Alara Basul

Alara Basul is the digital finance reporter for bobsguide and its sister websites GTNews and PaymentEye. She has previous experience in both online editorial and print magazines, as well as working as a news presenter focusing on current global events. Alara studied at Syracuse University in New York before beginning her career in journalism.

Latest content from Alara Basul

Empowering employees to succeed in an AI-powered workplace
Banking

Empowering employees to succeed in an AI-powered workplace

1w | By Alara Basul, Writer

Empowering employees to succeed in an AI-powered w...

Businesses understand that automation can help organisations free up critical human resources and improve overall efficiency. Still, such benefits can...

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Q&A with PATRONAS: Digitisation and disruption within global asset management firms
Asset management

Q&A with PATRONAS: Digitisation and disruption within global asset management firms

2m | By Alara Basul, Writer

Q&A with PATRONAS: Digitisation and disruption wit...

Bobsguide spoke with Andrea Beste, sales director at PATRONAS, to discuss how regulatory changes are increasing competition in the asset management in...

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Software vendors must leverage desktop integration capabilities to stay competitive

Software vendors must leverage desktop integration capabilities to stay competitive

2m | By Alara Basul, Writer

Software vendors must leverage desktop integration...

Software vendors must incorporate desktop integration capabilities into their own application suites to remain competitive Read More...

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The future of competitive advantage in banking and payments
Banking

The future of competitive advantage in banking and payments

3m | By Alara Basul, Writer

The future of competitive advantage in banking and...

The disruptive potential of technology within the financial services sector is increasing at an unprecedented rate to give the industry a competitive ...

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How open banking and APIs are changing Mastercard's business strategy
Banking

How open banking and APIs are changing Mastercard's business strategy

4y | By Alara Basul, Writer

How open banking and APIs are changing Mastercard'...

This interview was originally published on our sister website PaymentEye   James Anderson is Executive Vice President of Digital Payment Products...

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Why challenger banks want to become a marketplace for your finances
Banking

Why challenger banks want to become a marketplace for your finances

4y | By Alara Basul, Writer

Why challenger banks want to become a marketplace ...

This article was first published on our sister site, PaymentEye. With PSD2 and other regulatory initiatives pushing us towards a data-sharing economy,...

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10 things not to miss at the Treasury Leaders Summit
Insurance

10 things not to miss at the Treasury Leaders Summit

4y | By Alara Basul, Writer

10 things not to miss at the Treasury Leaders Summ...

It’s almost time for the Treasury Leaders Summit that will take place on the 5th and 6th of December in London, where senior treasury and financ...

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Innovations in payments: Scott Galit, CEO of Payoneer interview
Payments

Innovations in payments: Scott Galit, CEO of Payoneer interview

4y | By Alara Basul, Writer

Innovations in payments: Scott Galit, CEO of Payon...

PaymentEye sat down with Scott Galit at Money20/20 to discuss the future of e-commerce, how technology and the internet are transforming the industry ...

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Sibos 2017: How technology is driving innovation at NatWest
Banking

Sibos 2017: How technology is driving innovation at NatWest

4y | By Alara Basul, Writer

Sibos 2017: How technology is driving innovation a...

At last month's Sibos conference bobsguide sat down with Damian Richardson, Head of Payments Strategy & Innovation at NatWest, to discuss...

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Money 20/20 2017: Five key takeaways
Payments

Money 20/20 2017: Five key takeaways

4y | By Alara Basul, Writer

Money 20/20 2017: Five key takeaways

The annual Money20/20 conference in Las Vegas this year explored key themes and topics shaking up the payments industry. Highlights included keynote s...

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What US and European financial services can learn from Alipay
Banking

What US and European financial services can learn from Alipay

4y | By Alara Basul, Writer

What US and European financial services can learn ...

Alipay, China’s leading third-party payment platform, aims to simplify the way consumers pay. Operated by Ant Financial Services Group, the fint...

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Money 20/20 day three: Deregulation of the payments industry
Payments

Money 20/20 day three: Deregulation of the payments industry

4y | By Alara Basul, Writer

Money 20/20 day three: Deregulation of the payment...

