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9 Best Fintech Apps to Use While at Home During the Coronavirus Lockdown

Article | March 31, 2020

With the threat of the global coronavirus pandemic upon us – knowing which ones are the best Fintech apps to use may get a little confusing for the average consumer. It is no doubt that the entire world has been impacted negatively by the coronavirus (COVID19) lockdown. Regardless of what industry you are in it has been impacted. The limited mobility of goods, services and travel is causing a strain on businesses and personal finance. Your ability to do physical banking, pay bills and basic financial transactions have no doubt changed. The negative financial effects of the coronavirus may change the way we interact with money for years to come. Digital currency and transactions are on the horizon.

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Benefits Of Outsourcing Software Development To The Fintech Industry

Article | March 31, 2020

Introduction In the ongoing technological era, the outsourcing software development company transports their valuable resources to their core business model and helps businesses to save a lot of time and money. To survive the digital era for financial institutions helps to drive efficiency in Fintech companies. Moreover, software development outsourcing companies offer solutions that enable financial institutions to manage bulk data, tech products, and much more to build an efficient environment with their tech services. The financial service industries are becoming a leader in software development and corporate new strategies for fintech businesses. Many companies are planning to use this working model that is specialized in all processes and seek more agility and quality. Outsourcing software development to the fintech industry can bring many gains to companies, so, in this blog we’re going to look at them closely. According to research, investments in fintech are expected to reach $40 billion in 2021. Additionally, software outsourcing companies makes the development process smooth and improves the quality of data analytics in the industry. Read on to know the benefits of outsourcing software development to the fintech industry and achieve the dedicated digital transformation goals of your business. What Are The Benefits Of Outsourcing Fintech Software Development? Expand your business development The benefits of outsourcing software development services creates a pleasing and commending condition for the fintech industry. It becomes easier to execute actions and plan for the company’s expansion if the management focuses on the core business and internal quality processes. Additionally, the development service provider also helps to sustain the growth of the operation without investing huge investments in infrastructure and technology. Economies of scale If you’re planning to internally develop a software application requires both money and time. And not everyone has an extended IT team with dedicated developers. In such situations, software development outsourcing companies become your partner. The services provided by software outsourcing agencies for fintech development helps businesses to achieve economies of scale and allow them to invest more time on core competencies and perform critical tasks. However, software development outsourcing offers competitive advantages to fintech industries by minimizing costs, better customer service, and maintaining product quality with an affordable budget. Optimize time for dedicated professionals and managers Hiring outsourcing software development services helps businesses a practical and sensible optimization of the time of professionals and managers. If your business is planning to enhance the process of professionalism. To such a degree, fintech industries can directly help to increase the capital and implement strategic tasks and analyze surveys that collaborate to make the right decisions. Thus, outsourcing software development helps to monitor indicators and supervise the possibility of risk to the company. Risk Management/ Critical-path method IT outsourcing software development service providers carry a lot of risks. So to grab the absolute advantages, an organization should build effective risk management plans. Reducing the number of data breaches is one of the most important challenges faced by many fintech industries. This challenge is even more critical when you consider the information type such as salaries, credit card information, social security numbers, and much more which can be used by criminals for gaining profit. Various components and operations help to reduce risks and provide a successful path for outsourcing when you know the challenges and tackle the situation. Increased profits through data analytics Finance is the leading data collection and analytics industry that helps to increase software profit via data analytics. Popular investment banks like Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan have employed specialists who analyze data when issuing trading futures. These fintech software development industries are now identifying customer data and helping them to increase sales and promote customer loyalty. To analyze creditworthiness and provide services to each customer they use credit scores and demographic data that also helps them to build analytics software with the Python programming language. Reduce software server load via cloud computing To implement cloud computing technology, the fintech industry has been reluctant to use web-based storage for bulk data which is vulnerable to hackers. There are few improvements in data security that have led banks to begin integrating modern technology into their core business functionalities. To store sensitive business information related to accounting and communications, many banks are using cloud computing. In recent years, it is reported that the SaaS model is one of the best models that is implemented by fintech software enterprise to store emails, contact lists, and other important information online. Faster product development Hiring software outsourcing companies helps fintech industries to start your projects quicker and complete them before the deadline. The outsourcing enterprise implements traditional hiring processes for software development projects and instructs those dedicated developers to perform critical tasks who can start product development without investing much time on the hiring process. The dedicated team of developers working at any outsourcing companies help to shorten the fintech software development lifecycle and work on multiple projects to quickly resolve common problems and reduce the overall length of the software. The Verdict The fintech enterprise is investing millions of dollars to build custom software according to their business requirement to survive in the new data-driven marketplace. Leveraging a fintech software development service is much bigger than just launching a system that enables the creation of innovative fintech solutions in the future. Many of these companies are switching to fintech software development that provide a dedicated development team to perform critical and complex tasks of any software and reach their goal without distracting from their core missions.

