Financial Services (105)
The ATM that greases your palm
In Japan, the Ogaki Kyoritsu Bank will offer card free ATM machines. Using only your pin code and your birthdate, the ATM will scan the palm of your hand to verify your identity. The bank offers this service to make sure you can always withdraw money, whether you forgot your wallet, you lost your card or you’ve been caught in a natural disaster.
Why it matters
The Ogaki Kyoritsu Bank is looking at new techniques to solve a problem caused by everyday (and extraordinary) misfortunes. What natural barriers in our services can we remove to optimize our service?
Green mortgages and loans are the latest effort by banks and credit unions to encourage eco-friendly development. Home equity loans requested for installing solar panels as well as mortgages for homes that meet a certain energy efficiency requirement are subject to reduced loan rates and other benefits.
The Russian post office has launched a new financial product for consumers. They can get a microcredit loan (between $100-200 USD) in any post office branch simply by presenting a piece of identification.