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FinTech Hong Kong kicks-off to a roaring start
October 29, 2018. China Knowledge
The much-awaited Hong Kong FinTech Week has just kicked off. The event which is touted as the world’s first cross border FinTech event is set to attract more than 8,000 visitors spanning across 50 countries, not to mention a legion of the world’s top FinTech founders and CEOs.

Is Nigeria prepared for FinTech revolution?
October 27, 2018. The Nation Lineng
Financial technology (FinTech) is a novel idea alread having a rippled effect on the banking and financial services landscape across the globe with immeasurable opportunities for early adopters and absolutely inevitable for emerging economies like Nigeria.

US State Banking Regulator Sues Government Over FinTech Special Charter
October 26, 2018. CCN
The US regulatory body for state banking has filed a lawsuit against the federal government for granting bank charters to FinTech companies. The complaint calls into question the leniency of FinTech “sandbox” charters.

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3 Proven Monetisation Models For FinTech
October 26, 2018. FinTech News
A report indicates that more than 70% of Americans struggle financially. At the same time, these same households pay roughly $175 billion annually in fees and interest for financial products and services, yet most of such instances don’t improve their financial situation.

Sibos 2018: How blockchain makes banks catch up with FinTech
October 23, 2018. Banking Tech
Richard Buckle, founder and CEO of Pyalla Technologies, looks at how banks can not only catch up with FinTechs but to some extent overwhelm the less mature entities – all thanks to distributed ledger technology (DLT).

Business banking, the final fintech frontier
October 23, 2018. Finextra
Ever since the establishment of Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena – first bank in history-, banking is all about helping businesses grow. This principle is vital in today’s banking system, followed by laser focus challenger banks who aim to strategically grow their portfolio.

FinTech Now Takes Up 33% of Revenue Share in Financial Services
October 22, 2018. FinTech News
New entrants to the banking market — including challenger banks, non-bank payments institutions and big tech companies — are amassing up to one-third of new revenue, which is challenging the competitiveness of traditional banks, according to new research from Accenture.

More Than 3/4 of UK Consumers Unsure of FinTech, According to TopLine Comms Survey
October 22, 2018. FinTech Times
More than eight out of ten people in Britain (83 percent) are ‘unsure’ of FinTech, according to a survey of 2,000 UK consumers commissioned by TopLine Comms.

Cyverse: Celebrating Female FinTech Leaders
October 22, 2018. FinTech Times
This month, we chatted to Shira Kaplan – founder, CEO & owner of CyVerse, a Zurich-based cyber-security firm which provides best-in-breed cyber-security solutions made in Israel to global and local corporations.

FinTech the most appealing industry for investors as African start-ups bridge the financial gap
October 18, 2018. Biz Tech Africa
We are fortunate to witness a period of monumental progress in Africa. The changes are visible across all sectors. African start-ups have raised a record breaking $560 million in 2017, an increase of 53% from the previous year.

UK FinTech funding is on course to reach new heights in 2018
October 17, 2018. Fintech Global
UK FinTech investment this year is on track to outperform 2017 as size of deals keeps increasing. So far this year the value of FinTech Investments in the UK has reached $2.8bn across 145 deals. The capital raised is already 93.1% of last year’s level.

Jewel Paymentech Teams Up With one of Malaysia’s Leading FinTech Payments Firm
October 15, 2018. FinTech News Singapore
Jewel Paymentech a local financial risk technology company recently signed a partnership with Soft Space, one Malaysia leading payments FinTech firm, who despite having their co-founder recently step down is showing no signs of slowing down.

Hong Kong is Rocking FinTech
October 15, 2018. Crowdfund Insider
Later this month, Hong Kong will host their annual FinTech Week. This year’s event is being billed as the “world’s first” cross-border FinTech event. The multi-faceted conference will straddle Honk Kong and Shenzen – the relatively new metropolis that links Hong Kong to China’s mainland. Macao is being rolled into the event as well, according to organizers.

Opinion | The challenges for FinTech adoption in India
October 15, 2018. Live Mint
FinTech means a great many things to a great many people. In such a broad, fast-moving space, risk and uncertainty are par for the course. Late last week, the International Monetary Fund and World Bank attempted to create a framework within which the tradeoffs between risk and potential should be made.
IMF, World Bank Announce Bali FinTech Agenda to Help Member Countries Harness FinTech Power
October 13, 2018. Jakarta Glob

The International Monetary Fund and World Bank Group announced the so-called Bali FinTech Agenda, which intends to help member countries harness the economic advantages of fast-growing financial technology, while at the same time assisting in managing the inherent risks.

Indonesia and Singapore strengthen cooperation in finTech
October 12, 2018

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and the Financial Services Authority of the Republic of Indonesia, Otoritas Jasa Keuangan (OJK) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to strengthen cooperation in FinTech and foster innovation in financial services between Indonesia and Singapore.
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A Guide to FinTech Lending Licences
October 12, 2018

The world of FinTech is constantly evolving, introducing new and exciting products, ideas and other financial improvements. As it grows though, more regulation is being put in place to make sure everything is done above board. While further regulation and guidance can be beneficial to help start-ups in finTech stay on the right track.
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Why the FinTech Sector is Struggling to Find the Right Talent
October 09, 2018. FinTech Times

Not a week goes by when migration to and from the UK isn’t talked about. Ward Hadaway’s immigration expert Flora Mewies explains why recruiting and retaining talent is essential to the FinTech sector.

Financial Technology sector enjoys M&A boom
October 08, 2018. Finextra

The financial technology sector reported 141 M&A transactions in the first half of 2018, with a total disclosed value of nearly $40 billion, more than 26% up from the prior half year.

5 Canadian FinTech Companies to Watch
October 08, 2018. Investopedia

Although Canada does not receive the same kudos for innovation and technological development as the United States, it punches above its weight when it comes to emerging financial technology (FinTech) companies.

FinTech hubs in Switzerland and Luxembourg meet up
October 05, 2018. Finextra

The Swiss Finance + Technology Association and the LHoFT Foundation are pleased to announce the signature of a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the FinTech+ Conference in Zurich on Monday, 1st October.

The Rise of Venture Capital Investment in FinTech
October 05, 2018. Startupbootcamp

Over the last two years we’ve seen the largest jump in FinTech funding in Europe, with growth in excess of 120%. This includes a sharp upturn in corporate investment in later-stage FinTechs (nearly 50% of total deals) alongside increased  interest by VC Funds in the FinTech space.

How to succeed in FinTech and influence people
October 04, 2018. Banking Tech

One of FinTech’s original opinion formers shares his thoughts on what makes a successful FinTech, the risks threatening this growing sector and avoiding “innovative solutions”.

FinTech’s outpacing banks in payment systems
October 01, 2018. FinTech Business

The Roy Morgan Digital Payment Solutions Currency Report has found that non-bank contactless mobile payment systems are now being used by more Australians than bank-owned solutions.

15 FinTech Influencers in Vietnam You Have to Know
September 24, 2018. FinTech News

In the last five years, Vietnam has witnessed the establishment of over 40 new FinTech companies, such as online payment platforms Moca or MoMo, as well as the country’s first digital banking platform Timo, highlighting Vietnam’s nascent yet rapidly growing FinTech industry.

UK seeks Asian FinTech ties post-Brexit
September 24, 2018. Banking Tech

John Glen, UK’s Economic Secretary of the Treasury, has set off to promote the financial services industry throughout his tour in Indonesia, Malaysia and Japan. He will promote economic collaborations, focusing on the areas of Islamic finance, green finance and FinTech.

Vietnam to set foreign ownership limit in FinTech sector
September 22, 2018. English Vietnam

Experts have said that it is good for Vietnam as foreign investors are interested in the country’s FinTech industry thanks to its high growth potential. As Vietnamese FinTech companies are primarily founded and operated by Vietnamese firms, support from global major foreign financial corporations in technology, experience and capital will help the firms further develop, the explained.

