Sharks, Cockroaches and Dinosaurs – Sibos Day 1

The first presentation of Sibos 2017 was “What does the future hold for banks – Evolution or Extinction?” Interesting topic to start with, eh? The panel consisted of bankers, a central banker and a techie. It was a lively presentation covering a range of themes – following are my notes: 4 Key Drivers of Change: ...

31 Mission Statements To Inspire and Motivate You

Recently i have been thinking about objectives, strategy and mission statements – for a quick overview of strategy, check out my post An Unexpected Strategy Lesson by Alistair Campbell. Anyway, what i have come to realise is that you need a clear set of objectives (at the very least), a strategy and perhaps even a mission ...

The Big Payments News Stories in September 2017

Things seem to be hotting up after the summer, with plenty of  payments news stories. The key themes that jump out most are the various developments in the blockchain space and the digital transformation journey that most banks are talking about. Its getting interesting out there… Check out the following top payments news stories for ...

SCT Inst – Instant EUR Payments from 21-Nov-17 – Woohoo!

We’re less than 2 months away from instant EUR payments within the Single Euro Payments Area. While i was reading up on the SCT Inst scheme, i came across a couple of pretty cool and informative SCT Inst infographics that i thought i would share with you. First a quick rundown of SCT Inst: SCT ...

Sibos 2017 Toronto – Should I Stay Or Should I Go…?

It’s that time of the year where payment folks are thinking about Sibos – the annual SWIFT conference, which this year is in Toronto. If you check out the Sibos website – the recurring message is that “Sibos is the worlds premier financial services event“. It is running from 16-19th October, all the major banks, ...

WEF on Fintech Startups and Disruption in Financial Services

During the weekend i had a read of the World Economic Forum (WEF) report: Beyond Fintech: A Pragmatic Assessment Of Disruptive Potential In Financial Services. Its an interesting read capturing the key findings of the WEF Working Group, who conducted interviews and 10 regional workshops with experts from across the financial services sector. In this first ...

The Top Payments News Stories in August 2017

I’m sorry for the lack of posts recently, i will get back on it from September (promise!). For now, let’s kick off with the big payments news stories over the last month. Check out the following top payments news stories that caught my eye during August 2017: 1. Payments News – Cyber Security Wanna Cry ...

What The Heck Is A Payment Hub..?

I have been on a mission the last week to find out one thing, what the heck is a payment hub? The question is simple enough. But there is no straightforward answer. In this post i share some of my payment hub findings. Keep in mind that my inquiries around a payment hub are with ...

The Top Payments News Stories in July 2017

I’m sorry for the lack of posts recently, i will get back on it this month. And let’s kick off with the big payments news stories over the last month. Check out the following top payments news stories that caught my eye during July 2017: 1. Payments News – Cyber Security Lloyd’s Cybersecurity Report - Counting ...

6 Things Mastercard Taught Me About the Sharing Economy

There is a lot being said about the sharing economy at the moment, and conveniently last month Mastercard released a whitepaper The Sharing Economy: Understanding the Opportunities for Growth. I was reading it last night on the train back from London and in this post will share my notes. 1. What is the Sharing Economy? There ...