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How Virtual IBANs Enhance the Growth of B2B Cross-Border E-commerce Businesses

One of the more vexing problems of the modern age when it comes to international business is that regulatory regimes often do not keep pace with technological innovation.

Nonetheless, novel solutions to B2B cross-border business have emerged in the form of virtual IBANs, financial instruments that drive the innovation economy and enable new, powerful business models.

Here we have outlined three ways that virtual IBANs are transforming the way companies do business locally and abroad:

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KYC Done Right Means Competitiveness and Business Growth

When it comes to digital banking and compliance, robust KYC practices not only prevent fraud and financial losses but also strengthen a firm’s ability to conduct business with confidence.

This is typically because of the four key elements of strong KYC practices that make sure firms know who they’re doing business with and what to expect from that relationship.

We’ve identified the four essential elements of effective compliance in KYC practices for digital banking in order to show you how they help improve the competitiveness of businesses of any size or scale:

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What Makes Successful Businesses Thrive in the E-commerce Space, Too?

The recipe for success in the e-commerce business is much the same as any other entrepreneurial endeavor except it comes with many opportunities for growth and leverage that physical businesses don’t have.

Online business may be the future of many markets, and for good reason. From scalability of immediately needed resources to cost-effective innovation and optimization, we have identified five key elements of success for e-commerce business in the modern age:

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How to Secure Your E-commerce Business Against Cybercrime and Cyber Threats?

E-commerce businesses can’t put enough of a premium on online cybersecurity and protection against threats. Not only can malicious actors steal data and commit fraud, but they can also completely undermine a customer’s confidence in your business.

To avoid costly fraud and cyber threats, we’ve found five primary areas of focus that e-commerce businesses need to keep in mind as they move forward in the online market:

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The Impact of Identity Proofing on Fraud

As more and more organizations have gone digital, there has been a parallel proliferation of cyberattacks that attempt to damage, disrupt or gain unauthorized access to the computer systems of banks and other financial institutions. 

So while banks and payment providers are looking for ways to streamline the onboarding process, they must ensure that they build in the necessary safeguards to protect their ecosystems, reputation and accounts owners.

New data from Jumio, the leading provider of AI-powered end-to-end identity verification and eKYC solutions, reveals that new account fraud based on ID verification declined 23.2% worldwide YOY in 2020, compared to 2019 results. At the same time, selfie-based fraud rates were five times higher than ID-based fraud. 

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Remote Dial as a Fallback for PSD2 SCA

If your goal is to service the largest percentage of market users, respect must be given across all accessibility levels. But what is a reliable solution for non-smartphone users? In this post, we review our remote dial option as a reliable PSD2 SCA fallback.

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SCA Deadlines Across Europe

We have spoken a lot about strong customer authentication (SCA) over the past year. However, the regulation has technically been in effect since mid-September of 2019. Now well into 2021, it is time for all European countries to fully enforce the updated SCA regulations. Let’s take a look at some of the deadlines.

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B2B Cross-Border Payments and Virtual IBANs: What’s the Common Benefit for Businesses?

One of the great innovations of the modern age is the ability of eCommerce to connect businesses, merchants, and consumers all across the world. Not only has this opened up new opportunities for businesses and consumers alike, but also it has expanded the realm of what is possible for small and medium enterprises on the global stage. And here we start with the interesting part of the current topic.

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What 2021 Will Bring to the Global Payments Industry

The global economy is expected to begin the process of recovery from the 2020 pandemic throughout 2021 and an integral part of that will be the payments industry as well as virtual IBANs and digital banking.

Analysts see five major trends on the horizon for 2021 in how things will change for the payments industry and digital banking services including enhanced automation to more robust identity verification as well as an authentication technology.

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What’s New in the EU Single Digital Market Arena?

Now, in 2021, and with the Brexit negotiations in their rearview mirror, the EU market is looking to digital banking solutions to help address problems of inequality, sustainability, and supporting a circular economy.

Indeed, the future of the market in Europe is not only digital but digital banking, in particular, will play a huge role in bringing about the social transformations and member-state cohesion needed to build economic resilience and growth for the future.

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Corporate Banking Digitalization in Process: Trends and Driving Forces

What are some of the major forces driving the corporate banking digitization process? What are the factors and trends behind some of the most seismic moves in recent years in this otherwise quite conservative industry? What are the main key-topics we should have on our radar in order to stay ahead of our business competitors and be the first to learn what would be the next
“big thing”?

