January, 2018

There’s A (Ro)Bot For That

PYMNTS

The American psyche has a complicated relationship with robots. On the one hand, we love robots. When we think about our happier futures, friendly, helpful robots are often envisioned beeping and bopping in the background, quietly improving our lives.

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Why cloud? Why now? Because your customers won’t wait

Insights on Business

In real estate, the three most important words are “location, location, location.” In banking, the three most important words might be “speed, speed, speed.”.

PayPal sets the pace for the payments industry in 2018

Mobile Payments Today

For a company once known as a threat to the card networks and banks, PayPal is now an ally as it pushes forward with digital payments

Funding for Startups in FIS-Backed Fintech Accelerator Reaches $38 Million

Bank Innovation

EXCLUSIVE – If the future of banking is partnering with fintech startups, then finding the most innovative and efficient fintechs becomes crucial for banks’ success. This demand has led to the rise of third-party run accelerator programs. One such program is Little Rock, Ark.-based

20 of Europe’s hottest fintech start-ups to watch in 2018

Chris Skinner

I really liked this article by John Kennedy over at Silicon Republic, and decided to reproduce it here as it’s fitting for the kickoff of 2018. Who are the fintech start-ups in Europe worth banking on in the year ahead? Europe is in the grip of a fintech revolution and 2018 … The post 20 of Europe’s hottest fintech start-ups to watch in 2018 appeared first on Chris Skinner's blog. Fintech Grid

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The many faces of mobile payments

Mobile Payments Today

NFC, QR codes and various in-app payment methods have helped change the way consumers pay via a smartphone

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BofA Eliminates Free Checking Accounts, Now Charging $12 Fee to Low-Balance Customers

Bank Innovation

EXCLUSIVE- Bank of America has quietly shuttered its free checking account, now requiring customers to keep a certain minimum balance in their accounts, or set up direct deposit of at least $250, to avoid a $12 monthly fee, the Wall Street Journal reported yesterday.

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The FinTech outlook for 2018

Chris Skinner

I usually start the new year by making some predictions, but so many others have been writing about 2018 trends that I’m not going to. There are four big things for 2018 from a FinTech viewpoint that are obvious to me however, which are: Getting down to business with Artificial … The post The FinTech outlook for 2018 appeared first on Chris Skinner's blog. Fintech Future Grid Opinion

The CU That Could Be

Credit Union Geek

Originally published on CUInsight. Think of all the greatest parts of your credit union. You know, the things which stick out in comparison to the entire industry. If none come to mind, look to others you have recognized for their leadership.

Why Innovation Is Nothing Without Distribution

PYMNTS

Charles Babbage is considered “the father of the computer.” ” But it was Lord Byron’s daughter, the mathematician Ada Lovelace , who wrote the first algorithm that made computing machines more than just fancy calculators.

Rethinking the operating model: How a global bank accelerates transformation results

Insights on Business

Business model innovation only just begins once you’re on the cloud—and the leading global banks are already making the move and are now exploiting cloud for innovation – and while they do that, they are having to rethink their operating models.

How the future of cash and digital payments is playing out in Europe

Mobile Payments Today

This ease of contactless payments has spurred a cultural shift, embraced by the younger and more tech-savvy generations, who are happy to go for days without carrying physical cash and instead opt for their phones — even over cards. Older generations, meanwhile, typically prefer to have the option of the security of traditional physical cash

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EU Banks Must be Able to Support Biometric Authentication by April 2019, Mastercard Says

Bank Innovation

Payments provider Mastercard has issued a deadline for the availability of biometric authentication across its cards, stating that all customers will be able to use fingerprints or facial recognition for verification by April 2019.

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Why I like Turkish banks

Chris Skinner

Just before Christmas, I was interviewed by a Turkish magazine about the future, Turkey and fintech. I thought it might interest folks to share it here … When you wrote your first book about fintech – little was known about it. How much has that changed and have your predictions … The post Why I like Turkish banks appeared first on Chris Skinner's blog. Digital Bank Grid Uncategorized

Where Top US Banks Are Betting On Fintech

CB Insights

Since 2012, the top 10 US banks by total assets have participated in 81 deals to fintech startups, totaling nearly $4.1B in disclosed funding. In the last year, banks have homed in on the consumer, backing robo-advisors and companies offering easy-to-use money management apps. .

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NEW DATA: Solving The $200 Billion Checkout Conversion Conundrum

PYMNTS

Modern consumers want it all: free shipping, live site support, product reviews, many types of payment acceptance and, especially, quick checkout times. If they don’t get what they want, they’re likely to walk — or, well, click — away.

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Re-think risk and compliance at IBM RegTech Europe

Insights on Business

As we enter a new year, uncertainty in the risk and compliance landscape is as evident as ever. The amount of regulations and pace of change continues to be overwhelming.