On the third day of the annual Money 20/20 conference in Las Vegas the power of blockchain and the deregulation of the US payments industry were hot t...

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Money 20/20 2017: Nine sessions you can't afford to miss
Payments

Money 20/20 2017: Nine sessions you can't afford to miss

4y | By Alara Basul, Writer

Money 20/20 2017: Nine sessions you can't afford t...

With Money 20/20 Las Vegas taking place this week, our sister website PaymentEye has compiled a list of the nine best sessions and events that you can...

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Sibos 2017 Day Four: Microsoft CEO says innovate to stay relevant
Banking

Sibos 2017 Day Four: Microsoft CEO says innovate to stay relevant

4y | By Alara Basul, Writer

Sibos 2017 Day Four: Microsoft CEO says innovate t...

Emerging technologies and artificial intelligence were discussed frequently on day four of Sibos. During a panel talk on the growing significance of d...

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Sibos Day 4: Three sessions you can't afford to miss
Insurance

Sibos Day 4: Three sessions you can't afford to miss

4y | By Alara Basul, Writer

Sibos Day 4: Three sessions you can't afford to mi...

Does Blockchain technology alleviate security concerns or create new challenges? Blockchain technology has been discussed heavily during Sibos 2017. A...

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Sibos 2017 Day 3: Three sessions you can't afford to miss
Banking

Sibos 2017 Day 3: Three sessions you can't afford to miss

4y | By Alara Basul, Writer

Sibos 2017 Day 3: Three sessions you can't afford ...

Sibos 2017 is upon us, and whilst there is so much content on offer at the biggest conference in banking this year, there are a number of sessions del...

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Sibos 2017 Day Two highlights: Brexit and banking, and why 'data is the new oil' in financial services
Banking

Sibos 2017 Day Two highlights: Brexit and banking, and why 'data is the new oil' in financial services

4y | By Alara Basul, Writer

Sibos 2017 Day Two highlights: Brexit and banking,...

How nation first politics can impact global financial organisations It’s clear that data and regulation are the two key topics that are on every...

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Sibos 2017 Day 1 highlights: AI in the back office and managing changes in the payments industry
Insurance

Sibos 2017 Day 1 highlights: AI in the back office and managing changes in the payments industry

4y | By Alara Basul, Writer

Sibos 2017 Day 1 highlights: AI in the back office...

Panel discussion: Helping your clients manage changes in the payments industry Moderator Edmund Esch, Managing Director and Head of Strategy at BNY Me...

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The future of identity verification: Stephen Stuut, CEO, Jumio interview
Payments

The future of identity verification: Stephen Stuut, CEO, Jumio interview

4y | By Alara Basul, Writer

The future of identity verification: Stephen Stuut...

Stephen Stuut is the CEO of leading digital identity verification company Jumio. He has a wealth of experience in the financial services industry and ...

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The future of affordability
Banking

The future of affordability

4y | By Alara Basul, Writer

The future of affordability

The drive for greater financial inclusion and improvement in user experience surrounding credit facilities, coupled with the ever-changing regulatory ...

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Editor’s picks: How Big Data and AI are changing banking
Accounting

Editor’s picks: How Big Data and AI are changing banking

4y | By Alara Basul, Writer

Editor’s picks: How Big Data and AI are changing b...

How business intelligence is revolutionising banking Ilan Hertz, Head of digital marketing at Sisense In the early 1990's, the increasing populari...

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What will the next decade of contactless payments look like?
Payments

What will the next decade of contactless payments look like?

4y | By Alara Basul, Writer

What will the next decade of contactless payments ...

Contactless payments have become increasingly common in the UK. Today, six in ten Brits pay with touch and go. What started off as alternative payment...

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The rise of contactless payments in the UK
Payments

The rise of contactless payments in the UK

4y | By Alara Basul, Writer

The rise of contactless payments in the UK

The Guardian recently reported that contactless payments have taken debit and credit card use in the UK to an all-time high. UK Finance stated that al...

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The biggest fintech appointments of 2017 so far Pt.1
Asset management

The biggest fintech appointments of 2017 so far Pt.1

4y | By Alara Basul, Writer

The biggest fintech appointments of 2017 so far Pt...

