Barclays invests in Open Banking-based utility switching app Youtility

Barclays | February 27, 2020

Youtility, a London-based startup tapping into Open Banking to help people track their household expenses and switch utility suppliers, has raised £4.5 million in a funding round joined by Barclays. Barclays was joined by Icap founder Michael Spencer and Ascension Ventures’ Fair By Design Fund, which focuses on firms targeting low-income households. The free Youtility app taps Open Banking to connect to users' bank accounts and identify home finance providers - such as energy, water, insurance, mobile firms - and how much they cost. Then, the app monitors the users' finances, flagging any high bills, big future payments and contract end dates.

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We examine the use of central bank capital as an unconventional monetary policy tool. In this setting, a central bank employs digital currency to transfer digital cash to each household, thus supporting consumption directly when needed. The asset side of the central bank’s balance sheet remains unchanged, and the creation of new digital cash is offset by a decrease in central bank capital. The central bank thus incurs an immediate loss but does not take on any additional risks for its future income statements. We address several objections to this policy, paying particular attention to the claim that weakening the financial strength of the central bank endangers long-term price stability. Through a meta-analysis of 176 estimates reported previously in the literature, we find that central bank financial strength has not historically correlated with inflation performance.


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Data Mynt Payment Processing Platform Now Supports Bitcoin Payments

Data Mynt | April 06, 2022

Data Mynt, a leading provider of simple, stable cryptocurrency payment products, now enables payments over the Bitcoin network, which already supports roughly 225,000 transactions per day and $30 billion USD dollar equivalent volume per day worldwide (as of publishing). Now the Data Mynt payment processing platform enables payments from any wallet and asset across the $2 trillion combined market cap (as of publishing) available to make a payment over the Bitcoin, Ethereum Mainnet and Polygon networks. The Data Mynt payment processing solution enables merchants and enterprises to expand their payment options for their customers and partners. At the same time, it reduces payment processing costs and eliminates frictions such as chargebacks and crypto price volatility. As a payment processor, it only makes sense for us to enable our merchants and partners to accept what the world already accepts—the biggest cryptocurrency, Almost one-quarter of the US population owns Bitcoin. Many other countries such as Brazil, Indonesia, UAE, Singapore, Israel, India, Mexico, and South Africa have even higher adoption rates. Data Mynt merchants can feel good knowing they offer these Bitcoin owners another payment option." Data Mynt CEO Alex Christian. About Data Mynt Data Mynt is a leading crypto payment processor. Its wallet, asset and blockchain-agnostic suite of solutions offer partners and merchants an omnichannel approach to accepting on-chain crypto payments free from volatility and the risks and costs of traditional payment methods. The Data Mynt payment platform is also designed to streamline implementation delivering a seamless customer experience.

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AutoRek Analysis of the FCA response to COVID-19

AutoRek | June 12, 2020

In a recent response to COVID-19, the FCA have commented that firms in general have been able to respond well. There have been no significant erosions of client’s access to services and business continuity arrangements seem to be working as planned. Glitches have been worked through and it feels as though financial services firms are adapting to a new way of doing business. The FCA’s business plan published in May 2020 outlines areas of prioritisation over the next 1-3 years and the 5 key drivers are as follows

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Mascoma Bank Selects Alkami as its Digital Banking Platform Partner

Alkami | April 13, 2022

Alkami Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq: ALKT) ("Alkami"), a leading cloud-based digital banking solutions provider for banks and credit unions in the U.S., today announced that Mascoma Bank ("Mascoma") has selected Alkami's digital banking platform as part of a full technology stack overhaul with core banking technology firm Thought Machine. This will not only drive future growth for Mascoma, but also serve as a model for other community banks to build upon. We are building an innovative ecosystem that will allow us to better serve our existing customer base, attract new customers and grow strategically into the future, Our Chief Technology Officer, Raphael Reznek, challenged us to rethink how we use technology and the importance of building an embedded finance system. As a result, instead of replacing our existing core, we set out to completely revamp our tech stack to incorporate the most advanced systems. We chose to partner with Alkami because they offer the best balance of deep extensibility with robust 'out of the box' capabilities and configurations." Clay Adams, president and chief executive officer of Mascoma Bank. The Alkami platform will be integrated with Thought Machine's core banking platform, Vault, to provide a complete cloud-based banking platform that is capable of being easily configured and scaled. Mascoma will be able to get to market quickly and have the ability to customize based on the bank's unique needs using a modern API architecture and real-time data. Mascoma is a community bank to watch. They are undergoing a true digital transformation, and we are thrilled to be a part of it, Their digital-first mindset is helping them build a foundation that will allow them to innovate and adapt—fueling the future of community banking as a whole." Alkami's chief executive officer, Alex Shootman. Raphael Reznek along with our leadership team has a vision to build a digital platform that will put us in control of our destiny and serve as a roadmap for other community banks to follow. The new tech stack more than answers that call, I am particularly excited for Alkami's data insights, which will allow us to provide tailored experiences to further empower our customers on their financial journeys." Samantha Pause, chief marketing and product officer at Mascoma. About Mascoma Bank Headquartered in Lebanon, New Hampshire, Mascoma Bank is a $2.6 billion mutual bank and Certified B-Corporation® with 28 branches and 2 loan offices throughout Northern New England. Mascoma Bank was founded in 1899 by community members seeking ways to establish a healthy local economy. For over 122 years, Mascoma Bank's foundation of mutuality has continued to be a force for positive change supporting communities to reach thriving sustainability. Mascoma Bank has made a strong commitment of utilizing technology to help support its mission and values of putting the customer at the center of its work. About Alkami Alkami Technology, Inc. is a leading cloud-based digital banking solutions provider for financial institutions in the United States that enables clients to grow confidently, adapt quickly and build thriving digital communities. Alkami helps clients transform through retail and business banking, digital account opening, loan origination, and multi-payment fraud prevention solutions.

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Zendesk Debuts Sophisticated Real-Time Analytics Solution

Zendesk | August 25, 2020

Zendesk, Inc. (NYSE: ZEN) today announced the launch of Explore Enterprise, the newest solution within its service-first CRM platform, which enables companies to analyze real-time data in order to understand changing needs. As global ticket volume reaches record highs, leaders can use Explore Enterprise to share relevant insights instantly with other teams and departments, helping them make faster decisions to improve their entire customer experience. “Customers are seeking more support from businesses than ever before, which is putting increased pressure on CX leaders and their teams,” said Shawna Wolverton, EVP of Product, Zendesk. “With Explore Enterprise, Zendesk gives companies the ability to analyze data in order to have a clear view of customer trends they are seeing across our Support and Sales Suites. These comprehensive insights allow businesses to quickly address emerging challenges and opportunities not just in customer service, but throughout their entire business.” Zendesk customers such as Mailchimp are already benefiting from using Explore’s reporting analytics to understand trends in over 30,000 tickets a month. “It’s about understanding our data as a whole, and being able to look at the big picture,” said Spencer Caratti, Senior Director of Customer Support at Mailchimp.

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We examine the use of central bank capital as an unconventional monetary policy tool. In this setting, a central bank employs digital currency to transfer digital cash to each household, thus supporting consumption directly when needed. The asset side of the central bank’s balance sheet remains unchanged, and the creation of new digital cash is offset by a decrease in central bank capital. The central bank thus incurs an immediate loss but does not take on any additional risks for its future income statements. We address several objections to this policy, paying particular attention to the claim that weakening the financial strength of the central bank endangers long-term price stability. Through a meta-analysis of 176 estimates reported previously in the literature, we find that central bank financial strength has not historically correlated with inflation performance.

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