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Somewhere in the German winegrowing region Rheingau, deep down under the Ress’s vineyard estate, there is a bank - the wineBANK. It offers a perfectly well-tempered and secure wine storage space for rent to keep the value of your beloved red and white wines growing. A special degustation room complements the service.
Why it matters
As a reaction to the implosion of the art-market bubble and the ongoing gold-rush, smart investment alternatives like vintage wines are gaining popularity. Will we see ‘high-street banks’ hopping on the train and cooperating with specialists in these alternative areas such as winemakers to expand their offer?
“Pay with a tweet” is the first social payment system where you can pay online with the value of your social network. The system is really simple. Every time somebody pays with a tweet, he or she spreads the word about your product in his social network. The two founders used the system to promote their book released in 2010.
Microcredit company Fair Finance in the UK is the first in Europe to secure financing from commercial banks to expand its business model. credit and payment solutions for exporting companies, limiting the risks of business abroad, helping the country to reduce its deficit. But will this campaign be enough to restore the public confidence in financial institutions and banks - widely perceived as being accountable for the crisis?