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How Predictive Algorithms and AI Will Rule Financial Services

Artificial Intelligence (AI), the next big thing in the technology space, is all set to unleash big scale disruptions. The potential impact is more profound in the financial sector, which lives and breathes data.

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) powered “smart” machines do not just crunch data. It indulges in self-learning to solve cognitive tasks, until now the forte of the human brain. A traditional analytical engine or software robot requires someone to feed in clear set of rules set in advance. AI-endowed self-learning machines create the rules and frame the logic by itself, as it crunches through millions and millions of rows of historic data, identifying. It learns to perform the required task based on the decisions humans have made previously. AI powered algorithms also learn from mistakes, meaning the predictive analytics in spews becomes more and more accurate with every recorded transaction.

In the financial sector, such AI-powered systems delve into many years of banking, insurance, mortgages and financial trading history, apply deep learning principles, and self-construct algorithms to automate routine tasks, unlocks insights, improve decisions, mitigate risk, and prevent frauds. AI’s natural language processing system can read through regulations, reassembling words into a set of computer-understandable rules.

The CBInsights Conference on the Future of Fintech predicts a rapid pace of disruption in the financial sector, requiring incumbent stakeholders to adapt or risk being submerged in the coming tidal wave of predictive analytics. Apart from conventional tools, Artificial Intelligence-inspired technologies such as blockchains, insurance tech, robo-advising, and other latest cutting-edge innovative tools promise to take analytics to a whole new level.

The following are the potential applications of Artificial Intelligence, which would take over financial services in the near future:

  • Improved efficiency through greater automation and better insights
  • New models for several traditional functions, especially in stock analysis and wealth management advisory services
  • Customization and personalization of financial products, leveraging the services of analytics-driven recommendation engines;
  • Improved cyber-security monitoring and responsive systems, and automated fraud detection

 

Improved Efficiency

AI and robotics powered automated solutions are on the verge of subverting the traditional business models of banks and other financial institutions.

AI-based algorithms automate much of the routine tasks that require extensive workforce now, leading to considerable savings on overheads, accelerated processes, and overall improved efficiency. Being lean and mean is the mantra for success in today’s highly competitive environment, and AI will help financial institutions discover new meaning to lean and mean.

AI-based technology simplifies and automates a host of routine tasks related to money management processes, such as identity authentication, know-your-customer checks, sanctions list monitoring, billing fraud oversight, anti-money laundering monitoring, risk control processes, and more.

AI facilitates several tasks, such as bot messaging, document discovery and more which require extensive manual work now.

Such efficiency improvement interventions have the potential to offer huge ROI for the financial service industry. Banks adopting ROI already report about 40% increase in productivity.

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