Frontiers in Finance – May 2016 | KPMG | BS

Frontiers in Finance – May 2016

Frontiers in Finance – May 2016

Frontiers looks at the key challenge for financial services management – having the courage to change.


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“The multi-dimensional complexity of today’s challenges means that speed, alignment, agility and execution are vital.”

– Jeremy Anderson, Chairman, Global Financial Services, KPMG

The courage to change

The articles in this edition of Frontiers in Finance illustrate the huge scale and pace of the changes taking place in the global economy, and the complexity of the challenge which these external changes impose on the financial services industry. Some are driven by technology, from how data is changing the way we service customers, satisfy the regulators and undertake stress testing, to how technology can strip out costs, streamline processes and disintermediate roles. Others are demographic, transforming customer needs, attitudes and demands.

Another fundamental challenge is how to secure growth and profitability in a low interest rate environment, whether this be through new markets or through the development of new products and services. These create a key challenge for management: how to create a management team with the right capabilities in the organization to manage complex, multi-dimensional change.

Articles featured in this edition

  • Data management strategies turn compliance reporting into business insight for banks
  • Alternative banks must win public trust to avoid financial regulation that could stifle innovation
  • CEOs of financial institutions expect more from their finance function

Other articles in this issue include:

  • Financial services investing in blockchain but barriers remain for rollout as a banking technology solution
  • Disruptive forces are driving insurers to embrace insurance innovation and transformation strategies
  • Taking on the impossible: Competing insurers collaborate to create new markets and solve global challenges
  • Grow or go: Insurance groups take a portfolio approach to growth
  • Getting ready for the era of data-driven audits
  • Creating a sustainable digital wealth management platform
  • Recovery and resolution: Preserving our engines of growth
  • Can a strong customer covenant lead to lighter touch regulation?
  • Africa rising
  • Data analytics creates opportunities for audit process innovation across financial services
  • Bank brokerages and investment firms must find their digital wealth niche to win a share of robo investing customers

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