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Banks still rely on branches to start accounts

Banks long ago embraced online banking for transactions. But to start an account? You still need to go into a branch for that, according to a survey of 156 North American financial institutions by Celent.

The financial information research and consulting company surveyed the financial institutions' executives in October 2104, asking them, "Is your institution selling and originating new products digitally? Select which options are available to your customers."

Checking and savings accounts and mortgages were the only products that a majority of institutions let consumers initiate online -- and only if they use a traditional desktop or laptop computer.The ability to originate an account on a mobile device remains in infancy, with only small fractions of institutions allowing the process to begin online.

Credit or prepaid cards could be originated online at only 45 percent of the institutions.

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