.thomsonreuters.com/gfx/mkt/xlbvglmewpq/equity%20offerings.jpg)

Banks have been the most active issuers, raising $13.68 billion, followed by the energy and power sector with $7.05 billion, and consumer products with $3.41 billion.

(Graphic: FII investments this year, https://fingfx.thomsonreuters.com/gfx/mkt/rlgvdoqzapo/FII%20investments.jpg)

Reliance

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TD Bank, Detroit’s Autobooks Launch Online Small Biz Accounting Platform

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TD Bank announced a launch this week of the TD Online Accounting Platform in partnership with the Detroit-based financial accounting company Autobooks.

Built for Small Business Owners: TD Bank announced the service as a tool built for small business owners. 

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It can be used with existing online banking features and can easily track paid or outstanding invoices, according to TD Bank. 

The TD Online Accounting Platform will get payments to businesses faster, as well as save time and money, the bank said. 

How Autobooks Supports Online Payments: Cash flow support is a must for small businesses, which need to keep money coming in, Derik Sutton, Autobooks’ vice president of product and experience, told Benzinga in an email. 

With payments shifting from physical transactions to online, banks need to equip small businesses and nonprofits to accept online payments, the Autobooks exec said. 

“TD Bank’s

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Industry 4.0 Capabilities Come to Enterprise Finance

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Larry White, executive director, Resource Consumption Accounting Institute

Larry White, executive director, Resource Consumption Accounting Institute

The near century long gap between business metrics, as expressed by financial accounting standards designed for regulated financial statements and audits, and operational information with its focus on real-time quality and efficiency, appears to be the new frontier among major software and systems providers. In July 2020, SAP and Siemens announced a partnership of software offerings to improve product lifecycle, supply chain, and asset management. Their announcement included an interesting statement: “Silos between engineering and business have existed in enterprises for decades. This new partnership will help customers to break down these silos so manufacturers, product design teams, and service managers have the information needed to quickly create and manage customer-centric product and service offerings.” I don’t have specific insight into how Siemens and SAP will achieve this. SAP software was originally designed to support German management accounting/controlling techniques that focused on

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The best Capital One credit cards of 2020

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Capital One has been on an upward trend ever since it added the ability to transfer miles earned on the Spark and Venture card families to airline partners. We’ve seen Capital One launch several limited-time transfer bonuses and expand its travel partner options. Now is a great time to take a closer look at Capital One’s best cards.

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Best Capital One credit cards of 2020

  • Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card: Best for travel rewards
  • Capital One® Spark® Miles for Business*: Best for business travel
  • Capital One® Spark® Cash for Business*: Best for flat-rate business spending
  • Capital One® Savor® Cash Rewards Credit Card*:
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Will Barrett Business Services Continue to Surge Higher?

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As of late, it has definitely been a great time to be an investor of Barrett Business Services, Inc. BBSI. The stock has moved higher by 15.2% in the past month, while it is also above its 20 Day SMA too. This combination of strong price performance and favorable technical, could suggest that the stock may be on the right path.

We certainly think that this might be the case, particularly if you consider BBSI’s recent earnings estimate revision activity. From this look, the company’s future is quite favorable; as BBSI has earned itself a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy), meaning that its recent run may continue for a bit longer, and that this isn’t the top for the in-focus company. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

Looking for Stocks with Skyrocketing Upside?

Zacks has just released a Special Report on

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SBI vs Axis Bank vs Canara Bank vs ICICI Bank

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Axis Bank latest FD interest rates (below 2 crore) for general public

7 days to 14 days 2.50%

15 days to 29 days 2.50%

30 days to 45 days 3%

46 days to 60 days 3.25%

61 days < 3 months 3.25%

3 months < 4 months 4.10%

4 months < 5 months 4.10%

5 months < 6 months 4.10%

6 months < 7 months 4.50%

7 months < 8 months 4.50%

8 months < 9 months 4.50%

9 months < 10 months 4.75%

10 months < 11 months 4.75%

11 months < 11 months 25 days 4.75%

11 months 25 days < 1 year 5.20%

1 year < 1 year 5 days 5.20%

1 year 5 days < 1 year 11 days 5.15%

1 year 11 days < 1 year 25 days 5.15%

1 year 25 days < 13 months 5.15%

13 months < 14 months 5.15%

14

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POINT/COUNTERPOINT: Proposition 118: Should Colorado voters approve state-run family and medical leave insurance? | Opinion

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Point: duCharme

As a small-business owner, I know that my success depends on my ingenuity, my dedication, and my ability to think creatively. But it also depends on the employees I hire, since it is my staff who interact with clients and are the face of my company. Proposition 118 will give my employees the security of having a paid leave option with job security when, at one point or another, they will need this coverage.

I run a small pottery painting studio in Colorado Springs. Before COVID, my store was a vibrant, creative space bustling with people who came to create pieces that would be treasured forever.

It’s a busy, fast-paced environment that requires good customer service skills. We are now adapting our operations to the new normal, but the fact remains: I need a specific kind of employee — talented, outgoing, reassuring — that many other, much bigger

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Black developers in NYC often face hurdles in obtaining capital to get their projects off the ground

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The Black developers Crain’s interviewed all agree the federal and state governments can provide greater incentives for institutional investors to provide Black businesses with necessary capital. But the greater, more substantive changes must come from the institutional investors themselves, in how they hire and what they aim to do with their money.

One guiding light can be found at Goldman Sachs’ Urban Investment Group. Led by Margaret Anadu, one of the few Black American women in finance, the fund manages a $4 billion portfolio and invests $1.5 billion each year.

Marshall first tapped Anadu’s Urban Investment Group for $20 million in 2007. Since then his firm has been able to source $1 billion from her team.

“We raised $10 million from a family office, but I don’t think we’d have the trajectory we’ve experienced without Margaret Anadu’s Urban Investment Group,” Marshall said. “It would’ve been quite difficult, quite frankly.”

Anadu’s

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