Most Innovative Banks Globally 2024


In 2023, Citibanamex released several outstanding consumer banking innovations to improve user experience (UX). These include micro animations, messages, and its new user login splash page on its financial app.

“Our innovative mobile dashboard leverages cutting-edge UX techniques, including animated cards that dynamically display crucial information such as account balances, investment fund earnings through animated charts, and personalized offers enhanced with custom animations,” says Rosario Valdivia, Citibanamex’s CIO. “Additionally, we introduced app functionalities with animated tutorials, making complex processes simple and accessible, thereby enriching user engagement and satisfaction.”

The bank’s 360 Smart Client Hub provides personalized omnichannel customer journeys powered by artificial intelligence (AI). It uses real-time triggers to facilitate interactions, and a suite of management tools to boost operational efficiency and productivity.

“By harnessing insights from our customers through custom machine-learning models, we can meticulously analyze feedback to prioritize our digital channels backlog, provide live-moment relevant products and services, and improve our fraud detection systems,” Valdivia adds. “This approach not only enhances our responsiveness but also accelerates the delivery of tailored, value-driven solutions that elevate the customer experience to unprecedented levels. The next step is the adoption of generative AI to increase our capabilities further.”


HSBC delivered the world’s first multicurrency digital bond offering in February 2024. In addition to being a game-changer for future digital bond issuances, this was the largest-ever digital bond deal. It generated investor demand unprecedented to date for a digital bond—with over 50 global investors. The multicurrency digital bond issuance included the US dollar, Chinese offshore renminbi, Hong Kong dollar, and the euro. It also stood out for the use by the Hong Kong Monetary Authority’s central securities depository, the Central Moneymarkets Unit, of the bank’s digital assets platform, HSBC Orion.

Meanwhile, the bank has implemented Project Ascend, a scalable first for the industry portfolio nonpayment insurance offering for trade finance assets. Partnering with three leading global insurers and insurance broker Marsh, HSBC has created a granular pool of diversified midmarket enterprise (MME) and small and midsize enterprise (SME) trade loans in Hong Kong. The insurance companies provide pro rata nonpayment insurance on the entire pool of loans without the need to underwrite individual loans for individual companies, helping them to gain more exposure to trade finance in a diversified manner. While HSBC retains certain uninsured exposure on these loans, the solution makes lending to MMEs and SMEs more attractive, as the bank now can efficiently distribute its risk and free up capital.


Since ING launched a generative AI (genAI) chatbot in September 2023, thousands of the bank’s customers have interacted with it. It’s the first of its kind, as a customer-facing pilot conducted in Europe. Working as a team with global consultancy McKinsey, it took just seven weeks to build and deploy the service. Having created a path to double the performance of the chatbot in the subsequent six months, ING plans to build a scalable model that can be extended to all other ING countries and to set up a technical foundation for ING to address a comprehensive set of genAI use cases across the group. The pilot study helped define a blueprint to scale across 10 markets, with the potential to impact more than 37 million customers across 40 countries, far outpacing previous industry-standard chatbots that can take several years of programming and fine-tuning to get into shape.


By migrating its corporate and investment banking business to a new cloud-based digital banking platform, Gravity, Santander can now benefit from parallel processing. This enables it to run workloads on its existing core banking mainframe and the cloud simultaneously, allowing the bank to perform real-time testing without disrupting any of its businesses.

Once satisfied with the new system’s stability and performance, the bank can transition from the mainframe system to the cloud.

Gravity allows Santander to deploy on both private and public clouds. Having successfully migrated all its commercial customers in the UK and its consumer business in Chile without any service interruption, Santander plans to relocate most of its core banking worldwide to the Gravity platform by the end of 2024, mostly in its private cloud.

“The Santander CIB migration to the cloud is a new milestone in the group’s transformation toward a simpler, more integrated model, contributing to enhanced profitability,” Dirk Marzluf, Santander’s chief operating and technology officer, said in a statement.

Santander CIB manages over a million accounting operations and half a million treasury operations daily on the cloud via the Gravity platform. Santander estimates that the Gravity platform will operate more than a trillion technical executions within the bank’s systems every year.