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Blanco receives nomination in Computable Awards 2020

We are excited to announce that Blanco has been nominated for the Computable Awards 2020 in the category Tech Startup”. The Computable Awards are the most important ICT awards of the Netherlands. The jury mentions Blanco’s success in …
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Let’s talk about adverse media

An important part of the Know-Your-Customer (KYC) processes is the screening and monitoring of negative media (bad press). Given the large number of sources that need to be filtered through to identify negative media, it can be a tiring …
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Blanco wins FinTech Award in the UK

Blanco has won Best Wealth & Asset Management Banking Platform – Europe” in Wealth & Finance Magazine’s Fintech Awards. These FinTech Awards were launched in recognition of the companies that deliver innovative technology and …
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Configurable fields Client Onboarding & Client File

A few of our professional users have indicated that some of the mandatory questions in both the Client Onboarding Module and the Client File Module were irrelevant to their clients. These questions related to whether a client is an …
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Email templates in HTML

Every e‑mail from our system can now be created in HTML. Previously, it was already possible to send personal welcome e‑mails to clients, but the options were still relatively limited. Thanks to the current HTML option, professional …
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Fixed IP addresses for notifications

Until now, all Blanco messages were sent from changing IP addresses randomly selected by the AWS system. However, we have received requests from some of our professional users and partners to fix IP addresses so that professional users …
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Downloading contracts in bulk

Downloading contracts individually, especially if you need to download a large quantity, is rather inconvenient. That’s why we’ve now built-in the option to download all contracts at once in a ZIP file.
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How Blanco can help to solve current Benelux market challenges

The digital age continues to rage on and some believe that the current market situation is a catalyst for financial institutions to innovate. We interviewed Koen and Theo to hear about what recent trends they see in the Benelux market. …
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Identification and verification using eIDs

As everyone is aware, financial companies are required to conduct customer due diligence (CDD) to prevent money laundering and the financing of terrorism. An important part of the CDD process is identifying the customer and verifying …
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Adverse media extended

Blanco has further expanded the adverse media feature. This so-called negative news check (bad press) monitors external public data sources for negative news about a client. The tool already screens for adverse media if there is a hit …
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Linking of onboarding street Blanco to AIRS PMS Suite extended

Since June, Blanco’s onboarding street has been connected to the AIRS PMS Suite. For those who missed the first announcement and explanation in our May newsletter, this means that AIRS has been added as a processor’ for data obtained …
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Improved user management

Up until now, professional users had to enlist Blanco’s help if clients forgot their login name. Professional users were unable to help their clients because they couldn’t view the client’s login details. Of course, this was not …
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New: the flexible document generator

Blanco has recently added a new feature: the document generator. Akin to features in programs like HubSpot and Mailchimp, you can use the document generator’s flexible functionality to create customized templates. In these templates, …
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How Blanco is dealing with Dutch regulator AFM’s call for client actualisation

The AFM has called on investment firms to pay extra attention to the updating of client profiles. After all, it is obvious that situations have changed for some clients as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. How is Blanco coping with this …
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Blanco’s compliance checklist for the ‘new normal’

ComplianceEvolution, an initiative of Shield.fc, has gathered insights and advice from leading companies in the industry to give financial companies more insight into the new normal’ when it comes to compliance. Blanco contributed to …
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7 questions from Fintech Forum to Bernadette Wijnings

In this interview with FinTech Forum, you can read more about Bernadette Wijnings’s (CFO and co-founder of Blanco) life and industry insights. Based on her experiences, what is her advice for those who want to finance their own startup? …
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Product overview and status option

It’s now possible to add a status to a product, an entire customer relationship, or a person within a customer relationship in the Client File. Products can be labeled with the status inactive,’ active’ or refused.’ In the case of …
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Next step in rebalancing in the AIRS PMS Suite

