Chris Skinner

The Amazonisation of Banking

Chris Skinner

Last week, our good friend Dave Birch posted a great blog about the Amazonisation of Banking, most of which I agreed with. So I asked Dave if I could repost it here and he said “yes, of course” Thanks Dave. Enjoy! The Amazonisation of Banking… …is very different from Amazon being … The post The Amazonisation of Banking appeared first on Chris Skinner's blog. Case Studies Digital Bank Grid Technology

Banks are losing the data war

Chris Skinner

For some time now, I’ve been reflecting on a conversation about Monzo. It relates to my write-up the other day on new bank thinking, and that Monzo are clever with data. Using Google Map APIs and other services, they enrich my transaction statement so I know when, where and what … The post Banks are losing the data war appeared first on Chris Skinner's blog. Digital Bank Future Grid Opinion

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Cryptocurrencies Fail The BIS Test (bitcoinistas aren’t going to like this)

Chris Skinner

The Bank for International Settlements (BIS), the guys who are responsible for Basel regulations and act as the global central bank to all the central banks, caught global headlines yesterday by saying that bitcoin will break the internet. Wowser. I couldn’t ignore this and neither should you so here’s a … The post Cryptocurrencies Fail The BIS Test (bitcoinistas aren’t going to like this) appeared first on Chris Skinner's blog. Blockchain Future Grid

Open Banking – a complete failure?

Chris Skinner

I found an interesting article about Open Banking the other day (via FinTech Insider News). Its title is: Open Banking in the UK; a disaster in the making? no wonder it intrigued me. However, I clicked the article open and the first paragraph read: When the CMA Order went live … The post Open Banking – a complete failure? appeared first on Chris Skinner's blog. Digital Bank Fintech Grid Opinion Payments

Alibaba versus Tencent: who will win?

Chris Skinner

I bet you were wondering why I hadn’t written an Ant update recently. Well, I thought it was getting too much … but then I just arrived in Hong Kong and the hotel has kindly given me a copy of Fortune magazine with the headline cover page talking about the … The post Alibaba versus Tencent: who will win? appeared first on Chris Skinner's blog. Fintech Future Grid Inclusion Innovation Technology

So you think Alipay is just for the Chinese?

Chris Skinner

I’ve got caught in a few discussions recently with people who tell me Ant Financial are Chinese. They’re not. Neither is Alibaba and, if you think they’re just Chinese, you’re going to miss a huge change in the next decade. Ant Financial is an open marketplace of apps, APIs and … The post So you think Alipay is just for the Chinese? appeared first on Chris Skinner's blog. Fintech Future Grid Innovation Technology Uncategorized

The battles for the future of fintech

Chris Skinner

Whilst in New Zealand, I had an interview with the country’s most respected business paper: National Business Review. The subsequent article is behind a paywall but, as they sent it across to me, I feel it’s worth sharing here. The battles for the future of fintech The future of financial … The post The battles for the future of fintech appeared first on Chris Skinner's blog. Chris Skinner Digital Bank Fintech Future Grid Opinion Payments

As a bank fires its robot, will the robots fight back?

Chris Skinner

If you didn’t catch the big news of yesterday, it was the first public firing of a robot. In this case, a bank’s chatbot, Amelia. Amelia was launched last year by Swedish bank Nordnet, with the aim of speeding up customer onboarding and improving customer satisfaction. Apparently, she achieved neither … The post As a bank fires its robot, will the robots fight back? appeared first on Chris Skinner's blog. Digital Bank Grid Innovation Opinion

How new banks differ to traditional banks

Chris Skinner

We know that there are lots of new bank start-ups out there, particularly in Europe where names like N26, Bunq, Fidor and Monzo stand out. In particular, the UK’s Monzo bank is notable. It is notable for a variety of reasons – the fastest crowdfunding of a new bank, the … The post How new banks differ to traditional banks appeared first on Chris Skinner's blog. Digital Bank Grid Innovation

Why banks fear core systems change

Chris Skinner

I was listening to a group of CIOs talking about legacy systems change the other day. One said that it doesn’t matter how old the systems are; it’s all about whether they are maintainable and fit-for purpose. I kind of agreed with that, although I cannot think of any silo-based, … The post Why banks fear core systems change appeared first on Chris Skinner's blog. Digital Bank Grid Technology

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The Pet Shop Boys got it wrong

Chris Skinner

I’ve been talking a lot about the Eastern and Southern Hemispheres these days. I’m adamant that these hemispheres are creating the future, whilst the North Western Hemisphere struggles with its legacy infrastructure. In particular, Europe and America are suffering from their old technology structures. Specifically, America is lagging the world. … The post The Pet Shop Boys got it wrong appeared first on Chris Skinner's blog. Digital Bank Future Grid Inclusion

Crypto? It’s only illegal if we say it is

Chris Skinner

I haven’t blogged about cryptocurrencies and blockchain for a while, as it’s been a bit too much for a while. There’s massive coverage everywhere, but what’s the reality? The reality is that a lot of this is nascent change. There are young tycoons making millions, whilst naïve bandwagoners are losing … The post Crypto? It’s only illegal if we say it is appeared first on Chris Skinner's blog. Blockchain Crime Fintech Grid Opinion Payments

The Top FinTech Trends of 2017 … were they?

