EU Euro Payments Must be SEPA Compliant by 31 Oct 2016

This blog has covered in depth the SEPA timeline for euro payments and direct debits, starting with the initial deadline (1st February 2014) and the 6 months grace period which culminated in the final (1st August 2016) SEPA deadline. So you’re probably wondering, what the heck is this euro payments to be SEPA compliant by ...

9 Things I Learnt & You Might Too About PGP Encryption

The Edward Snowden revelations have played a significant role in raising the profile of encrpytion over the last few years. That debate will clearly continue to run, but with heightened cyber security threats the use of encryption is something very relevant for corporates Рparticularly where payments are concerned. And it is with payment security in ...

What Is FATF & How Will It Impact My Payments?

Just as i thought SEPA was done and dusted (dont forget about the October 2016 deadline!!), I am hearing about the need to comply with another set of payment regulations – FATF, Financial Action Task Force. I must admit i knew nothing about FATF , so went on the hunt for some useful information. This ...

The Top Payments News Stories in July, 2016

I have been pretty busy lately and am getting ready for a couple of weeks off – Woohoo! So i am going to keep this edition of Payments news stories in July 2016 short and sweet. There seem to be featured quite a few cosying up stories and a couple of technical glitches too. And ...

Are you bamboozled by Agile Methodology?

I keep reading and hearing about agile methodology, agile software development, agile project management, scrum methodology, waterfalls…. and sometimes wonder wtf is going on. These terms sound great, but you can often get lost in the terminology and yet this is the time to know exactly what these terms are all about. Many corporates are ...

10 Reasons Why A Billion Is The New Million

When i was a kid, everyone talked about a million. One million was a threshold, which when surpassed was pretty dramatic. Now, its all about the billion – which is why a billion is the new million! In this post, i highlight a couple of interesting lists that showcase why a billion is the new ...

15 Kick-Ass Brexit Tweets by the FinTech Mafia

Almost a month on from the Brexit vote, i was doing a bit of research to see what the Fintech mafia thought about it all. After all, the Fintech mafia are the folks in-the-know and pushing the industry ever forward so their thoughts are likely to guide the industry. The trends and insights that are ...

Is Your SWIFT Service Bureau On The List? If not, WHY Not?

The other day i was updating the post A News Bulletin Overview of the SWIFT Related Hacks, and started reading up about the Vietnam hack. The interesting thing about the Vietnam Tien Phong Bank hack was that the fraudulent transfers were routed through an external or third party provider used by the bank to connect ...

7 Ripple Reasons Why the SWIFT GPII Ain’t Good Enough

I’m trying to get to grips with all things payments and blockchain related at the moment, and this quest has sent me in various directions. One emerging Fintech company thats fast occupying both the payments and distributed ledger space is Ripple. More on them later. But for now, i wanted to cover a couple of ...

The Problem With Payment File Uploads into Internet Banking 1

There are some amazing advances happening in technology right now¬†- we’re sending space probes to Mars with a view to very soon sending man to the red planet, there are driverless cars, machines are doing more through Artificial Intelligence, virtual reality is becoming mainstream, financial services are being revolutionized through an array of fintech solutions ...