Infrastructure Insights

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Preparing for SFTR: where does the industry stand?

22nd June 2018

The industry was committed and worked hard to meet the January 3, 2018 deadline for the go-live of Mifid II. It is evident now that market participants need to analyse the potential impact across firms in terms of resources and budget to be compliant ahead of SFTR transaction reporting go-live in towards the end of 2019. At the current stage, many... read more
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Two year technological forecast for European banks - an insiders account

21st June 2018

Company: BIAN
Open Banking has been the phrase on everyone’s lips during the first half of this year. Of course, APIs lie at the heart of this – the connectivity code that will unlock data communication and sharing between banks and third parties. Such a short acronym, but an enormous technological feat and significant change of mindset for banks... read more
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Rise in cryptos leads bid to tackle addictive trading

20th June 2018

Company: bobsguide
Huge volatility and emerging institutional interest in the cryptocurrency market have made many traders incredibly wealthy, but the dark underbelly rarely discussed is the new wave of crypto trading addiction. Recently, Castle Craig hospital on the Scottish borders became the first of its kind to offer crypto trading addiction therapy. ... read more
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Robo advice: what are the gains?

20th June 2018

Company: Profile Software
With new regulatory frameworks, such as Mifid II, GDPR, designed to safeguard operational integrity, customers’ suitability and data, firms need to revisit their strategies. In this context, a top priority for wealth management firms is to comply with the latest regulation, while providing quality of service to clients. This adds a number of... read more
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What’s holding UK and EU payments back?

19th June 2018

Company: Viva Wallet
Despite Brexit uncertainty, the average UK SME made international payments of £48,000 in Q1 of 2018, up 5% year on year and the second highest amount recorded in over two years. It would seem that efficient payments in a range of different currencies are more crucial than ever, and UK businesses need to keep up. Complex, fragmented... read more
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Case study: global acquiring for Russiantrains

18th June 2018

Company: ECommPay
The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, spread out across 12 stadiums in 11 Russian cities, offers a chance for leading travel platforms to demonstrate the capabilities of their online booking systems. As a major sporting event, the World Cup is expected to attract over 1.5 million foreign tourists between June 14 – July 15, most of whom will opt for... read more
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Will Volcker changes be catastrophic or present opportunities for fintechs?

12th June 2018

Company: bobsguide
Donald Trump has struggled to make substantial gains on a wide range of the divisive policies that catapulted him into office in 2016 – but one campaign promise the president’s administration has managed to follow through on is his pledge to reform chunks of the sweeping Dodd Frank Act implemented by his predecessor. On 24 May,... read more
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Six key data strategy considerations for cloud native transformation

8th June 2018

Many organizations are making the move to cloud-native platforms as their strategy for digital transformation. Cloud native allows companies to deliver fast-responding, user-friendly applications with greater agility. However, the architecture of the data in support of cloud-native transformation is often ignored in the hope that it will take care... read more
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How accounting and financial apps will be the first beneficiaries of Open Banking

8th June 2018

In the new economy, the endgame for financial services is becoming clearer. Accessibility will be the norm, the app store is the new high street and the financial app the vehicle that will deliver a financial future in which Open Banking will become the norm for all. ‘Changing consumer habits’ are both a demand for change, and a... read more