Our roundup of the biggest people moves affecting the fintech industry throughout 2017.  Metro Bank appoints Chief Technology Officer Earlier thi...

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“The biggest opportunity for e-commerce is overseas”: Daniel Mayhew, UK Country Manager, Payoneer
Payments

“The biggest opportunity for e-commerce is overseas”: Daniel Mayhew, UK Country Manager, Payoneer

4y | By Alara Basul, Writer

“The biggest opportunity for e-commerce is oversea...

Daniel Mayhew is the UK Country Manager at Payoneer, a financial services provider that provides simple online money transfers and e-commerce payment ...

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The most significant fintech acquisitions by financial services of 2017 so far
Banking

The most significant fintech acquisitions by financial services of 2017 so far

4y | By Alara Basul, Writer

The most significant fintech acquisitions by finan...

Earlier this month we wrote about the biggest fintech-fintech acquisitions of 2017 so far. Whilst fintechs are continuing to seek collaboration, they&...

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Powering the 'one-to-many' payments ecosystem
Payments

Powering the 'one-to-many' payments ecosystem

4y | By Alara Basul, Writer

Powering the 'one-to-many' payments ecosystem

Bobsguide recently spoke to Carla Erlick, SVP Business Development at Paysafe, about integrated payments, and the crucial role they play in supporting...

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How payments and credit will become contextual and invisible: Raj Kamal interview
Banking

How payments and credit will become contextual and invisible: Raj Kamal interview

4y | By Alara Basul, Writer

How payments and credit will become contextual and...

Raj Kamal is the Global Head of Strategy and Credit at PayU, the fintech arm of technology powerhouse Naspers. Kamal is responsible for leading busine...

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The most significant fintech acquisitions of 2017 so far
Asset management

The most significant fintech acquisitions of 2017 so far

5y | By Alara Basul, Writer

The most significant fintech acquisitions of 2017 ...

According to KPMG’s Pulse of Fintech report, fintech VC activity in Europe has hit a historically high level for successive quarters. In Q1 2017...

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The value of partnerships: Andrea Dunlop, CEO Acquiring & Card Solutions at Paysafe Group interview
Banking

The value of partnerships: Andrea Dunlop, CEO Acquiring & Card Solutions at Paysafe Group interview

5y | By Alara Basul, Writer

The value of partnerships: Andrea Dunlop, CEO Acqu...

Andrea Dunlop is the CEO of Acquiring and Card Solutions at Paysafe Group. She has previously held senior roles at Visa and RBS. bobsguide sat down wi...

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Why instant cross-border payments is the next logical step
Banking

Why instant cross-border payments is the next logical step

5y | By Alara Basul, Writer

Why instant cross-border payments is the next logi...

The PayCommerce Network consists of a banking consortium of over 100 banks transacting in more than 80 countries. PayCommerce’s network members ...

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Is PSD2 the most significant banking industry shake-up ever? Pt. 3
Banking

Is PSD2 the most significant banking industry shake-up ever? Pt. 3

5y | By Alara Basul, Writer

Is PSD2 the most significant banking industry shak...

Patrick Tans, Senior General Manager, Banking Products, at KBC Bank was a panellist at The European Payment Summit 2017, and stated that banks were fa...

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Is PSD2 the most significant banking industry shake-up ever? Pt. 2
Payments

Is PSD2 the most significant banking industry shake-up ever? Pt. 2

5y | By Alara Basul, Writer

Is PSD2 the most significant banking industry shak...

Patrick Tans, Senior General Manager, Banking Products, at KBC Bank was a panellist at The European Payment Summit 2017, and stated that banks were fa...

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IS PSD2 the most significant banking industry shake-up ever? Pt. 1
Banking

IS PSD2 the most significant banking industry shake-up ever? Pt. 1

5y | By Alara Basul, Writer

IS PSD2 the most significant banking industry shak...

Patrick Tans, Senior General Manager, Banking Products, at KBC Bank was a panellist at The European Payment Summit 2017, and stated that banks were fa...

