With useful data and information piling up in the financial realm, firms can use all the help they can get to more efficiently compile and employ it. Automation, which manifests itself in many forms, is a must for financial institutions. Natural language processing translates words into useful tools and applications that enable financial companies to be more compliant, profitable and sustainable and is experiencing increasing adoption in the financial industry.
Silicon Valley, London and Beijing come to mind in response to the phrase tech hub, but around the world, promising and trailblazing tech hubs are springing up in a number of locales, especially in Asia and Africa. This article examines three emerging, highly competitive tech hotspots—Singapore, Bengaluru and Kenya—that are drawing start-ups and talent and giving the leading tech mega-centres a run for the money, including venture-capital investment.
Much has been written about how retail banking has appropriated digitalisation to improve customer experience and gain market share, but investment banking has also adopted digital processes to step up their performance and market share, largely in response to shifting client demands and snowballing competition from alternate providers. As their monopoly hold on investment banking withers, what do incumbents need to do to stay in the race as the frontrunners?
Once the exclusive domain of banks, lending is breaking out, enabled by fintechs and big techs. As technology snowballs, digital lending is becoming a worldwide phenomenon but is especially evident in Asia, with providers sprouting up and gaining a footing, buoyed by the pandemic and the system changes it has introduced. What are the current trends, and what can we expect to see develop on Asia’s digital-lending front in 2021?
Open Banking originated half a decade ago as a European and UK consumer-protection regulatory initiative but has evolved into a popular technological concept. To give consumers more choice and data control, banks share their financial information, after receiving their consent, to third-party providers via APIs. The technology brings benefits to customers but also risks, so the Open Banking process must be carefully upgraded to find its promised place in banking.
2021 is fraught with questions about banking’s future in the strange, perplexing COVID-19 world, but there are key technological trends for industry participants to explore and exploit. Open banking, embedded finance, time and money, personalization, cybersecurity, digital currencies, payments without intermediaries will be principal factors in reshaping banking in Russia and worldwide. Staying in the game will hinge on a bank’s determination to make digital transformation its key strategical goal.
Throughout their long history, banks have sustained the smooth functioning of economies, but their effectiveness depends on the quality of their leadership. So, what makes a dependable chief executive or board member? The right attitude is a good start, as are applicable skills, foresight, ideas and a determination to cooperate with other key players. Now more than ever, strong and visionary leaders are the fuel that ignites profitable banking practice.
Rapid leaps forward in cross-border payments have led to significant reductions in processing times. This is great for customers but also leaves windows of opportunity open for cybercriminals, such as money launderers and fraudsters. The responsibility to remain compliant with financial-crime regulations weighs heavily on banks as it becomes more complicated, but the SWIFT network is going all out to help in the effort to ensure swift but legal transactions.
Financial institutions, coping with a tsunami of concerning issues, must face the reality of a more coordinated tidal wave of AML regulations, which regulatory regimes worldwide plan to enforce. The risks of disciplinary actions are too great for C-level and board members to ignore, so what developments do they need to know and what steps must they take to protect their companies, and themselves, from the consequences of compliance failure?
By now, most of us will have at least heard of the Internet of things (IoT), with many excitedly anticipating the realm of possibilities that the collection and utilisation of data by IoT devices will eventually offer. Among those possibilities is the invaluable insight that this data will provide, particularly with regards to our interests, preferences and regular habits and practices.