The Exponential Change in Wealth Management

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From lending to investing, digital disruption is now affecting every aspect of the finance industry, changing substantially what customers’ expectations are and the way how financial services are operated. In this post we will take a look at the asset and wealth management industry, that is now changing at an exponential rate. Continue reading The Exponential Change in Wealth Management

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Fintech Continues to Grab Market Share From Banks

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If you observe the alternative lending market in Canada, you will find that the environment among fintech companies and banks is more collaborative than it is competitive. That’s not always the case in the European market, where fintech companies including P2P lenders are continuing to grab the market share from banks and infringe on their coveted access to customer data. Continue reading Fintech Continues to Grab Market Share From Banks

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Fintech and cybersecurity – the future outlook

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Regardless of any other factors, cybersecurity is an absolute priority for the fintech industry and is becoming a key factor determining the growth of the market. Well established financial institutions have started to invest billions of dollars into new technologies to strengthen their security measures and to increase the awareness of the importance to embrace digital transformation. However, cybersecurity is still considered an issue when it comes to technology innovation and collaboration with fintech firms as threats are developing at the same pace as technology is. Continue reading Fintech and cybersecurity – the future outlook

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Common framework for crowdfunding and P2P – the proposal from European Commission

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As part of the priority task to establish the Capital Market Union (CMU), and broaden access to finance for SMEs with a focus on start-ups and scale-ups, European Commission (EC) has announced plans to draft a proposal that would regulate crowdfunding and peer-to-peer lending market in the European Union. EC aims to finish this project in the first quarter of 2018 and has already published an Inception Impact Assessment in order to inform and get feedback from interested stakeholders, that now have until November 27, 2017, to submit their comments.  All related companies and other stakeholders are welcome to give their feedback on the proposal here. Continue reading Common framework for crowdfunding and P2P – the proposal from European Commission

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Meet the VIAINVEST team: Jānis Urtāns, Chief Financial Officer

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We once heard a joke that a financier is someone who solves a problem you didn’t know you had in a way you don’t understand. Well, this is definitely not the way how our Financial Department works. Let us introduce Jānis Urtāns, Chief Financial Officer of VIAINVEST and VIA SMS Group who has more than ten years of experience in financial management. Endowed with an incredibly sharp mind and great personality Jānis leads a team of accountants and financial analysts to ensure effective tax policy and financial planning, as well as compliance with honest and transparent business practices. Continue reading Meet the VIAINVEST team: Jānis Urtāns, Chief Financial Officer

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P2P Lending Makes Its Way Onto the Blockchain

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Just about every industry has found its way to the blockchain and fintech is no exception. Fintech was one of the early arrivals using distributed ledger technology (aka blockchain) led by payments platform Ripple, which is famous for removing friction, or costs and time, associated with cross-border transactions. While payments led the way, other aspects of alternative lending are raising their profile on the blockchain as well now and in the coming years. Continue reading P2P Lending Makes Its Way Onto the Blockchain

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