Fintech News Issue #319

Issue #319

2021-07-02

Can you find the next corona with new technologies? The smart healthcare team of Ping An Smart City utilizes big data, cloud computing, artificial intelligence (AI), and other cutting-edge technologies to transform and upgrade urban public health management platforms so that city managers can track the epidemic conditions in the city in real-time, accurately assess epidemic development trends and improve tracking and deployment of emergency resources. The Ping An Smart Healthcare team has developed more than 70 AI disease prediction models, 90 smart medical image models, 2,000 disease diagnosis models, 120 disease treatment models, 50 disease Q&A models, and two end-to-end management models, so that it is as prepared as possible to put the new platform into operation. Read more further below in our InsurTech Section.

Go Beyond ROI With Return on Experience in Banking
Go Beyond ROI With Return on Experience in Banking
via The Financial Brand

Measuring return on experience (ROX) across the customer journey is becoming more important as a measure of a company’s success. Moving beyond traditional return on investment (ROI) metrics, financial institutions must evaluate how well they are meeting customer and employee expectations around products and services, digital delivery, cross-channel integration and sustainability.

Community Banks and Digital Innovation
Community Banks and Digital Innovation
via Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia

Speaking at today’s Innovation Office Hours, Philadelphia Fed President Patrick Harker underscored the importance of facilitating face-to-face discussions between banks and fintech firms to learn from each other about responsible financial innovation

Daylight raises millions to build a digital banking platform ‘designed for and by’ the LGBTQ+ community
Daylight raises millions to build a digital banking platform ‘designed for and by’ the LGBTQ+ community
via TechCrunch

Over the past year, there has been a surge of newly formed digital banks aimed at specific demographics. The banks in nearly all cases are trying to meet the needs of certain populations that they believe are feeling left out or underserved by traditional financial institutions. The latest such neobank to emerge is New York-based Daylight, which describes itself as the first LGBTQ+ digital banking platform in the United States.

California auto insurers overcharged $5.5bn during pandemic
California auto insurers overcharged $5.5bn during pandemic
via InsurTech

An investigation by the Consumer Watchdog has found that California auto insurers overcharged drivers by $5.5bn in 2020.

Proposed Legislation in Germany Could Allow $425B to Flow Into Crypto
Proposed Legislation in Germany Could Allow $425B to Flow Into Crypto
via coindesk

Under the legislation, wealth managers known as Spezialfonds would be able to invest up to 20% in digital assets starting as of July 1st.

Fintech Summit Latam
Fintech Summit Latam

Latin America and the world are embracing the fight against COVID-19. Despite this challenge, Fintech demand in the Region has been accelerated. More than ever, financial institutions are facing the need to provide digital financial services. Every day increasingly, it is becoming clearer the importance of solid cross-country digital financial strategies.

Fintech: Great Enabler or Great Divider?
Fintech: Great Enabler or Great Divider?
via The Aspen Institute

Each year, new technology transforms how we connect, how we move, and how we pay. But nearly two billion people remain “unbanked.” So do financial technology innovations decrease or deepen the divide between the have and the have-nots? As economies become increasingly digital, what are the stopgaps we need to deploy to protect and empower all? From crypto to credit to portable benefits, Mastercard CEO Michael Miebach shares his big ideas on financial inclusion and the products and policies that give promise to its future. Presented by Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth.

Bitcoin vs Gold: The Great Debate with Michael Saylor and Frank Giustra
Bitcoin vs Gold: The Great Debate with Michael Saylor and Frank Giustra
via Stansberry Research

Not from this week but already a classic: It's the showdown that everyone has been waiting for. Gold financier Frank Giustra versus MicroStrategy CEO Michael Saylor in the ultimate gold vs bitcoin battle. Our Daniela Cambone moderates.

$6 Billion NCR Opens Bitcoin Purchases To 650 Banks And Credit Unions
$6 Billion NCR Opens Bitcoin Purchases To 650 Banks And Credit Unions
via Forbes

650 U.S. banks will soon be able to offer bitcoin purchases to an estimated 24 million total customers. As part of the deal between enterprise payments giant NCR and digital-asset management firm NYDIG, community banks, including North Carolina-based First Citizens Bank, and credit unions, including Bay Federal Credit Union in California, will be able to offer their clients cryptocurrency trading through mobile applications built by the payments provider.

London-based insurtech hyperexponential closes $18M round led by Highland Europe
London-based insurtech hyperexponential closes $18M round led by Highland Europe
via TechCrunch

London-based insurtech hyperexponential (“hx”) — which has a mathematical modeling software for the commercial insurance sector — has closed an $18 million funding round led by growth capital fund Highland Europe. Hx says it helps companies build, deploy and update their insurance pricing models faster, via a SaaS platform called Renew that is aimed at actuaries, data scientists and underwriters.

