23 Step ‘Fintech Action Plan’ by the European Commission 2

23 Step 'Fintech Action Plan' by the European Commission
Today the European Commission published a 23 Step ‘Fintech Action Plan’ to help promote more competitive and innovative financial services across the European Union. The Fintech Action Plan press release gives you a quick flavour of the high level plan with the usual focus on blockchain, distributed ledger technologies, digitisation, cybersecurity and crowdfunding with a view ...

What the Bank of England Really Thinks About Cryptocurrencies 1

What the Bank of England Really Thinks About Cryptocurrencies
Last week the Bank of England Governor. Mark Carney, talked to some students at Edinburgh University about the Future of Money. The speech hit the headlines last week because Mark describing cryptocurrencies as a failure, that needed to be regulated. Its investors were described as fools, while at the same time Mark Carney recognised the ...

The Top Payments News Stories in February 2018

This month the payments news stories seem to be dominated by PSD2, Open Banking and all things blockchain. In particular stories of multiple Ripple initiatives here, there and everywhere! Plenty of interesting reading, with some noteworthy reports too. Check out the following top payments news stories for February 2018: 1. Payments News – Cyber Security ...

Explained: RTS, SCA and CSC WRT PSD2 [EPC Infographic] 1

A couple of weeks ago the European Payments Council (EPC) released a pretty interesting infographic which covers some complex terms such as RTS, SCA, CSC – all of which are key components of PSD2. The infographic also gives a timely update on the current status of  PSD2 and the RTS rules. Below you can see ...

KPMG Recap of Fintech in 2017 and Fintech Predictions for 2018 3

KPMG Recap of Fintech in 2017 and Fintech Predictions for 2018
The KPMG Pulse of Fintech report is a must read for anybody interested in technology and financial services. And the current installation The Pulse of Fintech Q4 2017 is doubly noteworthy since it both recaps the state of fintech in 2017 and also looks ahead with some predictions for fintech in 2018. Read the report for ...

The Top Payments News Stories in January 2018

January 2018, big month! Open Banking came to Europe, and while things were relatively quiet, in years to come I am sure we will all reflect back on Jan-2018 as the month where it all started. Fintech and blockchain announcements continue to catch my eye, as do the reports of the month. Check out the following ...

10 Damn Good Payment Trends 2018 by Capgemini

10 Damn Good Payment Trends 2018 by Capgemini
Its that time of the year where all the top firms report and predict their hot payment trends for the new year. One of the earliest firms to get the payment trends ball rolling was Capgemini. In December 2017 Capgemini released their Top 10 Trends in Payments 2018, which is a widely recognised and quoted ...

The Top Payments News Stories in December 2017

Well here we are, more than ready to break up for Christmas and prepare for the new year ahead. In the last few days i had my own mini crisis – my blog got hacked. Who tf would want to hack this blog?!?! Anyway, we’re back alive and kicking. In this final instalment of the ...

10 MEGA Future Payment Trends by Accenture

10 MEGA Future Payment Trends by Accenture
Accenture recently completed a payments study of 1,500 consumers in North America which helped devise the following 10 mega Payment Trends that they believe will shape the future of payments. Check out the Accenture Driving the Future of Payments: 10 Mega Trends for full details – following is a quick recap: Payment Trend 1: Gen-Z ...

How Ready are Banks for the PSD2 Regulation by PwC 1

How Ready are Banks for the PSD2 Regulation by PwC
With just over a month to go till PSD2 (Payments Services Directive) comes into effect, there is a lot of buzz about the upcoming regulation. In this post i summarise what i learnt from the PwC report on bank PSD2 readiness: Waiting until the Eleventh Hour. Even though the PwC study is a couple of months ...