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UK challengers hinge profit hopes on banking licenses

21st January 2021

Company: bobsguide
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. ... read more
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bobsguide Awards 2020: Winners announced

18th January 2021

Company: bobsguide
It's with great pleasure that we announce the 2020 bobsguide Awards. Given the levels of fluidity in markets and the increased rate of innovation required of the fintech community last year, the judges delayed many of the assessments as late as possible. Here, we have a comprehensive list of those organisations that... read more
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Bitcoin surge prompts new warnings from regulators

15th January 2021

Company: bobsguide
Regulators issued fresh warnings on investing in cryptocurrencies after Bitcoin skyrocketed to a new all-time high last week. The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) cautioned consumers about the high risks involved in investing in cryptocurrencies. “Investing in cryptoassets, or investments and lending linked to them,... read more
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SEC charges against Ripple face criticism

14th January 2021

Company: bobsguide
The Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) latest charges against Ripple Labs Inc shows the regulator’s ambition to further supervise ongoing developments in the crypto space. But while increased regulation is expected following cryptocurrencies’ recent developments, the SEC’s latest move is an attempt to curb... read more
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The #Lockdown3 challenge - how banks can help struggling retailers in 2021

12th January 2021

2020 was a year all of us are probably keen to forget. From an economic and business standpoint, the two extended periods of ‘lockdown’ delivered an unprecedented body blow across all commercial sectors. Hospitality and travel experienced an existential crisis, along with large swathes of retail suffering the most dramatic economic... read more
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What technologies should insurers bet on in 2021?

11th January 2021

Company: Comarch Finance
This is not a regular time - and, as Robert Frost said, "the best way out is always through”. Even now, insurers are following the path of technological progress, trying to keep up with the market. Many actions have already been taken, key trends are being implemented by the industry, so will 2021 bring about significant changes? Or can... read more
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Seamless payment experiences essential in months ahead

6th January 2021

Company: bobsguide
It is set to be a transformative year for payments say those in the industry. The pandemic will continue to have a huge impact, particularly in digital payments and open banking. While digital payments have grown over the past few years, they became an essential, as merchants and consumers reacted to the crisis. According to Visa, 77... read more
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AML rules missing targets

5th January 2021

Company: bobsguide
The rise of anti-money laundering (AML) related fines over the past few years shows regulators are homed in on tackling the problem, but current supervisory regimes lack efficiency when it comes to tackling the amount of fraud, according to market participants. “Banks spend billions on their compliance plan, and then they get fined on... read more
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Starling provides “road map” for future in-app integrations

21st December 2020

Company: bobsguide
Starling Bank’s latest partnership is a “completely different vertical for us”, says Gareth Towler the bank’s marketplace product analyst. The challenger bank recently added PayPal’s iZettle to its Business Marketplace as part of its new strategy for deeper integrations. “From a marketplace perspective,... read more