Ping An to build Health Emergency Management Platform in China
Ping An to build Health Emergency Management Platform in China
via InsurTech

Ping An Insurance, a Chinese insurance company has today announced that Ping An Smart City has won a bid to build a Health Emergency Management Platform in China. The project will be constructed in collaboration with Hubei Province and aims to give Ping An a solid foundation in public health systems management.

Paris-Based Insurtech Akur8 Raises $30 Million for International Expansion
Paris-Based Insurtech Akur8 Raises $30 Million for International Expansion
via Insurance Journal

Akur8, the Paris-based insurtech firm that automates insurance pricing, has closed a Series B funding round of $30 million, bringing its total funding to $42 million. This latest funding round will accelerate Akur8’s international expansion, with a particular emphasis on furthering its U.S. footprint and establishing a presence in Asia Pacific in 2022.

Losses at Revolut double to £207m as revenue growth slows
Losses at Revolut double to £207m as revenue growth slows
via Sifted

The pandemic clearly took its toll on Revolut. Revenue growth of 34% is a dramatic slowdown from the 180% revenue climb it recorded between 2018 and 2019. User growth of 45% was also a drop from the 200% boost in user acquisition it recorded in 2019. Meanwhile, its monthly burn rate sat at £17.3m on average. New CFO Mikko Salovaara argued that the company was doing better than the raw numbers suggested.

Malaysia digital banking lures dozens of firms as fintechs expand in Asia
Malaysia digital banking lures dozens of firms as fintechs expand in Asia
via Reuters

Southeast Asian ride-hailing-to-fintech group Grab and budget airline AirAsia (AIRA.KL) were among more than a dozen bidders involving over 50 companies that are vying for digital banking licences in Malaysia, people familiar with the matter said.

When To Get Your Child A Bank Account And Debit Card
When To Get Your Child A Bank Account And Debit Card
via Forbes

Fast forward to today, and parents have a lot more decisions to make, and that's especially true when it comes to the way we teach our kids about money and how to use it. Many experts also have strong feelings about when a child should get their own bank account, as well as when most kids are ready for a debit card of their own.

"I left my banking job rather than returning to the office"
"I left my banking job rather than returning to the office"
via eFinancialCareers

Earlier this year, I left my internal audit job in an investment bank and joined a Big Four accounting firm. It was a no-brainer: the bank was asking me back to the office, the Big Four firm is letting me work from home. The banking CEOs demanding that staff return to the office are neanderthals. Stuck in the Stone Age, they earn tens of millions and are preparing to retire to Bar Harbor while telling the rest of us - who live in small apartments with huge rents - how to live. Instead of preaching about working habits, they'd do better leaving us alone and letting us be the judges of what works best for us and what doesn't.

Banks continue to close thousands of branches. Is branch banking dying?
Banks continue to close thousands of branches. Is branch banking dying?
via cleveland.com

The pessimism on branches and the style of banking that comes with them stems from a study earlier this year by The Economist Intelligence Unit, on behalf of banking software provider Temenos, that surveyed 305 banking executives about the future of the industry. And 65% said branch banking would be dead in five years, up from 59% last year and 35% in 2018, according to the study.

How Banks Can Navigate the Minefield of Cloud Migrations
How Banks Can Navigate the Minefield of Cloud Migrations
via American Bankers Association

It’s understandable that banks have adopted cloud-based solutions to navigate COVID-19’s disruption. However, the act of adopting multiple solutions, or “cloud bandwagoning,” is bound to create friction within a bank’s systems, resulting in unpredictable consequences. Instead of adopting multiple solutions for their unique capabilities, it is more prudent for banks to select one cloud provider that holistically complements their needs and systems.

Germany Thwarts Cyberattack, Denies Impact on Banking System
Germany Thwarts Cyberattack, Denies Impact on Banking System
via Bloomberg

German authorities thwarted a cyberattack on a data service provider used by federal agencies and pushed back on a report that a broad assault targeted critical infrastructure and banks.

India’s central bank says growing presence of Big Tech in financial services a concern
India’s central bank says growing presence of Big Tech in financial services a concern
via TechCrunch

India’s central bank has identified Big Tech’s push into financial services as a challenge for banks in the South Asian market, saying the growing presence of these firms have prompted concerns about creation of an uneven playing field. “Nowhere else in the world would the largest corporates, banks [and] telcos in India and the largest tech players in the world would come together to build national payment networks.” analysts at Bernstein said of the NUE.

 Monetising In-Car Technology and Data
Monetising In-Car Technology and Data
via FLEET EUROPE

Monetising data from in-car technology is a step outside most fleet managers’, fleet operators’ or leasecos’ comfort zones. However, it could be worth braving the pain.

McKinsey & Company predicts the potential revenue from doing just that could be €380bn - €630bn globally by 2030. Capgemini puts that figure at between €68bn and €670bn.

Those projections primarily concern all connected fleet data but in-car technology, specifically the HMI (Human Machine Interface) will likely be the hub for in-car commerce.

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