Infrastructure Insights

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Fintechs scale up to take on incumbents

1st October 2018

Company: bobsguide
The great unbundling of the financial services industry continues in earnest as new market participants enter with increasing frequency. Their stated goal is to solve the problems that incumbent services are either too lethargic to handle or simply unable to provide. But it might be too easy to jump to the battle between big, slow bank... read more
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Crime costs rise as fintechs rely on “old school” security measures

1st October 2018

Company: bobsguide
The cost of fraud to financial services increased by 9.3% over 2017, according to research conducted by LexisNexis Risk Solutions. For every $1 stolen by fraudsters, it costs financial services firms $2.92 in fees compared to $2.67 last year. Further, the level of fraud as a percentage of revenue has moved upwards from 0.95% to 1.53% on average. ... read more
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UK “concerned” about Open Banking

28th September 2018

Company: bobsguide
More than three quarters of the UK are concerned about sharing financial data with organisations other than their bank, according to a recent poll by market research body, YouGov. Of those surveyed, 77% said they were concerned around data sharing, with 45% saying they didn’t understand the benefits of Open Banking, and a large number of... read more
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How to set up a cash forecasting process: a practical guide

28th September 2018

Company: CashAnalytics
Designing and rolling out any new reporting process in a large organization can be challenging. In any multinational company, a new process will inevitably require input from many people across multiple locations. In addition, the number of departments that need to be coordinated (IT, finance, treasury, etc.) can make collaboration difficult. ... read more
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World's first cross-border, open-architecture platform to improve financial inclusion

26th September 2018

Company: bobsguide
Regulatory sandboxes have gained a phenomenal amount of traction in recent years as a dynamic staging ground fintechs can use to collaborate with government agencies and develop new technologies they wish to bring to market. From the Monetary Authority of Singapore and the Bank of Thailand, to the Reserve Bank of India and even the US... read more
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Brexit uncertainty forces fintechs, challengers to look abroad

25th September 2018

Company: bobsguide
UK challenger banks and fintechs are making moves to ensure their services will be available to customers in the European Union after Brexit. Starling was granted a banking passport into the Republic of Ireland last year, while Revolut has begun the process of applying for an e-money licence in Luxembourg. “This ensures that Starling can... read more
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Easing legacy bottlenecks: automating the back office

24th September 2018

Company: FA Solutions
In the back offices of banks and asset managers around the world there are multiple functional entities and processes, which in time, have grown separately and developed their own bottlenecks. The 21st century has introduced topics such as customer experience and regulatory burden, which the existing back office setups do not necessarily support.... read more
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The rise and rise of APIs

24th September 2018

Much has been written about the role of application programmable interfaces or APIs, which are in ubiquitous use these days, although mention APIs to experienced technology professionals and you get raised eyebrows and shaking of heads in unison, decrying API novelty with a diatribe evidencing long term prior use. In simple terms, APIs... read more
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“Lack of skilled developers” may have led to Equifax breach

20th September 2018

Company: bobsguide
A market-wide lack of skilled developers could be the reason why hacks such as that which led to consumer reporting agency Equifax being fined by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), according to research by software intelligence firm CAST. “The solution is not to rely on the ability to hire good developers so they write... read more
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As Brexit threatens, Absa Bank opens Africa to UK investors

19th September 2018

Company: bobsguide
Last week Absa Bank, one of Africa’s largest diversified financial services groups, launched its UK office.   The move supports the group’s ambition to open Africa to the UK and Europe as the preferred corporate and investment banking partner, even if trade relations between the UK and Europe seem to be heading for a no-deal; the... read more