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KBC’s K’Ching app introduces AI chatbot for youth market

By KBC

As from today the latest version of the KBC K’Ching app, the KBC mobile banking app for youngsters, will be available in app stores for all K’Ching users. This latest version allows users to communicate through instant messaging with the app through an artificial intelligence (AI) chatbot. (more…)

Banks, Bots

June 21, 2017

146

Banking the unbanked in emerging markets

by  for TechCrunch

As countries progress, citizens migrate from remote villages to large cities and foreign countries. Their economic power rises and they participate in the global economy. (more…)

Banks, Global trends, Hotnews

June 20, 2017

144

Open banking rules to trigger new wave of challengers

Tech companies, retailers and price comparison websites could become major banking brands says Deloitte on the release of research which reveals that a significant number of consumers who already use mobile banking would be willing to share data with traditional retailers. (more…)

Banks, Global trends, Hotnews, Influences FinTech

June 20, 2017

379

Santander’s Openbank relaunched as 100% digital bank

Banco Santander is overhauling the operations of its direct banking subsidiary in Spain, transferring all IT assets and client transactions to the cloud and revamping its online and mobile presence as part of a group-wide mission to recruit 30 million digital customers by 2018. (more…)

Banks, Hotnews, Mobile-first banks

June 16, 2017

130

Report: SoFi Files Banking Application with FDIC

SoFi has officially filed with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation to create a state chartered bank. The filing is not unexpected as SoFi revealed its intent to pursue a banking charter this past May. (more…)

Banks, Hotnews, p2p/online lending

June 14, 2017

242

Asian Banks Outline Blockchain Use Cases

By LTP

Financial institutions are eager to identify the commercial opportunity that blockchain technology can offer their business and ways it can help reduce costs, improve reporting, reduce fraud and enhance security and visibility. (more…)

Banks, Blockchain, Global trends, Government activities

June 8, 2017

287

Only banks that become ‘digital houses’ will survive forthcoming disruption – BBVA chief

By BBVA

BBVA chairman Francisco González says that banks need to shed their past and image as ‘incumbents’ and transform into new digital technology companies if they are to prosper in a banking environment dominated by technologically astute competitors. (more…)

Banks, Hotnews, Influences FinTech

June 8, 2017

166

Mizuho prepares for API banking

Japan’s Mizuho is implementing API interfaces to third party personal financial management apps through a collaboration with IBM. (more…)

Banks, Global trends, Hotnews, Open Source/ API

June 8, 2017

150

Thai Kasikorn Bank $30M Global Fintech Fund Sets Sail

Thailand’s Kasikorn Bank has launched a $30 million fintech fund to invest in startups across South East Asia as well as Europe and China. (more…)

Banks, Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews

June 8, 2017

138

Kasikorn Bank opens $30 million fintech war chest

Thailand’s Kasikorn Bank has launched a $30 million fintech fund to invest in startups across South East Asia as well as Europe and China. (more…)

Banks, Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews

June 7, 2017

159

Atom bank cites regulatory uncertainty – postpones current account launch

By Alex Rolfe

Atom bank, the UK’s first app-based bank, is reported to be delaying the launch of consumer current accounts until at least 2018. Atoms CEO blames forthcoming regulations that make the UK’s personal banking market too “ambiguous and uncertain”. (more…)

Banks, Fintech news, Mobile-first banks

June 7, 2017

185

Singapore fintech startup Bank-Genie raises funding to help banks roll out virtual terminals

By Yon Heong Tung for e27

Singapore-based fintech startup Bank-Genie has secured an undisclosed Series A investment from SBI FMO Emerging Asia Financial Sector Fund (SBI-FMO Fund). (more…)

Banks

June 6, 2017

134

Plug and Play partners with Japan’s biggest bank to launch Tokyo accelerator

By Jack Ellis For Tech in Asia

Silicon Valley-based Plug and Play has partnered with Mitsubishi UFJ Financial (MUFG), the financial services group that includes Japan’s biggest bank, to bring its combined startup accelerator and corporate innovation platform to the country. (more…)

Accelerators/Incubators/Labs, Banks

June 6, 2017

155

Sberbank AGM first to use NSD e-voting platform

by NSD

Sberbank has become the first pubic joint stock company to propose its shareholders to use the e-voting technology developed by National Settlement Depository (NSD), Russia’s central securities depository. (more…)

Banks, Global trends

June 5, 2017

469

Open Banking: A FitBit Style of Change

By John Bertrand from SAP for Finextra

Buy the ticket, take the ride.” Hunter S. Thompson’s quote can easily be applied to Open Banking, which becomes mandatory in the UK starting 2018. Banking innovation lead by the regulator! (more…)

