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AXIO Data Group Completes Acquisition of FlightView

AXIO Data Group (AXIO) has announced that OAG, AXIO’s aviation division, has completed the acquisition of FlightView, Inc., the leading Boston-based provider of real-time flight information solutions for the aviation and travel industries. FlightView‘s products help aviation and travel professionals achieve superior customer service, operational efficiencies, and has attracted strong brand loyalty with easy to use real-time information. FlightView brings ... Read More »

Information Literacy:  The Emergence of the Chief Data Officer

A new breed of data specialists are empowering big business. CDOs to bridge the gaps between data, people and technology Experian published the findings of its “Dawn of the Chief Data Officer (CDO)” survey, confirming that an increasing number of organisations are waking up to the strategic value of data.  The study, which interviewed over 250 Chief Information Officers (CIOs) ... Read More »

People’s Bank of China Credit Information Center and South Korean NICE Information Services in Co-operation

The People’s Bank of China Credit Information Center announced that it has entered into a cooperation with the Korean National Information and Credit Evaluation Corporation (NICE) headquartered in Yeouido, Seoul. Both companies agreed to cooperate in the development of South Korea’s financial infrastructure and related information exchanges and joint research credit assessment methods. NICE is South Korea’s largest credit bureau, ... Read More »

Bitcoin Exchange Suspension Unlikely to Derail Growth of Digital Currencies

London-based Bitstamp, the second largest exchange for alternative currency Bitcoin, suspended services following a hack that accounted for more than $5 million in losses. Nobody said the rise of digital currency would be a smooth ride.  Proof of that came again this week as one of the oldest, relatively speaking, Bitcoin currency exchanges went offline following a hacking incident. But ... Read More »

Australian Risk Climate:  Sales and Profits Expected to Ease after Christmas Boost

After reporting a strong end to the year the business sector has trimmed its short-term outlook for sales and profits, while indicating plans to increase employment. According to Dun & Bradstreet’s Business Expectations Survey, the sales expectations index for Q2 2015 has eased to 33.6 points, down from the previous quarter’s 10-year high of 38.7 points and flat compared to ... Read More »

Verisk Unit ISO Launches New Initiative Targeting Reinsurance and ILS

ISO, a division of Verisk Analytics, has launched a new initiative that will see it targeting the reinsurance and ILS space as it seeks to develop data and analytics tools which make operating, capital and capacity management more efficient. One of the focuses will be on helping insurance-linked securities (ILS) specialists and reinsurers to put their capital to work, a ... Read More »

Equifax Personal Solutions Partners with H&R Block to Address Growing Threat of Tax Identity Theft

Assists Tax Services Industry Leader in Launching New Product, Tax Identity Shield, During Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week In 2013, 1.63 million taxpayers were victims of tax identity theft according to a report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. In response to this increasing problem, Equifax Personal Solutions, a leading provider of credit monitoring and identity protection solutions ... Read More »

US Department of Justice (DOJ) Probes Moody’s Investors Service

Now that McGraw Hill Financial & S&P have settled with the US Department of Justice (DOJ)  shedding US$1.4 billion the DOJ is now turning screws on Moody’s.  However according to the Wall Street Journal DOJ officials in recent months have quietly met with multiple former executives of Moody’s Investors Service to discuss ratings of complex securities before the crisis, according to people ... Read More »

Experian UK Launched new SME Service

New Service Launched to Help UK SMEs Manage their Credit Scores and Improve Access to Finance Experian, the global information services company, announced the launch of a comprehensive new service to help the UK’s 2.2 million SMEs gain better access to credit and improve their chances of securing finance and funding. From the Funding for Lending scheme to crowd-funding, there ... Read More »

Baidu to Build its own Supercomputer to Beat Google at Image Search

Baidu, Inc. is upping the ante in its fight with Google for image-recognition supremacy with what it hails as a record-setting computer vision system capable of recognizing different variations of the same image better than any other current artificial intelligence.  The secret?  A dedicated supercomputer. Baidu’s homegrown neural network runs on a specially assembled cluster of 36 Linux servers each ... Read More »

BIIA Welcomes Arachnys

The digital platform powering due diligence in emerging markets See our website here Review our data coverage here The only bespoke research platform designed for due diligence and compliance professionals Founded by former investigators and staffed by linguists, risk analysts and technology specialists Risk, KYC, AML information in over 160 frontier and emerging markets refined consolidated and translated in real ... Read More »

Experian Data Breach Resolution and BillGuard in Partnership

Experian and BillGuard collaborate to transform data breach response with launch of an active fraud surveillance and identity theft resolution offering ProtectMyID® now includes payment card fraud monitoring at consumers’ fingertips with the BillGuard mobile app With the explosion of payment-card data breaches last year, Experian Data Breach Resolution has enhanced its award-winning active fraud surveillance and identity theft resolution product, ... Read More »

Z-Score Creator Predicts Bank-Based Credit Bubble, Impact on Trade Creditors

A market bubble appears to be forming in bank- and financial institution-based credit that could trigger a spike in bankruptcy filings within the next couple of years, according to Ed Altman, PhD, inventor of the famed bankruptcy prediction Z-Score model and instructor at the upcoming summer session of NACM’s Graduate School of Credit and Financial Management (GSCFM).  That is likely ... Read More »

ICRA NAMES NARESH TAKKAR AS CEO OF GROUP ICRA

ICRA Limited appointed Naresh Takkar CEO of Group ICRA, succeeding PK Choudhury, effective immediately. Mr. Takkar will continue to hold his current title as Managing Director and CEO of ICRA, Limited. “Mr. Takkar has provided strong leadership to ICRA over a career spanning more than 20 years with the company, and he will be able to leverage his knowledge and ... Read More »

Country Risk Climate:  TRENDS TO KEEP AN EYE ON

Canada – lower interest rates, lower CAD; Denmark – a leaf out of the Swiss book; European Union – full steam ahead with QE; Portugal – paying off IMF debt early; Saudi Arabia — nervousness about the royal succession; Yemen – chaos in a failed state. CHINA:  The widely advertised slowdown was not exactly big news when details were announced. ... Read More »

Who are the TOP Online B2B Marketing Businesses in Asia?

BIIA co-founder member recently issued a report the Top 30 online B2B businesses in Asia.  This report provides a ranking, based on website traffic, of the Top 30 online B2B businesses in Asia. The companies broadly fall into two categories, online sourcing platforms and online trade publications. In addition to ranking the companies, this report also includes profiles of companies new ... Read More »