February, 2021

Hone Your Edge: Why Digital Fluency is Key to Banking Performance

Accenture

Which musical artist has had the longest-running streak at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 list? If you guessed The Beatles, Madonna or Prince, guess again. The answer: Lil Nas X. The singer-rapper holds the record with “Old Town Road.”

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The Great Reset and Bitcoin

Daily Fintech

Last year was the year of pandemic. Facemasks and quarantines became the new normal and changed the world has forever. It was also an unforgettable year for bitcoin. During the lows of pandemic in the March it traded below $5,000. Then in the fall and into 2021 it surged.

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PPP Headaches: As Anti-Fraud Efforts Continue, Borrowers & Lenders Face Challenges

Abrigo

Moves to validate applicants create complaints The SBA is urging patience as it works to assist lenders with resolving "holds" on applications. You might also like this webinar: "Detecting PPP Fraud: Optimizing Your AML Solution". register.

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Online Shopping Trends: Mobile Payments Are Mighty

Mobile Payments Today

The holiday online shopping trend jumped from over 13% in 2019, to nearly 20% in 2020, according to Mastercard. Jordan Reynolds leads the e-Commerce and Marketplace verticals at Ekata. He shares data and insight on how 2020 may have changed shopping forever

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Payment Optimization & PCI Solutions: Combining Offense and Defense With a Single Provider

Speaker: P. Andrew Sjogren, Sr. Product Marketing Manager at Very Good Security and Matt Doka, Co-Founder and CTO of Fivestars

In this webinar, our esteemed panelists will discuss using Zero Data as the defense and payment optimization as the offense. A startup will have a well-rounded security approach that enables them to get to market sooner, grow their business faster, and minimize costs for both security and compliance.

Walmart Sharpens FinTech Super App Ambition, Poaches Goldman Bankers

PYMNTS

Walmart is enlisting the help of two Goldman Sachs executives to help roll out a new FinTech startup as the retail giant gets into banking, Bloomberg reports. The executives are Omer Ismail and David Stark , the report says.

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Europeans are skeptical about their banks. Here’s what the data tells us

Accenture

After surveying over 47,000 consumers across the globe, our recently released 2020 Banking Consumer Study surfaces important consumer trends, behaviours and beliefs. As the lead for Strategy and Consulting in Europe, I wanted to narrow the scope of our research to talk specifically about the region.

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Tesla buys $1.5 billion in bitcoin. Are you buying?

Daily Fintech

Today is Valentine’s day and many people around the world are celebrating the day with their loved ones. HODLing bitcoin is like being in a relationship, with its share of ups and downs. But on this day, like on past Valentine’s days, bitcoin once again showed us some love.

SBA’s PPP Temporarily Closing to Firms With 20+ Employees

Abrigo

PPP Limits Applications to Small Firms Starting Feb. 26 for 14 Days. The goal is to reach the smallest and neediest firms, according to the SBA and Biden White House. Would you like others articles like this in your inbox? Takeaway 1 Starting Feb.

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Virginia-based bank provides Bitcoin access at ATMs

Mobile Payments Today

Virginia-based Blue Ridge Bank is partnering with ATM operator BluePoint ATM Solutions and Bitcoin ATM software provider LibertyX to facilitate access to the cryptocurrency.

Going to Market Smarter in the New Economy

In 2021, as companies continue to move more functions online, employees will take a more virtual -- and flexible -- mindset and lifestyle in parallel to the digitization of businesses. To succeed, you must change the way you conceive and build new products as a digital business. Download the report today to discover more!

Facebook Mulls 2021 Launch Of Facial Recognition Glasses With Ray-Ban

PYMNTS

A Facebook executive confirmed that the social media giant could release facial recognition glasses this year in partnership with Luxottica , the maker of Ray-Ban, Buzzfeed reported on Thursday (Feb.

Fintech in the food industry: A growing appetite for innovation

Payments Source

Supermarkets and restaurants were already starting to go digital when the pandemic pushed hard on the gas. Expect more mobile and virtual experiences —and much less space for sit-down dining. Fintech Retailers Digital payments Coronavirus

Sibos podcast: Top 10 banking trends for 2021

Accenture

As the calendar turns to another , one of the things I look forward to is putting together my annual Top 10 Banking Trends report. It’s a chance to connect with colleagues and clients and reflect on what the year gone by means for the year ahead in the banking industry and then capture that….

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Switzerland as the jurisdiction for new blockchain based finance

Daily Fintech

February kicked off with news that Switzerland now lets tokenized securities trade on a blockchain with the same legal standing as traditional assets. The significance is at two levels. The first level is simply legal certainty.

