Global Payments & Transfers Insights

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Europe unwilling to grasp blockchain

18th October 2018

Company: bobsguide
A recent report, ‘Blockchain in Europe: Closing the Strategy Gap’, conducted by Cognizant, reveals there are several internal barriers stopping blockchain from becoming impactful. These include truly understanding use cases, and assessing their costs and benefits (51%). Yvonne Zhang, CEO and co-founder of tech outfit Aquifer... read more
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Open Banking fuels rise of BaaS

17th October 2018

Company: ONPEX
The financial services industry is well used to the as-a-service suffix. A service offered to incumbents by a variety of specialist third parties as well as the preferred model of operating for agile challengers, banking-as-a-service (BaaS) has grown in popularity -and looks set to solve some age-old pain points. And the BaaS revolution may... read more
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Blockchain in capital markets: benefits and challenges

12th October 2018

Company: Fathom London
Blockchain, or Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT), is one of the most hyped new branches of digital tech in recent history. Invented as the underlying framework to power Bitcoin, it is now being applied in some way to every industry, including capital markets. The potential applications of blockchain/DLT technology vary across sectors but have... read more
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Where next for the challenger banks?

11th October 2018

Company: bobsguide
As new challenger bank N26 comes to the UK market, the question of how far the challenger banks can go to dominating a customer’s financial life is being asked all the more frequently. When prompted on whether N26 would look to become the app for everything, Alex Weber, N26’s head of international markets, said the appetite for such... read more
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The million-dollar payments question: ‘Request to Pay’ vs the rest of the ‘pays’

8th October 2018

Company: ACI Worldwide
A few weeks ago, I sat on a webinar panel discussing the concept of Request for Pay (RfP) and what the implications will be for the US market when it is made available as part of The Clearing House’s Real-Time Payments (RTP) network. I was joined by my esteemed partners Keith Gray from the Clearing House and George Evers from Vocalink, and at... read more
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SCA exemption: the perfect storm for machine learning

8th October 2018

Company: TAS Group
The payments community is well used to the abundance of acronyms that has become its legislation of late, but less so to the grey overlaps between various directives and standards - least of all Strong Customer Authentication (SCA) within the online and e-commerce payment experience. But Payment Service Providers (PSPs) are increasingly finding... read more
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N26 throws down gauntlet to “no brainer” UK banking market

5th October 2018

Company: bobsguide
German fintech N26 has begun its phased launch into the UK. The country has seen many a challenger bank set up shop in the last 10 years with Monzo (2015), Starling (2014), and Atom (2014), as incumbents increasingly fail in areas of customer service – according to recent CMA rankings. Many high profile tech failures such as TSB have led... read more
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Challenger Monzo makes changes in “hostile banking market”

5th October 2018

Company: bobsguide
The challenger banks do not only have to stick to the old adage of hitting the ground running - they need to sprint. With incumbents increasingly pouring resources into innovation programmes, the challenger banks are in a race against time to offer their unique capabilities before others replicate them. The ’small 4’ retail banking... read more
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Banking services “unbundling” in fintech market

2nd October 2018

Company: bobsguide
At the recent Amazon Web Services FS Insight conference, Jonno Southam, venture capital business development manager at AWS led a panel with Jai Juneja, head of tech investment at Seekventures and Kartik Varma, co-managing director at the Barclays Accelerator. The conversation focused on how fintechs are investing, as the panellists identified... read more