Financial Services (105)
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 New York, a new way of online banking is developing. Customers simply connect their bank account with their social media channels. Depending on how the consumer behaves online and what they share with Movenbank, they can get rewards such as a better interest rate or lower fees. The bank then validates the information and provides financial advice if needed.
With the rise of mobile penetration, brands are trying to tap into M-commerce, but finding a seamless user experience has been difficult to achieve.
A start-up named Clover may have found a solution. They’ve created a one-click mobile application payment system which only requires entering your phone number and a PIN to authenticate the user and purchase.