FinTech project aims to boost efforts to become Europe’s technology capital
September 21, 2018. Irirsh Examiner

The Government’s vision of Ireland becoming the tech capital of Europe has received a boost thanks to a €5m programme which will look at how financial technology is transforming business.

Two of Asia’s Biggest FinTech Hubs will Deepen Relationship in 2019
September 21, 2018. FinTech News

Singapore has shown massive support for the Belt and Silk Road initiative by the more recently economically open Chinese government, which has impacted many industries in Singapore including FinTech.

Research partnership aims to establish Ireland as FinTech leader
September 21, 2018. RTE

Could Ireland become a global leader in the financial technology, or FinTech, space? A group of academics and industry players think so. They’ve got together and launched a new research partnership aimed at strengthening Ireland’s competitiveness in the industry.

China’s FinTech giant turns to Singapore
September 21, 2018. Tech in Asia

The FinTech unit of China’s top insurer is now in business in Singapore. Its Lu Global wealth management app is seeking crazy rich Asians with money to invest. Its minimum entry of US$1,000 doesn’t sound too steep, but it’s only open to accredited investors in Singapore.

Is Open Banking forcing FinTech banks to evolve again?
September 20, 2018. Fintextra

FinTech banks are tapping into the huge cultural shifts created by the internet and creating new desires and expectations in the financial services industry. They’re putting huge pressure on the high street retail banks and delivering results in exciting new ways.

Africa’s FinTech startups are innovating out of need and global investors are backing them
September 20, 2018. Quartz Africa

It is hard to miss news of the several funding rounds recently raised by FinTech startups in Africa. After pulling in almost a third of total funding raised by startups on the continent in 2017, the hot streak for African FinTech businesses has continued this year.

The Hottest FinTech, InsurTech Startups in Berlin
September 10, 2018. FinTech News

Berlin, Germany’s largest FinTech hub, is rapidly making a name for itself in the European FinTech space. Today, the city hosts some of the region’s most exciting, fast-growing FinTech ventures. These cover all aspects of financial services, from banking and payments, to lending and insurance, and are quickly expanding across Europe.

FinTech: From threat to ally
September 10, 2018. Finextra

Hugo Bongers, head of ABN Amro’s Digital Impact Fund, explains the bank’s criteria for selecting and investing in FinTech startups.

Consumer protection key to FinTech
September 10, 2018. The Teipei Times

Experiences with Chinese mobile payment services, such as Alipay of e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding and WeChat Pay in Tencent Holdings’ popular messaging app, have prompted many Taiwanese to praise the rapid development of financial technology (FinTech) in China.

More Fintech words enter the dictionary
September 10, 2018. Banking Tech

With the word “FinTech” finally included in the Oxford English Dictionary, it’s time for a new wave of industry terms to enter that hallowed hall of linguistic fame.

UAE introduces framework for FinTech pilot licences
September 09, 2018. Gulf Business

The UAE’s minister of economy has issued a decree adopting a regulatory framework for financial technology (FinTech) firms conducting operations under experimental licences.

“Bank of Amazon” is Disrupting the Financial Landscape
September 06, 2018. FinTech News

Amazon is attacking the financial services industry, but rather than building the next-generation bank, the American e-commerce giant is focusing on building financial services that support its core strategic goal of increasing participation in the Amazon ecosystem, according to a report by CB Insights.

FinTech: Democratising ESG investing
September 04, 2018. The Edge Markets

The use of artificial intelligence (AI) has made it easier for retail investors to access investments that adopt environmental, social and governance (ESG) principles. It could provide them with more stable and potentially higher long-term returns, says Omar Selim.

Bangkok FinTech accelerator announces second stage
August 31, 2018. Finextra

Following the success of Bangkok Bank InnoHub in 2017, the first global FinTech accelerator in Thailand, Nest and Bangkok Bank announce today season 2 of the programme and are now accepting applications from around the world.

How FinTech is benefiting the Small Businesses around the Globe
August 31, 2018. FinTech Times

When it comes to maintain a healthy cash flow for small business as well as to manage other business dealings effectually, there are a million ways to do so and implementing latest FinTech solutions is one of them. No doubt, financial technology has totally changed the way that business owners run their business operations and processes.

FinTechs eye Hong Kong digital banking market
August 30, 2018. FS Tech

Banks, FinTechs and telecom firms are reportedly considering bids to join the first generation of virtual banks in Hong Kong, as the territory’s regulator prepares to issue its first online-only banking licences.

How FinTech is using voice and chat to revolutionize customer experience
August 30, 2018. Venture Beat

Leaps in conversational technology are changing consumers’ expectations, and financial service companies need to keep up. Learn how flexible, contextualized voice and chat can optimize user experiences, drive digital engagement, and streamline customer communications when you join this VB Live event.

Blockchain, or the modern Frankenstein?
August 30, 2018. FinTech Times

All this buzz regarding how blockchain, cryptocurrencies, ICOs, and asset-tokenisation will change the world, needs sorting out. In my humble opinion, all those leading the buzz – including industrial experts and opinion leaders – intermix a lot of different and independent things together, freely assign their properties to each other, and from this, we have a plethora of prognoses, recommendations, and in some cases, dramatic investment advice.

UK offers FinTech expertise to Nigeria
August 30, 2018. Banking Tech

As the UK prepares to leave the European Union (EU), the nation’s government is looking to Africa’s FinTech sector for more action.
The UK Prime Minister Theresa May has been in Nigeria shaking hands, dancing (badly), and promoting all manner of business activities.

FinTech Agreement Between Singapore and Dubai Financial Services Authorities
August 30, 2018. FinTech News

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and the Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) have signed a FinTech Agreement that allows referrals of innovative businesses between the two authorities.

Switzerland relaxes AML rules for small FinTech firms
August 29, 2018. Banking Tech

The Swiss parliament has taken a chill pill and relaxed the anti-money laundering (AML) rules for “small” FinTech firms.
For the purposes of its “draft ordinance”, “small” institutions are those with gross revenues of less than CHF 1.5 million ($1.53 million).

FinTech: How Banks Can Use Intelligent Biometrics to Reduce Customer Fraud
August 26, 2018. FinTech Times

With fraudsters rapidly growing in sophistication, the Financial Ombudsman has said “it’s not fair” to automatically blame customers for falling victim to banking fraud. With more and more stories surfacing where scammers have been able to bypass simple security checks and move a victim’s money around freely, what can banks do to better protect their customers from the risk of fraud?

4 ways in which blockchain technology will address the problem of cybercrime
August 26, 2018. Tech Bullion

There has been much news lately on new cybercrimes and malicious online activities. How can blockchain technology as the new internet, help address these problems?

FinTech: Study Finds More and More US Buyers Descending on Thriving UK Tech Sector
August 25, 2018. FinTech Times

Research from Buzzacott reveals a UK technology market which has attracted the eye of US businesses and seen a huge increase in transactions, with acquisitions of UK technology companies up 386% in 2017 than there were in 2009.

For FinTech, life after disruption is a question of identity
August 24, 2018. Banking Tech

Challenger bank Starling has recently launched what it calls a “ground-breaking” new bank card design intended to bring the brand into line with the way people use debit cards today. This move poses an interesting question for the cohort of disruptive FinTech brands, including Starling of course: what does it take for a disruptor-leader to keep growing in a world where dominance is never guaranteed?

Contractors, get ready to put FinTech to work for you
August 23, 2018. Contractor UK

With its unparalleled day rates, finance was always the profitable ‘go-to’ sector for contractors wanting to make themselves richer, but Financial Services is changing in ways that will make your life easier too, writes Ivo Weevers, CEO of bookkeeping app Albert.

