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  • Agile HR: Systems of Transparency and Engagement

    P2P Rewards and Recognition
    Technology is driving much of the innovation in the business world, and it’s the impetus behind the principles of agile HR. With this innovation comes new demands for organizations to develop a more agile approach to doing business, and this is made possible by, of all places, the human resources department. (more…)
  • Agile HR: P2P Rewards and Recognition

    P2P Rewards and Recognition
    The unemployment rate in the U.S. currently sits at 4.3%, which is great for the economy in general and workers in particular. As a result, companies are having to reconsider the agile ways that they develop and mature the workforce that they already have, and that conversation often starts with compensation. (more…)
  • James Damore and Diversity in the Tech Industry

    James Damore and Diversity in the Tech Industry
    It has now been nearly six weeks since the James Damore memo blew the lid off the conversation surrounding diversity in the tech industry. Damore was fired shortly after publishing the 10-page diatribe where he quoted Wikipedia, debunked studies, and individual anecdotes to argue against gender diversity at Google. His memo drew outrage for suggesting, among other things, that women possess “higher anxiety, lower stress tolerance” and that for women, leadership positions “may not be worth it if [they] want a balanced and fulfilling life”. Men, he argued, want leadership roles and should have them, and so the industry should focus on endorsing part-time, low-stress work for women to keep them in the industry as well. (more…)
  • Importance of Big Data and IoT for Financial Intelligence

    FinTech Credit Market Structure and Potential
    The always-connected ecosystem in everyday lives has gained further traction with more and more sensor embedded wireless connected devices. Connected cars, smart healthcare wearables, and smart homes, are some of the active components of an IoT network today. Together with the hyper-mobility adoption, more data is being generated seamlessly in real-time. Increases in computing power and cloud deployments have also enabled this big data to be stored, processed and analysed at great speeds. (more…)
  • The Cost of Pregnancy and Maternity Leave Discrimination

    The Cost of Pregnancy and Maternity Leave Discrimination
      The Equality Act 2010 states that it is unlawful to discriminate or treat employees unfavourably because they are pregnant, have recently given birth, or are on maternity leave. Unfortunately, the reality is that many women still have negative or discriminatory experiences during or after pregnancy, and often incur hefty costs and losses as a result. (more…)
  • HPC is the Mainstay of Competitive Advantage

    In an era of financial convergence, HPC is the mainstay of faster analytics and quick decisions. Growing regulatory demands also call for speedier insights in trading, risk management, and customer care. Greater operational agility to respond faster to market changes is often the game-changer in Fintech and Regtech, saving billions and ensuring timely regulatory compliance. (more…)
  • Regulatory Models and Frameworks in FinTech

    Regulatory Models and Frameworks in FinTech
    Because no two countries – and often territories within one country – are exactly the same when it comes to financial regulation, it makes sense that regulatory models and frameworks will differ. However, with the advent of online financial transactions, peer-to-peer lending, startup finance and a host of other FinTech applications, many of which work across international borders, regulation needs to be considerably more stringent. This is especially the case when it comes to FinTech credit, where lending, repayment and interest considerations can vary significantly between countries and jurisdictions. The Importancy of Regulatory Models  One of the most important considerations when dealing with both in-country and cross-border financial transactions and credit is ensuring that all such transactions are above-board, legal and free from fraud, money laundering and other illegal financial activity. A second, but no less important, consideration is the viability and security of these financial transactions – in other words, their market risk factors. Even traditional banking and credit service providers are susceptible to risk, and, as a result, have robust risk management and regulatory structures in place to safeguard these. Developing Regulatory Models FinTech and FinTech credit, however, often require a shift or alteration in regulation, as stock-standard banking and financing regulation can run contrary to these online financial services providers. As a result, many jurisdictions are putting in place FinTech-specific legislation and regulation to ensure that the risks to everyone involved are minimised, and the benefits to all are maximised. In many cases, this specific legislation is coming in the form of specialised licensing. For example, the Swiss Federal Council introduced a specialised licensing category for FinTech companies that is less expensive than a traditional banking licence, but is considerably more restrictive on the volumes of public funds that may be transacted, and that disallows the transformation of maturities. Several other territories have also introduced FinTech-specific regulation, including France, Spain, the United Kingdom and Indonesia. Other countries, like Korea, do not currently have specialised regulation and have allowed FinTech operators to conduct business according to existing legislation; this, however, has recently started changing, as the industry grows and needs its own frameworks. In just the last few months, Korea has also introduced specialised licensing requirements and is actively working on new regulation of the industry. A Changing Environment While some countries and jurisdictions lag behind on the regulation of FinTech and FinTech Credit, most are recognising the need for specialised, specific laws and rules to monitor and safeguard both the providers of these services and their users. While global regulation of FinTech may still be a long way off, local regulation is quickly catching up, turning FinTech from a mere disruption to traditional banking into a viable alternative and global player.
  • The Competitive Advantage of HPC

    The Competitive Advantage of HPC
    In an era of financial convergence, faster processing speed (HPC) is the mainstay of faster analytics and quick decisions. Growing regulatory demands also call for speedier insights in trading, risk management, and customer care. Greater operational agility to respond faster to market changes is often the game-changer in Fintech and Regtech, saving billions and ensuring timely regulatory compliance. (more…)
  • Bringing Sensor Data Analytics To Insurance (InsurTech)

    Bringing Sensor Data Analytics To Insurance (InsurTech)
    A major development in the ever growing insurance and technology industry – known as InsurTech – is in the realm of sensory data analytics. Technology is improving such that a greater and more accurate range of data can be collected with regard to activities that are typically insured – the main and most obvious of these is obviously driving but more increasingly it is being expanded to day-to-day activities which are of interest to health and life insurance firms. (more…)
  • FinTech Credit Market Structure and Potential

    FinTech Credit Market Structure and Potential
    While the FinTech credit market in most jurisdictions currently makes up less than 5% of the countries’ new credit applications, the market has expanded rapidly and considerably over the last few years. Between 2013 and 2015 alone, the credit market more than quadrupled in most European and North American jurisdictions. In China, it expanded by a multiple of nearly twenty. In short, the market potential for legitimate and reliable FinTech credit providers is increasing. (more…)

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