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Sibos

Start-ups prepare to face the Sibos test

At Sibos 2014, finalists in the fifth Innotribe Startup Challenge will throw themselves into a sea of financial services expertise and see who can swim. Dan Barnes reports.

Muscling in on M-Pesa

Kenyan banks look to crash M-Pesa’s party

Kenya’s Equity Bank is determined to launch a new mobile banking product that has the potential to shake up an industry dominated by the creator of M-Pesa, Safaricom. Experts say that while Equity could present serious long-term competition for Safaricom, it has its work cut out. 

Gottfried Leibbrandt

Swift chief looks to stay ahead of the technology game

Brian Caplen talks to chief executive of the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (Swift), Gottfried Leibbrandt, about changing technology, the impact of regulation and the society’s ‘incremental and gradual approach’ to its initiatives.

Cyber attack

Cyber attack: Is your bank safe?

From financially motivated cyber crime to politically influenced cyber warfare, the virtual threats to financial institutions are multiplying. Companies must respond by arming themselves against such attacks or else they risk losing their footing on the new digital battleground.

Technology projects of the year

Technology Projects of the Year, 2014

Our first Technology Projects of the Year awards focus on the teamwork and collaboration needed to get a technology project off the ground.
The winners show that from the smallest of start-ups to the largest of lenders, the innovative spirit is strong in the global financial markets.

Open-access banks

Open-access banks: surviving the tech challenge

Banks are facing a digital revolution that may become rule of law if European Commission proposals on account access are passed. With new entrants on the inside track when it comes to technological advantages and banks at risk of becoming the 'dumb pipes', some lenders are rising to the challenge, while others simply do not get it. 

David Howson

BATS Chi-X Europe keeps ahead of regulatory curve

Largely thanks to its innovative new solution for on- and off-exchange reporting, pan-European exchange BATS Chi-X Europe has seen its market share balloon in recent months. But, aware of the dangers of complacency, chief operating officer David Howson says that the firm is just as focused on further innovation as on growth.

Losing the human touch

Smart machines: clever enough to replace bankers?

Computers have reached such a level of sophistication that they can now outperform their human counterparts at some tasks, a fact that has not gone unnoticed in the banking community. But, while smart machines are increasingly being utilised in customer service and data analysis capacities, advocates of these new technologies maintain that they are designed to complement rather than replace the traditional workforce.

Banks can't deal with AML on their own

Banks are being charged by governments with preventing financial crime. Given the cost and complexity of this task, the only way they can effectively manage this new role is by utilising new third-party databases and information exchanges.

Financing fintech start-ups

Financing fintech start-ups: will they take off?

Big banks and tech start-ups are collaborating to plug the gaps in financial technology, with the start-ups acting as a testing ground for technologies before they are scaled up. 

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