banking & finance


Artificial Intelligence to Amplify FinTech

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Endowing the modern workforce with AI, machine learning, payment intelligence and advanced analytics fintech will thrive, amplify and fly. The most striking AI solutions to FinTech, banks, insurance companies (now called InsureTech) and any other financial services company will probably be those that have the robust & smart financial systems with data security, machine learning (machine conciseness is very far for now) and strong analytics features in place. AI technology such as specialized hardware, AI based operating systems, strong and large data analytics tools for big data, machine learning algorithms for machine intelligence, payment intelligence, data intelligence and info-security intelligence are being used in fintech to augment tasks that people already perform. With AI power to enable security features of mobile payments mean the technology could gain traction in other areas of B2B payments and escalate blockchain to generalize, any previous application of AI, but now the AI "owns itself".


Fintech funding round-up: 19 September 2017 » Banking Technology

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The funding round was led by US venture capital firm Rethink Impact. Swedish fintech firm iZettle says it will receive €30 million in debt funding from the European Investment Bank (EIB) in the coming three years. The EIB financing will support iZettle in four business areas: development of payments infrastructure; insights and actions through machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI); digitalisation of commerce processes; and scaling legislative and compliance systems. It has also reached a "landmark milestone" (one of those is enough I think) of providing £1.5 billion funding to UK businesses.


Intel, Salesforce boost real investments in artificial intelligence

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Salesforce said Tuesday that the $50 million would go into setting up the Salesforce AI Innovation Fund, which, as the company put it, is dedicated to "bringing AI to every step of the sales cycle, from building pipeline and closing deals, to growing the business." Chief Executive Brian Krzanich himself said Intel has put more than $1 billion into AI companies through its Intel Capital investment division. And even as median home prices are up across all the Bay Area counties, nowhere have they gone up more than in Santa Clara County, where the median home price of $1.15 million has risen 17.9 percent from a year ago. What a Day it Was: That pretty much sums up how Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook described last week's debut of the iPhone X and ARKit, the new Apple augmented reality platform that will be part of the new iOS 11 release.


Machine Learning in Financial Services, Report by Spiros Margaris

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Tech giants and venture capitalists are making serious investments in AI and machine learning. Because the two technologies not only have the potential to automate huge amounts of work currently done by humans, they also present new opportunities for engaging and servicing customers. Find out in this report.


Validation Methods For Trading Strategy Development

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In this sense, the test is still useful but trading strategy developers know that good performance in out-of-samples for strategies developed via multiple comparisons is in most cases a random result. 1 with two examples that correspond to two major market regimes, highly significant strategies even after corrections for bias are applied can also fail due to changing markets. Conclusion: Robustness tests and stochastic modeling in general can assess over-fitting conditions but Type-I error (false discoveries) is high especially in the case of multiple comparisons even when applied to an out-of-sample. Most validation tests done by practitioners but also academics suffer from either multiple comparisons bias or fail under changing market conditions.


Swedish payments company iZettle gets €30 million to invest in artificial intelligence for small businesses

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Swedish payment terminal company iZettle has won €30 million (£26.6 million) in funding from the European Investment Bank (EIB) to explore artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning for small businesses. AI and machine learning knowledge and technology are often geared towards big companies, and small businesses don't usually have the funds to develop solutions tailored to their needs. To tackle this problem, Stockholm-based iZettle plans to invest in research and development over the next three years, specifically to benefit smaller businesses. In January, it announced having raised €60 million (£53.2 million) to fund further growth, and said in July it was signing up 1,000 new businesses per day.


7 Artificial Intelligence Startups

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By harnessing the power of cognitive computing, Digital Reasoning helps organisations and people make better decisions. Their cloud based SaaS solution is today being used by investment managers to harness it's machine learning abilities to deliver maximum returns to clients. The world leader in Behaviour Analytics technology, Featurespace's ARIC platform helps monitor customer data in real time. Featurespace's solution helps monitor all player data in real time to determine who is at risk of overstepping his limits to ensure timely intervention.The company has won several notable awards for helping promote responsible gambling across the world.


3 machine learning success stories: An inside look

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Fewer technologies are hotter than artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), which mimic the behavior of the human mind to help companies improve business operations. Even Uber, weathering several legal challenges, has made time to reveal Michelangelo, an internal ML-as-a-service platform, that "democratizes machine learning and makes scaling AI to meet the needs of business as easy as requesting a ride." For the past several months, he has been using Salesforce.com's Einstein AI/ML technology to increase personalization across the bank's small business, wholesale, commercial wealth and commercial banking units. Key advice: Using ML to identify patterns is the key to creating self-healing capabilities.


Industry News: Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence for the week ending September 18, 2017

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There are different frameworks, libraries, applications, toolkits, and datasets in the machine learning world that can be very confusing, especially if you're a beginner. Add to that investment professionals' continuing struggle to fully incorporate the low, or negative, interest rate environment into the portfolio management process. It seems, like everything else in business, that the buzzwords of AI, big data and machine learning continue to generate noise as the saviours of human roles struggling to keep afloat with the challenges that the same tech revolution has created…. Detecting iceberg orders using ordinary machine learning methods is difficult, but obvious upon human inspection.


How Financial Institutions Are Turning AI Into ROI

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Financial institutions are beginning to explore how artificial intelligence (AI) decrease costs, enhance revenue, reduce fraud and improve the customer experience. Banks and credit unions are becoming aware of the potential of these technologies and are beginning to explore how AI could enable them to streamline operations, improve product offerings and enhance customer experiences. In the report, Getting Ahead with AI: Transforming the Future of Financial Services, Efma provides AI opportunities, challenges, recommendations, and a number of case studies illustrating how AI could transform the financial services industry. While these solutions can definitely impact the cost and revenue structures of financial organizations, the real potential is with how artificial intelligence can improve the customer experience.