Fintech News Issue #208 March 14th, 2019

Do banks still need branches? Ron Shevlin says no! What dating apps can teach us about Open Banking and what the Brexit vote means for banking and fintech. So much to catch up on, we've got your back. – Michael and the FinTech Weekly team

Top Stories

FinTech Articles

    No longer limited to young and highly ambitious employees, self-development is a path for growth and survival in a time of disruption. While organizations can assist in this process, bank and credit union executives can no longer wait for a formal training program or for others to set a defined path.

    For more than a century, banks have had a monopoly on our money. As a kid, I remember driving with my family to our local community bank where the world of money started and ended for my parents.

    In the U.S., open banking may not yet be law like it is in the U.K., but its impact will continue to ripple across the pond. Here's how experts say the concept will affect banking providers worldwide, including American institutions.

    Facebook’s reported stablecoin project could be a significant moneymaker for the social media giant, according to Barclays analyst Ross Sandler.

    Insurers are now adopting APIs to enhance digital capabilities and provide a better customer experience. Rapid technology advancements and the spike in the number of connected devices are spurring API adoption even further.

    I got a large number of pings over the weekend to read and comment on an article on Medium by Lance Ng headlined: Facebook Plans to Become World’s Biggest Central Bank?

    Apple and Goldman Sachs have teamed up to offer a credit card in a deal that may foretell future pairings with more ominous consequences. Who's next? Could this alliance spur Amazon, Google, Facebook and other big companies to partner with a banking provider?

    A customer-centric approach moves your institution away from 'selling' in the traditional sense. Instead, the process begins with engagement conversations and ends with customized offerings based on the consumer's identified needs. Instead of focusing on fee revenue, banks and credit unions must devise a consumer-friendly equitable value exchange similar to Amazon Prime membership that is a win-win-win.

    Machine learning can help banks restore the personalised service they were once noted for, says Balázs Vinnai, president of W.UP.

    Ant Financial is furthering its ambitions to become a strategic technology supplier to the traditional baking industry, unveiling a new core banking platform co-developed with Hoperun Information Technology.

    Sankar Krishnan, executive vice-president, banking and capital markets at consultancy Capgemini, says CFOs need to recognise that AI can transform and reimagine both their role and the departments they oversee.

    Most lenders who are on the outlook to serve the gig economy have a very promising opportunity ahead of them

    Over a seven-year period, a new industry has given rise to 3,300 new firms, increased their financing thirteenfold to $22 billion and increased their percentage of the personal loan market from 1% to 36%.

Podcasts & Videos

    This week we have some great stories for you as Sarah and Simon are joined by three great guests: Mel Palmer, CMO Exo Investing / Matt Valentine, Barclays UK Ventures / Ali Paterson, Editor in Chief, Fintech Finance

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