The 5 Best AI Courses to get to grips with Artificial Intelligence


Artificial Intelligence is leading to the transformation of every industry across the globe. From industries as diverse as healthcare to finance, AI is enabling new opportunities for growth and innovation. In this article, we will highlight 5 of the best online AI courses on the market to help you get to grips with AI disruption and discover the ‘AI opportunity’. Why AI? Things are changing fast: The market for AI technologies to reach $190+ by 2025 according to leading market research firm One bank told the FT it is ramping up investment in AI from less than $3m a year to $50+m 53% of executives in a survey conducted by Infosys said their industry has ‘already experienced disruption’ due to AI. 90% said that they could see measurable benefits. The figures above point to an ever increasing industry optimism for AI-powered technologies to deliver improved results and to do it at…

Understand the Business Implications of GDPR


The General Data Protection Regulation - GDPR - comes into force on May 25th and impacts any organisation large or small that handles the personal data of EU citizens. For many, the application of the regulation to their business is fraught with uncertainty and still, more are unaware of the need to be compliant. To help you on your journey, we’ve put together a collection of free resources that should give you a strong understanding of the subject and enable you to take affirmative actions in those areas that will impact you the most. Before we highlight our pick of the best resources, it’s worth pointing out 3 fundamental aspects of GDPR that you will need to keep top of mind when making any decision related to your customer data: How your business collects information - as a business you will need to use clear and jargon-free language that lets…

The Secret to Successful Innovation in an age of Fintech Disruption?


In today's financial landscape, new Fintech startups have well and truly changed the rules of the game. What was once an industry dominated by services provided by large financial institutions has seen small but nimble startups redefine what banking can be. In this short article, we'll explore some of the key factors that can help incumbent banks successfully drive new sources of innovation to ensure they're not left at the back of the pack. The key differentiators? In comparison to small businesses and start-ups, large firms possess the distinct quality of scale, which broadly characterizes their comparative advantages. With this scale comes increased financial freedom and capital to invest in innovation, as well as established market power that generates a relatively higher return on that investment. Large firms can also independently engage in substantial R&D practices, attract high-level talent, and devote resources to acquiring and protecting intellectual property. Yet, large firms…

A Fintech Masterclass from the Founder of SuperCharger, Asia’s Leading Fintech Accelerator


This week we had the pleasure to interview Janos Barberis (CFTE Boardmember). A Millennial in FinTech, Janos is recognized as a top-35 global FinTech leader by Institutional Investor Magazine. His expertise, developed with his PhD at HKU, is focused on looking at the best approach to regulate technology in finance whether delivered by start-ups, traditional banks or tech companies. He has founded 3 ventures to date: SuperCharger (Fintech Accelerator), FinTech Book (Publication) and FinTech HK (Research). His wide field of expertise and wealth of experience across multiple disciplines puts Janos in a very small group of individuals who have a 360 perspective of Fintech disruption. The Expert Perspective with Janos Barberis As a respected leader, how do you see finance in 10 years? It is hard to project 10 years into the future. Truth is technology can greatly accelerate the inflection point. For example, I recently moved to Austria and ordered…

What is Fintech? And how to build a career in Fintech


Earlier this week, CFTE had the pleasure to be invited to speak at an event organised by the Oxford Fintech & SmartLaw Society (Oxford FSS) called the ‘Introduction to Fintech and Fintech Careers’. In actual fact, Oxford FSS was founded by Alfonso Delgado, an alumnus from Around Fintech in 8 Hours (our first online Fintech foundation course) with the evening being organised by another Alumnus, Lukas Wagner and Peter Lewinski. To both of them, our congratulations for organising an event that attracted over 120 students on a Tuesday night! For those of you who know Oxford, you’ll know there is always a multitude of events happening at any one time - pictures from the event here. It also goes to show to growing interest in Fintech among the student community. Now back to the event. The Agenda The focus was very much on giving attendees a good overview of exactly what is Fintech…

