Innovations

Mobile Deposits a Strength for Bank of America

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April 17, 2014
Mobile Deposits a Strength for Bank of America

Remote deposit capture has hit the big time. It used to be that banks would tout the use of smartphone cameras to deposit checks on earnings calls to signal that they were serious about innovation. Now that the remote deposit of checks via RDC has become table stakes for the mobile apps of large...
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US Bank Ups Ante Again on Innovation

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April 17, 2014
US Bank Ups Ante Again on Innovation

Is US Bank the only financial institution in the nation to continue increasing its investment in innovation? It sure seems like it. The latest shot across the financial sector’s bow came yesterday, when bank officials disclosed that they were not just keeping the bank’s innovation budget constant, but actively looking to use retained earnings...
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Loop Will Be Inside Handsets Within One Year, CEO Says

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April 17, 2014
Loop Will Be Inside Handsets Within One Year, CEO Says

Loop, the payments startup that allows for contactless payments at magstripe card readers using magnetic transmission, has plans that go far beyond magstripe itself. The company has deals in the works with a major card network and a major handset manufacturer that should see daylight later this year, CEO Will Graylin told Bank Innovation yesterday. Loop...
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Era of Mass Customization in Banking

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April 17, 2014

Banks have a nearly one-size-fits-all product model which leaves value on the table. For instance, when a bank releases a new online or mobile banking system, it will often be an identical system, with the exact same interface, for all clients of a particular segment. But oil companies like Chevron have different banking needs...
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Bank of America Adds Mobile Users, Sheds Branches

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April 16, 2014
Bank of America Adds Mobile Users, Sheds Branches

Mobile users continue to grow at Bank of America. The bank grew mobile users by 4% in the first quarter of 2014, while shedding 1% of its branches. Mobile users reached 15 million, almost 20% higher than one year ago. JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo both saw about 5% QOQ mobile user growth. 10%...
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Building a Bank from Scratch

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April 15, 2014
Building a Bank from Scratch

The bank of the future probably won’t be made of brick or stone, and may not be much to look at. It’s easier to say what it will do. Entrepreneur and startup mentor Jack Gavigan, who traded tweets with Marc Andreessen and others on the subject back in February, elaborated on his vision for a...
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VIDEO: PayPal Leaps to the Forefront of Biometric Authentication

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April 14, 2014
VIDEO: PayPal Leaps to the Forefront of Biometric Authentication

Biometrics have arrived, and not a moment too soon. The so-called Heartbleed vulnerability has just about everyone worried about the fidelity of passwords, which are hard to remember and not secure anyway. Fingerprint scanners and other forms of biometric authentication are both easier and far safer and have long been held up as potential...
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Chase and Wells See Steady (and Similar) Mobile User Growth

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April 11, 2014
Chase and Wells See Steady (and Similar) Mobile User Growth

Mobile users continue to grow at a steady clip at two of the nation’s largest banks. Both JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo saw about 5% quarter-over-quarter growth in active mobile users for the first quarter of 2014. Chase’s active mobile users hit 16.4 million, up from 15.6 million last quarter. Chase saw a similar...
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VIDEO: Alternative Lenders Are So Hot Right Now

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April 10, 2014
VIDEO: Alternative Lenders Are So Hot Right Now

If you need to borrow money, you picked a great time. New “alternative” –meaning nonbank — lenders are popping up every day. Within the past week, Kabbage, a small business lender, and SoFi, which helps refinance student loans, received large votes of votes of confidence from investors. More recently, person-to-person lender Peerform received $1...
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Kabbage Starts White-Labeling Its Lending Service

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April 9, 2014
Kabbage Starts White-Labeling Its Lending Service

The recent successes of online lenders has made them attractive to investors — and now banks are entering the fray. Small-business lender Kabbage will soon white-label its service to “a very large financial services company,” according to TechCrunch. The online lender recently secured a $270 million credit facility from Guggenheim Securities, an investment arm of...
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