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Where to find Big Data in Russia

The data market is starting to come to greater prominence around the world. Perhaps nowhere is this truer than in Russia, where the data market is still largely in its infancy. In fact, the government of Russia is still trying to figure out rules for balancing data use and privacy …

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How Alfa Bank is turning Big Data into big profits

Understanding the importance of Big Data and other digital technologies in the modern world, Alfa Bank has developed a strong digital strategy and become a leader in Big Data. To accomplish its digital- and data-related goals, Alfa Bank created its own data management and monetization center. The center, whose primary …

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Going digital increases financial service accessibility

One of the most pressing issues for financial institutions in Russia is how to make financial services available to those living in small towns and remote settlements. For much of history, financial institutions had to make efforts to develop physical infrastructure to reach these consumers; however, such investments were typically …

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QIWI Group launches Big Data analytics platform

QIWI Group has created its own platform for solving problems related to in-depth analytics and data monetization. QIWI Data is the result of more than 5 years of research into Big Data and offers the group of companies the ability to process data faster as well as increase data security. …

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Big Data’s big budgets

A recent survey has shown that more than half (55.4%) of Russian companies have a dedicated budget for implementing Big Data analytic solutions. These budgets account from anywhere between 5–10% (and sometimes more) of a company’s annual budget and can amount to as much as RUB 10 million. Moreover, some …

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Where to make money with your money

For those looking to invest funds as a way to make money with money, there are 7 main ways to consider in the Russian market: Bank deposits – this low-risk, low-profitability investment is the safest way to invest money. It also allows depositors to have instant access to their funds …

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Yandex Money, Phinex Plus launch trust management service

Yandex Money and Phinex Plus have launched Yammi, a trust management service to help investors invest in Phinex ETFs. Yammi is a roboadvisor that offers investment recommendations based on a computer algorithm that defines user profiles. Despite the promise of the new system, there are still issues with it. For …

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Tinkoff to launch capital management company

Tinkoff Bank Group plans on launching the Tinkoff Capital Management company in the 4th quarter of this year. The company will offer clients exchange funds for investments, with an entry threshold of just RUB 50. Funds will be tied to assets in both rubles and dollars, although the exact list …

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Russia’s National Financial Association issues first roboadvisory accreditation

Russia’s National Financial Association, a self-regulatory organization, has issued its first official accreditation to VTB Capital Investment under a program to provide individual investment recommendations to users via roboadvisors. Roboadvisors help clients form individual investment portfolios of stocks, bonds and index fund shares. After filling out a questionnaire, the roboadvisory …

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Ozon launches card for customers

Internet company Ozon has announced the launch of its own card. The MasterCard World PayPass card serves as a payment instrument as well as gives users access to a loyalty program that includes cashback (in the form of points) for purchases made anywhere in the world. The card is linked …

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Tinkoff-Yandex merger: benefits for both

A proposed merger between Yandex and Tinkoff is being heralded by many as a move that will greatly benefit both sides. For Tinkoff, they will gain access to an expanded customer base, and Yandex will benefit from the ability to integrate credit and financial services into its vast digital ecosystem.  …

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The heads of Yandex, Tinkoff and Severstal discuss technological developments

The St. Petersburg International Economic Forum hosted a discussion with the heads of Yandex, Tinkoff and Severstal, during which the three discussed ideas on the development of technologies. Highlights of the discussion are presented below, with more details available here. Artificial intelligence – artificial intelligence will not change human functions, …

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How Sberbank is transforming from a bank into an online ecosystem

Russia’s Sberbank has a plan to create a fully-functional online ecosystem that combines banking services and non-financial services by 2024. To do this, the bank has been spent more than RUB 60 billion on a number of efforts. These include working with established companies, buying out companies and creating their …

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Sberbank to launch music streaming service?

Russian bank Sberbank is planning to launch a music streaming service in the near future. Currently, the bank is looking for a partner and is reportedly in negotiations with Yandex, Mail.ru and Zvooq. While representatives of all the aforementioned companies declined comment, Sberbank has reportedly been eyeing the streaming market …

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The state of small business lending in Russia

Russia has seen a boom in the number of smaller businesses in the last few years. Unfortunately for them, traditional lenders are, by and large, still focused on providing services to medium- and large-sized businesses. While some smaller businesses are able to find financing through traditional lenders thanks to special …

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Impending B2B payment revolution in Russia

As is the case around the world, business-to-business (B2B) payment solutions in Russia are lagging behind business-to-consumer (B2C) solutions. In fact, B2B transfers are still a relatively painful process in Russia that can take up to 3 days, often resulting in downtime and lost revenue. The slow pace at which …

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New Sberbank service protects against non-fulfillment of obligations

Sberbank has announced a new service for corporate clients that will guarantee the fulfillment of a supplier’s obligations or give a full refund. The service also works in the other direction, guaranteeing suppliers a full payment for delivered products/services. The so-called ‘Safe Transaction’ service is integrated with Sberbank Business Online …

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Tinkoff launches free financial accounting service for entrepreneurs

Tinkoff has launched a free financial accounting service for entrepreneurs to analyze and monitor the state of their business. The service allows users to: plan, group and analyze cash flows, calculate the payback period of investments, calculate loan repayment periods, determine salary levels a business can afford analyze unprofitable business …

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Sberbank registered 182 new domains

Early this year, Sberbank registered 182 domains having “sber” in the address (e.g. sber-medicine.ru, sber-fashion.ru and sbersale.ru). The mass registration of domains is part of Sberbank’s effort to develop an online ecosystem that meets consumer’s financial and non-financial needs. By 2020, Sberbank plans on transforming itself into a universal company …

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