2019

Facebook has forced the world’s banks to innovate

Chris Skinner

It’s been interesting to watch the development of Facebook’s Libra project. As I expected, regulators hate it and are asking lots of questions about it. Most seem to want to ban it. And now PayPal has dropped out of the original founding team, with Visa and MasterCard rumoured to follow.

Mobile payment adoption just might be on the verge of a breakthrough

Mobile Payments Today

Despite years of hype and expectations that failed to materialize, mobile payment adoption in the U.S. may be close to a breakthrough as issuers transition to contactless cards and retailers make significant upgrades in POS systems

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AI and the rise of digital humans in financial services

Insights on Business

“AI is not going to replace managers, but managers who use AI will replace the managers who do not,” Rob Thomas, IBM General Manager of Data and AI predicted at IBM Think 2019. [1]

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Rebeca Romero Rainey: You are the backbone of our nation’s financing

Independent Banker

“When our customers’ needs take center stage, we identify creative solutions to help them achieve their dreams.”.

Inside OTP Labs, Eastern Europe’s most adventurous bank innovation experiment

Bank Innovation

It might have $55 billion in assets and 10.5 million customers in 10 countries, but OTP Bank, one of the largest financial institutions in Central and Eastern Europe, might be one of the most unorthodox banks on the Continent.

US Banks Expected To Lose 200K Jobs To Technology

PYMNTS

In the next 10 years, as robots and other tech bring about the “greatest transfer from labour to capital” the industry has witnessed, per a report by Wells Fargo analysts, U.S. banks will slash over 200,000 jobs.

The best FinTech startups in Europe

Chris Skinner

I received a long and lengthy article last week from Taylor Ryan, CMO at Valuer.ai (tryan@valuer.ai). The link provides a comprehensive article on European FinTech developments. It’s so good that I am happy to share it with y’all. Enjoy.

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Are these FinTech unicorns worth it?

Chris Skinner

There’s a regular itch that I feel in the back of my neck. I scratch it, but it won’t go away. The itch is an alarm call really, and it’s asking whether all this FinTech investment is worth it. Last year, $111.8

FinTech is on fire and London is burning …

Chris Skinner

A regular question that comes up is: When will the Fintech bubble burst? My claim is that it won’t under my watch, as this is as big a restructuring of banking and finance as the internet has been for commerce and trade.

Banks and FinTech Partnerships: a Clash of Extremes

Chris Skinner

A few years ago, I posted a guest article from Philippe Gelis, co-founder and CEO of FX firm Kantox, on Why FinTech Banks will rule the world.

The end of FinTech

Chris Skinner

I’ve been involved in finance and technology for a long, long time. Originally, I was a technologist; then a financial technologist; and now a FinTech guy. However, I see the FinTech piece as being irrelevant. Whether it’s FinTech or TechFin, it’s all still just finance and technology.

Cashless payment capability boosts both cash and card sales in vending

Mobile Payments Today

Research confirms that cashless readers do not undermine cash sales in a vending machine. In fact, the cashless technology serves to improve both cashless and cash activity, particularly for machines doing lower volume sales

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A new era of technology enabled financial risk management (Part 1)

Insights on Business

In this series of blogs, we will focus on four transformative technologies with emerging risk applications that can help banks and financial institutions grow profitability and protect the enterprise.

Why dumb old banks can’t compete

Chris Skinner

Now that’s a contentious title for a blog, but purposefully so. Old banks can compete in the new world if they’re smart … it’s just that so many of them are dumb. Dumb with data, as I’ve blogged before. To illustrate this, I have three examples.

Varo’s de los Reyes on building inclusive user design

Bank Innovation

To Varo, a digital-only banking startup which has more than 750,000 users, an inclusive user experience is its passport to growth. Varo is looking to other digital-only financial players along with big-tech platforms like Google and Amazon for inspiration.

Why The SAFE Banking Act Won’t Solve All Cannabis’ Payment Problems

PYMNTS

One down, two more steps to go: That’s the situation with the federal SAFE Banking Act, which recently won approval by the U.S House of Representatives. The bill promises to open up cashless payments for the growing retail cannabis industry. If the bill were to win approval by the U.S.

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Kleptocracy – What Does it Mean to Community Financial Institutions?

Abrigio

The term kleptocracy has been used in the financial crimes profession for years, but many AML professionals do not understand its meaning and therefore are not adequately monitoring for it within their BSA/AML program. So, what is a kleptocrat?

The logic of digital change

Chris Skinner

I just went through a conversation about my presentation for a forthcoming conference. They didn’t want to provide a prescriptive approach, and just asked what I talked about in general. That’s a challenge, as I once turned up at a conference and they said to me “you have seven hours”.

