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November, 2016

  • 23 November

    The Fall Of Carthage

    The battle and subsequent fall of Carthage in around 146BC was a drawn out affair that had had seen the city under siege. Over about two years the Carthaginians had plenty of time to reinforce the city, to forge arms and prepare for the final push they knew would come …

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  • 23 November

    INSURTECH: you will never insure — or be insured — the same way as before

    Insurtech is currently one of the most dynamic and exciting sectors: more than $2,6bn were invested in the industry last year, three times the amount invested the year prior. Corporate insurers such as Axa, Allianz, AIG or Aviva are creating inhouse funds to identify the most promising innovations in the …

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  • 22 November

    Kommuninvest live with combined ALM solution

    With total assets of around SEK 370 billion, Kommuninvest is the largest lender to the local government sector and the sixth largest credit institution in Sweden. In 2014 Kommuninvest launched KI Finans, a web based Debt Management solution which nowadays has over 1 000 users. Kommuninvest expects similar success now …

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  • 22 November

    Traditional Banks: From Too Big to Fail to Too Slow to Move?

    In the wake of digital banking licenses being issued, the rise of challenger banks is in full-swing. The start of 2015 saw a new breed of banking (unsurprisingly in digital format) enter the market. These challenger banks have relished in the cost savings unavailable to traditional banks: no legacy system …

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  • 21 November

    Russian-British Business Forum «Partnerships for growth. New strategies»

    Eastern Seasons present an annual Russian-British Business Forum organised by The Russian Trade Delegation, in cooperation with the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation. It provides a unique platform for Europe’s most pow-erful business and finance officials to discuss the challenges now facing the international community. The Business …

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  • 21 November

    TOP-10 insurtech trends

    Insurance market does not stay aside of technological revolution. It keeps abreast of the tech-developments and initiatives developing new insurtech ecosystem. Media about fintech in Ukraine and globally, “Future” magazine, represents TOP-10 insurtech trends, which were consolidated through participation at leading global tech (fintech) events within last 2 months:   …

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  • 21 November

    What makes Yandex.Money disruptive?

    Yandex.Money is the largest electronic payments service in Russia, according to a 2016 survey by TNS. The service hosts about 28 million user accounts with about 15,000 new accounts opened daily. Yandex.Money also offers online merchants Yandex.Checkout. Currently, more than 76,000 online stores across the globe use Yandex.Checkout. Yandex.Money is …

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  • 21 November

    Why are we more interested in how many steps we take rather than our credit score?

    We live in a world where an ever growing amount of us have Fitbits, Jawbones and other tracking devices that are increasingly measuring and comparing our physical performance. We know how many steps we take, how many calories we’ve consumed (and expended), what our sleep patterns have been and, of …

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  • 18 November

    Why AEI Is The Key To Unlocking The Future

    There’s weakness of data, any data, all data. It’s generated by what has happened. It is historical. And trying to predict the future from the past is tricky, to say the least. Data based predictive decisions work best when the time window they operate in is at its smallest. Nano …

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  • 18 November

    Small Firms Should Learn – Debt Is NOT a Dirty Word

    Few people would claim to love debt. But smart business owners know that borrowing is often necessary for their enterprises to reach their full potential. Thanks to fintech and alternative finance, today’s entrepreneurs have more choice, flexibility, and faster provision of funds than ever before. What’s behind this phobia of …

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  • 17 November

    APIs in Financial Services: Wizards, Muggles & The Quest For Common Understanding

    On 11-12th October Level 39 hosted this year’s API Days London event. The room was encouragingly full even more encouraging was the equal mix of technical wizards and us non technical muggles on the business side. Why is this so positive? Because the tech/nontech language barrier is something that I …

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  • 17 November

    What’s hot in fintech?

