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Stanbic IBTC to Pay N39.982 Billion Dividend for 2020 Financial Year

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Stanbic IBTC Holdings on Wednesday declared a final dividend of 360 kobo per ordinary share of 50 kobo each, representing a total of N39.982 billion, for the financial year ended 31, December 2020.

The bank reported a solid profit of N80.939 billion for the year.

Payment will be made to shareholders whose names appear in the Register of Members as at the close of business on Wednesday 07 April 2021.

A proposed bonus of one new Ordinary Share for every Six existing Ordinary Shares held by Shareholders in the Capital of the Company as at close of business on Thursday 10 June 2021 (subject to Shareholders’ and Regulatory Approvals) to all shareholders.

“On Friday 28 May 2021, dividends will be paid electronically to shareholders whose names appear on the Register of Members as at close of Trading on Wednesday 07 April 2021, and who have completed the e-dividend
registration and mandated the Registrar to pay their dividends directly into their Bank accounts,” the bank stated.

However, shareholders who are yet to complete the e-dividend registration are advised to download the Registrar’s E-Dividend Mandate Activation Form, which is also available on our Registrars website:
https://firstregistrarsnigeria.com/download-forms/, complete and submit
to the Registrar or their respective Banks.”

CEO/Founder Investors King Ltd, a foreign exchange research analyst, contributing author on New York-based Talk Markets and Investing.com, with over a decade experience in the global financial markets.

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Moneyhub Makes Open Banking Payments The Default Way to Pay

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Moneyhub, the market-leading Open Finance data, intelligence and payments platform, has today made its cutting-edge Payments system available to all its white label clients.

The functionality allows all businesses to build tailored products and services that incorporate card-free payments, as well as offering content-driven access to financial analytics and insights.

Moneyhub API clients already benefit from the ability to embed plug and play payments into their own front ends. Now everyone using the Moneyhub platform, including white label clients, has access to the same Open Banking card-free payments protocol, allowing their users to easily transfer money between accounts using just one service rather than a number of different apps or portals. Payments can be secured with a thumbprint, eye scan, or pin number, depending on the customer’s choice.

The update is a key milestone on a roadmap that will fast-track the transformative nature of Open Banking and make “sweeping” money with rules such as rounding up, matching a spend, or beating a budget the new normal. When Variable Recurring Payments (VRPs) are introduced, it isn’t just card payments that will no longer be needed: standing orders and direct debits will also become redundant.

Moneyhub’s full implementation of Open Banking’s Payment Initiation Service will democratise savings and investments for everyone and save Moneyhub’s enterprise clients millions of pounds in the process. It will be a customer-centric transformation on all levels.

Moneyhub’s new Payments update also resonates with its wider mission to enhance the financial wellness of consumers and businesses by providing immediate clarity and holistic control over their finances.

Moneyhub has already established itself in the wealth, insurance and retail markets in the UK, and boasts clients including Mercer, Aon, Nationwide, Hometrack and Standard Life.

It has established the largest number of native Open Banking connections in the UK of any provider in the market, with 200 financial services providers covering 584 specific UK payment accounts, as well as a further 3,500 connections in Europe. Now white-label clients will be able to take advantage of this unique, vast and ever-growing network to power payment solutions.

The combination of Moneyhub’s platform, team and clients allowed it to secure a number of prestigious awards in July 2021. It was awarded the Best Open Finance Innovation prize by a panel of industry experts at the Open Banking Expo Awards. Moneyhub also secured Best Open Banking Partnership in the Consumer section for its work with Mercer to develop a Financial Wellness proposition in the workplace, savings and investments sector. It went on to win Pensions Tech of the Year and Wealth Tech of the Year at the UK FinTech Awards.

Financial services institutions that use Moneyhub’s services already enjoy greater engagement from their customer distribution channels. In the pensions space, for instance, Moneyhub has been used to create applications that have prompted younger people to engage with their longer-term savings with unprecedented frequency.

Any business, including pension providers, wealth managers, employee benefits consultants (EBC) and so forth can now offer their own customers the game-changing ability to perform core banking functions inside their own offerings, driving further engagement and offering enhanced, personalised customer experiences.

Dan Scholey, Moneyhub COO, carried out the first-ever Open Banking payment by a member of the public at the Altus Platform Efficiencies Event on 19 September 2018, using payment initiation services (PIS) to enact an instant and direct bank to bank payment.

“Moneyhub Payments enables any business to provide end-to-end digital journeys that result in actionable positive outcomes that are effortless for people. We can finally help our clients exceed, not just meet, their customers’ ever-increasing expectations for high-quality immediate delivery of products and services.” Scholey said.

“This is an important release for Moneyhub, but it also has a wider significance across the industry. Embedded financial services are here and companies that are not in the tech space can now offer their customers access to advanced Open Banking payments inside a single service that also offers total visibility and control of their finances at all times.

“Banks are becoming excellent utilities because money management is now an integral part of any product and service for people in today’s ‘always on’ digital economy. Aggregation of accounts combined with payments means important financial transactions are no longer limited to banks and can now be performed inside any app with immediate effect, enabling a truly outstanding customer experience.