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How FinTech Can Withstand the Coronavirus Outbreak

Article | March 31, 2020

Soon after, the World Health Organization declared the Novel Coronavirus outbreak an official pandemic, a sudden pandemonium busted across the globe. The COVID-19 crisis carries with it the potential equally disruptive economic fallout. It has brought a dominant shift in reality; in addition to the effects that the virus has had on our private lives, businesses in every industry are being forced to find innovative ways of operating on every level and the world of Fintech is no exception. Investors began drawing out their money. The stock markets of the world collapsed. Central banks made off-cycle rate cuts and inserted liquidity to keep the economy running. The financial services are currently confronting challenges on multiple fronts: banks have reduced their opening hours serving a few customers at a time due to social distancing rules, putting additional stress on channels like telephone service, online banking, and social media. Simultaneously, numbers of consumers are desperately trying to contact their bank with questions, concerns, issues, or to request appropriate solutions for their finances impacted by the fallout from the coronavirus. This is not the first or last global crisis. FinTech and banking companies of the 21st century need to be programmed to operate in such circumstances. Being a fairly new sector, fintech companies are already well-positioned to adapt to a world that suddenly exists primarily online; most fintech platforms now exist in online formats anyhow. Still, the paradigm shift brought to the world by coronavirus is forcing the fintech sector to come up with creative solutions when it comes to supporting customers, building relationships, boosting company morale, and planning for the future in this unprecedented situation. The behaviors that people can execute from their living room or from their den are going to grow, and behaviors that require face-to-face interaction or getting out into the community are going to diminish. What does that mean? You should have greater mobile apps and digital adoption in general. If I had been holding off on signing up for PayPal, for instance, I might just do that. Nigel Morris, Managing Partner of QED Investors, Co-Founder of Capital One “Fintech companies are probably some of the best-equipped organizations to take on this crisis.” If you’re a Fintech, you’re probably no more than 10 years old and as a result, have built your backend and developmental stacks on cloud environments allowing for operations to continue anywhere. Also, many business-to-business (b2b) communication tools that FinTech companies have naturally adopted and made available to employees such as Slack, Teams, Skype have been more heavily leveraged. Legacy financial brands are more than likely finding this time to be a bit more difficult. Paul Geiger, President, and Co-founder of Post-Trade Asset Management Firm Theorem Technologies The coronavirus pandemic could be destructive for multiple companies, but it's also flashing a spotlight on the potential of fintech. It has the potential to revolutionize how consumers and businesses handle financial transactions. There will surely be hits and knocks along the way, but fintech can manage to make this transition a lot easier. Here’s how. Table of Content: - Moving Back to the Digital Infrastructure - Utilizing Robotic Process Automation Software in Banking (Robo-Advisory) - Acceleration of Cashless and Contactless Payment Methods - Artificial Intelligence and Block chain Technology - Fintech Firms Providing Free Technology During the Coronavirus Crisis Moving Back to the Digital Infrastructure As the number of cases ticks up in the U.S., many are choosing to go cashless to circumvent potential hygiene concerns around handling banknotes. Almost half of the world’s population is now practicing self-quarantine. Interaction between humans is limited. All the public gathering places are closed down. Businesses that rely on people coming in or the shops that are commonly crowded are now starting to close down. The prevailing crisis will change our mindset and habits and make us re-evaluate our current way of doing things. All thanks to fintech, giving smaller communities a chance to keep their business open and operating. With digital payment options and online transactions, you can pretty much order any service, any product. You can even access your favorite types of entertainment online and all that without breaking the rules of self-isolation. Social distancing is the only effective method to fight the spread of coronavirus, and fintech has made this