Financial Services

The addition of checking and savings accounts offers US small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) a robust suite of banking products—and the fintech’s vast merchant network could help it acquire new customers.

Blockchains make it far more challenging for beneficiaries to retrieve cryptos after the owner’s death than it is to access traditional assets. Here’s how the industry will respond.

After taking a sizable hit to their business in 2020 from the coronavirus pandemic, digital-only banking players will host 6.5 out of every 10 digital account openings this year—driven by pent-up demand and the gradual return to normalcy.

Big US banks up their tech investments: To ward off competition, especially from the likes of fintechs, several large incumbents increased their spending on technology in Q2 2021. They’ve also started co-opting some of the challengers’ features.

Boston-area bank has national ambitions for digital-only unit: Cambridge Savings Bank’s direct bank subsidiary Ivy Bank faces an uphill climb due to marketing costs and the need to differentiate itself from other digital-only players.

TD Bank digital glitch had very bad timing: The bank restored account access to online and mobile channels after an outage attributed to a service provider—unfortunately, it coincided with a payday and the first distribution of monthly US Child Tax Credit payments.

This month, the bank is starting to deploy its integrated digital offering, potentially reaching half a million customers in July—a measured approach that reduces the risk of any glitches alienating too many customers.

With the $70 million raise, the insurtech will further gamify the industry, and a recent uptick in online searches for life insurance and a need for better employee benefits can increase growth.