2018 Top 5 Fintech Predictions


If 2017 has shown us one thing, it's that the technology revolution has finally come to the financial services industry. With the spotlight firmly fixed on the transformative impact Fintech can have across the entire value chain of banking, we take a look at the top 5 Fintech trends that will continue to redefine finance in 2018. Before we dive in, let's put into context the some of the key events of 2017 that underpin why Fintech is here to stay and why everyone connected to finance needs to understand it's significance: Bitcoin has done a Bitcoin. In 2017, the king of cryptocurrencies saw its value soar like an eagle from $700 to over $16,000. It's undergone a slight correction but don't bet against it rising once more (Check here for latest price). ICOs have financed more companies than venture capital! Revolut, the UK challenger bank, has become the fastest growing “bank” in…

Asia: The Land of Fintech Opportunities


  This week CFTE began its Asian Fintech tour of the region’s biggest Fintech hubs including Hong Kong, Malaysia, Vietnam and Singapore. Why? The potential for Fintech in Asia is massive. From serving the under-banked, through increased access to financial services, to improving economic prosperity for millions, the potential for Fintech to have a positive impact in Asia is huge. The good news is that a number of key developments (other than the growth of China!) are creating strong tail winds to enable the Fintech sector to grow and allowing entrepreneurs, startups, and financial institutions to bring more innovative financial solutions to market. So before we dive into what we’ve been up to this week and our plans for the coming weeks, it’s worth having a look at some of the developments contributing to the growth of Asia’s Fintech ecosystem…   The jigsaw starts to take shape The region has…

How to become a Fintech Pro


2017 was a bumper year for Fintech. 2018 will be even bigger and to make sure you're don't miss out on the bonanza, we've outlined 3 simple steps to help you become a Fintech pro... The fact is Fintech is becoming more and more integrated within financial services. The media frenzy has focused on blockchain and cryptocurrencies but there is so much more to the world of Fintech. Whether you're a financial professional eager to understand the impact Fintech will have on your career or you're interested in uncovering new opportunities, follow our 3 steps and your Fintech journey will well and truly be underway. Step 1: Soft introduction Learning is a pretty logical process. To master any subject, you need to take it slow, especially at the beginning. The last thing you want is to be overwhelmed by definitions, concepts and theoretical frameworks which have little context. So in this crucial first step,…

Will Your Job Exist Tomorrow?


With the financial industry on the cusp of a significant shift to digital, ‘Will your job exist tomorrow?’ was the perfect question for CFTE’s Co-founder, Tram Anh, to put to an audience full of finance professionals at this year's Money 20/20 conference in Copenhagen. The response was overwhelming. The rest of this article will explore the backdrop to Tram Anh’s talk at Money 20/20. It will attempt to put into context the changes that are occurring in the financial industry as a result of technological disruption. Money 20/20 Europe Money 20/20 Europe is a leading international conference. Thousands of professionals across various industries such as banking, advertising, media, investment, and technology attend the conference annually. This years conference was held against a backdrop of record levels of investment in FinTech. According to a CBI Insights report, investment in FinTech is set to exceed 2016 levels. With FinTech gaining momentum people were…

From Blockchain to Machine Learning, the Best Fintech Courses Revealed


For any professional working in finance, it’s fast becoming a necessity to understand the digital transformation happening in the industry, which is why we’ve compiled our pick of the best Fintech courses currently on the market.  How fast are things changing, you might ask? For us, it’s a virtual certainty that the finance you know today will be radically different in the next 5 to 10 years. Here’s an interesting fact that will help to illustrate this point: Zhong An, a digital insurer from China, has increased its user base from 0 to 500m clients in just 5 years. It’s the kind of user growth synonymous with the rise of platform-centric giants like Amazon, Facebook and Apple. Growth enabled by technology. The fact is digital disruption has finally arrived to finance and it’s happening fast, very fast. A quick look at some of the other industries that have been disrupted…