Tagged: digital transformation

Copenhagen’s Danske Bank has Laid Off 257 Workers as it Adapts to Structural Changes in Financial Sector

Copenhagen-based Danske Bank (CPH: DANSKE), a major retail bank with more than 5 million retail customers, recently laid off 257 workers and finalized voluntary redundancy terms with another 261 employees as part of the banking service provider’s 2-year strategic overhaul of operations. The recently announced… Read More

Digital Finance: MAS MD Explains How Fintech Can Boost Financial Inclusion

In an interview as part of the Fintech Abu Dhabi Festival taking place this week, Ravi Menon, Managing Director of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), discussed how Fintech or digital finance has been boosted by the COVID health crisis. Digital Transformation Menon shared that… Read More

Digital Payments Surge in 2020, while Distributed Ledger Tech is in Focus for Digital Currency Solutions, Efficiency Enhancements: Report

Capgemini has released a new report titled, Payments – Top Trends 2021: Drivers, Opportunities, and Risks Shaping Financial Services. While highlighting key Fintech trends in the payments sector, the extensive report noted that Payments-as-a-Service has gained significant “traction” among small- and mid-tier institutions. It added… Read More

Bank Hapoalim and Abu Dhabi Global Market to Work on Digital Transformation of Financial Services in UAE and Israel

Israel’s Bank Hapoalim and Abu Dhabi Global Market will be collaborating on various Fintech projects. Both organizations have agreed to support the digital transformation of financial services in the UAE and Israel. Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM), a major international financial centre located in the… Read More

Stockholm’s Trade Finance Fintech Mitigram Celebrates 5 Years Since Launch, has Negotiated $55 Billion in Trades

Trade finance Fintech firm Mitigram, which serves as a global platform for funding and hedging against trading risks, recently celebrated five years since its launch. Mitigram claims that it’s the first major digital market network for corporates, traders and financial institutions. Established in 2015, the… Read More

Banco Santander Is Reportedly Planning to Shut Down Up to 1,000 Branches, May Cut 4,000 Jobs

Banco Santander S.A. (Santander Group) (BME:SAN), the world’s 16th-largest banking institution and financial services company based in Madrid, has been focused on cost-cutting measures in order to deal with the economic challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic. Banco Santander along with other Spanish lenders are… Read More

Outsourcing Cloud Tech Requirements Allows Fintechs to Focus on Core Business, According to Phillip Liu from Alibaba Cloud Intelligence

Phillip Liu, GM at Alibaba Cloud Intelligence for the MENA region, recently commented on what’s required for regional Fintech firms to succeed in an increasingly competitive global environment. Fintech platforms are beginning to transform the traditional financial services sector. Fintech companies have developed solutions to… Read More

Brussels based KBC Bank to Adopt Digital-First Distribution Model by Offering AI enabled Virtual Assistant for Core Banking Services

Brussels-based KBC Group N.V. (EBR:KBC), a universal multichannel bank-insurer that’s focused on private clients and SMEs in Belgium, Ireland, Central Europe and Southeast Asia, is planning to adopt a digital-first distribution model – which would put a new AI-enabled virtual customer assistant at the center… Read More

UK’s Low-Code Platform Developer Dextcloud Receives Strategic Investment from Citi

UK-headquartered low code application developer Dextcloud has reportedly received an investment from Citi. The amount invested by Citi has not been disclosed, however, it’s notably the second such deal finalized by the US-based bank in the past two months. Dextcloud offers firms a low code… Read More

Bank of India Postpones Plans to Launch New Physical Branches as More Consumers Using Digital Banking Platforms

The Bank of India (BoI), a major commercial bank with headquarters in Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai, has decided to postpone its plans to launch additional physical branches because the institution’s customers now prefer to use its digital banking platform. The BoI is also looking into… Read More

ATM Withdrawals and Check Payments in the Philippines have Declined as Digital Transactions Rise Significantly following COVID-19 Outbreak

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the shift towards all-digital platforms which includes the increased usage of digital financial services by consumers in the Philippines (and globally). Laura Ignacio, Director at the Center for Monetary and Financial Policy of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), confirmed… Read More

Nasdaq CEO Adena Friedman Says COVID-19 Is “Fundamentally Accelerating” Adoption of Fintech and Software as a Service Solutions

Adena Friedman, CEO at Nasdaq, the world’s second-largest stock exchange with a market cap of around $17 trillion, notes that the COVID-19 pandemic is “fundamentally accelerating” the adoption of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions. According to Friedman, the current environment has also led to the increased usage… Read More

Singapore’s Financial Services Sector Is on the Brink of Disruption following COVID-19 Outbreak, According to Fintech Industry Professional

There are many new opportunities for the Fintech sector in a post COVID world, according to Singapore’s labor chief Ng Chee Meng. He noted that the Coronavirus crisis may lead to new requirements and could also create new jobs. Meng, who’s currently the Secretary-General at… Read More

Brokerage Firm Mortgage Choice to Add Digital Bank 86 400 to its Residential Lending Panel

Mortgage Choice, an established brokerage firm, will be offering its brokers access to Australian digital bank 86 400. The broker has reportedly added the challenger bank to its residential lending panel. Emma Dupont-Brown, GM at Mortgage Choice, stated that adding the digital bank would mean… Read More

Fourth Industrial Revoluton will Lead to “Profound” Shift in Key Banking Processes, Service Providers Must Respond Effectively to Survive: Report

Naim Alame, the MENA Payments Lead at Accenture, and Elie El Khoury, Financial Services Lead for MENA Region at Accenture Interactive, have noted in a thought leadership piece (posted by Accenture) that the Fourth Industrial Revolution, which is “defined by the platform economy,” is now… Read More

Bill Scannell from Dell Technologies Explains how Big Tech Firm Is Helping Businesses Shift to Remote Working Environment

Bill Scannell, President, Global Sales & Customer Operations, Dell Technologies (NYSE:DELL), explains how companies across the globe are adjusting to working in the “new normal” environment following the COVID-19 outbreak. He writes in a blog post that Brazil-based retailer Grupo Boticario had to address a… Read More

Applying “Old Thinking” to New Problems and Use Cases Might Derail Artificial Intelligence Progress and Integration: Report

Although manufacturing and tech firms have made substantial investments in AI (artificial intelligence), the results have been “mixed,” according to a recent report from Lux Research. The report notes that companies have been “hampered” because they’ve been using traditional or outdated processes to manage AI… Read More

Banks Should Lean on Digital Footprint as Much as Physical Presence to Effectively Serve More Clients, BBVA Exec Explains

Jose Luis Elechiguerra, Head of Client Solutions at BBVA US (NYSE:BBVA), which is originally a Spanish multinational financial services company based in Madrid and Bilbao, Spain with nearly €700 billion in assets, suggests that banks should “lean on a digital footprint as much as a… Read More

Digital Commerce and Fintech Platforms with Experience-Centric Models Enable “Long-Term Value Creation”: Report

Digital commerce platforms with experience-centric models are attractive to investors because of their focus on “long-term value creation,” according to a report from KPMG. Other businesses are also taking advantage of the benefits of experience-centric models, including ridesharing apps, media channels, Edtech companies, healthcare service… Read More

Financial Services Professionals Say Lending Sector to Take A Year or Longer to Recover to Pre-COVID Levels: Survey

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the shift to digital with financial services, according to a recent report from TransUnion (NYSE:TRU), a financial services data platform and credit report provider. The report notes that the Coronavirus outbreak sent “shockwaves” through the financial services sector and has… Read More

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