In the AIRS PMS Suite, we introduce a new method that enables an efficient rebalancing process. Professional users can now exclude individual positions in the portfolio or (part of) the cash balance when comparing a client’s portfolio …
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Cash flow monitoring

Legislation and regulations require financial companies to monitor incoming and outgoing cash flows on their clients’ accounts, making it possible to identify any suspicious cash transactions. An alert can be set up in the AIRS PMS …
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New design login screen KYC Suite

We have renewed the login screen for the professional portal of the KYC Suite. Our UI/UX designer has designed a new login screen that fully fits the current Blanco house style. Curious? Click here to see the new login screen.
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Bernadette Wijnings, CFO of Blanco, named by EU-Startups as one of the five inspiring women in the Dutch fintech scene

Blanco co-founder and CFO, Bernadette Wijnings, is mentioned in an article by EU-Startups about women who are stimulating change in Dutch fintech. In the year 2020, there is still discussion about the role of women in technology, …
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Blanco’s roadmap for continuous growth and improvement

Blanco continues to grow and improve, even in the time of COVID-19 and all the challenges it poses. Blanco’s CEO Joost Walgemoed reveals the developments and plans for the coming months. We work hard and continuously improve, hoping …
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Onboarding street Blanco linked to AIRS Suite

From the 12th of June, Blanco’s onboarding street will be linked to the AIRS Suite for natural persons. This means that AIRS will be added as a processor for the data obtained during the onboarding process. Until now there was only a …
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Option of risk classification as part of Client Due Diligence (CDD)

We have recently added a new feature to the professional portal and the client file: the risk classification. Based on the data collected and relevant risk factors taken into account, the professional user can classify the client in a …
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Comment fields enhance transparency

Recently it has become possible to leave comments and notes in the professional portal during the onboarding process and in the client file. This can be useful, for example, if a hit is found on a PEP list but is a false positive. The …
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What challenges does Manouk see for Blanco?

Manouk Fles has been involved with Blanco almost since the start. She first worked as Head Legal & Compliance at Blanco and has been Chief Legal & Compliance Officer since January 2020. We spoke to her via Zoom to find out more …
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Improvements to onboarding flow and document signature

As part of our continuous improvement of processes, we discovered that at the end of the onboarding there was some confusion among clients about the next step. The client was already able to sign, but in practice this step was not yet …
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New account type: the child account

You can now open an individual account in a child’s name. This is useful, for example, if a client wants to build up assets for the study of his or her child. These children’s accounts are available both in the prospect portal and the …
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Extensions fix coupling AIRS PMS

For the past two years we have been using the FIX interface live with a number of custodian banks. We are delighted to say that the overall reaction has been very positive. The two biggest improvements we have seen in using FIX are the …
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New mobile responsive AIRS client portal

More and more wealth and asset managers are using the latest version of the AIRS client portal to provide information to their clients. In the previous versions of the portal, the possibilities were limited to offering a report archive, …
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Joost Walgemoed and Theo Nout update us about the merger

Now that AIRS has been taken over by Blanco, the integration is the next step. In an earlier interview with both founders (which you can read here) we already discussed the joining of forces of Blanco and AIRS. Although we have already …
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New uploading feature makes onboarding easier

Blanco’s onboarding module makes the onboarding process a lot faster. But there was one more part that didn’t go that fast. Wealth and asset managers had to request documents by e‑mail from their clients. Not very efficient. We changed …
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Improved UI/UX of the KYC

We’ve recently taken a closer look at our KYC suite, to see how we could make onboarding even more customer friendly. There are already many settings that can be adjusted by the wealth and asset manager to optimize the customer …
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How’s Blanco coping with COVID-19?

