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18 Apr 2014 10:59

Improving Security In the Fast-Paced World of Mobile

Banktech reports: Improving Security In the Fast-Paced World of Mobile Looking at the biggest threats banks face in mobile with BITS’ security expert Jim Pitts. Source: Improving Security In the Fast-Paced World of Mobile. [Source: Banktech]

18 Apr 2014 10:58

Banks Add Mobile Money Management to Attract Millennials

BTN reports: Banks Add Mobile Money Management to Attract Millennials Banks are aiming to add personal financial management features, including goal-based savings vaults and cash flow forecasting, to standard banking apps like mobile check depositing. Their goal: Turn Gen-Y into a loyal client base. Source: Banks Add Mobile Money Management to Attract Millennials. [Source: BTN]

17 Apr 2014 10:59

Chinese Web giant Baidu launches mobile wallet

Finextra reports: Chinese Web giant Baidu launches mobile wallet Search engine provider Baidu has become the latest Chinese Web firm to move into the mobile money arena, launching a payments and wealth management … Source: Chinese Web giant Baidu launches mobile wallet. [Source: Finextra]

17 Apr 2014 10:59

Qapital takes PFM to the next phase with proprietary account integration

Finextra reports: Qapital takes PFM to the next phase with proprietary account integration Swedish financial management start-up Qapital is preparing to launch in the US with a service that enables users to track their spending, set savings … Source: Qapital takes PFM to the next phase with proprietary account integration. [Source: Finextra]

16 Apr 2014 09:10

Westpac Aims to be First to Unlock Mobile Apps with Fingerprints

BTN reports: Westpac Aims to be First to Unlock Mobile Apps with Fingerprints The cutting-edge bank — it already offers smart watch apps — is testing the technology on its employees’ mobile devices and, if all goes well, it plans to roll it out to its customers by late summer. Source: Westpac Aims to be  Continue Reading » [Source: BTN]

16 Apr 2014 09:09

The London Fintech Boom — TransferWise And Others Hit Record Numbers

TechCrunch reports: The London Fintech Boom — TransferWise And Others Hit Record Numbers  Slowly but surely a revolution has been taking place in financial technology, or fintech as we call it these days. These days fintech’s hottest sphere is not in Bloomberg terminals but in disruptive cloud startups, using the Internet as a route around  Continue Reading » [Source: TechCrunch]

16 Apr 2014 09:09

ANZ chief Smith puts social media at the heart of the bank’s future strategy

Finextra reports: ANZ chief Smith puts social media at the heart of the bank's future strategy ANZ chief executive Mike Smith has committed to making social media engagement and digital services a “key business priority” for the Australian bank … Source: ANZ chief Smith puts social media at the heart of the bank's future strategy. [Source: Finextra]

15 Apr 2014 09:13

Are ATMs the Right Channel for Serving the Underbanked?

BTN reports: Are ATMs the Right Channel for Serving the Underbanked? The ATM Industry Association is examining ways the machines can be used to better reach lower-income consumers. Sending money to someone, paying bills, and loading a portion of a check onto a prepaid card are among the types of transactions the group is envisioning  Continue Reading » [Source: BTN]

15 Apr 2014 09:13

Pay By Palm?

PYMNTS reports: Pay By Palm? For some people paying by phone is already the last big thing, and they’ve moved on to paying by palm. Swedish students are now paying with the palms by using Quixter, a truly unique POS device that authorizes payments by scanning the unique patter of blood vessels in an individual’s  Continue Reading » [Source: PYMNTS]

15 Apr 2014 09:13

Keys to Successful Multichannel Optimization

BAI reports: Keys to Successful Multichannel Optimization Developing and executing a multichannel strategy requires foundational data to ensure that the strategy aligns with channel capabilities, customer preferences and the bank’s overall strategy and brand promise. Source: BAI Strategies. [Source: BAI]

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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 »