The real future of financial planning

The real future of financial planning

The real future of financial planning Amazon’s Alexa I recently took part in an Amazon Alexa “hackathon” (a friendly “design” jamboree) that invited participants to “Invent the Next Generation of Alexa Experiences That Go Beyond Voice”. We were urged to create a skill that combines voice with rich sound, visuals, touch and motion. For those…

Open banking

Open banking

New technologies for financial planning – Open banking What is open banking? Open banking allows some customers to securely share their banking data with third parties that have been accredited by Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). These would typically be other banks who are automatically accredited and fintechs who need to apply. It is…

Artificial intelligence and big data

Artificial intelligence and big data

New technologies for financial planning – AI What is artificial intelligence (AI)? Artificial intelligence (AI) is human-like intelligence that appears to learn, reason, plan and perceive. At the heart of AI are algorithms which are rules like; “if this condition is true then execute the following instruction (code), else execute some other instruction.” It is…

Blockchain and cryptocurrency

Blockchain and cryptocurrency

New technologies for financial planning – Blockchain What is blockchain? Blockchain at it’s simplest is a database. It is a very big database, housed on a powerful server which itself can comprise thousands of computers. A blockchain database A blockchain database is a collection of “groups”, known as blocks, which contain information. This system makes…

The internet of things

The internet of things

New technologies for financial planning – IoT What is the internet of things? The internet of things are all the “things” (devices) that are capable of connecting to the internet and communicating. These “things” are often called “smart devices”. They often communicate and share data without human intervention. An example would be your smart watch…