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Decentralized Finance (DeFi): Foundations, Applications, Potentials, and Challenges

July 15, 2022

Decentralized Finance (DeFi): Foundations, Applications, Potentials
Since the inception of Bitcoin in 2008, financial markets have seen a sharp increase in market capitalization for various blockchain-based assets in recent years. Yet, Bitcoin still represents the most popular cryptocurrency, with a market capitalization amounting to approximately USD 370 billion as of mid 2022. The recent phenomenon of blockchain-based applications such as non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and the emergence of decentralized finance (DeFi) have also contributed to the mushrooming of digital assets. In particular, DeFi has experienced tremendous momentum, with cryptocurrency investments locked to the Ethereum blockchain exceeding USD 100 billion by the end of 2021. DeFi has witnessed a rapid increase in market value in 2021, accompanied by a growing user base and the emergence of new, innovative use cases. Against this backdrop, we believe that exploring and developing a comprehensive understanding of DeFi marks a worthwhile endeavor.

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7 Ways Financial Institutions can Leverage Technology for Competitive Advantage

whitePaper | October 1, 2022

In today's economic scenario, whatever key business purpose and strategy your company emphasizes; customer intimacy, technology optimization, cost optimization or disruptive innovation; workplace practices must reflect and actively drive behaviours to deliver on that purpose, strategy and your corresponding market positioning. Unless the two are integrated, financial institutions will realise that they are putting their businesses at high risk. Some of the risks that are specific to this sector include misaligned business processes, insecure work environment and information silos which affect both processes and information security. This whitepaper outlines the impact of technology failure and its crippling impact on a financial organization and how technology can help reduce risk, be more cost effective and provide strategic value.

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Matchmaker, Make Me a Match Best practices in bank-fintech partnerships

whitePaper | April 18, 2022

Fintechs are maturing and are reshaping the competitive landscape for traditional banks. Partnerships between banks and fintechs can be mutually beneficial and have become increasingly common. Nevertheless, some banks have baulked at this idea, deterred by cultural and technological obstacles that can make partnerships difficult to execute. This is short-sighted. Partnering with fintechs can help banks meet their operational objectives, enhance products and improve customer experience. To maximize the chances of success in these partnerships, banks should pursue certain best practices.

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Data Integrity in an Uncertain World

whitePaper | August 24, 2020

Any successful business must show a level of operational resilience in challenging times. Whether obstacles arise from internal factors such as expansion and restructuring, or external factors such as increased trading pressures, firms must be able to adapt and thrive operationally. Efficient and accurate data management are key strengths which can help firms meet their operational challenges.

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Capitalising on volatility in the motor finance market

whitePaper | July 8, 2022

The motor industry is facing a perfect storm of difficulties: lower consumer spending power; drivers rethinking how they use their cars and even whether they need a car at all; an increase of available data; the growing popularity of diverse fuel options – all of this has created greater volatility within the market.

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Video Banking: The Next Generation

whitePaper | October 21, 2021

Some might say Video Banking is already a "next-generation" technology, and in many ways it is. But even though using video to provide face-to-face communication with remote experts is a welcome addition to online banking, most deployments to date add little more than a trust element. We can still find much room to further improve the customer experience as it relates to video and digital banking, as we will demonstrate in this paper. Video Banking is a remote one-way or two-way connection between you and a bank representative working in a call center, branch office, or from home. There are several use cases for Video Banking, depending upon your location and need. A common Video Banking model is the Personal Teller Machine (PTM),calso called a Video Teller Machine (VTM). A PTM functions like ancautomated teller machine (ATM) outfitted with a built-in monitor, camera, microphone, and speakers to facilitate video interactions. That allows a connection with a remote banker to answer questions about transactions when you need help. PTMs often have the convenience of 24-hour service with remote bankers on a shift-based roster to cover the customer load.

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Improving Intercompany Accounting

whitePaper | August 18, 2022

Intercompany accounting is integral to the assignment of the profits of domestic and global enterprises. It also has a significant bearing on the effective tax rate of the group. Intercompany accounts therefore must be calculated accurately, accounted for and settled in a timely manner, and tagged properly so intercompany liabilities and profits can be eliminated when results are consolidated. Many of the most common hurdles to an efficient and effective intercompany process can be traced to low levels of process automation, lack of access to a single source of the truth, and decentralized and inconsistent practices. By adopting best practices and reducing the need for manual intervention, account-to-report organizations can not only reduce the cost of the process, but also improve its effectiveness.

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Flagship Financial Services, LLC

Home Flagship Financiail is a small, locally owned and operated mortgage banking firm licensed in the state of Florida and is uniquely positioned to offer the professional, personalized service you just can’t get from a large national bank or mortgage company. We underwrite, close, and fund the loans we originate, just like the larger national companies while delivering the lowest possible rate and closing costs.

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