Fintech News Issue #169 May 24th, 2018

Does banking fail to serve the older ones of digital native customers? About Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon in war with banks and the European experience of building the future of banking. Everything worth knowing in our weekly roundup. Enjoy! – Michael and the FinTech Weekly team

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FinTech Articles

    The growth of big data during the last decade has opened the door to a lot of opportunities and threats alike. Big data is not just big and powerful, it is also prone to errors. We can currently process more than terabytes of data at a lightning and superficial speed

    Real estate crowdfunding came into existence after the Global Financial Crisis. Several high profile startups got started around 2010–2012, spurred in part by the JOBS Act which streamlined the process of raising capital from individual investors. As the Internet transformed one industry after another, the real estate investment space appeared stodgy and overdue for disruption.

    Much of the hype around fintech focuses on what traditional banks do wrong: they’re slow to adopt new technology; they don’t center the customer; they’re too big to respond nimbly to change. This narrative is part of why fintech continues to attract massive investment, with $31 billion total flowing into the sector last year, according to KPMG.

    Regulatory scrutiny is increasing, but this isn't slowing the pace of blockchain activity — if anything, it's helping the industry mature. As financing methods shift and investors search for the killer app, we dive into eight trends shaping the future of blockchain technology.

    Quite a few people talk about invisible banking today. The idea is that banking transactions and services should be invisible as if they are noticeable, as in visible, then that means you have pain and friction which should have been removed.

    Fintech is officially cool these days and banks have gone from indifference, to various degrees of engagement (via incomprehension and PR frenzy) to eventually totally drinking the cool aid. Which is awesome for the banks but I am not of the school that thinks this will make life easier for the start-ups. And this is not necessarily a bad thing.

    Turbulence in banking markets just won’t let up. New competitors ranging from established technology giants, such as Alibaba and Amazon, to smaller specialists, such as Mint and Betterment, have steadily encroached on traditional banking activities.

    If social media was the most important marketing and communication trend of this decade, then fintech promises to deliver the most radical changes in the conduct of financial services in the next one.

    FinTech is a relatively new industry applying technology to improve financial activities. FinTech companies consist of both startups and established financial and technology companies trying to replace or enhance services provided by existing financial companies. Typical areas in which FinTech companies operate include online and mobile payments, alternative finance and financial management.

    RegTech as a segment has been witnessing immense interest and activity in the recent past – be it due to the huge fines for non-compliance being imposed by regulators across the world; the reputational damage resulting from these fines, especially for the large, well-known banks; or the realization of the huge potential cost savings and other strategic benefits.

    At the Blockchain for Insurance summit in London, a gathering of major insurance players, technologists and thought leaders promoting digital transformation using blockchain, a clear pattern is emerging.

    To Succeed With AI, Invest In Humans
    via The Financial Brand

    Artificial intelligence has the potential to transform customer experiences and establish entirely new business models in banking. To achieve the highest level of results, there needs to be a collaboration between humans and machines that will require training and a reassessment of the future of work in banking.

    Lenders are facing more competition than ever. From e-commerce giants to rideshare apps and investment banks. Applying for a loan or other forms of credit is getting easier, which is why traditional and fintech lenders need to be ahead of the competition to retain market share.

    Norway's central bank is preparing for a future in which it might issue a digital currency amid a slump in cash usage in the country.

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