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The Challenges and Priorities for Finance Teams in 2021

ATM Marketplace

These days, it seems everyone has an opinion on what we can expect in the ATM and banking industry in the coming year. But what information do you need to set your company on the right track in 2021? BillingPlatform shares its annual survey findings

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Bitcoin Breaks Through $20,000 Mark, Hits Record Highs

PYMNTS

Bitcoin continued its ongoing surge in price Wednesday (Dec. 16), heading above the $20,000 mark for the first time ever — eclipsing its previous record high set in 2017. The price of a bitcoin traded higher by 5.6 percent, hitting around $20,600.

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The Ratings Game – How to Improve ESG Scoring

Accenture

This series of blogs looks at the opportunities and challenges associated with green finance in Southeast Asia, and draws on a recent position paper “Green Finance in Singapore and ASEAN: Opportunities and Challenges” by EuroCham Singapore and Accenture.

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Smarter strategies for harnessing digital in post-COVID e-commerce

Mobile Payments Today

Now that COVID-19 has shifted many businesses online, retailers are concerned about more competition, a seamless connection across channels and savvy multigenerational consumers.

5 Things a Data Scientist Can Do to Stay Current

DataRobot together with Snowflake – a leading cloud data platform provider — is helping data scientists stay current with the latest technology and data science best practices so that they can excel in an increasingly AI-driven workplace. Five Things a Data Scientist Can Do to Stay Current offers data scientists guidance for thriving in AI-driven enterprises.

How To Set Up For The Next PPP Round by January

Banker to Banker

The new split bipartisan Covid Relief Bill got traction yesterday and stands a good chance of getting approved in the next couple of weeks. Most versions of a new stimulus package contain the approval for the next draw of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

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A Closer Look: What CBDC means for banks and non-banking firms

Accenture

Central bank digital currency (CBDC) enables new transactions in central bank money and would require banks to adjust and expand their intermediation services. Central bank money is the most important money in any given currency area.

Smarter bill pay helps retain customers

Mobile Payments Today

A smart bill pay experience is personal for the customer and offers guidance and real-time insights. Brad Jones is Vice President and General Manager of the bill pay solution suite at Fiserv. He shares his insights and thoughts for developing next generation bill pay capabilities

Should Your Bank Have A Workplace Vaccine Policy?

Banker to Banker

With FDA approval and the first shipments of the COVID-19 vaccine start to hit our communities this week, the question comes up over should banks have a policy around if the vaccine should be mandated, recommended, supported, and acknowledged in the workplace?

GoDaddy Agrees To Buy Poynt To Boost Digital Payments Technology

PYMNTS

GoDaddy has agreed to acquire Poynt , which lets businesses sell and accept payments anywhere through its suite of products, according to a press release.

The Best Sales Forecasting Models for Weathering Your Goals

Every sales forecasting model has a different strength and predictability method. It’s recommended to test out which one is best for your team. This way, you’ll be able to further enhance – and optimize – your newly-developed pipeline. Your future sales forecast? Sunny skies (and success) are just ahead!

Digital identity in the post-COVID era – how Open Banking can help

Accenture

Even before the pandemic, digital identity—various forms of authentication and identification such as passwords, pins, facial recognition, etc.—had had become an integral part of our everyday life.

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Preventing Fraud in the Digital Age: Why Banks Need to Alter their Approach to Risk Management

Mobile Payments Today

There is no question that 2020 silenced any lingering doubts regarding the need for businesses interested in staying in business to embrace digital transformation

Why a 1.65% Credit Spread Makes Sense

Banker to Banker

We recently spoke to a frustrated banker who was amazed that a regional bank was trying to poach his existing customer by quoting the borrower a credit spread of 1.65

PayPal Supports Black-Owned Ventures With Additional $5 Million Grant

PYMNTS

PayPal is extending additional support to Black-owned businesses by way of a $5 million grant that builds on the $10 million PayPal Empowerment Grant program launched in June. .

The Empowered Consumer

When it comes to working with the empowered consumer, AI has the power to help your business thrive by leveraging your own data to better understand your customers. Read our ebook, The Empowered Consumer, to learn more about how AI can help you connect with your customers.

