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June 27, 2016
After its debut in Belfast last year, MoneyConf 2016 was held in Madrid. The venue was La Nave, a brand new conference hall a 30-minute drive from the city center. At least the attendees were not distracted during the day by the great capital of Spain’s seductions. MoneyConf is an invite-only event “focused on the future of finance.” One of its goals is to bring together startups and...
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June 27, 2016
For some time now, the financial services industry has been anxiously awaiting updated regulations regarding mobile banking security. In a response to the rise of digital banking usage, the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) updated its Retail Payment Services Handbook and added Appendix E—Mobile Financial Systems (MFS). Appendix E highlights the complexity of the...
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June 24, 2016
Brexit is no longer a question of “if” but “what now?” The implications of the U.K. vote to exit the European Union cannot be understated, and the process by which the largest financial center in the European Union will fundamentally change its role starts now. Here’s what some of Aite Group’s analysts have to say: Javier Paz, Wealth Management: Foreign exchange: The U.K.’s decision...
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June 23, 2016
I had the opportunity to be on a panel at an event hosted by IBM in New York last week focused on emerging fraud issues. Participants ranged from fraud managers at financial institutions to data scientists from various vendors. It was a fantastically open and interactive dialogue that brought up many issues, none of which we easily resolved. One of the really interesting conversations was around...
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Ben Knieff
May 23, 2016
New-account risk assessment is an increasingly challenging proposition for financial institutions of all sizes. Opportunities for new-account fraud are exacerbated by the growing number of consumers who prefer to conduct commerce in the higher-risk online and mobile channels. Additionally, Dodd-Frank dramatically changed the economics of retail banking in the United States, while the Consumer...
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May 18, 2016
Change is happening all around the life insurance industry, and unless carriers have the tools necessary to make changes or even keep up with the change, they will fall behind. Their legacy systems are preventing them from moving into the next generation of life insurance and stressing a market that is prime for innovation. A new policy administration system can be the key to a carrier’s...
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Samantha Chow
May 18, 2016
My first impression upon reading about another bank fine is surprise that these two words are not a bigger trending topic in social media. After more than seven years of watching headlines with the words “bank” and “fine,” I suspect readers’ eyes glaze over and move on to the latest, truly disruptive news. But the latest news on the bank-fine front caught my eye, and for good reason. The Wall...
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Javier Paz
May 17, 2016
Over two days last week, more than 70 financial technology companies presented hands-on demos of their latest solutions in San Jose, California. The companies that demoed their products varied by geographical location, experience, technology, and area of application, which always adds to the conference's appeal. I’ve attended quite a few Finovate shows before and have often wondered if having...
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April 26, 2016
We’re one month into our experience with the Amazon Echo, the voice-activated device that accesses music, information, and pretty much anything else on the web. There have been a lot of proclamations of “game changer” made around the Echo, and based on our experience, those proclamations are correct. It’s a game changer, possibly a life changer.  The first thing that happens, immediately...
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April 22, 2016
We attended the Money2020 Europe conference in Copenhagen a couple weeks ago. This was the first Money2020 conference outside of the epic assembly of payments geeks in Las Vegas, and it was a great first effort. People were universally pleased with the venue, a conference center near the airport, and there was ample opportunity to network. Unlike in Las Vegas, it was fairly easy to find people...
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