Emerging consumer trends bring change to shopping and paying

Mobile Payments Today

Roger Niederer, head merchant services, SIX Payment Services, offers up insight on how technology is not only changing consumer behavior and needs, but also the choice of payment options that retailers can and must offer customers online and in-store

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Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s API Gateway Seeks to Connect EMEA Clients with Fintechs

Bank Innovation

EXCLUSIVE- Echoing the mandate of PSD2, Bank of America Merrill Lynch today unveiled an API gateway that seeks to connect its commercial clients to fintechs and other third-party vendors.

Future bank products are like jobs for your children

Chris Skinner

Banks need to make money on new products and services, from things that don’t exist yet, in the same way that children will need to find jobs that don’t exist yet. You may not have seen it, but it is estimated that two-thirds of the jobs of the future are … The post Future bank products are like jobs for your children appeared first on Chris Skinner's blog. Digital Bank Fintech Future Grid Innovation Opinion

Taking Back Ownership of Your Data

Dataconomy

The internet has long been a consummate environment for collecting immense amounts of data from large swathes of the population. With the increased use of cookies and other data mining tools, the internet is, essentially, a bottomless trove of useful data.

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Upgrading The Sharing Economy With Disbursement Tools

PYMNTS

For the millions of American households that remained on the “nice” list during 2017, the holiday season often meant receiving mounds of new gifts. But sometimes staying on the “nice” list means receiving holiday gifts that are well-meaning, but miss the mark.

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Backing the right horse: Factors for success in transformation investments

Insights on Business

When it comes to digital transformation, how do you manage investments to accelerate results? For banks, the three elements for transformation success are: Security. Culture. Enterprise integration.

A 2018 resolution: Smoother mobile payments

Mobile Payments Today

Today's mobile payments experience has too many potential cracks in the system waiting to form that put a snag in the potential of a smooth ride start to finish. The industry should work to prevent such issues as much as possible

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South Africa Reserve Bank Launches Fintech Unit

Bank Innovation

South Africa’s Reserve Bank today unveiled a fintech unit. The unit, which consists of only three members right now, will pay attention to developments in areas like payments, lending and insurance among other things. The unit will report to Deputy Governor, Francoise Groepe.

Banking as usual is NOT an option

Chris Skinner

I’ve blogged quite a bit about adapting to change lately, and will continue to do so as banking-as-usual (BAU) is not an option. It’s similar to standing in the middle of the road. If you stand there for long enough, you’ll get run over. This is as true in banking: … The post Banking as usual is NOT an option appeared first on Chris Skinner's blog. Digital Bank Grid Uncategorized

How blockchain will kill the invoice

Dataconomy

Skepticism in the digital era is an emerging pattern in which technologies are treated with a certain degree of dismissal immediately following an initial wave of excitement and expectation. Perhaps this is meant to reassure businesses that carrying on comfortably is an acceptable option.

The Data Behind B2B Payments’ API Excitement

PYMNTS

From market pressures in the U.S. that have encouraged data sharing between banks and FinTechs to regulations in the U.K. and EU like Open Banking and PSD2 that require such cooperation, APIs are emerging as an essential piece of the equation for payments innovation.

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What are best practices to leapfrog your competition in your industry? Look outside

Insights on Business

Fundamental forces are changing how we view business. These forces mean future outcomes are less certain. There is more competition and more ways to assemble winning teams and winning business models, but fewer certainties about what will deliver success.

How Amazon Go changes the customer experience

Mobile Payments Today

Amazon's supermarket, which boasts a cashierless checkout, is open to the masses after a year in beta with Seattle-based company employees. Retail industry pundits, not surprisingly, have a lot to say about the public launch

JPMorgan Chase Will Invest $20B to Add 400 Branches

Bank Innovation

JPMorgan Chase will open 400 new branches in the United States, raise the hourly wage for a portion of its workforce, and add new jobs to its banks as part of a $20 billion investment program, the bank said yesterday. The new branches will join the 5,130 Chase is already operating in the U.S.,

e-Estonia, a country full of e-Everything

Chris Skinner

I visited Tallinn towards the end of last year. If you’re not familiar it’s the capital of Estonia, a country that is the most advanced digital economy in Europe. This all began due to a hack ten years ago, when intrepid Russians were commissioned to destabilise the country’s economy. This … The post e-Estonia, a country full of e-Everything appeared first on Chris Skinner's blog. Digital Bank Fintech Grid Innovation

Walmart Patent Aims To Solve The Biggest Obstacle To Online Grocery Shopping

CB Insights

The online delivery space is crowded with meal kit and grocery startups looking to change how people buy food. More recently Amazon has made clear its plans to go after traditional supermarkets with its mega-purchase of Whole Foods.

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Amazon Launches Cooking Smart Home Skill API

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Amazon has expanded into cooking with its latest round of new skills , with the announcement on Thursday (Jan. 4) of the launch of the Smart Home Skill API. In a blog post , Amazon developer Mike Maas said that developers can now build skills to enable U.S. customers to control microwaves via Alexa, its voice-activated digital assistant. Support for other types of cooking devices, such as convection ovens, will be launched soon, the executive said.