Chris Skinner

The other forecasting I made at start of year concerned the big FinTech trends of 2017. Again, I thought it might be of interest to revisit them.

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Will the UK’s #Brexit plans kill London?

Chris Skinner

It was interesting reading as the UK issued its Brexit plan last Thursday. A 98-page white paper outlines the details of what Britain is asking for in leaving the European Union. Most of it is unworkable, but then Brexit itself is likely unworkable. After all, no MPs can agree what … The post Will the UK’s #Brexit plans kill London? appeared first on Chris Skinner's blog. Brexit Future Grid

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The Golden Age of Banking is a bit like England winning the World Cup

Chris Skinner

There’s an argument raging that few have heard. The argument is whether it is the rebirth or death of banks. Many vote for the latter, but the former seems to be winning. Banks are reborn. Ten years since the financial crisis hit, many of the banks that received seismic shocks … The post The Golden Age of Banking is a bit like England winning the World Cup appeared first on Chris Skinner's blog. Future Grid Opinion

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Small bank thinking

Chris Skinner

I just presented at a conference focused upon smaller banks. How can they respond to the digital change? Many of them came up with a whole load of barriers to change. Here are the things that cropped up: We have too much to do Yep, small financial firms are busy … The post Small bank thinking appeared first on Chris Skinner's blog. Digital Bank Grid Opinion

Bank reincarnation: the best way to become a digital bank

Chris Skinner

There was an interesting discussion at #Money2020 about Business Reincarnation. It’s a rather dramatic term, especially if you don’t believe in reincarnation, but it does help visualise the idea. Like a Phoenix from the ashes, a bank needs to die and reincarnate itself to survive this digital revolution. This theme … The post Bank reincarnation: the best way to become a digital bank appeared first on Chris Skinner's blog. Digital Bank Future Grid Innovation Opinion

Are you changing the bank or just sucking-up to the CEO?

Chris Skinner

Another day talking culture, leadership and change for digital, and a fascinating review of the five things banks mess up when considering partnering. This presentation was from the Chief Digital Officer (CDO) of a major European bank. The presentation was titled How not to screw up my next partnership – … The post Are you changing the bank or just sucking-up to the CEO? appeared first on Chris Skinner's blog. Digital Bank Grid Innovation Opinion

The best research into Open Banking

Chris Skinner

I’ve recently noted a number of reports about Open Banking, with many published recently due to its imminent arrival on January 13, 2018. Source: IBM As can be seen, we have several different groups working on Open Banking.

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How much did Nigel Farage make out of #Brexit?

Chris Skinner

I picked up Bloomberg’s Business Week in the airport lounge at the weekend. It always has interesting reading, but this one stood out because of the front-page cover. Of course, it should have occurred to me that Brexit was a great way to make money, and the article outlines how … The post How much did Nigel Farage make out of #Brexit? appeared first on Chris Skinner's blog. Brexit Grid

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MPs battle over blockchain

Chris Skinner

Conservative MP Eddie Hughes has just written a 36-page white paper extolling the benefits of blockchain for Britain, which was published yesterday Unlocking Blockchain: Embracing new technologies to drive efficiency and empower the citizen, by FREER. FREER is a major new initiative from the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA, a … The post MPs battle over blockchain appeared first on Chris Skinner's blog. Blockchain Grid Innovation

This year’s FinTech50: will London keep its FinTech Crown?

Chris Skinner

I often relate the story that the first FinTech firm I ever met was Zopa. Zopa launched in April 2005 and presented at the Financial Services Club on March 30 that year. They talked about an eBay for Money and connecting savers and borrowers. No one got what they were … The post This year’s FinTech50: will London keep its FinTech Crown? appeared first on Chris Skinner's blog. Fintech Grid Numbers

Why bankers only see horses and technologists are creating cars

Chris Skinner

I was at a large bank’s wealth management conference recently, where the CEO was being quizzed about various areas including a lot about technology and FinTech.

Firms need business model change, not blockchain

Chris Skinner

Every now and then, someone writes something better than me and, if they’re very nice, they let me republish their content on this blog. Ben Robinson of Temenos is one of those guys. Two years ago, he wrote a great insight into banking business models and, last week, he did it … The post Firms need business model change, not blockchain appeared first on Chris Skinner's blog. Blockchain Grid

Things worth reading: 18th July 2018

Chris Skinner

Things we’re reading today include … Why millennials are driving cashless revolution in China Ageing population puts UK on track for ‘unsustainable’ surge in debt, warns OBR Goldman Sachs names DJ-ing banker David Solomon as boss Brexit vote: Government defeats EU customs union bid No-deal Brexit would leave EU worse … The post Things worth reading: 18th July 2018 appeared first on Chris Skinner's blog. Reading

Want a slice of an ICO? Watch out!