    KAE, the strategic marketing and trend consultancy, launches a new blog dedicated to discussing some of the hottest trends in the FinTech space. As part of our continued focus on and work within the FinTech space, KAE has been monitoring a number of trends to assess their impact on this …

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  • 16 November

    Misys signs deal with Deutsche Bank

    Misys today announced the signing of a five-year Enterprise License Agreement giving Deutsche Bank unrestricted access to deploy Misys FusionBanking Lending and Misys FusionCapital solutions across the business. Mike Grimaldi, Chief Information Officer, Global Markets at Deutsche Bank, said, “This new and strengthened agreement with Misys will help us to …

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  • 16 November

    What is Yandex.Money?

    Yandex.Money is the largest electronic payments service in Russia, according to a 2016 survey by TNS. It is an online payment service that works with two types of clients — individual users and merchants. Since 2002, we have been providing services to those who pay and those who accept payments. …

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  • 16 November

    Cyber security breaches: lessons to be learnt?

    High profile cyber security breaches seem to have become a regular occurrence — the latest one at Tesco Bank is a spectacular example: according to some press reports it involved the theft of £2.5m from 9,000 customers’ accounts, which had to be reimbursed by the bank — not to mention …

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  • 16 November

    Looking into the future of fintech or merely following the fintech illusion?

    Fintech. It’s a word that’s casually been thrown around in recent times, everyone wants to be associated with it, but does the word hold any gravitas anymore? FinTech is not necessarily a new idea as such but rather one that has reinvented itself. Large traditional institutions did not get their …

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  • 15 November

    Fintech Future for Retail Traders

    As a newbie retail trader I can empathise with my fellow Gordon Gekko wannabes who dream of using their personal trading track record as leverage for securing their dream job managing large amounts of money. Unlike Gordon Gekko, however, for most people this will probably have to be someone else’s …

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  • 15 November

    Financial Literacy — Why Founders Need To Care

    Investors at all levels encounter companies that have a great business concept, brand, strategy, team and even sales traction. The frequently missing card in the hand, the one that might or might not be a deal breaker, is the boring one. Financial literacy. Even basic financial literacy. The nature of …

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  • 14 November

    Penetration Testing 101 for fintechs

    Penetration testing of Internet-facing fintech applications is an essential necessity in the age of online competitors and cybercrime. Penetration testing gives you the independent assurance that all the hard work you have invested in designing and implementing secure infrastructure or applications has paid off and your product won’t fall apart …

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  • 11 November

    Yandex.Checkout to strengthen collaboration with Chinese online retailers

    Chinese online retailer GearBest.com has started accepting payments using Yandex.Checkout, Russia’s leading online payment provider. Yandex.Checkout will provide many payment options for GearBest customers: online shoppers can now pay for their orders via e-wallets, direct debit with Sberbank Online or Alfa Bank as well as by cash using one of …

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  • 10 November

    New edition of The Finrech Times is here!

    Make sure you’ve grabbed the latest copy of The Fintech Times. Topics include; Which sectors are most investible for fintech 2017, Insurtech, Penetration Testing, and much more! Click on this magic link to grab your very own copy here

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  • 10 November

    Interested in tax-efficient investing?

    Then come and join Karren Brady, Leonora Walters of Investors Chronicle, 100s of private investors, dozens of fund managers and other industry experts at The WiseAlpha VCT & EIS Investor Forum on 24 November 2016 at 155 Bishopsgate London. With the most favourable tax regime for private investors in history and an …

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  • 10 November

    Holvi announces new CEO

    Helsinki – 9th November 2016 – Holvi – the Finnish digital banking service for European SMEs today announces the appointment of Antti-Jussi Suominen as the company’s new CEO. He will start in his new role on January 2nd 2017. Antti-Jussi has previously worked in senior management roles driving new business growth in companies …

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  • 10 November

    B2B Pay for Indian travel agencies

    “When we started, we didn’t know that Travel agencies would be our number one customer segment” say B2B Pay CEO Neil Ambikar. B2B Pay offers virtual bank accounts in Europe for Indian companies with European customers. Our customers are able to collect bank transfers directly in Europe, this saves time …

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  • 9 November

    The new Fintech and Start-up hub: Switzerland leading the way

    The Swiss Finance Minister, Ueli Maurer has presented recently in Bern his strategy for the Swiss financial centre. Going forward he wants to ensure that the fintech and start-up industry is being provided an optimal legal and political framework with less regulatory hurdles. Having a history in banking and leading …

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  • 9 November

    Trumped. But Why?

