data

Jul
31

Open data revolution ramping up: What fintechs need to know

By Steve Philpotts, General Manager – Data Quality and Targeting, A/NZ at Experian   In case anyone thought the open data revolution was settling down, last month’s advances have proved that we’re only just getting started. The government set new deadlines for Australia’s Open Banking regime, set aside millions in the budget for funding broader ‘Consumer Data Right’ measures, and announced that they will hire a National Data Commissioner. All this occurred in the shadow of data security concerns, and debates around the nuances of comprehensive credit reporting. Understandably, many financial services organisations have been left wondering how they can keep pace. As regulators across Australia are increasingly looking to […]

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Jul
26

8 in 10 Australians unaware of open banking

And the majority of us want no part in it anyway, according to new research. Apparently, everyday Australians aren’t sitting around the dinner table discussing open banking. While the new regime is a popular topic in the banking industry, new statistics show that you’d be hard-pressed to find someone not “in the know” who actually knows what open banking is. And if they do know, they’re probably unwilling to take part. Global professional services company Accenture surveyed 2,000 Australians and found that 83% were “not aware” or “not sure” about the changes coming to the sharing of their data, and two thirds (66%) were not willing to share their financial […]

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Jul
26

Sharesight data now available in myprosperity

Leading wealth portal myprosperity today announced a partnership with premier share portfolio tracker, Sharesight. Clients who use Sharesight to track their investments will now be able to view them from within their myprosperity wealth portal. The direct integration of Sharesight portfolio data within myprosperity is the latest milestone in the company’s ambitious journey to create a comprehensive shared data platform for accountants, advisers, and consumers. Chris Ridd, CEO of myprosperity, said “Sharesight tracks over AUD $10Bn worth of investments and are one of the leading share portfolio trackers in Australia. myprosperity clients have more than $80M in shares which they’ve entered into their wealth portals. This partnership with Sharesight is another step towards giving Australians a full view of their wealth portfolio and empowering their accountants and advisers to provide […]

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Jul
10

Forget Hayne, here’s four ways technology will remake financial advice

Technology’s waves have swamped plenty of other industries, so it’s hardly a surprise they are washing over the provision of financial advice. So much so, there’s talk of yet another “-tech”: as in, AdviceTech. So what’s accelerating the pace of digitisation of financial advice? Four key themes come to mind: First, providers realise the current advice offering does not resonate with customers. It’s a poor “experience”. Stats suggest only one in five Australians gets financial advice. Second, the royal commission into financial services has made it abundantly clear the dominant advice model has too many conflicts of interest. Regardless of whether the inquiry separates product manufacture from providing advice, it […]

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Jun
28

Hack warning: Secure your data or risk a $31 million fine

How do you store your customers’ personal data? Are you one hundred percent sure it’s safe from hackers? These are very important questions for small businesses. Just last week Fairfax reported a conveyancing firm’s IT system had been compromised by hackers who were able to steal $250,000 of a client’s funds from it. Plus, stiff new data privacy rules in the European Union last month mean it’s now more important than ever for small businesses to get their cyber security right. Because it’s entirely possible that even though the laws come from the EU, they apply to your business. The General Data Protection Regulation came into force on 25 May. […]

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May
09

Morrison sharpens blockchain, AI agenda

Australia’s open banking, blockchain and emerging fintech sector received a funding boost in last night’s Budget, a move the Treasurer said will increase competition and create new jobs. Treasurer Scott Morrison said the funding boost will build on its Financial Technology Innovation initiatives first introduced in last year’s Budget. In his Budget speech, Morrison said the Government is “moving forward with our Open Banking Regime and Consumer Data Right, giving small businesses and households more control, more choice and better deals.” The Government will pour $45 million over four years to develop the Consumer Data Right, enabling consumers to share and use their data in a safer way. Data-driven competition […]

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Feb
26

ANZ takes a big step towards open banking

The Big Four bank has partnered with data sharing startup Data Republic. ANZ has today announced a strategic investment and partnership with startup Data Republic, giving the bank access to its data sharing platform. Data Republic’s platform offers a secure way for organisations to store, categorise and share data and will allow ANZ to share data with trusted third parties. The announcement is a big step towards data sharing for ANZ and will provide a way for the bank to participate in the open banking regime announced in the 2017 Federal Budget. “This partnership allows us to get more out of the data we already have, but in a safe […]

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Feb
26

TTL chooses blockchain consultant

Transcendence Technologies Limited (ASX: TTL) has appointed DigitalX Limited (ASX: DCC) as its blockchain consultant. DCC will perform an audit of TTL’s current product offerings and provide advice to the company’s board and upper management. DCC will also be tasked with exploring how synchronised digital data offerings could integrate into TTL’s current business model. TTL operates the prominent E-Collate data management platform and has worked in collaboration with PrimeXConnect on the management of a wholesale trading and supply chain for meat products. DCC CEO Leigh Travers said, “Blockchain technology could help producers, sellers and consumers follow meat products in transit from paddock to plate, by tracking measurements such as temperature […]

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