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Consult Hyperion’s Live 5 for 2021

At Consult Hyperion we always round off the year with some time reflecting on what has been, and kicking off our thinking for what’s ahead. This is our Live 5. Readers over the years will know our Live 5 traditionally takes market insight, coupled with research and conversations with our clients; then we consolidate our thinking and detail four short- to medium-term trends and one that’s perhaps not as obvious, or maybe a little further out. When we reviewed previous years, we’ve been a pretty good weather vane. 2020 has been a year like no other, so our Live 5 is taking a slightly different approach. If 2020 has taught us anything, it is that the best laid plans can be rendered irrelevant by a “black swan” event.

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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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Future Ready Payments Processing

Payment Processing Platforms
At Consult Hyperion we spend a lot of our time looking into payments processing platforms for our clients. Over recent months we’ve delivered;

technical due diligence, assessing their capabilities
security and vulnerability analysis on networks and products
designed fundamental security architectures for new payments solutions
advised clients on the selection of payment platform solutions
and helped design new platforms or extended the capability of their existing platforms

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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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The Digital Banking Era Transforming the Global Online Economy

The rise of the Internet and the spread of smartphones is, together, perhaps the single most powerful force of economic change ever at any point in history.
Not only are millions of people getting connected to the wider world for the first time, but also businesses are able to get up and off of the ground with little to no investment in brick-and-mortar, traditional locations. In other words, the digital era is one of opportunity and promise.

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Laying the groundwork for the next generation of digital payment innovation

Innovation has always been a focus at Visa, yet the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has forced us – as well as the wider payments ecosystem – to double down on the development of new payment technologies. The pandemic has accelerated what was an already increasing demand for digital payment experiences and it is incumbent on us and our partners to meet this.

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Contis and Token Partner to Deliver New Value in Digital Payments

Payments provider Contis and Open Banking platform Token partner to deliver new value in digital payments. When complete, Contis’ 250+ clients will be able to use Token’s AISP and PISP functionality to deliver Open Banking services to their end-customers through the Contis Platform.

And Token’s merchant, digital wallet and PSP customers will be able to perform account pay-outs and refunds via the Token platform using established payment rails, such as Faster Payments in the UK, SEPA and SEPA Instant across the EEA.

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Barclaycard Payment Intelligence

Early payment discounts: Research from Barclaycard reveals that a Chief Financial Officer’s (CFO’s) leadership style and willingness to invest in their financial and accounting software has a tangible impact on their business’ bottom line.

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Privat 3 Money picks Napier for AML

The London based E-Money solution for global citizens Privat 3 Money (P3) has selected leading anti-money laundering and intelligent compliance software provider Napier, to integrate enhanced transaction monitoring into the core P3 platform.

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Open Banking fails to meet targets

Despite having registered over two million users in the UK, Open Banking is still failing to meet its objectives of creating a more competitive retail banking landscape. Moorwand CCO Luc Gueriane and David Monty, Founder of Tell.Money, speak to Bobsguide.

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Authentication, Privacy and our Digital Future

What is the future of authentication? Many solutions have appeared in the past two decades since online sales and payments were born to secure and verify both the ability to make a payment and user’s identity. In this article, ‘Authentication, Privacy and Our Digital Future’, Cybertonica discuss the history of authentication, the ways in which a users personal data is leveraged, and how behavioural biometrics can offer secure, frictionless authentication experiences while maintaining user privacy.

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Tribe Payments and Currencycloud partner to bring new Banking-as-a-Service solution to Fintechs and digital banks

Currencycloud, the leader in providing B2B embedded cross-border solutions, and Tribe Payments, a tech company dedicated to deliver the future of payments technology across the ecosystem, have partnered to deliver complete transparency to foreign exchange costs charged on international card transactions, whilst also giving customers access to multi-currency wallets. 

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Contis gets active for #WorldMentalHealthDay

Mental health problems can affect anyone at any time. Which is why it’s so important to nurture a culture where your mental health comes first.