    As with Obama’s Presidency, Americans have once again voted for change. They declined the opportunity to swop one cog in the machine for another, and instead voted for a hammer to smash the machine with. As with Brexit, there’s a feeling of response to powerlessness. The established political systems, owned …

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  • 8 November

    An insight into Aurexia

    On Wednesday 2nd November 2016, Aurexia Consulting organised the Aurexia Fintech Awards, celebrating their 10 year anniversary. The France-born company were on the lookout for a company with an innovative solution able to disrupt financial business processes. Over the course of 4 months, Aurexia selected and narrowed 100 designated fintechs across 4 …

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  • 7 November

    Yandex.Money Brings Apple Pay to Customers in Russia

    Yandex.Money, the largest online payment service in Russia, brings its users Apple Pay, which is transforming mobile payments with an easy, secure and private way to pay in stores, apps and on the web. Yandex.Money users can now pay via Apple Pay by adding their plastic or virtual prepaid Yandex.Money …

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  • 7 November

    The first in 25-years history hackathon took place on the Ukrainian insurance market

    The first ever hackathon in the history of the Ukrainian insurance market was held by the market leader insurance company “AXA Insurance” (owned by French “AXA Group”) recently. The event was located at LOFT Kyiv Art platform in the atmosphere of advanced incubators. “LOFT-styled location was not a random choice …

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  • 4 November

    ‘Future’ magazine becomes the first media-contributor of British fintech

    “Future” magazine is the media about fintech in Ukraine and in the world, which is published quarterly and also publishes a monthly fintech digest covering relevant Ukrainian and international news. “We participate in the key international fintech-events, representing ourselves to global fintech-community. In fact, only in November “Future” will participate …

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  • 4 November

    Accessbility of global banking improves for fintech companies, thanks to BaaP

    Banking As A Service Platform (BaaP) that gives fintech companies access to global banking in five lines of code. Railsbank turbo-charges the scaling of fintech companies by massively reducing the time and complexity of opening bank accounts; technically integrating with banks and enables both parties to have a trusted compliance relationship. What …

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  • 3 November

    Tintin and The Business Art

    Tintin set foot on the moon the year I was born although I didn’t realise it until 8 years later when I read the Hergé’s story ”Destination Moon” in the children’s section of our local Sunday newspaper. This changed my view on life forever. Sunday after Sunday, I followed my …

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  • 3 November

    First trade executed via robo-adviser service

    Singapore’s accredited investors today executed the first trades on a robo-adviser platform in Southeast Asia. The purchase of a position in the diversified risk All Weather Portfolio was the first on the WeInvest robo-adviser platform, partnered with Lighthouse Canton investment manager. It provides a range of passive asset allocation portfolios …

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  • 2 November

    A Pension Solution for small companies

    Pension Solution has been set up specifically to help small employers through automatic enrolment. It was launched by the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) one year ago, an independent not for profit organisation uniquely positioned to offer impartial services. PLSA has ninety-years expertise in helping employers manage pension schemes. …

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  • 2 November

    Culture Trip Secures $20M in Series A Funding Round

    Culture Trip, a global media/tech start-up for the culturally curious, announces their Series A funding round of $20M (£16.3M) from the PPF Group. Culture Trip had previously raised $2 million in seed funding from investors including media heavyweight US investor Gordy Crawford. Founded by psychiatrist, Dr. Kris Naudts, Culture Trip …

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