Consulting or Banking

Tom Spencer

This post provides you with a high level comparison of management consulting and investment banking. Investment banks help companies raise money for various purposes including investment, acquisitions, and provision of working capital. (Source: Google Images).

Smarter analytics for banks

McKinsey

Banks have a strong foundation in using data. New research reveals how they can get even more from their analytics investments. Insights on Financial Services

Is AI the Solution for the Banking Sector? (Part I: Problems)

Tom Spencer

The financial services industry has seen drastic technology-driven change over the past few years, and digital has fundamentally reshaped consumer behaviour in banking. However, customer expectations are high and it is difficult for banks to decide which technologies to focus on.

Bitcoin, Digital Currency and The Future of Banking

Tom Spencer

When news broke in late October that some of London’s largest banks were investing in Bitcoin , cryptocurrencies in general got another boost. Bitcoin itself was created by technologists and programmers with a deep-seated mistrust of central banks themselves.

Blockchain and retail banking: Making the connection

McKinsey

Caution is understandable when it comes to blockchain, but there are a number of areas where the technology could create value for retail banks. Insights on Financial Services

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Is AI the Solution for the Banking Sector? (Part 2: Solution)

Tom Spencer

Before we dive into why AI is the solution for the banking sector, let’s first explore what big tech companies have in common, how many of them have grown successfully, and what banks can learn. Usage of AI in the Banking Sector. AI / Big Data AI banking

Global Corporate Banking 2016: The Next-Generation Corporate Bank

BCG

Corporate banking is a tough business. In fact, BCG’s most recent Corporate Banking Performance Benchmarking survey—of 300 corporate banking divisions around the world serving the small, midmarket, and large business segments—found a dramatic split between the best and the rest.

Productivity transformation for US regional banks

McKinsey

Scale advantages are emerging for the largest US banks; their regional peers need to build highly efficient delivery models in order to compete. Insights on Financial Services

Rewriting the rules in retail banking

McKinsey

Four important trends are changing the terms of success in retail banking. Banks need to act now to develop new skills. Insights on Financial Services

Banking on Digital Simplicity

BCG

Despite a tentative financial recovery, the retail-banking industry faces unrelenting, disruptive challenges. Banks that hope to prevail must urgently pursue digital simplicity. BCG Banking Pools data shows that global retail-banking revenues rose 3% in 2015, to nearly $1.6

Ralph Hamers on Disrupting the Banking Industry

BCG

The bank’s stated purpose: “Empowering people to stay a step ahead in life and in business.” To this end, ING aims to simplify the banking experience, making its services fast, easy, and accessible. Video Tuesday, September 20, 2016.

Lessons from leaders in Latin America’s retail banking market

McKinsey

A look at how leading banks outperform in the world’s fastest-growing banking market. Insights on Financial Services

Talent in wholesale banking: Building a sustainable competitive advantage

McKinsey

People with the right skills and talents are the greatest differentiator for banks. They are also the scarcest resource. Insights on Financial Services

Looming Banking Crisis?

MishTalk

Below is a transcript excerpting the main parts of the first section of the interview on the problems in the European banking system and what measures might be taken if push were to come to shove.

Bracing for consolidation in Asia–Pacific banking: The quest for scale

McKinsey

To emerge from a period of potential consolidation, Asia’s banks must reinvent themselves or risk disappearing. Insights on Financial Services

Data sharing and open banking

McKinsey

The potential benefits of open banking include improved customer experience, new revenue streams, and a sustainable service model for underserved markets. Our Insights

Managing a customer-experience transformation in banking

McKinsey

As banks rush to transform their customer experience, it’s easy to trip up. Here’s how to execute a step change that moves ahead of competitors. Insights on Financial Services

How banks can use ecosystems to win in the SME market

McKinsey

Profitably serving small and medium-sized enterprises has been a challenge for banks. An ecosystem approach may be the key to tapping this vast market. Insights on Financial Services

Wholesale Transaction Banking: Leveraging “Fin” and “Tech”

BCG

Although B2B does not grab as many headlines as C2B, significant pain points still exist for banks’ corporate customers, and the opportunity to solve problems and deliver value is sizable. Article Monday, September 26, 2016.

