29 Global Risks from the WEF You Need To Know

To put it mildly it has been an uneasy start to 2016. Global stock markets are plummeting, there are geopolitical tensions in Eastern Europe and on the Korean peninsula, a refugee crisis on the European doorstep that has instigated a global debate, horrific terror attacks, concerns about the economic health of China and uncertainty over ...

The World Is In Beta… Eh?!?!? 1

Over the Christmas period, i spent a bit of time reading up on things that i had been putting off for a while. One of those things was to find out what the heck the World Is In Beta is all about. It turned out to be quite interesting, so in this post i have ...

2015: The Major Payments News Stories with an Epic Twist

Its New Years Eve and like many people I’m looking back and pondering on 2015. There are some pretty cool and intelligent fintech and payments news reviews of 2015 (see sources at the end of this post), and so i thought i would offer my own (unique) perspective. In this recap of the top payments ...

The Top Payments News Stories in December, 2015

Here we are on the brink of 2016, and like every month this year i have rounded up the top payments news stories. The main story that seems to have emerged this month is the continued growth of cashless payments. With both Apple Pay and Samsung Pay looking to launch in China next year, Android ...

8 Christmas Myths, 7 Fintech Tales and a Partridge in a Pear Tree 2

Alright, so i am about ready to put on my Christmas jumper and start celebrating the festive season. Before i do i thought i would share some, what i found, interesting Christmas myths alongside a list of popular fintech myths. Myths are often a convenient way of looking at a particular phenomenon which over time ...

16 Global Payments Trends for 2016 by McKinsey 7

Its been an incredible 2015 and many commentators are now looking ahead to forecast what payments trends will be prominent  in 2016. Readers of this blog will know that i follow McKinsey quite a bit and back in October they wrote an article – 16 in 2016: Trailblazing trends in global payments – which i will provide ...

What is the SWIFT Global Payments Innovation Initiative ? 1

For anybody interested in payments and SWIFT, the SWIFT announcement last week of a Global Payments Innovation initiative was hardly a bombshell. In fact with all of the hype around fintech companies eating up incumbents, and the need for traditional financial institutions to become more innovative and attentive to customer demands you could argue that SWIFT ...

The Top Payments News Stories in November, 2015 1

Payments news stories in November 2015 have been dominated by disruptive technologies and companies…. A continued focus of fintech, fintech investments, blockchain related collaboration, mobile payments initiatives and companies such as Square have been shaking things up this last month. This combined with some interesting payments reports and payments related surveys have culminated in a ...

The Top Payments News Stories in October, 2015 1

This is a bumper edition of Payments News in October 2015. What an incredible month..! From a European perspective PSD2 was rubber-stamped, there were Payments Reports galore, countless fintech related stories, IPO’s broke records and there was Sibos. As i tracked through the month, i was amazed at the number of cyber-attacks too – worryingly ...

The Top Payments News Stories in September, 2015

Payments news in September was dominated by three themes – cyber-security, mobile payments and fintech (of course!). Reports of cyber security breaches and the increasing adoption of fingerprint verification were recurring cyber security related stories. Mobile payments meanwhile continued to go from strength to strength, with initiatives from among others Samsung, Google and MasterCard. And ...