For #WorldMentalHealthDay Contis launched a week of activities to boost wellbeing and raise money for Mind Charity.

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Digital Currency: Is Regulation The Key To Success?

Even though it is hard to put a figure on the potential scale of virtual currency misuse, given the size of the market, it is no real surprise over the concern that unregulated systems could offer the anonymity needed for criminals to use virtual assets to launder their profits. At that point, regulators were duty bound to step in and the EU’s Fifth Money Laundering Directive (5MLD) now means that virtual currency exchanges and custodian wallet providers are subject to the same regulatory requirements as other financial services covered by the preceding 4th directive.

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Visa partners with LoyalBe to deliver loyalty solutions in Ireland

Small businesses undoubtedly play a significant role in communities across Ireland but they have also been some of the hardest hit by the negative impact of Covid-19. Insights from the “Visa Back to Business” study have revealed that almost 1 in 5 Irish small to medium enterprises (SMEs) believe that their future viability is at risk due to the commercial impact of COVID-19. Despite these concerns, the study also revealed that consumers across Ireland do really value independent businesses in their community with 63%1 of consumers admitting to wanting to support small businesses.

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A deckless virtual payments experience like no other 

Coming soon: We’re arranging a star-studded line up of industry greats, we’re concocting carefully crafted content and we’re sourcing superb swag.

For one afternoon only, receive a generous dose of high value payments entertainment. For CTOs, COOs, CFOs, Product Managers. If you like payments, this is what you should be doing on an early December afternoon.

No decks. No awful webinar platforms. Just pure payments discussion. The theme this year: Where’s the hidden cost in payments?

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How do FIs migrate to ISO 20022, hit deadlines and create opportunities?

ISO 20022 is the globally accepted format that improves the quality and structure of financial messages, provides rich data with each transaction, enabling everything from enhanced analytics to status tracking, sanction checking and automated invoice reconciliation – all whilst delivering an improved experience for end customers.
However, many banks and financial institutions have underestimated the complexity of the necessary changes of the migration as the transition isn’t just a simple upgrade of process. Existing infrastructure and legacy systems are not sophisticated enough to deal with the speed of integration and transition required.

Read this article to find out more

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The evolution of UK Faster Payments: creating a level playing field for smaller financial institutions

In this blog we discuss how Indirect Agency represents a real opportunity for previously excluded financial institutions. By offering real-time payments without compromising on speed, spend, performance and resources, it builds their customer base and challenges traditional players in the market. Making real-time payments accessible to everyone increases competition. It allows smaller banks and companies to enjoy the 24×7 faster payment rails for account-to-account payments. This access is made possible by using API Connectivity, which enables all users to send and receive money instantly through any digital channel.

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Fintech: The History and Future of Financial Technology

Financial technology (fintech) has been visibly evolving in front of our eyes ever since banks went online. With an increasingly cashless society, apps and platforms have been created to help us better understand and manage our finances, while new banks have been created that offer us a slicker experience.

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

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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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COVID19: E-commerce Nightmares & Surprises Series

At Cybertonica we Trust in Transaction. We make systems to make trust and frictionless commerce safe and secure for businesses and consumers. We know that outdated rules and operations occasionally introduce almost Kafka-like situations and thought it would help us to see the end customer and merchant point of view.

So we decided to collect stories from the people in our network and customers as well as their clients telling us how their e-commerce is going in this period – both the nightmares and the nice surprises.

We asked them to tell us about their online shopping experiences during the lockdown to paint a vivid picture for the merchants. From surprise champagne deliveries to account takeovers, we have some good stories lined up for you!

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How the current landscape can help Financial Institutions to grow

It is expected that the volume of #InternationalPayments will grow in the upcoming years. However, those #FinancialInstitutions that do not adapt to the changes in the current landscape may miss this opportunity against the big players. How to be prepared? Our Karen Penney, VP of Payment Products, shares her views.

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