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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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The Future is Frictionless: Customers Care About Shopping, Not Payments

Okay wants to make the payment process as smooth as possible, specifically when it comes to customer authentication. While this is just one part of the payment process that can introduce friction, it is often where checkout abandonment occurs. In this post, we’ll try to describe some of the options that we’ve seen in the market regarding frictionless payments, including their strengths and weaknesses.

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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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Digital Payments: What’s the Next Big Thing?

Not only is the extension of digital banking services and digital payments solutions integral to the growth of mobile and online marketplaces, but also it is central to the monetary revolution taking place right now with cryptocurrencies and the rise of a cashless economy. We have identified three major movements in digital banking that could shape how the next several years play out, from enhanced payments processing to the integration of new consumer blocks into the financial system.

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Which is More Secure: Apple’s iOS or Google’s Android?

Will our smart devices be able to implement the necessary security measures to keep up with an ever-increasing digital marketplace? If so, which ones will reign supreme? In this article, we reflect on an age-old question of iPhone vs Android device, well worth considering by all financial industry players, big or small.

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Six FinTech providers that could boost your business in 2021

Every business from sole traders to large corporations are always on the lookout for ways to save time and money.

With the big banks’ monopoly on providing financial services now broken by FinTechs and new players in the Open Banking space, the choice of alternatives has never been more exciting – and maybe a little confusing for newcomers.

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6th Anti-Money Laundering Directive (6AMLD): Biggest Changes

The 6th Anti-Money Laundering directive (6AMLD) came into effect on the 3rd December 2020 and must be implemented by regulated businesses by 3rd June 2021. After the 5th AMLD introduced so many fundamental changes to the regulatory landscape, most notably introducing a focus on ultimate beneficial owners and strengthening the need for a Know Your Business offering, will the 6th be so impactful? 

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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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Banking As a Service: Disruptive But Great

Disruption is a buzzword that is often bandied about in the media for one reason or another but rarely do we take time to consider what it actually means in the marketplace.

To watch that in action, we need only look as far as banking and how banking as a service, or BaaS, is changing the landscape of the once-staid financial industry forever.

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B2B Payments in 2021: What’s Next?

With so much change coming to commerce and B2B payments, it is often hard to spot the trends of the future when you’re dealing with so much change here and now. That’s probably easier said than done, especially considering the dual track of digital banking and the traditional banking system that has underpinned much of global commerce over the past several decades.

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Susan Brown, founder Zortrex Nominated for The AccelerateHER Awards 2021 for female business founders,

It is a great honour that Susan Brown the founder of Zortrex is nominated in the category Fintech, Cybersecurity, Susan Brown: To stand next to all the other professional semi finalists, is just amazing. You have all supported me 1 way or another by either liking my articles, or posting news about the major breach news, I just cannot thank you all enough. AccelerateHer has always had the initiative that Scotland Can Do approach.

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Payment Security Predictions for 2021

Changes in digital payments due to the global pandemic are likely to carry over into next year and will have security implications. Visa’s Chief Risk Officer Diego Paul Fabara identifies five key developments that will impact the global payments ecosystem in 2021

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Online fraud lessons learnt in 2020

– There has been an increase in fraud seeking to circumvent payments security
– Behavioral biometrics took steps towards becoming a foundational cybersecurity technology
– Fraud prevention in 2021 will become as much about response as detection

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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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Why Covid-19 is Good for the Digital Transformation of Businesses?

The COVID-19 pandemic is nothing less than an inflection point for the global economy. From this point on, people will discuss business in terms of pre-COVID-19 and post-pandemic, and for good reason.

The global pandemic has initiated changes in the global supply chain that were slowly developing before but that are now becoming more prominent features of the landscape. Not only are companies pulling resources in towards the home base, but also they are recentering their businesses for the digital landscape.

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Contis joins forces with Mastercard as principal issuing member in Europe

Leading European payments fintech Contis announces its partnership with Mastercard as a principal issuing member.

With the addition of Mastercard, Contis delivers one of the most comprehensive end-to-end Banking-as-a-Service (BaaS) platforms, including direct access to both of the world’s leading payments networks.

Platform integration work is starting immediately, with expected go-live on the Mastercard network by Q2 2021.

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