BBVA analyses urbanites for big data dynamite

BBVA has launched Urban Discovery, an interactive tool open to everyone that analyses the cities of Madrid, Barcelona and Mexico City through the prism of their commercial activity. The bank says the analysis led to the creation of new maps that redraw urban borders and identify the most touristic and residential areas or those where […]

BBVA buys Mexican payments start-up Openpay

BBVA Bancomer, a fully owned subsidiary of BBVA, has acquired Mexico-based payments start-up Openpay to tap into its network of more than 15,000 payment reception points across the country. Openpay offers a platform for physical and electronic payments for businesses via its real-time Paynet network. According to BBVA, the start-up manages more than one million […]

BBVA and Ripple complete blockchain cross-border money transfer pilot

BBVA has announced the completion of “the first real-life implementation of an international money transfer using Ripple’s new distributed ledger technology (DLT)”. The transaction, which ran on BBVA infrastructures with real money, resulted in money moved between Spain and Mexio “in a matter of seconds”.

Uber rides into Mexico debit card arena

Uber has teamed up with MasterCard and Mexico’s first online bank, Bankaool, to launch its own debit card. The latest deal is Uber’s ride deeper into the fintech space. It recently partnered with Standard Chartered to offer the bank’s credit cardholders cashbacks on Uber rides. The UberCard in Mexico is linked to a Bankaool bank […]

Mystery as Mexican Bitcoin exchange goes offline

Mexico’s third-largest Bitcoin exchange, MeXBT, has gone offline without any prior warning – leaving its users confused. The firm’s website has gone and now just says “the page you are looking for cannot be found”. Its Twitter account is slightly more helpful and says (in Spanish) the platform has been suspended temporarily and it needs […]

FacePhi lands in Mexico with Selphi

Spanish biometrics firm FacePhi has signed a new contract with Mexico’s Banco Inbursa to implement its face recognition technology on mobile banking apps and web platforms. This is the company’s ninth contract in total. FacePhi says Banco Inbursa becomes the first financial institution in Mexico offering facial recognition authentication to its clients, “just by taking […]

Scotiabank invests millions of dollars in digitalisation; simplifies operating models

Canada’s Scotiabank named key components of its technology and operations strategy at the recent annual meeting of shareholders. These (unsurprisingly) focus on digital transformation, technology investment and the simplification of its organisational and operating models, as the nature of work and roles change. Brian Porter, president and CEO of Scotiabank, said that “a comprehensive change […]

Banco Santander selects ATM monitoring service

Banco Santander is to begin using services provided by ATM maker Wincor Nixdorf to support its Mexican subsidiary. The services cover monitoring, maintenance and troubleshooting.

New exchange BIVA plans conquest of Mexico

A new stock exchange, Bolsa Institucional de Valores, is planning to launch in Mexico, creating competition for Latin America’s second largest stock market, the BMV. The exchange, currently waiting for final regulatory approval, will use Nasdaq’s X-stream trading platform.

Financial services looking up, down Mexico way

After many years of struggle, Mexicans may be about to snatch the crown of Latin America’s most promising financial services market from their Portuguese-speaking cousins in Brazil.