FinTech

Software Eating the World of Finance

25 April 2017 BY: MARK PEARCE Duena Blomstrom, FinTech speaker and creator of Emotional Banking, wants us to understand that FinTech is not just about the disruptors, but actually all of the financial players. This short essay classifies the FinTech ecosystem in more...

Robo-Advice: A challenge to the human element?

BY KATERINA SABA With the ever-increasing use of technology, intensified competition in the financial services industry, and the growing value of assets under management (AUM), the advisory sector could not have remained unchanged. Wealth management is entering new...

Data Science: Transforming the finance industry

BY TITOS MATSAKOS, PhD The Data Science revolution Data Science, Predictive Analytics, Big Data, Supervised/Unsupervised Machine Learning. Itinerant buzzwords or opportunity for competitive advantage? As we’ve seen during the last couple of decades, it can be much...

Data Scientist vs. Data Analysts

WRITTEN BY KLAUDIA KLOCZEWIAK Big Data and Data Science are both terms that have become buzzwords in today’s world. Since it was recognised that using customer information to target the marketing of products (Tesco’s Clubcard being an early example), people have...

The Shift in the Financial Service Sector towards the mighty Cloud

WRITTEN BY KRISTINA MELLO The financial service sector is adapting its business model as a result of a number of expected trends. The increase in stricter regulation and the continuous movement towards more transparency in the marketplace has seen institutions...

2014 look back, 2015 look forward…

by GUY WHITLEY, KIRSTEN HALL, MATT NIVEN, KATE AMORY, GEORGI DANOV, DAVID OSBORNE, SAMANTHA ALESSANDRO AND GURLYNN KHARA Jan 9, 2015 2014 was another year of unprecedented change, and 2015 is shaping up to be the same. We look back at some of the areas of focus for...

Python: The Holy Grail of Scripting Languages

by GURDAS BHAKER Nov 28, 2014 Python is an open-source scripting language that is widely used in quantitative finance, from simple data manipulation to building prototypes of mathematical models. Python is not a new language, compared to Perl, Lua and Ruby; however,...

Cryptocurrency – demystified?

by ANDREA SESTANOVICH Jun 12, 2015 In 2008, the world-renowned computer security specialist, Dan Kaminsky, identified a critical flaw in the Internet’s Domain Name System that would have potentially allowed any highly skilled coder to hack and bring down the World...

Cyber-Wars: Are we ready to defend?

by RICHARD EL-CHAMAA Jun 29, 2015 Cyber-Wars – are we ready to defend? As the world evolves from paper to digital, we are becoming ever more reliant on technology and technological security. As one would expect, there is an inevitable minority who thrive on accessing...

Trade against the machine – the rise of machine learning

by MARIA FURFARO DEC 4, 2015 The volume of data stored and analysed by financial institutions conducting trading and investment activities has increased exponentially in recent years. Firms no longer have the human, time or financial resources to properly analyse even...

FinTech – Managing Risk to Maximise Potential

by TAYLOR SPERIN May 23, 2016 Five years ago, if you mentioned the word ‘FinTech’ to somebody, they would probably shoot you a blank stare and not have any clue as to what you were talking about. Now, in 2016, it is perhaps one of the biggest buzzwords in finance –...

Block Party – practical applications of blockchain technology

by HAMISH WOODHOUSE AND HENRY FOLLIOTT VAUGHAN Jan 29, 2016 Most of the financial services world has heard of Bitcoin, a digital currency that has gained much attention over the past few years. Fewer, however, have an understanding of the underlying technology and its...

A crude interest – time to invest in oil?

by ASHLEIGH TURNER Feb 12, 2016 It has been a difficult year for the oil and gas industry; the continual collapse of the price of oil (currently below $30 per barrel, down from the $100 average from the past decade), while good for consumers, has left many oil...