practice much more natural. Online services that we can pay for through fintech are now substantially covering every industry. These digital services have become such an essential part of our lives, and we should be appreciative of how easy it is to quarantine these days. Ordering groceries, favorite food, watching the newest movies, stuffs delivered right to our door, all this is only possible, because of different financial technologies and digital payments that have made money transfer easy and secure. Learn more: https://www.euronews.com/2020/03/19/next-day-delivery-the-challenges-for-retailers-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic Utilizing Robotic Process Automation Software in Banking (Robo-Advisory) Robo advisors, without human interference, provide automated support for all financial advisory services, such as trading, investment, portfolio rebalancing, and tax saving. It works with a pre-defined algorithm and analytics, calculating the best returns and plans for each individual as per his/her requirements and preferences. The need for no-touch and low touch investment solutions, which can deliver more informed intelligent analytics back to the user, will be more important than ever. Robo advisors are the next level in the evolution of asset management and financial advice. For the banking industry, robotics outlines a unique and underutilized way to increase productivity while minimizing traditional repetitive and manual-labor-intensive processes. The growth of Robo advisory services is attributable to the fact that it enables low-cost services, scalability, cognitive advice, and next-generation user experience. Though, for the next generation, virtual agents may be an acceptable help for financial matters. It is a fact that client advisors must fit with Robo-Advisors and artificial agents and a human-led technology-enabled model to a technology-led human-enabled business model in financial services. Acceleration of Cashless and Contactless Payment Methods The new coronavirus fears could be enough to introduce mobile and cashless payments to those who otherwise didn’t see the appeal. Learn more: https://capital.report/blogs/how-open-banking-is-catalyzing-payments-change/8262 Before the outbreak, mobile payments in the U.S. had not come close to global adoption rates. In China, by contrast, more than 80% of consumers used mobile payments in 2019, according to management consultancy Bain. In the U.S., major mobile payments apps had adoption rates of less than 10%. Major payment companies have already warned of the virus hitting U.S. spending. Visa, Mastercard, and PayPal have all cut guidance due to the coronavirus. I think this is an opportunity for a move to digital. Zelle, PayPal, and online banking could see a boost. I believe this crisis will accelerate and move people to utilize all forms of digital financial services. Peter Gordon, Executive Vice President and Head of Emerging Payments at U.S. Bank, The mobile fintech payment service that facilitates easy online and off-line payments are reaching millions of people and can truly capture the under banked population. The coronavirus crisis represents a huge opportunity to accelerate cashless and contactless payments. Retail and consumer payments are leading the way in the adoption of innovative payment capabilities aided by the growth in e-commerce and increased penetration of mobile phones. B2B opportunities are also gaining increased traction as a result of being more efficient and cost-effective. Some key trends in digital payments are: Contactless payment. This includes Near Field Communication (NFC) adoption, host card emulation and QR code generation for electronic interactions between consumers and retailers. Adoption of payment hubs. Banks are getting interested in looking at investing in harmonizing their payment infrastructure by moving to payment hubs. These hubs can process any form of payments irrespective of the origination channel. Real-time payments. This is transforming the retail funds' transfer process by providing electronic cash to anyone in the span of a few minutes. Peer to peer money transfers has been around for a while and have witnessed high growth. Virtual currency. Built on blockchain infrastructure this offers greater speed and efficiency of the transaction. Rise of marketplace banks. Challenger banks are being supported across geographies and given licenses to operate freely. Banks, by adopting open banking, has started exposing their APIs to third parties for large scale payments. Omni channel offerings. The framework of digital payments provides a seamless customer experience across channels leading to better transaction experience. The future