Services Insights

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No regime rest bite: UK regulations to cause stir in 2021

24th November 2020

Company: bobsguide
It’s been a tough year for financial market participants in the UK, with the pandemic causing turbulence and uncertainty around Brexit undermining future strategy-building. Next year looks set to be almost as chaotic, as the country looks to rewrite its rulebook while maintaining its stake as a global financial powerhouse. For fintechs, it... read more
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UK fintechs poised to save credit-starved SMEs

18th November 2020

Company: bobsguide
Viable businesses in Britain will require more low-cost finance for investment if they are to survive the blows of the pandemic – and it must come in the form of a “major commitment from the financial services industry”, warned the Governor of the Bank of England Andrew Bailey in a speech this week. Also this week, Bank of... read more
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Buyers’ brief: how tech is helping boutique asset managers compete in a scale game

2nd November 2020

Company: bobsguide
Investment managers have been under immense pressure for some time, which is acting as a catalyst for much-needed change across the asset management industry. The monumental shift towards passive investing has stretched fees and stricter regulation has dramatically increased compliance costs. That's put significant strain on margins for active... read more
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Open Banking fails to meet targets

26th October 2020

Company: bobsguide
Despite having registered over two million users in the UK, Open Banking is still failing to meet its objectives of creating a more competitive retail banking landscape. “Everything that it's looking to achieve in terms of improving competition and transparency amongst the incumbent banks, and diluting a little bit the reliance on the... read more
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Financial services should be worried about big tech not fintech

9th October 2020

Company: bobsguide
Banking and the wider financial services sector should be more concerned with big techs than fintech competitors, as they look to expand their offerings into products and services. Speaking on a Sibos 2020 panel, Michael King, Lansdowne chair in finance at the Gustavson School of Business at the University of Victoria said big techs will be more... read more
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Portfolio management: on the crossroads

21st September 2020

Company: Comarch Finance
Individual investors don’t always know how to manage their money in case of major global events. What role do banks play in guiding and educating those investors in such moments?  In the first six months of 2020, Belgian investors have shown an increasing interest in online investments and made 50 percent more transactions than last... read more
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Fintechs resilient in face of pandemic

17th September 2020

Company: bobsguide
Fintechs are optimistic of their future prospects as the consequences of the pandemic provides favourable tailwinds. “[The sector] seems to be buoyant, there is no absence of continued investment and organisations are continuing to try to bring something new to the market,” says Ian Johnson, European managing director at Marqeta, a... read more
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Banks to move from digital to invisible services

7th September 2020

Company: bobsguide
As the new generation of customers increasingly relies on tech, expectations from the services that banks offer are also expected to change – particularly as Gen-Z and millennials focus in on financial wellbeing. “Gen Z and new consumers in the marketplace want to put so much trust and faith in [artificial intelligence] (AI). We are... read more
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Traders keep eye on Libor transition

30th July 2020

Company: bobsguide
Derivatives traders are on track to adopt new benchmark fallbacks ahead of the London Interbank Offered Rate (Libor) transition, with the pandemic bearing little impact on preparations. “We have personally not seen any slowdown because of coronavirus from our clients, whether it’s on the fallbacks per se or even other solutions they... read more