FinTech Connect 2019 Blog » PayTech
You don’t want your mates Nan dropping the term “distributed ledger technology” into conversation, only to be left staring dimly out the window whilst you attempt to untangle the word from the rest of the vocabulary your brain has filed as “unnecessary in layman’s society.” To avoid you the embarrassment, here’s a catalogue of the fintech canon.
Cash is so last century. The future is paying for your latte macchiato with your wedding ring/bracelet/shirt cuff. The future is thrusting your finger/wrist/wrist in the direction of the startled cashier, when he/she blithely asks you if you would like to pay through cash or card. The future is here, you could be wearing it.
During our PayTech Connect Advisory Board meeting in early April, I caught up with Iryna Agieieva, the Senior Product Manager Payments for Booking.com. I fired a few payment specific questions at her, covering strong customer authentication, alternative payment methods and open banking. With years of experience in online payments, alternative payment methods and payment flow optimisation, she was pretty well placed to give us the merchant perspective.
Asia looks to be fighting it out with Europe and North America for dominance of the fintech market. China and India both have the ecosystems, demographics and tech based foundations, to make a huge play in this space. Here’s why.
"The 20th century was disastrous for human health and wealth, and the rise of central banking and industrial food was clearly a major reason why. Bitcoin is a revolt against fiat money, and an all-meat diet is a revolt against fiat food.” Michael Goldstein, Bitcoin carnivore enthusiast.
Over the course of a day, 4 closed-door meetings took place addressing the key themes of the agenda this year; Digital Transformation, PayTech, RegTech and Blockchain. Over 50 leaders were in attendance, with award for furthest distance travelled specially to attend going to Oli Harris, Head of Crypto-Assets Strategy & Quorum, JP Morgan.
In the current payments environment the banks, non-bank financial institutions and new payment service providers are faced with both opportunities and challenges when delivering new and compelling services to meet the increasing digital, 24x7 demands of their customers.
PSD2 is here, SCA is coming and the merchant will have to update tired process and practice as much as the financial institution. In this feature, Rajesh Vohra of Sarova Hotels talks up the law of unintended consequence, predicts the proliferation of mobile wallets and laments legacy.
This week we bring you an interview with advisory board member Nick Kerigan, MD, Future Payments, Barclaycard. Nick leads Barclaycard's innovation strategy. Here, he gives his thoughts and predictions for payment technology in the months ahead.
Cash has died without a clear heir. Whilst plastic is acting regent the noble families of the alternative payment landscape battle for the crown of commerce. The mobile wallet, Open Banking and cryptocurrency have the strongest claims, and in the melee of technological advance, one will emerge victorious.
On 14th September, Strong Customer Authentication enters the financial canon. It’s left merchant and payment institutions scrambling to find ways to pacify the ripples of regulation. In the midst of prodigal sons and pillars of authentication, how can the powers that be ensure the waterlilies of frictionless authentication are left undisturbed?
"Some of the more inventive uses of Open Banking, which we have not seen or thought of yet, will start to emerge in 2019. The backbone of Open Banking will support the NPA changes ahead, where everything is assumed to be real time and accessible at any time from any device."
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