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It’s always easy to sit on the side lines and to snipe. As a non-US citizen, it’s easy to take pot shots at the US payments system. For example, at a time when most European countries were phasing out checks, the US was introducing Check 21 which, it can be argued, extends the life of […]

Aug 30th, 2012 | Filed under Banking, Corporate Banking, Retail Banking

The online Finalist-selection round of the 2012 Innotribe Startup Challenge is now open at http://innotribestartup.com. The Challenge introduces the world’s most promising FinTech and Financial Service startups to a global community of over 9000 financial institutions, investors and influencers actively investing in innovation. Over 400 of startups from around the world applied to participate in […]

Aug 29th, 2012 | Filed under Banking

Gareth Lodge and Zil Bareisis both blogged on the difficulties mobile payments have had at the London Summer Games over the past few weeks. I have nothing to directly add by way of personal observation, since I’ve been stuck in Atlanta the past few weeks. Gareth’s citing the widespread use of cash despite Visa’s expensive […]

Aug 16th, 2012 | Filed under Banking, Retail Banking

Bart Narter, Senior Vice President, Celent’s Banking Group This event is free to attend for Celent clients, flex-plan clients, and the media. Non-clients can attend for a fee of US$195. If you are unsure of your client status, please contact Steve Nawrocki at +1.617.262.3128 or snawrocki@celent.com. Please click here for more information.

Aug 15th, 2012 | Filed under Events
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So it’s all over. 7 years in the making, 2 weeks in delivering and – hopefully – years of continued benefit. Yes, I’m referring to the Olympics which has captivated so many of us. On just about every point, it’s been a success, with our British humour shining through, from the opening ceremony to the […]

Aug 13th, 2012 | Filed under Banking, Corporate Banking, Retail Banking

Whilst perhaps still not at the level the regulators want, shopping around for better financial deals is becoming much more prevalent in the UK, particularly in the insurance, credit card and mortgage markets. As a result, there is a huge market in lead generation, with comparison websites spending huge sums on TV advertising, resulting in […]

Aug 9th, 2012 | Filed under Banking, Retail Banking

I’m very excited about an upcoming Celent report authored by Stephen Greer and myself entitled, What App, Doc? This document evaluates the top US bank’s mobile banking apps, as well as mobile web, text banking and alerting capabilities. The report goes into detail Celent is famous for, with feature functionality grids (sample shown below), screen […]

Aug 8th, 2012 | Filed under Uncategorized

Bob Meara, Senior Analyst, Celent’s Banking Group This event is free to attend for Celent clients, flex-plan clients, and the media. Non-clients can attend for a fee of US$195. If you are unsure of your client status, please contact Steve Nawrocki at +1.617.262.3128 or snawrocki@celent.com. Please click here for more information.

Aug 6th, 2012 | Filed under Events
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They say, “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.” In my report last year I contrasted Google Wallet and PayPal as representatives of two fundamentally distinct approaches seeking to win in the battle to bring mobile payments to the high street. Not anymore – having failed to ignite the market in the first 12 months […]

Aug 2nd, 2012 | Filed under Banking, Retail Banking

London Olympics are in full swing, and so far it’s been a tremendous success. I thought the opening ceremony was absolutely breathtaking – it was creative, ambitious, beautiful and yet so different from everything else we’ve seen. After Beijing, most people said it would be difficult to surpass the sheer scale and grandeur of that […]

Aug 2nd, 2012 | Filed under Banking, Retail Banking