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Marios Siappas

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Cultural focus: Debt collections practices in the Middle East

Posted by Marios Siappas on Mon, Feb 11, 2019 @ 10:49 AM

A cursory internet search will reveal a number of sobering stories relating to debt collections in the Middle East, but it’s important to understand that the region is still developing. Insolvency laws are still unclear, court practices are evolving and the payment terms are often incredibly generous.

What might be further delaying progress in the region is the cultural stigma that surrounds debtors.

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5 quick digital transformation tips for banks

Posted by Marios Siappas on Thu, Jan 17, 2019 @ 04:03 PM

Digital transformation has never been more of a hot topic. 79% of North American banking leaders believe their bank’s existence will be threatened if they don’t innovate faster. However, “digital transformation” is also a loaded phrase: it can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people, and still puzzles executives in all industries. As a result, it can be quite overwhelming, particularly for debt collections teams who have been operating via the same systems and practices for years.

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Digital transformation in European banks: How are they REALLY faring?

Posted by Marios Siappas on Thu, Jan 10, 2019 @ 10:08 AM

Digital transformation has been something of a rallying cry in European banking for years now, but do those words come with action?

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5 reasons customers hate debt collections (and what you can learn from them)

Posted by Marios Siappas on Thu, Dec 06, 2018 @ 01:34 PM

Try as we might to change customer opinion, debt collections has struggled to shake its bad reputation in both established and emerging markets. Regionally, this could be down to a multitude of factors; from cultural differences and complicated local court systems to overly aggressive collections practices. These local debt collections problems have a knock-on effect on a regional scale. There are also various shared problems faced by debt collections agencies and banks across the globe.

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What's the most effective way for retail banks to tackle NPLs?

Posted by Marios Siappas on Wed, Nov 21, 2018 @ 08:40 PM

Between 2015 and 2016, World Bank figures reveal that the average proportion of all loans that are non-performing (NPLs) rose over half a percent from 6.99% to 7.07%.

According to Gartner,the cost of servicing a delinquent loan is now 15 times higher than the cost of servicing a performing loan.

Pair this with a trend towards cutting operational costs, and you’re left with a situation where banks are being asked to collect more with fewer resources.

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Digital transformation in APAC: How will it change debt collection in the region?

Posted by Marios Siappas on Sun, Oct 28, 2018 @ 10:00 AM

Digital transformation is big news in the Asia-Pacific region (APAC). In 2017, around 6% of the region’s collective GDP was derived from digital products and services; Techwire Asia predicts this will increase ten times over by 2021, with a predicted economic contribution of over $1 trillion.

Beyond raw economic growth, digital transformation brings operational changes to every industry. An IDC survey, sponsored by Microsoft, predicts that 85% of jobs in APAC will change significantly: business leaders are already looking to increase agility to meet the new challenges in cybersecurity, data processing capability and integrating technologies like AI and the IoT.

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Age and debt collections

Posted by Marios Siappas on Wed, Sep 26, 2018 @ 04:46 PM

The media loves chronicling the differences between generations. Each day brings a new headline or scare story, casting some aspersion onto people older or younger than us.

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