Musings listening to Accenture acceleration of fintechs

“Nearly everything you think you know about strategy and innovation is wrong” – the opening sentence for an article from Accenture five years ago. The main argument was that information technology or digitisation was driving down costs so innovators needed to build beloved products to command a premium price. In our journey with DIFC Fintech […]

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Welcome Day DIFC FinTech Hive 2018 cohort

The 2018 cohort for DIFC FinTech Hive has begun and bondsmart are part of the clan. We had spent time in the summer focusing energies on working on the model and acceleration we desired for the UAE. The UAE has a fast-growing mass affluent market and are large buyers of direct bonds and Sukuk. The […]

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Amongst leaders in the Int’l Fund & Product Awards

News in brief following a pleasant notification into our mailbox. The shortlist for International Investment’s 19th Annual International Fund & Product Awards 2018, has been announced following a record number of entries. These awards cover the world of international products and investments. Bondsmart are amongst local, international, new and old groups plus innovators as Best […]

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Heatwave and Hive interviews

July is usually a quiet month in Dubai. Families away on holidays and commerce quieter with soaring temperatures outdoors (whilst we had a heatwave in Europe too). Two weeks ago we pitched at the DIFC Hive interview day in Dubai. 300 firms down to a small number for 3 days of interviews. We were part of […]

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Our application thinking and applying to DIFC Hive

Here’s some behind the scene thinking in our Hive application. Interestingly it’s a good opportunity to reflect on some of the lessons on looking at ourselves a year ago. When it came to creating a fintech application we had followed a few accelerators and looked at their application forms. https://www.f6s.com/ has been popular for a […]

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Bridging the wholesale – retail divide

Most industries have a supply chain from the distributor to the wholesaler to the retailer to the consumer. At each stage the minimum quantity gets less until at the consumer end they can buy a single item. The problem with financial services is that sometimes the consumer does not actually get the same product as the […]

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Why did we look at DIFC Hive Accelerator?

Bondsmart has been developing its proposition for the past eighteen months. If you don’t know what we do read more here. We were at a stage where we needed to look at pilots, pre-sales and getting out into the marketplace and DIFC Hive ticked many boxes. Here’s our story how we chose to apply for […]

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Musings from Dubai

A greying society isn’t a local problem, it is happening across the world. The world’s population has never been older. We were in Dubai in February as the local private investors are large buyers of fixed income assets. Bonds and Sukuk (a certificate of ownership to cashflows from an underlying asset) are very popular instruments […]

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‘Charles Darwin’ £10 note retiring a third poorer

The retirement of a coin of the realm can help us realise what happens in the life of money and what investment planning we should be making. We all retire after a long life of work. ‘Charles Darwin’ has seen 18 years on the face on the British ten-pound note. In that time the value of […]

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