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 ...

10 Insightful Tweets from the Money 20/20 Europe Fintech Conf

The last couple of weeks have been pretty crazy week in the world of Fintech conferences, there was EBADay in Dublin (day 1 and 2), followed by the CB Insights Future of Fintech gathering in New York which overlapped with the Money 20/20 Europe event in Copenhagen. I’m guessing my tickets to these events got ...

The Top Payments News Stories in June 2017

June has been a crazy month for me, and as a result i have not been writing so much. Anyway, this months payments news recap was a good opportunity to catch up and see what has been happening. And what a month! Check out the following top payments news stories that caught my eye during ...

The Problem with Cash & Benefits of Digital Payments

Enabling digital payments to serve previously financial excluded communities for me is a fascinating topic. Digital payments in this respect is about so much than payments and technology, it enables the transformation of entire communities and more importantly their prosperity. So the recent case study by the Better than Cash Alliance – How Digitizing Agricultural ...

5 Things All Banks (& Corporates) Must Do Right NOW

Over the weekend i took a read of the EY Global Banking Outlook 2017 report. It’s a good read, the key and recurring message is “Uncertainty is no excuse for inaction”. Its a global banking report, so of course banks are the focus but what i found particularly interesting was that many of the themes ...

Is The FinTech Revolution Happenin’…?

In my mind, the Fintech Revolution is happening. Every conference i attend, banker or industry “expert” i speak to has a Fintech angle to share. Innovation in financial services is at unprecedented levels with new technologies (distributed ledgers, APIs, big data) and upcoming regulation such as PSD2 opening up financial services to new players. Then ...

The Top Payments News Stories in May 2017

I haven’t been posting much recently, most of May was spent preparing for a wedding (not mine!). Anyway creating this payments news summary was a good way to catch up and see what was going on. The spotlight was yet again on Cyber-security (WannaCry), mobile payments went from strength to strength with various deployments (Android ...

The Top Payments News Stories in April 2017

Below i have recapped what i think are noteworthy Payments News stories in April. Some interesting picks include the Lithuanian chap who scammed both Google and Facebook, JP Morgan leaving R3, various FinTech developments coming from both startups and incumbents and quite a few SWIFT stories. I haven’t had a chance to read all of ...

20 Insightful Reasons Driving Change in UK Payments

Payments in the UK are changing and a couple of months ago Payments UK released a report - Changing Payments Landscape: How 2017 will change the way we pay for good Рoutlining the reasons why. The UK payments industry is often described as a global leader paving the way for other countries, innovating and delivering ...

Overview of The Shadow Brokers, SWIFT And The NSA Leaks 1

I should have spent the Easter weekend decorating, but ended up reading up about the Shadow Brokers, SWIFT, EastNets and the NSA leak. In this post i thought i would explain what it all means for corporates that use SWIFT, and in particular for those that connect to SWIFT using a SWIFT Service Bureau. Shadow ...