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Guy Melamed

Guy Melamed CEO at Exberry

New Year’s Resolutions for Market Infrastructures in 2024

Traditional financial infrastructure providers are increasingly considering upgrading their trading systems to align with modern times. This is both based upon strategic developments taking place over the past couple of years (Microsoft investing £1.5bn in LSEG, Nasdaq collaborating with Amazon for cloud infrastructure, and Google injecting $1bn i...

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Anish Kapoor

Anish Kapoor CEO at AccessPay

Corporate Payments in 2024: APP fraud, ISO 20022-readiness and generative AI

The start of a new year is a natural time to consider what lies ahead. Here, we look at four key themes in corporate payments: Authorised Push Payment (APP) fraud, operational resilience, generative AI and ISO 20022, and consider what lies in store for 2024. Authorised Push Payment Fraud Combatting APP fraud will be high on the agenda for many orga...

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Priya Kumari

Priya Kumari Digital Content Marketing Specialist at MSys Technologies

The Resilience of Credit Unions: Shaping the Future of Consumer Loans

Introduction While credit unions have experienced a slight slowdown in growth, they have proven to be more resistant to market fluctuations compared to banks. Despite facing challenges, credit unions have managed to maintain their share and even make gains in specific sectors. This article explores the recent trends in credit unions' consumer loan...

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Raktim Singh

Raktim Singh Senior Product Leader at Infosys

Democratized AI

What is Democratized AI: The democratization of artificial intelligence entails universal access to AI. Put simply, open-source datasets and tools, which were created by prominent corporations , require minimal user expertise in artificial intelligence, allowing anyone to construct groundbreaking AI software. The underlying principle of 'Democrat...

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Mantvydas Štareika

Mantvydas Štareika CEO at CapitalBox

Alternative sources of finance should support SMEs

Small and medium-sized enterprises, SMEs, make up 99% of all European companies and are the backbone of the EU economy, as they account for the vast majority of growth in the labor market. Despite that, SMEs are still seriously underfunded, in fact by as much as around €400 billion in the EU alone according to a recent study. The reason is that SM...

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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.



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.



Embracing the New Paradigm of Cloud Migration to Future-Proof Payments Technologies

A Finextra Research Impact Study in Association with Global Payments and Amazon Web Services (AWS). Consumer expectations, behaviour and payment preferences are and will continue to evolve at an accelerated rate. As a result, payments processors and issuing banks must ensure they are technology-enabled and software-driven so that the financial products and services they provide are future-proofed, ready for today and tomorrow. In an attempt to keep pace with competitors, banks must recognise that collaboration between payment players and cloud service providers will help drive frictionless, more secure digital experiences for consumers. This is of paramount importance in a world where resilient commerce through contactless interactions – at scale – is key. However, some institutions are still offering traditional premise-bound services and aren’t taking advantage of the innovative technologies available in market today. In order to remain relevant, these organisations must be flexible, accelerate speed to market and provide best-in-class experiences for their customers. According to a McKinsey survey, banks that use technology to transform customer experience have increased customer satisfaction by 15 to 20%, reducing cost to serve by 20 to 40%, and boosting conversation rates and growth by 20%. From extending their footprint into new products, services and markets, to innovating and creating next generation, digital focused banking solutions, the goal for financial institutions is to meet the demands of the connected, digital world and keep pace with ever-changing consumers’ preferences. Against a backdrop of new payments startups, legacy players don’t have the benefit of starting from scratch but do have the advantage of a large customer base. While cloud technology can support digital transformation, financial institutions, retailers and new market entrants will also realise the benefits of a collaboration between the likes of Global Payments and AWS and how it will lead to more secure, reliable and innovative solutions for the payments industry at scale. Download your copy of the Impact Study below to learn more.




Thought behind the theme: The Intersection Of Policy, Finance, And Technology

This year's Singapore Fintech Festival centres on the intersection of policy, finance, and technology, uniting regulators, financial leaders, and technologists for essential discussions that are driving the industry forward. Pat Patel, Executive Director at Elevandi, highlights the event's diverse agenda, which features dialogues on topics like ESG, entrepreneurship, and sustainability, all aimed at preparing the industry for the challenges and opportunities in the year ahead.


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Vivi Friedgut

Vivi Friedgut CEO at Blackbullion Ltd

Tips for female founders looking for investment in 2024

As I head into another funding round in 2024, I find myself once again looking at the figures around female funding. It’s not a cosy read. Innovate Finance’s latest figures identified that a total of 10 female founded (or co-founded) companies completed venture deals in the first half of 2023. This means female-driven fintechs represent just 2.2% o...

Madhvi Mavadiya

Madhvi Mavadiya Head of Content at Finextra

Top 25 fintech investments of 2023

Just before Christmas, HSBC UK announced the expansion of its ‘Growth Lending’ fund from £250 million to £350 million in response to growing demand from high-growth tech scale-ups. To access the funding, scale-ups must have strong equity backing, a proven sales track record, and a clear path to profitability. The fund was launched in response to ...

Luther Liang

Luther Liang Director of Product at Grasshopper – serving US startups and SMBs

Why established digital banks are the best choice for startups in 2024

In the ever-evolving landscape of finance, startups face unique challenges that demand innovative solutions. Choosing the right financial partner can be a make-or-break decision for these companies, especially in an era of technological acceleration, which is why digital banks have risen as a compelling alternative to traditional institutions and ...