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E-Money Institutions (EMIs) specialized in alternative banking are becoming an ever-growing competitive force to traditional retail banks and even direct online banks, especially when considering business banking. While banks prefer to deal with domestic business customers, EMIs are more flexible: they serve international business customers with some restrictions applied on countries and industries.
Personal current accounts offered by EMIs usually provide customers with the same facilities as traditional bank accounts while giving benefits of reduced costs and simplified opening procedure: such accounts are opened online, supporting documents are submitted online, authentication is also performed online. Account opening procedures vary in terms of required documents and identity verification.
Electronic money is a relatively new payment instrument, emerged with the progress in technology. Electronic money's popularity has been driven by a number of factors including growing complications in opening current accounts and getting payment cards from traditional retail banks, changes in the population's social structure, and evolution of the Internet into a digital workplace.
Retail banking is an important component of German banking sector, represented by a large number of banks with different origin and business focus. Apart from two nationwide networks of local cooperative and savings banks, there are independent banks, regional state banks, and specialized banks.
With high standard of living in the Netherlands making it an favorable investment and private banking destination for both domestic and foreign banking groups, retail banking remains an essential part of the Dutch banking sector. About half of the retail banks offer their products via the Internet, while there are also several pure direct banks.
Direct banking is a relatively new way of delivering banking products and services to the customers via direct channels, meaning that a direct bank operates without brick-and-mortar branch network and its services are provided via online banking, mobile banking, ATM networks, and even mail. As direct banks don't have an expensive branch network, the resulting cost savings are passed on to the bank's customers which allows to offer fair conditions in all product areas.
Macedonia (officially the Republic of North Macedonia) is a country in Southeastern Europe (Balkan peninsula) and a European Union candidate since 2004. Despite carrying substantial risks, Macedonia can be considered as an alternative offshore destination when looking for essential banking services or company incorporation.
Banking sector of Montenegro is relatively small, dominated by banks with wide business focus, high degree of concentration andhigh share of foreign capital. 3 largest banks in Montenegro make up about 50% of total banking assets.
Despite carrying substantial risks and lacking innovative banking products especially in private and investment banking, Montenegro is becoming an increasingly popular offshore banking destination. Montenegrin banks offer a variety of services for non-residents in retail and corporate banking, know-your-customer procedures are simple and straightforward, and Montenegro doesn't participate in Automatic Information Exchange.