September 13, 2017

Global P2P Transfer Service Abra Enables Funding with American Express

After receiving an undisclosed amount from American Express during its Series A funding round in September 2015, blockchain-based P2P transfer service Abra recently announced a partnership with the credit card provider. By allowing U.S. customers to fund their bitcoin wallets with American Express cards, the startup hopes integration with a well-established payment network will attract […]

August 28, 2017

Staying Ahead of the Curve with Financial Time Travel

Despite the obvious convenience of all-in-one cards, most providers have struggled to move from concept to delivery. Many found mass production of concept cards too difficult a problem to solve, while others encountered new problems, such as increasing the chance of charging purchases to the wrong card, unique to all-in-one cards. Easing these pain points […]

August 17, 2017

Credit Card Product Update – 2017 Q1 & Q2

The Credit Card Product Update slide deck examines new product releases from 11 credit card carriers in the Credit Card Monitor coverage group in the first half of 2017. Inside, we highlight basic fee information, rewards criteria and specific standout features unique to each card and include a chart showing what firms feature which digital payment services for their product offerings.

August 16, 2017

Around the Industry: Bank of the West

To ensure comprehensive research services, Corporate Insight’s Bank Monitor occasionally looks beyond the usual coverage group and profiles less well known financial institutions from around the industry. We recently looked at the private site online banking experience from Bank of the West, evaluating its capabilities and user interface. Originally launched in 1874 as Farmers National […]

August 07, 2017

Beating the Odds: Banks and Brokerages Report Stronger-Than-Expected Earnings

Big banks and brokerages are celebrating their quarterly earnings reports. But how they’re communicating their successes to investors says a lot more than the numbers themselves. Bank of America, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan, Morgan Stanley and Wells Fargo all beat their estimated earnings, marking the current optimistic sentiment that’s resulted from rising interest rates […]

August 02, 2017

Daimler AG Tests Blockchain in €100 Million Transaction

While blockchain technology has the potential to revolutionize financial services, implementation will require a significant shift from proof-of-concepts to production. Daimler AG, manufacturer of Mercedes-Benz, recently announced a move in that direction with a test of the technology and promises of more to come. While banks around the world are showing significant interest in blockchain, […]

July 24, 2017

P2P Payments Update: Zelle Launches in Mobile and Online Banking Platforms

This June marked the official launch of Zelle, the new person-to-person (P2P) payment service, in several banks’ online and mobile platforms. Aiming to create a unified P2P payment offering across U.S. financial services institutions, Early Warning developed Zelle in partnership with over 30 banks on top of its clearXchange network. By creating a single brand […]

July 19, 2017

U.S. Bank Campaigns for LGBT Pride

This past June, U.S. Bank concluded a massive campaign to celebrate LGBT Pride in 33 cities across the country. In the digital space, the firm launched a Pride microsite of Stories and Insights with tips for customers and prospects on everything from same-sex wedding planning to auto loans, with occasional tie-ins to visit the bank’s […]

July 06, 2017

Different Approaches to a Common Goal: Mobile-First Site Revamps

Fifth Third Bank and Capital One recently overhauled their personal banking and small business client private sites, respectively. While the firms take different approaches to site design, navigation and organization of content, both sites are optimized for mobile and tablet experiences. Given the rise of multi-platform usage, it’s become important for firms to roll out […]