Infrastructure Insights


Insurers identifying AI applications “across the value chain”

5th December 2018

Company: bobsguide
The insurance market is fully embracing artificial intelligence (AI) in a bid to drive cost efficiencies, according to Craig Beattie, senior analyst at Celent, the research and advisory firm. There are three key factors leading insurers to utilise AI, said Beattie, at FinTech Connect: “An increase in processing power, an increase in data... read more

"Antiquated” Chinese banking network looks for foreign guidance

4th December 2018

Company: bobsguide
“If you visited the headquarters of an Alibaba or Huawei you wouldn’t know if you were visiting a Chinese, American or European company. But if you go into the headquarters of a bank, you feel like you’re in old-school communism.” says Stanley Chao, VP of All In Consulting and author of Selling to China. “It’s... read more

Platformification – the end of banks but the future of banking?

3rd December 2018

Niels Bohr, the Danish, Nobel-prize winning physicist once said “prediction is very difficult, especially if it’s about the future”. However, there is something about human nature that compels us to make predictions, and there is something else about our nature that seems to delight when those predictions turn out to be... read more

RBS shrinks but turns to Open Banking

3rd December 2018

Company: bobsguide
“NatWest and RBS have been shrinking,” said Adrian Smyth, head of payment innovation RBS, at an industry event in London last week.   “As a bank we have historically, to be completely fair to us, seen people focus on getting the mandatory compliance aspect through, that’s not lead to a lot for the differentiation,... read more

Muted interest in quantum computing threatens early adoption

30th November 2018

Company: bobsguide
A recent poll in a bobsguide webinar found that 47.7% of industry professionals do not consider quantum computing a priority with concerns around implementation and premature adoption. But for panellist, Dr Nikitas Stamatopoulos, vice president of quantitative research analytics at JPMorgan, the results weren’t... read more

Cryptocurrency uncertainty causes historic price crash

30th November 2018

Company: bobsguide
The price of bitcoin plunged in late November, dropping from $5,500 to a low of $3,604 over the Thanksgiving weekend. At the time of writing it stands at $4,175, which marks a drop of nearly 80% from the cryptocurrency’s all-time high $19,703 in December 2017. The crash also signifies the largest relative price drop bitcoin has experienced... read more

Buy-side firms don't just want the cloud; they want choice

29th November 2018

Company: corfinancial
Within the world of buy-side operations, you may be led to believe that simply putting some software in the cloud is the answer to all your infrastructure problems. Many software vendors, consulting firms, hosting cloud service providers and a whole array of other organisations (many with vested interests) have passionately proclaimed the benefits... read more

Barclaycard's Kerigan: Retailers hesitant to embrace Open Banking opportunities

28th November 2018

Company: bobsguide
Retailers are showing signs of reluctance to the payment innovations enabled by Open Banking according to Nick Kerigan, managing director of future payments, Barclaycard. “I think they [retailers] are being cautious and prudent in the sense that they want to explore the benefits, but they also have clear incumbent payment methods, which... read more

Challenger account holders seek budgeting assistance

28th November 2018

Company: bobsguide
Challenger bank account holders are looking elsewhere for budgeting assistance according to Steve Tigar, CEO of the free online budgeting app, Money Dashboard. Speaking at a conference this week in central London, Tigar said Money Dashboards most engaged users of the budgeting service are Starling and Monzo account holders.  “If... read more

Mastercard’s Wadsworth: Who will end up holding the Open Banking baby?

26th November 2018

Company: bobsguide
Questions around accountability should problem occurs around Open Banking relationships were raised by Jim Wadsworth, UK product director at Mastercard, at a retail banking conference in London this week. “This is different to the Facebook or Twitter world. If Twitter goes down for half an hour nobody really cares, but if someone has... read more