Since its inception in 2018 open banking has made a significant impact on the financial landscape in the UK. For over four years now, FinTech firms have been benefitting from open APIs that enable them to customise their open banking apps and services based on the consumer demand. This wouldn’t be possible without open banking platforms that have mastered open banking solutions, acting as a technological intermediary between banks and third parties for the greater good of the industry and optimal customer experience.
Years of building financial software have taught the Code & Pepper team to associate disruption with positive changes brought about by advanced economic thought and technology. It’s all about the improvement of financial processes so there is more balance between all the market participants.
From a buzzword to reality – open banking has come a long way. It’s now a default setting powering a wide range of products addressed to the retail consumer. Open banking apps have become interfaces for financial services, changing the banking experience.
What elements do we factor into the innovation process? How do we use it to our advantage? What are the most disruptive fields of FinTech right now and how did these changes come about? Dorota Zimnoch really understands the mechanisms of innovation as much as she’s aware of the convergence of industries, shared economy and metaverse reality. She joined Code & Pepper for the Ask Me AnyFin session to share her invaluable insights.
One of the driving forces of innovation is industry convergence which is all about establishing relations that have not been possible before. This is enabled by the ever-developing new technologies such as cloud engineering, microservices architecture and others. In our latest Ask Me AnyFin conversation we are joined by Paul Thomas Walsh, COO at Elinvar, a WealthTech Platform as a Service, which uses technology to connect various FinTech providers on one platform, making it possible to create new exciting partnerships and business models.
Traditionally, we put trust in banks to look after our financial data. In the past, they were the only ones with access to this sensitive information which they could use to their advantage. This has changed with the PSD2, a directive issued by the EU in 2015 according to which incumbent banks were obliged to recognise customers as the rightful owners of their financial data and to provide them with the opportunity to decide who they want to share this information with. Open banking became a reality.
Arrival of a new technology always stirs up a lot of emotions. It is either met with wild enthusiasm or fierce criticism. This is because of its disruptive potential which both creates new opportunities as well as threatens the status quo. This love and hate dynamic also applies to blockchain. Initially associated with Bitcoin it was criticised for high-energy consumption. Blockchain technology, however, also has its merits such as: transparency, independence and security. That’s why it started to be used in a variety of sectors and for a range of purposes such as secure sharing of medical data or supply chain and logistics monitoring. Our new Ask Me AnyFin guest, Toni Caradonna makes use of blockchain to support nature conservation communities. How does he do it? Find out in the Ask Me AnyFin interview.
This week’s FinTech Wire news selection reflects the strong position of the UK as a FinTech-friendly ecosystem that is inclusive, technologically-advanced and based on solid regulatory foundations. When it comes to the FinTech actors, the spotlight is now on the providers of payment solutions who are pitching their scalable and cost-effective products.
How do you overcome barriers? FinTechs featured in this week’s Code & Pepper news selection seem to know the answer providing their audiences with experiences that work across borders, help to save time and most importantly, empower their users to be in charge of their financial wellbeing. Find out more about a major Open Banking event, a fund encouraging NFT projects and successes of companies that optimise processes around payments, money transfers, education loans and donations!
There are many sources of inspiration in business. One of them is technology which both feeds on new ideas and breeds them. This is, particularly, true for financial technology which relies heavily on communication technology. These two: money and the Internet create the most powerful media duo in the world. No wonder there are so many volunteers eager to come up with a new product that will thrive on this combination. Martins Sulte has succeeded in doing this. His company, Mintos, is a virtual marketplace which offers a new investment asset. We invited him to our Ask Me AnyFin conversation to learn more about his offering and the details of his entrepreneurial journey.
We might be far into the second half of 2021 but there is no sign of slowing down for the financial industry. It’s as if with the end of the summer in the northern hemisphere, everyone is ready to go back to school to study and see their friends. There is a noticeable proliferation of webinars, shows and conferences such as Money 20/20 Europe or Sibos by SWIFT. There are also more and more new names joining the ranks of successful FinTechs with Sugi, Point and BankiFi taking the lead this week. Find out the details in the latest issue of FinTech Wire!
FinTech newsreels are booming with information about new products and investments. It is reassuring to see that a large chunk of these initiatives are in the spirit of sustainable growth. Find out about new apps from Minted and Hapi, the development of Moss and Aspiration and a project by The Scottish National Investment Bank.
We live in interesting “financial times” with FinTech transforming every sphere of how money is made and managed. Recent selection of FinTech Wire News only adds to this excitement, showing that modern technology contributes to the financial inclusion of different groups from all around the world, ranging from Nigerian businessmen, American working families to Lithuanian representatives of generation Z. Discover which FinTechs have rocked the boat this week!