UK government preps banking and FinTech for no Brexit deal
August 23, 2018. Banking Tech

The UK government has unveiled its contingency plan for banking, insurance and other financial services in case there’s a no Brexit deal after 29 March 2019. The government explains: “A scenario in which the UK leaves the EU without agreement (a ‘no deal’ scenario) remains unlikely given the mutual interests of the UK and the EU in securing a negotiated outcome.

What the US Can Learn from London’s FinTech Success
August 23, 2018. FinTech Times

America: land of hope and glory; land of the free. Except, on the latter point for fintechs, the US regulatory landscape seems anything but free. It looks to me a slow-moving behemoth where ‘harmonisation’ rarely features in regulatory lexicon.

Are Singapore’s FinTech startups hoarding capital?
August 22, 2018. Singapore Business

Homegrown FinTechs are more likely to access later-stage funding that are out of reach for startups in other verticals. Despite a massive pool of available capital fueling the ambitions of homegrown startups in Singapore, FinTechs may be more likely to snag investor attention and score growth-stage funding rounds than other less fortunate startups who are stuck at seed funding.

Thomson Reuters and Singapore FinTech group join to fight cybercrime
August 21, 2018. Finextra

The Singapore FinTech Association (SFA) and Thomson Reuters are to collaborate on projects to promote the country’s FinTech industry and strengthen its fight against cybercrime.

FinTech is Changing how Coffee is Consumed, Bought, and Managed
August 20, 2018. FinTech Times

Coffee is the third most consumed drink worldwide and is the favorite drink of Americans. The drink has been shown when consumed correctly to have positive impacts on productivity and most commercial districts worldwide have a place where you can buy a cup of coffee.

Why ‘Chat Banking’ is the future of financial services in Africa
August 20, 2018. IT News Africa

Numerous reports indicate that messaging has overtaken social media in popularity, with the combined users of the top four chat apps outnumbering the combined users of the top four social networks. WhatsApp alone reports that users send 65 billion messages per day.

10 Exciting FinTech Startups Based in Geneva
August 20, 2018. FinTech News

Switzerland, a world renowned banking and financial hub, has witnessed a growing FinTech ecosystem in the past years fueled by supportive regulations, a large pool of available tech and finance talent, and banks’ desire to innovate.

Get your patents IN: India – the next hotbed of FinTech innovation
August 20, 2018. Banking Tech

With e-commerce making up just 4% of the retail market, most of the population still yet to be exposed to digital disruption, and a start-up ecosystem only a decade old – India might seem like an unlikely location for FinTech innovation.

Banks going the FinTech M&A route
August 19, 2018. Vietnam Net

Foreign investors that are unable or unwilling to wait for the foreign ownership threshold (currently capped at 30 per cent) in the banking sector to gradually increase to enter the market are now taking detours to get into the industry, by seeking opportunities to partner up with FinTech companies in the country.

FinTech Company’s Motion to Dismiss CFPB’s Tribal Lending Lawsuit Denied
August 17, 2018. JDSupra

A Montana federal judge recently denied a FinTech company’s motion to dismiss a CFPB lawsuit against the company and its subsidiaries alleging that sham tribal lenders were used to collect from consumers on small dollar loans for which payments were not legally owed.

Cambodia establishes FinTech association
August 17, 2018. Finextra

Cambodia has become the latest country to launch a national body designed to foster more FinTech collaboration with the launch of the Cambodia FinTech Association (CFA).

Why the FinTech Bubble Hasn’t Burst
August 16, 2018. Blockchain Domain

Alarmists are busy drawing parallels between FinTech and the dot-com bust of 2000.  But, here’s why FinTech has immeasurably more sticking power than the investment craze over Internet-based companies.

Why Belgium Can Be A Good ‘Test Market’ For FinTech Firms
August 16, 2018. PYMNTS

Belgium, which is home to many European Union (EU) institutions, is also a burgeoning FinTech hub. The country has the fifth-highest number of FinTech deals in Europe, according to an analysis from Belgium-based European FinTech platform B-Hive.

Are FinTech firms and consumers ready for data protection regime?
August 14, 2018. Livmint

Prima facie it looks that financial services companies, especially FinTechs, will be impacted. I will expect enough time be provided for organisations to build mechanisms and processes to ensure compliance.

How people-first branding is giving FinTech start-ups the edge
August 14, 2018. Banking Tech

Amazon is right up there in the race to become the world’s first trillion-dollar company. So why haven’t more businesses cottoned on to the secret of its success: its dedication to becoming “Earth’s most customer-centric company”?

Why this FinTech startup split its team across 3 countries
August 13, 2018. Tech in Asia

Like most startups and their founders, Chun Dong Chau began with a problem. When he and his co-founders looked at China’s financial tech industry, they saw a relatively mature market that was helping Chinese consumers and financial institutions alike. When they looked at Southeast Asia, they saw something else. They saw big problems.

Manchester bids for FinTech status
August 13, 2018. Finextra

Manchester is positioned to take a major role in the FinTech revolution, which has seen the UK outstrip the US in investment in the last six months, says one of the city’s top lawyers.

Regulators Across the Globe Team-Up to Launch a Global FinTech Sandbox
August 13, 2018. FinTech News

As one of the most regulated industries in the world, FinTech companies face one big obstacle in scaling: expanding into different regions. Each nation not only comes with its own quirks and market conditions, it also comes with a strict set of regulations that could break your entire business upon entry.

FinTech group supports Philippine ID system
August 13, 2018. Bworldline

“Millions of Filipinos are denied access to financial services because they unfortunately lack an identification card to show to banks. The recently signed Philippine Identification System Act effectively gives unbanked and uncarded Filipinos the legal recognition they need to be able to live fully as citizens such as having easier access to financial services,” Mr. Villanueva, managing director of FINTQnologies Corp. (FINTQ), was quoted as saying in the statement.

FinTech innovators to take centre stage in Abu Dhabi
August 13, 2018. Tahawultech

Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) has opened the second edition of the FinTech Abu Dhabi Summit. Building on the success of the 2017 inaugural event that attracted close to 3000 local and global registrations, the 2018 event will comprise two full days of world-class exciting activities with world-class speakers, designed to unite the FinTech community and support the growth of financial services industry in Abu Dhabi and the MENA region.

Singapore Provides ‘Springboard’ To Asian Markets For FinTech
August 10, 2018. PYMNTS

Singapore’s FinTech scene is booming: Funding for the burgeoning sector in the island country topped nearly a billion dollars in 2017, reaching $983.6 million that year. Hong Kong, by comparison, saw $596.8 million in funding for FinTechs at the time.

Chinese FinTech professionals expect up to 30% pay rise
August 10, 2018. Enterprise Innovation

The EY-DBS report, The Rise of FinTech in China, attributes the growth of the FinTech sector in the mainland as driven by multiple factors – “the scale of unmet needs being addressed by dominant technology leaders, combined with regulatory facilitation and easy access to capital.

FinTech: Robo-advisors developing a better value proposition
August 10, 2018. The Edge Markets

As robo-advisory platforms become more common around the world, the focus of these service providers has shifted to creating a robust investment framework rather than just providing a convenient and affordable way to invest, says Michele Ferrario, co-founder and CEO of Singapore-based robo-advisor StashAway.

New Report Explores FinTech Patent Race
August 10, 2018. Fintech News

The FinTech landscape is quickly evolving with new services, business models and providers, but as the industry matures, however, providers will need to deal with attention from regulators, a wave of mergers and consolidations and a slow-down or drop in valuation, and they will need a more pragmatic approach to business development, with a stronger focus on intellectual property (IP) management and exit strategies.

