Contactless payments are here to stay in the post-COVID world, according to recent data from Amex, but cash’s staying power may hinder banks from fully realizing the efficiencies of digitized payments. Meanwhile, Bank of America filed a record 415 patent applications during the first half of 2020, with a clear focus on AI and machine learning, security and programming technology. Also this week, Bank Innovation launched FI Innovation Rankings, with data from FI Navigator, which ranks the 25 most innovative financial institutions across various asset sizes. Truist takes first place among institutions with more than $100 billion of assets. Find this and more in today’s edition of the Weekly Wrap, featuring JJ Hornblass and Bianca Chan for the week ending Sept. 25, 2020.
It seems consumers need bank branches less than before. A Plaid study showed 80% of consumers now say they can bank without a branch. Banks like Citibank and Silicon Valley Bank, meanwhile, are launching new platforms out of internal incubators. “We have seen from the research we have done with our clients and investor partners that there is tremendous value in us developing new solutions and new businesses to meet their top needs,” said Melody Dippold, managing director and head of innovation at Silicon Valley Bank. Find this and more in today’s edition the Weekly Wrap, featuring JJ Hornblass and Rick Morgan for the week ending Sept. 18, 2020.