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The latest issue of Payments {R}Evolution magazine is out now
Banking

The latest issue of Payments {R}Evolution magazine is out now

5y | By Alara Basul, Writer

The latest issue of Payments {R}Evolution magazine...

The team behind PaymentEye and bobsguide is proud to present the 2nd edition of Payments {R}Evolution magazine. First released at Money20/20 Europe la...

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Digital banking, mobile wallets and biometrics: The key topics at Money 20/20 Europe
Banking

Digital banking, mobile wallets and biometrics: The key topics at Money 20/20 Europe

5y | By Alara Basul, Writer

Digital banking, mobile wallets and biometrics: Th...

Europe’s biggest fintech event, Money 20/20, kicked off last week in Copenhagen. With more than 70 sessions across five tracks, industry leaders...

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Why omnichannel is the buzzword of the year
Banking

Why omnichannel is the buzzword of the year

5y | By Alara Basul, Writer

Why omnichannel is the buzzword of the year

George Zirkel is Senior Vice President and Head of Global Payments Strategy at Transaction Network Services, a worldwide provider of solutions for the...

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INDATA President: How regulations like MIFID II drives innovation in asset management
Asset management

INDATA President: How regulations like MIFID II drives innovation in asset management

5y | By Alara Basul, Writer

INDATA President: How regulations like MIFID II dr...

INDATA is a leading industry provider of software, technology and services for buy-side firms. The company’s portfolio includes asset managers a...

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Why compliance with PSD2 should be seen as part of a bigger strategic move towards API banking
Payments

Why compliance with PSD2 should be seen as part of a bigger strategic move towards API banking

5y | By Alara Basul, Writer

Why compliance with PSD2 should be seen as part of...

Tom Hay is the Head of Payments at Icon Solutions, an IT consultancy that works with some of the biggest financial services companies. Based in London...

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Stripe UK Manager: “Online payments is the last Google-sized problem on the net”
Banking

Stripe UK Manager: “Online payments is the last Google-sized problem on the net”

5y | By Alara Basul, Writer

Stripe UK Manager: “Online payments is the last Go...

Stripe is a US-based technology company that provides APIs and tools to enable businesses to accept and manage online payments. With investments from ...

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Interview with Catherine Moore, European President and MD for J.P. Morgan Merchant Services
Payments

Interview with Catherine Moore, European President and MD for J.P. Morgan Merchant Services

5y | By Alara Basul, Writer

Interview with Catherine Moore, European President...

Catherine (Cat) Moore is European President and Managing Director for J.P. Morgan Merchant Services, the merchant acquiring and payment processing arm...

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Token CEO: “PSD2 is the best thing to happen to banking in its history”
Banking

Token CEO: “PSD2 is the best thing to happen to banking in its history”

5y | By Alara Basul, Writer

Token CEO: “PSD2 is the best thing to happen to ba...

Last month Token, a turnkey open banking platform provider that enables banks to generate revenue from PSD2, announced a $18.5m Series A funding from ...

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Fidor Bank VP: “Innovation is in the DNA of challenger banks”
Banking

Fidor Bank VP: “Innovation is in the DNA of challenger banks”

5y | By Alara Basul, Writer

Fidor Bank VP: “Innovation is in the DNA of challe...

bobsguide's exclusive interview with Sophie Guibaud, VP of European Expansion at Fidor Bank How did you get started in the fintech industry and wh...

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Q1 2017 top reads: PSD2
Banking

Q1 2017 top reads: PSD2

5y | By Alara Basul, Writer

Q1 2017 top reads: PSD2

1. PSD2, RTS and SDC: Confusion reigns Over the last couple of weeks the media agenda has been dominated by Payment Services Directive Two (PSD2), and...

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Key takeaways from the Merchant Risk Council London 2017
Banking

Key takeaways from the Merchant Risk Council London 2017

5y | By Alara Basul, Writer

Key takeaways from the Merchant Risk Council Londo...

The Merchant Risk Council is a global trade association for e-commerce professionals. The event took place in London and brought together industry lea...

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Innovate Finance: Blockchain special
Treasury

Innovate Finance: Blockchain special

5y | By Alara Basul, Writer

Innovate Finance: Blockchain special

Last week we attended Innovate Finance, a global summit that brought together industry leaders and financial services together to discuss the future o...

