One of the guardians of the world´s financial systems has issued a new report urging global authorities to stay vigilant against potential fintech-related threats to financial stability.
20 Feb 2019
Between 2018 and 2022, the business springing up around technologies blending the real and virtual worlds is expected to grow 700%.
19 Feb 2019
The digital transformation of the world’s banking industry is a critical evolution that’s needed to ensure the sector stays relevant to its customers and clients.
18 Feb 2019
The relationship, amusingly portrayed as a love-in between big banks like BBVA and fintech start-ups, was the subject of special Valentines Day show in London last week.
08 Feb 2019
Social networks and the conversation created by the media on the internet provide a reliable source of information to gauge society’s feelings or perceptions on certain topics. In a new report, BBVA Research applies big data and artificial intelligence techniques to analyze the reach, the topics, the key players and the perception of the fintech phenomenon based on the information published on Twitter and traditional media.
29 Jan 2019
BBVA’s Group Executive Chairman Carlos Torres Vila explained just why cooperation between banks and the fintech ecosystem is key. He also made a powerful case for a G20 coordinated approach to digital regulation to foster innovation and drive competition at an event in Paris, alongside the IMF managing director, Christine Lagarde.
Google recently obtained a payment license in Ireland and Lithuania in order to offer payment services. Alipay, the financial division of Alibaba, received a similar license in Luxembourg. Facebook has had one since 2017. These licenses open the door to Internet giants operating as payment service providers across Europe, allowing them to manage card payments and transfers, for example. Is this merely the first step to them becoming banks?
25 Jan 2019
We recently caught up with serial entrepreneur Joaquín Ayuso de Paul, CEO and founder of Denizen – a fintech company incubated in BBVA’s New Digital Businesses unit. Denizen has created the first truly global bank account for expats.
24 Jan 2019
22 Jan 2019
A digital banking pioneer in Turkey, Garanti was once again chosen as Turkey’s best for digital banking services, according to World Finance magazine.
15 Jan 2019
Fintechs and major tech corporations have started rolling out new financial services that have the potential to severely disrupt the financial sector. BBVA Research has just published “Digital Transformation and Competition in the Financial Sector,” a working paper that analyzes the regulatory challenges emerging in this new scenario to guarantee that customers can reap the benefits enabled by new technologies while ensuring fair competition conditions in an increasingly diverse ecosystem.
26 Dec 2018
Head of Customer Solutions Analytics & Open Innovation
24 Dec 2018
18 Dec 2018
BBVA is developing an open innovation program in the region, known as fast track, which makes it possible to streamline and make more efficient the processes that the Group develops together with startups to implement new digital products and services for the benefit of customers.
Atom and solarisBank, two companies in which BBVA holds a significant stake, included in KPMG’s ‘Fintech 100’ list. The report ranks the leading 50 ‘Established’ fintech companies across the globe, as well as the most captivating 50 ‘Emerging Stars’ with exciting, new products and solutions.
14 Dec 2018
Usually when BBVA Compass posts Fintech Friday, there’s a theme or a trend that the news cycle follows.
12 Dec 2018
11 Dec 2018
The conference “Decentralized World” was recently held at BBVA’s Open Space in Madrid, focusing on the decentralization of the economy and trying to unravel some of the possibilities that blockchain technology can offer for data management in the future.
10 Dec 2018
How will banks be impacted by big tech (Google, Amazon, Facebook, etc.) entering the financial services industry? Can regulation promote a level playing field? These are some of the questions raised at the “Big Tech Banking” event organized by CUNEF (University of Financial Studies) and the Spanish Banking Association (AEB). BBVA joined financial experts and regulators participating in the event, where a common thought prevailed: data will play a key role in the battle between banks and Big Tech.
