Financial Services (105)
Baby banking steps
The Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank launched a product named ‘Banoun’ which is an account for children aged 8 and above. To appeal and grab their imagination, they created a character called Darhoom that tells the kids stories about how to save and manage their allowance.
Why it matters
Not only does this program help kids understand the concept of finance at an early age, it encourages parents to become more responsible by investing into their kids’ future. While this concept may be familiar in many western markets, it’s an innovative one for an Islamic bank in the Middle East. Will this encourage all other banks to open up to a new, even younger, Arab generation?
E-billing (www.e-rechnung.at) is a new service provided by PostFinance (Yellowbill) and the Swiss banks (Paynet) that gives consumers complete control over bill payments by adopting an online invoicing system. Invoices appear in the consumer’s e-billing mailbox and can be checked and modified before releasing payment. If you are not completely happy with the invoice it can be declined.
Vein authentication is only commonly used in high security areas – now Hitachi and Coca Cola plan to introduce this technology for the use of consumers as well. People will be able to pay for their drinks at vending machines with nothing but their fingertip, with the amount of money being withdrawn automatically from their bank account.