FinTech Frenzy: Hype or Reality? A Closer Look at 6 Key Sectors
August 08, 2018. Fortune

For eight years running, I’ve predicted that FinTech investment is going to plateau. Based on the start of 2018, it hasn’t yet. In fact, we saw more than $5.4 billion invested in FinTech during the first quarter of the year, with no signs of slowing momentum. For perspective, FintTech investment for all of 2014 was just under $4 billion, so that’s “5x” growth in four years. In 2001, per data from Venture Scanner, it was something like $300 million.

The Great ‘Detokenization’: Are FinTech Firms Abandoning Crypto?
August 07, 2018. Finance Magnets

It seems that tokenization is “eating the world”, much in the same way that Marc Andreessen said that software was “eating the world” in 2011. ICOs and blockchain are everywhere, and a growing number of platforms are appearing to bring off-chain assets on-chain.

FinTech: the driving force behind financial inclusion and empowerment in developing economies
August 07, 2018. Banking Tech

“FinTech innovation” means different things to different markets. In some, we are seeing app-driven challenger bank gain traction among customers who are increasingly used to paying for their morning coffee with a tap of their smartphone. Barely a day goes by without some update on cryptocurrencies and the potential impact of blockchain.

FinTech Firms Are Getting Closer to Being Banks in Everything But Name
August 06, 2018. Barrons

There was a time when well-funded FinTech companies would talk about how unbank-like they were. That never really matched up with the reality of what was going on. “SoFi uses its balance sheet much like a bank to originate loans,” The Financial Times noted back in 2015. Then SoFi just went ahead and applied for an industrial loan charter, which it later pulled.

Connecticut’s FinTech Village Pays Attention to Cryptocurrency and Blockchain
August 04, 2018. BitCoin News

The cryptocurrency industry attracts attention from all kinds of places. Seven Stars Cloud is not a name people would associate with Bitcoin or altcoins. Its CEO, Bruno Wu, however, is working on building his FinTech Village in Hartford, Connecticut. It will be a hub that supports cryptocurrency, robotics, and machine learning-oriented initiatives.

New York Finance Watchdog ‘Fiercely Opposes’ Sandboxes for FinTech Firms
August 03, 2018. Coindesk

The chief of New York’s financial regulatory body said Tuesday that the agency is “fiercely opposed” to the U.S. Treasury Department’s recent endorsement of regulatory “sandboxes” for FinTech firms. The strongly worded comments come after the Treasury Department released a report Tuesday describing how non-banking entities, including FinTech firms and data aggregators, should be regulated, recommending the creation of regulatory sandboxes “to promote innovation.”

Federal Charters May Remove Interest Rate Uncertainty for FinTech Firms
August 03, 2018. CEI

The July 31 policy statement by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) announcing that it will now grant “special purpose national bank charters” to non-depository financial services firms is likely a game-changer for FinTech in the U.S. This is because case law stemming from the Supreme Court’s decision in Marquette National Bank of Minneapolis v. First of Omaha Service Corp has established that any firm deemed a “national bank” by the OCC is exempt from interest rate caps outside of the state where it is domiciled.

U.S. regulators falling behind in supporting FinTech innovation
August 03, 2018. Investment News

Regulators in the U.S. are struggling to keep up with the rate of technology innovation sweeping financial services. Between technology startups, traditional firms looking to use emerging products like blockchain and nontraditional companies entering finance, regulators around the world are reassessing existing frameworks and rules.

FinTech: Nigerians acquire loans using mobile app
August 02, 2018. Ghana Business News

With more than half of Nigerians obtaining credit from informal sources, especially from family and friends, Paylater mobile app is revolutionizing credit acquisition by issuing instant loans up to one million naira to customers without seeing or speaking to them. No collateral or paperwork is needed to obtain the loans using the app.

Alternative data seeks to fill in gaps for the FinTech industry where big data proves inadequate
August 03, 2018. e27

Though tech companies in Asia seeking to hire data scientists do mention soft skills in their job descriptions, the one most crucial to the role yet rarely even listed is creativity, given how much our world is changing in the extreme. In 2015, DOMO produced an infographic on how much activity happens every minute across some of the world’s most popular products, including 4,166,667 likes on Facebook, 110,040 calls on Skype, and 51,000 app downloads on Apple devices. In this kind of data-rich era, data scientists.

OCC Announces it Will Accept Applications for FinTech Charter; Treasury Department Releases FinTech Report
August 03, 2018. JDSUPRA

The OCC announced on Tuesday, July 31, that it would begin accepting applications for special purpose national bank (SPNB) charters from FinTech companies engaged in the business of banking. The agency released a Policy Statement and a Supplement to its Licensing Manual addressing how it would consider applications from FinTech companies seeking to operate through an SPNB charter—or so-called FinTech charter.

FinTech Report Card: July 2018
August 03, 2018. Wealth Management

Riskalyze CEO Aaron Klein gives the thumbs up or thumbs down on the biggest news to hit advisor technology in the previous month.

The new dawn: How the rise of FinTech is transforming the Middle East
August 02, 2018. Tahawultech

The last few years have seen a sharp increase in the number of FinTech startups establishing a presence in the region, which many put down to the benefits of its location and private investment appeal. How will this growth cement the Middle East’s position as a FinTech hub for years to come?

FinTech Startups Take Advantage Of Talent Pool In Dublin
August 02, 2018. PYMNTS

Dublin, the capital of Ireland, is a burgeoning hub for startups in the technology sector. The city is home to European offices for multinational technology companies, as well as banks and startups. Trezeo, a FinTech startup that seeks to smooth out income for self-employed workers, is one of the innovators that call Dublin home. The idea behind Trezeo is to give these workers a consistent paycheck each month, which can be a challenge as their income can depend on how much work they complete.

Apple is becoming a formidable FinTech company
August 01, 2018. QZ

A growing anxiety for bank executives is how and when big tech companies will encroach on their turf. During its quarterly earnings call yesterday, Apple CEO Tim Cook gave some insight into the company’s progress in becoming something of a FinTech player: Apple Pay transactions tripled from a year earlier, to more than 1 billion. Cook said that was more than Square and exceeded mobile transactions via PayPal.

The Treasury’s FinTech Report: Key Takeaways
August 01, 2018. Cato
Today was a busy day for financial regulatory policy. In the morning, the Department of the Treasury released its long-awaited report on nonbank financials, FinTech, and innovation. A few hours later, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency announced that it will start taking applications for a special purpose charter for “FinTech companies engaged in the business of banking.”

FinTech Companies Can Now Apply for US Banking Licence
August 01, 2018. Finance Magnets

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the US’ banking regulator, announced on Tuesday that it will be accepting applications from FinTech companies to receive a National Bank Charter. A National Bank Charter means that a company will function as a member bank of the Federal Reserve.

What the disruptive rise of FinTech startups means for your business
August 01, 2018. IT Pro

Payments are the foundation of financial services. Having reliable, secure and flexible payment options for customers and commercial partners is critical for all businesses. Payments and other financial services are transforming thanks to the rapidly developing FinTech sector. These dynamic companies are offering new platforms and services that all businesses can take advantage of.

UK overtakes US on FinTech investment for first half of 2018
July 31, 2018. BM Magazine

The UK has overtaken the US in terms of FinTech investment for the first half of the year, and taken the top spot in Europe to attract $16.1bn (£12.3bn) out of the EUs $26bn total. Four of Europe’s top 10 FinTech deals happened in the UK, which included a $250m raise by Revolut, $100m by eToro, $60m by Flender and $54m by Moneyfarm. Data provided by KPMG’s pulse of FinTech report has allayed fears that Brexit would hurt the UK’s startup scene, as venture capital firms have cemented the UK’s position as a funding hot spot.

European Parliament Releases Study on Competition Issues in FinTech
July 31, 2018. FinTech News

The European Parliament (EP) has published a new study on the competition challenges arisen from the increasing number of FinTech services provided by newcomer startups, traditional financial institutions and Big Tech companies. According to the paper, factors such as network effects derived from the use of online platforms, access to customer data, standardization, interoperability and the use of algorithms could potentially result in anticompetitive behaviors.

