4 CEOs and the IMF MD On The Transformation of Finance

In the post ’21 Most Popular Tweets from the World Economic Forum’ I highlight some of the most popular themes from the 2016 Davos conference. As i researched the post it revealed that one of those most talked about debates for people in the finance space was a panel discussion titled “The Transformation of Finance”. ...

The Top Payments News Stories in January, 2016

Payments news in January 2016 pretty much continues where we left off in 2015. And in case you’re not sure where we left off, we can summarise it in 1 word – fintech. The buzz is all about technology and its well worth keeping an eye on the payments trends that consultancies like McKinsey are ...

The Future of Payments in 4 Amazing Infographics

There is an incredible spotlight right now on the future of payments. The focus on technology, fintech, blockchain and the Uber effect on financial services is culminating in some crazy, and some more mainstream payments trends. There are loads of interesting articles out there, but sometimes its just so much nicer to see the key payments ...

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 ...

6 Global Trends Financial Regulators Are Thinking About 2

As we look ahead to 2016, there are a number of industry experts making informed predictions and forecasts for the year ahead. The truth is that some of these will happen and others will not – nobody really knows what the future holds and therein lies the excitement for the next 12 months. But there ...

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 ...

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 ...

The Lowdown on the SEPA Cards Standardisation Volume 2

SEPA card payments isn’t something that i have really gotten into so far, simply because the initial focus was achieving SEPA compliance and then funky fintech stuff started kicking off…! But last week, the European Payments Council issued a press release detailing the publication of a SEPA Cards Standardisation Volume (version 7.1). I must admit, it ...