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25 Must-Read Financial IT Blogs

Here are some of the influential voices leading the conversations where financial services and technology overlap.

Money makes the world go ‘round, but technology is the fuel that keeps the world’s engine running.

The business of financial services is critical for everyday life. The banks, credit unions and capital markets support loans and credit systems so that people and organizations can purchase the necessary goods and services to operate.

At the heart of modern financial services, however, lies technology, not money. Have you ever found yourself trying to pay for a basket full of groceries when the credit card machine is down? It’s not a pretty sight.

For the past four years, BizTech has searched the Internet to identify the best blogs in business technology. Recently, we offered a more focused version of our must-read list for the nonprofit sector. Now, we’ve done the same for financial services. We found these great blogs in a number of ways: we received reader submissions, conducted our own independent research and found a few from CDW's FinTalk blog, which regularly highlights interesting and relevant fintech content with its FIN List.

Here are 25 financial services IT blogs that we believe are worth bookmarking, highlighting and adding to your RSS feeds. Pick up a badge to post on your site if your blog was one of the 25 named.

Credit Union Times

Credit Union Times

The credit union world is a tightly-connected community and Credit Union Times, widely considered “the paper of record for the credit union industry,” is an essential resource for any leader in the sector. The site offers timely news and valuable resources.

Follow: @CookeonCUs | Read the blog: cutimes.com

The Financial Brand

The Financial Brand

Banks and credit unions require the same level of branding, marketing and strategy as any other business. The Financial Brand provides strategic insights to bank and credit union leaders on emerging technology, digital marketing and brand strategies.

Follow: @financialbrand | Read the blog: thefinancialbrand.com/

Accenture's Banking Blog

Accenture's Banking Blog

Accenture is a consulting firm known for its high-performance insights and strategy. The firm applies that same standard to its work in the financial services sector. Its Banking Blog offers key advice on strategy, technology and growth opportunities for leaders in the banking industry.

Follow: @BankingInsights | Read the blog: bankingblog.accenture.com

Pymnts

Pymnts

One of the most exciting shifts in the financial services industry is around the way we pay. Pymnts is one of several blogs leading and participating in discussions about the future of money, as we debate and grapple with topics like cryptocurrency, mobile payments and much more.

Follow: @Pymnts | Read the blog: pymnts.com

Banking 4 Tomorrow

Banking 4 Tomorrow

Not all futuristic innovations are as cool as Marty McFly’s hoverboard, but when you explore the technologies that will power the future of banking, it’s easy for fintech geeks to get you excited about them. Banking 4 Tomorrow, a series of blogs written by Brett King, who was American Banker's Innovator of the Year in 2012, is a futuristic paradise for the money crowd.

Follow: @brettking | Read the blog: banking4tomorrow.com

FinTech Journal

FinTech Journal

Financial services is an industry that truly crosses international borders. Berlin-based FinTech Journal provides up-to-date news and opinion for fintech enthusiasts and offers a global perspective to those who want a glimpse of the bigger picture of financial services technology.

Follow: @fintechjournal | Read the blog: ftjournal.com

Mobile Payments Today

Mobile Payments Today

As mobile has fast become the center of our universe, it was inevitable that money would make its way to our smartphones, as well. While the discussion around payments is broad, Mobile Payments Today homes in on the challenges unique and specific to the mobile slice of that pie.

Follow: @MobilePayToday | Read the blog: mobilepaymentstoday.com

Finextra

Finextra

Extra, extra! Read all about fintech on Finextra. As a leading newswire for the global financial technology community, the site offers information and insights for financial services professionals. A major bonus is the site’s community of industry expert bloggers.

Follow: @finextra | Read the blog: finextra.com

Let’s Talk Payments

Let’s Talk Payments

If you’ve got money on your mind, Let’s Talk Payments is eager to have you pull up a chair and join the discussion. LTP, as it’s abbreviated, is host to timely information on all things payments and serves as a watering hole of sorts for fintech entrepreneurs, leaders and strategists.

Follow: @LetsTalkPaymnts | Read the blog: letstalkpayments.com

Finovate

Finovate

As one of the premier financial services events, Finovate boasts a blog that keeps up with industry trends and insights. If you’re attending one of the Finovate events, this is a great place to get the inside scoop on who will be speaking where and what will be happening when.

Follow: @Finovate | Read the blog: finovate.com/blog

Bank Systems & Technology

Bank Systems & Technology

The sad news is that InformationWeek shut down the editorial operations for Bank Systems & Technology at the end of January this year. But the site is still updated with financial services-industry specific content from the other sites within the InformationWeek family and the archived content, which has a wealth of insights and information, will remain available for the foreseeable future.

