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Can banks’ grab the ‘bitcoin’ opportunity?

Finextra reports: Can banks' grab the 'bitcoin' opportunity? Jon Matonis, executive director of the Bitcoin Foundation looks at the how banks can leverage bitcoin and the debate around jurisdictional arbitrage. Source: Can banks' grab the 'bitcoin' opportunity?. [Source: Finextra]

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Why B2B Payments Is Ready To Be Disrupted

PYMNTS reports: Why B2B Payments Is Ready To Be Disrupted The trouble with working though the early days of a paradigm shift is that it can be very hard to say what the shape of things to come will be. Luckily for Transactis CEO and Chairman Joe Proto, he’s worked in B2B payments for the  Continue Reading » [Source: PYMNTS]

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Wells Fargo steps into Oculus Rift at new digital lab

Finextra reports: Wells Fargo steps into Oculus Rift at new digital lab Wells Fargo has established a digital lab to test the use of bleeding edge technologies such as smart wearables and virtual reality headsets in … Source: Wells Fargo steps into Oculus Rift at new digital lab. [Source: Finextra]

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Daily News at Sibos 2013: Day 3

Bankingtech reports: Daily News at Sibos 2013: Day 3 Source: Daily News at Sibos 2013: Day 3. [Source: Bankingtech]

01 Oct 2014 09:36

Daily News at Sibos 2014: Day 1

Bankingtech reports: Daily News at Sibos 2014: Day 1 Source: Daily News at Sibos 2014: Day 1. [Source: Bankingtech]

01 Oct 2014 09:36

Daily News at Sibos 2014: Day 2

Bankingtech reports: Daily News at Sibos 2014: Day 2 Source: Daily News at Sibos 2014: Day 2. [Source: Bankingtech]

01 Oct 2014 09:36

Power to the people

Bankingtech reports: Power to the people The growth of peer to peer lending demonstrates that there is an alternative to the traditional lending model of banks. But can crowd funders ever replace the incumbents and do they enjoy long-run advantages or face being co-opted? Source: Power to the people. [Source: Bankingtech]

30 Sep 2014 09:06

BAI Retail Delivery Sneak Peek with Barclaycard U.S. Plus a Chance to WIN!

BANKNXT reports: We’re giving away one free ticket to the BAI Retail Delivery conference on November 12 – 14 in Chicago, Illinois! Source: BANKNXT [Source: ]

30 Sep 2014 08:59

Barclays Debut London Fintech Cohort Eyes Real Estate, Wider Access And Hardware

TechCrunch reports: Barclays Debut London Fintech Cohort Eyes Real Estate, Wider Access And Hardware  The Barclays Accelerator is holding its inaugural demo day today, with 11 startups presenting to potential investors after 15 weeks of mentoring and financial services hot-housing. Read More Source: Barclays Debut London Fintech Cohort Eyes Real Estate, Wider Access And Hardware. [Source: TechCrunch]

29 Sep 2014 08:45

What frictionless means for MasterCard

Finextra reports: What frictionless means for MasterCard Ann Cairns, President – International Markets, MasterCard, discusses the real-world example of frictionless payments, the relationship MasterCard has … Source: What frictionless means for MasterCard. [Source: Finextra]

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Chris Skinner is best known as an independent commentator on the financial markets through the Finanser and Chair of the European networking forum the Financial Services Club, which he founded in 2004. The Financial Services Club is a network for financial professionals, and focuses on the future of financial services through the delivery of research, analysis, commentary and debate and has regular meetings in London, Edinburgh, Dublin and Vienna. He is the author of nine books covering everything from European regulations in banking through the credit crisis to the future of banking and is a regular commentator on BBC News, Sky News and Bloomberg about banking issues.
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Written by  22 Nov 2012 07:51

Virtual currencies will explode thanks to mobile games

The European Central Bank (ECB) has just issued a report on Virtual Currency Schemes, with case studies on Second Life and Bitcoin (both previously covered in depth here). In the report, the ECB calls Bitcoin “the most successful — and probably most controversial — virtual currency scheme to date.” The ECB goes on to say that the concept of Bitcoin  Continue Reading »

Written by  25 Oct 2012 05:20

Osaka, here we come! Sibos 2012.

Many of us are gearing up for this year’s SIBOS – the big SWIFT jamboree that gathers all those involved in payments worldwide … whoops, involved in transaction processing worldwide. This year it’s in Osaka, Japan, and I’m on my way over there at the weekend. As a result, the next week of blogging will  Continue Reading »

Written by  11 Jul 2012 09:18

Square: The Apple of Finance

In case you didn’t see it, Wired magazine ran an article about Jack Dorsey and Square this month.  Throughout the article, they compare Jack Dorsey to Steve Jobs and Square with Apple. In a long opening – the first page is just about pouring tea! – they finally get to the crunch so here’s my shorter, edited version: Square may  Continue Reading »

Written by  22 Jun 2012 05:39

Innovating on a sinking ship: the Innotribe Belfast write up

I’ve already given some reflections on last week’s Innotribe Belfast meeting in my write ups of Metro Bank and Fidor Bank. Now, for a more general write-up, I’ve taken the inputs of Kosta Peric, the SWIFT innovation group leader who runs innotribe; the innotribe start-up details; and the input of participating company Allevo; to put together my own summary of the whole  Continue Reading »

Written by  21 May 2012 03:40

The multibranded bank

Having made the claim many times that banks are not great at multichannel but excel in a single channel, I got into an interesting debate last night with the CEO of one UK bank. He was asking whether branch-based banking had a future. I said branches have a limited future, with the megastore branch being  Continue Reading »

Written by  14 May 2012 00:55

Who moved my rock?

I often use two discussion points by way of background when talking about the future. The first is that kids will show you the way, because children are rushing towards the future whilst most adults are rushing away from it. Children at 9 and three-quarters and 12 and half, whilst adults are celebrating their 31st  Continue Reading »