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Everything you want to know about PSD2 but were too afraid to ask
Insurance

Everything you want to know about PSD2 but were too afraid to ask

5y | By Alara Basul, Writer

Everything you want to know about PSD2 but were to...

The Second Payment Services Directive (PSD2) is a fundamental piece of payments legislation in Europe, which entered into force in January 2016. The r...

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PwC EMEA Fintech Leader: It’s time for the industry to co-operate
Insurance

PwC EMEA Fintech Leader: It’s time for the industry to co-operate

5y | By Alara Basul, Writer

PwC EMEA Fintech Leader: It’s time for the industr...

A recent PwC survey, Redrawing the lines: FinTech’s growing influence on Financial Services pin-points the relationship between and banks and fi...

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Top five interviews from Q1 2017, part one: BNP Paribas, Monzo, Equiniti, SunTec and Novofina
Payments

Top five interviews from Q1 2017, part one: BNP Paribas, Monzo, Equiniti, SunTec and Novofina

5y | By Alara Basul, Writer

Top five interviews from Q1 2017, part one: BNP Pa...

Bobsguide is committed to speaking to industry leaders and experts in the financial services industry. Our interviews are a great way to start a conve...

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Everything you want to know about series round up: Blockchain, India's cashless society and AI and Banking
Banking

Everything you want to know about series round up: Blockchain, India's cashless society and AI and Banking

5y | By Alara Basul, Writer

Everything you want to know about series round up:...

Ever wondered why India has decided to become a cashless economy, or what a distributed ledger in blockchain technology was? With a multutide of new t...

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Five key takeaways from Innovate Finance
Banking

Five key takeaways from Innovate Finance

5y | By Alara Basul, Writer

Five key takeaways from Innovate Finance

Innovate Finance brought together industry leaders, fintech start-ups and financial services experts on April 10th and 11th in London to discuss the f...

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The influencer interview: Danielle Guzman
Asset management

The influencer interview: Danielle Guzman

5y | By Alara Basul, Writer

The influencer interview: Danielle Guzman

Danielle Guzman is global solutions marketing leader for Mercer, based in New York. She has over 20 years of experience as an insurance marketer and i...

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Industry trends Q&A: Broadridge Revenue and Expense Management Solutions GM Boston Christopher John
Asset management

Industry trends Q&A: Broadridge Revenue and Expense Management Solutions GM Boston Christopher John

5y | By Alara Basul, Writer

Industry trends Q&A: Broadridge Revenue and Expens...

With over 20 years of experience in building, implementing and supporting financial service applications, Christopher John currently leads the revenue...

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How close are we to a cashless society?
Banking

How close are we to a cashless society?

5y | By Alara Basul, Writer

How close are we to a cashless society?

Deutsche Bank’s Chief Executive, John Cryan, predicted at Davos last year that cash probably wouldn’t exist in ten years’ time. Swed...

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10 UK blockchain start-ups to watch in 2017
Insurance

10 UK blockchain start-ups to watch in 2017

5y | By Alara Basul, Writer

10 UK blockchain start-ups to watch in 2017

UPDTAE: bobsguide has published its blockchain start-ups to watch in 2018  Despite qualms over Brexit, the UK still remains the financial hub of ...

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"There’s a large set of MiFID II requirements coming to the community, so it’s important to understand the FIX standards": Hanno Klein, EMEA Chair, Global Technical Committee, FIX Trading Community, Senior Vice President, Deutsche Börse
Insurance

"There’s a large set of MiFID II requirements coming to the community, so it’s important to understand the FIX standards": Hanno Klein, EMEA Chair, Global Technical Committee, FIX Trading Community, Senior Vice President, Deutsche Börse

5y | By Alara Basul, Writer

"There’s a large set of MiFID II requirements comi...

Hanno Klein is Senior Vice President at Deutsche Börse Group which also provides the technology for Eurex, its main derivatives exchange. He join...

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Everything you want to know about how AI is transforming banking but were too afraid to ask
Banking

Everything you want to know about how AI is transforming banking but were too afraid to ask

5y | By Alara Basul, Writer

Everything you want to know about how AI is transf...

