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The Big Regression is here (The FinTech Winter)

Back in January, I forecast a Big Regression in 2022, and it’s here and now. Layoffs at Klarna, concerns about cryptocurrency exchange viability after Luna and Celsisus, acquisitions of weaker fintechs by big banks and more are the things we see today. It’s a bleak picture for some. By way of example, the KPMG report…

Revolut’s auditing and AML controls raise questions

News broke on Monday that Revolut are under review, after their auditing was checked by the Financial Reporting Council (FRC), the regulator of auditors, accountants and actuaries. Revolut’s auditors are BDO and the FRC said that an unidentified “financial services provider” poor audit work had created an unacceptably high risk of errors. Sources have confirmed that the…

Developers: would you rather work for a bank or a fintech?

This video was dropped the other day by JPMorgan, encouraging young people good with technology to join the bank, instead of a fintech. In case you can’t watch it, here’s the argument. We have $12 billion to spend on tech JPM offers the same challenges as a Google with scale We’re the biggest bank in…

The rapid change to cashless (and cardless)

I tweeted the other day how many places are now cashless. This is definitely true in most Northern European countries. In Poland, I haven’t used a banknote for two years or more. In the UK, I went to the theatre and they told me they wouldn’t take my banknote (by law, they have to, but…

Starting up in a recession

The last recession of any major size was 2008. Fourteen years ago! The iPhone had just appeared and we had just started discussions around the concept of cloud computing. Oh, and FinTech wasn’t even talked about. Fourteen years later, FinTech is getting over $200 billion investment a year, and the world has changed a lot….

What’s your view of insurance

I have house insurance for the contents and building. On top of that, I have a specialist insurance policy for my collection of rare things. I recently decided not to renew the latter. Why? Well, the house does have a few rare things inside … but no receipts. The things date back years and, in…

2022: hard times, massive opportunities

2022 is proving to be a challenging year and, if my experience proves true, is harder than anything since we have seen since the pandemic began. After two years of lockdown, funding is still freely available but harder to find, and valuations are way down on previous years. Nevertheless, according to new data released by…

It’s not a stablecoin … it’s just Stable!

A PR firm reached out to me the other day, saying: want to hear about a FinTech firm started on a farm? I said yes and, before I knew it, Stable became my new, favourite FinTech start-up. It meant that I soon hooked up in a conversation with the firm’s founder, Rich Counsell. Here’s our chat: Chris…

Beware of powerful and ambitious Tigers amongst Big VCs

I shared a post the other day: It inspired FinTech friend and colleague Efi Pylarinou to write a post about it. Efi has kindly allowed me to share the post with you here … Beware of powerful and ambitious Tigers amongst Big VCs We are in the 6th month of the Water Tiger Year and…

What’s happening with FinTech Ukraine?

Back in April, I shared a guest post by Rostyslav Dyuk, Chairman of the Board at the Ukrainian Association of FinTech and Innovation Companies (UAFIC), regarding the impact the conflict in Ukraine was having on the FinTech scene (followed a short time later by the view from Russia). Rostyslav kindly sent me an update to…

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