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18 Sep 2014 10:13

MasterCard envisions biometric future

Finextra reports: MasterCard is claiming a 98% success rate for pilot trials of a biometric verification system combining both voice and facial recognition. Source: Finextra [Source: ]

18 Sep 2014 10:11

Gartner says smartwatch and wristband market poised for take off

Finextra reports: As smartphone vendors and component suppliers continue to expand into the wearables market, Gartner, Inc. predicts that by 2016 smartwatches will comprise about 40 percent of consumer wristworn devices. Source: Finextra [Source: ]

18 Sep 2014 10:05

Merrick Bank Starts E-Gifting with Yiftee Partnership

Bank Innovation reports: Utah-based Merrick Bank is entering the digital gift space with a partnership with the startup Yiftee, which powers online and mobile gifting. Source: Bank Innovation [Source: ]

17 Sep 2014 10:02

Happy Bankers, Mobile Bankers

The Financial Brand Reports: Happy Bankers, Mobile Bankers Want to increase your financial institution’s satisfaction scores? Just get more consumers using your mobile banking platform. Four out of five consumers who use mobile banking apps say they are satisfied with their bank. Source: The Financial Brand [Source: ]

17 Sep 2014 09:57

FinovateFall 2014 — Less than 50 tickets left! Don’t miss out!

Netbanker reports: FinovateFall 2014 — Less than 50 tickets left! Don’t miss out! FinovateFall 2014 is next week and it’s official that the event will be the largest Finovate to date! Over 1,300 tickets have already been sold and we have less than 50 remaining! If you’re interested in attending to see… Source: FinovateFall 2014  Continue Reading » [Source: Netbanker]

16 Sep 2014 09:41

ING adds voice controls to mobile app

Finextra reports: ING adds voice controls to mobile app Holland’s ING has become the first bank in Europe to add a voice control mode to its mobile app, enabling customers to issue commands by speaking. Source: ING adds voice controls to mobile app. [Source: Finextra]

15 Sep 2014 10:09

To Patent or Not to Patent

Banktech reports: To Patent or Not to Patent As more and more IT organizations look to drive innovation, they inevitably need to consider whether they should patent those innovations. Source: To Patent or Not to Patent. [Source: Banktech]

11 Sep 2014 09:53

A Run Through The Chinese Pavilion At TechCrunch Disrupt SF

TechCrunch reports: A Run Through The Chinese Pavilion At TechCrunch Disrupt SF At the Chinese pavilion we ran through those on show: Ogora helps developers add VOIP voice calls to their apps with one line of code. Sensoro is an iBeacon startup which senses the surrounding environment. An image recognition startup that can also recognise objects exhibited,  Continue Reading » [Source: TechCrunch]

11 Sep 2014 09:52

Not to be outdone by rival Stripe, Braintree announces Apple Pay support

VentureBeat reports: Not to be outdone by rival Stripe, Braintree announces Apple Pay support Yesterday was a huge — huge! — day for Apple, as it unveiled new and bigger phones, its first smartwatch, and a new wireless, NFC-based payments system: Apple Pay. Apple announced a long list of financial, retail, and tech companies that  Continue Reading » [Source: VentureBeat]

11 Sep 2014 09:51

Visa begins tokenisation roll out

Finextra reports: Visa begins tokenisation roll out Visa has taken advantage of the hoopla surrounding Apple’s application of digital account tokens to replace card numbers for online and mobile … Source: Visa begins tokenisation roll out. [Source: Finextra]

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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 »