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Steve Haley

Steve Haley Director of Market Development and Partnerships at Mojaloop Foundation

The Evolution of National Payment Systems and the Rise of Digital Sovereignty

Countries are increasingly modernizing their national payment systems to include the 1.4 billion underserved individuals within the digital economy, particularly those who rely on mobile phones and have limited access to traditional bank branches. Integrating unbanked and underbanked citizens into the digital economy allows central banks in emergi...

Matt Ryan

Matt Ryan Chief Transformation Officer at Reef

Keeping Customers Loyal When There Is Too Much Choice

93% of consumers compare products online before making a purchase, and with more choice than ever, particularly when it comes to financial services, wealth management and digital asset management, the amount of choice can be confusing. For potential clients, it can be tempting to pick whatever’s easiest rather than struggle to find the best produ...

/people /wealth Trends in Financial Services

Anne Willem De Vries

Anne Willem De Vries Co-founder and CEO at Silverflow

Legacy Systems Are Holding Payments Back

Despite processing millions of payments a day, the payments industry is being held back by outdated technology that has become too integral to replace or integrate with – until now. Legacy systems are already costing the payments industry $36.7 billion per year, a figure that is expected to rise to $57.1 billion by 2028. Rather than addressing sin...

/payments /cloud The Payments Business

James Smith

James Smith MD at Dsruptiv Ltd

What might a Labour government mean for Fintech and Payments in the UK?

A Labour government in the UK could have significant implications for the Fintech and Payments sectors. Key areas that might be affected include changes to the finance landscape, financial services policy, regulation and oversight, innovation, competition, financial inclusion, international positioning, digital infrastructure and education. Here’s...

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Anup Chandrashekar

Anup Chandrashekar Vice President at Sonata Software

Transforming Banking: Generative AI's Role in Driving Innovation and Resilience

In the dynamic realm of banking, innovation has been the cornerstone of evolution and customer satisfaction. From the pioneering days of ATMs to the digital revolution brought forth by internet and mobile banking, financial institutions have always been at the forefront of embracing technological advancements. Today, as we embark on the cusp of a ...

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The Future of Digital Banking in Europe 2024

A Money20/20 Special Edition. In 2023, fintech investment in the EMEA region dropped to $24.5 billion, down from $49.6 billion in 2022 – a seven year low.  Macroeconomic and global political conditions are creating challenges for growth, with upcoming general elections around the world adding to the uncertainties in financial ecosystems. Despite these challenges, the outlook for European digital banking remains positive.  The region continues to lead in innovation within the financial sector. This Finextra report, a Special Edition for Money20/20 Europe, features interviews with key players in the European financial services and fintech industries. It includes insights from Vodeno, EY, J.P. Morgan, Swift, Tink, and TrueLayer, and explores the following topics that will be addressed in Amsterdam: Hyper-personalisation: Moving towards super apps  Embedded payments driving the Banking-as-a-Service revolution  Variable recurring payments: The next step in European open banking  Is Europe ready for MiCA? From Web1 to Web3, or Markets1 to Markets3  How European fintech is facing macro challenges 


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Sustainable Finance Live - Sustainable Cities: Enabling positive change through innovation and collaboration

Sustainable Finance Live Conference and Hackathon - Visual Record On 10 October, Finextra Research and ResponsibleRisk held the annual Sustainable Finance Live Hybrid Conference and Hackathon, in partnership with NavaOne, at Events@ no6 in London.  This year's conference focused on how to finance sustainable cities, what we can do to identify solutions and work towards resolutions through panel sessions, workshops, and the hackathon.  Download our visual event record to discover the key themes from the day's panels, keynotes and hackathon. We cover: The bank's role in financing sustainable cities The role of Al in decarbonising the built environment Private sector risk appetite and the race toward net zero Connecting capital with the right sustainability solutions Visions and results from the Hackathon And much more. Download the Sustainable Finance Live visual record to learn more. Click here to watch the recordings of the SustainableFinance.Live 2023 plenary sessions in London. Click here to watch the related SustainableFinance.Live on-demand webinar - Placing cities at the centre of the climate change discussion.


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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. 




How banks can deploy software solutions faster

Join FinextraTV at the Temenos Community Forum 2024 as Ross Mallace, Global Head of SaaS, Temenos, explains what Temenos Enterprise Services are and how the recent launch will help banks to overcome numerous industry-wide challenges. To keep pace with their competitors, financial institutions will need to rapidly launch new business lines or progressively modernise their legacy systems at a faster time to market, enable growth and quickly deliver value. By providing organisations with a build and test environment, banks can launch a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) and get a headstart in the race to innovate.


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Scott Hamilton

Scott Hamilton Contributing Editor at Finextra Research

UK and US elections 2024: How inflation and perceptions are influencing votes

In the UK, it’s contributed to “consumers addicted to ‘financial doomscrolling’ fuelled by economic angst”, according to a recent survey by FIS. In the US, it’s marked by an electorate feeling ‘shakier’ about the economy and licking their wounds from previously soaring post-pandemic prices across nearly every buying category. What are we talking...

Scott Hamilton

Scott Hamilton Contributing Editor at Finextra Research

UK and US elections 2024: The impact on finance and fintech

As we head into national general elections in the US and Europe over the coming months, many financial institutions and fintechs are wondering just what it would mean to their operational and profit models if one of the incumbent national leaders wins, or if a current lead candidate or likely candidate (in the case of the prime minister in the UK,...

Scott Hamilton

Scott Hamilton Contributing Editor at Finextra Research

US Federal Reserve leaves interest rates unchanged, what’s next for banks and customers?

With the US Federal Reserve’s announcement Wednesday to hold interest rates steady at a target benchmark of 5.25-5.50%, broad implications of this decision are starting to line up across the financial services arena. Continuing at the highest level since 2001, current rates are being held in place by the central bank board because of what they cal...