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BofA investigates fintech acquisitions as top exec moves to Silicon Valley

14 March 2016  |  8112 views  |  1 Bank of America signage

Bank of America has shipped one of its top executives, Thong Nguyen, from its Charlotte headquarters to San Francisco as it looks to boost it mobile payments technology by forging partnerships and making acquisitions.

Co-head of consumer banking Nguyen has already moved to the West Coast and taken up the additional title of enterprise payments executive, according to the Charlotte Observer.

The decision to move one of CEO Brian Moynihan’s top lieutenants closer to Silicon Valley is designed to build relationships with tech firms as BofA seeks to win a bigger share of the fast-growing but competitive mobile payments sector.

Nguyen told the Wall Street Journal that he will be looking at partnerships with tech firms but also possible acquisitions of fintech startups, a departure for BofA, which has not bought a single company since 2009.

Moynihan instituted a 'no acquisitions' policy after the bank got its fingers burnt during the financial crisis but has now decided to make an exception for smaller deals related to fintech - one of the few obvious growth opportunities in the industry, says the Journal.

Last week BofA was one of the first banks to offer real-time peer-to-peer money transfers to consumer mobile phones over the clearXchange network.

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Gerard Hergenroeder
Gerard Hergenroeder - IBM - New York | 14 March, 2016, 17:50

This is a great idea. I hope they find something that can really add to their technical capabilities. At the end of the day banking is still banking. Banks just need to leverage new technology to their advantage Vs competing against Fintechs. Remember most Fintechs are undercapitalized and know very little about banking.

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