Fintech Trends on the Rise Across Europe

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Fintech, which is the intersection of finance and technology, came on the scene more than a decade ago but it is gaining even more momentum in 2021. No longer are fintech firms just coming on the scene and trying to muscle their way into the bigger landscape. Now they have become the trendsetters whose innovation is sought after by even the largest tech firms and financial institutions.  Continue reading Fintech Trends on the Rise Across Europe

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Philippines Economic Outlook for Consumer Lending Investors

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The Philippines is a country situated in South East Asia, rich in history, diversity, challenges and opportunities. It has a strong international presence and the World Bank describes it as “one of the most dynamic economies in the East Asia Pacific region,” while its household consumption drives about 70 percent of the entire economy as of 2020 according to a report from Bloomberg. Continue reading Philippines Economic Outlook for Consumer Lending Investors

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Is Europe Financially Literate?

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Nearly everyone throughout the world needs to interact with money in some way or another for them to survive. We work to earn and then pay to maintain our way of life. How we manage that way of life is often what we have most control over.
To that end, the smart or responsible way of managing your personal finances in your daily life is based on how well informed you are about the subject matter. This is known as being financially literate and being able to apply your knowledge thereof often determines or measures just how well versed or financially literate you really are. Continue reading Is Europe Financially Literate?

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The Rise of the Contactless Payments Era

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Cash has always been the king, but consumers have grown weary of digging in their pockets for spare change for fare or carrying a cash horde around with them. Now that people can make an online purchase with the click of a button, they are looking for the same type of convenience when shopping at the till in a brick-and-mortar store. Having to enter a PIN invites germs, slows the process down, and makes the line move slower, all of which are frowned upon now that mobile and contactless payments have come on the scene. Continue reading The Rise of the Contactless Payments Era

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Which Asset Classes Are Set to Shine in 2021?

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With 2020 in the rear-view mirror, investors are hoping that the new year will usher in greater returns for their portfolios. And while economic recovery has begun around the globe, the health crisis and subsequent lockdowns have triggered some shifts in the investment landscape that are expected to persist for the foreseeable future.

As a result, certain asset classes are poised to perform better than others. Categories like alternative investments are all the rage, especially in this environment of extremely low interest rates where it is difficult to find yield. And while there is no crystal ball for how the remainder of 2021 will play out, there are certain investment themes that the experts are touting as they navigate the new normal, such as e-commerce, sustainability, and telehealth, to name a few.  Continue reading Which Asset Classes Are Set to Shine in 2021?

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Must Read and Must Watch on FinTech in 2021

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For some, the 2008 world financial crises could feel like a very long time ago, and yet, its effects are still felt today. It was the catalyst to a forever-changed banking and financial services industry worldwide and the beginning of an exciting FinTech journey that would disrupt everything we know about finance.

The year 2020 was also a disrupter that reminded us to never become complacent. It necessitated the need to look at the top podcasts, books, and blogs that can help any aspiring Fintech enthusiast stay informed and at the forefront of changes to this growing disrupter of all things finance in 2021.

The lists here will aim to give you a peek at global perspectives that might help sketch a more deeply rooted awareness of FinTech movements that are not just focused on Europe or the United States, but global. The aim wasn’t to look for what’s most popular, but rather most thought provoking. Enjoy! Continue reading Must Read and Must Watch on FinTech in 2021

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A Light at the End of the Tunnel for European Economic Recovery

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After being thrust into a sudden recession in 2020, the European economy is looking toward the second half of 2021 for a recovery to be in full swing. That is when Europe in particular is expected to reach herd immunity from the pandemic, which is widely expected to lead to the lockdown restrictions being eased across the eurozone. Indeed, that is when many countries expect to begin moving away from economic contraction and toward expansion once again. In the interim, 2021 could still be slow going, with the expectations set for the European economy to shrink by 7% this year.  Continue reading A Light at the End of the Tunnel for European Economic Recovery

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How to Brexit: Payments and Finances After the Divorce

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Since the referendum in the United Kingdom resulted in voters deciding to leave the European Union, “Brexit” became a long stretched-out path to “independence” that left many uncertain about financial services. Brexit has taken years to finalize and it even involved a rotation of multiple prime ministers to get it done. Continue reading How to Brexit: Payments and Finances After the Divorce

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