Financial Services (105)
Cash for plastic
Lebanon’s First National Bank have recently introduced the world’s first loan specifically aimed at financing cosmetic surgery. Customers can borrow anything between $1,000-$5,000 providing applicants are in employment and under 64 years of age.
Why it matters
Select financial services brands appear to be taking personal banking to another level with the introduction of increasingly non-traditional loans for everything from infertility treatment to gastric bypasses and plastic surgery. By working to acknowledge and satiate consumers' desires, could this be a way for banks to reconnect with their estranged customers or will it drive them further away?
Source: First National Bank OOH
14. October 2009
With all the turmoil on Wall Street last year, community bankers are calling for a move back to Main Street. Arianna Huffington is leading the cause with her Move Your Money initiative, aimed at consumers who are banking with the big guys. She claims that although the small banks can’t compete against the big banks, with the help of the collective, they can create an impact. With her program, it’s all about making the statement that Americans won’t stand for greed, corruption and bailouts for bad decisions anymore. And in the end, we’ll all be better off with community banks than with national corporations.
Portugal’s biggest financial institution, state-owned bank Caixa Geral de Depósitos, has launched a financial programme designed to help Portuguese companies export their products abroad.