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Payments Modernisation: Interoperability fuels the transformation of Cross-Border Payments

Join in this webinar from Finextra, held in association with Bottomline Technologies, to hear the discussion on the following areas with industry experts:

– Why have the G20 become so focused on cross-border payments today?
– What are the most attractive ways to modernise the cross-border payments operation?
– What impact does trapped liquidity bear on the cost of cross-border payments?
– How does Visa-Swift interoperability enable greater service options and value?
– What role do technology enablers play within this network?
– What are the key benefits of the GPI and Visa B2B Connect solutions?
– Can networks succeed alone or is collaboration the new model?

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How Will Brexit Change Compliance?

The EU has not at this point, granted the UK and GDPR equivalency status. We continue to hope that this, or a trade agreement is in place before the 31st. However, we have in place with our EEC clients standard contractual clauses under which we facilitate data transfers.   

A new set of Standard Contractual Clauses (SCC) have been drafted, and the consultation period for these closed on the 10th December 2020. 

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Virtual Accounts Making Massive Impact

Digital banking is not only the future of banking but also it is allowing for new business segments to emerge and for smaller companies to compete on a more level playing field with major competitors. We’ll explain what they are and how they are making such a massive impact on the financial landscape of today.

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COVID-Driven Innovations: Digital Banking is the New Status Quo

The COVID-19 pandemic is changing the way businesses conduct themselves online as well as customer expectations about what they can do. In other words, shopping has moved from the retail space to anywhere a consumer has a smartphone and digital banking is among the greatest business innovations that have enabled this brave new world.

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A Cash-Free World through Biometric identification: Why and How?

The future of global commerce could be a cashless society, many experts predict, and that puts the burden on financial institutions to make sure their customers’ data is secure and protected.

As digital banking rises to replace the more traditional industry, one phenomenon has arisen hand-in-hand with it and that is the use of biometric technologies.

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AI Advancements in the Digital Banking Industry

The rise of digital banking has taken the traditional financial sector by surprise and for many good reasons. From pioneering the art of customer service online to using artificial intelligence to handle many of their operational tasks, digital banking is not just a glimpse of the future of finance. It is a peek into the future of the world of business itself.

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A (credit) card up its sleeve: Doconomy is tackling environmental issues through financial products.

Mathias Wikström, CEO of Doconomy, and Johan Pihl, Doconomy’s founder and Head of Innovation & Founder are two people who share the desire to help our planet. They have a powerful vision: to give both consumers and businesses the digital tools that they need to understand and reduce the environmental impact of their consumption. This led to Doconomy launching the Black Card in 2019 – the first credit card to limit spending not on available credit, but on the levels of CO2 emission caused by the owner’s purchases. How does it work – and what are their next steps?

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What is The Easiest Way to Build a 21st Century Digital Bank?

Have you ever wondered what makes a bank a 21st century bank? A small hint; it isn’t the ginormous rigid and extremely expensive mainframes, it isn’t the systems that have to shut down every night for maintenance, and it definitely isn’t the glued-by-hope hollowed out cores.

The list can go on and on. What a good 21st century bank needs is security, scalability, flexibility, availability, and adaptability. So, where do you get it all, nicely packed and with a bow on top at a low cost?

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When innovation in fintech fails to deliver

Nektarios Liolios has worked closely with corporates, startups and investors over the last ten years. He set up and led bootcamps, founded competitions for startups, and facilitated cooperations between fintech and financial institutions. How did this all turn out? In all honesty, it was both frustrating and difficult.

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A carefully calculated approach to climate change

Sometimes it’s the smallest pebbles that make the biggest splash. It’s particularly true when it comes to innovation; a simple idea can be the very thing that propels a business into the global arena. But like finding the perfect pebble on a large beach, it sometimes takes another pair of eyes to spot the ideas and features that have the most potential.

For Swedish fintech Doconomy, the collaboration with Vacuumlabs accelerated their journey to making a global impact. We recognized Doconomy’s tremendous potential, and helped it build its most crucial innovation into a world-class product: the 2030 Calculator.

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Have Biometric Technologies Brought the FinTech Industry to the Next Level?

The future of the FinTech industry might have more to do with a person’s individual biology than numbers and chips in the future, multiple reports indicate. Known as biometric technologies, this group of payments innovations remove the old pin systems and chips of old and replace them or augment them with fingerprint scanners and other biometric methods.

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How we managed to build payment installment capability into Twisto in a record time

Sometimes a fintech company needs to build a new critical feature under time pressure, which can become a very stressful moment for the CTO and Head of Delivery. Thanks to their current development velocity and estimation of the work, they know there is no physical way to build that feature with the capacity they have available. Maybe if they push their developers to the brink of exhaustion, they might be able to do this. This shouldn’t be the way to achieve goals, but rather only to deal with emergencies.

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