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Helena Wood

Helena Wood Head of Public Policy at Cifas

Driving the next generation of fraud reforms

With a General Election announced for 4 July, now is the perfect time for a stock take on the progress made over the past decade in relation to tackling fraud. For the most part, this was a decade in which fraud felt like the Cinderella of the criminal justice system; a crime neglected by politicians and police alike while other crime types receiv...

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Adam Lieberman

Adam Lieberman Chief AI Officer at Finastra

Exploring Gen AI use cases in financial services

With the explosion of Gen AI in recent times, financial services organizations are looking to harness the technology to its fullest potential. Early forms of generative AI have been used across the industry for a decade, particularly in the form of synthetic data generation, but fear and fascination dominate boardroom conversations in equal mea

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Simon Hughes

Simon Hughes VP and General Manager, UK at Cowbell Cyber

AI’s role in FS businesses’ cyber defence and risk assessment

It’s no surprise to see cybersecurity holding its position as one of the Financial Services (FS) sector’s most discussed topics right now. While some may assume that major FS businesses have robust cyber defences - thinking they’re perhaps impervious to hackers - the number of cybersecurity breaches for UK FS firms has in fact tripled over the last...

Artificial Intelligence and Financial Services

Jamel Derdour

Jamel Derdour CMO at Transact365 / Nucleus365

Exploring the Growth of Digital Payments in Latin America

Latin America, a region renowned for its vibrant culture, diverse landscapes, and rich history, is undergoing a profound transformation in the realm of payments. With the rapid advancement of technology and the increasing adoption of digital solutions, the payments landscape in Latin America is experiencing unprecedented growth, reshaping the way ...

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Ketharaman Swaminathan

Ketharaman Swaminathan Founder and CEO at GTM360 Marketing Solutions

Ten Revolutionary Things About AI - Part 2

In Ten Revolutionary Things About AI - Part 1, we described five gamechangers about ChatGPT and other Generative Artificial Intelligence platforms. In this Part 2, we shall cover five revolutionary things about AI. 6. Weird Regulatory Proposals There are broadly two lobbies for regulating Gen AI: A) Closed Source (via Sam Altman and Vinod Khosla)...

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Research

Future of Report

The Future of Digital Banking in North America 2024

2023 was characterised by increasing amounts of uncertainty and a lack of clarity across the financial world. The collapse of banks, including Silicon Valley Bank, Signature Bank and First Republican Bank, in March 2023, added strain to already unsettled financial markets. While market volatility has remained relatively stable, soaring inflation and climbing interest rates slowed economic growth and this is expected to continue into 2024.  While forecasts regarding the length and severity of a possible recession are speculative, experts are even more divided about stock market predictions for 2024. Optimism is strong in many investors who expect that 2024 is the year rates will stop rising and predict bullish turns that will see markets soar to new heights. Yet with many other factors affecting North American markets, the only certainty we can expect as we look towards 2024 is more uncertainty. This Finextra report on the outlook of North American banking trends, is produced in association with Money20/20 and includes key insights and commentary from industry experts at EY and Mastercard.

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The Future of the Global Financial Ecosystem 2024

A Sibos Special Edition. Our world has experienced several unexpected and unprecedented events over the last few years, which show no signs of slowing down. This year’s Sibos aims to connect those in the financial services community who have experienced fragmentation, in the hope that tackling this will help with some of the biggest issues facing banking. The role that financial institutions play in the global environment will continue to be placed under the microscope as situations continue to develop. In light of this, there has never been a better time for those in finance to come together and have frank and open conversations about their future. This applies to not only environmental and social goals for banks, but also the adoption of and adaptation to new technologies. No longer can these issues be placed on the side and given lip service, they need to become an integrated part of each financial institution’s core policies and practices. However, ever increasing this challenge are the continuously changing global circumstances. Due to these circumstances, communication and collaboration are essential drivers for 2024. This Finextra report, produced in association with Swift, includes commentary from BBVA, BNP Paribas, BNY Mellon, Deutsche Bank, ING, JP Morgan, Lloyds, McKinsey, NatWest, SEB, Standard Chartered, UniCredit, and Wells Fargo.

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The Future of Fintech in Africa 2023

Across fintech - digital banking, digital payments, personal finance, lending, and investment - data is central to the function of all these technologies and the most important source for the analysis of financial products and services, bridging the gap between data security and customer satisfaction. Many organisations, countries and regions have forged ahead in leveraging data, cloud, blockchain and AI to their advantage – one such continent is Africa. Two years after the global financial crisis, Kenyan payments, money transfer and micro-financing service M-Pesa became the most successful mobile phone based financial service in the developing world. This was also just three years after its launch by network operators Vodafone and Safaricom. Further to this, transaction flows sent by banks have grown by an average of 10% year-on-year during this 10-year period. Alongside this, mobile money payments have exploded, with the monthly value of transactions increasing 25 times over between 2010 and 2018. The digital payments market has matured faster in Africa than it has in Europe: the number of electronic payments in France grew from 33 million in 2009 to 61.5 million in 2018, but in Nigeria, the number of electronic payment transactions grew from 66 million in 2008 to over two billion in 2018, according to Statista. Further to this, the number of digital payments users is slated to amount to a staggering 611 million users by 2027. However, Africa’s largest market will be digital investment with a total transaction value of $994 million in 2023 and the digital assets market is expected to show a revenue growth of 36% in 2024. It is evident that Africa is on the rise and leveraging technologies such as AI, blockchain, cloud, and data will only allow the continent’s fintech firms to excel across the digital banking, digital payments, personal finance, lending, and investment sectors. This Finextra report, produced in association with Kora, compiles expert insights from a range of firms, including: Binance, Cloud Africa, Data Scientists Network, JUMO, Mojaloop Foundation, TymeBank, and Yoco, and provides predictions for the future of fintech in Africa. 

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Enabling connectivity across blockchains

At Sibos 2023, Sergey Nazarov, Co-Founder, Chainlink, discusses how institutions are enabling connectivity and interoperability through collaboration across public and private blockchains.

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Long reads

Hamish Monk

Hamish Monk Reporter at Finextra

Hyperbitcoinisation: Fantasy or reality?

The first page of the cryptocurrency history book should open in the early 1970s, when the United States ceased to back the dollar with gold – thus ushering in an era of fiat currency. The status quo has hardly changed since, and to this day money continues to be printed via the issuance of public debt, without tangible limits. This is one of the ...

Hamish Monk

Hamish Monk Reporter at Finextra

Ukraine’s crypto adoption: Why alternative finance is increasingly vital

For those well-read on the economic and financial pressures induced by conflict, it will come as no surprise that Ukraine ranks highly in CryptoCasino’s recent survey of cryptocurrency adoption globally. Researchers analysed each country against four key metrics: percentage of the population holding cryptocurrency, the cost and profit of mining o...

Vid Hribar

Vid Hribar Strategic Partnerships and Ecosystems Analyst at RBI

From cash to crypto: Understanding the changing face of money

This piece was co-authored by Gerald Ruschka, digital banking leader at RBI. Money is a topic that often escapes active consideration. When making transactions, whether in-store or online, our primary concerns revolve around the sufficiency of funds and the chosen payment method (for example, cash or card.) – rarely do we contemplate the form of ...