Banks, Columns, Global trends, Influences FinTech

June 5, 2017

133

Nigeria moves trade to the cloud with Misys and Interswitch

By Interswitch

With calls for a diversification and deepening of the Nigerian trade sector to offer options for varied investor tastes and boosting of the economy, Thursday, June 1 2017 witnessed the launch of a Digital Cloud-hosted Trade Solution for the Nigerian Market called Misys Fusion Banking Trade Innovation Software. (more…)

Banks, Hotnews, InspirAsia

June 5, 2017

127

AYA Bank to overhaul core banking system with Misys

By Misys,

AYA Bank (Ayeyarwady Bank) has selected the Misys FusionBanking suite to support a transformative project which will overhaul its core banking system, digitalise operations and improve overall efficiency throughout the organisation. (more…)

Banks

June 5, 2017

143

Indian banks to work with five Startupbootcamp Mumbai graduates

Five of the eleven startups graduating from Startupbootcamp’s 2017 Indian accelerator programme have secured pilots with bank sponsors RBL and Icici. (more…)

Accelerators/Incubators/Labs, Banks, Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews

June 5, 2017

164

OCBC BANK LAUNCHES CASHLESS QR CODE PAYMENTS WITH ITS FIRST STANDALONE MOBILE PAYMENTS APP

OCBC Press release,

The popular OCBC Pay Anyone e-payment services – which includes a new QR code cashless payment service – are consolidated into a standalone mobile app for our customers’ convenience (more…)

Banks, Cashless, Global trends, Hotnews, InspirAsia

June 5, 2017

178

ING tackles robo-advisory conundrum

Research among 15,000 consumers conducted by ING finds that only two percent would trust a fully automated robo-adviser to invest their money on their behalf. (more…)

Banks, Financial Markets / Trading, Wealth management

June 1, 2017

202

The other big risk in auto lending

By John Reosti for American Banker,

GrandSouth Bancorp’s woes could be warning sign for banks that lend to auto dealers. (more…)

Banks, Global trends, Hotnews

June 1, 2017

228

Inside BBVA’s Open API Marketplace

Earlier this week, BBVA launched its API Market, making eight of its APIs commercially available. The launch comes after the Spanish bank worked for more than a year with developers and businesses to determine the optimal delivery for the APIs. (more…)

Banks, Hotnews

May 30, 2017

152

Poland Aspires to Become a Fintech Leader in Europe

Coming off a two-day event in Warsaw, FutureTech Congress organizers are reporting that Poland aspires to become a Fintech hub in Europe. (more…)

Banks, Government activities

May 29, 2017

178

Sberbank moves into e-medicine sector

by Sberbank

Sberbank announces closing a transaction to purchase a controlling stake in DocDoc.ru, the leading company on the Russian e-medicine market. (more…)

Banks, Deals, Hotnews

May 26, 2017

173

BBVA launches Open API marketplace

BBVA is making eight of its APIs commercially available to companies, startups, and developers worldwide, enabling the integration of customer banking data with third party products and services. (more…)

Banks, Hotnews, Open Source/ API

May 24, 2017

161

Paytm Launches Payments Bank To Serve The Underserved In India

By PYMNTS

Indian digital payments firm Paytm has officially launched a niche payments bank as part of its drive to double its customer base to 500 million over the next three years. (more…)

Banks, eWallets, InspirAsia

May 23, 2017

150

BankThink Open banking is inevitable. Let’s rethink data security, too

By Kevin Paul Murphy for American Banker

The move to the digital marketplace is no longer aspirational but inevitable for the modern financial enterprise. It is now more accurate to describe a bank as a technology company. But the change in identity means banks must adjust the way they ensure the security of their enterprise. (more…)

Banks, Hotnews, InspirAsia, Open Source/ API

May 23, 2017

176

Bank/fintech collaboration can take transaction banking to new heights

Bu Finextra

With banks and emerging technology companies bringing a raft of new innovations and business models to the industry, Claudio Camozzo and Jan Kupfer, global co-heads of Global Transaction Banking at UniCredit, argue that bank-fintech collaboration alongside a customer-focused approach is essential to seize – and maximise – the opportunities at hand. (more…)

Banks, Deals, Global trends

May 23, 2017

365

BBVA brings info and payments to social and messaging networks

BBVA is embedding more deeply with social and messaging networks through a new bot that lets Spanish customers access financial information via Facebook and Telegram, and a tool for making payments from Whatsapp. (more…)

Banks, Deals, eWallets, Fintech news, Global trends, p2p-payments, Remittances

May 19, 2017

228

Sumitomo Mitsui rolls out messaging app bot

The Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group has developed an AI chatbot that will answer customer questions over Line, the popular Japanese messaging app. (more…)

Banks, Bots, Hotnews, InspirAsia

May 19, 2017