Digital consumer platform Marcus goes online for GS staff in Britain before being rolled out to the public in the next couple of weeks

August 23, 2018 – Reuters

Since its launch in the United States in 2016 the digital bank has accumulated more than $20 billion in deposits, as Goldman seeks to diversify its sources of funding and compete with rival U.S. lenders that have full retail banks.

The bank will offer an online savings account to customers in Britain, Goldman Sachs told staff in the memo, and forms part of the bank’s strategy to grow its consumer business.

The move pits the U.S. investment banking giant against incumbent British lenders such as HSBC and Barclays, as well as startup digital players such as Atom Bank and Tandem, which also offer savings accounts via mobile apps.

Goldman has said it may seek to expand its consumer bank through acquisitions or even buying a traditional lender.

The U.S. bank got into consumer banking much later than big U.S. banking peers, and analysts have said over the years that acquiring a big retail lender would help even out volatile results from businesses such as trading and investment banking.