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Is there an economic activity more democratic than comparison shopping? In the lending industry, borrowers have long held the right to vote with their wallets and choose solutions that fit their budge...
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Many in venture capital preach the gospel of raising equity, saying that a small piece of a large pie is better than a large piece of a small pie. This is often self-serving. Although sometimes raising equity makes sense, entrepreneurs are too often on the side of parting ways with equity too easily, so that isn't the best advice.
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The speed with which business communication is evolving can be dizzying. As technology advances, so does the evolution of what started out as a simple face-to-face interaction.
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As gift cards become more popular with consumers and merchants, criminals also want a piece of the holiday pie. As criminals get savvier, they are finding new loopholes to exploit, and e-gift cards are increasingly becoming a lucrative way to commit fraud and to launder money.
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Thanks to access to capital, technology and talent, the UK has established itself as the leading global Fintech centre, with London at its centre. Canada is also a leading Fintech nation. There is excellent access to capital, technology and talent, from the Toronto-Waterloo corridor in Ontario to Vancouver in British Columbia.
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The Canadian fintech marketplace is growing with significant speed. Canadians' adoption of financial technology -- or fintech -- is expected to triple over the next year according to Canadian advisory...
The emergence of fintech brings forth a new set of regulatory challenges as enforcement agencies and governments wrangle with a difficult question: How to create regulations for this new sector to keep the public safe -- without squashing innovation?
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Financial tech is taking a bite out of big banks.
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When I started my company in 2014, I was excited to build a "fintech" company that used technology and data to reinvent banking for everyday consumers. Since then, fintech has rapidly become a buzzword.
There is little question that e-commerce is becoming more ingrained in the shopping habits of Canadian consumers. Yet in spite of the fact that 76 per cent of Canadians shop online, Statistics Canada'...
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It is time that Metro Vancouver bands together to form a regional strategy that collectively concentrates tech into a defined area that can serve as the catalyst for greater overall success for the industry. Toronto's tech community understands its value in being close to the financial centre of the country, and clustering will similarly allow Vancouver to better develop our brand and competitive advantage for the future.
The unsexy truth is, larger companies are better positioned to innovate than start-ups. They have more money, more man-power, a more trusted brand, and most of all, more ways to reach their customers. Out of all bank customers, some are technology enthusiasts who moved entirely to robo advisers as soon as they could.
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Like many other fintech startups, we only replace one or another aspect of banking services, but we obtain capital through private investment, not customer deposits through a chequing account. This fundamental difference is often overlooked in the conversation around regulating fintechs like banks and credit unions.
For several years, BC's tech sector has grown at double the rate of the provincial economy, in spite of the fact that our province lags behind other jurisdictions when it comes to tech exports, jobs, GDP contribution and availability of investment. In other words, the sector is succeeding in spite of a lack of attention from policymakers.
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Walmart's own payment system could be in place in Canada in 2017.
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I shake my head whenever I am exposed to these stereotypes, because they are contrary to my experiences as a tech employer. After careful consideration, I've determined that not only are the specific traits of millennial employees completely opposite to these characterizations, but that a company can really capitalize on them to achieve their business objectives.
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Although startling in its relative speed, the changes taking shape in the financial services industry should come as no surprise. We are living in the Age of the Customer, where customers now expect companies to deliver personalized, intelligent experiences as a matter of course.
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For the last few years the fintech industry, and specifically, alternative lenders, have been the belle of the ball. Substantial growth and strong investor confidence has left the industry with rose coloured glasses; those glasses were dramatically pulled off recently with a succession of three impactful events.
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ider and consumer. We can work towards providing objective investment advice, free of vice and bias. Think of the pain and loss that could be avoided if human error and greed were removed from finance. Imagine if we could remove the weight of unmanageable debt with smarter risk assessment. What if we could help people make better decisions about their money and offer access to knowledge currently limited to high-earners and high-rollers? We can.
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You can now open savings and chequing accounts, manage your retirement and investment accounts and get loans online, never mind being able to leave your wallet at home and use your phone to buy everything. Here are the top companies that can take you from money 2D banking to 3D.
The Canadian fintech space has never been more exciting. From mobile wallets and online banking, to robo-advisors and peer-to-peer lending; startup after startup, we're finally catching up to what has been business as usual in the States, and while it's taken a little longer to catch on here in Canada, there's little doubt fintech is already having a huge impact on Canadian banking.
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Although many young people are great savers -- they aggressively pay off their debts and try hard to contribute to their savings -- they are underinvesting, which if not resolved will leave many unprepared for eventual retirement.
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Small and medium-sized businesses employment has increased over the years largely due to the rise of the fintech space creating more room to grow in the market. A fresh wave of technological innovation is changing the game, creating new competitors and partnerships that are providing consumers with more opportunities to fund their businesses.
As a technology vendor, my success is tied to the success of my clients and business partners. With this in mind, I've gathered some key insights to help business leaders make better technology decisions for your company.