Banking & Financial Services

AI perfectly illustrates Darwinism at a business level

One of the core tenets of Darwinism is the idea that only those equipped to deal with their environment will survive. Darwin may have addressed the natural world, but his insights still offer some valuable lessons in business. The rise of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and how businesses are adapt to this new technological development provides 

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Bank wallets are an ‘imperative’ to counter third party apps

Banks worldwide have been clamouring to support mobile wallets launched by technology companies. While this may make for good PR in the short term, the same banks are at risk of losing their biggest advantage: The customer relationship. The established view has been to offer consumers the ability to store multiple bank cards in a 

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Smart Automation for Banking & Financial Services Customer Due Diligence and KYC

The enormity of the effort and spend for compliance is best illustrated by Jamie Dimon’s speech to shareholders last year – JPMC spent over $1.6bn on their Compliance Department, employing 13,000 people to ensure they address regulatory issues and compliance. This after they paid more than $16bn in legal penalties in 2015! Compliance is an 

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Demystifying the Compliance Challenge

These are uncertain times, especially for those in the finance industry. The regulatory picture is changing rapidly; the fact the world’s top investment banks have been fined a remarkable $43 billion over the past few years suggests they’re having a hard time maintaining compliance. Regulations such as Dodd-Frank in the US, EMIR in the EU, 

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Third party wallets pressure banks to form their own mobile pay apps

A banking industry revolution is underway with increasing adoption of digital technologies and a rapid increase in the use of mobile technology. Historically, banks have erred on the side of caution, testing the waters rather than taking the plunge. They demonstrate an intent to have a stake in the game but their conservative approach often 

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Change to spare: How technology meets evolving anti-money laundering requirements

The past 10 years have seen an increase in the number and breadth of regulations aimed at the financial services industry, many of which stem from the financial crisis of 2007-’08. For example, requirements for capital adequacy, and restrictions on proprietary trading, have profoundly affected the covered institution. Yet beyond rules spawned the financial crisis, 

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Core Banking – A Reality Check Against Blockchain

On the advent of blockchain technology, core banking solutions within banks are going to face major challenges. The quintessential dimensions of core banking solutions such as defining and replicating products, processing transactions, and GL mapping and accounting are in danger of becoming obsolete due to the arrival of blockchain technology. It may take a lot 

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Whose Payments Platform is it Really?

I have been following the battle closely between Australian banks and ApplePay for quite some time. What’s really interesting to see is this battle actually has implications well beyond Australia. I still remember when ApplePay was first announced. US retailers banded together under MCX (Merchant Customer Exchange) to build their own payments solution CurrentC. CurrentC 

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Mobile wallets can end the ‘fragmentation’ of modern financial services

As Christmas approaches, online shoppers will once again be doing what online shoppers do best, though increasingly they will be doing it via their smartphones, which can be fiddly. Merchants that have accepted the overheads of PCI-DSS and the ever-increasing risk of hacking have been able to provide a low friction payment process by storing 

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A Year Of Digital Disruptions

Digital transformations shaped 2016. Enterprises centered their focus on business needs, capabilities and availability related to digital transformation. Major challenge was to maintain legacy IT services with limited budgets, while also increasing digital transformation within the business. IT leadership took note of the situation on time and we saw implementation of cross-functional partnerships, investments in 

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Nordea & VirtusaPolaris FinTech Lab to help FinTechs during Stockholm Startup Weekend

Nordea and VirtusaPolaris FinTech Lab to help FinTechs converting ideas into prototypes during Stockholm Startup Weekend Nordea is the Signature sponsor at the Stockholm Startup Weekend for FinTechs January 27-29 and we are proud to announce that Nordea has engaged VirtusaPolaris Fintech Lab to be prime Innovation partner during the event. We will together utilize 

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Core competency: A savvy map for transforming core banking solutions

For any bank, core banking systems (CBS) lie at the heart of operations: They play an instrumental role in processing transactions, updating balances, running batch jobs and interacting with interfaces. But with the advent of disruptive technologies, along with fickle customer preferences and overall regulatory changes, banks now tend to treat CBS as less important. 

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4 must-dos for a banking aggregator to accelerate NPP compliance

Plato, the famous Greek philosopher once remarked, “To suffer the penalty of too much haste, which is too little speed”. The quote seems perfect for this harp on real-time payments. Real-time payments are a reality. Consumers today instantly pay Uber rides or split a restaurant bill with buddies through e-wallets. Financial institutions need to gear 

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Unified Payment Interface – Is it a real threat to Digital Wallets?

With the introduction of Unified Payment Interface (UPI) this year, National Payment Corporation of India (NPCI) struck a right cord in fulfilling dream of digital India. As UPI is making its way to market, many analysts have started comparing it with digital wallets. The growing consensus depicts end of an era for mobile/digital wallet companies 

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Making way for smart contracts

Blockchain and smart contracts in financial organizations are shifting from curious experiments to pragmatic pilot projects. A few software products, including Ethereum, Digital Assets, Hyperledger, Multichain, Chain, and R3CEV, seem to have garnered larger interest in the banking space. While these are generic, there are more business-specific blockchain-smart contract vendors such as Itbit, Bankchain, Wave, 

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The Unfolding Future of Bank Branches

‘Trust’ and ‘Transparency’ have always been the cornerstones of stakeholder expectations in the banking industry. Since 2008, there has been a constant deficit on both fronts, resulting in heavy regulatory penalties, right sizing of banks and several other long-term implications on the economy. Since then, banks have taken up the responsibility of rebuilding customer trust 

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Technology innovation and policies set to fuel India’s move to a cashless economy

It is a globally accepted fact that moving to a cashless economy is good for growth. Several studies have indicated that the adoption of alternative methods for money transfer and payments provide benefits to all actors in the ecosystem – the government and central bank, commercial banks, the industry as well as the end consumers. 

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Smart Contracts and the Automation of Trust

Blockchain and its related technology has gained significant attention across industries. The financial industry has begun to realize the potential of it. It’s very well known that blockchain technology decentralizes decision making and fosters decision by consensus (in technical terms, proof of works where all participating miners are expected to solve a given mathematical problem). 

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