Treasury Management Systems Insights
15th June 2018
2017 saw corporate investment in blockchain technology hit record highs. This year, every day new proofs of concept are demonstrating potentially huge benefits across a number of sectors, including commodity trading, and a recent Research and Markets report predicts that the global blockchain market will grow from $411.5m in 2017 to $7.68bn by... read more
14th June 2018
The Chinese government has been promising to open up its financial markets ever since Bill Clinton was in the White House. Yet over the course of the past two decades, foreign investors and corporate entities looking to enter China’s thriving finance sector have been continually met with fierce regulatory roadblocks.
With the threat of a... read more
13th June 2018
The global financial crash of 2008 had repercussions which filtered into the daily lives of almost every person bound to the economic cycle. For a select few, the repercussions were positive, for most and to varying degrees, they were decidedly negative.
Amongst those impacted were corporate treasurers, whose job descriptions changed almost... read more
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
4th June 2018
At Money20/20, held in Amsterdam this week, fintech outfit Ripple announced plans to support 17 universities - including MiT and UCL - to perform research into distributed ledger technology and the wider payments ecosystem.
“There are 4,500 job listings with blockchain and crypto out there so we’re confident this investment will arm... read more
4th June 2018
At Money20/20, hosted this week in Amsterdam, Charlotte Hogg, CEO of VISA Europe apologised for the Visa outage that left many consumers and merchants unable to use the service.
Last Friday Visa reported an outage across UK and EU markets with millions affected.
“I’d like to start by saying sorry to our shareholders and card... read more
4th June 2018
Since the financial crash of 2008, banks have been reluctant to lend, and SMEs have had to jump through hoop after hoop, fighting to obtain finance. Whether they need cash to help buy stock or essential equipment, or to expand into new markets, at some point almost all SMEs will look for extra finance beyond their usual cashflow.
However,... read more
31st May 2018
"Hands up if you’re a subscriber to Netflix?" I asked at a conference in New York recently, and very nearly every single hand in the room went up. I then asked who was a Netflix stock holder, and a few hands were raised, mine included. So, for full disclosure, I am a stock holder of Netflix. This article isn’t intended to sell... read more
29th May 2018
Recent news that a Maersk company carried arms components from North Korea to Egypt - in violation of international sanctions - acts as a fresh warning for those facilitating global trade to be diligent in monitoring and reporting suspicious activity. The transportation of electrical components by a Maersk subsidiary, which had the potential to be... read more
25th May 2018
As consumer adoption of mobile and online commerce channels continues to grow, fraud losses are becoming a major pain point for mature markets. To address this security challenge, strong customer authentication will become mandatory in the European Union. Even without regulatory mandates, the problem is significant enough for providers to take... read more