CySEC to Establish FinTech Innovation Hub with Focus on Blockchain
July 27, 2018. Finance Magnets

Regulatory financial technology (FinTech) initiatives have been springing up across the globe over the past few years. This Friday, the main Cypriot regulator, the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC), announced that it would also be creating an innovation hub.

Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection to create FinTech “Regulatory Sandbox” for cryptocurrencies and blockchain technologies
July 27, 2018. JD Supra

On July 18, 2018, the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (the “Bureau”) ( announced the appointment of the head of its newly-created Office of Innovation,1 which will have as its first order of business the creation of a “regulatory sandbox” for financial technology – or “FinTech” – companies.In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, the Bureau’s Acting Director, Mick Mulvaney, stated that this new regulatory framework will allow FinTech companies to develop new products and services, particularly those involving cryptocurrencies, other blockchain technologies, microloans, and loans by individuals.

UK – New Zealand: a FinTech bridge too far?
July 27, 2018. Banking Tech

While Australia and the UK have established a “FinTech bridge“, New Zealand FinTech companies looking to expand into Britain and vice versa don’t yet have an equivalent link. George McLellan and James Walsh from law firm Fieldfisher look at how Kiwis and Brits are exploring other ways to participate in each other’s markets. Numerous New Zealand-founded FinTech firms are eager to establish divisions in the UK in order to scale up their operations in Britain’s much larger market.

5 FinTech trends that will revolutionise business
July 25, 2018. BM Magazine

FinTech was treated as both an opportunity and a threat since it appeared in the society and it started being used at a greater level. In reality, the benefits it brings are far more numerous compared to the downsides. The global investment in FinTech tripled in the past year and this is a sign that it started to expand to the business sector. Actually, businesses are the ones who can benefit from financial technology the most.

Company news

FinTech Smart Valor to Launch Stablecoin backed by Swiss Franc
October 29, 2018. Crowdfund Insider
Announced the first day of the Crypto Summit in Zurich, Switzerland, Smart Valor has launched a project to create the first stablecoin backed by the Swiss Franc. Smart Valor is a digital assets platform and compliant marketplace for crypto – including security tokens. The Swiss Franc stablecoin will be offered via partnerships with banks and e-money institutions.

Morgan Stanley taps Indian FinTech with CTO Innovation Summit
October 19, 2018. Finextra
Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) today announced Aspiring Minds, a company that specialises in talent assessment for corporates, as the winner of the Firm’s inaugural CTO Innovation Summit India, held yesterday at its Bengaluru Global Inhouse Centre (GIC).

AXA to focus on FinTech investment with fund restructure
October 19, 2018. Banking Tech
AXA Investment Managers (AXA IM) is restructuring its Framlington Financial fund into a FinTech one. The £55 million fund, which is over three decades old, will be renamed as the AXA Framlington FinTech fund, as of 20 November this year.

Previous company news

SEC’s New Fintech Hub Helps Blockchain Startups Navigate ICO Rules
October 19, 2018. CCN
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced today the launch of a “New Strategic Hub for Innovation and Financial Technology.” In a surprising move, the project — dubbed “FinHub” — allows blockchain innovators and initial coin offering (ICO) operators, among other fintech stakeholders, to speak with the SEC directly on rules and market integrity.

SGSS partners with AI-focused FinTech firm on portfolio commentaries
October 17, 2018. Global Custodian
Societe Generale Securities Services (SGSS) has partnered with FinTech firm Addventa to launch a joint service for automated drafting of portfolio management commentaries.

ABBL extends FinTech service pack to regulated entities
October 05, 2018. Finextra
Following the introduction of the FinTech Service Pack by the Luxembourg Bankers’ Association (ABBL), the ABBL is delighted to announce that regulated FinTech firms operating in the financial technology sector in Luxembourg are welcome to join ABBL’s FinTech community.

SA FinTech launches app to send Bitcoin cash to the contacts on your phone
October 02, 2018. Biz Tech Africa
Centbee has announced the beta launch of a Bitcoin cash wallet that makes it easy to send Bitcoin cash to friends. The app has been in alpha testing for several months and users confirm its most useful feature is the ability to send Bitcoin cash to friends by simply selecting from their phone’s contacts list.

BBVA unveils match-making platform for FinTech startups
October 01, 2018. Finextra
BBVA has launched a match-making platform that helps FinTech startups get in touch with business units at the Spanish bank that might benefit from their products and services.

SocGen buys fintech startup Treezor

September 28, 2018
Societe Generale has acquired French Banking-as-a-Service platform Treezor as part of its “open innovation” strategy of cosying up to the fintech community. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Finextra

JPMorgan blockchain project recruits 70+ banks

September 25, 2018
An interbank blockchain project led by JPMorgan designed to speed up the exceptions process has recruited more than 70 banks in a move that would make it one of the largest application of distributed ledger technology (DLT) by regulated banks.
Finextra

PIE and Talabat sign fintech accord

September 24, 2018
Bahrain-based fintech firm Payment International Enterprise (PIE) has entered into a partnership with Talabat, the largest online food ordering platform in the Middle East. Through its ‘TAM Here’ self-service payment kiosks located across Bahrain, PIE has developed a service allowing Talabat drivers to deposit the cash they collect from deliveries, said a statement.
GD Online

Bank of England preps UK fintech for next decade

September 21, 2018
The Bank of England (BoE) is getting ready for the power of fintech, an ageing population and big data sets over the next decade. In its “Vision 2030: the future of finance”, the bank is exploring what the financial system of tomorrow might look like, and what it means for its priorities now and in the future.
Banking Tech

Ant Financial Launches B2B Fintech Suite with Blockchain, AI Solutions

September 20, 2018
Ant Financial Services Group, the payments and financial services arm of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, has launched a new suite of fintech products and services targeted at financial institutions and banks.
Coin Journal

BB&T Announces Fintech Investment in Enigma

September 19, 2018
BB&T announced a $5 million investment in Enigma, a data-as-a-service company headquartered in New York City. Enigma is already providing enhancements to BB&T’s anti-money laundering (AML) controls and is expected to spur innovation and cost-savings in other areas of the company.
Monitor Daily

NASDAQ To Acquire Swedish Fintech Company in $190 Million Deal

September 18, 2018
NASDAQ seeks to acquire a major Swedish financial technology provider Cinnober, making a $190 million all-cash recommended public offer to the company’s shareholders, according to an official press release. Purportedly, the move stems from the need to answer to the growing demand of various industries which require comprehensive market technology infrastructure.
Live Bit Coin News

SS&C to acquire fintech data provider Intralinks for $1.5bn

September 10, 2018
The purchase price will consist of $1 billion in cash and $500 million in SS&C stock. Frank Baker, Siris’ co-founder and managing partner, is expected to join the SS&C board of directors.
Banking Tech

Barclays Announces 2018 Fintech Accelerator Class

September 10, 2018
Barclays announced on Monday the ten startups selected to participate in the 2018 New York Barclays Accelerator, powered by Techstars, which is described as an intensive program for fintech startups designed to help businesses accelerate their strategy and deliver breakthrough innovations.
Crowdfund Insider

CoInvestor Technologies selected for Tech Nation’s FinTech Programme

September 10, 2018
CoInvestor Technologies (CoInvestor), has been selected to be part of Tech Nation’s inaugural Fintech programme this autumn. The technology company digitising the management of alternative assets for advisers, fund managers and private investors was chosen following a rigorous selection process to meet Tech Nation’s criteria.
Fintech Finance

Irish fintechs target growth in digital-savvy Nordic nations

September 09, 2018
Irish fintechs have been active in the Nordics for years, with an increasing number targeting growth in the region. Success has been built on shared attitudes to innovation and the potential of both markets to develop as globally significant fintech hubs.
Independent

