2020

COVID-19, Digital Payments and the Future of Cash

Mobile Payments Today

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the use of digital payments and moved the debate over a cashless society to a near-term consideration

A How-To Guide for Monetizing Open Banking

Accenture

In my last post, I shared the two emerging business models that are powered by Open Banking: banking as a platform and banking as a service. The future of any Open Banking offering will depend on the value it provides or the monetization options it creates.

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What’s the Impact of Coronavirus on FinTech?

Chris Skinner

Someone asked me what the coronavirus pandemic means for the future of FinTech. I guess they thought that not much is happening and many firms will shutter and close.

Digital-First App Usage Spells Future Of The Connected Economy

PYMNTS

The pandemic has significantly altered the way consumers of all age groups and income levels shop and pay, with many turning to online and mobile channels to reduce health risks.

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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.

Trepp’s Review and Outlook on Commercial Real Estate Market

Abrigo

Key Takeaways Trepp's head of Commercial Real Estate Finance outlined the current CRE market and looked at the future of CRE during Abrigo's recent ThinkBIG conference. The overall CMBS delinquency rate in September declined from a near peak rate earlier this year.

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Smaller banks innovate ways to handle PPP volume in the ‘scramble’ 

Bank Innovation

The Small Business Administration launched its Paycheck Protection Program loans more than a week ago and banks have been racing to keep up with the volume ever since. Rapidly deployed automation technologies are helping community and regional banks keep up with the deluge of applications.

Combining Satellite Imagery and Machine Learning In Banking

Banker to Banker

In the last five years, one of the new disciplines in banking that has emerged is the combination of machine learning and satellite imagery to gather bank intelligence on fraud, credit, and bank marketing.

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Fintech women of distinction

Mobile Payments Today

NYC Fintech Women announced its second annual, 50 Inspiring Fintech Females awards. There were more than 400 nominations for recognition in five different categories.

Am I wrong about Hong Kong?

Chris Skinner

I got an amazing reply to my post yesterday. I cannot say from whom – that’s part of the thing – but it’s such a good reply, I’m sharing it here. For me, it shows how the internet has changed the world – I can write a blog from Poland, … The post Am I wrong about Hong Kong?

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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!

McKinsey on digital transformation in banking (free research)

Chris Skinner

McKinsey I only just stumbled across this 124 page report from McKinsey. I know we can critique consulting frims, but sometimes they do produce something interesting, apart from auditing.

When the banks closed, no-one cared

Chris Skinner

A great headline posted in The Financial Times the other day: When the banks closed in Wuhan, nobody cared The Financial Times article makes clear how advanced the Chinese economy is today.

Why ISO 20022 is a seismic shift for payments

Accenture

There’s no two ways about it: ISO 20022 is a complex new standard for financial services firms of every description. Inside that complexity lie some operational hurdles for payments players—but also tremendous opportunities.

The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Financial Inclusion

Chris Skinner

I spent some time recently chatting with Joanne Dewar, Chief Executive Officer, Global Processing Services (GPS). I spotted GPS a while ago, and blogged about how they worked with Monzo, Starling, Revolut and more last October.

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.

Wirecard or Weirdcard?

Chris Skinner

Will you avoid companies that put profit before people?

Chris Skinner

I’ve been writing a lot about purpose-driven banking, a theme that resonates around the idea that business focus should be more than just making money. It should also focus upon doing good for society and the planet.

Financing Gets Flexible As eCommerce Sellers Brace For Seasonality Whiplash

PYMNTS

With the holiday shopping season in full swing amid the global pandemic, online commerce is booming. Digital Black Friday sales this year hit $9 billion, a 22 percent increase from 2019 figures, according to recent Adobe research.

PPP confusion prompts banks to revert to manual processes

Bank Innovation

Lenders participating in the SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program are trying to find a balance between speed and diligence.

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!

Deposit Marketing In the Age of Machine Learning

Banker to Banker

In the olden days, if you wanted to market deposits, the head of Retail would come to Marketing and say something like - “We need to raise deposits,” or “We have a new account opening platform that we need to market.”

Juniper Research sees digital banking poised for growth

Mobile Payments Today

Digital banking is poised to take off as incumbent banks move much of their business to mobile channels to compete against a new generation of digital-only startups

Build, Buy or Transform the Bank?

Chris Skinner

I was recently watching an online poll that asked the best way for a traditional bank to compete with the new digital banks. Should they build a new bank, buy a digital bank competitor, or transform the old bank?

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BaaS works, it’s the regulations that don’t

Chris Skinner

During my MoneyBox interview about Wirecard (see end of this blog), Paul asked me the question: how could this happen again? What’s next? And I said, we learn from our mistakes. Progress never stops. Wirecard won’t shut down FinTech. It will amend it.

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.

Dealing with a crisis: FinTech versus Bank

Chris Skinner

The chasm between start-ups and incumbents is massively exposed by coronavirus. I realised this early on, when I saw that FinTech firms who were born on the internet were far more ready for working from home than traditional banks who depend on branches, buildings, office and physicality.

Banking Marketplace: Making a Wise Pivot

Accenture

This thought leadership piece – and the related blogs that will explore key topics – will outline why, in the post-COVID-19 era, marketplaces will prove a crucial operating area for banks.

Is FinTech getting it wrong? Focus on needs and wants

Chris Skinner

A friend of mine, Alessandro Hatami, wrote an interesting piece on Sifted that I shared in my news yesterday. He claims that neobanks like Monzo and Starling are not reinventing banking at all. They’re just modifying and improving it.

Who moved my cheese?

Chris Skinner

Who moved my cheese? Like many of us, I am confused about the world, the future, life and everything. All seems good one day. The next, everything is being cancelled, government tells you to self-isolate, your view of everything is challenged and you have to change to fit.

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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.