A women scanned thoroughly, symbolizing know-your-customer procedures

What is KYC: An Overview for Fintech Companies

KYC, meaning Know Your Customer or Know Your Client, refers to the processes conducted to verify the identity of a customer and assess the risk of the business relationship with them. 

KYC is a crucial regulatory requirement for fintech companies and other institutions with financial responsibilities (like banks, credit institutions and insurance providers). Laws and regulations oblige those actors to validate the identity documents their clients provide. That’s equally true if the clients in question are legal entities instead of persons. KYC also requires companies to evaluate the clients’ financial status and monitor their monetary accounts for suspicious transactions. 

The goal: Adhere to Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Countering the Financing of Terrorism regulations, prevent fraud and constrain the access of users, who don’t fulfil certain standards of credibility.

But Know Your Customer policies are not just boundaries. They also act as competitive factors. KYC yields insightful data on one’s own services and customers.

It thus helps establish a reputation as a secure and trustworthy company as well. And trust is likely the most valuable asset for any financial business today — at least KYC-approved customer bank data is in high demand elsewhere.

So it’s time for a deeper look into the meaning and definition of KYC, its chances and its challenges. 

This Know Your Customer Introduction for Fintechs Contains:

  • A definition of KYC
  • A discussion of key KYC-related concepts such as AML or EDD
  • An overview of legacy KYC procedures and their modern counterparts
  • A list of typical challenges fintech companies face with KYC

Now, shall we? 

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Smartphone using Apple Pay at a mobile payment station. The text next to it numbers four problems Apple Pay faces.

4 Obstacles Apple Pay Has To Overcome on the German Market

Mobile payment is convenient.

Just ask your chosen fintech aficionado.

They will point to frictionless paying. To fast access to monetary assets, wherever you are. To tech-savvy China, where almost one-third of the population pays via a mobile device.

And to Apple Pay . The Californian tech giant strives to ban the buck from our pockets and purses. The replacement: A slick mobile payment service.

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A wide angle shot of the crowded koelnmesse halls during DMEXCO 2018

DMEXCO 2018— Our Experiences

Two Fintechies Exploring the Digital Marketing Expo and Conference

Finance — it’s tempting to think it’s all about numbers. Or about data, now that learning machines piece together profiles from customers’ digital footprints.

But that’s only one side of the coin. In equal measure, it’s about communicating with and relating to the customer. Financial service providers have to accurately address their target groups. How can numbers and data sets close ranks with words, images, and emotions?

At the Digital Marketing Expo and Conference 2018, such questions took the limelight. The conference, often abbreviated as DMEXCO, drew more than 40 000 visitors to the halls of koelnmesse, Cologne. Among them: Two software professionals from the fintech sector.

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Steve Wozniak and Nuno Sebastiao talking on-stage during the Money20/20 Europe 2018 Conference

Our Experiences at Money20/20 Europe 2018

Going to the circus — hard to imagine a more vintage pastime these days.

The digital infotainment industry compels our attention easily, where daring trapezists or wisecracking Augustes would struggle.

The organizers of Money20/20 Europe 2018 didn’t shy away from the contrast. Proclaiming the Greatest Fintech Show on Earth, they paired digital finance with fin-de-ciècle circus arts.

From 4th to 6th June, international fintech and banking companies rolled up in Amsterdam, the new partner city of Money20/20 EU. Among them: A small delegation of invaders from planet trimplement

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A stylized smartphone showing an different emoney business options, from governmental to payment applications

Building Your Own Emoney Online Business

Prospects and Challenges

In the modern economy, digital payment processes have become a key business factor. Electronic money is transferred across virtual wallets all over the globe at second intervals — or even quicker. Who can build and innovative emoney business quickly, can carve out a niche for themselves.

“Fast-pacedness, however, is not the only reason behind the rise of ewallets and payment software. Profitability also plays a huge role. According to statistics by McKinsey, shifting their customers from traditional offline to digital accounts can save an enterprise up to 90 percent in service costs. Consequently, mobile and online payment solutions are in high demand. In 2016 the Statista Digital Market Outlook predicted an increasing growth rate for the mobile payment sector. 63% within 5 years, to be exact.

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The stage of Money20/20 Asia 2018

Singapore, Fintech City: Our Experiences at Money20/20 Asia 2018

Global finance is not measured in Dollars and Euros only. The Asian Nations are driven to take the lead in technology. They invest in artificial intelligence and robotics, in fintech and mobile payment. Backed by vast economies like China, India, and Japan, Asia will play a major role in the financial area. A clear sign of this growth is the existence of financial conferences popping up all over the Pacific Area. Money20/20 Asia 2018 is the most recent addition to this well-filled list. 

We have already spoken about two of them here: Hong Kong Fintech Week and the Singapore Fintech Festival showed us what’s on the horizon for Asian finance.

But we wanted to make it three — only fitting to our company name of trimplement.

In March 2018 we attended the very first Money20/20 Asia conference at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. And it was quite different than our two other trips to this part of the world.

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Paris Fintech Forum 2018 — Our Experiences

Paris goes by many names. It has been called the City of Love.

It has been called the City of Lights.

And recently, it has been called the City of Fintech. And not without cause. From January 30th to 31st, the centre of Paris became the stage for the annual Paris Fintech Forum, hosted by Altéir Consulting. Being a fintech service provider ourselves, we spent two busy days at the conference. There, we met a multitude of people from all walks of the industry. But what was Paris Fintech Forum like?

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The conference room of the Next Generation Payments 2018 conference

Next Generation Payments 2018 — Our Review

What will the next generation of payment look like?

Tough question. But one that needs to be answered by the banking industry. Ever-accelerating technological advancements call for more flexibility on behalf of banks and financial institutions. For the 6th time, the German banking community Bankingclub GmbH has explored this topic at their annual Next Generation Payments conference. The conference took place from January 24th to 25th in Cologne.

As developers of emoney and virtual account management software such as CoreWallet we didn’t let the chance slip to attend. What we got: Two days of interesting presentations and networking well-worth a detailed conference review.

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A drawing of a wallet which is digitally connected to internet of things devices like smart cars or fridges

All the Smart Things — Fintech, Blockchain and the Internet of Things

If the rooms had ears and the furniture had mouths … oh, how would they slander about our habits behind our backs?

Well, they can already talk to us for once: Voice-controlled assistant devices like Alexa and Siri inhabit our private spaces just now. And we can easily picture them having a conversation with each other, too (even though it would be a funny one for sure). But what if our clock radio told our food processor to get that smoothie ready, for we are about to leave for work? Or our watch told our bathtub to run us a remedial bath because we’re leaving our workplace with the first stirrings of a common cold? And think of a fridge, buying food articles once it runs out of them, using its own ewallet…

That’s where we enter the domain of the Internet of Things – a domain ripe with opportunities for fintech companies. 

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A flying rocket leaving the fintech year 2017 behind, thus symbolizing an end-of-year-review

Looking back: An End-of-Year Review for Fintech 2017

You know you had it coming.

Your calendar told you well beforehand: This year is going to end soon. Which means the symptomatical end-of-year reviews are springing up all over the place.

We’ll contribute. While waving farewell to the old year, we’re looking back on our last 12 months of business. What did we experience? What did we achieve? And, looking at the whole picture, how has the fintech industry been holding up in 2017?

It will be a fintech end-of-year review featuring balancr then. Here are our highlights of 2017:

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