The Forrester Wave™: B2B Marketing Data Providers, Q2 2021

In our 24-criterion evaluation of B2B marketing data providers, we identified the 11 most significant vendors — Data Axle, Dun & Bradstreet, Enlyft, Global Database, InsideView, Leadspace, Oracle, SMARTe, Spiceworks Ziff Davis, TechTarget, and ZoomInfo Technologies — and researched, analyzed, and scored them. This report shows how each provider measures up and helps B2B marketing professionals select the right one for their needs.

Countdown to CECL: A Timeline for Community Banks

Abrigo

Preparing for 2023 While community banks have until 2023 until they must comply with CECL, there is likely less time than expected. . 2023 CECL Deadline? Steps to Take This Year WATCH Webinar. Takeaway 1 "Analysis paralysis" and the pandemic have put CECL on the backburner for many CFIs.

Buy Now Pay Later: Why Millennials and Gen Zs are crazy for split payment options

Mobile Payments Today

Buy Now and Pay Later has become a trend during 2020 and looks like, given the appeal it has for Millennials and Gen Z's it will be part of the payments industry in the future.

Nevada Gov Sisolak Wants Blockchain-Based Cities

PYMNTS

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak has laid out guidelines for technology companies to develop whole cities based on blockchain, The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported. Sisolak's plan entails "innovation zones" which would let new cities run their own governments based on technology.

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BNY Mellon sees a global role for banks to manage digital dollars

Payments Source

Governments are digitizing money, creating a need for banks to provide rails to connect consumers and central banks. Digital currencies BNY Mellon Cryptocurrencies

4 AI Hacks to Make Sales Teams More Efficient

Over the last two years, there’s been a 76 percent increase in AI adoption across sales organizations. For sales teams, AI opens up a world of new possibilities, including automating outreach, identifying best-fit buyers, and keeping CRMs flush with fresh data. Read on to learn the four AI hacks sales teams need to improve their performance. Download the eBook today!

Open Banking—Request to Pay’s potential to deliver huge value

Accenture

With COVID continuing to impact economies and incomes across the world, there is a need for flexible and transparent payments solutions that put both payer and payee in control of their payments.

A note from the editor

Mobile Payments Today

This isn't an ending: it's a whole new beginning

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First Draw PPP Loan Increases: 5 Borrowers Who May Be Eligible

Abrigo

Qualifying for PPP Loan Increases Only certain borrowers may apply for more money tied to an earlier PPP loan. Beyond PPP: Use the momentum to grow your institution read the whitepaper. Takeaway 1 The PPP this round has more options for borrowers to request an increase.

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Examining ingredients of a successful mobile payments solution

Mobile Payments Today

With a robust and secure mobile payment solution, consumers are more likely to get on board and embrace mobile payment technology

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How to Overcome the Pain Points of Your CRM

CRM software is a powerful tool when used correctly, yet another obstacle to a sales team’s efficiency when it’s not. Leveraging research and commentary from industry analysts, this eBook explores how your sales team can get back valuable time by overcoming some pain points with your CRM, such as low adoption rates, integrations, and data quality.

Bitcoin Daily: P2P Crypto Payments Platform Metal Pay Applies For Bank Charter; South Africa Revenue Service Auditing Crypto Holders; Klarna CEO Warns Against Execs Promoting Bitcoin Investments

PYMNTS

Metal Pay , a U.S.-based based peer-to-peer (P2P) cryptocurrency payments platform, has filed for a national bank charter with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), CoinDesk reported. The bank would be named the “First Blockchain Bank and Trust, N.A.”

More than half of Square’s revenue now comes from bitcoin trading

Payments Source

The fintech that gave life to the mobile point of sale market is seeing that business overshadowed by the ever-rising popularity of cryptocurrency. Square Earnings Bitcoin

Financial Services firms turn to data ethics to manage digital risks

Accenture

In 2019, the California-based lender loanDepot made headlines when it managed to offer an end-to-end digital mortgage that closed in just 8 days, more than 80 percent faster than the 45-day industry average.1

LinkedIn And Zynga Founders To Merge SPAC With Flying Taxi Startup

PYMNTS

Flying taxi developer Joby Aviation is getting some help from the blank-check company helmed by LinkedIn Founder Reid Hoffman , the Financial Times (FT) reported. A merger would value Joby Aviation at $5.7 billion.

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4 Data-Driven Steps To Drive Successful B2B Demand Generation

Fact: Good data lives at the core of every successful B2B demand generation strategy. Without quality data, it’s nearly impossible to identify and segment your target audience and create messaging that speaks to their values and interests. Whether you’re stepping into a new position or you’re new to demand generation, learning the tricks of the trade can be, well, tricky. In this eBook, you’ll discover how to improve your demand generation program—and your bottom line.