If last year was any indication of what financial markets will look like in 2019, we are in for a very bumpy ride. Last December alone, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell and rose more than 8 percent as finance experts struggled to make heads or tails of a bizarre political climate, unsteady interest rates and global tariffs.
Our world has never been more connected, thanks to the internet, and this is especially true in commerce. Via digital communication, the consumer can deal directly with multiple traders, from small to mammoth, of products and services without the assistance of an intermediary. The new network economy introduces opportunities for both cooperation and competition. What are the four main trends in today’s markets?
Banks are supposed to put up sturdy walls to protect the sensitive financial information that they closely guard, but sometimes these silos work to the benefit of the fraudsters intent on breaking in and stealing it. When bank teams work together, they present a much stronger unified barrier against cyber-criminals. What five steps do banks need to take to make this collaboration happen?
Automation saves time, cuts cost and carries out routine tasks with unmatched efficiency, so who wouldn’t welcome it? Possibly the people whose income currently depends on carrying out those tasks. Digitalization is guaranteed to strip out much routine work in banking, but it will not necessary mean fewer bank jobs. Roles will be reinvented so that technology frees human staff to provide customers with excellent advice and service.
For banks, cloud computing appears to be the perfect answer to the growth of big data—and the necessity to manage and exploit it. This shared pool of information offers increased efficiency at lower cost, but adoption can be challenging for banks, with regulators expressing concerns especially regarding customer data protection. Fortunately, success is within reach through effective collaboration between banks, regulators and cloud providers.
The financial services industry relies more on information technology than any other sector. That makes perfect sense given the high-speed and detail-oriented nature of the industry. Unfortunately, it’s costing a lot more to protect and maintain financial data these days.
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?
If you had asked me 10 – even five – years ago if I could imagine the day would come when I could quite easily open up a bank account online, I probably would have just laughed it off.
Traditional banks have a long history, which is good and bad—good because of well-established customer relationships; bad due to cumbersome legacy systems, some created in the days of analog, that struggle to adapt to the rapidly changing demands of the digital age. Like it or not, to keep up with customers and competitors, most banks have a lot more ground to cover.
PDFs, office documents, e-mails and texts are everywhere. Today the vast majority of information assets is unstructured and composed in natural language. Most organisations recognise the need to classify and organise these asset types, but why do so few actually practice it?