08 Dec 2018
Biometrics, artificial intelligence, blockchain. These are just some of the technologies the bank is using to change the way it engages with its customers and clients, offering new experiences and streamlining processes. Technology adoption and collaboration with the fintech ecosystem is putting BBVA at the forefront of the financial sector’s digital transformation. This is no longer a vision of the future, rather the execution of projects with tangible results. Here are some of BBVA’s most notable achievements in 2018.
07 Dec 2018
No one can predict the future. But calculated forecasts can be made based off of robust information.
30 Nov 2018
23 Nov 2018
This Fintech Friday has a local spin to it, with a columnist out in the desert making a case for Arizona’s financial technology sector.
For second year in a row, the European Commission has recognized BBVA as one of the 36 corporates that are doing more to collaborate with technological startups.
16 Nov 2018
Mortgages and real estate were at the forefront of the fintech news headlines this week in the U.S.
15 Nov 2018
Upturn, a new venture incubated by BBVA and aimed at changing the financial health of up to 22 million U.S. residents a year, has today been launched in the U.S.
13 Nov 2018
The digital transformation is altering the Spanish economy as demonstrated by varying levels of ‘routinization’ in numerous fields and the growing relationship between average salaries and hardware and software use in different occupations. These are some of the conclusions detailed in a report prepared by BBVA Research, which analyzes the impact of the routinization and computerization of different manufacturing sectors, occupations, and employment profiles on the Spanish economy.
12 Nov 2018
U.S. digital bank Simple, which is owned by BBVA, has announced the appointment of David Hijirida as the company’s next Chief Executive Officer. Hijirida, who joins from Amazon, takes over from Dickson Chu who was working as the interim CEO of the bank, and who will remain as the Executive Chairman of Simple’s Board of Directors.
Who will win the battle between fintech and banks in an age where geographic borders matter less and data is a critical factor in business growth? Actually for BBVA Chief Executive Officer Carlos Torres Vila the answer is simple – it will be the customer. This was one of the key messages he delivered in front of several thousand people at the world’s biggest fintech conference in Singapore, earlier today.
09 Nov 2018
News headlines were heavy-hitting this week in the world of U.S. fintechs. The same outlet published two articles this week, one about possible challenges, and one about an ongoing alliance.
08 Nov 2018
The European Banking Authority (EBA) has just released its work programme for next year. Understanding the risks and opportunities arising from financial innovation and a better handling of data are some of the priorities the institution has outlined for 2019.
06 Nov 2018
02 Nov 2018
26 Oct 2018
Money20/20 USA, the world’s largest fintech and payments event, took place earlier this week in Las Vegas. The annual event, now in its sixth year, touts itself as the place where the payments, fintech and financial services create and explore the ways consumers and businesses manage, spend and borrow money.
23 Oct 2018
Are banks going to withstand the challenge of the big tech players and indeed beat them at their own game? It’s a question that banks all over the world are working on but for two of the leading digital banks in the world —BBVA and Citi— it’s more a question of how far do ‘we’ want to go.
22 Oct 2018
Innovate or Die.
It has become a common refrain over the past decade or so for banks when it comes to technology, particularly when faced with fintechs wishing to disrupt what has traditionally been part of banking’s value chain. But in the U.S.,the challenges associated with innovation come not only from fintechs but also from the relatively glacial pace of regulatory change.
19 Oct 2018
This week, a quick wrap-up of the top fintech stories:
18 Oct 2018
The partnership paves the way for the development of a startup studio in London, reinforcing BBVA’s strategy to be part of the fintech ecosystem and develop products and services for the new era of digital banking.
17 Oct 2018
BBVA Group Executive Chairman Francisco González said to participants in the BBVA Open Summit in Madrid that “data will define the future of the world.” Addressing an audience of hundreds of entrepreneurs, BBVA chairman added that for BBVA, data belongs to the customer.
Boundaries between sectors are quickly disappearing in the fintech world – a trend also apparent in efforts to innovate. With this in mind, the second edition of Open Summit is exploring different ways in which startups and corporations can work together. “At BBVA we want to turn the magic of startups into products that reach our customers,” Derek White, the head of Client Solutions, said at the opening session of the event.