As the world is aware, COVID-19 is spreading and strict measures are being taken to limit the pandemic. Blanco wishes those infected by the virus a speedy recovery. For those affected by the measures taken to contain the disease, we …
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Theo Nout explains why the takeover of ‘his’ Airs by Blanco turned out so well

Theo Nout, founder of AIRS, has been the COO of Blanco since January 2020. He tells how AIRS was born, how it grew into a market leader in the field of portfolio management and why he believes that the acquisition of AIRS is so good for …
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‘Lifeness check’ improves the security of ID check

Up until this moment, the ID check during the onboarding phase is done by uploading an ID and taking a selfie. Unfortunately, this isn’t ideal, because someone with bad intentions could hold someone else’s portrait picture in front of …
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Handy: legally valid signing of documents in the Client File

During the onboarding on the Blanco platform, you can have your clients digitally sign documents with a legally valid digital signature. This is facilitated by the Evidos’ software solution: leading technology for digital …
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CEO Blanco Joost Walgemoed, looks ahead to 2020

Blanco can look back on a beautiful year. By taking over AIRS, Blanco ended up in the scale-up phase in one fell swoop. This is a good moment to look ahead to the coming year with Joost Walgemoed, Blanco’s CEO.
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Bastiaan de Ruiter, Blanco’s new CTO

Bastiaan de Ruiter recently became Blanco’s new CTO. Bastiaan studied computer science in Delft and then gained experience at McKinsey and de Volksbank in IT, strategy and risk management and in everything that comes with it. At Blanco …
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Flexible income statement in the Financial Investment Plan

Onboarding companies is actually quite complicated in our software. All kinds of questions are asked to ensure that you get a clear financial picture of a company. This is often confusing and time-consuming. That’s why we’ve replaced …
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Onboarding now made even more personal with Google tag manager

Our customers asked us whether we could incorporate their own marketing tools into our software. But of course everyone has different wishes. To make sure that all our clients can still get their specific marketing tools, we added …
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Always up to date with a subscription to our new status page

Do you already know about our status page? This useful page displays all scheduled software releases and updates. Additionally, this page shows the uptime of all our software. This way you can constantly see if the software is working …
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Hatim Chebti, CEO Franx: “Blanco is as customer obsessed as we are.”

Hatim is the CEO of ABN Amro subsidiary Franx: the startup that offers SMEs a digital platform for currency transactions and international payments. The onboarding and KYC process is a notorious drop out’ moment for potential clients …
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Paul Kramer, co-owner of Index Capital: “Blanco is now fully integrated in our daily practice”

Paul Kramer is co-owner of Index Capital Asset Management, a pioneer in the field of Index investing in the Netherlands. This Breda asset manager is one of Blanco’s first hour clients. The reason: We share the same vision: in asset …
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Pieter Aartsen, director Knox: “No Knox without Blanco”

Pieter Aartsen is, as we speak, busy setting up Knox: the very first independent custody institution for and by wealth- and asset managers themselves. Knox is going to use Blanco as a technology platform. In fact, without Blanco there …
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Partnership with Franx results in improvement of our KYC Suite

First and foremost, Blanco develops a banking platform for asset managers. But other financial institutions, such as large banks or other fintech companies, are also starting to show interest in our KYC suite. And for a reason: KYC (the …
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Blanco receives European recognition for its activities in the Benelux

Blanco has been active in the Benelux for some time now. The innovative KYC and banking platform that Blanco offers here, has not gone unnoticed. On 12 December we won the third prize at the Fintech Junction Award for the best European …
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Uploading an organisational structure for complex business customers

From a compliance point of view, you need to be able to demonstrate that you know exactly what the structure of your business client is. That’s why we’ve developed a useful feature that allows you to simply upload an image of an …
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Automatic access to much more KvK information

We have implemented a more advanced KvK (Dutch Chamber of Commerce) data link in our KYC Suite, which gives you much more information about a company. In addition to the KvK number, RSIN number, company name, and address, we now also …
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Signed document returned immediately

You can now automatically return the documents signed by you and your client to your client: people like to receive such a confirmation of the agreement right away. Of course, you can also include your own accompanying email text: …
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ID verification with a selfie check

We have implemented a new, innovative ID verification tool, which makes ID verification much faster and easier, but still super secure and compliant. For example, your clients can now verify themselves by making a selfie and uploading …
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Blanco and AIRS join forces.

