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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?
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 online banking specialist ING Direct launched a teaser campaign of print ads showing faces in various stages of pleasure and with the sentence “Today, I did it." While people though it was promoting a dating website ING Direct was in fact pointing out the pleasure of changing banks.