Visa pays $5.3 billion to share in fintech growth

Visa pays $5.3 billion to share in fintech growth

January 16, 2020
By PETER LEE

The premium price for its acquisition of Plaid shows Visa’s determination not to be left behind in the fintech-led transformation gathering pace across financial services.

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ABA's makeover into a Cambodian digital leader

January 15, 2020

Central Asian expertise and North American money made for a powerful mix: together they have turned ABA Bank into a digital entrepreneur and propelled it to the top tier of Cambodia’s banking industry.

South Korea: Let the app wars begin

South Korea: Let the app wars begin

January 14, 2020
By MORGAN DAVIS

New banking rules have blown the competition wide open in South Korea, allowing banks to piggy-back off each other’s client relationships by offering a better mobile app.

Inside Kaspi’s Kazakh banking experiment

Inside Kaspi’s Kazakh banking experiment

January 13, 2020
By MATTHEW THOMAS

Kaspi.kz is Kazakhstan’s most exciting technology company, its most ambitious bank and perhaps its next international export, but rivals think they have figured out its secrets.

Cashless Kingdom: Saudi approves new e-wallet operator

Cashless Kingdom: Saudi approves new e-wallet operator

November 22, 2019
By VIRGINIA FURNESS

BayanPay, a digital payments company owned by London-listed Finablr, has received regulatory approval to operate its mobile money platform in Saudi Arabia, as the Kingdom looks to a future without cash.

Can credit pop Brazil’s fintechs?

Can credit pop Brazil’s fintechs?

November 04, 2019
By ROB DWYER

As the number of financial technology startups in Brazil balloons, there is a growing sense that the pin to puncture their growth is one critical area of operation: credit.

Facebook’s Libra isn’t finished yet

Facebook’s Libra isn’t finished yet

October 30, 2019
By PETER LEE

The political and regulatory backlash has driven leading payments companies out of the Libra association, but a new version of the revolutionary stablecoin may yet appear.

Airline-style alliances in banking look set to take off

Airline-style alliances in banking look set to take off

October 17, 2019
By DOMINIC O’NEILL

The Trade Club Alliance, a new 14-bank partnership to match SME exporters and importers, reflects greater willingness among banks – especially in Europe – to work together against low-cost newcomers, while relinquishing their own global ambitions.

VTB bets big on digital

VTB bets big on digital

October 11, 2019
By LUCY FITZGEORGE-PARKER

VTB has long lagged state-owned rival Sberbank in terms of profitability, but with sanctions limiting access to capital the pressure is on to close the gap – chairman Andrey Kostin explains why digital transformation and aggressive retail growth hold the key to success for Russia’s second-largest lender.

Transaction banking's trailblazers

Transaction banking's trailblazers

October 11, 2019
By KANIKA SAIGAL

Driven by changes in technology and many new entrants to the business, transaction banking is no longer a boring, old, but stable revenue earner, chugging along in the background.

Korea gets the digital banking bug

Korea gets the digital banking bug

October 04, 2019
By CHRIS WRIGHT

Korea’s first two digital banks have had very different starts: one, kakaobank, is a clear success story; the other, K Bank, badly needs funding but is caught up in a problem around its would-be-biggest shareholder.

Lazard gears up for the next M&A cycle

Lazard gears up for the next M&A cycle

October 03, 2019
By PETER LEE

The winners in M&A advisory are supposed to be the firms with the best-connected and most-knowledgeable industry experts to advise chief executives, but Lazard’s CEO wants more data scientists to help advisers upgrade their tools for predicting how shareholders will respond to takeover deals.

Indonesia: Clever collaboration lifts fintech

Indonesia: Clever collaboration lifts fintech

October 01, 2019
By ELLIOT WILSON

Fintechs, banks and government are working together to build clever new digital services and boost financial inclusion in a country where millions are unbanked.

Special focus

Quick read: European banking’s digital experiment

Quick read: European banking’s digital experiment

September 18, 2018

European bank chief executives speak obsessively to Euromoney about new and rebooted digital banking arms – read on for a guide to Dominic O’Neill’s in-depth examination of the strategy and rationale behind these projects, and their chances of success.

Blythe Masters: Special focus

Blythe Masters: Special focus

January 31, 2018

Blythe Masters became CEO of Digital Asset Holdings in 2015 after 27 years at JPMorgan, where she was credited as the creator of the credit default swap (CDS).

Fintech and innovation: special focus

Fintech and innovation: special focus

July 19, 2017

From cloud technology to cashless payments, digital currencies to P2P networks, mobile banking to FX robots… financial institutions worldwide are looking to lead technological advances while also trying to keep up with them.