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,
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
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,
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
More than half of core banking transformation initiates either fail or do not realize the intended benefits. Most of such projects are huge in scale and enormous in terms of impact on the bank. While the above gives a pessimistic view, there is quite a bit of learning regarding ‘what not to do’ in such
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
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,
‘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
After just 4 weeks from SIBOS, it is time for Money2020. From the Transaction and Investment banking world of pinstripe suited bankers in Geneva, I am heading to Vegas in to the world of payments, a landscape that is being impacted by powerful disruptive forces. The contrast is quite visible between the two events. At
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.
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).
Asset Management is no exception to the dramatic changes currently facing the financial services industry. This transformation is happening on a global level, including the introduction of regulations that impact firms’ operating models in a variety of ways. Technological innovation is a driver of the changes affecting how firms interact with their clients, impacting asset
Investment banks are evaluating possible avenues for efficiency improvement either through artificial intelligence (AI) or through automation. In fact Robo Advisors are disrupting the traditional wealth management model by attracting large number of millennial customers by providing a differentiated Investment management experience. At the same time new regulations are being introduced to ensure safety of
Until the last financial crises took place, banks were pillars of greatness. They offered the best paying jobs, blue-chip stocks to invest, and occupied landmark buildings in major cities. At the same time though, they also represented poor customer service, high inefficiency and cost of operations, and legacy technology running core systems. Fast forward a