Your Neighborhood Bank Branch May Soon Become History

It looks like our banking industry will soon have an “Uber moment,” meaning it is about to be rocked by technology, and that will likely do away with your bank on the corner.

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As The Washington Post reported, that was the opinion of former Barclays chief executive Antony Jenkins, and he’s not the only one:

“In a recent report, analysts with Citi said they agreed with Jenkins’s view that the number of bank branches could be cut in half over the next decade. A separate survey from Accenture, the management consulting company, shows why: Shifting consumer behavior.”

“We believe the consumer banks in the US and Europe are at a tipping point,’ wrote the authors of the Citi report, which was published late last month.”

If losing your neighborhood bank branch doesn’t matter to you, you’re part of a trend: A growing number of customers care more about a bank’s internet services than interacting with a teller.

It’s not just Americans, either. In June 2015, The Guardian reported that bank branch use fell six-percent the previous year as banking habits migrated to online and mobile transactions:

“The number of branches in the UK fell from 13,349 20 years ago to just under 9,702 in 2013. Lloyds is closing 200 branches and cutting 9,000 jobs as it adopts digital technologies. HSBC announced last week that it was to cut 25,000 jobs worldwide, including 8,000 in the UK, in part because of the introduction of new technology.”

The Washington Post notes that the changes will vary, depending on geography. Generally speaking, that means it’s the developed countries whose bank branches are disappearing.

So, if you can’t stand the thought of life without tellers and in-person banking, you could consider moving to Latin America or the Caribbean. The number of branches there rose 26-percent per capita from 2004-2014.

You can check out Chase’s “branch of the future” (as of 2014) below.

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Ellen Brodsky is a long time blogger for and a contributor to Crooks and Liars. She has also worked as a researcher for Brave New Films' landmark documentary, "Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism" and "Iraq for Sale."