Digital evangelists predicting the demise of the bank branch could be in for a rude awakening, according to a new study from IDC Financial Insights which pitches the much-derided bricks and mortar outlet as the fulcrum of a healthy bank-to-customer relationship strategy.
ING Bank in the Netherlands is introducing voice-activated payments through its mobile app, enabling customers to authorise transactions by conversing with a virtual assistant on their phone.
National Australia Bank is to establish a $50 million venture fund to invest in startups with fresh ideas in mobile banking, payments and data and analytics.
There were 192 fintech mergers and acquisitions worth a total of $18.9 billion in the first half of 2015, according to research from investment bank Berkery Noyes.
Hong Kong network operator HKT has launched Tap & Go, a SIM-based mobile payments service for online, P2P and contactless instore transactions.
Hot payments startup Stripe has landed a new round of funding from investors including American Express, Visa and Sequoia Capital, valuing the San Francisco-based company at $5 billion.
One in every two visits to a bank branch now involves self-service transactions rather than human interaction, according to data from the UK's Halifax.
The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has poached Citi exec Sopnendu Mohanty to head up a new fintech and innovation group.
ANZ is looking to beef up its retail distribution strategy with the appointment of long-serving McDonald's exec Catriona Noble to oversee its customer-facing channels.
The Baddest Man on the Planet, Mike Tyson, is muscling in on the world of cryptocurrencies, lending his star power to a new bitcoin ATM in Las Vegas.
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