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Meet Us? The events we'll be attending in 2019

The year of FinTech events starts here, and on February 27th, our CEO Erik Brieva is kicking off in style with a Finance Technology panel appearance at the 4YFN event that Barcelona is famous for. Our Sales team will be taking the Americas by storm, visiting Colombia, Mexico and the US and we'll be in and around Europe too, at the biggest events on the digital banking annual calendar.  

Check out where we'll be in the coming months - we hope to see you there! 

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Topics: fintech events, SME banking, Personal Financial Management (PFM)

Author: Aoife Crean on Feb 8, 2019

Invisible PFM Will Transform Banking As You Know It

Personal Financial Management (PFM) has evolved greatly since its birth in the early eighties. Originally developed to bring money management into what was then a widespread technological shift to the nascent personal computer age, PFM has since become a sophisticated means of managing your money.

But in its current “visible” guise, PFM is not nearly as innovative as it can be, and it is the “invisible” idea of PFM that is set to overhaul banking as we know it.

In this article, we look at why the unseen PFM is inevitable and why it will be the driving force in transforming banking. Additionally, we look at how banks will evolve to intuitively anticipate their customers’ financial needs as well as scrutinize the major threat that all banks face if they fail to adapt.

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Topics: FinTech, PFM, Personal Financial Management (PFM), personalized banking, invisible PFM, personalized finance, Popular

Author: Erik Brieva, CEO on Dec 11, 2018

Know Me, Help Me, Monetize ME

Banking is undergoing enormous change, and whilst the bricks and mortar are the same — the banking sector is a money-making business after all — nothing about the design, or the look and feel have any resemblance to the banks that have been and gone.

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Topics: ENGAGER, customer insights, invisible PFM, Personal Financial Management (PFM), Financial Management for Small Business (BFM), relationship banking

Author: Aoife Crean on Nov 26, 2018

Behavioral Economics: The Bank's Secret Weapon

In this digital era, with easy, fast and limitless options, decision-making has become even more difficult.

Banks can’t predict user behavior with absolute certainty, but they can help frame their financial decisions by understanding how choices are made, and designing solutions around them.

This is where Behavioral Economics, the study of how and why we make decisions, can be a powerful tool for the banking industry.

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Topics: behavioral economics, Personal Financial Management (PFM), banking, banking and technology, chief behavioral officer

Author: Miriam Ballesteros on Aug 1, 2018

Behavioral Economics is the Key to User Engagement in Banking: An Interview With Jeff Kreisler

The science behind behavioral economics confirms that people make wholly irrational decisions. In the finance world, identifying which emotions come into play when people make the financial choices they do, can help bankers and those in the finance sector to understand why, whether it’s buying a house, withdrawing cash, investing money or saving for retirement.

To shed some light on the subject, we sat down to chat with the man of the moment Jeff Kreisler, a Princeton educated lawyer turned author, speaker, comedian and advocate for behavioral science. He's co-author of Dollars And Sense and Editor-in-Chief of PeopleScience.com.

He shared his thoughts with us on behavioral science applied to banking.

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Topics: behavioral economics, Personal Financial Management (PFM), banking, banking and technology, chief behavioral officer

Author: Aoife Crean on May 28, 2018

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

Author: Aoife Crean on Aug 3, 2017

The Art of Artificial, A Love of Logic

Co-founding Strands came as a natural next step for me after a degree in computer science from the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC) and a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the EPFL in Switzerland.

Prior to setting up Strands with Francisco Martin in the US, Professor Boi Faltings and I had co-created and sold a company using AI for travel planning, which at the time was a huge step in innovation.

Whilst studying computer science, I discovered that logic is a mathematical tool that allows computers to model the world with symbolic programming, to solve real world problems that require some degree of intelligence, such as planning and reasoning.

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Topics: digital banking, personalized finance, PFM, Personal Financial Management (PFM)

Author: Aoife Crean on Jul 25, 2017

If It’s So Good, Why Hide It? Invisible PFM - A New Take on Money Management

Banking has gone undercover and it’s been a long time coming. We want our banks to do a lot for us, but it transpires that the less you can actually see your bank doing for you, the better.

So, it begs the question: why would banks suddenly decide to assume the Good Samaritan role after all this time? Sheer benevolence or is there something in it for them too?


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Topics: digital banking, personalized finance, PFM, Personal Financial Management (PFM)

Author: Aoife Crean on Jun 29, 2017

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