Fintech News Issue #161

Fintech News Issue #161

The world is in the process of a Digital Revolution, where everyone on the planet has the ability to talk, trade and transact with anyone else. This transformation will erode boundaries and promote inclusion. In this exclusive interview, Chis Skinner discusses his newest book, Digital Human, and the impact these changes will have on banking and the world as a whole.

While Fintech companies were initially viewed as a banking competitor, the two are finding that there is greater benefit to working together. According to the 2017 World Retail Banking Report, 91 percent of banks and 75 percent of Fintechs responded that they expect to partner with one another in the future.

This week I took part in a series of qualitative research groups that involved speaking to Australian millennials about their hopes and fears for the future. Two key themes emerged, which should surprise no one who is either in this generation or building products for it – job security and home ownership.

Saturday, January 13, 2018, marked a significant milestone in building a better and more open future with data when the United Kingdom’s Open Banking Standard came into force—ushering in a secure set of rules, technologies and standards that allow customers to give companies other than their banks the permission to securely access their accounts.

The Internet of Things (IoT) has been a topic of discussion for the past few years, and the nature of its applications has evolved over time. According to a report by Gartner, the IoT will grow to 26 billion units installed by 2020. This report also highlights that the IoT product and service suppliers will generate revenue exceeding $300 billion by the same year.

When was the last time you pulled out a wad of cash to pay for dinner or a stack of dollar bills to cover your rent? If you’re like the rest of the developed world, chances are, it’s been a while. The transition to a cashless society has been a long time in the making, but there are other interesting developments afoot, leading to a rise in Alternative Payment Methods (APMs).

Chris is Chair of the European networking forum: the Financial Services Club. He is on the Advisory Boards of many companies including Innovate Finance, Moven and Meniga. The big topic of his upcoming new book is Humanity’s Fourth Revolution and the next generation of finance. How it’s happening right now and soon 4.5 billion more people will be able to access banking services.

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