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Retail bank profits in Ireland


Retail banking in Ireland

Ireland's banking industry has been dogged by scandal and public criticism since the financial and economic crises took hold. A key characteristic...

The future face of German banking?

Fidor Bank, based in Munich, Germany, may just be the new face of German banking. Fidor Bank is part of the wider Fidor Group, which also owns Fidor...

The contact centre

It is remarkable that large institutions, even banks, can to this day fail to recognise the importance of phone manner and interpersonal finesse when...

American Express swaps wholesale partner for several retailers

American Express is to launch a new rewards programme in tandem with Macy's, Exxon Mobil, AT&T and other well-known brands including Nationwide, Rite...

Drillisch is the latest German mobile operator to offer contactless payments

Wirecard has signed an agreement with German mobile virtual network operator Drillisch, which will offer Wirecard's new payment product 'boonpayment'...

A difference of opinion on breaking the banks

On Tuesday 17 March, the Financial Times' Alphaville site published a post referring to an upcoming Lafferty report on fintech disruption in the banking...

Bitcoin supporters welcome regulation and investment from UK government

Following on from the Bank of England expressing its support for research into central bank-issued digital currencies last month, the UK government has...

Virtual cards and mobile: 'A great match'

For three years in a row, payments provider Ixaris has featured in the FinTech Top 50 list of companies to watch in the European fintech...

Planet of the APIs

Adapting to new API requirements may be an expensive process, calling for a rethink of banking strategy – but these are investments worth making. When...

Africa continues to blaze a trail for mobile money

Following last week's CPMI report about Kenya's Safaricom and Tanzania's Vodacom teaming up to offer mobile wallet-to-wallet cross-border...

Facebook will struggle with trust issues over payments

As it moves into consumer-facing financial services, Facebook will struggle with the challenge of establishing trust, said John Egan, head of innovation...

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