How Can Banks Innovate?

How Can Banks Innovate?

Why can’t banks innovate like start-ups? It’s a question that’s been asked a thousand times and has many answers. It’s certainly true that financial firms face a more stringent regulatory environment than most other industries. And they tend to have a more conservative nature than other businesses that tend to take fewer risks.

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The Rise of “Africa’s Amazon”

The Rise of “Africa’s Amazon”

It all started with the “original” Amazon, which changed e-commerce forever and almost single-handedly introduced the word “platformification” into the popular lexicon. Then came the “Amazon of China,” Alibaba, which successfully integrated digital payments, e-commerce, and fintech to create a world-beating behemoth.

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The Downside of Direct Banks

The Downside of Direct Banks

Direct banks — online-only banks that typically pay much higher interest rates on various accounts — have seen a rise in popularity in recent years. Without being burdened by the high operating costs of maintaining a traditional branch network, these banks generally offer robust digital services, as well as generally much more attractive rates on everything from savings accounts to CDs. But are there also downsides to their digital-centric approach?

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Intel’s New AI Framework

Intel’s New AI Framework

Last month, the White House issued an executive order laying out how the U.S. would maintain American leadership in AI. Putting aside the fact that the order assumed, perhaps inaccurately, that the U.S. is the world’s AI leader, it was criticized for being long on blather and short on meat (what a surprise)

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A Booming—and Consolidating—Fintech Sector

A Booming—and Consolidating—Fintech Sector

It seems as if the news breaks monthly with the “biggest deal ever” in some aspect of fintech. That’s why it was only mildly shocking this week when word came out that bank technology giant FIS agreed to pay $35 billion for Worldpay in the largest digital payments M&A deal to date. The deal is part of an escalating arms race among the financial technology sector’s biggest players.

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March Payments Madness

March Payments Madness

Although most of the $8.5 billion in bets made during the NCAA Men’s Division 1 will be illegal, things are changing thanks to the Supreme Court’s decision last year to strike down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992. The result? It is possible to bet on the games legally; however, there remain plenty of impediments and ambiguities in the way (depending on where you live).

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A regulatory framework for the era of vacuum tubes.

A regulatory framework for the era of vacuum tubes.

A white paper just out from the Milken Institute and fintech specialist Jackson Mueller says that developing a fintech hub “requires more than just a press release or a news soundbite.” It contends there must be an impetus for change that leads officials from the top down to wade into uncharted regulatory territory.

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