of payments was already revolutionizing with new entrants such as contactless payment, NFC enabled smart phones, cloud-based PoS, and digital wallets. The crisis will merely accelerate the desire to tackle the issues with these new banking technologies. Artificial Intelligence and Block chain Technology Artificial intelligence and machine learning built upon distributed datasets and shared information are used for dynamic and psychographic client segmentation based on behavior and automated investment services. The adoption of such technology will become pivotal for large financial institutions to manage their client base and investment portfolios efficiently. In fintech, blockchain finds application in areas like digital ID, customer authentication, insurance, to name a few. Blockchain practitioners are experimenting with this technology to bring out new use cases and applications to solve the complicated issues in the fintech industry. PWC’s study of financial services and fintech shows that about 77 percent of the financial services industry is planning to adopt blockchain by 2020. The blockchain sector in fintech has been intended to provide banking with a more seamless and efficient experience. We will soon see the process of cash to crypto and vice versa to become ubiquitous. Blockchain asset management solutions are an alternative to offshore banking because there are substantial efficiency gains for cross-border transactions, for both private clients and businesses. Traditional banking and blockchain solutions will converge over the next decade with blockchain to become a commonly used technology in financial services. Learn more: https://www.forbes.com/sites/jeffkauflin/2019/12/26/five-fintech-predictions-for-2020-according-to-kleiner-perkins/#40c46b7d3d5a So, when we look at these phases of development in the fintech sector, we understand that it’s not just about inserting technology into banking, there is a larger shift here. Part of the shift is around trust and the utility of the bank. Fintech Firms Providing Free Technology during the Coronavirus Crisis Right now, you will be feeling the need for more reliability in software and information. Luckily, some fintech companies and teams are there to alleviate these issues. To help banks help their customers through these difficult times, many fintech providers are extending free, discounted, or accelerated deployment offers to financial institutions. Conclusion Business downturns are not uncommon. Sometimes there are unexpected circumstances. During these periods of change, the winners and losers will be defined by those firms able to make quick and decisive transformation reflecting the new environment. This is not just true in banking but in every industry. Fintech companies from across the world are all-in when it comes to coping with the current global health crisis. The progressions in digital technology are making the crisis more bearable and are empowering businesses to keep working with access to key services (communication, payments, credit, collaboration, etc.) while enabling social distancing and helping to fight COVID-19. We expect digital technology to experience another boost during and after the crisis.

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Dangerous Intersection Ahead: Privacy and Banking Fintech

Article | March 31, 2020

Bankers in the fintech space are familiar with the FFIEC’s Guidance recommending multi-factor authentication for certain financial transactions. Multi-factor authentication, at least for “high risk” transactions, requires a combination of something you know, something you have and something you are. This last factor is often referred to as biometric information. While biometric authentication is making great strides around the globe, its adoption in American banking is not yet common and poses its own set of legal issues.

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Bigtincan (ASX:BTH) helps sales and service teams increase win rates and customer satisfaction. The company’s mobile, AI-powered sales enablement automation platform features the industry’s premier user experience that empowers reps to more effectively engage with customers and prospects and encourages team-wide adoption. In addition to seven of the Fortune 10 companies, leading brands including AT&T, ThermoFisher, Merck, ANZ Bank and others rely on Bigtincan to enhance sales productivity at every customer interaction. With global sales and marketing headquartered in Boston, Bigtincan also has offices across EMEA, Australia and Asia. To discover more about how your organization can benefit from the Bigtincan Hub platform.

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