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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. Global banks and investment banks are far more complex creatures than their high street counterparts, which is why we’ve seen far less disruption in … The post FinTech and the world of investment banking appeared first on Chris Skinner's blog. Blockchain Fintech Grid Innovation

2017 Innovators to Watch: 44 Executives Shaping the Future of Banking

Bank Innovation

2017 was a tumultuous year, but despite some stops and starts, innovation in finance is only gaining more momentum. As the year saw changes in financial regulation, startup culture, and trends in venture capital, innovation moved forward: blockchain labs were made, funding was fought for, mobile payment systems were integrated, and the limits of artificial […].

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The current state of blockchain regulation

Mobile Payments Today

With new technologies, it takes a while for regulation to catch up. Blockchain technology is no exception. While we are slowly beginning to see standards emerge, the reputation of blockchain is still marred by the criminal aspects of bitcoin

How banks are getting around open banking and PSD2

Chris Skinner

Banks are scared. They’ve seen the rise of the new world of open APIs, apps and analytics and know that their organisations are not yet ready or fit to change to that world. What to do? Well, the easiest thing to do is to block access to the bank’s data. If third party FinTech firms cannot get access to the customer’s financial data, then you can severely limit what they can do. Brilliant … and it’s just what banks are doing.

Your Guide to Using Conversational Marketing to Drive Demand Generation

What is conversational marketing really about? This guide will examine the market forces at play, shifting buyer trends, how to leverage conversation marketing, and the tactics involved in adopting it for a B2B demand generation strategy.

5 Banking Tech Trends for 2017

Chris Skinner

I kept Tuesday’s blog entry short because I knew that everyone was making predictions and writing much more in-depth pieces. Today’s guest blog entry is from Finanser friend David Horton. David wrote a great piece on LinkedIn over the holidays providing his five banking technology predictions for 2017 and has kindly allowed me to replicate it here. … The post 5 Banking Tech Trends for 2017 appeared first on Chris Skinner's blog. Future Grid Uncategorized

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12 reasons why banks don’t innovate

Chris Skinner

I just got back from the ICEEfest in Bucharest, Romania. It’s a fantastic expo organised by Dragos Stanca and his team, and was very enjoyable even with the master of ceremonies, Jeff Leach, taking the mickey out of me. Jeff is an actor and comedian, and spent the whole conference f-bombing the speakers and the audience. Different! Anyways, one little moment stood out enough for me to blog about, and it was the presentation from Capco’s FinTech lead Jeff Tijssen.

The Top 1000 banks in the world

Chris Skinner

I’ve written a column for The Banker magazine for the last 15 years and, during that time, have collected their special July edition each year. Every July The Banker publishes their analysis of the Top 1000 banks in the world. In the 1990s, the top 10 were mainly Japanese; in the 2000s, American; and today, Chinese. This year is particularly interesting as there is a clear impact of Brexit on the British banks. Here’s the summary.

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Blockchain VC Fund Gets First Investors For New Ethereum-based ICO

Bank Innovation

The world’s first venture capital fund raised with digital coin offering has gained its first round of investors, including executives from Bloq and Civic. Blockchain Capital, the first venture capital firm to focus exclusively on DLT technology is offering digital tokens that represent a stake in the firm’s third fund. The tokens are held on the Ethereum blockchain […].

The biggest innovations in retail banking (research)

Chris Skinner

OK, OK, OK, I promise to stop posting predictions and trends and blah, blah, blah, but this one has an interesting provenance and history. Last year, one of my most read blog entries was this one: The top ten trends in banking innovation (February 2016). This was a summary of the top trends in banking innovation, and … The post The biggest innovations in retail banking (research) appeared first on Chris Skinner's blog. Grid Innovation Technology Uncategorized

Digitally Transforming the Engagement Experience for Financial Institutions

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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. The regulation forces banks to open … The post Who owns the customers’ data? appeared first on Chris Skinner's blog. Grid Payments Regulation

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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. He made several statements that I noted with interest: “Roboadvisory services improves our speed-to-market and human productivity, but does not replace humans. In particular, … The post Why bankers only see horses and technologists are creating cars appeared first on Chris Skinner's blog.

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. Building on each others narrative it soon became clear … The post Lego bank is here, but it’s not built with Lego appeared first on Chris Skinner's blog.

Is the blockchain overhyped?

