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Challenger banks tested by pandemic

8th April 2020

Initially posited as organisations with the upper hand in the coronavirus pandemic, challenger banks could face difficulties ahead with a decline in lending volumes and possible drop in customers, yet the crisis will yield “winners and losers on both sides” of challengers and incumbent banks says Simon Kent, global head of financial...
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UK mortgage lockdown to spur spike in tech solutions

6th April 2020

New mortgage tech solutions could see increased usage as the UK property market enters partial lockdown. “I think like any digital business, we’ve seen a lot more interest in what we do and a lot of the mortgage market is still of the view that face to face interactions in conducting a mortgage are really important,” says Seb...
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Digital-focused insurtechs may thrive amidst threat to incumbents

2nd April 2020

Insurtechs may suffer short-term losses from the coronavirus outbreak, but stand to gain in the long-term due to an increased need for digital offerings. Conversely, traditional insurers may face long-term disruption to business models, according to Johnny Stubbs, UK head of insurance and business development, GetSafe. “I think for...
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Survey: Fintech sector responds to pandemic

1st April 2020

Take the one minute survey here. The coronavirus outbreak and the economic downturn it has spurred leaves many fintech businesses in a state of uncertainty. Between decreasing access to capital, redundancies and internal restructuring, many fintechs are facing fundamental changes to the way they work. Most are focusing on day-to-day challenges...
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Pandemic raises concerns over SCA deadline

1st April 2020

The European payments industry may not be prepared to reach the deadline for strong customer authentication (SCA) as it attempts to mitigate the coronavirus outbreak, some market participants say. Uncertainty pervades the sector ahead of the December 2020 deadline for the EU and March 2021 deadline for the UK, with travel and retail sectors...
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SFTR delay may spur consolidation of regtech solutions

25th March 2020

The delay to the launch of the Securities Financing Transactions Regulation (SFTR) will lead to further aggregation of regtech solutions, some providers argue. But the delay also exposes weaknesses in investment firms’ regulatory infrastructure, adding to market instability. Mikkel Mördrup, executive advisor on global transaction...
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Treasurers look to extend analytics capabilities

20th March 2020

During these unprecedented times, corporate treasurers must deal with a difficult and uncertain new normal. Drawing relevance of data analytics to the treasury function, Börries Többens – senior manager, finance advisory, KPMG writes: “Analytics serves to derive specific measures/decisions from findings and is upstream from...
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Cutting through the noise with data

18th March 2020

Synthetic fraud? Biometrics? An abundance of jargon and buzzwords emerge when you begin to research identity validation and data in concert with the creation of a digital account opening strategy. This article attempts to go back to basics and outline some key considerations with data when a financial institution turns toward digital channels for...
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Bank trading floors reassess risks and controls

18th March 2020

Trading floors at many of the world’s tier one banks will be reconsidering their view of risk in the face of the coronavirus pandemic according to fintech market participants. “In many ways the pandemic and the consequent market activity has delivered two simultaneous black swans: in parallel with the heightened market volatility,...
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ESG fund investment grows amidst coronavirus and oil turmoil

17th March 2020

Environmental, social and governance (ESG) funds may see a continued spike in investment as oil prices crash, despite the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) cracking down on funds to clarify their intents, according to Bryan McGannon, director of policy and programs at the Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment (USSIF). McGannon...