Citi creates group to invest in credit markets fintech firms

September 07, 2018
US banking giant Citi has set up a unit to invest in fintech startups working in credit markets, according to Bloomberg. Operating within the bank’s group for credit markets, municipal securities and securitised-markets operations, the new venture will look to invest in firms working on trading infrastructure, data analysis and AI, says Bloomberg, citing an internal memo.
Finextra

Filipinos fintechs need to get creative to be competitive

September 03, 2018
Once siloed among only the most extreme enthusiasts, the local cryptocurrency craze is going nationwide, grabbing the attention of even those at the highest level of government.
BW Worldline

Polish Fintech Firm and Welsh Football Match-up in Payment Partnership

August 30, 2018
Polish online currency exchange and money transfer company, Conotoxia today announced its new four year partnership with the Wales football team at the FA Wales squad announcement at St. Fagans.
Fintech Times

Ebury becomes first fintech to go live with Swift gpi

August 30, 2018
Ebury, which specialises in corporate global transaction services, has become the first fintech company to go live with Swift’s global payments innovation (gpi).
Banking Tech

10 Most Well-Funded Fintech Companies in Germany

August 29, 2018
Germany is quickly emerging as a fintech powerhouse, with Berlin and Hamburg in particular witnessing thriving fintech communities. According to EY, Germany hosts over 300 fintech companies which raised a record of US$655.4 million in 2017.
Fintech News

European fintech firm opens first Australian office

August 27, 2018
A leading European fintech firm for global transaction services has opened its first Australian office to capture and service the growing demands of SMEs. Ebury, after aggressive expansion in the northern hemisphere, has opened in Sydney with a mission to provide SMEs with the tools and services usually only found in large corporations.
Fintech Business

Japanese fintech startup Paidy lands strategic investment from Visa

August 24, 2018
A month after announcing its $55 million Series C, Japanese fintech startup Paidy has snagged a strategic investment from payment giant Visa. Paidy didn’t disclose how much Visa put into its business, which has raised over $80 million to date, but it did say that it will work with the credit card giant to develop “new digital payment experiences” in Japan.
Rocket News

Barclays and Techstars seek out Irish fintechs for accelerator

August 23, 2018
Irish fintech companies are being encouraged to apply for the latest instalment of Barclays’ prestigious accelerator, a 13-week programme that will take place in London early next year.
Irish Times

Equity Kenya’s Fintech in Ethiopian Bank Talks on Payments

August 20, 2018
Equity Group Holdings Ltd.’s financial technology unit is in discussions with six Ethiopian banks to collaborate on cross-border mobile payments and e-commerce. Finserve Africa Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Kenya’s biggest lender by market value, is targeting remittances from three million of Ethiopians living outside the country, Managing Director Jack Ngare said in an interview Monday.
Bloomberg

eWallet Business Announces Major Strategic Partnership with Finnet

August 20, 2018
Weyland Tech Inc. (WEYL) (“Weyland ” or the “Company”), a provider of mobile business applications, today announces a strategic partnership between its eWallet business and PT. Finnet Indonesia (“Finnet”).
Euro Investor

BBVA Bets Big On Fintech, But Must Focus On The Turkey Situation First

August 20, 2018
Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA) is a Spanish bank with operations all over the world. Main markets include Spain, South-America, Mexico, the US and Turkey.
Seeking Alpha

Travelers acquires majority stake in Toronto-based fintech

August 20, 2018
Travelers, one of America’s largest insurance companies, has acquired a majority stake in the Canadian fintech startup Zensurance.
Insurance Business Magezine

The First Company to issue Stock on the Blockchain.

August 19, 2018
As tokenized securities are starting to get more recognition and development of the necessary infrastructure is being finalized, we are starting to see the first companies actually making use of it. On June 11 the inevitable happened, Aboveboard, a delaware corporation, became the first company to issue and distribute stock on a public blockchain. why this is important.
Tech Bullion

Coinbase acquires decentralised ID startup

August 16, 2018
Coinbase has acquired Distributed Systems in a bid to create a decentralised digital identity platform for crypto-wallet enthusiasts and Web merchants.
Finextra

Global fintech company launches new cloud-based microfinance solution in Nigeria

August 15, 2018
Global fintech company Oradian on Tuesday announced a strategic partnership with the Association of Non Bank Microfinance Institution of Nigeria (ANMFIN), to promote access to financial services for Nigerian clients on a larger scale by using new software which allows for easier access.
African Indy

Temenos partners to hasten fintech innovation in Egypt

August 15, 2018
The Venture Lab at The American University in Cairo (AUC) and the banking and finance software company will help fintech start-ups in Egypt by primarily offering a sandbox service based on Temenos’ T24 core banking system.
Holland Fintech

What’s behind the remarkable rise of German fintech Wirecard?

August 15, 2018
When a little-known online payments firm from a small German town called Aschheim overtakes Deutsche Bank in stock market value, people tend to take notice. What makes Wirecard tick?
DW

EY finds $1bn for fintech foraging

August 13, 2018
EY plans to invest $1 billion in new technology solutions, client services, innovation and its ecosystem over the next two financial years. The new funding is in addition to the existing, “significant” annual technology investment. The investment will be used to create new tech-based services and solutions in areas such as financial services, cyber, risk management, managed services, software services, digital tax and audit services.
Banking Tech

Tech Giants Lead the Way on Fintech Patents, Ahead of Banks

August 10, 2018
British patent data insights firm Cipher recently released an IP strategy report that provides a look at how many firms are patenting technologies in the hopes of disrupting various industry sectors. Among the various highlights of the report include a look at fintech patents, which shows that tech companies and not banks are leading the way in obtaining patents that cover the future of banking.
IP Watch

Singapore fintech firm Rate raises $15m for blockchain cross-border payments

August 07, 2018
Singapore-based startup Rate has raised US$15 million in a token sale for its cross border payments blockchain project Rate3, it revealed today.The company’s initial coin offering (ICO), which ran from April 16 to May 22, hit its hard cap target of 25,000 ether. Open to the public as well as private investors, the ICO saw participation from Matrix Partners China, Node Capital, and FBG Capital, as well as Fenbushi Capital founder Bo Shen.
Tech in Asia

Barclays partners with leading fintech MarketInvoice

August 05, 2018
Barclays has today announced that it is partnering with leading fintech business MarketInvoice, Europe’s largest online invoice financing platform, in a deal that is set to transform the way UK SMEs manage cash flow and accelerate growth.
BM Magazine

Danske Bank steps up fintech partnership hunt

August 03, 2018
With a new strategy in place, the bank says partnerships are “top of the agenda as a strong lever for future growth and joint value creation”. To that end, it’s recruiting for a partnership engagement manager for fresh action in the Nordics and for its “new super-team”. The job advert contains the usual nonsense that banks inflict upon us – such as “a win-win mindset and care for delivering a superior partner experience”.
Banking Tech

Fintech & Insurtech Firm Novae Launches All-Digital White-Label Loyalty Platform For Banks

August 02, 2018
Novae, a U.S.-based fintech and insurtech firm, announced on Thursday the launch of Novaeplatform, which is described as a user-centric, universal, cross-border, all-digital, white label loyalty platform for banks that enables consumers and merchants to redeem points from any device using any type of payment method.
Crowdfund Insider

Barclays Leads Investment In Voice Fintech

August 01, 2018
We are proud to announce that we’ve officially completed a $14 million Series B investment fundraising, led by Barclays and including JPMorgan and NEX Group. The proceeds will be used to accelerate development and global roll-out of our SaaS-based voice communications platform, which provides a comprehensive cloud-based replacement to traditional trading “turrets”.
Markets Media

