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Five areas of fintech that are attracting investment

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The world has been transformed in the year since the Financial Times launched its Future of Fintech awards. But while the Brexit vote in the UK and Donald Trump's election as US president have dominated the news, the world of financial technology has also gone through big changes. Regulators in Europe and the US are pressing ahead with rules to force incumbent banks to open up the data they hold on customers to third parties, including fintech companies. This push towards "open banking", although viewed with some misgivings by the incumbents, should create new opportunities for both start-ups and more established fintech businesses. Meanwhile, the fintech sector set a new record last year when Ant Financial, the digital payments arm of China's Alibaba, raised $4.5bn in a single funding round.


The Top Technology Trends of 2017

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The only thing constant in the IT industry is that technology trends are never static and are always changing. Spotting the next key trend is vitally important for businesses and individuals in order to maximise their revenue or career opportunities. Things that have been gaining underground traction are either ready to emerge in the mainstream or become essential for IT professionals to know. Leading market research firm Gartner and other think tanks have been releasing their predictions for the upcoming 12 months. Here is our summation of what we think could be the key 2017 technology trends to look out for.


Capital Markets Look to AI

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Artificial intelligence is likely to bring benefits in post-trade processing for capital markets before distributed ledger technology such as blockchain is widely adopted. Vijay Mayadas, head of strategy and fixed income at Broadridge, told Markets Media that post-trade processing in capital markets generates huge amounts of data so workflows will benefit from intelligent automation and machine learning. He said: "There is huge interest in tackling the 5% of exceptions that cause 95% of settlement failures and costs. We are running a number of pilots and expect adoption sooner than blockchain." Mayadas is responsible for strategy, acquisitions, partnerships and growth-related activities at Broadridge including the firm's blockchain initiatives.


Integrate #Blockchain into Business @CloudExpo #IoT #AI #FinTech #Bitcoin

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In 2016, blockchain technology came close to hitting its peak on Gartner's annual Hype Cycle, signaling an imminent shift from an emerging, theoretical technology to widespread adoption. Like cloud, big data, and the Internet of Things (IoT) before it, blockchain is the tech industry's latest Next Big Thing. Analysts and industry experts say it holds immense potential for organizations, but many business leaders don't yet see a practical application for their operations. While a lot of people know blockchain is the technology behind Bitcoin, Ethereum, and other cryptocurrencies, what about enterprise applications in other industries? The code that makes up blockchain is incredibly complex, and only a few thousand people understand it.


IBM Bets The Company On Cloud, AI, And Blockchain

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At the massive InterConnect conference this week, over 20,000 of Big Blue's fans packed Las Vegas's Mandalay Bay to hear about the company's transformative, three-pronged strategy. While IBM still maintains numerous other business lines ranging from mainframes to middleware, these three Big Bets are truly Vegas-worthy – yet as with most of the bets in Sin City, the odds may very well be against the vendor. IBM Chairman and CEO Ginni Rometty laid out IBM's strategy at a packed keynote. "The IBM Cloud is the platform for the next era of business," Rometty said, expressing the central theme of the keynote. The IBM Cloud combines the Cloud Foundry-based BlueMix Platform-as-a-Service environment with SoftLayer, IBM's public Infrastructure-as-a-Service Cloud.


IBM Bets The Company On Cloud, AI, And Blockchain

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At the massive InterConnect conference this week, over 20,000 of Big Blue's fans packed Las Vegas's Mandalay Bay to hear about the company's transformative, three-pronged strategy. While IBM still maintains numerous other business lines ranging from mainframes to middleware, these three Big Bets are truly Vegas-worthy – yet as with most of the bets in Sin City, the odds may very well be against the vendor. IBM Chairman and CEO Ginni Rometty laid out IBM's strategy at a packed keynote. "The IBM Cloud is the platform for the next era of business," Rometty said, expressing the central theme of the keynote. The IBM Cloud combines the Cloud Foundry-based BlueMix Platform-as-a-Service environment with SoftLayer, IBM's public Infrastructure-as-a-Service Cloud.


Bank of England trials artificial intelligence and blockchain in bid to stay ahead of the pack

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The Bank of England has paired up with artificial intelligence and blockchain specialists in a bid to keep up to date with the fast-growing financial technology sector. The central bank is testing an artificial intelligence system with Canadian startup MindBridge AI to allow it to spot abnormalities in financial transactions and "explore the benefit of machine learning technology for analysing the quality of regulatory data input." It has also partnered with San Francisco-based startup Ripple, which opened an office in London last year, to trial a blockchain-based technology that would make cross-border payments and the movement of currencies more immediate. Blockchain is the technology which underpins crypto-currencies like bitcoin. The Bank said that its aim with Ripple is to "show how this kind of synchronisation might lower settlement risk and improve the speed and efficiency of cross-border payments."


FinTech Story: Hits and Misses From 2013 to 2016 and the Way Forward

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We have watched 35 FinTech segments through the ups and downs every single day in the last 3.5 years at LTP. We developed a lot of listening tools and an army of analysts to catch everything in FinTech like a radar. Somebody told us that we have one of the biggest team of FinTech market analysts and that could very well be true. In 2016, we developed MEDICI from the data that we collect, and that contains 6000 FinTech startup profiles and research across segments. It's my pleasure to share what we learned about FinTech shift by analyzing some of the data and also talking to hundreds of entrepreneurs and FIs in-person in the last couple of years.


Deutsche Bourse Fintech Arm To Invest In Blockchain And AI This Year

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Blockchain is an integral part of the fintech industry, that much is certain. The technology continues to attract a lot of attention from investors and financial players. Deutsche Bourse's fintech arm plans to make five strategic investments later this year. The team will target two different sectors, as both blockchain and artificial intelligence are of great importance. It is unclear which companies they plan to invest in, but it is positive news for the distributed ledger sector as a whole.


8 Technologies Poised to Disrupt US Healthcare in 2017 and Beyond

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Technology is about change just about everything in healthcare--here's how. The future of healthcare is happening right now. While that future is just barely forming, we are beginning to see how technology is now scratching the surface of an entirely different landscape when it comes to healthcare delivery both within and outside of the U.S. According to PwC Health Research Institute's annual report, 2017 is the year to prepare for the arrival of several technologies poised to disrupt the industry. This myriad of tech-driven innovation will impact just about everything from supply chain and operations to business models and essential healthcare management practices and procedures. Here's a look at report's eight proposed technologies poised with the potential to change it all: We are already witnessing the potential of artificial intelligence (AI) in healthcare through IBM's Watson, a supercomputer that first impressed us by beating Jeopardy opponents but is now tasked with beating a jeopardy of a different kind--cancer.