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
Dutch bank ING have introduced their customers to 'Tim', a digital personal finance management tool that’s linked directly to their bank account. The tool doesn’t require the manual input of data and instead personal spending is streamed and shown via the internet in real time.
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