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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

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

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

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

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

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

Insurance Incumbents Turn To Big Data, Partnerships To Keep Pace With Startups

By CB Insights

The insurance landscape is going through tremendous change, and policy reform is not the biggest challenge on the horizon. Data analytics, machine learning, and a surge of new entrants are disrupting the traditional insurance model and creating easier, more affordable access to coverage. (more…)

About, Global trends, Insurance

January 16, 2017

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Banks face big profit loss to digitisation – McKinsey

By Finextra

European banks stand to lose half their profits from digital disruption trends shaking the banking industry, according to a report from McKinsey. (more…)

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

January 16, 2017

Opportunities for Financial Inclusion in Asia

By LTP

Financial inclusion is one of the most complex problems equally damaging for economies and populations in every corner of the world. While the scale may vary in developing and developed countries, for every government, it remains one of the top issues standing in the way of society’s resilience to hardships and opportunities. (more…)

Analytics, Global trends, InspirAsia, Mobile payments/banking

January 16, 2017

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Innovation under the hood will rev the engines of a fintech revolution

By  for TechCrunch

When the internet was first created in the 1970’s and 1980’s with the introduction of the ARPANET its early years were focused on the development of infrastructure and protocol — beyond the knowledge and far away from the consciousnesses of the general public. (more…)

Analytics, Banks, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends, Insurance, p2p-payments, PFM/PFP services

January 15, 2017

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Bots are not killing apps — bad apps are killing apps

By  for VentureBeat

According to bot evangelists, today’s apps are going to be replaced by bots, so why bother with fanciness? Goodbye, delicious Uber UI animations. So long, stickers and filters on Snapchat. Farewell, swiping on Tinder. Will the last app standing be Facebook Messenger? (more…)

About, Analytics, Bots, Global trends

January 15, 2017

The Sources of Increasing Risks for Financial Institutions in 2017

By Elena Mesropyan for LTP

The traditional banking sector has witnessed considerable changes in the market environment, technology trends and customer expectations, leading to the necessity to respond to those changes. Regardless, a year ahead still holds certain risks federal financial institutions will face and develop an appropriate response to. (more…)

Banks, Fintech news, Global trends, Government activities, Marketing Report

January 15, 2017

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Hottest FinTech Trends for 2017

By YapStone for LTP

When the media talks about FinTech, more often than not, the leading headline is a bold statement, like “the FinTech revolution,” or “the big bank disruption,” and it’s easy to see why. Dubbed by the Economist as a “magical combination of geeks in T-shirts and venture capital,” the growth and influence of FinTech have been rapid. (more…)

AI / Machine Learning / Big Data, eWallets, Fintech news, Global trends, Mobile payments/banking, Security

January 14, 2017

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Blockchain impact timeline speeds up, massive cost savings forecast

By Finextra

Uptake of distributed ledgers will remove $110 billion in costs for the global financial services industry over the next three years, as the technology is applied to critical ‘pain points’ across seven legitimate use cases, according to an analysis by McKinsey. (more…)

Analytics, Blockchain, Fintech news, Global trends

January 13, 2017

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Why User Experience Engineering is a Must in Financial Industry for 2017

By Finextra

The essence of user experience engineering

There are millions of problems customers face every day. Any successful business starts with a solution-to-solve problem, but not every solution is usable enough to help customers. Service interface design ensures digital solution usability by matching solutions with user needs and psychology. (more…)

Analytics, Fintech news, Global trends

January 13, 2017

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A Fintech Filter for Artificial Intelligence in 2017

By Julie (@julieschicktanz) Muhn for Finovate Blog

In what The New York Times is calling The Great AI Awakening and Forbes has dubbed The Year of AI, 2017 is shaping up to be obsessively focused on artificial intelligence, a field that has been around for awhile (remember playing checkers against a computer?) but has finally matured to the point of usefulness. (more…)

AI / Machine Learning / Big Data, Analytics, Fintech news, Global trends

January 12, 2017

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The Journey to Invisible Authentication

By Elena Mesropyan for LTP

There is little to no doubt that passwords are on their way out of use and relevance with more advanced solutions taking over the market. But no matter what comes next, the most advanced solutions that are increasingly gaining attention and traction are making one major change in ensuring cybersecurity – they introduce invisible, non-interrupting methods of continuous authentication. (more…)

About, Global trends, Security

January 11, 2017

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Traditional Insurance Companies Forced By Insurtech To Innovate In 2017

By  for Fintechnews Singapore

The insurance industry had given us amenities that we take for granted today. For instance, the fire station is the invention of insurance companies. After the Great Fire of London, insurance companies built the modern fire stations to fight fires against buildings which they insured. Over time, they pooled their resources together to form the London Fire Brigade in 1865. (more…)

Fintech news, Global trends, Insurance

January 11, 2017

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Blockchain, cognitive computing and cloud to shape future of finance

By The Business Times

Blockchain, cognitive computing and cloud are some of the technologies that will shape the finance industry the most in the digital age, banking and technology chief executives told a financial conference on Monday. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends

January 10, 2017

Alternative, Traditional SME Finance Spheres See Growth

The past few years have seen some of the largest changes in the history of small business lending, and that evolution hasn’t been stifled by borders. Across the globe this week, new small business lenders emerged, new data on SME lending rates surfaced and new initiatives to provide small business with access to capital launched — in both the traditional and alternative spheres. (more…)

Analytics, Fintech news, Global trends, p2p/online lending, SME

January 9, 2017

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How Mobile Banking Wins the Loyalty of Small Businesses

By LTP

Personal mobile banking has already created a stir, reaching 43% of active users in 2015 (FED). While customers have warmly welcomed this new convenient way of handling daily banking operations, little emphasis is actually made on small businesses. It seems the mobile revolution has yet to reach this market segment. (more…)

About, Global trends, SME

January 8, 2017

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Fintech in Singapore: Top Highlights of 2016

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2016 was an important year for Singapore as the city-state moves further to become a leader in fintech. Ranked as the second leading fintech hub in the world by Deloitte, Singapore has made financial technology one of its top priorities. (more…)

Blockchain, Fintech news, Global trends, Government activities

December 28, 2016

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Why chatbots will disappoint and messaging will thrive in 2017

By  for VentureBeat

The year 2016 was pretty messy by all accounts — just look at what John Oliver has to say about it. Between Harambe, Brexit, Bowie, the American election, a Syrian refugee crisis, shootings, and, of course, the New York Jets missing the playoffs, it’s safe to say that many of us are looking forward to 2017. (more…)

AI / Machine Learning / Big Data, Analytics, Bots, Global trends

December 27, 2016

Here’s what Southeast Asia can learn from India’s tryst with cashlessness

By Adhil Shetty for e27

When we talk about the future of money, we invariably come to discuss the merits and demerits of going cashless. It’s perhaps a science-fiction-like scenario wherein all your transacting needs are taken care of by a few taps on your smartphone. (more…)

Cashless, Global trends, India, InspirAsia, Marketing Report, Mobile payments/banking

December 27, 2016