Banking Technology February 2018 issue out now
Vision dreams of passion. And all the while I think of fintech.
The latest edition of our flagship magazine – Banking Technology – is out now, packed with news, analysis and insights, case studies, research and expert commentary.
A note from our editor-in-chief, Tanya Andreasyan:
With the fintech industry being all the rage, European firms are spoilt for choice about where to set up their operations.
France and its capital Paris are putting a stake in the ground with the annual Paris Fintech Forum, which is said to gather over 2,000 delegates from 45 countries – with English (!) as the main language of communication.
French president Emmanuel Macron “shocked” the world, according to some media outlets, by addressing a European Union conference in English and switching between French and English at the recent World Economic Forum in Davos.
French and UK governments are also planning to host a joint digital conference later this year to promote deeper integration in the digital economy. France has made “big strides in creating new tech businesses and encouraging entrepreneurs”, the two parties say, with Paris’ newly built Station F, a former railway station hosting start-ups, multinationals and investors.
As a testament to France’s flourishing tech scene, SAP has pledged €2 billion investment into its operations there for its digital and innovation ambitions.
If you prefer a hub on a smaller scale, there’s Amsterdam – “a global village”, in the words of the city’s deputy mayor for finance, Udo Kock.
“We don’t deny that we’re competing with other cities – such as Barcelona, Berlin, London and Paris. But you have to be realistic and say that London and Paris are global cities. Amsterdam is not a global city. It’s a metropolitan city. It’s a global village,” says Kock.
Or how about Lithuania and its capital Vilnius? The country’s central bank and regulator, Bank of Lithuania, has recently launched a regulatory and technological sandbox platform, LBChain, for blockchain testing.
It has also taken a number of practical steps to encourage fintech firms to set up shop in the country, including a three-month application process for an e-money or payment institution licence, direct access to the payment infrastructure of Bank of Lithuania, favourable visa regime and initial capital requirements.
The February 2018 edition of Banking Technology features:
The ups and downs of cryptocurrencies.
Case study: Sberbank
No longer just a bank, but a tech company.
Comment: faure to fintech
What music can teach us about communicating the benefits of tech.
Fintech tour Amsterdam
Refreshingly direct (and no jargon).
Interview: Udo Kock, deputy mayor for finance
What makes Amsterdam a “global village”.
Banking Technology Awards 2017
Glitz, glamour, photos and winners!
Spotlight: core banking upgrade
NLB pioneers Temenos’ T24 R17 system.
Immigration in the banking tech industry – a positive story.
Analysis: correspondent banking
The global network under pressure.
And not to forget the Regulars of course:
Appointments – the movers and the shakers.
Industry events – mark your calendars!
Out of office – curiosities, frustrations and mishaps of the fintech world.