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February 22, 2017
With the departure of Forex Capital Markets (FXCM) from the U.S., leadership change, etc., financial reporters far and wide are asking for perspective on these events. Some go as far as probing whether this is the end for the U.S. retail foreign exchange (FX) industry—to which I say, no, it isn’t the death of retail FX in the U.S. since there are still three authorized brokers (Gain Capital,...
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Javier Paz
February 21, 2017
This year’s "FinovateEurope" took place in London on February 7 and 8, 2017, attracting more than 1,500 visitors. Following the tested concept, fintech companies had the opportunity to present their ideas to the audience in a seven-minute pitch. Despite—or perhaps thanks to—the limited time available, most presentations came out crisp and clear. Less is more. Who was expecting young geeks...
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February 21, 2017
Although banks may appear slow to react and less agile than emerging fintech companies, banks remain their corporate clients’ main point of reference for technology innovation and inclusion. Even many leading corporations don’t want to be the pioneers in something that is not part of their core business and keep a wait-and-see attitude toward fintech innovation, expecting advice from their banks...
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January 12, 2017
When people ask me what I do, the response I typically get is, “Wow, but life insurance is a pretty boring industry!” While it has always excited me, my friends just don’t get it. So why is this industry so darn exciting to me? This is an industry full of change—especially over the 20 years I have been involved in it. Consumers have changed, getting both older and younger at the same time. The...
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December 29, 2016
As we get ready to turn the calendar page to 2017, the Aite Group Retail Banking & Payments analysts took a look back on the big events in the industry in 2016. Many of these promise to have ripple effects into 2017 and beyond.  Election results in the United States: The surprise results of the election have big banks optimistic about the potential for deregulation, while many...
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November 29, 2016
Financial institutions (FIs) continue to place a greater emphasis on enabling new account-opening growth through online and mobile channels, and expand their product offering to foster financial inclusion and growth. In my recently published study New DDA Strategies: Balancing Risk and Regulators, over 40% of FIs in every category with the exception of the largest FIs already offer some type of...
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November 15, 2016
Blockchain-based applications developed by SCtech (pronounced “skytech”) players (i.e., software vendors dedicated to developing blockchain-based applications for supply chain management) are dispersed across diverse supply chain (SC) processes: document management, traceability, provenance, and finance. They are currently engaged in proof-of-concept (POC) experiments to identify which SC...
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November 7, 2016
A couple weeks ago at Money 20/20, my co-presenter (Brian Byrne from EMVCo) demoed the new-and-improved version of 3-D Secure (3DS) to a packed house of payment industry professionals. There’s been a renewed industry interest in 3DS leading up to this launch—I’ve received more inquiries from clients about 3DS in the past six months than I have in my entire six years at Aite Group. So the big...
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October 31, 2016
The fourth annual Money 20/20 is in the books. While official attendance figures have not yet been released, this one felt even bigger than last year. Five analysts from Aite Group attended: Christine Barry, Julie Conroy, Ben Knieff, Tiffani Montez, and Thad Peterson. Here are a few key takeaways from the team:  Zelle’s debut: At last year’s Money 20/20, Early Warning...
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October 19, 2016
I had the pleasure to speak at the Digital Identity Summit hosted by ThreatMetrix last week in Los Angeles, California. There were a number of great sessions representing banking/financial services, e-commerce, payment service providers (PSPs), and other service providers. It was really interesting to observe similar use cases being applied to very different businesses with similar challenges...
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Ben Knieff

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