“We’re excited to give all Moneyhub clients a new industry-leading ability which will improve their customers’ financial wellbeing and open up new ways of managing their finances.”

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Standard Chartered Launches Easy Payment Plan For Credit Card Users

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Standard Chartered Bank Nigeria Limited has launched one of a kind solution for clients tagged Easy Payment Plan (EPP). The EPP allows Credit Cardholders to choose an installment plan for purchases made with SC Credit Card.

Speaking on the solution, Bonaventure Odukwe, Head of Personal Banking and Alliance said, “Convenience and flexibility are at the heart of the solutions we continuously bring to our clients. With this EPP solution, clients can spread repayment in equal installments for a convenient period ranging from 3, 6, 9 to 12 months; enjoy a reduced interest rate of 1.5% per month and earn reward points when you make purchases and discounts at select merchant locations.

EPP attracts no processing or liquidation fees and gives our esteemed clients the opportunity to enjoy the lifestyle that they want now while ameliorating the stress of paying at once. For us this is one of the many ways that we continue to offer value to our clients, support their financial goals and reiterate that we are here for good.”

With the new Easy Payment Plan, clients can make purchases from their favorite stores and then spread the repayment in a flexible and stress-free way and at their own convenience. It is a convenient way to use ones’ Credit Card to make bulk purchases at a reduced interest rate, the bank said.

“This is open to all clients of the Bank that have operating credit cards and new clients that sign up for our credit cards.”

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Banking that Suits Every Lifestyle: Here’s how Fidelity Bank Supports the Everyday Nigerian

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Ever committed to the well-being of Nigerians, and as an extension of its avowed desire to be the go-to bank for customers’ lifestyle needs, Fidelity Bank Plc continues to set the pace in the Nigerian financial services industry with excellent banking products and services. The bank has also received recognition for its numerous praiseworthy initiatives tailored to support Nigerians in their different pursuits.

Under the adept guidance of its CEO and Managing Director, Nneka Onyeali-Ikpe, the leading Nigerian bank continues to create a world of limitless opportunities, making financial services easy and accessible in various sectors such as SME support, digital banking, online banking, corporate banking and transformative Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives.

In the Small and Medium-scale Enterprises (SME) sector, Fidelity Bank is topping the charts as one of the SME-friendly Nigerian banks. This ties to their recognition of the undeniable impact that SMEs have on the Nigerian economy. According to a recent report by the Nigeria Bureau of Statistics, SMEs in Nigeria have contributed about 48% of the national GDP in the last five years. With 17.4 million, they account for 84% of employment and nearly 90% of the manufacturing sector regarding the number of enterprises. To support this growth and a more robust economy, Fidelity Bank has positioned itself as a leading supporter of small businesses with a suite of tailored offerings, equipping Nigerian SMEs with the much-needed capacity for sustained business growth and entrepreneurial success.  This is evident in their low-interest credit facilities with flexible collateral requirements, the Fidelity SME Academy which offers business advisory to business owners, and the critically acclaimed Fidelity SME Radio Forum. All these initiatives and more have resulted in tremendous success for the benefiting SMEs.

Going beyond SME support, the bank has also recorded remarkable strides in digital banking. Fidelity Bank currently leads a growing number of forward-looking financial institutions that are leveraging technology to create innovative products and services. The bank underwent a significant evolution of business culture over the past years to improve operational efficiency.

The impact of this business evolution can be easily seen in the bank’s recently introduced “Pay Yourself” digital service for salary earners and SMEs. This ground-breaking digital product puts customers in charge of their finances by letting them determine when they want to get paid- anytime from midnight on their official payday to the last day of the month. The product which had been piloted successfully for eleven months by their staff is now available to customers whose salaries are domiciled with Fidelity Bank. ‘Pay Yourself’ gives customers the ability to pay themselves their salary via USSD code on their mobile phones.

The Fidelity Virtual Card is another revolutionary product the bank has introduced recently to enhance its customers’ lifestyle by enabling them to carry out transactions without their physical cards. The cards can also be linked to any account and are 100 percent secure. In addition to this, the bank partnered with PayAttitude, a Nigerian fintech company, to create seamless payments and financial transactions. With this partnership, Fidelity Bank customers now have the option of carrying out transactions with just their phone numbers.

This drive by the bank to better the lives of Nigerians can also be seen in the bank’s noteworthy investments in corporate organisations. Taking cognisance of the sector’s contribution to the Nigerian economy, the bank has over time developed tailored products and services to sustain such organisations with their working capital and structured finance needs.

These services and products enable corporate organisations to own efficient Current Accounts with complimentary management of the daily cash flows. The bank also provides specific solutions such as the Working Capital Finance, which provides working capital solutions such as Trade Finance where the bank facilitates the issuance of various types of Letters of Credit, Bills for Collection, and Import Finance Facility for international trade. The bank also offers Overdraft and finances, which guarantees easy access to funding for corporates with short-term funding needs. There are also Bonds and Guarantees, which are Contingent Liabilities to guarantee performance and/or payments on contractual obligations for Large Corporates.

All of these, amongst others, solidifies the bank’s position as a customer-centered bank, with the mission to not only make financial services easy and accessible to Nigerians everywhere but, more importantly, to provide financial services that suit the Nigerian lifestyle.

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