Through the partnership BBVA Compass Insurance Agency will offer a new online insurance portal powered by Covr; BBVA Compass Insurance Agency is an affiliate of banking provider BBVA Compass which is supported by the Spanish bank BBVA; the new insurance offering will provide customers with a range of options and quote comparisons for life, disability, home, auto and pet insurance with access through desktop and mobile connections. Source
BBVA Compass says there is plenty of room in the market for the bank to wade into online unsecured consumer loans; Shayan Khwaja, BBVA Compass' executive director of consumer lending, told American Banker, “We’ve seen the asset class grow, and fintech has shined a light on how we can take this value proposition to the consumers. The general population is fairly savvy with digital products. They’re not just used to it, but they’re demanding it.”; the move follows Barclays and PNC who have recently launched into the same market; analysts are not as bullish on the moving citing fraud concerns and the recent spike in personal loan losses.
BBVA Compass, Capital One, Silicon Valley Bank, Citi, CBW Bank are some of the early adopters of open APIs that are beginning to transform how banking operates; the big question is how open will banking become and will it be mandated by legislation or will banks work with only those they trust; the one thing all banks are starting to do is make bigger investments into digital products, whether through partnerships or development as they see that the old way of banking will not survive. Source.
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