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.

Ping An Bank: Change everything

Ping An Bank: Change everything

September 26, 2019

One to watch in China is this transformed financial institution, which claims not only that it knows what its customers want – but how to give it to them, too, in a digital world.

DBS: Leading from the front

DBS: Leading from the front

September 26, 2019

Of all the financial institutions to watch in Asia, when it comes to digital banking, DBS is the one to focus on, having set the template for banks across the world to follow.

E.Sun Commercial Bank: Scaling the heights?

E.Sun Commercial Bank: Scaling the heights?

September 26, 2019

As well as investing heavily in digital in-house capabilities, this Taiwanese financial instiution is keeping an eye out for acquisitions – and, in turn, Asia and international banks should keep an eye on it.

WeBank: China’s financial unicorn

WeBank: China’s financial unicorn

September 26, 2019

This Chinese financial institution should be on everyone's digital radar, not just for being one of the world's largest unicorms, but for also trying 'to make the world flatter' – via tech.

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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 20, 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.