The decision by Google to shelve plans to launch bank accounts shows the march of Big Tech into financial services is not going to be a smooth one.
Crypto currencies are popular in the UAE, and plans for a government-issued digital coin could remove some of the associated risks.
Concerns about money laundering could be behind the move, but hitting coin exchanges is also one of the only ways to regulate digital currencies.
Tech giants are investing heavily in fintech, potentially eroding legacy banks' positions in consumer finance even as they partner with them.
Cash payments plummeted during the pandemic. Now, some experts are calling for government support to keep cash available to consumers and SMEs.
The insurance industry is a digital laggard, but a UK government scheme for financial services could extend cooperation between major insurers and tech start-ups
The wealth management industry was slow to digitise and left the door open to disruption by fintechs. But digitisation may not be 'winner takes all'.
Cyber threats are among the top risks that have increased during the pandemic, according to the majority of financial regulators.