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Innovation Through Collaboration

March 31, 2014

I have been a little behind in my writing because I have been spending a lot of time on the road with some great innovators lately, at FinovateEurope and the Bank Innovators Council Lab Day in London, the FinTech Partnerships Conference and the All Payments Expo in Las Vegas, the Bank Innovation conference in...
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FinovateEurope Recap

February 27, 2014
FinovateEurope Recap

OK– so this post is less than timely. FinovateEurope ended two weeks ago (on February 12), and it was great, but I was doing double-duty in London with our Bank Innovators Council Lab Day the following day, with a whole lot of follow-ups since then, not to mention already working on our next event...
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FinovateEurope Preview – Part 2

February 8, 2014

I’ve been so busy getting ready for our Bank Innovators Lab Day next week immediately after FinovateEurope that I have not had time to keep with the excellent series of sneak peeks published on the Finovate blog. Visit their site for previews of all of

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FinovateEurope Preview – Part 1

January 10, 2014
FinovateEurope Preview – Part 1

FinovateEurope is coming up quickly in London February 11-12. As usual, I pay special attention to those companies that will be demonstrating innovations relevant to the PFM/Financial Planning/Investment/Wealth Management space.  Here are a couple of sneak peeks provide by the Finovate blog, visit their site for previews of all of the presenters, plus videos...
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FinovateAsia Best of Show Winners

November 19, 2013
FinovateAsia Best of Show Winners

The second annual FinovateAsia 2013 wrapped up last week in in Singapore, with 35 FinTech companies presenting their latest offerings. The audience-selected Best of Show winners are listed below in alphabetical order. (Thank you to Julie Schicktanz from the Finovate blog.) BehavioSec, for its behavioral biometrics-based authentication method Live blog post        IND

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Defeating Robo-Advisers Will Take More than a Pulse

November 8, 2013

A “robo-adviser” joined MoneyGuidePro founder and chief executive Bob Curtis on stage at this week’s T3 Enterprise conference and proceeded to melt down when Mr. Curtis asked it qualitative questions like “I’m worried I won’t be able to retire when I planned, can you help me with that?” During his opening keynote, Mr. Curtis...
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FinovateAsia Preview

November 6, 2013

FinovateAsia returns to Singapore on November 14 to showcase the best innovations in banking and FinTech from Asia and beyond.  Some tickets remain, click here to register. This years group of presenters is heaving tilted towards security, analytics and payments,

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How Banks Can Compete in The Future

October 28, 2013

Back in 1995 Michael Treacy and Fred Wiersema wrote a book called The Discipline of Market Leaders, and in it, they broke down the three critical strategic domains of any business– Customer Intimacy, Product Leadership and Operational Excellence. They argued

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Can FinTech Improve Investor Behavior?

October 21, 2013

In my last post Personalized Service in the Digital World, I discussed the so-called “Robo-advisors”—the new breed of technology-driven online investment advisors—and how they are changing the competitive landscape, whether or not traditional advisors like it or even realize it. I

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Personalized Service in the Digital World

October 16, 2013

Since my Sept. 18 post in the Investment News techconnect blog, “Financial technology trends advisers can’t afford to ignore”, I have been in a number of conversations about how a new crop of web-based investment management/financial planning services are affecting the

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