Adam Long

3
Sep

What Is a Schedule I Bank?

What is a Schedule I Bank in Canada?  It’s OK to admit that maybe there’s a point where your understanding of the banking landscape kinda-sorta-slips-away-from-you. Maybe you know a thing or two about investment banking. Maybe you’re even a bit of a specialist in personal investments at your firm. The kind of person everyone goes to for advice on the

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25
Aug

The Different Types of GICs and Term Deposits

We’ve written about Guaranteed Investment Certificates (GICs) a lot lately. I know this because before I fell asleep last night, I started thinking about the different GIC types.  Afterward, I immediately thought, this is a really weird thing to think about right now. So, since my mind is fixated on the details surrounding GICs, let’s go one step further and
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8
Aug

How Do You Open a Bank in Canada?

How Do You Start & Open a New Bank in Canada? You’re here for one of two reasons. The first reason: You’re a financial service visionary about to set off an epic journey of establishing Canada’s next Schedule I bank. You’ve come armed with an entirely new banking idea that blends next-generation technology with personalized banking experiences that tech-savvy Canadians

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7
Aug

What is a White Label Bank?

What Is White Labeling in Financial Services? White labeling is where companies take third-party manufactured products, throw their own label or brand on it, and market the products as their own. It happens everywhere. You might not know when you encounter a white-label product, but you’re not supposed to know. That’s entirely the point. Sometimes called private-labeling, white-labeling gives brands

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13
May

What is an RESP?

What Is an RESP? It’s the question we all wished our parents had asked at any point during the nearly two decades before we innocently packed up our torn Levi’s and White Stripes CDs and headed off to study at one of the most expensive universities, in one of the most expensive Canadian cities, where we would spend the next

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28
Jan

FinTech Disruption during the COVID-19 Pandemic

There’s a Different Kind of Disruption in FinTech This week was supposed to be different. I had plans. I was supposed to be researching the roots of consumer-directed finance in Europe and taking a close look at the regulations paving the way for open banking in the United Kingdom. Enthralling, right? I was reading news articles, downloading documents, and combing

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28
Dec

What is a Neobank?

An Introduction to Neobanks Neo is one of those word forms that acts as a kind of Game Genie to other words. If you’re missing the reference here, let me help. Game Genie was a popular line of videogame cheat cartridges from the 1990s that you would attach to other videogames. It allowed users to modify a pre-existing game, manipulate

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18
Dec

What is a Challenger Bank?

Why Are Some Banks Called Challenger Banks?     There are all sorts of names for types of banks these days. We have challenger banks and neobanks and Banking as Service banks or BaaS banks. It’s not like it used to be when a bank was just a bank and things were black and white. No, things are changing! Banking

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25
Nov

What Is BaaS?

What Is Banking as a Service (BaaS)?   No, it’s not a freshwater fish—you’re thinking bass. It’s OK, you’ve probably been locked inside for months like the rest of us, so it’s perfectly fine if you’d rather fantasize about fishing right now. You know what, let me help: Here’s a moss-covered cabin deep in the woods, the smell of pine

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26
Oct

What Is Deposit Insurance and CDIC’s Fast Insurance Determination?

What Happens When A Bank Fails? Your money isn’t available. Yes, that’s right. It probably comes as a bit of a shock. Your banking app is down, too—that’s just a part of this whole thing. You read the message, though, right? I think it says something like, your financial services are not available. Not very helpful, is it? They should

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