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HSBC to relocate retail and commercial operations to Birmingham

HSBC is set to move the company’s UK personal and business bank headquarters to Birmingham for its planned ring-fenced UK retail and commercial banking business. Read more … [Source: BBR]

10 hours ago

‘Cloud containers’ may be a digital package banks can accept

The so-called cloud container, a tool that makes it easier to develop apps for different operating systems, has emerged as a disruptive technology in data center and cloud computing. Even banks, ever cautious about safety in the cloud, may embrace the technology. Read more … [Source: BTN]

25 Mar 2015 11:42

Did Google’s search for tighter bonds with banks lead it to Porat?

By poaching Ruth Porat from Morgan Stanley, it’s clear Google wants to forge closer relationships with banks. That’s because banks hold the key to helping Google expand its Google Wallet mobile payments product. Read more … [Source: BTN]

24 Mar 2015 15:21

Square extends Cash to businesses

Square is hoping to wean America’s merchants off cheques by extending its Cash person-to-person payments service to businesses. Launched in 2013, Square Cash lets Americans send money to friends and family for free through a linked debit card using only an email address or phone number. The service is now being extended to businesses and non-profits,  Continue Reading » [Source: Finextra]

24 Mar 2015 03:47

British invasion, fintech edition

Boris Johnson, the mayor of London, visited New York last month, not to promote British tourism or compare notes with his counterpart Bill de Blasio, but to showcase financial technology firms. Read more … [Source: BTN]

23 Mar 2015 10:06

US House delves into payments technologies

Democrats and Republicans from the US House of Representatives have come together in a bipartisan effort to form the Congressional Payments Technology Caucus (CPTC), a group aimed at exploring innovative payments technologies. [Source: PYMNTS]

23 Mar 2015 08:29

Razorpay brings Stripe-style payments to India

A new startup called Razorpay is hoping to surf a tidal wave of e-commerce projects rocketing through India by making it easier for startups and major players to add payments to their services package. [Source: PYMNTS]

23 Mar 2015 07:17

Apple Pay coming to China in April?

According to reports on kapron Asia, it seems as though Apple and China Union Pay have struck a deal that had only existed in rumors until now, meaning that the Chinese version of Apple Pay could be set to roll in April 2015. [Source: PYMNTS]

23 Mar 2015 03:56

Poll results: When will the US upgrade to real-time payments?

The results of a recent American Banker poll are in. When will the US have real-time, ubiquitous, secure payments? [Source: BTN]

23 Mar 2015 03:54

From cows to mobile – the ideas that changed payments

While the Code of Hammurabi is best known for the ‘eye for an eye’ proclamation, it also deserves credit for being the first recorded instance in history where money was formally recognized as a tool of civil society. [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

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 Ted Talk 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

Retail banking customers are quickly moving online, and without the right tools in place, banks can find themselves struggling to manage customer demands.