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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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Four Predictions for Fintech and Payments in 2021

Richard Hodgson, Chief Financial Officer, Global Processing Services (GPS), gives his predictions for the Fintech and Payments space in 2021, from the effects of COVID-19 on consumer behaviour, to fintech investment, to the future of financial inclusion in the industry.

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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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Paynetics becomes member of the Emerging Payments Association

Here at Paynetics, we are proud to announce that we have become a member of the Emerging Payments Association (EPA). Our membership of the EPA is also further recognition of Paynetics as a trusted e-money institution. It’s the next step in our mission to simplify payments and pioneer the role of Europe’s leading regulated enabler to power both established brands and the next generation of fintechs.

For those of you that are fellow EPA members, please do get in touch and know that our door is always open.

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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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Five Gold Wins! Global Processing Services (GPS) scoops up at the 2020 Emerging Payments Awards

The Emerging Payments Awards 2020 was a big success for leading issuer processor Global Processing Services (GPS), who took home five awards over the course of the evening.

The global company was recognised for the major launch of its APAC hub in Singapore and its work with fintech start-up Currensea, making it easier for customers to pay abroad. GPS has done a lot to support the fintech scene abroad this year and has also been paving the way for financial inclusion. It latter is why GPS’ group CCO, Neil Harris was also crowned as Industry Contributor of the Year.

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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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algbra launches global financial ecosystem

On the 22nd of October algbra featured in an interview conducted by the Emerging Payments Association’s Project Inclusion. algbra were interviewed by Ravindra Meshram and explained the issue of “faith-based underbanking”, whereby a segment of people may voluntarily exclude themselves from the financial system for reasons of faith.

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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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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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PPS Powers Yolt’s First Card

PPS, formerly PrePay Solutions and subsidiary of Edenred, has announced that it is powering the first card created by Yolt, the smart money app, following the companies recent launch of its contactless debit Mastercard. This partnership was formed thanks to PPS’ years of experience powering payments cards and Yolt’s desire to expand beyond the confines of the digital space and into the physical one.

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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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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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PPS Powers Vybe, The fintech for Generation Z

Today, PPS is announcing its partnership with France-based payment expert and card provider for teenagers, Vybe.

Due to the systems in place across France when it comes to banking and owning your own account, around five million teenagers (between 13 to 18 years old) have been left with no access to financial services.

This is a problem that Vybe aims to solve and is working with PPS to make it happen, thanks to the company’s well-tested technology infrastructure and PPS-powered Mastercard virtual cards.

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Lets not let COVID steal Christmas 2020!!

For Good Causes clients are taking the fight back to COVID-19, with an alternative approach to celebrating Christmas 2020.

Steve Wilks describes a campaign that means companies can feel good about Christmas, and feel good about helping others feel better about it too.

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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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