How the self-employed will drive the future of UK banking

The number of microbusinesses and self-employed people continues to climb steadily – despite a strong labour market and many full-time opportunities – as people embrace more flexible schedules and make use of better technologies for remote work collaboration. However, most traditional retail banks have been slow to target this group, which is generally less interested in a large branch network and dissatisfied with digital.

Banks Waking Up to Fintech Threat Throw Billions Into Digital

In a matter of years, digital banks like Revolut Ltd., Starling Bank Ltd. and Monzo Bank Ltd., all based in London, have attracted several million clients by offering perks like ultra-low-cost money transfers and pre-paid debit cards with no foreign transaction fees. Yet even though people open secondary accounts with these neo-lenders, they’re still reluctant to give them their salaries—let alone make them the main conduit for their retirement savings or mortgages.

BBVA goes DIY on digital banking with Domo analytics

Multinational 186-year-old banking group BBVA wants to evolve from its legacy heritage to a digital company, by designing its tech around the needs of its customers and removing the pain points around managing money. BBVA wants to do this by empowering customers to have a do-it-yourself banking experience in which they can choose where, when and how they bank. To get this right, the bank needed a deep understanding of customer needs and desires as they change over time.

Fending Off Tech Giants Through Digital Transformation» 

Tech titans like Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple are setting their sights on the financial services sector, blurring the lines between industries and rolling out financial services that offer consumers increasingly competitive banking experiences. These tech companies are becoming a disruptive force in the banking industry as they grab market share in payments, consumer loans and even small business loans. Tech companies challenging industry status quo Banks are starting to feel the impact of tech …

U.S. Fintech Firm to Buy Worldpay for $35B in Biggest Ever Digital Payments Deal

Fidelity National Information Services Inc. (FIS) agreed to buy Worldpay for about $35 billion on Monday, with the U.S. financial services provider striking the biggest deal to date in the fast-growing electronic payments industry. The financial technology sector is consolidating fast, with global payments set to reach $3 trillion a year in revenue by 2023 as more people switch from cash to digital payments for online and high street sales, consulting firm McKinsey predicts.

Point-Of-Sale (POS) Financing

POS financing certainly isn’t new. In 2016, merchants in nine different retail categories saw more than 160 million POS loan applications—only 53% of which were approved More than a quarter of consumers have used point-of-sale (or instant) financing when shopping online. More importantly, nearly half would like to be presented with the option to get instant financing when shopping online.

Open banking – build it and they will come?

When open banking began on 13 January 2018 with the launch of PSD2, the fintech twitterati were abuzz with predictions of the radical disruption of financial services. Industry pundits spoke about customers walking through a promised land of meaningful financial insights and competitive products. Not much has happened since other than a few small enhancements from the big banks and several fintech apps released. For example, Commerzbank has used open banking to tap into the Internet of things (IoT) …

Digital first in banking: Going beyond the interface

Think of the changes in the past ten years in terms of how we deal with our banking needs. We moved from telephone banking to online or internet banking. The iPhone became more popular and apps got better and more secure. It is hard to remember how we managed with the rudimentary tools of ten years ago; so turn on your imagination and wonder what banking will be like ten years from now. How should …

Digital Banking – A Comparison of U.S. and European Strategies

Some strategies for digital banking are common globally. Other strategies can be differing with both attacking the same problem, but using a different solution. As well, some problems are specific to a region (Europe or U.S. for example) and need to be addressed with a different method than would be used in another region. We are going to look into these digital banking strategies to analyze which fall under each of these three category types and why.

Mobile Finance; What does the Future Hold for the Banking App?

Mobile Finance apps have become more and more popular, not only can you check your balance, pay bills and make transfers – it’s amazing how simple it is to make a payment these days compared to traditional banking days. I can’t actually remember the last time I deposited a personal cheque. Looking at a survey carried out by Think with Google and Ipsos, on average, out of the people that responded, users had two finance …

Digital Transformation: An Opportunity for Retail Banks to Overcome Challenges in the Digital Age

The digital transformation wave has completely upended the banking business with game-changer technologies like web, mobile and most recently, Artificial Intelligence. Over 1billion transactions are conducted through mobile and internet banking with 2359 high-street branches closed in last two decades. Mobile apps are winning the race with 15000 people downloading a banking app per day.

Why digital strategies fail

The importance of B2B digitization, and its competitive implications, is easy to overlook because the digital shifts under way are less immediately obvious than those in B2C sectors and value chains. <<one year later and still fresh>>

Trust and Digital Identification in an Open Banking World

Identity has traditionally been verified through the physical provision of documentation that confirms a person or a business. Historically, the acquisition of goods or services required face-to-face interaction and, therefore, the presentation of verification documentation did not create a significant burden. The evolution of digital channels has resulted in increased remote availability of goods and services, but the corresponding identity verification process has largely been left behind.

How the Future of Banking Will Look Like

The current prevalence of digital banking is largely focused on the customer acquisition and customer experience domains. In the future, this will evolve to a more holistic ‘financial well-being’ focus with banks potentially becoming utility players providing an infrastructure that is unburdened from legacy architecture and processes and more dependent on digital technology.