6 Simple Black Friday Tips Before you Hit Buy

After roaming around looking for some pre-Black Friday deals, i was pretty overwhelmed by the hype and sheer volume of ads and deals bombarding me. Clearly Black Friday is now increasingly a big deal outside of the US. Check out the infographic at the end of this post that highlights the trend and growth of ...

7 Mind-Blowing Banking and Fintech Themes by McKinsey

Couple of weeks ago McKinsey wrote about the rise of nonbanking platform or fintech companies that are wanting to eat the banks lunch. In this post, i summarise the key points from the Mckinsey fintech report. 1. Banking is in a Flat and Uninspiring Performance Rut While the banking industry has on the whole recovered ...

9 Cool Fintech, Security and Tech Graphics from Sibos 2017

9 Cool Fintech, Security and Tech Graphics from Sibos 2017
Okay, last post reflecting information from Sibos 2017. Here i share some of the graphics that i spotted over the 4 day Toronto conference which capture key cybersecurity, fintech and tech themes. Take a close look at the graphics, there are some pretty interesting messages and let me know what you think in the comments ...

What the Bank of England Thinks About Fintech

What the Bank of England Thinks About Fintech
Over the weekend i was reading Andrew Hauser’s (Executive Director for Banking, Payments and Financial Resilience) speech in Cambridge regarding the Bank of England’s Fintech Accelerator program. Read the speech for full details, but here is a summary: Technology Has and Is Transforming Financial Services Andrew started off describing how technology has and continues to play ...

10 Kick-Ass Gartner Technology Trends for 2018

Round about this time of the year the top consultancy firms publish what they believe will be the most important technology trends for 2018. Gartner provide arguably the best analysis and technology trends predictions and it is those that i will summarise in this post. The key theme highlighted by Gartner refers to “the entwining of ...

The Top Payments News Stories in October 2017

Payment news stories in October were dominated by the usual suspects, but in particular a number of fintech and blockchain related initiatives. This was in part driven by Ripple and SWIFT both of which held their flagship conferences, as did AFP and the Money20/20 all of which trigger numerous announcements and initiatives to ensure maximum ...

8 Things I Learnt from Satya Nadella at Sibos, Day 4

8 Things I Learnt from Satya Nadella at Sibos, Day 4
For those that don’t know, Satya Nadella is the Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft, and succeeded Steve Ballmer in 2014. Satya closed Sibos in Toronto last week and following are the 8 key themes that i picked up on from his chat with SWIFT CEO Gottfried Leibbrandt. 1. The Need for Innovation has Never been Greater ...

The Future, Money Or Data? – Sibos Day 3

Okay, i know this is late – but better late than never, eh? On day 3, one of the best panel discussions was around the Future of Money. Here are my notes from the big issue debate which asked which is more important data or money? Data, the Digital Oil In the introduction Carmel Crimmins, ...

Calm the Tech Down – Sibos Day 2

Sibos Day 2 was a hectic day, starting off with a breakfast with Sir Tim Berners Lee (the inventor of the World Wide Web), which was supposed to be followed by a session on APIs in Financial Services – but that was full. So i went to the Cap Gemini World Payments Report session (more ...

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: ...