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FinTech Pulse

What makes London the Fintech Capital of the World?

After completing my first 2 years at university, I jumped at the opportunity to work at one of Strand’s headquarters in Barcelona as part of their marketing team.

Since arriving, I have been made to feel extremely welcome by my colleagues, and in my first week alone, I felt like I had already learnt more than in 6 months of studying at university - and in particular about FinTech.

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Topics: online banking, digital banking, open banking, PSD2, psd2 impact on banks

Author: Gabriel Moreno on Sep 22, 2017

Open Banking: Open for Business or Closed to Progress?

The future of banking is indisputably Open Banking. Open in all senses of the word: transparency, ease of access to information and a place at the table for new market players.


Open for everyone, without exception.

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Topics: online banking, digital banking, open banking, PSD2, psd2 impact on banks

Author: Pau Velando, General Manager on Sep 12, 2017

PSD2: Where Customers Call the Shots

Change, in all its forms, brings with it concern and unrest, but also huge opportunity.

Particularly when change is imposed, it is often hard to see beyond the regulations and embrace the possibilities.  Banking, having experienced relatively little change in recent times, is now on the cusp of considerable transformation in the shape of PSD2, or the Revised Payment Service Directive.

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Topics: Personal Financial Management (PFM), PFM, digital banking, PSD2, personalized finance, psd2 impact on banks

Author: Aoife Crean - Content Manager on Aug 3, 2017

PSD2 and API Banking: Are banks ready for the challenge?

With the revised Payment Service Directive (PSD2) on the horizon, banking institutions are increasingly eager to take action - though most have yet to make a move - to get a head start on this new regulation and weather the storm of industry disruption that will no doubt ensue.

To consider PSD2 a threat to banks would be the short-sighted view, as the reality is that the opportunities are numerous.  However, with approximately a year to 18 months until this legislation is implemented, many financial establishments may be misled into thinking time is on their side. With the inherent strategic and operational challenges this mandate will bring, they would be ill-advised to delay.  

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Topics: FinTech, digital banking, PSD2, psd2 impact on banks

Author: Vaida Pakulyte on Apr 10, 2017

When will banking data drive customer success?

The exponential growth of technology is the paradigm that was described by Moore’s Law years ago and is characteristic of the present evolutionary process in technology. How fast this technology becomes reality is difficult to quantify, but a first discussion point may be the business context in which innovation will become preeminent. The banking industry is ripe for disruptive innovation, but it is a fact that there is a gap between the latest financial technology developments and the reality that banking customers are faced with.

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Topics: FinTech, account aggregation, open banking, PSD2, aggregation

Author: Estefania Gual on Nov 15, 2016

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