It may finally be announced: Blanco and AIRS — the current market leader in the Netherlands in the field of portfolio management and back-office support for wealth- and asset managers, join forces by continuing together, whereby Blanco …
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Improved design of the risk tolerance test

Many of our professional customers and their clients found our risk tolerance test difficult to interpret. Therefore, with the help of a UX/UI specialist, we conducted extensive research in May of this year, which led to an enormous …
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Robin ten Hoope: Blanco’s new linking pin between our customers and our technicians.

We’d like to introduce you to Robin ten Hoope (47) — our new man who, among other things, will ensure better coordination between the wishes of our clients and the focus of our developers. Robin also brings a wealth of experience in the …
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Blanco featured on Dutch television

The Dutch TV show Nederland maakt het’ (Trans: Created in The Netherlands’) recently visited Blanco. The reason: the establishment of Knox — the first fully independent depository institution, founded by and for asset managers. Blanco …
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An improved dashboard for the prospect portal

On November 28th we will introduce a new dashboard for the Prospect Portal. The new design guides your clients better where and how to start. Below a large screenshot of the Prospect Portal, to give you an impression of what soon will …
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Personal welcome e-mails in your own design

Asset management is relationship management. That’s why our platform, in our Client Onboarding module, now offers the possibility to send personal welcome emails to your clients, in your own house style. This is of course friendly and …
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Blanco has been nominated for the Sprout Challenger50 of 2019

Sprout Challenger50 of 2019: the list of fifty most challenging, innovative and fast-growing companies in the Netherlands. These entrepreneurs develop new markets and turn existing business models upside down.
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The story behind Knox, the first custodian by and for wealth and asset managers.

Have we got news for you: a group of independent wealth- and asset managers have set up their own custodian institution in The Netherlands, and it’s called: Knox. Knox helps them to gain access to the necessary and obligatory services …
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Collaboration with Evidos facilitates itsme verification.

At Blanco, we love to create win-win situations: a collaboration which ultimately benefits everyone. Recently, we’ve partnered with Evidos: a company enabling online document signing. (Nice to know: Evidos is an abbreviation of …
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How does Blanco connect its platform with all those banks? With Check6.

Our banking platform has built-in connections with about 60 banks. All transactions take place via these connections. In this way, the portfolios on our platform are always in line with reality and this way we can deliver daily reports. …
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Blanco launches first “all-in-one” banking platform for asset management

Fintech startup Blanco launches the first all-in-one banking platform for asset managers in Europe. The platform has been developed to completely relieve both small and large asset managers: the entire asset management cycle is …
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The story behind the first all-in-one banking platform for wealth and asset management

Finally, our time has come: the complete wealth and asset management platform as we imagined it at the start of Blanco in 2015, is now live! All modules that automate the complete wealth and asset management cycle are up & running. …
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What has been improved in the new version of our KYC Suite?

Our complete banking platform, as we envisioned it at the start of Blanco in 2015, is finally live! Read our press release here. Note that at Blanco, we’re working according to the agile development method. That means our platform is …
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Blanco awarded with Amsterdam Fintech Forum Award 2019

Blanco won the Kriek Amsterdam Fintech Forum Awards 2019 prize. The jury appreciated Blanco’s international and platform approach. 
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Blanco on the radio at “BNR Zakendoen”

Bernadette Wijnings got interviewed by Thomas Van Zijl at BNR Zakendoen”. Listen to the interview to get more insights on the Blanco’s expansion to Germany and France.
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Dutch fintech startup Blanco raises € 2 million for roll-out in Germany and France

Blanco, the startup that develops an all-in-one technology platform for asset managers, raised € 2 million in a second financing round to roll out their Digital Asset Management Platform in general and to accelerate the roll-out of …
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Bernadette Wijnings interviewed by Marie Claire: How I do the job!