FinLeap moves into the fintech platform-as-a-service space

July 27, 2018
Berlin-based fintech factory FinLeap is positioning as a provider of bundled solutions for startups and banks, melding stand-alone products across a common platform. The company is rolling out two platform-based products to connect disparate applications in the consumer markets – FinReach – and in business process management – Infinitec.
Finextra

Seven Stars Cloud Partners with China VC Research Institute to Expand Tokenized Assets

July 24, 2018
Seven Stars Cloud Group, Inc. (SSC), a global fintech firm focused on blockchain and AI-powered digital asset management, has partnered with the China Venture Capital Research Institute (CVCRI), according to a press release published July 23. The partnership will purportedly help SCC extend its to extend its asset digitization services.
Coin Telegraph

Events

Atos Finovate Webinar – What’s next for top-tier banks and financial messaging
October 08, 2018

SWIFT remains a mission critical channel for all financial institutions. But the cost and complexity of operating SWIFT for top-tier banks has increased substantially since the introduction of SWIFT’s CSP programme. As payments and connectivity become increasingly commoditised for all financial institutions, banks are re-thinking how best to maintain secure, reliable and compliant SWIFT operations and back-office applications at the lowest cost.

Worldline E-Payments Challenge Hackathon
September 26-28, 2018 – Conference/Showcase. Worldline Event

How will we pay in 5 years? – Co-innovate and expand your business with Worldline and its customers by joining the Worldline e-Payments Challenge Hackathon from September 26th to the 28th in Paris.

FinovateEurope 2018
March 06-09, 2018 – Conference/Showcase. FinovateEurope

FinovateEurope 2018, will be at the ExCeL in London on March 6–9 with a new, expanded conference. The first two days follow the traditional Finovate format where 70+ innovative FinTech companies will have 7 minutes to demo their latest solutions. This year, for the first time in Europe, we’re offering new, expanded content sessions. Expert speakers will give you advice and insights on the trends driving FinTech. Turn light-bulb moments into real-world action and leave with new ideas for your future product roadmap and strategic planning.

Future Digital Finance 2018
March 26-27, 2018 – Conference/Showcase. Future Digital Finance

The summit for 21st century digital finance leaders. Future Digital Finance is the conference for digital finance innovators who are paving the way forward at America’s largest financial institutions.

Previous events

Europe

Gibraltar International FinTech Forum

February 28-March 1, 2018 – Fintech, Conference/Showcase
Featuring some of the leading names in FinTech.
Gibfin

IFZ FinTech Conference 

February 28, 2018 – Fintech, Conference/Showcase
FinTech is considered an innovative solution for the challenges in the financial industry and shows a high growth rate. In addition to the presentation of the results of the IFZ FinTech study, we will be hearing about recent developments in the field of FinTech from our excellent speakers.
IFZ

Crypto Investor Show

March 10, 2018 – Fintech, Conference/Showcase
The UK’s biggest crypto and blcokchain event for investors. The Crypto Investor Show brings together the crypto community with private investors and traders in the UK for the first time. Gain insight into the array of investment opportunities provided by Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain Technology
Crypto Investor Show

TechNOVA Blockchain Summit 2018

March 22, 2018 – Fintech, Conference/Showcase
TechNOVA: Blockchain Summit 2018 will look across sectors at the latest innovations in distributed ledger technology. This Blockchain conference will bring in case studies from banking, insurance, energy, music, healthcare, trade finance and more. The content will cover a number of the key challenges and use cases including how to develop strategy, verifying provenance, disintermediation and peer-to-peer industries, data sharing, smart contracts and the future of cryptocurrency. With decision makers and senior innovation leaders across multiple sectors, TechNOVA: Blockchain Summit 2018 is the event to attend take your understanding of the technology to the next level and kick-start the development of your future.
Fintech World Forum

E-Fintech Show

April 11-12, 2018 – Fintech, Conference/Showcase
The consolidation of decentralized technologies such as Blockchain together with the various FinTech business models that exist today make the financial sector has to reinvent itself more than ever. A new economy decentralized is coming and will forever change the financial services that Today we know.
e-Fintech Show

Fintech Design Summit

April 20, 2018 – Fintech, Conference/Showcase
The financial services sector has entered a new era, with FinTech startups challenging the major FS players by creating powerful new user centric products. The FinTech Design Summit will be exploring how experience led design has disrupted the industry. We will be hearing from the financial companies designing new experiences for users, that will change consumer exceptions forever. The Fintech Design Summit is targeted at Senior Product & Design Professionals, Fintech Entrepreneurs, CTO’s and CEO’s.
Fintech Design Summit

Fintech World Forum

May 30-31, 2018 – Fintech, Conference/Showcase
FinTech World Forum 2018 (FinTech Conference) is based in London UK Europe as one of leading fintech events for global financial, finance and banking technology industry. Its focuses on Mobile Payments, Lending, Insurance, Blockchain, Bitcoin, Investment, InsurTech, RegTech, Money, Mobile Banking and Wealth Management.
Fintech World Forum

London Fintech Week

July 06-13, 2018 – Fintech, Conference/Showcase
Fintech Week is a series of conferences, exhibitions, workshops, hackathons, meetups and parties. Each day we focus on a different topic. We always ensure that there is plenty of time for networking and meeting other innovators. The main conference/exhibition takes place at the Grange Tower Bridge Hotel, but other events take place across the City of London, Canary Wharf and “Tech City.”
Fintech Worldwide Ltd

Asia/Middle East

Blockchain Middle East Forum

February 05-06, 2018 – Conference/Showcase
Unblocking the blockchain Dubai announced its intention to turn itself into the first blockchain-powered government in the world by 2020. These ambitions are part of the emirate’s goal of becoming a global business hub with next-generation technology playing a key role in delivering this vision.As a result, a number of Middle East companies both private and public have made substantial progress on understanding the opportunities, application and preparations of adopting the blockchain technology within their organisation.
IQPC Middle East

Blockchain and Bitcoin Conference Bengaluru

February 22, 2018 – Conference/Showcase
India is a very likely country to become a global cryptocurrency leader. It is one of the most rapidly developing technology markets because of the huge amount of young people. Besides, the Indian online market consists of 333 million users, occupying the second place in the world.This country has a vast number of young engineers and a comprehensive IT market ready to explore all innovative technologies in a very short time. This also includes cryptocurrency technologies: currently, India is a place where blockchain technologies and cryptocurrency services are promoted at the government level. Therefore, the international network of Blockchain & Bitcoin Conferences organized by Smile-Expo, covering more than 10 European and CIS countries, is expanding and holding a new conference in Bengaluru, India.
Blockchain and Bitcoin Conference

Finovate Middle East

February 26-27, 2018 – Conference/Showcase
Finovate events bring together the entire fintech community to showcase cutting-edge banking, financial and payments technology in a unique, short-form, demo-only format as well as insights from global financial service experts.
 Finnovate Middle East

Fintegrate Zone 2018

February 27- March 01, 2018 – Conference/Showcase
Fintegrate Zone is a “fintech thought leadership” conclave focusing on the future of technology and the broader financial services industry within India and beyond its borders. The agenda of the conclave is to highlight the business and technology innovations driving change in the Banking, Financial Services and Insurance industry.Started in 2017 by Zone Startups, a leading FinTech ecosystem enabler, Fintegrate Zone is a multi-format 3-day FinTech conclave, catering to different stakeholders with curated event formats.
Fintegrate Zone

2nd Annual Fintech Week (Tel Aviv)

March 05-07, 2018 – Conference/Showcase
Our first conference is all about Bitcoin, Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT). We’ll be exploring the evolution of Blockchain from Cytpto to ICO and hearing from innovators and influencers in the space.Our second conference focuses on all things Fintech. Hear from Key players from across the fintech ecosystem including banks, VCs, start-ups and innovators.Our third conference is all about the intersection of cyber security and financial services. We’ll talk to experts on both sides and explore how safe your money and data really is.
Fintech Worldwide

