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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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Event Report

Cloud innovation paves path to the future

An open banking platform has the power to transform a bank, whether the bank is looking to modernise using technology on-premise, in the cloud or as Software-asa-Service (SaaS). In turn, banks gain access to endless opportunities to engage with customers and scale for massive demand. This event report, in association with Temenos, highlights the key takeaways from Temenos Community Forum 2023 that took place in Vienna, Austria. Bringing industry experts and partners together to explore new opportunities opened up by emerging technologies and the cloud, this year’s overarching event theme was ‘Engage and Grow in a Cloud World’. In this report, we explore the different ways that the cloud is accelerating transformation in the industry, including: Why banks are being disrupted by BaaS and embedded finance services; How agility, innovation, and customer experience are gaining momentum on the cloud; How to build resilient cloud infrastructure for sustainability; And more.

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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 ESGTech 2024

With every passing year, we are seeing our chances to tackle climate change diminish, but we are not without the opportunity to make a change. The summer of 2023 was the world’s hottest on record according to NASA, with Europe being stuck by the largest wildfires ever recorded, Storm Daniel decimating Libya, and record-breaking downfalls in Hong Kong. The financial sector has a big role to play in changing the trajectory of the world. The opportunities presented by ESGtech (Environmental, Social, and Governance Technology) play a large part in that. This report aims to analyse a variety of the ESGtech options and present a future the impacts they could have on our future. Focusing on sustainability will be pivotal for the financial sector moving into 2024. This Finextra report, produced as part of SustainableFinance.Live, features expert views from Dimitra, HeavyFinance, McKinsey & Company, MVGX, Rimm Sustainability, and Zumo, and explores how financial organisations use ESGtech to make substantial change.

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How redefining value in decision making helps the planet

To achieve a sustainable future, integrating financial, natural, social, and human capitals equally into financial systems is crucial. In a conversation with Richard Peers from Responsible Risk, Mark Gough, Chief Executive Officer of Capitals Coalition, discusses redefining value and transforming global decision-making processes to tackle challenges such as nature loss, inequality, and climate change. They stress the significance of contextualized information and measurements for value assessments, highlighting the need for collaboration, integration, and transparency to effectively address complex challenges in the green transition.

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Long reads

Daniel Klier

Daniel Klier CEO at ESG Book

Forget COP: Why financial markets must advocate for ESG

Experts warn 2024 could take us into uncharted climate territory, pushing temperature rises beyond the threshold of 1.5 degrees Celsius. These stakes demand one thing: there must be no more COPs where corporate emissions, as the main driver of the climate crises, are not meaningfully addressed. Oil and gas majors remain the biggest offenders, but ...

Lukky Ahmed

Lukky Ahmed CEO at Climate X

COP28: Why climate science is critical for banking regulation

Science is at the heart of COP28 Against a backdrop of record global temperatures and associated extreme weather events, climate diplomats from 198 countries are wrapping up intense negotiations at COP28, the biggest U.N. climate summit to date. A major feature of the summit has been the completion of the first ‘global stocktake’ of progress towar...

Scott Hamilton

Scott Hamilton Contributing Editor at Finextra Research

What are the top COP28 takeaways for banks – thus far?

Amid all of the high hopes and sometimes lofty or overstated goals, achievements, and elusive dreams of the COP28 conference, continuing through to the 12th of December, financial services remained one of the top industries to watch. Noted by environmental scientists and experts the world over as key influencers of potential action, on their own p...