For Checks, One Percent Increase Feels Like Thirty

August 28, 2017 / 0 Comments

A few weeks back we noted that a study had found that B2B payments by check actually increased by 1 percentage point from 2013 to 2016 (according to the 2016 AFP Electronic Payments Survey). Magnus Carlsson, manager of treasury and payments for the Association for Financial Professionals, took a deeper look at the significance of that one…

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Another Milestone: ATM’s Reach the Half-Million Mark

August 22, 2017 / 0 Comments

A new analysis of industry data by the ATM Industry Association (ATMIA) reveals that there are now between 475,000 and 500,000 ATMs operating out there in the U.S. market. This achievement comes after years of what can be characterized as fairly stagnant growth (attributable to a struggling economy, Windows updates, and a complex EMV migration, among…

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VIDEO: Check Payments Increasing in B2B

August 15, 2017 / 0 Comments

Contrary to what might be considered “conventional wisdom,” in 2016 51% of business-to-business payments were made by check. Does that mark a slowing in the “disappearance” of check usage? Au contraire – that number is up from 50% in 2013! Magnus Carlsson, AFP’s Manager of Treasury and Payments, discusses in the attached video the new…

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Financial Industry Tech – Think LONG Term

August 8, 2017 / 0 Comments

The story of Eastman Kodak’s fate is often used to illustrate the danger of late adoption of new technology. Even venerable and ostensibly rock-solid entities can find themselves marginalized and, ultimately, pushed out the picture (so to speak) if they don’t keep up with emerging tech. An article in the Harvard Business Review uses the…

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News Flash: Checks Still Matter

August 2, 2017 / 0 Comments

The Association for Finance Professionals (AFP) has made available a white paper entitled “Not Going Anywhere: Why Checks Still Matter” (log-in required) that offers valuable insights in an easily digestible package. As pointed out in the report, check use in the United States for business-to-business (B2B) transactions remains at roughly 50% in spite of a multitude…

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Artificial Intelligence: Only Getting Better

July 26, 2017 / 0 Comments

With all of the tech we count on that uses actual experiential learning to better read handwriting on a variety of payment types — including checks, for instance — we probably should have seen this coming. Last September the white coats at Google added something called the Google Neural Machine Translation system (GNMT) to their translation tool.…

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How Banks Can Embrace Technology Through “Fintegration”: Podcast Summary

July 25, 2017 / 0 Comments

Here’s a terrific podcast interview via BAI Banking Strategies that you should listen to during your commute. In it, Andres Wolberg-Stok, Citi FinTech’s global head of policy, talks about best practices and approaches to incorporating financial tech – FinTech – in financial organizations. An important point Wolberg-Stok makes early in the conversation is the fact that,…

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Compliance Management and Fintech: Natural Enemies?

July 11, 2017 / 0 Comments

An article at Banking Exchange takes an interesting look at the often uneasy relationship between financial technology organizations vs. the Fintech market covering the hot topic of compliance management.  Instruments like the expanded UDAAP standards implemented by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau need to be at the forefront. Richard Holbrook, chairman and CEO of $9.6 billion-assets…

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How Fast Can a Card Skimmer Be Installed? Watch and Be Amazed

July 6, 2017 / 0 Comments

We’ve heard stories of card skimmers at outdoor ATM machines and even gas pumps ripping off consumers’ card information, but, admit it – – you always trusted card machines that are inside of retail establishments just a bit more, right? Watch this clip and marvel at the fact that this caper is pulled off in…

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People Twice as Likely to Trust a Robot to Perform Heart Surgery Than Open a Bank Account for Them

June 27, 2017 / 0 Comments

Artificial Intelligence, chatbots and robo-advisors are coming. Here’s an interesting example of how perceptions can yield crazy statistical results. A “Trust in Technology” report published by HSBC found that consumers are leery of allowing chatbots and robo-advisors to help them open a savings account or provide mortgage advice – – but they would trust them more for heart surgery! In an article…

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