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38 FinTech Companies in Kenya to Look out for in 2017

By Elena Mesropyan for LTP

While being the largest unserved market that has dropped out of sight of the global financial system, Africa as a market has all the prerequisites promising to serve as a firm foundation for FinTech growth and development. (more…)

About, Fintech news, Global trends

February 19, 2017

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Blockchain – The Next Banking Blockbuster?

By Finextra

“Let’s not throw the baby with the bath water”, is what the financial services industry seems to be saying. While they didn’t quite warm up to the Bitcoin, they are clearly embracing the Internet of Value that has been made possible by blockchain, the crypto-currency’s underlying technology, akin to internet/web for information. Today, blockchain is one of the most discussed technologies within the industry and is considered as one of the most interesting development on technology front. Even as we speak, many multinational banks have invested in proof-of-concept projects to explore potential applications for blockchain across the financial services value chain. In the recently held annual meeting of World Economic Forum (WEF-2016) in Davos, Switzerland, leaders of the world’s largest financial institutions, companies and organizations debated on blockchain technology as a disruptive innovation, which has potential to change the banking landscape. (more…)

Analytics, Fintech news, Global trends

February 16, 2017

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Artificial Intelligence Is Becoming A Major Disruptive Force In Banks’ Finance Departments

By Steve Culp for Forbes

A combination of elements including massive distributed computing power, the decreasing cost of data storage, and the rise of open source frameworks is helping to accelerate the application of artificial intelligence (AI).  Our own research indicates that, by 2035, AI could double economic growth rates in 20 countries, and boost labor productivity by up to 40 percent. (more…)

About, AI / Machine Learning / Big Data, Banks, Fintech news, Global trends

February 16, 2017

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7 new banks for the Snapchat generation

By Vladislav Solodkiy fro e27

To consider fintech as just another distribution channel is a fundamental mistake; Neobanks should change users’ perspectives on money in a more drastic manner. (more…)

About, Banks, Fintech news, Global trends, Mobile-first banks

February 14, 2017

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What will the loan industry look like in 2017?

By Finextra

Outsourcing will get smarter

Deloitte’s Global Outsourcing Survey revealed that not only is the use of outsourcing increasing, but attitudes among banks about how they engage with outsourcers is also on the move. (more…)

Banks, Fintech news, Global trends

February 14, 2017

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3 Steps Fintech Companies Need To Take In Order To Survive

By Chris Myers for Forbes

I’m of the belief that the financial technology sector is failing to live up to its considerable hype due to the fundamental disconnect between the finance and technology industries. (more…)

About, Analytics, Fintech news, Global trends

February 11, 2017

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Blockchain will change everything, but only if we can find the right talent

By Finextra

On the one hand, financial services executives believe distributed ledger technology will have a transformative impact on the industry within the next three-to-five years, yet on the other a serious shortage of blockchain talent is threatening to impede real-world deployment. That’s the conclusion of the two distinct pieces of research conducted by Bain and Tabb Group. (more…)

Blockchain, Fintech news, Global trends, Marketing Report

February 9, 2017

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How Chinese mobile payments are quietly conquering the world

By  for TechNode

While mobile payments have been off to a slow start in most of the Western world—even the rollout of EMV chip payments in the United States is far behind schedule—China has become the melting pot for mobile payment solutions. (more…)

China, Fintech news, Global trends, Mobile payments/banking

February 6, 2017

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Where are the Best Fintech Startup Opportunities?

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Financial technology has been one of the main priorities for development in Singapore, with the sector receiving a lot of governmental support. This has encouraged both domestic growth and attracted some of the biggest technology companies in the world to open fintech labs in the city-state. (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, Global trends

February 6, 2017

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Blockchain Tracker: Governments Trust In Blockchain

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Blockchain, Fintech news, Global trends, Government activities

February 4, 2017

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Mobile Payment Trends to Watch out for in 2017

By LTP

The latest advancements in mobile technology led to the introduction of convenient services, such as mobile payment systems. Smartphones have gone beyond the call of duty, as businesses and banks are now leveraging the Internet of Things (IoT) to expand their reach and offer a fast and convenient service to consumers. (more…)

