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Myths about money

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about money. I’ve learned about its creation, usage and operation. I’ve learned that it wasn’t invented to replace bartering. I’ve learned a lot. Here’s a few facts about money … The Barter Economy was a myth We believe that money replaced bartering with each other, but that’s just…

What has McKinsey ever done for us?

I read a lot about consultancies and how they screw their clients and screw them up too. Really? If this is true, why would you hire a consultant? Answer: to blame someone externally if things go wrong internally. The main company accused of these misdemeanours appears to be McKinsey. I guess that’s because McKinsey is…

FSB says stablecoins are unstable

The Financial Stability Board (FSB) are getting more and more active about stablecoins and crypto assets. In a letter to G20 ministers published yesterday,  FSB Chair Klaas Knot Many said that many existing stablecoins would not meet the “high-level” recommendations to be set by global standard setters like the FSB. This is related to the…

Supervisors show their lack of depth in digital

Last week the European Central Bank issued a report on the state of digital transformation across European banks, and announced that they were not only interested in this space but would be supervising it. Yay! Disappointingly for me, the report and perspectives fell well short of what I think of as truly digital. Here’s their announcement…

FinTech is flourishing, not failing

I blogged the other day about a decade of FinTech failures, but FinTech is not failing, it’s flourishing as demonstrated by the numbers. For example I took note of Innovate Finance’s analysis of FinTech 2022 a month ago. The key headlines are: The total capital invested into FinTech globally reached $92 billion in 2022, a…

What is a stablecoin?

The Wall Street Journal reports that Paxos,  a company focused upon stablecoins, has been issued with a notice they are to be sued by the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS). Sources cited by the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) say the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) plans to sue Paxos for violating investor…

A decade of fintech failure? I don’t agree …

Isn’t the message of the start-up world to fail fast and pivot? Grant Easterbrook, a fintech consultant and former founder of Go Forward, writes on Techcrunch about four areas of FinTech that didn’t live up to the hype and, in his words, failed. I was intrigued by this, as I don’t think any part of…

There’s a fine line … between crime and fine

UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak posted an update on LinkedIn the other day, saying how brilliant Britain is for foreign investments. That’s kind of no surprise, coming from the office of the person who wants foreign investment, but I did take note of one paragraph specifically: Despite challenging economic times, lots of sectors are flourishing. As…

ISO 20022 … or is it ISO 20023 … 20024 … 20025?

Anyone who has attended a Sibos conference or similar payments meeting will have heard the buzz about ISO 20022 for years. The idea is that this will unite the global banking industry with a new standard for all payments messages. What is ISO 20022? ISO 20022 is best described as the future of financial messaging,…

KYC is like boarding a flight – a lot of processing to find one in a million

I’m talking about KYC and client onboarding again in a February 1st webinar, hosted by American Banker. The onboarding of clients is the worst part of financial services, because it has an overly onerous requirement to gain proofs. Proof of address, proof of identity, proof of existence, proof of life. You name it. It gets worse…

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