16 Oct 2018
13 Oct 2018
José Manuel González-Páramo on Saturday took part in the annual meeting of the Institute for International Finance (IIF) in Bali held in parallel with the annual meetings of the IMF and the World Bank. He called for a regulatory framework that treats all market participants equally by establishing a level playing field: “Activities with the same risks should receive the same regulatory treatment” without unnecessary barriers to competition, he said.
12 Oct 2018
The International Monetary Fund and the World Bank Group this week launched the Bali Fintech Agenda, a set of 12 policy elements aimed at helping member countries harness the benefits and opportunities of rapid advances in financial technology.
11 Oct 2018
CreditGate24, a company that specializes in financing to individuals and companies, has been chosen as the best Swiss startup in the final of BBVA Open Talent Switzerland held in Zürich. The fintech will represent Switzerland in the global final to be held October 16-17 in Madrid.
08 Oct 2018
Open innovation took center stage at South Summit 2018, where BBVA presented various tools, initiatives, and projects. With its participation in the event, the bank sought exposure to talent and ideas outside its normal ecosystem.
05 Oct 2018
BBVA has given Sheetgo the award as the startup with the most scalable business during the closing of Spain’s biggest startup conference in Madrid.
26 Sep 2018
BBVA backed digital banking platform Simple is shaking up the U.S. savings market by introducing a sector leading rate for consumers.
24 Sep 2018
BBVA has launched a new service for startups looking to work with the bank, which matches up expertise with needs across the business.
21 Sep 2018
Developments in the U.S. fintech world reached the federal level this week (more so than usual).
14 Sep 2018
13 Sep 2018
12 Sep 2018
These decentralized applications use blockchain so that users can interact directly among themselves and close deals without the involvement of a central management service.
07 Sep 2018
06 Sep 2018
In this series of of interviews, BBVA talks with some of those at the cutting edge of designing the future of financial services. The series is about getting under the skin of where, how and why technology will be the biggest game-changer when it comes to how people and businesses bank in the future.
04 Sep 2018
Amid increasing numbers of fintechs joining the financial industry and burgeoning investment in them – Accenture reports $27.4 billion was spent financing fintechs in 2017, an 18 percent increase year-over-year – there has been much hand wringing and discussion about the future of incumbent banks. For BBVA Compass Head of Business Development Pepe Olalla, the future isn’t so murky.
“When people say the next industry to be disrupted will be banking, and that it will suffer what media or the music industries have suffered, I tend to disagree,” he says.
03 Sep 2018
More than six months have passed since the initial deadline for compliance with the EU’s PSD2, designed to increase openness, convenience, and competition in consumer banking. There has been criticism that the foretold open banking revolution has been slow to get off the ground. But is that fair? What has been achieved so far, is open banking on course, and what does the future hold?
31 Aug 2018
Thoughts were shared recently about what potential fintech entrepreneurs should be wary of when first starting out. A particular piece by Forbes outlines key tips from top leaders in the fintech world, including representatives from companies such as Instant Financial, Alpha Vantage and more.
24 Aug 2018
New doors may be opening for some fintechs across the country, at least according to one news source.
23 Aug 2018
Technically, big data is no different than any other data, there’s just more of it. After all, gathering data is nothing new. We all have birth certificates, marriage licenses, insurance cards, and our grandparents had those same things decades ago… even without computers. The difference today is the sheer volume of data and the ways that data can be collected and analyzed.
22 Aug 2018
The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) recently released research aimed at demonstrating the importance of digital transformation in corporate banking. In the research, BCG underscored the notion that for lasting and meaningful digital transformation, banks need to develop a clear vision for the future of banking, formulate a comprehensive strategy of how they will evolve alongside it, and plan their initiatives accordingly.