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Bitcoin and Banks: A Status Update

2018-09-29T05:40:12+00:00August 30th, 2018|Categories: Finance|Tags: |

What is the current relationship like between banks and Bitcoin? It continues to ebb and flow. In March, Reuters reported one of the biggest Bitcoin exchanges struck a rare deal to allow it to open a bank account with Britain’s Barclays. This was intended to make it easier for UK customers of the exchange to [...]

How Much AI Is in Insurance?

2018-10-28T01:57:22+00:00March 16th, 2018|Categories: Finance|Tags: |

Artificial intelligence (AI) is disrupting the traditional insurance value chain according to IBM. Artificial intelligence is showing up in marketing/product development, policyholder acquisition, underwriting, policy administration/asset management and claims. Seventy-five percent of insurance executives surveyed in an Accenture study believe AI will alter or transform the insurance industry in the next few years. MetLife, Allianz, Transamerica, [...]

To Freeze or Not to Freeze Credit Files

2018-09-06T03:46:45+00:00November 9th, 2017|Categories: Finance|Tags: |

Few of us freeze our credit files at the three major credit bureaus (Equifax, TransUnion and Experian), even after massive data breaches like the one at Equifax. This breach compromised the private data of as many as 145 million Americans. Gartner Research analyst Avivah Litan estimated about 2 percent to 3 percent of U.S. consumers currently have [...]

Dominant Digital Currency

2018-09-07T04:59:20+00:00July 13th, 2017|Categories: Finance|Tags: |

How often do you pay with Bitcoin? What about Ether? Up until recently, Bitcoin has been the dominant digital currency. Ether may change that. Unlike traditional currencies, Bitcoin and Ether are tracked and maintained by a network of computers. Specifically, a separate, global computer network of volunteers hosts and maintains each currency (e.g., Ethereum is [...]

Insurtech Drives Insurance Innovation

2018-09-07T05:10:14+00:00April 6th, 2017|Categories: Finance|Tags: |

How is insurtech being viewed in today’s market? Pretty well if investment is an indicator. Insurtech is the form of financial technology (fintech) receiving the most investment according to Insurance Day. Investors in 2016 poured more than $1.7 billion into insurtech startups worldwide. The KPMG/CB Insights joint report, “The Pulse of Fintech,” defines insurtech as [...]

Biometrics in Your Banking

2018-09-09T04:42:50+00:00November 24th, 2016|Categories: Finance|Tags: |

High-profile names in retail banking like Barclays and HSBC have already adopted biometric authentication in some form. So, how comfortable are you with banks using biometrics to confirm your identity? In Great Britain, they seem pretty comfortable. According to research from Visa, British consumers are nearly twice as likely to trust banks (60 percent) to [...]

Mobile Payments “Growing” with American Consumers

2018-09-10T04:21:30+00:00August 25th, 2016|Categories: Finance|Tags: |

When mobile payment technology first became available, some experts referred to it as a solution in need of a problem. The EMV chip card switch provided it with a very real problem that it can fix. Most of the new chip card readers (including Square) can handle the near field communication (NFC) technology used by [...]

Navigate the Risk of Uninsured Drivers

2018-09-10T04:51:17+00:00July 28th, 2016|Categories: Finance|Tags: |

If you drive a car, you are sharing the road with uninsured drivers. Although it is against the law in 49 states and the District of Columbia to drive without insurance, approximately one out of eight U.S. drivers do not have auto insurance according to the Insurance Research Council (IRC). In several states, more than [...]

Are Robo Advisors for You?

2016-06-30T09:00:56+00:00June 30th, 2016|Categories: Finance|Tags: |

Who or what are you using to help make your investing decisions…a human or computer program? Mark Andress and Troy Hooper point out in Forbes that sophisticated financial advice used to be just for the wealthy. But in the last couple of years, “robo advisors” – which use computer programs to make intelligent investing decisions [...]

Selfie Pay Augments Credit Card Biometrics

2018-09-12T05:08:09+00:00May 26th, 2016|Categories: Finance|Tags: |

Retailers in the U.S. and the U.K. have implemented security checks, such as 3D Secure and Verified by Visa during the online checkout process. Unfortunately, the checks may hinder the shopping experience which can translate into lost sales according to ZDNet. In the U.K., 18 percent of online shoppers abandoned their baskets due to "excessive [...]