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Bulletin warns UK's Brexit process could hit SA banks' balance sheets
Bulletin warns UK's Brexit process could hit SA banks' balance sheets

South African banks could well feel the effects of Brexit because the UK represents more than a third of their global assets and liabilities...

By Hilary Joffe 24 Mar 2017

Andrew Torre, Visa president for sub-Saharan Africa. Source:
How Africa's mobile revolution is reaching the unbanked

The continent's mobile banking revolution is only just beginning, and although payment systems are becoming more seamless, cash is still king in Africa...

By Nicci Botha 20 Mar 2017

The race for the payments space
The race for the payments space

Long the bastion of institutionalism and trust, and therefore fairly resilient to disruption, banks are now in a war of adapt or die...

By Nicci Botha 17 Mar 2017

Source: Africa Business Communities
Building business around the customer

In an era of rapidly emerging new technologies customers' preferences are deeply interlocked with the use of new digital innovations...

By Peter Alkema 9 Mar 2017

The value of rewards in building consumer trust online
The value of rewards in building consumer trust online

Trust, throughout the e-commerce ecosystem, was the number one topic taking up headspace for those in the industry...

By Carlos Simões 9 Mar 2017

Afgri pursues Bank of Athens' SA stake
Afgri pursues Bank of Athens' SA stake

Afgri is seeking to acquire the South African portion of Bank of Athens. The deal would give Afgri, which has long been a financier of farmers in partnership with the Land Bank, a banking licence...

By Colleen Goko 8 Mar 2017

Mbhele
#DesignIndaba2017: The innovative Liberty of sponsorship

Sydney Mbhele, chief marketing officer of Liberty, used his Design Indaba 2017 opening address to welcome the creative juggernauts, dreamers and doers, in his rich voice calling the 22nd rendition of Design Indaba the global zeitgeist from the frontlines of design, creativity and innovation across the globe...

By Leigh Andrews 3 Mar 2017

#DesignIndaba2017: Nedbank inspires clients to see money differently
#DesignIndaba2017: Nedbank inspires clients to see money differently

I had the pleasure of attending Nedbank's official launch of its new brand repositioning during the first day of Design Indaba. The bank's new tagline challenges clients and society to ‘see money differently'. And this it does...

By Ann Nurock 2 Mar 2017

Bad Ecobank loans still haunt Nedbank
Bad Ecobank loans still haunt Nedbank

The ghost of bad loans past at Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (ETI) is still haunting Nedbank...

1 Mar 2017

#DesignIndaba2017: What is a bank doing at a design conference?
#DesignIndaba2017: What is a bank doing at a design conference?

The world needs more design-centric companies, run by design-minded people, to create products and processes with human wants, needs and behaviours in mind...

27 Feb 2017

Banks could face massive fines for price fixing
Banks could face massive fines for price fixing

The banks implicated in price fixing by the Competition Commission could face fines of 10% of their turnover...

21 Feb 2017

Competition Commission prosecutes banks for collusion
Competition Commission prosecutes banks for collusion

The Competition Commission has referred a collusion case to the tribunal for prosecution against 17 banks, including three of South Africa's big banks...

16 Feb 2017

Rapid growth seen in consumers using Automated Deposit Tellers
Rapid growth seen in consumers using Automated Deposit Tellers

Due the convenience of Automated Deposit Tellers, there is rapid growth in the number of consumers doing their banking outside the normal banking hours according to FNB...

16 Feb 2017

CashlessAfrica 2017 awards to honor innovation in Africa's digital financial services ecosystem
CashlessAfrica 2017 awards to honor innovation in Africa's digital financial services ecosystem

The CashlessAfrica 2017 awards honor the best across all sectors and segments covering financial technology providers, mobile network operators, financial institutions, mobile money providers...

14 Feb 2017

Investec Private Banking launches #MoreThanData campaign
Investec Private Banking launches #MoreThanData campaign

Can data tell your whole story? To find out, Investec Private Banking presented three 'out of the ordinary' individuals with how data sees them...

14 Feb 2017

Outsurance in new push with digital experts
Outsurance in new push with digital experts

In its latest push to diversify beyond insurance, Outsurance has hired a team of digital financial services experts from Take Your Money Everywhere (Tyme), the mobile payment provider...

By Hanna Ziady 13 Feb 2017

India uses fintech to increase access to banking
India uses fintech to increase access to banking

The Indian government is banking its unbanked population by limiting the amount of cash that can be drawn at one time, identifying populations with high potential to ‘go cashless', and by subsidising smart phones...

By Michael Bowren 7 Feb 2017

Cardtronics CEO Steve Rathgaber. ©Dave Rossman
Cardtronics acquires Spark ATM Systems to enter African market

Cardtronics, which provides services to approximately 225,000 ATMs in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific, has acquired Spark ATM Systems...

6 Feb 2017

Gareth Whitaker
Five key shifts expected in the banking sector

Innovative fintech is forcing the banking industry to adapt their approach...

3 Feb 2017

Source: Capitec Bank
Research indicates Capitec is South Africa's preferred bank

Nielsen's most recent annual banking survey data shows that Capitec Bank, established in 2001, has significantly increased its lead as South Africa's most popular bank...

2 Feb 2017

Mimosa platinum mine. Source:
Absa ruckus distracts from real problems

One can't help but feel a level of deflection by certain political forces in South Africa over the behaviour of the leading banks during apartheid...

By Ron Derby 31 Jan 2017

China and shadow financing: Part 1
China and shadow financing: Part 1

In the first of a two-part series, Mark Mobius of Franklin Templeton Investments looks at the phenomenon of shadow financing in China...

26 Jan 2017

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JSE opens marginally higher on retailers ahead of rate decision

The JSE opened marginally higher on Tuesday in lacklustre trade ahead of the Reserve Bank's interest rate decision later in the day...

By Maarten Mittner 24 Jan 2017

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JSE firmer on banks as retailers find support from Shoprite

The JSE opened firmer on Wednesday on stronger banks and mixed retailers, led by Shoprite, after both sectors were softer on Tuesday due to a stronger pound...

By Maarten Mittner 18 Jan 2017

NCR hauls Standard Bank to court
NCR hauls Standard Bank to court

The NCR is seeking a high court order to stop banks from unilaterally taking money from customers' savings accounts...

By Hanna Ziady 18 Jan 2017

FNB and RMB recognised as SA's best Forex provider
FNB and RMB recognised as SA's best Forex provider

First National Bank (FNB) and RMB have been recognised as the Best Forex Provider in South Africa at the 17th annual World's Best FX Provider for 2017...

17 Jan 2017

Digital consumers show less brand loyalty
Digital consumers show less brand loyalty

Research across consumers in 12 countries finds those that prefer digital engagement channels to human customer service are more likely to switch brands...

12 Jan 2017

#BizTrends2017: Where tech is taking us
#BizTrends2017: Where tech is taking us

Technology touches just about every aspect of our lives. Here are some of what FNB's chief information officer, Peter Alkema predicts for 2017.

By Peter Alkema 11 Jan 2017

Here's how you can help us, FNB - communicate
Here's how you can help us, FNB - communicate

NEWSWATCH: Thanks to social media, big corporates are under close consumer attention at the moment, with banks the foremost of those, expected to build trust. Now, with an undisclosed amount of FNB safety deposit boxes stolen this past weekend, customers are upset at the lack of communication...

22 Dec 2016

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