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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

/ai /regulation Artificial Intelligence and Financial Services

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 ...

/payments /markets Payments strategies 2015-2020-2030

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

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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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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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FinextraTV

Climate Scorpion: The Sting is in the Tail - Introducing Planetary Insolvency

Sandy Trust, Head of Organisational Risk at M&G, and Lucy Saye, Actuarial Manager at Deloitte, and previous chair at the IFoA Sustainability Board, present the 'Climate Scorpion' report. This report follows the IoFA and University of Exeter's 'The Emperor's New Climate Scenarios' paper, challenging the accuracy of NGFS and CBES scenarios. In this in-depth FinextraTV Unplugged interview with Richard Peers, ResponsibleRisk, they delve into tipping points, cascading risks, and the potential for positive tipping points, exploring the uncertainty surrounding Carbon budgets and their underlying assumptions. Given the Earth's complexity, climate modeling remains uncertain. The interview discusses how financial institutions and corporations can plan amid this uncertainty.

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Long reads

Sehrish Alikhan

Sehrish Alikhan Reporter at Finextra

Greenhushing: How will it impact sustainability efforts in financial services?

We have all heard of greenwashing – when companies lie or exaggerate their sustainable efforts to gain ESG brownie points and falsely reassure customers of their dedication to the environment, there is a new term that companies are getting the hots for called greenhushing. This terrible name for an even worse activity is when companies simply will...

Scott Hamilton

Scott Hamilton Contributing Editor at Finextra Research

Levelling the playing field for sustainable, green investments

“Our point is now, the real place this world is going is not back to 1950. In fact, we're going to a clean world, a sustainable, a healthy world, and a safe world. That's where we're going. And it's inevitable. So, you might as well get on the train and make some money.” That’s Tom Steyer’s message, in response to an audience question on the role ...

Madhvi Mavadiya

Madhvi Mavadiya Head of Content at Finextra

What will the UK climate fintech space look like in 2035?

This is an extract from the recently published report, 'The Future of UK Fintech - 2015-2035'. 2006 ‘The Economics of Change – The Stern Review’ released by Nicholas Stern: the report assessed a wide range of evidence on the impacts of climate change and on the economic costs. The conclusion of the study is that the benefit of a strong and early ac...