Open banking’s next wave: Perspectives from three fintech CEOs

McKinsey

The CEOs of Ping Identity, Plaid, and Tink share their views on the prospects for open banking and the pressing need for players to develop a data and customer strategy.

A bank transforms itself by transforming its culture

McKinsey

Putting its people first has been the key to a Brazilian bank’s successful transformation. Digital Insights

Digital banking in Indonesia: Building loyalty and generating growth

McKinsey

Indonesian consumers are embracing digital banking. To attract them, banks need to take an active approach. Insights on Financial Services

Six digital growth strategies for banks

McKinsey

Banks that know where to look can find new sources of untapped value. Digital Insights

The transformative power of automation in banking

McKinsey

A second wave of automation in banking will increase capacity and free employees to focus on higher-value projects. To capture the opportunity, banks must take a strategic, rather than tactical, approach. Our Insights

Fintechs May Be Corporate Banks’ Best “Frenemies”

BCG

For all the angst over the disruptive impact of financial technology providers, the smart money in corporate banking sees fintechs as strategic allies, not enemies. Over the past decade, the fintech market has become a hotbed of customer-centric banking innovation.

The balancing act: Omnichannel excellence in retail banking

McKinsey

To capture the full value of digital distribution, banks need to make sure the human touch is still part of the equation. Insights on Financial Services

Bank of America Tests Peopleless Banks

MishTalk

Banks do need those services of course, but do those services have to be in every location? Tellers, cashiers, loan officers: Who needs em? Will video teleconferencing suffice? more…). Economics

A bank branch for the digital age

McKinsey

Far from rendering the bank branch obsolete, digital technology holds the key to the branch of the future. Insights on Financial Services

Customer mindshare: The new battleground in US retail banking

McKinsey

As customer expectations continue to evolve, banks need a new way to measure the effectiveness of their acquisition and retention strategies. Insights on Financial Services

Building the corporate bank of the future

McKinsey

Corporate banks have delivered steady returns but face daunting challenges. To succeed in the coming years, they need to find another gear. Insights on Financial Services

Banks in the changing world of financial intermediation

McKinsey

Banks sit at the center of a vast, complex system that intermediates more than $250 trillion in global funds. What happens when the system itself is significantly streamlined and reshaped? Insights on Financial Services

Retail Banks at the Crossroad

BCG

Nearly eight years after the financial crisis, the performance of many retail banks is still disappointing investors and financial markets, particularly in Europe. In fact, retail banks have to reinvent themselves. Article Tuesday, June 21, 2016.

Project Midas: "Bad Bank" for "Bad Banks"

MishTalk

I seriously do not understand this "Bad Bank" concept. If for some reason you disagree, please note that Spain now needs a "Bad Bank" for "Bad Banks". Via translation from El Economista, please consider Another bad bank? The government is considering transferring the debt of insolvent banking business to a fund The Government is considering the possibility of creating a fund or financial vehicle to which banks could transfer the debt of insolvent companies in crisis.

Becoming a digital bank

McKinsey

Chief technology officer Mike Murphy discusses Standard Bank’s shift to agile software development and how it has helped improve service delivery and internal processes. Our Insights

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Number of Banks and Percentage of Problem Banks Over Time

MishTalk

Most understand the "too big to fail" banks have gotten bigger and bigger over time as they swallow up smaller banks bit by bit. Here is the concept in picture form courtesy of reader Tim Wallace. Click on any chart for sharper image.

Reaching Asia’s digital banking customers

McKinsey

Asia’s banking customers are migrating to digital channels in force. The challenge for the region’s banks is to deliver superior digital experiences before competitors do. Insights on Financial Services

Ten lessons for launching a greenfield digital banking business

McKinsey

For some incumbent banks, the launch of a digital-only business can help meet customer needs and defend against fintechs. Insights on Financial Services