The rise of artificial intelligence (AI) is set to change the way banks and financial services operate, as well as the way consumers approach their pe...

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“It’s important for us to find ways to co-create and embrace the digital and disruptive technologies”: Peter Crawley, Citi Country Officer, South Africa. MD, Treasury & Trade Solutions Head Sub-Saharan Africa
Banking

“It’s important for us to find ways to co-create and embrace the digital and disruptive technologies”: Peter Crawley, Citi Country Officer, South Africa. MD, Treasury & Trade Solutions Head Sub-Saharan Africa

5y | By Alara Basul, Writer

“It’s important for us to find ways to co-create a...

Peter Crawley currently leads Citi’s franchise in South Africa and provides senior leadership in dealing with risk, franchise and business issue...

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The influencer interview: Brett King, best-selling author, keynote speaker and CEO and founder of Moven
Banking

The influencer interview: Brett King, best-selling author, keynote speaker and CEO and founder of Moven

5y | By Alara Basul, Writer

The influencer interview: Brett King, best-selling...

Brett King is an author, keynote speaker, radio host and most importantly, an innovator. He is also the founder and CEO of digital banking app Moven. ...

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"There has never been a piece of regulation as broad and as far reaching as MiFID II": Matthew Coupe, Director, Market Structure, Barclays and Co-Chair Regional Committee & EMEA Regulatory Subcommittee, FIX Trading Community
Trading & brokering

"There has never been a piece of regulation as broad and as far reaching as MiFID II": Matthew Coupe, Director, Market Structure, Barclays and Co-Chair Regional Committee & EMEA Regulatory Subcommittee, FIX Trading Community

5y | By Alara Basul, Writer

"There has never been a piece of regulation as bro...

Matthew Coupe is director of market structure for the European Markets at Barclays, based in London. He advises the markets division on future regulat...

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The impact of AI on fintech's future
Banking

The impact of AI on fintech's future

5y | By Alara Basul, Writer

The impact of AI on fintech's future

It’s clear that artificial intelligence (AI) is already one of the defining trends in fintech in 2017 and an increasingly popular buzz word in t...

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10 US fintech companies to look out for in 2017
Payments

10 US fintech companies to look out for in 2017

5y | By Alara Basul, Writer

10 US fintech companies to look out for in 2017

The fintech sector has been growing at an exponential rate in the past few years. Global investment in the fintech industry currently stands at a stag...

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Everything you want to know about why India is going cashless but were too afraid to ask
Payments

Everything you want to know about why India is going cashless but were too afraid to ask

5y | By Alara Basul, Writer

Everything you want to know about why India is goi...

On November 8th 2016, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the country would be removing cash from its economy. There’s no ...

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Will 2017 be a year of evolution due to revolution? Interview with Andrew Powell, COO, Softek
Trading & brokering

Will 2017 be a year of evolution due to revolution? Interview with Andrew Powell, COO, Softek

5y | By Alara Basul, Writer

Will 2017 be a year of evolution due to revolution...

With over 30 years’ experience in the financial markets, Andrew Powell, COO of Softek, has a wealth of experience running Technology and Operati...

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The Fix Trading EMEA Trading Conference EMEA Review: Five key takeaways
Trading & brokering

The Fix Trading EMEA Trading Conference EMEA Review: Five key takeaways

5y | By Alara Basul, Writer

The Fix Trading EMEA Trading Conference EMEA Revie...

Last week bobsguide attended the Fix Trading Community conference which was held at The Old Billingsgate Market in London. The trading conference host...

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Fix Trading Community EMEA Trading Conference preview
Insurance

Fix Trading Community EMEA Trading Conference preview

5y | By Alara Basul, Writer

Fix Trading Community EMEA Trading Conference prev...

The Fix Trading Community EMEA Conference 2017 takes place this Thursday, 2 March, at the Old Billingsgate Market in London. The trading conferen...

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Everything you want to know about blockchain but were too afraid to ask
Payments

Everything you want to know about blockchain but were too afraid to ask

5y | By Alara Basul, Writer

Everything you want to know about blockchain but w...

