The death of the branch? Or is mobile over-hyped?

Brett King believes mobile services can replace the branch

Do banks still need branches, or does the smartphone make a physical presence obsolete? Panellists disagreed during a spirited debate hosted by ATM maker Wincor Nixdorf in Istanbul last week.

“Mobile is the future” says Garanti Bank

Turkey is an innovative market for mobile financial services

Banks are pioneering advanced technologies in Turkey, giving the country a headstart over many of its European counterparts. In Istanbul, Garanti Bank explained how it pays for its customers to get mobile internet access – and how it is using social media to attract and keep customers.

BATS Chi-X Europe brings competition to Turkey

MasterCard has spotted an opportunity in Turkey's growing payments market

European trading venue BATS Chi-X Europe is set to expand into Turkey, starting on 3 November. The move is the first time a competitor has entered the Turkish market to take on Borsa Istanbul. It is also BATS’ first new market since it took over Chi-X in 2011 – and the company’s first venture into an emerging market.

Monitise targets Turkish mobile money

Istanbul's Pozitron will now become part of Monitise's mobile money empire

Mobile money firm Monitise has acquired Pozitron Yazilim, an Istanbul-based mobile technology specialist, in a £24 million all-shares deal that highlights the growing demand for mobile financial services in the eastern Mediterranean’s largest market.

MasterCard snaps up Turkish payments specialist Provus

The newly-merged Borsa Istanbul will use Nasdaq OMX technology

MasterCard has acquired Turkish payments provider Provus in a deal that the firm says will increase its processing presence in a “high growth” payments market.

Don’t underestimate Turkey says HSBC

Istanbul2010 overlooking Galata, the Golden Horn and Sultanahmet

Most people have no idea how good Turkish wine is, according to Martin Spurling, chief executive of HSBC Turkey. With over 1.5 million acres of land devoted to vines, it is a little-known fact that the Mediterranean country is the world’s fourth producer of grapes. The same can be said for Turkey’s ambitious plans to develop Istanbul as a major international financial centre.

Borsa Istanbul revitalises Turkish capital markets

Turkey's Borsa Istanbul has big plans for the future

Created in April 2013, Turkey’s new Borsa Istanbul exchange is at the heart of an ambitious project to turn Istanbul into a major global trading centre. With the country’s economy ascendant, Turkey has a lot to offer, according to Ali Çöplü, chief information officer of Borsa İstanbul.

Turkish Garanti Bank launches ‘Facebook’ mobile banking app

Turkey's Garanti Bank has launched a mobile banking app integrated with Facebook, Twitter and FourSquare

Turkey’s Garanti Bank has launched a new ‘socially integrated’ mobile banking service called iGaranti, which connects with Facebook, Twitter and FourSquare to help users send money to friends and family.

Online payments on rise in Turkey

Iyzi Payments and PAY.ON hope to capitalise on rising levels of online commerce in Turkey

A partnership between German and Turkish payments specialists aims to take advantage of Turkey’s rising levels of online commerce, with the help of three Turkish banks.

New Turkish exchange embraces Nasdaq OMX technology

The newly-merged Borsa Istanbul will use Nasdaq OMX technology

Turkey’s newly-merged Borsa Istanbul has formed a deal with Nasdaq OMX, under which the new Turkish market will take up Nasdaq trading, clearing, market surveillance and risk technology.