EFT Market
Will Robo advisors take control of the ETF market? 800 533 Efi Pylarinou

Will Robo advisors take control of the ETF market?

Will Robo advisors take control of the ETF market? Betterment and Wealthfront are 11 and 8 years old. They set the tone in the market for Robo-Advisors, that are neither Robots nor Advisors as Paolo Sironi kept saying more than 4 yrs ago. They got leapfrogged by the incumbents which as of today manage 10…

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Size matters Digital Deployment
Digital deployment in small and medium sized banks remains anemic 800 533 Efi Pylarinou

Digital deployment in small and medium sized banks remains anemic

Digital deployment in small and medium sized banks remains anemic Temenos released in April its annual report[1] on the State of digital sales in banking and Jim Marous provided insights in Banks Not Meeting Digital Sales Expectations. In late August, in The Illusion of Digital Transformation in Banking he categorized the digital readiness of banks in 5…

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Dumb Pipes
Spotting `dump pipes` during the re-bundling of banking, is not easy 800 439 Efi Pylarinou

Spotting `dump pipes` during the re-bundling of banking, is not easy

Spotting `dump pipes` during the re-bundling of banking, is not easy `Buy versus build` continues to be a discussion for incumbents.  Shared infrastructure allows for rapid deployment, economies of scale, and expansion in additional markets. On the other hand, incumbents have cultural issues and technology integration challenges that are real. Increased Saas model adoption and…

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One of the Top 20 AI Blockchain projects – Numerai
One of the Top 20 AI Blockchain projects – Numerai 800 578 Efi Pylarinou

One of the Top 20 AI Blockchain projects – Numerai

One of the Top 20 AI Blockchain projects – Numerai LiveTiles brought to my attention 20 AI Blockchain projects through a great infographic. Numerai is one that I profiled in 2017 backed by Fred Ehrsam, Joey Krug, Juan Benet, Olaf Carlson-Wee and Union Square Ventures. Numerai is creating a meta-model from all the Machine Learning…

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Don`t confuse People-centric Banking with Customer-centric Banking 800 551 Efi Pylarinou

Don`t confuse People-centric Banking with Customer-centric Banking

Don`t confuse People-centric Banking with Customer-centric Banking A bank that is people-centric is one that supports, inspires, and grows a community with strong ties. This is much more than a customer centric bank. The customer centric hashtag may mean a great app that is simple and easy to use, or an onboarding process that is…

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Robo-advisors increase AUM but the Cash pile in the market hasn’t decreased 800 533 Efi Pylarinou

Robo-advisors increase AUM but the Cash pile in the market hasn’t decreased

Robo-advisors increase AUM but the Cash pile in the market hasn’t decreased The top five robo-advisors have accumulated over $187 billion in AUM. Two incumbents and three Fintechs are leading. Growth in asset gathering continues but as per Autonomous Research, the jury is out as to whether gathering assets or gathering users are good measures…

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Can Facebook pull off a 60% attack on the LIBRA network? 800 411 Efi Pylarinou

Can Facebook pull off a 60% attack on the LIBRA network?

Can Facebook pull off a 60% attack on the LIBRA network? This is a question asked because LIBRA is the brainchild of Facebook. As a result, a lot of people in the developed world are cautious about whether LIBRA will be a force for the good. The people that don’t forget Cambridge Analytica, fake News,…

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Tencent & Goldman Sachs fuel Nubank`s expansion
Tencent & Goldman Sachs fuel Nubank`s expansion 800 450 Efi Pylarinou

Tencent & Goldman Sachs fuel Nubank`s expansion

Telecoms, banks, and e-commerce giants Last October, the Chinese multinational conglomerate Tencent Holdings Limited, better known as ‘Tencent’ invested $180 million in Brazilian digital bank and credit card operator ‘NuBank’ (Nu Pagamentos SA). [1] This FinTech pioneer, an early mover in Latin America’s largest market offering fee-free credit cards and digital payment accounts, has recently obtained clearance from…

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Telecoms, banks, and e-commerce giants
Telecoms, banks, and e-commerce giants 800 517 Efi Pylarinou

Telecoms, banks, and e-commerce giants

Telecoms, banks, and e-commerce giants MPesa`s early success in Kenya will remain the mobile money business case study of payment innovation in Emerging markets. [1] It was 12 years ago; in 2007 when Vodafone launched the service. Africa continues to be the continent where `Necessity is the mother of invention`.  Africa brings to market further…

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Advertising is the new high-priced tobacco and vendors are addicted to it
Advertising is the new high-priced tobacco and vendors are addicted to it 800 583 Efi Pylarinou

Advertising is the new high-priced tobacco and vendors are addicted to it

Advertising is the new high-priced tobacco and vendors are addicted to it We have to fly high to get a different view of what is happening in the world. I started looking at the revenues of Big Tech companies like Amazon to see where growth is happening. Looking at the 2018 revenues of Amazon, there…

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