Blockchain has created a huge amount of buzz in the financial services industry since its official debut into the market in 2009. The question of when...

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“If we do our job right, we will make some of the high street banks extinct”: Monzo CEO Tom Blomfield on the future of the banking industry
Asset management

“If we do our job right, we will make some of the high street banks extinct”: Monzo CEO Tom Blomfield on the future of the banking industry

5y | By Alara Basul, Writer

“If we do our job right, we will make some of the ...

In 2013, Tom Blomfield was recognised as one of the top five entrepreneurs under 30 by the European Commission, following the success of his start-up ...

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The influencer interview: Jim Marous, publisher of the Digital Banking Report and co-publisher of The Financial Brand
Banking

The influencer interview: Jim Marous, publisher of the Digital Banking Report and co-publisher of The Financial Brand

5y | By Alara Basul, Writer

The influencer interview: Jim Marous, publisher of...

Jim Marous is a regular keynote speaker with a wealth of experience in banking, financial services innovation and consumer trends. When he's not s...

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10 UK fintech companies to look out for in 2017
Banking

10 UK fintech companies to look out for in 2017

5y | By Alara Basul, Writer

10 UK fintech companies to look out for in 2017

The fintech industry has seen tremendous growth in last decade. The sector now supports over 61,000 jobs and turns over billions in revenue for the Br...

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Finovate 2017 review part one: Five innovative product launches in mobile banking
Banking

Finovate 2017 review part one: Five innovative product launches in mobile banking

5y | By Alara Basul, Writer

Finovate 2017 review part one: Five innovative pro...

Finovate Europe 2017 took place this week at the Old Billingsgate Market in London, showcasing innovative new products and bringing together industry ...

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The bobsguide debate: Who needs the other more, fintechs or traditional financial services?
Banking

The bobsguide debate: Who needs the other more, fintechs or traditional financial services?

5y | By Alara Basul, Writer

The bobsguide debate: Who needs the other more, fi...

In the lead up to Finovate London, bobsguide asked show exhibitors and industry experts a series of questions to get the conversation rolling before t...

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The bobsguide debate: Will 2017 be a breakthrough year in establishing better working relationships between traditional financial services and fintech companies?
Banking

The bobsguide debate: Will 2017 be a breakthrough year in establishing better working relationships between traditional financial services and fintech companies?

5y | By Alara Basul, Writer

The bobsguide debate: Will 2017 be a breakthrough ...

In the lead up to Finovate Europe, bobsguide asked show exhibitors and industry experts a series of questions to get the conversation rolling before t...

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"Biometrics will help alleviate problems with fraud": Interview with CrossVerify CEO Carl Weir
Banking

"Biometrics will help alleviate problems with fraud": Interview with CrossVerify CEO Carl Weir

5y | By Alara Basul, Writer

"Biometrics will help alleviate problems with frau...

Carl Weir was VP, EMEA Partnering and Business Development at Uphold Inc until June 2016. Prior to Uphold, he held senior positions within the financi...

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“India’s cash crisis is a short term pain for a long term gain”: Interview with Amit Dua, Executive VP of SunTec
Banking

“India’s cash crisis is a short term pain for a long term gain”: Interview with Amit Dua, Executive VP of SunTec

5y | By Alara Basul, Writer

“India’s cash crisis is a short term pain for a lo...

Amit Dua has stocked up a wealth of experience in the financial services industry. He’s been at the core of the market for 25 years, working on ...

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London Blockchain Expo Day 2: HSBC, RBS blockchain specialists weigh in on the future of blockchain in banking
Banking

London Blockchain Expo Day 2: HSBC, RBS blockchain specialists weigh in on the future of blockchain in banking

5y | By Alara Basul, Writer

London Blockchain Expo Day 2: HSBC, RBS blockchain...

Developments in blockchain and how it can be implemented into different markets and industries was the primary focus of Day Two at the London Blockcha...

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Blockchain Expo Day 1: Blockchain from the investor’s perspective: A VC view of the marketplace
Banking

Blockchain Expo Day 1: Blockchain from the investor’s perspective: A VC view of the marketplace

5y | By Alara Basul, Writer

Blockchain Expo Day 1: Blockchain from the investo...

