Mark Twain famously claimed that reports of his death were exaggerated. And we have to say that it is at least premature to suggest that the traditional banking model defunct?
"It is claimed that 74% of CEOs do not believe their bank understands their business or even cares about them.
A recent gathering at the House of St Barnabas in London of senior bankers from traditional as well as challenger banks, entrepreneurs, academics, journalists and researchers examined just these questions. What emerged was something of a surprise. Whilst traditional business banks are under extreme disruptive threat, they have two key assets that challengers and the peer-to-peer brigade don't have. Or at least don't yet have.
"As one expert said: 'The future for European banking is binary; it's either fantastic or disastrous. Banks will either learn quickly to use their assets or lose out.'
"Before exploring those assets it is worth considering the perfect storm of challenges the big banks face between their deteriorating relationship with customers and the entry of creative and customer-centric challengers.
"According to these experts in London, banks' relationships with their customers is far from great. One summed it up 'most peoples' views of their bank is "meh" – expectations are so low. And "meh" is a dangerous place to be.'
"Banks are seen to be slow, unimaginative and beset by legacy. Most seriously, they seem to have lost interest in – and the skills to – deliver their traditional role to SME customers.'"
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