Blockchain, Fintech news, Global trends, Mobile payments/banking

February 3, 2017

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How Indian FinTechs Are Collaborating With Banks – Bangalore FinTech Meetup 2017

By LTP

LTP has been organizing monthly FinTech meetups in Bangalore and Mumbai to nurture a dialogue in the FinTech startup ecosystem in India. For the latest meetup organized in Bangalore, the topic was perhaps one of the most important FinTech topics currently — Value of partnerships between banks and FinTechs: What does true collaboration mean? What is a good partnership strategy? And how do you foster innovation through partnerships? (more…)

Banks, Fintech news, Global trends, India

February 3, 2017

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Bitcoin Core Dev’s Blocksize Reduction Proposal Draws Ire from ViaBTC Founder

By CryptoCoins News

Haipo Yang, ViaBTC’s founder and former employee at the Chinese internet giant Tencent, expressed strong criticism in a brief interview with CCN towards Luke-Jr, a Bitcoin Core developer and Blockstream contractor, regarding his proposal to reduce the blocksize to 300kb or, alternatively, for the network to wait another 7 years before an increase of the current 1MB transaction capacity. Yang says: (more…)

Analytics, Blockchain, China, Fintech news, Global trends, People of fintech

January 31, 2017

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Report: China’s Banks are Turning to Blockchain Technology

By CryptoCoins news

As the Chinese government is turning toward researching and exploring possible applications of blockchain technology, the country’s big banks are increasingly hiring experts and developers to keep up with digitization and a technology-driven landscape.

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Analytics, Blockchain, Fintech news, Global trends

January 27, 2017

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Blockchain Tracker: Bridging Gaps

 

One of blockchain technology’s earliest corporate supporters just recently completed testing for its blockchain-based proxy voting system. (more…)

Blockchain, Deals, Fintech news, Global trends

January 27, 2017

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Emerging market payments requires innovation in regulatory technology

By Tomas Likar for PaymentsSource

Financial technology, which first made its impact in predominantly Western countries such as the U.S. and U.K., stands to bring even greater change to unbanked populations in emerging markets.

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Analytics, Global trends, RegTech

January 25, 2017

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Virtual reality banking? Now that IS science fiction.

By Finextra

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Back in early February 2016, Facebook uploaded a photo of CEO Mark Zuckerberg walking through what seemed like an army of VR headset wearing drones. The overall look and feel of the picture has been dubbed ‘disturbingly Orwellian’, but it’s easy to see why VR headsets are becoming so popular. By 2020, according to the study conducted by the Analysis Group and commissioned by Facebook, $14.6 billion in revenue is due to come from Virtual Reality based technology. That’s based on low adoption rates. It could be as high as $126 billion. (more…)

Banks, Fintech news, Global trends, Influences FinTech

January 24, 2017

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Devices and Unconventional Channels Are Turning Into Payments Platforms

By LTP

The payments segment was the hottest FinTech segment in 2016 – financial technology companies around the world raised a total of ~$36 billion in financing across over 1500 funding deals from over 1700 unique investors (not taking into account M&A deals). Representing less than a quarter (22%) of the funded pool, the Payments/Loyalty/E-Commerce segment secured almost 40% (over $13.5 billion) of total funds raised, while, with 29% of representation, Banking/Lending companies are responsible for just 26% ($9.3 billion) of raised funds. (more…)

Analytics, Fintech news, Global trends

January 24, 2017

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China’s fintech is leaving the rest of the world behind

By  for TechNode

China is emerging as a leading fintech market on a global scale. Half of the global investment in financial technology is happening in Asia, especially China, according to the World Economic Forum. (more…)

Analytics, China, Fintech news, Global trends, Marketing Report

January 23, 2017

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The ‘Socialization’ of Financial Services

By Elena Mesropyan for LTP

Peer networks play an important role in delivering financial services nowadays, bringing the element of social into traditionally corporate-dominated industries. (more…)

About, Global trends, Mobile payments/banking, p2p-payments, p2p/online lending

January 23, 2017

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Alternative payments are a ‘victim’ of Brexit

By Kirsty Tull for PaymentsSource

As Brexit starts to pick up steam in the coming year, the the impact on banks and the payment processing industry remain to be seen and will likely be far reaching.