'Blockchain from the investor’s perspective: A VC view of the marketplace' was moderated by David Peyronnin, Head of Blockchain Ser...

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Davos 2017: The global fintech revolution part four
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Davos 2017: The global fintech revolution part four

5y | By Alara Basul, Writer

Davos 2017: The global fintech revolution part fou...

In our fourth and final article in series on how the fintech industry is being covered at Davos 2017, Henry Blodget, CEO and Editor-in-Chief of B...

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Davos 2017: The global fintech revolution part three
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Davos 2017: The global fintech revolution part three

5y | By Alara Basul, Writer

Davos 2017: The global fintech revolution part thr...

In our third article in series on how the fintech industry is being covered at Davos 2017, Henry Blodget, CEO and Editor-in-Chief of Business Ins...

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Davos 2017: The global fintech revolution part two
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Davos 2017: The global fintech revolution part two

5y | By Alara Basul, Writer

Davos 2017: The global fintech revolution part two

In our second article in series of how the fintech industry is being covered at Davos 2017, Francisco Gonzalez, Group Executive Chairman at Banco Bilb...

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Six European alternatives to the UK for regulated fintech companies post-Brexit
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Six European alternatives to the UK for regulated fintech companies post-Brexit

5y | By Alara Basul, Writer

Six European alternatives to the UK for regulated ...

Last week we attended Passport to the future, a conference held by the Emerging Payments Association (EPA) to discuss thobsguide e next move for juris...

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The influencer interview: Spiros Margaris, Venture capitalist and founder of Margaris Advisory
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The influencer interview: Spiros Margaris, Venture capitalist and founder of Margaris Advisory

5y | By Alara Basul, Writer

The influencer interview: Spiros Margaris, Venture...

Spiros Margaris has been ranked as the #1 global fintech influencer by Onalytica, and #2 as Insurtech influencer, also by Onalytica. He’s a regu...

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EU commission proposes new level of privacy regulations
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EU commission proposes new level of privacy regulations

5y | By Alara Basul, Writer

EU commission proposes new level of privacy regula...

New laws and regulations will be introduced by the European Commission (EC) later this year with the intention of increasing levels of consumer securi...

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Five fintech trends for 2017
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Five fintech trends for 2017

5y | By Alara Basul, Writer

Five fintech trends for 2017

1. The unstoppable rise of AI Innovation in artificial intelligence is set to increase in 2017. AI will provide business users with access to powerful...

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Five industry predictions vs realities in 2016

Five industry predictions vs realities in 2016

5y | By Alara Basul, Writer

Five industry predictions vs realities in 2016

At the end of 2015, bobsguide invited a series of industry experts to share their predictions for the fintech sector leading up to 2016. Here is a rou...

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Brexit: six months on
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Brexit: six months on

5y | By Alara Basul, Writer

Brexit: six months on

On 23 June, the UK made the decision to leave the European Union. Ever since the national vote, there has been a change in the political infrastructur...

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The impact of financial exclusion in Europe
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The impact of financial exclusion in Europe

5y | By Alara Basul, Writer

The impact of financial exclusion in Europe

In 2016, financial industry experts predicted that within the next decade, we could be heading towards a cashless society. Relying cash leaves people ...

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Will we still be carrying cash in 2025?
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Will we still be carrying cash in 2025?

5y | By Alara Basul, Writer

Will we still be carrying cash in 2025?

The way we pay has drastically changed over the years. There has been an overall decline in cash payments over the last decade, and experts predict th...

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Contactless payments: a new opportunity for fraudsters?
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Contactless payments: a new opportunity for fraudsters?

5y | By Alara Basul, Writer

Contactless payments: a new opportunity for frauds...

The surge of mobile banking services and ease of tap and go payments has inevitably brought on fears about increased opportunities to make fraudulent ...

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Wealth management: an insight into the future
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Wealth management: an insight into the future

5y | By Alara Basul, Writer

Wealth management: an insight into the future

The International Customer Conference was recently held in Amsterdam, addressing the imperative changes in the wealth and finance management industry....

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