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Several players within the financial technology arena introduced new products and entered into various agreements in recent days. Please send news tips and feedback to news@snl.com. For other recent financial technology news, click here.

Banking, lending and payments

Transguard Group and Diebold Nixdorf Inc. entered into a partnership to provide services and technology to financial institutions and retailers in the United Arab Emirates. This partnership will enable Transguard to provide authorized maintenance services to a majority of financial institutions across the country. Transguard Group is a United Arab Emirates-based business support and outsourcing provider.

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Planet Payment Inc. launched its currency conversion solution, Pay in Your Currency, to Russian Standard Bank's portfolio of merchants. Pay in Your Currency will be available on stand-alone point-of-sale terminals and will provide eligible international customers with the choice to pay in their local currency.

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First Data Corp. and Live Oak Bancshares Inc. closed their digital banking joint venture Apiture. The newly formed company has been tailored for financial institutions. It combines First Data's and Live Oak Bank's digital banking platforms, products and services.

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NCR Corp. launched Ring Up by NCR Silver, a mobile point-of-sale solution that provides U.S. micro businesses with a way to manage the sales process and accept payments.

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Jack Henry & Associates Inc.'s ProfitStars division added its ProfitStars CECL DataStore and Validation solution to the Independent Community Bankers of America Preferred Service Provider program. The current expected credit loss DataStore and Validation solution from ProfitStars compiles and categorizes historic loan data, validates that the data required to calculate the new requirements has been received and provides the ability to export the data from disparate systems into a standardized format.

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Virtual claims technology provider for the personal and commercial insurance marketplace Snapsheet launched Snapsheet Transactions in partnership with KeyCorp unit KeyBank NA. Snapsheet Transactions is a payment solution for insurance claims.

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Embrace Home Loans Inc. launched an online mortgage and refinancing application that provides a streamlined process for customers, loan officers and loan processors.

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Central 1 Credit Union launched small business invoicing via online banking. The platform will allow small business owners to invoice through their credit union online banking platform, among other things.

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Finastra added TruMark Financial Credit Union, Central Florida Educators Federal Credit Union and Evansville Teachers Federal Credit Union to its client roster. Finastra, formed by the combination of Misys and DH Corp., provides financial services software.

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Baker Hill entered into a partnership with Securian Financial Group Inc.'s unit Allied Solutions. Through this agreement, Allied Solutions will refer Baker Hill's suite of loan origination, risk management and business intelligence products to its financial institution clients. Allied Solutions provides insurance, lending and risk management solutions. Baker Hill is a provider of technology solutions for common loan origination.

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Teledata Communications Inc.'s DecisionLender 4 loan origination platform is now certified with Securian Financial Group's Allied Solutions' Internet QuikQuote software. Through this interface, Allied Solutions clients can issue quotes for mechanical breakdown protection, guaranteed asset protection and other insurance programs during the loan origination process. Teledata Communications is a provider of loan origination solutions for credit unions, banks and finance companies.

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Mastercard Inc. and PayPal Holdings Inc. are expanding their partnership into Canada, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East and Africa. Under the partnership, PayPal Wallet can use Mastercard's tokenization services for in-store purchases, and Mastercard will be an option in stores that process payments via PayPal's Braintree.

Insurance and healthcare

XL Catlin's internal innovation team, Accelerate, will use U.K.-based artificial intelligence startup Cytora's expertise in sourcing and analyzing data from multiple sources and combining them to create new insights into risk. XL Catlin is the global brand used by XL Group Ltd.'s insurance and reinsurance companies.

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CareCloud and First Data Corp. introduced a patient experience management platform called Breeze. Breeze's mobile and web apps allow patients to manage their doctor appointments from a smart device, fill out necessary insurance and medical forms, and manage their payments.

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Employee Benefit Management Services Inc. partnered with Water Street Healthcare Partners LLC to expand its services to U.S. employers. Under the partnership, Water Street will invest its capital and use its industry knowledge to help Employee Benefit Management Services achieve its goals.

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Chubb Ltd. launched a resource center designed to give independent agent and broker partners access to insights from the company's research and recommendations for how they can incorporate the findings and new language into their business practices.

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Flat-fee 401(k) provider for small businesses Ubiquity Retirement + Savings entered into a partnership with HealthEquity Inc. The partnership will encourage employers and their employees to invest in both health savings accounts and 401(k)s.

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Majesco introduced Convergence 2017, version 10.0 of the Majesco P&C suite, including Majesco policy, Majesco billing and Majesco claims.