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Global trends, Government activities, Mobile payments/banking, p2p-payments

January 23, 2017

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Is blockchain necessary?

By Mohan Krishnan for Finextra

There is no dearth of material to tell us what is blockchain, how it is going to transform our lives in the years to come, where it could be applied, etc and the list is endless. That it is the next big thing after all, since the invention of steam engine, the electricity and the internet itself! World Economic Forum predicts that by 2025, 10% of global GDP will be on blockchain technology.

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Analytics, Blockchain, Global trends, Marketing Report

January 23, 2017

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How Fintech Can Disrupt the $14T Mortgage Market

By Barbara A. Friedberg for Investopedia

Fintech, which has already disrupted the payments, banking and financial advisory markets, is beginning to enter the $14 trillion mortgage market. Given the growing popularity of digital financial solutions, there appears to be a demand for electronic mortgage solutions among home buyers and sellers alike. (more…)

Banks, Fintech news, Global trends, p2p/online lending

January 20, 2017

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Where Insurers and Reinsurers Invested in Tech Startups in 2016

By CB insights

Thematic areas that attracted strategic investment in 2016 included cybersecurity, property management software, IoT, and digital insurance distribution. (more…)

Analytics, Deals, Fintech news, Global trends, Insurance

January 20, 2017

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Internet-of-Things Poised to Disrupt Banking and Insurance

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The Internet-of-Things (IoT) is set to be one of the biggest technological transformations on the horizon, promising to radically change the way we live and how we conduct business. (more…)

Analytics, Banks, Global trends, Insurance, Marketing Report

January 18, 2017

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Motive Partners, a new London/NYC fintech VC, is raising a $150M fund

By  for TechCrunch

The British pound may be at one of its lowest points of the last 50 years right now (and may still go lower…welp), but some investors see this as an opportunity. (more…)

About, Deals, Fintech news, Global trends

January 18, 2017

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Could Fintech Be in a Bubble?

By Amy Bell For Investopedia

While skeptics claim the fintech bubble will soon burst, many experts believe this innovative sector will keep on booming. Fintech, short for financial technology, became a major buzzword in 2015. That’s when a herd of fintech startups emerged and pronounced they would disrupt the financial industry – from established banks to payment firms. In 2015 financing for fintech startups surpassed $20 billion, a 66% increase over 2014. (more…)

Analytics, Banks, Deals, Fintech news, Global trends, p2p/online lending

January 18, 2017

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The Top 10 Insurtech Trends For 2017 That Set The Digital Insurance Agenda

By Roger Peverelli and Reggy de Feniks

The beginning of the year is usually the time to predict key trends for the year to come, and so it goes with the insurtech sector as well. Most lists focus on the latest sexy technologies and applications, but after a year, we find these have hardly gained any traction, so cannot really be considered “trends”. To call something a key trend, new and innovative isn’t enough. It requires adoption at scale. We therefore decided to take a different approach, resulting in quite a different kind of list. (more…)

About, Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews, Insurance

January 18, 2017

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Banking Future is in Digital Channels and UX Strategy, Not in Marketing

By Albert Pumpur for Finextra

2016 has just ended and 2017 has started. For most of the companies that means new strategic plans for possibility to grow in future. Banking industry is no exception. New year, new me or even better me applies for them too. Inside board meeting rooms C-level executives set new KPI’s and plan improvement on existing ones. Mid-level executives have to obey these plans.  Executives must be happy to get that yearly bonus. (more…)

Banks, Fintech news, Global trends, Mobile payments/banking

January 17, 2017

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Innovate Finance flies fintech delegation to Davos

By Finextra

Innovate Finance, the independent membership organisation representing UK’s global FinTech sector, is returning to Davos this week with a delegation of members to discuss this year’s theme of Responsive Leadership. (more…)

About, Fintech news, Global trends

January 17, 2017