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29 Jul 2014 10:01

USAA enlists IBM’s Watson to help military personnel transition to civilian life

Finextra reports: USAA enlists IBM's Watson to help military personnel transition to civilian life Online army bank USAA has begun using IBM’s Watson cognitive computing platform to help military personnel ease back into civilian life. Source: USAA enlists IBM's Watson to help military personnel transition to civilian life. [Source: Finextra]

29 Jul 2014 09:59

“Embrace Innovation” (Or Else Suffer The Consequences)

PYMNTS reports: “Embrace Innovation” (Or Else Suffer The Consequences) How can banks remain relevant with SMBs? By enabling innovators that solve their biggest payments, billing and banking problems. This may sound like heresy to a traditional banker but that’s the strong medicine that the industry has to take in order to serve SMBs. It’s also  Continue Reading » [Source: PYMNTS]

29 Jul 2014 09:59

How to Achieve Omnichannel Success

Banktech reports: How to Achieve Omnichannel Success Some key considerations for banks looking to develop and execute on an omnichannel strategy. Source: How to Achieve Omnichannel Success. [Source: Banktech]

29 Jul 2014 09:59

Unshackle Your Big Data

Banktech reports: Unshackle Your Big Data How new data storage tools and methods combined with analytics can deliver a competitive advantage in financial services. Source: Unshackle Your Big Data. [Source: Banktech]

29 Jul 2014 09:58

Q&A: BankMobile’s Luvleen Sidhu On Connecting With Gen Y Customers

Banktech reports: Q&A: BankMobile's Luvleen Sidhu On Connecting With Gen Y Customers Luvleen Sidhu, chief strategy officer of BankMobile, a division of Customers Bank with a mobile banking platform targeted at millennials, talks about some keys to attracting Gen Y consumers. Source: Q&A: BankMobile's Luvleen Sidhu On Connecting With Gen Y Customers. [Source: Banktech]

29 Jul 2014 09:44

PayPal hits the high street in Holland

Finextra reports: PayPal hits the high street in Holland Shoppers in the Netherlands can now use their PayPal accounts to order ahead and pay for goods and services at 1500 high street locations through a … Source: PayPal hits the high street in Holland. [Source: Finextra]

29 Jul 2014 09:40

Six reasons why cloud computing will transform the way banks serve clients – and the five hurdles to overcome

Bankingtech reports: Six reasons why cloud computing will transform the way banks serve clients – and the five hurdles to overcome The European Commission wants to bring down the barriers to cloud computing in a move that promises to revolutionise the way transaction banks can serve clients. Source: Six reasons why cloud computing will transform  Continue Reading » [Source: Bankingtech]

24 Jul 2014 09:47

Digital Wallets: High Awareness, Low Adoption

Banktech reports: Digital Wallets: High Awareness, Low Adoption While an overwhelming majority of consumers are aware of mobile wallets, few use them for everyday transactions, a new survey finds. Source: Digital Wallets: High Awareness, Low Adoption. [Source: Banktech]

24 Jul 2014 09:47

Confirmed: Facebook Messenger will eventually do payments

VentureBeat reports: Confirmed: Facebook Messenger will eventually do payments Now we have confirmation on why Facebook hired PayPal’s David Marcus: Payments and Messenger will eventually “overlap,” Zuckerberg said during today’s earnings call. When the company first announced it had hired Marcus, the former president of PayPal, the industry took it as a strong hint that Facebook  Continue Reading » [Source: VentureBeat]

24 Jul 2014 09:45

Nintendo Brings Contactless Payments To Japan

PYMNTS reports: Nintendo Brings Contactless Payments To Japan Nintendo announced this week that its Wii video game console will now be able to accept payment cards in Japan. It was reported that the update went live yesterday and lets users tap a contactless Suica fare card against the Wii U’s gamepad to access their funds. The  Continue Reading » [Source: PYMNTS]

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Albert van den Broek (1970) started his career in 1995. After 6 years of studying Economics, and obtaining his Master's degree in International Economics & Economic Geography. In 2000, he founded a company focusing on the development of an online platform for communication of employee benefits, being one of the firsts offering an online platform for the financial industry. Two years later, his company merged with Figlo, the current market leader in The Netherlands for personal financial planning and advice software, and Albert became CIO and member of the board of Figlo. A couple of years ago, Figlo decided to extend their solutions to the worldwide market and given the educational and business background of Albert, it was a logical step to become Figlo’s Chief Globalization Officer & Executive Director with one very important mission: putting Figlo on the global map to bring inside in the financial future for any individual in the world.
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Written by  01 Oct 2012 07:47

The Brazilian Financial Industry: a booming and interesting market

Brazil is a very attractive market in terms of economic growth and is one of the BRIC countries. From my experience people don’t know that much about this very interesting country, therefore I want to share  some facts and figures with you, of course mostly related to the Brazilian Financial Industry. Economy and GDP Brazil’s  Continue Reading »

Written by  16 May 2012 03:10

Next Bank Asia: “the TedTalk of Banking”

On May 9 – 10 I attended Next Bank Asia in Singapore; a conference discussing the REAL future of banks, financial services and money. It was actually the first time the event took place. Being one of the sponsors, I had the opportunity to follow Rob Findlay, Founder of Next Bank Asia, quite closely during  Continue Reading »

Written by  23 Apr 2012 08:25

Retail banking in a consumer-centric world

Today’s connected, consumer-centric world is putting pressure on businesses to deliver timely, personal and compelling communications across diverse channels. Businesses are communicating with better-informed and increasingly demanding consumers via a multitude of channels, including e-mail, websites and/or portals, SMS and social media networks along with traditional mail and telephony via call centres. Effective customer communication  Continue Reading »