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Bank consultants question incumbents’ move into digital space

9th February 2021

JPMorgan Chase recently announced it will offer UK consumers “a completely new banking choice” with the launch of its new digital challenger later this year, but consultants are warning that those looking into the market must be clear on the path they are taking. “I’m really sceptical,” says Mark O’Keefe,...
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Starling’s CTA: Tech culture key to client confidence

9th February 2021

Challenger banks’ cultural approach to technology and data analytics have become vital components in ensuring consumer confidence over online banking, according to Jason Maude, chief technology advocate at Starling Bank. “The industry thinks we are successful because we have more modern technology, but we don’t. We’re...
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Paytech market updates: Visa, Mastercard and TrueLayer boost payments

9th February 2021

On January 12 Challenger Revolut launched confirmation of Payee with Modulr as part of its latest anti-fraud security feature. This comes after it announced it had applied to the FCA for a banking licence the day before. Payments provider Mastercard, on January 18, announced it had joined forces with FrenchSys to enhance and speed up the...
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Growing ESG data and tech markets becoming integral to sustainable finance

3rd February 2021

Global inflows into sustainable funds were up 88 percent in Q4 2020 to $152.3bn compared with the same period in 2019, with Europe continuing to dominate the space, accounting for 80 percent of these inflows, while the US took in 13.4 percent, up slightly from 12 percent in the last quarter, according to a recent report by Morningstar. But while...
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GameStop ‘hysteria’ wont spark social media analytics boom

2nd February 2021

Using data and analytics to scrape social media sites to combat the influence Reddit pages like r/wallstreetbets have had over markets in recent weeks is pointless, according to Toscafund Asset Management’s chief economist, Dr Savvas Savouri. Reports have suggested that hedge funds will now start scraping data from Reddit forums, using...
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Calls for CRM to include PISPs and electronic money issuers

29th January 2021

Forty-one percent of authorised push payment (APP) scams have been reimbursed since the introduction of the Contingent Reimbursement Model (CRM) but “there is more to do”, according to the Lending Standards Board (LSB). The self-regulatory body published its review into the voluntary code following an industry wide consultation...
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Capital One reiterates AML investment following FinCEN fine

27th January 2021

This month, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) fined Capital One $390m for violating the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) and failing to comply with regulations – but the firm claims it is committed to tackling money laundering. “Capital One takes its anti-money laundering obligations very seriously,” said a spokesperson...
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Unresponsive bank APIs causing open banking challenges

26th January 2021

Unreliable payment rails still pose a challenge for third party providers, according to Luke Massie, CEO of VibePay. Problems with the technical infrastructure of open banking is experienced “most weeks”, says Massie. The instability of the APIs creates friction, impacting negatively on consumers’ payment process. “If...
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Bobsguide Rankings 2020 announced

26th January 2021

Each year, we ask the market to vote for those fintechs they believe stand out from the competition – those who have gone the extra mile in terms of development and servicing their clients. As well as sector specific categories, we ask the market to suggest those organisations that have demonstrated business attributes that have set them...
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UK challengers hinge profit hopes on banking licenses

21st January 2021

In the beginning, digital challengers presented themselves as a kind of anti-bank proposition. This initially served them well, especially in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis - which eroded peoples’ confidence in high street lenders so severely that ten years on two thirds of Brits still do not trust banks, according to a YouGov poll. ...