Ginny Ramkisoen from Marie Claire visits inspiring female entrepreneurs every month and has an open conversation with them. The theme of the interview is How I do the job”. 
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Blanco opens office in Brussels

Fintech Blanco recently appointed BeLux CEO Koen Vanderhoydonk. Subsequently, Blanco has now opened an office in Brussels. From there a dedicated team will serve Belgian and Luxembourg wealth and asset managers.
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Blanco awarded with NRC Fintech Impact Award 2018

Blanco won the NRC Fintech Impact Awards 2018 jury prize. The jury felt that Blanco’s technology creates a new standard in the financial sector. Moreover, Blanco’s impact on the industry goes beyond technology, which was decisive for …
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Blanco starts activities in Belgium and Luxembourg

To further accelerate growth in Belgium and Luxembourg, fintech startup Blanco has appointed Koen Vanderhoydonk as CEO Belux.
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B2B fintech start-up Blanco raises € 2 million for further expansion in the Benelux

Blanco, a B2B fintech start-up, raised € 2 million from investors Volta Ventures and KBC Start it Fund. Blanco wants to continue to grow in the Benelux and opts emphatically for these investors because of their extensive international …
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Willem Meijer strengthens Blanco’s advisory board

Blanco supports asset managers such as investment firms, investment institutions and (private) banks with scalable solutions based on the latest technology on the one hand and on the other hand shares knowledge with its clients in the …
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Customer intimacy with innovative Blanco iPad app for Wealth Managers

Never before did asset managers have the possibility to register customers with an iPad. With the unique Blanco app, wealth & asset managers are no longer tied to their computer for the registration of their new customers, but …
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Serial bank-entrepeneur Kalo Bagijn reinforces Blanco’s advisory board

Blanco supports asset managers, investment firms, investment institutions and (private) banks with scalable solutions based on state-of-the-art technology on the one hand and shares legal, risk, audit and compliance knowledge with its …
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Rob Verheul reinforces Blanco

Blanco supports asset managers such as investment firms, investment institutions and (private) banks with knowledge on one hand and scalable innovative solutions for asset accumulation based on state-of-the-art technology on the other. …
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Former Blackrock executive Leen Meijaard joins Blanco’s advisory board

Blanco supports asset managers, investment firms, investment institutions and (private) banks with scalable innovative solutions for wealth & asset management, based on state-of-the-art technology. In recent months, Blanco has …
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Reinforcement team with Michel Vlak accelerates SOC 2 reporting for Blanco

Asset & wealth management, investment firms and funds are increasingly dealing with tougher regulations and the critical involvement of regulators, also regarding their internal IT procedures. Asset managers must prove they are in …
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CFO Bernadette Wijnings receives ‘Women in FinTech awards 2017’

Last Wednesday June 28, the presentation of the FinTech Luxembourg Awards 2017’ took place in Luxembourg city: after a strict selection from 168 international candidates, the best 14 international FinTech companies were competing for …
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Blanco automates ‘Know Your Customer’ questionnaire based on scientific model

The new Blanco product – a Know-Your-Customer (KYC) tool – was built as a prototype with input from Blanco customers and scientist Prof. Dr. Marcel van Assen – which will now join the Blanco team – and will be available mid-August. …
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Innovative character places Blanco in Red Herring Top 100 awards finals

An Innovative product, management strength, and 20 other criteria have led to a final position in the Red Herring Top 100 Europe award; an international, prestigious award for private technology ventures. This was announced during the …
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Blanco first to introduce ‘60-minute client-onboarding’ software for asset manager clients

Blanco – a Fintech and services company – is the first to launch a digital client intake (client-onboarding) module for asset managers in The Netherlands. This module will save asset managers a considerable amount of time, increase …
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