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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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The Future of UK Fintech - 2015-2035

An IFGS Special Edition UK Fintech Week 2024 With UK Fintech Week's flagship event - Innovate Finance Global Summit (IFGS) - returning for its 10th anniversary, Finextra and Innovate Finance have partnered to publish this report, which acts as your go-to-guide to everything you need to know about financial services and technology in the UK. ‘The Future of UK Fintech: 2015 – 2035: An IFGS Special Edition’ includes commentary from the brightest and best across the fintech ecosystem, discussing and debating the crucial issues facing the sector now and in years to come. This includes key insights from industry experts from Cogo, EY, Konsentus, Marqeta, Standard Chartered Ventures, and Zopa Bank. Scoping out the next decade to come, this report explores the agenda topics below and more: The Next Decade of FS and Innovation: What Lies Ahead Fintech Beyond FS Borders: How Fintech is Impacting other Industries and Sectors UK and the World: Keeping our Crown while Learning from Others Transformative Technologies: Opportunities and Risks Users of Tomorrow: The Next Generation of Consumers The Shifting Ecosystem: Who Will Lead?

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Banking as a Service: Predictions for 2023

Cloud strategies are changing After the financial crisis of 2008, traditional lenders experienced a drop in revenue and new players successfully gained traction after offering products that had been in high demand and long expected from existing banks. This trend advanced after regulators across the world endorsed open banking initiatives, data requirements were standardised and in turn, financial players gradually opened up to technology. With the transparency that open banking provides, banks were encouraged to offer digital services, fair pricing, and increased security. Further, they are forced to utilise application programming interfaces (APIs) for seamless information exchange between partners. This trend has since evolved: with open finance, APIs can facilitate the interchange of data, products and services in an attempt to improve customer experience, offer greater choice, and control over their finances. In 2020, the financial services industry - particularly banks - implemented emerging technologies to accelerate innovation across the infrastructure of core functions in real-time, and underlying trends that were previously being considered were utilised in weeks, rather than months or years. The coronavirus has led to relationships with consumers being reimagined and relationships with ecosystem partners being redefined; this also resulted in products and services being reconsidered. Technology providers are no longer just technology vendors: startups, scaleups and even unicorns are now viable collaborators for financial institutions. In this post-lockdown era, banks are tapping into this partnership model to enhance their digital transformation to keep pace with customer requirements and avoid being disrupted by newer, more technology-savvy, entrants. When banks work with technology companies, APIs can be built with a number of microservices that can communicate and connect with these third parties, building upon open finance solutions on cloud-based platforms. This allows financial institutions to scale on demand, pay for only what is consumed, and expand serverless architectures. Financial institutions are no longer considering the cloud – the cloud is necessary for how finance works today. An emerging yet burgeoning trend that will continue to evolve and grow in 2023 – banking as a service (BaaS) - offers a new route to market for banks and empowers them to attract new, niche customers by leveraging the cloud. BaaS also allows non-financial companies to push out financial products where and when they are needed, direct to their customers with minimal investment and with the benefit of cloud-based, pay-as-you-go pricing. This Finextra impact study, produced in association with i-exceed, explores how financial institutions and technology providers can collaborate to deploy mobile and web-based banking solutions at a faster rate.

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Rebundling: The Next Stage of the Fintech Evolution

The next stage of the fintech evolution is rebundling. At the core of the industry, the catalyst for fintech evolution has continued to be disruption and innovation, but not one banking or financial services issue can simply be resolved with only disruption or innovation. After the global financial crisis of 2008, it would have been unusual to have more than one or two banking relationships. However, the emergence of an open playing field, and with the application of the Second Payment Services Directive – more commonly known as PSD2 – across Europe, non-financial businesses were able to leverage open banking and open finance initiatives to offer financial services directly to their customers. This, in turn, widened the competition and resulted in the birth of fintech businesses that each focused on attacking one part of the banking value chain – be it payments, lending, FX, or another type of offering. Slow, complex, and expensive processes were no longer the status quo; and alternative players started to disintermediate the incumbents. These new entrants increasingly became popular because of their intention to improve customer experience and provide better products and services than the banks could – and in many cases, disruptors were both better and cheaper than the banks. Additionally, new fintech channels and platforms have become viable competitors to traditional players, tempting consumers away from the institutions they trust in favour of better user experiences. Now it is not unusual for people to have up to 15 financial apps downloaded on to their mobile phones. This Finextra impact study, produced in association with Banking Circle Group, explores the evolution of fintechs and Big Techs from unbundling towards rebundling of financial products and services to the benefit of customers, as well as providing examples for the modernisation of banks and financial institutions.

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"The Next Silicon Valley": Zilch CEO hails rise in UK Fintech investment & innovation

Philip Belamant, CEO, Zilch, speaks during UK Fintech Week at Innovate Finance's Global Summit and brings FinextraTV up to date with how the UK has become a centre for global fintech through investment, policy and innovation, which has enabled FinTech's to scale up. We hear more about Innovate Finance's Unicorn Council for UK FinTech, what it is responding to and how UK fintech growth should be prioritised in the next decade.

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Robert Marsh QA Tester at Metia

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Vladimir Krasik

Vladimir Krasik Global Head of Internal Treasury at Revolut

How can fintechs use high interest rates to navigate capital markets?

The rising interest rate cycle of the last two years has been accompanied by the deterioration of capital market conditions, adversely affecting most fintech start-ups. Investors discounted valuations, making raising new equity capital significantly more challenging compared to the era of zero-cost money. Simultaneously, for operational start-ups t...

Madhvi Mavadiya

Madhvi Mavadiya Head of Content at Finextra

What will UK fintech look like in 2035?

Huge growth across the UK fintech industry over the last decade has been driven by a combination of factors, namely support from the UK government and regulators such as the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Because of this, the development between 2025 and 2035 will unsurprisingly be substantial. This is an extract from the recently published re...