ICICI Bank launches WhatsApp Banking, to provide its users access to convenient and instantaneous banking in light of the countrywide lockdown due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Facebook-owned WhatsApp, the instant messaging application, has 400 Million user base in India, it's biggest market.
ICICI Bank's retail customers can avail the following banking services through WhatsApp:
Non-ICICI customers can also use the service to get details of the nearest three ICICI Bank ATMs and branches in their vicinity.
The services can be availed instantly 24x7, without having to visit any branch or call their customer service helpline number. This comes as the World Health Organization and Central Banks around the world including the Reserve Bank of India made an announcement to limit the use of banknotes and physical cash and urged the people to use digital payments to limit the spread of the virus.
How to use ICICI Bank's WhatsApp Banking service?
If you have tried to check your mobile phone balance, the steps to use this service will be familiar.
Follow these simple steps to start using the services:
"Our retail customers can execute a host of their banking requirements on their own, without visiting a branch. The services are instantaneous and secure. With the growing prominence of social media in every-day life, we believe that this would add immense convenience to our customers, as it allows them to the bank while they are on social media," said Anup Bagchi, Executive Director, ICICI Bank.
Can NRIs send money through ICICI Bank WhatsApp banking services?
As of now, NRIs cannot send money through the ICICI Bank WhatsApp banking services. However, the press release further threw light on ICICIStack, a new technology that aims to cover all banking requirements such as digital account opening, loan solutions, investments, and payment solutions.
ICICIMoney2India, the money transfer service of ICICI Bank provides online remittance services to India from countries like the US, UK, Canada, and more.
Abound, a comprehensive super-app tailored for Non-Resident Indians (NRIs), has successfully secured $10 million in funding from the Times of India Group. This investment aims to bolster the app's remittance services, providing a more streamlined and cost-effective solution for expats.Nishkaam Mehta, the CEO of Abound, expressed in a press release on Monday that the primary objective of the app is to alleviate the complexities and high costs associated with traditional financial services for expats. He further emphasized that this borderless super-app is designed to cater to the distinct financial needs of Indian expats across various regions, enabling them to transcend geographical limitations and live their lives to the fullest.According to World Bank estimates from the previous year, remittances witnessed a 5% growth in 2022, reaching a staggering $626 billion. These transfers serve as a crucial financial lifeline for individuals sending money back home to their loved ones. Furthermore, with approximately 1.4 billion adults still without bank accounts, the need for innovative money transfer solutions is more pressing than ever.Abound, a venture of the Times of India Group and previously known as Times Club, is specifically crafted for Indian expatriates residing in the U.S. The app allows users to transfer funds to India without the hassle of long wait times or transfer fees. In addition to this, membership on the platform comes with a host of benefits including cash-linked and loyalty rewards, curated content, and access to both online and offline commerce. As more NRIs seek innovative financial management solutions, Abound positions itself as the ultimate all-in-one platform with features such as:Daily Shopping Rewards: Recognizing the significance of everyday spending for Indian expats, Abound offers a plethora of daily shopping rewards and cashback offers, enabling users to maximize their purchases.Exclusive Offers Across Categories: Abound provides its users with exclusive deals and offers across a wide range of categories, from groceries and entertainment to shopping and travel, thereby enhancing their lifestyle experiences.To commemorate the launch of its remittance feature, Abound is introducing a limited-time promotion for early adopters, offering an exchange rate of $1=₹83 for money transfers to India.Join the NRI community in ushering in a new era of financial management with Abound. The app is readily available for download on both Android and iOS devices, ensuring easy access and a seamless user experience.
According to recent data released by the central bank, Mexico received an impressive sum of nearly $5.7 billion in remittances during the month of May, setting a new monthly record. However, analysts caution that the strength of the peso against the dollar may have mitigated this achievement.Since the majority of remittances to Mexico originate from the United States, the value is recorded in dollars. Goldman Sachs analyst Alberto Ramos explains that "a strong peso hurts remittances," referring to the fact that the appreciation of the Mexican currency has an adverse effect on the funds received when converted from dollars to pesos.Interestingly, the peso has emerged as one of the top-performing currencies this year, appreciating over 13% against the U.S. dollar between May 2022 and May of this year.Due to the peso's appreciation, when measured in local currency, remittances actually experienced a 2.2% decline compared to the previous year, as stated by Ramos.Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has consistently highlighted the positive impact of remittances on the country's economy. The funds, primarily originating from the United States, have played a significant role in Mexico's economic growth.In 2022, Mexico recorded a record high of $58.5 billion in remittances from abroad, making it the second-largest recipient country, trailing only behind India.Despite the challenges posed by the "super peso," the dollar value of remittances sent in May increased by nearly 11% compared to the previous year.The latest data for May reveals a substantial jump of almost 14% compared to the previous month, resulting in a total inflow of funds reaching $24.67 billion this year.Notably, this amount surpasses the combined revenue generated by oil and agricultural exports during the same period, as noted by analysts at Mexican brokerage Monex.Analysts at Monex and BBVA attribute part of the May surge to the celebration of Mother's Day, suggesting that around 10% of the increased transactions can be attributed to this commemoration.The number of transactions in May experienced a 7% year-on-year increase, reaching a total of 14.56 million. Furthermore, the average amount per transaction rose by 3% to $391.Goldman Sachs' Ramos emphasizes that the strength of remittances reflects the robust U.S. labor market and visible wage growth, particularly in sectors where Mexican citizens are prominently represented.To compare today's best rates when remitting money to Mexico, use CompareRemit's easy-to-use USD to MXN exchange rate comparison tool!
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