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The Russian post office has launched a new financial product for consumers. They can get a microcredit loan (between $100-200 USD) in any post office branch simply by presenting a piece of identification.
Why it matters
Microcredit is something that has really taken off in underdeveloped countries and is usually associated with business development. Will this niche offering attract local customers considering the small amounts loaned?
In Japan, the Ogaki Kyoritsu Bank will offer card free ATM machines. Using only your pin code and your birthdate, the ATM will scan the palm of your hand to verify your identity. The bank offers this service to make sure you can always withdraw money, whether you forgot your wallet, you lost your card or you’ve been caught in a natural disaster.
Barclays bank has set an interesting website for its clients – the Barclays Circle. It’s presented as a social media platform where customers can interact instantaneously with their bank, but also with other customers. Users can get the opinions of banking experts and other customers on financial products and services, as well as give their own opinions.