4th Annual Blockchain Finance & Fintech China 2018

March 15-16, 2018 – Conference/Showcase
The 4th Annual Block Chain Finance & Fin-tech China 2018 event will gather over 800 participants from around the world, where the leaders of Block Chain & Fintech will present their views on key issues in the industry.
Blockchain Finance & Fintech China

IFINTEC

May 08-09, 2018 – Conference/Showcase
IFINTEC Finance Technologies Conference and Exhibition will be held at Radisson Blu Hotel, Istanbul Sisli on 08-09 May 2018 in Istanbul, Turkey. IFINTEC is one of the biggest and most important conferences in EMEA region on Retail Banking, Banking Technologies, Banking Solutions and Finance Technologies. IFINTEC Conference serves a perfect platform to introduce and demonstrate banking solutions and finance technology solutions including system, hardware, software, consultancy, training and service which are developed for banks and financial institutions.
Finance Technologies Conference & Exhibition

Finovate Asia

October 29-30, 2018 – Conference/Showcase
THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAY TO STAY AHEAD ON FINTECH INNOVATION IN ASIA 450+ Attendees. 30+ Demoing companies. Countless opportunities. Finovate events bring together the entire fintech community to showcase cutting-edge banking, financial and payments technology in a unique, short-form, demo-only format as well as insights from global financial service experts.
Finovate Asia

Americas

The Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Blockchain Superconference

February 16-18, 2018 – Conference/Showcase
Is It Too Late To Get Involved In Crypto? Not at all. Even if you didn’t mine 10,000 bitcoins using your old PC in 2012, bitcoin, ethereum, altcoins and blockchain technology are still in their infancy.99.9% of the world’s population is barely aware of how bitcoin, ethereum, and other blockchain-based tokens are starting to address real use cases.

MIT Fintech Conference 2018

March 10, 2018 – Conference/Showcase
The event will bring together fintech startups, established financial service and technology firms, vcs, investors, and regulators to share their ideas about recent innovations in the financial technology space. Hear the best ideas, examine the latest technologies, and ask the big question at the mit fintech club’s biggest event of the year!
MIT Fintech

Empire Start-up Fintech Conference New York

April 18, 2018 – Conference/Showcase
Hear from those forging new trails in payments, blockchain, lending, robo-advisors, insurance tech, real estate and more. In addition to attracting hundreds of FinTech entrepreneurs, this conference also plays host to the investors and service providers that help accelerate startups. The audience can also look forward to keynotes, panels and demo updates from some of the top FinTech startups in the world.
Empire Starups

STX 18 by Fintech Exchange

April 25, 2018 – Conference/Showcase
A summit for technology startups focused on financial markets & trading brought to you by FinTech Exchange (FTX). FTX is Chicago’s leading fintech event for financial markets and trading technology. FTX has been a sellout since its inception in 2015, with close to 500 attendees each year. This event has featured growth firms as well as world-class companies, including: CME Group, CBOE, IBM Watson, Amazon Web Services, Google, Trading Technologies, and Tableau.
Fintech Chicago

Finovate Spring

May 08-11, 2018 – Conference/Showcase
THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAY TO STAY AHEAD ON FINTECH INNOVATION 1300+ attendees. 70+ companies demoing. Countless opportunities. See the cutting-edge of fintech via a unique, short-form, demo-only format. Plus, new for 2018, get advice and insights from 100+ fintech experts in a newly expanded program. All coming to you live from Silicon Valley, the world’s biggest tech and innovation hotbed.
Finovate

The Payment Canada Summit

May 09-11, 2018 – Conference/Showcase
Join industry leaders, innovators and challengers at Canada’s largest payments conference. The 2018 SUMMIT is the forum to connect the payments ecosystem, offering a broad spectrum of topics that influence payments in Canada and around the world.
Payments Canada

Future of Fintech

June 19-21, 2018 – Conference/Showcase
CB Insights – The Disruption of Financial Services. The Future of Fintech is an exclusive gathering of the world’s largest financial institutions, best fintech startups, and most active venture investors.
CB Insights

Finbat

June 20-21, 2018 – Conference/Showcase
The Annual Conference on Fintech and Banking transformation (FINBAT) aims to bring together researchers, decision makers, and practitioners interested in exploring the many facets of Fintech and banking transformation in the digital age.
Finbat

Finovate Fall

September 24-29, 2018 – Conference/Showcase
THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAY TO STAY AHEAD ON FINTECH INNOVATION 1500+ attendees. 70+ companies demoing. Countless opportunities. See cutting-edge banking, financial and payments technology in a unique, short-form, demo format. Get advice and insights from 100+ fintech experts in an expanded program.
FinovateFall

 

Reports

Fintech decoded: The capital markets infrastructure opportunity (Mckinsey/World Exchange Report)
March 2018
Technology has long been the engine driving capital markets efficiency—both for investors in the markets, and for the capital markets infrastructure providers (CMIPs) that operate the exchanges and other trading venues, central counterparties, securities depositories, index providers, and data and analytics companies. More lately, fintechs are bringing new technologies to market even faster and with a greater impact. Hundreds of fintechs are
focusing their development on capital markets infrastructure (CMI), and while CMIPs recognize that fintech will have a significant influence on the industry, many remain unsure of which technologies to adopt and to what degree, and how best to engage and interact with fintech companies.

FRTB: delivering on the promise of data-driven insights
February 2018
Although the Basel timetable for FRTB implementation may have been postponed, many banks have already formalized their FRTB reporting requirements. According to new research by Chartis Research and IBM Watson Financial Services, almost one-third of respondents are currently implementing new systems and approaches for FRTB reporting. Depending on their size and location, banks are pursuing FRTB reporting with different levels of urgency – yet in our survey all cited technology as a key barrier to implementation.

Sound Practices: implications of fintech developments for banks and bank supervisors
February 2018
The Sound Practices on the implications of fintech developments for banks and bank supervisors assesses how technology-driven innovation in financial services, or “fintech”, may affect the banking industry and the activities of supervisors in the near to medium term.Various future potential scenarios are considered, with their specific risks and opportunities. In addition to the banking industry scenarios, three case studies focus on technology developments (big data, distributed ledger technology and cloud computing) and three on fintech business models (innovative payment services, lending platforms and neo-banks).
Bank of International Settlements

FinTech: Finding the sweet spot
January, 2018
On the 23rd November 2017, Atos and Worldline, in partnership with Finovate, ran a panel discussion and workshop involving digital leaders and innovators from Financial Services institutions and FinTechs.
This report provides you with an overview and consolidation of the discussions that took place at the event and draws out the key conversations, insights and thoughts presented to help, educate and inspire as you pursue your own journey towards getting out of the lab and into the business..

Atos FinTech Program
December, 2017

The FinTech phenomenon has shaken the foundations of the Financial Services sector – offering new ways to create value in an ageing industry. But not every bank or insurer is going to make the FinTech transition. And not every FinTech is going to outlast the initial burst of activity. So how are you going to exploit opportunities to survive and thrive in Financial Services? As a leader in integrating FinTech solutions, answering this question is our primary focus.

Beyond Fintech: A pragmatic assessment of disruptive potential in financial services
August, 2017. World Economic Forum

This report is from the World Economic Forum (Forum) and Deloitte studies the transformative role of fintech and other disruptive forces on the financial services industry.

Atos positioned as a Leader in FinTech Services in Banking by analyst firm NelsonHall
July 17, 2017. Nelson Hall

Atos, has been positioned as a leader in FinTech Services in Banking in the NelsonHall NEAT vendor evaluation study that assesses 14 global vendors that offer FinTech Services as part of their banking BPS portfolio.