Infrastructure Insights

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Deutsche Bank’s Striano: Challengers face “loss of competitive advantage”

1st November 2018

Company: bobsguide
“On the topic of ‘challenger’ banks - while the underlying technology may be more adaptable, the requirement to do things differently to adhere to local regulations will ultimately end in the loss of competitive advantage; as opposed to building something in a much more homogenous environment where you only have to worry about one... read more
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Payments outages suggest retail value chain must be reassessed

1st November 2018

Company: bobsguide
Thousands of UK businesses were unable to process payments because of a network outage at the beginning of the week, with reports suggesting Worldpay encountered a temporary fault.   Such an incident illustrates how vendors and their partners must continually assess their infrastructure, says Dr Yannis Larios, Business Development Director... read more
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Insurtech report: The starting and stalling of a sector

31st October 2018

Company: bobsguide
Insurtech entered common vernacular in the market towards the end of 2015, but it’s been slow to take off compared to disruption in other areas. A report last year by the European Insurance and Occupational Authority (EIOPA) said that digitisation had not yet reached the point of truly disrupting the insurance sector. For some, the... read more
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Ignore the Nasdaq: confidence high in fintech

29th October 2018

Company: bobsguide
“I’m not worried about the recent blips,” said an investment banker who asked not to be named, on the sidelines of last week’s Money20/20, in Las Vegas, when asked about the recent market tremors that have hit some of the larger US tech firms. “I ignore these stutters in the market unless I can find a single,... read more
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BTCC CEO: Don’t assume blockchain is for real-world assets

24th October 2018

Company: bobsguide
Blockchain's primary use case remains the creation and movement of cryptocurrencies, said Bobby Lee, a board member of the Bitcoin Foundation and CEO of BTCC, at this year's Money20/20. “I see a big difference between cryptocurrencies like bitcoin and then the blockchain effort. We all know that blockchain is... read more
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Marcus Treacher: Ripple open to collaboration with big fintechs

23rd October 2018

Company: bobsguide
Nearly a year has passed since Ripple spoke to bobsguide in late 2017, and 2018 has proven to be a big year for the blockchain cross-border payments startup.  At Swift's flagship Sibos conference in Sydney, Australia, Ripple's head of strategic accounts, Marcus Treacher, discussed the firm's strategy going forward into... read more
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Banks "struggling" to employ hackers

23rd October 2018

Company: bobsguide
Mikhail Sosonkin, a Russian hacker and security specialist told a panel at Money 20/20 that most hackers don’t want to work for banks.  “A lot of hackers tend to have the mentality of wanting their own freedom. They want to have this uncontrolled aspect in their work and to be able to make their decisions themselves.... read more
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Early engagement gives banks chance to lead quantum revolution

23rd October 2018

Company: bobsguide
If blockchain and distributed ledger technology is only just being spoken about from an application point of view in financial services, then the fledgling science behind quantum computing (QC) has an uphill struggle on its hands. “As an industry, there is a feeling that the digital revolution was missed somehow,” said Dr Stacey... read more
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Ethereum co-founder: Decentralise central banks to foster greater trust

22nd October 2018

Company: bobsguide
The world's central banks should consider a decentralised approach to economic management, said Ethereum blockchain co-founder and current CEO of ConsenSys, Joseph Lubin, at Sibos 2018 in Sydney.  “I see physical cash as fundamentally analogue in that it represents a central bank’s issuance which is... read more
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FCA: Regtechs must be realistic about their capabilities

22nd October 2018

Company: bobsguide
Regtech organisations need to be honest about their capabilities, according to Nick Cook, head of regtech and advanced analytics at the UK's Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), during a panel discussion at this year’s Money20/20. “Regtech was a convenient new buzzword, a couple of years ago. And I think we saw some early... read more