Shouldn’t customers in Europe be “all in” for Open Banking, which promises to give them control over their data and open the door to much improved financial products and services? Instead, customers have been slow to embrace the Open era, fearing their data may be compromised. Financial services providers have their work cut out to persuade customers to cross this new frontier.
App developers are shooting ahead like missiles, struggling to outdo each other in the creativity department, and customers are loving them for it. But are banks keeping up, or have they been left out of the digital party, still struggling with outdated systems that simply “don’t do” technology all that well? 2017, characterized by the unexpected, is separating the serious contenders from the rest.
Change has become the key word for European Union banks, and the European Commission’s Revised Payment Services Directive, set to come into effect next January, promises to level the playing field for banks and fintechs as well as uphold consumer rights, while also possibly changing the face of traditional European banking beyond recognition. How are banks coping with the challenges and demands of the PSD2?
We know through experience that preparing for the worst is a wise strategy, which is why most financial institutions in the UK are currently banking on a “hard Brexit” scenario. No matter what exactly transpires after Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty is officially invoked, hard work lies ahead, and plenty of it.
As the news of Brexit rippled throughout the world, there was initial uncertainty regarding what this move may mean for the UK, and London’s future as Europe’s leading financial centre.
The road ahead for investment banks remains bumpy and curvy, and navigating it will require that each institution take bold action to enact the business model that will enhance its strengths in today’s challenging economic climate. Despite some recent gains, factors such as high costs and product complexity are still weighing the sector down.
Doing business around the world has always involved risk, but today risks seem to be multiplying, influencing the willingness of businesses to branch out. On top of slow growth and deflation, 2017 could be a challenging year for the global economy—and yet risk-management strategies such as insurance can alleviate the impact.
Leading think tank Open Europe last month published an independent report investigating how valuable the ability to ‘passport’ financial services across Europe – as laid out in the single market directive – is to the UK’s economy following the country’s decision to leave the EU in June.
Theresa May faces two years of complex talks to unpick the UK from the fabric of the European Union and establish a new relationship with her EU partners. But before she gets there, she faces one significant hurdle: the UK’s outstanding EU bill.
The European debt crisis demonstrated not only the fragility of the bloc to external shocks, but it also showcased the glaring inequality within the European nations. It was a reminder that the impact falling across the Eurozone is not only severe but also unequal.