As much as we all love digital banking (and we do) there are clear kinks that need to be worked out. The recent Android banking Trojan that’s gaining ground, Tesco Bank having to halt online transactions, the massive Yahoo hack, and even the troubles at Wells Fargo could all be used to explain why 89% of people still carry cash around for transactions, according to a recent survey conducted by Sage Payment Solutions. While the ‘cashless’ debate seems to have reached blockchain proportions (with people arguing more about the when then the if), some mystery remains around the method that will succeed it: will the end of cash also signal the end of plastic cards? Will digital wallets reign supreme? The winner, according to the Sage survey? Apple Pay.
In light of recent news that Wells Fargo fraudulently opened thousands of customer accounts, it’s not hard to sympathize with peoples’ mistrust of Wall Street, especially for groups that have already been tough for banks to win over.
The founder and president of Anthemis Group gets an early look at all types of fintech innovation. She s noticed that, no matter how different the ideas are, there is one underlying commonality in this sector: it s lacking something profound. Here are some small changes that could make a big difference.
Bitcoin is anti-establishment. It is feared by most governments and banks. Yet Bitcoin is also a driver of innovation – which drives productivity and wealth creation which is what citizens want their governments to focus on.
More than 41% of banks have bought into hyperconvergence -- a blend of integrated server, storage and networking technology that s easily managed by software -- and there s no sign of its popularity letting up. PeoplesBank, a community bank in Massachusetts, is one of those that caught the bug.
Blockchain is at a bit of a critical point, because it’s running up against the one universal enemy all new technologies have to face eventually: reality. In reality, how will banks use the blockchain? “To do the real thing, it takes time, effort and expertise,” says Alex Wolff, head of product strategy for London-based Misys Financial Software, a firsm serving global banks.
Stessa Cohen warns that if we aren t careful, we could bring old gender biases into world of bank bots; Amy Nauiokas argues bank innovation should be applied more broadly, not just in technology; Marva Smalls recalls how she broke out of her comfort zone; and Esther George of the Kansas City Fed talks about staying true to her convictions. Also, how unbalanced journalism puts more scrutiny on female leaders than on their male counterparts and the silver lining in this presidential election.
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