Chris Skinner

I find it quite surprising to see statistics around ICOs, such as the fact that $13.7 billion has been raised by ICOs so far this year alone. billion! In what? Well, the 10 biggest ICOs this year are: Telegram: $1.7 billion Dragon: $320 million Huobi: $300 million Bankera: $150.9 … The post Want a slice of an ICO? Watch out! appeared first on Chris Skinner's blog. Blockchain Fintech Grid Opinion

The difference between FinTech and TechFin

Chris Skinner

There’s lots of friction around these days. Banks that get digital and banks that don’t; fintechs that want to change everything and fintechs that don’t; digital currencies to replace fiat currencies and fiat currencies that are going digital; destruction, disruption and disappointment; and more. It just shows the world of … The post The difference between FinTech and TechFin appeared first on Chris Skinner's blog. Digital Bank Fintech Grid

Big bank thinking and the danger of the technology testing hole

Chris Skinner

Building on Friday’s blog about small bank thinking, there’s another anomaly that occurs with big banks which is their usual response to technology is to test it. The problem with testing technology is that it is just a test. A false implementation. It is not designed for reality and can … The post Big bank thinking and the danger of the technology testing hole appeared first on Chris Skinner's blog. Blockchain Fintech Grid

FinTech and the world of investment banking

Chris Skinner

Some people talk about FinTech disruption and how payments and banking is being attacked and unbundled by start-ups, but we often look at banking too simplistically.

The Finanser’s Week: 9th July 2018 – 15th July 2018

Chris Skinner

The main blog headlines are … The Golden Age of Banking is a bit like England winning the World Cup There’s an argument raging that few have heard. The argument is whether it is the rebirth or death of banks. Many vote for the latter, but the former seems to … The post The Finanser’s Week: 9th July 2018 – 15th July 2018 appeared first on Chris Skinner's blog. Blog Index Grid Reading

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Five FinTech Themes from 2017

Chris Skinner

Following on from talking around the big ten tech themes last Friday, I thought I would follow up with five FinTech themes for right now. This came out of a keynote speech I gave at Celero’s 9th annual technology conference in Canada last week.

Who owns the customers’ data?

Chris Skinner

Following on from the discussions about identity on Monday, it gets interesting to think about the customers’ data and who owns it, especially in light of the Payment Services Directive 2, PSD2 for short, which comes into force at the start of next year.

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91% of consumers have no idea what Open Banking is

Chris Skinner

I was moderating a panel discussion about Open Banking and the panel’s opening was some research presented by Steve Ogborn and Benedict Ireland of the Unlimited Group. The guys said that only 9% of consumers had heard of Open Banking. That means 91% had no idea what it was.

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Are you really a digital bank? (just shake it off)

Chris Skinner

I was in a conversation the other day where someone asked me how I can tell if a bank is really trying to be a digital bank or just a bank. Off-the-cuff I immediately said that I have a litmus test to work out the answer to that question. I … The post Are you really a digital bank? just shake it off) appeared first on Chris Skinner's blog. Digital Bank Grid Opinion

InsurTech’s big ticket items: machine learning on the blockchain

Chris Skinner

I don’t usually tell people that I’m a qualified expert in insurance as it’s not relevant, but I’m mentioning it today as I just presented at a private insurance event. There are lots of interesting nuances in insurance.

Bankers see faster horses; technologists imagine cars

Chris Skinner

I was chairing a conference on blockchain and distributed ledgers the other day. The audience were a mixture of start-ups and banks, and the speakers were talking about how they viewed the world of distributed ledger developments.

Lego bank is here, but it’s not built with Lego

Chris Skinner

A short time ago, I hosted an interesting group for the Nordic Finance Innovation meetings. The meeting gathered several of the leading-edge Banking-as-a-Service (BaaS) companies that have launched in the last few years including Bud, Clearbank, Leveris, Saxo Bank and Solaris.

Digital banking? Isn’t that just an app?

Chris Skinner

I meet a lot of senior executive teams of large banks. Some are visionary, many are committed and a large number understand that life is changing. Few understand how. I talk to them about the fintech world of change and how millennials are reshaping banking, from Stripe, started by two … The post Digital banking? Isn’t that just an app? appeared first on Chris Skinner's blog. Digital Bank Grid Opinion

Tech firms will be regulated like banks in future

Chris Skinner

I just listened to a presentation by Nick Thompson, editor-in-chief at Wired, about all things in the future of tech. A lot of it was focused upon Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning towards the end, but the first half was interesting as it focused upon why there is a backlash against Silicon … The post Tech firms will be regulated like banks in future appeared first on Chris Skinner's blog. Case Studies Digital Bank Future Grid Opinion Regulation Technology

Do bank leaders really need to be digital?

Chris Skinner

Back in the 1980s, Walter Wriston, the then Chief Executive and Chairman of Citibank, said that “information about money is becoming more important than money itself”. His successor, John Reed, said that “banking is just becoming bits and bytes”. A quarter century later, this vision of the future of finance … The post Do bank leaders really need to be digital? appeared first on Chris Skinner's blog. Grid Opinion

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