Financial Services

 
Big Data, Analytics, and Business: What It Means To You

Big Data, Analytics, and Business: What It Means To You | VIEWPOINT | Big Data

April 2015

Big Data and Analytics: two of the most talked about and least understood topics facing the modern CIO. Our discussions with CIOs and CTOs around the world have made it clear that most organizations are still grappling with these questions. In an upcoming series of articles, we'll outline the key tools out there and their uses while putting forward a paradigm for analyzing how they fit into the greater technology landscape. 


 
Financial Sponsors and Alternative Lenders: Time to Invest in Italy?

Financial Sponsors and Alternative Lenders: Time to Invest in Italy? | OUTLOOK: Financial Services

December 2014

Despite the continued recession, Italy presents many interesting opportunities for investment. A number of encouraging trends are developing in the country and many companies that managed to weather the storm and even grow are now uniquely positioned to create value in the low-growth world that looms ahead. The major success stories of private-equity divestments since 2008 show that recent divestments have maintained, if not increased, the magnitude of turnover of EBITDA growth shown by the previous vintage.


 
Managing the Psychological Impact of Disruption

Managing the Psychological Impact of Disruption | INSIGHT: Building Resilience

November 2014

When an organization faces a crisis, it needs leaders who can think clearly and understand the forces behind the most common maladaptive responses. We gathered together a group of senior executives to discuss how leaders can shape their responses to disruption and not only guide their organization safely to the other side of crisis but also turn threats into growth experiences and new possibilities.


 
Successfully Navigating Disruption

Successfully Navigating Disruption | INSIGHT: Building Resilience

November 2014

Disruption can be a catalyst for growth, even in a challenging economic environment. But knowing when and how to take advantage of disruption to kick-start growth, can be difficult. We gathered together a group of senior executives to discuss how businesses can navigate today’s disruptive landscape and increase the odds of succeeding.


 
The Innovation Commitment

The Innovation Commitment | The Key to Competing in the Mobile Financial Services “Arms Race”

May 2014

Everything that touches mobile—whether it’s hardware, software, features, or apps—is experiencing rapid growth. Against that backdrop, financial institutions are competing against one another as well as against a whole host of new entrants that are commoditizing traditional financial services. 


 
Unlocking the Power of Compliance Data: The Product and Pricing Lifecycle Management Solution Revolution

Unlocking the Power of Compliance Data: The Product and Pricing Lifecycle Management Solution Revolution | INSIGHT: Information Management Services & Zafin

February 2014

The flurry of recent compliance and regulatory initiatives affecting the financial services industry has created a store of incredibly valuable customer behaviour data. However, for most organizations, the additional data retrieval effort represents only another compliance cost – significantly operationalizing this data in any meaningful way is beyond the capability and/or budget of most financial services institutions.


 
The Unbearable Lightness of Being a European Bank

The Unbearable Lightness of Being a European Bank | Using M&A to solve the growth conundrum

December 2013

To survive, banks will have to restructure, consolidate, innovate, and become more international—and all of it very soon. Banks will need to carefully consider a number of models already on the drawing board, all of which combine consolidation with the industrialization of some operations and lines of business. Among them, five types of players are emerging.


 
Recycling, Not Reinventing

Recycling, Not Reinventing | Reducing the Costs of Payday Lending Facilitation Compliance

August 2013

Seeing a big potential payday, class-action lawyers have joined the fray, launching lawsuits against several major banks and demanding restitution and penalties. With the right tools and experience, the significant investments that most banks have already made in their anti-money laundering (AML) processes could potentially be leveraged to provide rapid solutions to payday-lending exposure as well.


 
Addressing Conduct Risk Exposure

Addressing Conduct Risk Exposure | Financial Services Quarterly: Spring 2013

May 2013

Today’s dynamic marketplace requires financial services firms to rethink the fundamentals of the business with a willingness to push beyond the traditional borders regarding brand promise. A conduct-risk management framework is needed to manage this risk and, ultimately, help to evaluate and design less risky and more commercially successful products and services.


 
Bridging the Enterprise Divide

Bridging the Enterprise Divide | Financial Services Quarterly: Spring 2013

May 2013

Many large financial institutions have attempted a series of enterprise-wide initiatives designed to drive cross-functional efficiencies into the organization and improve performance. Designed to be strategic solutions to critical business problems, these transformations typically require multi-million-dollar investments against the promise of multi-million-dollar ROI. Yet, all too often, these high-stake transformation initiatives fail. Why?


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