Outside-in lens – Catalysts driving change in banking

Accenture

In our last post, we talked about how Australian banks are beginning to face competition from outside the industry alongside other challenges. We believe it is time to reimagine banking in order to convert threats into opportunities.

Banks play catch-up as customer shift to digital accelerates

Payments Source

The mobile banking and paperless habits bank customers picked up during the pandemic are here to stay, and financial institutions are working to strengthen their digital offerings, speakers at an American Banker conference said.

My Bank offers me KYC as a service for fintech apps & my business

Daily Fintech

Fintech/Blockchain influencer – No.3 influencer in the finance sector by Refinitiv Global Social Media 2019. As the year comes to an end, I am reviewing how many Fintech apps I personally use. I have been asking other `Fintech experts` this same question, to gauge adoption.

Bahamas Launches Digital Sand Dollar; Adds To Rise Of Central Bank Digital Currencies

PYMNTS

Facebook’s Libra might be fading a bit as a perceived threat to monetary systems that have been in place around the globe for centuries. But the race is still on for central banks to develop their own digital versions of fiat to take their place alongside bills and coins.

B2B Pocket Playbook: End-to-End Guide to Sales Enablement

Sales enablement is the strategic process of providing sales teams with the content, guidance, and mentorship needed to engage targeted buyers. It’s all about equipping sales professionals with the tools they need to put their best-selling foot forward. And if sales teams want to continuously sell better -- and faster -- their sales enablement process must have a game-winning strategy. It's time for you to start selling smarter - and hitting your sales number - with the best B2B database in the market. Get started today.

The Bank Underground Christmas Quiz

BankUnderground

Before Bank Underground goes off on its Christmas holidays, it’s time for the Annual Bank Underground Christmas Quiz! We hope you enjoy testing your knowledge on our festive themed questions on economics, finance and all things central banking….

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Contactless payments provide protection for both businesses and consumers

Payments Source

Tokenization, click to pay and other advancements boost efficiency and safety, says the Electronic Payments Coalition's Jeff Tassey. Contactless payments Risk Payment fraud Mobile payments Payment processing Merchant

XBRL News about ESEF and regtech / suptech

Daily Fintech

Here is our pick of the 3 most important XBRL news stories this week.

eCommerce FinTech Katapult To Go Public By Merging With SPAC

PYMNTS

Katapult Holding, Inc. and special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) FinServ Acquisition Corp. said on Friday (Dec. 18) that they have entered into a definitive merger deal.

Data Science Fails: Building AI You Can Trust

The new DataRobot whitepaper, Data Science Fails: Building AI You Can Trust, outlines eight important lessons that organizations must understand to follow best data science practices and ensure that AI is being implemented successfully.

Dotting the “i’s” and Crossing the “t’s” with Digital Lending

Strategically Speaking

The pandemic has amplified the need for digital processes across all banking services to reach consumers and businesses beyond branches. Never has this been more evident than what we saw in lending when small businesses reached out to their banks and credit unions seeking the PPP loans this spring.

Why an Australian instant credit firm wanted U.S. card experts for its local launch

Payments Source

Openpay, the latest firm to enter the U.S.’s s booming buy now, pay later instant-credit market, has hired a team clearly braced for heavier competition and regulation ahead. Point-of-sale Australia Credit cards

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Stablecoin News for the week ending Wednesday 16th December.

Daily Fintech

Everything new is old again. Here is our pick of the 3 most important Stablecoin news stories during the week. This week saw more movement in the new world of stablecoins as Sweden announced trials of it’s CBDC (2nd only to China) and then separately, one of the oldest banks issued a Euro stablecoin.

‘Ship-ageddon 2020’ Just Keeps Getting Worse

PYMNTS

With eCommerce volume way up for the holiday shopping season, we knew it was going to be a tricky year for gift shipping. The reports of potential delays and earlier-than-average shipping windows for Christmas delivery rolled in right on time in early December.

Pressure Points: How to Ensure Your B2B Pipeline Passes Inspection

This eBook highlights best practices for developing a pipeline management process that helps sales leaders and their team C.L.O.S.E (you’ll see what we mean in this eBook) more revenue through data-driven prospecting, stage analysis, and subsequent sales enablement.