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One of the biggest financial stories of 2018 will be the entry into force of the European Union’s Payment Services Directive 2 (PSD2). For customers, the measure will mean faster, simpler and more secure digital payments. And for banks and the fintech ecosystem, it presents a great opportunity.

Traditionally, it has been held that the value of a company equaled its net worth, that is, those elements that constitute the company’s own funds. However, this item (which is defined as the difference between assets and liabilities) doesn’t take into account an intangible asset that is inherent to a company and which can generate future profits: goodwill.

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Positive market conditions and investor appetite have helped BBVA to get an excellent reception for its sixth issue of CoCos. The Group has issued a $1 billion bond, with the lowest coupon in dollars for an issuer from southern Europe (6.125%), and the longest maturity (perpetual, with a ‘call’ option starting in the tenth year). Registration of a prospectus with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has prompted a bigger participation from American, European and Asian investors.

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GarantiBank International NV (GBI), a member of the BBVA Group, received an innovation award at the Outsystems Annual “NextStep” Event in Utrecht, the Netherlands. GBI won the prize for being the first bank in the Netherlands to obtain the consent of the Dutch Central Bank to bring its core banking processes to the cloud.

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Contactless technology enables users to make card payments through near-field communication (NFC). Adoption of this technology has grown exponentially in recent years, thanks to the benefits it offers both consumers and stores.