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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]

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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]

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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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It’s Time for Mobile Banking to Grow Up: How to Decouple From Online

Banktech reports: It's Time for Mobile Banking to Grow Up: How to Decouple From Online The initial step towards a mobile-first strategy has to be cutting the mobile channel loose from online banking. Source: It's Time for Mobile Banking to Grow Up: How to Decouple From Online. [Source: Banktech]

23 Jul 2014 09:36

Wells Fargo’s Booking Tool Removes Branch Bete Noire: Waiting in Line

BTN reports: Wells Fargo's Booking Tool Removes Branch Bete Noire: Waiting in Line The bank’s adoption of scheduling technology underscores the fact that, while branch traffic is declining, most sales of loan, deposit or investment products are still made at the branch. It’s also further evidence that banks are using technology to engage with customers  Continue Reading » [Source: BTN]

23 Jul 2014 09:35

Taking The Pain Out of Merchant Onboarding

PYMNTS reports: Taking The Pain Out of Merchant Onboarding “If PayPal can board me in 5 minutes, why can’t my acquirer?” Automating the boarding and underwriting process has completely reinvented what used to take days (even weeks) and cost a lot of money. But does it save time at the expense of other downside risk?  Continue Reading » [Source: PYMNTS]

14 Jul 2014 11:08

Detours on the Road to Digital Banking

Banktech reports: Detours on the Road to Digital Banking Digitization is recognized as key to growth. But new research from McKinsey reveals many businesses doubt their ability to reach digital potential. How do banks shape up? Source: Detours on the Road to Digital Banking. [Source: Banktech]

14 Jul 2014 11:07

How Banks Can Overcome the Challenge of Data Overload

Banktech reports: How Banks Can Overcome the Challenge of Data Overload Banks must master the use of unstructured data if they want to seize competitive advantage, enjoy productivity gains, and improve customer service. Source: How Banks Can Overcome the Challenge of Data Overload. [Source: Banktech]

14 Jul 2014 11:02

The Mobile Payment Apps Attention Problem

PYMNTS reports: The Mobile Payment Apps Attention Problem New Nielsen research suggests consumers max out at 26 or so apps a month – which means commerce and payments apps have to be amazingly compelling to pry eyeballs from games and other software. Other than hiring George Clooney or Kate Upton as apps spokespeople, what can  Continue Reading » [Source: PYMNTS]

14 Jul 2014 11:02

Back-office legacy still holding back banks

Bankingtech reports: Back-office legacy still holding back banks Setting up a bank in the UK is costly, time-consuming, heavily regulated and not easy. As a result, the dynamic, start-up culture that drives innovation in many other sectors is less prevalent within banking and financial services. Source: Back-office legacy still holding back banks. [Source: Bankingtech]

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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 »