Banking Technology March 2018 issue out now
Fintech with flourish. Nourish your brain.
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:
We are still early days into the year, but it has already brought us a number of high-profile takeovers in the financial services tech space across the globe.
In the US, mobile banking app developer Digiliti Money was acquired by another fintech vendor, Urban FT. No surprises here – Digiliti ran into major financial and organisational difficulties last year and has been in conversations with Urban FT about the sale for a while.
In the UK, risk management and regtech vendor Lombard Risk got taken over by Vermeg. Vermeg, which specialises in securities processing and fund administration tech, has valued Lombard Risk at £52 million.
Visa bought its long-standing partner Fraedom, a paytech firm that focuses on the corporate sector and originates from New Zealand. Visa did not disclose how much money it parted with. Fraedom’s tech underlies Visa’s IntelliLink Spend Management, a core platform for its commercial and SME clients.
Openlink Financial, a provider of trading and risk management tech, has been acquired by ION Investment Group. Is ION aiming for a clean sweep of the treasury management software market? It already owns most of the key providers in this space (the two exceptions at present on the international scene are Calypso and Murex). I guess we’ll never know – ION is notoriously reclusive when it comes to communication.
And, of course, there is an interesting move by Temenos to diversify its portfolio by buying trading platform developer Fidessa. The two parties have reached an agreement for an all-cash deal, valuing Fidessa at £1.4 billion. One may also recall the recent rumours of Temenos itself being an acquisition target, with Japan’s SoftBank named as an interested party. This, however, was denied by the core banking system vendor.
So, who’s next?
The March 2018 edition of Banking Technology features:
Spotlight: artificial intelligence
Virtual agent answers Credit Suisse’s call for tech support.
Australia’s New Payments Platform – it’s alive!
Analysis: open banking
A comprehensive guide and practical suggestions.
Point of view: mission to Mars
Allow the momentousness to mean something (without going into space).
Comment: what’s a financial institution?
Industry alignment or industry confusion…
Interview: Caren Robb, Letshego
Creating inclusive banking for remote communities.
Analysis: banks and social media
Empathy is future proof, apps aren’t.
Challenger bank spotlight
Fiinu – putting people before profit.
And not to forget the Regulars of course:
News – the good, the bad and the ugly.
Appointments – the movers and the shakers.
Industry events – mark your calendars!
Out of office – curiosities, frustrations and mishaps of the fintech world.