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Banking services: Belgian banks are innovating – Finance

Belfius, Deutsche Bank and ING sign several interesting little novelties.

Nickel, which arrives in Belgium and allows you to open an account with its bookseller, KBC, which becomes the first bank in Europe to launch its own digital currency (the Kate Coin)… Definitely, the innovations follow one another on our banking market. Latest example: the signature by Deutsche Bank Belgium of a partnership with the Belgian asset management platform Abbove (formerly PaxFamilia). From now on, customers will benefit from the tools of the start-up which will be fully integrated into those already offered by Deutsche Bank.

Nickel, which arrives in Belgium and allows you to open an account with its bookseller, KBC, which becomes the first bank in Europe to launch its own digital currency (the Kate Coin)… Definitely, the innovations follow one another on our banking market. Latest example: the signature by Deutsche Bank Belgium of a partnership with the Belgian asset management platform Abbove (formerly PaxFamilia). From now on, customers will benefit from the start-up’s tools which will be fully integrated into those already offered by Deutsche Bank. exclusivity with BNP Paribas Fortis has come to an end) with the aim of “strengthening our wealth management offer for private banking and wealth management clients by facilitating the advice we can give them”, says Olivier Delfosse, CEO of Deutsche Bank Belgium. In another register, there is also the very recent acquisition of a majority stake by Belfius in the young Antwerp company CenEnergy. Founded in 2016, the latter specializes in the manufacture of electric charging stations and the provision of ancillary services, ranging from auditing to installation, including bill management and even an overview of consumption. Objective of the transaction for Belfius and its car leasing activities? “Strengthening our sustainable mobility offer at a time when customers are increasingly demanding this type of solution, the technicality and taxation of which require additional advice”, explains Sofie De Loecker, Marketing Director at Belfius. The investment in CenEnergy is indeed in addition to those already made by the bank in the bicycle rental company Cyclis and in the mobility application Skipr. It is an entire ecosystem beyond its banking services and insurance (beyond banking) centered around the flexible and “green” mobility that Belfius is developing. Still at Belfius, another novelty is also appearing, but this time in terms of means of payment. After ING or BNP Paribas Fortis, the public group joins the club of banks supporting Apple Pay in our country. For the past few days, Belfius has been allowing customers with an iPhone to make payments without having to use their bank card, a QR code or even exchange cash, but simply by holding their smartphone up to a terminal. . Initially available only for Mastercard and Visa cards, the functionality will later be extended to Bancontact-Maestro cards. This will make Belfius, it says, the first bank in the country to support the Apple brand’s payment system on Bancontact. As for ING Belgium customers, they no longer need a card reader to sign their online purchases. Signing payments via itsme (without a card reader, therefore), which was already a reality via a PC, is now also possible for online purchases made from a smartphone or tablet.

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