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 ...

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 ...