The checking account is the foundation of a customer relationship and has withstood the test of time even as electronic payments and debit cards have replaced checks, online banking has eliminated the need for paper statements and remote deposit capture has made a trip to the branch a rare occurrence.
But all that we have become accustomed to is about to change as we enter the era of the downloadable bank account.
Tomorrow's checking is not just having mobile access to a traditional checking account. It is a bank account built for mobile.
It is a downloadable mobile banking application that provides the basic money storage and money management capabilities of today's checking as well as integrated payments, contextual insight and an overall customer experience not being provided by traditional financial institutions today. It is easy to open and manage using a mobile device, and is similar to the products offered by Moven, Simple GoBank, Bluebird in the U.S. and mBank, Fidor, Hello, CommBank and Soon overseas. Tomorrow's checking may not have any associated plastic card, but may be able to store alternative currencies as was recently announced by Standard Bank.
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Mobile Banking Contextual Insights
While the traditional checking account may not completely go away anytime soon, the risk of not meeting the needs of the mobile-first customer is increasing. This is because more new players are entering the marketplace such as T-Mobile's Mobile Money, with the potential of providing a downloadable bank account to a much broader audience than just the underbanked, unbanked and debanked. With either an already established physical presence or no bricks and mortar, these services can be provided at a lower cost than traditional banks.
Combining the attributes of a prepaid card and a traditional checking account, new checking disruptors can provide FDIC insurance, the ability to make direct deposits and electronic payments, accessibility to nationwide surcharge-free ATMs, mobile deposit capture and even branch access, checks and integrated rewards.
Attacking on a different front, players such as Google, PayPal, Amazon, Apple, Isis and others are hoping to control the digital wallet processing component of the payments ecosystem, leaving traditional banks with only depository functions.