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Markel Corp. expanded its use of Guidewire Software Inc.'s Guidewire Predictive Analytics within its workers compensation business. Guidewire Predictive Analytics turns data into actionable insights, allowing insurers to make data-driven decisions through their insurance lifecycle.

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Benefitfocus Inc. unveiled Benefitfocus Consumer-Directed Healthcare Accounts and Benefitfocus COBRA Administration to provide employers, brokers and employees with a single partner to support communication, enrollment and administration.

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A U.S. insurance carrier entered into a contract with Medical Transcription Billing Corp. to leverage the financial technology company's EnrollmentPlus software-as-a-service solution.

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Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co. launched LifeRisk 360, a digital initiative that will use data science techniques to create the first individual mortality risk scoring system for the life insurance industry.

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Captricity, in collaboration with MetLife Inc., launched CaseCorrect, a solution designed to automate workflow processes for life insurance carriers.

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MetLife Auto & Home began deploying Guidewire InsurancePlatform in a cloud environment for customers using its MetLife Auto & Home MyDirect portal.

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Utah-based Intermountain Healthcare expanded its relationship with R1 RCM Inc., selecting the company's revenue capture module to be deployed across the system. The revenue capture module provides health systems with technology-enabled services designed to ensure compliant revenue capture for services rendered to patients.

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Performant Financial Corp. announced that it was awarded the Medicare Secondary Payer Commercial Repayment Center contract by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

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Guidewire Software and Mitchell announced that Mitchell has completed the "Ready for Guidewire" validation process for two accelerators. Mitchell is a Guidewire PartnerConnect Solution partner and a provider of technology, connectivity and information solutions to the property & casualty claims and collision repair industries.

Marketing and analytics

Crawford & Co. unit WeGoLook launched YouGoLook self-service mobile app, which offers an assisted self-service solution that allows businesses to turn their own employees, customers and other groups into an on-demand workforce.

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CDK Global Inc. entered into a strategic relationship with online automotive marketplace CarGurus to give marketing solutions to dealers. Through this collaboration, dealers using CDK Global websites will gain exposure for their inventory on CarGurus.com as well as leads from CarGurus shoppers.

Administration and security

Palo Alto Networks Inc.'s cloud access security broker offering, Aperture SaaS security service, is now providing application protections for several Amazon web services solutions, including Amazon elastic compute cloud, AWS identity and access management, and Amazon simple storage service.

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CA Technologies Inc. announced another version of its CA privileged access management solution. CA PAM 3.0 gives companies the ability to scale their privileged access management deployments across multiple departments, helping organizations address and control cyberrisk.

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Yubico is using Mitek Systems Inc.'s Mobile Verify to enable secure digital access to educational resources for students, parents and staff in school districts in Wisconsin and California. Yubico is a provider of authentication and encryption hardware.

Data and information management

Paychex Inc. is embedding two products, Paychex Flex Onboarding Essentials and a do-it-yourself handbook builder, into two of its mid-level human capital management bundles, to address the issues related to human resources onboarding and employee handbooks.

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DXC Technology Co. introduced 16 QuickStarts offerings designed to help clients plan, pilot and test enterprise and cloud applications software. These offerings help organizations determine how they can develop a blueprint for the future with software from DXC and strategic partners SAP, Oracle, Microsoft, ServiceNow, IBM, Workday and Salesforce.

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Pegasystems Inc. introduced the Pega Cloud Choice Guarantee program, which provides 24/7 customer service support for clients running Pega, among other things.

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Diebold Nixdorf expanded its managed services portfolio to include mobility management services, as well as additional enhancements to its security and compliance and as-a-service offerings. The managed mobility services use real-time business analytics to enable proactive decision-making and actionable insights that optimize business processes and enrich consumer experiences.

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Liberty Mutual Group Inc. launched Workgrid Software LLC, a wholly owned company that creates and sells software solutions that are purpose-built for an enterprise by an enterprise.

Trading and investing

SS&C Technologies Holdings Inc. announced that SS&C Advent is endorsing the Institution Limited Partners Association Reporting Template through its Geneva World Investor platform, which will give clients the ability to generate the industry-standard template for reporting of fees, expenses and carried interest.

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IHS Markit Ltd. partnered with six securities finance market participants as part of its collaboration with Pirum Systems to build a solution to address Securities Finance Transaction Regulation reporting requirements. Joining IHS Markit as design partners for the solution are BNY Mellon, Brown Brothers Harriman, Deutsche Bank Agency Lending, eSecLending, J.P. Morgan and Rabobank.

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Thomson Reuters Corp. partnered with the University of Western Australia to be the technology provider for the Rosemarie Nathanson Financial Markets Trading Room, which will provide students and researchers access to financial markets.

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