The key to IoT is identity

Chris Skinner

The term The Internet of Things (IoT) was first used twenty years ago. Twenty years later, IoT is emerging rapidly. We have our cars and homes networked but, more than this, we have gadgets like Google Home, Siri and Alexa.

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Platform, marketplace, ecosystem … buzzword bingo!

Chris Skinner

I encounter lots of banter about platforms, marketplaces and ecosystems, and do wonder in the flippant way people use them interchangeably whether they really understand what they are talking about.

A bank that runs accounts for just 50 cents a year

Chris Skinner

I recently attended a FinTech conference where Henry Ma, Vice President & Chief Information Officer of WeBank, presented an update of how the bank is faring in China. For those unaware, WeBank is the offshoot of WeChat Pay, WeChat and Tencent, and focsuses upon financial inclusion in China.

AI is not a technology change but a cultural one

Chris Skinner

I just picked up a Financial Times article talking about how Artificial Intelligence (AI) will change the way you deal with money. It’s actually more about the Chinese internet giant Ping An, and how they’re changing finance using AI.

The ever changing challenge of payments fraud detection

Mobile Payments Today

While data shows that credit card fraud has decreased from the standpoint of payment volume, there remains a concern in the industry that cybercriminals are using sophisticated methods of changing tactics to avoid detection and put consumer payment information at risk

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Stop money laundering with a proactive AML approach

Insights on Business

The recently revealed $8.8 billion Troika Laundromat offshore money laundering scandal was a vast and complex deception.

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Challenger banks don’t matter as they’re not a primary account

Chris Skinner

During Money 2020 Europe, I bumped into a chap from Monzo. No names mentioned, but he was buzzing and no wonder. The start-up has just boomed through two million users and is growing at over 60,000 account openings a week or 10,000 per day.

Banks push for more fintech startup collaborations, despite failures

Bank Innovation

When it comes to bank-fintech collaborations, banks are finding more failure than success. That’s according to a study by Bank Innovation and INV Fintech, a startup accelerator, released today. Carousel Innovation Strategy INV Fintech Startups

Burger King Now Accepts Bitcoin

PYMNTS

You want fries with that crypto? Might have to wait a bit, especially on the international stage. For some, bitcoin and cryptos — beyond a means of speculation — are a solution in search of a problem.

When did FinTech become cool?

Chris Skinner

When did FinTech become FinTech? When did technology in finance become cool? I guess the first thing is to define FinTech, which I did badly four years ago. I say badly because my definition back then was: FinTech [is] a new market that integrates finance and technology.

Customers don’t want digital banking

Chris Skinner

So my snarky little friend Ron Shevlin wrote a piece on Forbes claiming that Americans don’t want a digital bank. As the guy who wrote the book Digital Bank you might think I would take offence to such a statement, but no.

Five phases of FinTech (2005-2027)

Chris Skinner

Three years ago, I blogged about three phases of FinTech. Three years later, I can expand on that theme and talk about five phases of FinTech.

When will the FinTech bubble burst?

Chris Skinner

Reading about FinTech unicorns and pizzas worth $80 million, you would think that the world was bubbling over with wealth. FinTech investments last year peaked at over $110 billion, more than double the year before, and IPOs for firms like Uber and WeWorks are seeing valuations in the stratosphere.

How can you be AI with DD?

Chris Skinner

No, I don’t mean Attention Deficit Disorder, which would be ADD, but I mean Artificially Intelligent with Dumb Data.

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The reason digital is a leadership challenge and not a project

Chris Skinner

I blogged in March (Transforming the bank – three phases of change) about the method to make systems change happen to transform the bank. In another conversation, I then realised that there are three phases of organisational change to transform the bank.

How mobile payments are changing the restaurant industry

Mobile Payments Today

Mobile payment acceptance is leading to rapid change in the restaurant industry, impacting everything from credit card use to delivery and online ordering as well as customer loyalty

Solve your quota setting challenge: Start with Design Thinking

Insights on Business

You’re probably familiar with philosopher George Santayana’s admonition: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” While that’s hard to dispute, most of us will admit to occasionally falling short.

Partnering in the ecosystem is not easy

Chris Skinner

Talking of partnering, many years ago, I was assigned the role of negotiating a contract with a partner for a large technology firm. The partner specialised in the insurance markets, my focus at that time, and we got into the game of contract wording.

Plugging leaks: Bento for Business uses tech to help clients streamline payments

Bank Innovation

As consumer payments go digital, startups and banks now are focusing on digitizing business-to-business payments, an area where small business owners still are reliant on paper checks and a multitude of expense-management tools.