Follow: @banktech | Read the blog: banktech.com

Bobsguide

Bobsguide

If you’re looking for financial technology solution insights, reviews and recommendations, Bob’s Guide is the perfect resource for you. The site boasts more than 55,000 members and offers financial tech news, RSS feeds, jobs and event announcements.

Follow: @Bobsguidedotcom | Read the blog: bobsguide.com

Richard Gendal Brown

Richard Gendal Brown

As the executive architect of industry innovation for banking and financial markets at IBM UK, Richard Brown has his finger on the pulse of the financial services market. On his blog, he shares his point of view on the evolution of the financial services industry, including headline grabbers of the moment like BitCoin.

Follow: @gendal | Read the blog: gendal.me

Next Bank

Next Bank

It is definitely going to take a village to raise the bank of tomorrow. That’s why the founders and members of Next Bank, a community of financial services professionals and enthusiasts, have assembled a series of events and discussions to foster the conversation on innovating banks across the globe. The organization’s blog is an extension of that mission.

Follow: @NextBank | Read the blog: nextbank.org/blog

JP Nicols

JP Nicols

Looking for a bank leader? JP Nicols is your guy. As a former senior bank executive and a co-founder of the Bank Innovators Council, Nicols is steeped in the inner workings of the financial services industry. His blog provides perspectives and insights for other industry leaders.

Follow: @JP Nicols | Read the blog: jpnicols.com/blog

Mark Arnold

Mark Arnold

Money talks, but Mark Arnold, a longtime leader in the financial services sector, might speak louder. He has experience with financial institutions ranging in size from $32 million to $1.8 billion. He’s a well-known speaker and author. His blog offers thought-provoking strategic and leadership advice.

Follow: @jmarkarnold | Read the blog: markarnold.com/blog/

Bernard Lunn

Bernard Lunn

Bernard Lunn, as his bio states, “worked in Fintech before it was called Fintech.” His blog, Daily Fintech, which is hosted on bernardlunn.com, is a group blog for fintech experts and enthusiasts. Think of it as the new FUBU: fintech by us, for us.

Follow: @bernardlunn | Read the blog: bernardlunn.com

Tom Groenfeldt

Tom Groenfeldt

The intersection of finance and technology is new territory for some, but not Tom Groenfeldt. Among the numerous items on his resume was a 10-year stint editing Windows in Financial Services. Now he writes for Forbes on all things banking and technology.

Follow: @tomgroenfeldt | Read the blog: forbes.com/sites/tomgroenfeldt

Cisco Financial Services

Cisco Financial Services

Cisco has long applied its mastery of unified communications and networking technology to businesses of all stripes. The company has a specific blog for the financial services sector. For IT leaders at banks, credit unions and insurance companies who wonder how Cisco technology can help them, this blog is worth reading.

Follow: @CiscoFSI | Read the blog: blogs.cisco.com/financialservices

IBM Insights on Business: Banking

IBM Insights on Business: Banking

As one of the original business technology leaders, IBM is a familiar brand in banks. The company’s Insights on Business blog has a special focus on banking that caters to that industry.

Follow: @ibmbanking | Read the blog: insights-on-business.com/banking

ATM Marketplace

ATM Marketplace

ATMs are a major example of the power of technology in the financial services industry. The machines have saved time and money by giving customers easy access to cash and transactions. ATM Marketplace is a hub for all things ATM, and an interesting space to watch as ATMs evolve and adapt to mobile and other emerging technologies.

Follow: @atmmarketplace | Read the blog: atmmarketplace.com

Mortgage Technology

Mortgage Technology

While many people dream of buying their first home, few probably understand the complexity of the mortgage industry that makes their home purchases possible. National Mortgage News’ Mortgage Technology peels back the layers behind data, tech and mortgages.

Follow: @NatMortgageNews | Read the blog: nationalmortgagenews.com/mortgage-technology/

Beyond the Bank

Beyond the Bank

How do you define a bank? The idea of a traditional building with a teller line might need rethinking. Beyond the Bank, a blog from the Banking Exchange, attempts to push past the status quo in banking.

Follow: @BankingExchange | Read the blog: bankingexchange.com/blogs-3/beyond-the-bank

Fierce Finance IT

Fierce Finance IT

Fierce Markets is known for its family of IT publications. Its financial services offering, Fierce Finance IT, is a perfect fit for fintech folks who like Fierce’s fast-paced information style, but want that financial services focus.

Follow: @FierceFinance | Read the blog: fiercefinanceit.com

Markets Media

Markets Media

Trading and capital markets move at a speed that would leave DC comics' Flash out of breath. Markets Media keeps up with the trading industry overall and includes coverage on the technology side; for example, discussing the value of in-house trading systems versus outsourced IT.

Follow: @marketsmedia | Read the blog: marketsmedia.com

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Apr 29 2015

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