Mobile Payments Today

Major financial institutions such as JP Morgan are finishing up blockchain technology pilot tests and other businesses are starting to jump on board, as well. But is blockchain tech worth the hype

The Importance of PCI Compliance and Data Ownership When Issuing Payment Cards

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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. You and I probably think it’s just that once a year renewal … The post InsurTech’s big ticket items: machine learning on the blockchain appeared first on Chris Skinner's blog. Blockchain Fintech Future Grid Innovation Technology

A world without money

Chris Skinner

I have no academic papers or historical research view on what I’m about to post, although I will find some, but I was reflecting on my discussions of revolutions in humanity. In particular, the second age of humankind, when we invented money as a control mechanism. Before this seismic change, money didn’t matter. We shared beliefs that allowed us to live together in relative peace, but the creation of money changed the balance of humanity.

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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. Removing friction from the customer journey I guess this is a given, and wasn’t a big trend of 2017 … just a big trend … The post The Top FinTech Trends of 2017 … were they? appeared first on Chris Skinner's blog. Fintech Future Grid Opinion

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Why FinTech start-ups think they can beat the banks

Chris Skinner

There’s an old joke about the guy who’s lost driving in the countryside who stops to ask a pedestrian how to get to the city. The pedestrian replies: “oh, if you want to get there, I wouldn’t start from here”, and this is exactly how banks feel today. They want to get to the nirvana of new technologies, but are stuck in a spaghetti of old systems. Some call them legacy, others call them handcuffs, but whatever they are is a problem.

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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. Many of the banks had successfully complete proofs of concept projects and were … The post Bankers see faster horses; technologists imagine cars appeared first on Chris Skinner's blog. Blockchain Digital Bank Fintech Future Grid Opinion Payments Technology

10 Most Innovative CEOs in Banking 2017

Bank Innovation

Fintechs are partnering with banks, banks are using blockchain technology, artificial intelligence, and cryptocurrency and financial regulation is still undergoing massive changes. Challengers to traditional banking, payment, and loan products have all launched this year, and FIs are fighting fraud, hacks, and scams with an increasing number of biometric security measures. 2017 has been a […].

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. It was fun with the CEO, Bob … The post Five FinTech Themes from 2017 appeared first on Chris Skinner's blog. Fintech Grid Uncategorized

6 Hottest Trends for Banking 2017

Bank Innovation

Change is imminent in banking, and as we begin the new year the only debate seems to be what is going to be driving that change. Over the course of 2017, what is going to transform banking the most? Well, we have some ideas. IOT Voice Commerce/Voice Payments Smart Read More. Commerce E-Commerce Online Payments Startups Technology Internet of Things smart homes Trends in Banking voice commerce voice payments

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Make Payment Optimization a Part of Your Core Payment Strategy

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Bank regulations change every 12 minutes

Chris Skinner

I recently spent a day in a meeting discussing Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) … yawn. Well, it is a bit of a dull area, but highly important. In fact, what gets me is that regulations are the big ticket barrier to change in banking. It’s what protects the banks from disruption and change, as … The post Bank regulations change every 12 minutes appeared first on Chris Skinner's blog. Grid Regulation Uncategorized

Would You Like to Set Google As Your Default Financial Institution?

Bank Innovation

Consumers can now use their Google credentials to make online and mobile payments via a stored credit card. The tech giant unveiled the tool yesterday, during its annual I/O developer conference in Mountain View, Calif. The service will act very muchlike a regular mobile wallet–of which there are an abundance– with users to soon start noticing […]. Exclusive Mobile Online Operations Payments Auka Facebook Google mobile wallets psd2 Venmo

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The new payment future: 3 technologies leading the way

Mobile Payments Today

Changes in consumer behavior continue to be rapid, disruptive, and largely driven by technology influences, such as mobile devices, big data, the cloud, IoT and machine learning

The largest payments company in the world that most people have never heard of

Chris Skinner

I blogged a year ago about TechFin, the incumbents’ view of applying technology to existing banking services, versus FinTech which seeks to transform the financial system. That has become one of the top search terms to find my blog, as it turns out, mainly because my blog entries are the first to be returned when searching for techfin. Interestingly that third one claims that Jack Ma, some guy from China, coined the term first, ten months after my blog entry.

A Recruiter’s Guide To Hiring In 2021

With vaccination rates rising, consumers spending more money, and people returning to offices, the job market is going through a period of unprecedented adjustment. As the New York Times observed, “It’s a weird moment for the American economy.” And recruiting professionals are caught in the middle. To make the most of this disruption, you need to understand the economic drivers, develop a strong strategy for unearthing valuable talent, and use the latest tech tools to get the job done. Read this guide to get your recruiting practice ready to thrive in the new normal.