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April, 2019
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Varo Money Builds A No-Fee, High Interest Paying Bank On New Technology

via Forbes 

Varo Money Inc. may be on its way to becoming the first full-service all-mobile bank in the U.S. It provides tools that let users monitor their spending and save for special purposes. It is similar to offerings from Simple and Moven which also offer advice on how much is safe to spend by using AI and machine learning to understand a customer’s income and regular payments, like rent. Like them it has worked through a partner bank.

Unlike them, it has applied for its own banking charter; in September 2018 it announced a preliminary approval from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) of its application to become a national bank. (more…)

Banks, Mobile-first banks

April 29, 2019

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Who’s the Real Challenger? The Paradoxes of Digital Consumer Banking in the U.S.

via PaymentsJournal

Mention the term “challenger bank” and bankers might free-associate labels such as “fintechs,” “disruptors,” or “non-banks.” Those terms would certainly be apt for a small group of tech-driven market entrants, most focused on providing mobile-savvy transaction accounts for consumers who may have an anti-bank mindset.

However, if you stand back and look at the market data (as we did for our recently released report, Digital Consumer Banks in the U.S.: Your Money or Your Wallet), some of the most fearsome online competitors for U.S. consumers’ deposits have very familiar names (or parent names): Marcus (Goldman Sachs), Discover Bank, American Express Bank, USAA Bank, Charles Schwab Bank, Capital One 360. A new crop of digital banking divisions with unique brand identities and products is also coming to market: Finn (JPMorgan Chase), Greenhouse (Wells Fargo), Citizens Access (Citizens Bank), and more. In total, these well-connected digital divisions are already providing co-opetition for their branch-centric retail banking divisions. (more…)

Banks, Global trends

April 25, 2019

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SME Challenger Bank Judo Bank Receives Full Banking License From Australian Prudential Regulation Authority

via Crowdfund Insider

Judo Bank (formerly Judo Capital), an SME challenger bank, announced on Wednesday it was granted a full banking license by the  Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA). According to the bank’s Chairman, Peter Hodgson, the full license means Judo will be able to significantly extend the scope and depth of services it provides to those businesses across the country.

Founded in 2016, Judo stated it is challenging the “one size fits all” approach of its much larger competitors because it believes every business is unique and should be treated that way.

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Banks, InspirAsia, Mobile-first banks, SME

April 24, 2019

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UK Challenger Bank Masthaven Secures £60 Million Investment From Värde Partners

via Crowdfund Insider

UK-based challenger bank Masthaven announced on Wednesday it secured £60 million equity investment by Värde Partners, a global alternative investment firm. According to Masthaven, the investment will enable the bank to deliver against its strategic ambition to become one of the leading specialist banks in UK residential and SME markets.

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Banks, Fintech news, Mobile-first banks

April 24, 2019

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Revolut Refines Its Culture As It Seeks Expansion

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Banks, Mobile-first banks

April 23, 2019

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N26 to open security-focused tech centre in Vienna

via Finextra

N26 is opening a technology and innovation centre in Vienna that will focus on using AI to detect fraudulent transactions – which have reportedly been a problem for the digital bank, prompting a probe by German regulators. (more…)

AI / Machine Learning / Big Data, Banks, Mobile-first banks, Security

April 23, 2019

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Fintech Robinhood Said to Be Pursuing National Bank Charter

via Crowdfund Insider

Robinhood, a Fintech brokerage firm that combines traditional securities with digital assets in a single app, has applied for a national bank charter with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), according to a report by the San Francisco Business Times.

Last December, Robinhood announced new checking and savings accounts that would pay holders 3% interest as it encroached further into the realm of old finance. At that time, Robinhood said the accounts would be insured by the Securities Investor Protection Corporation (SIPC) – a statement that was quickly challenged by the SIPC causing Robinhood to backtrack on the claim. (more…)

Fintech news

April 21, 2019

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The Monzo effect: how traditional banks are challenging the challengers

via Which?

Many of the major high-street banks have added challenger-style features to their mobile banking offerings in recent years. The article covers key features of the apps from Barclays, Royal Bank of Scotland, HSBC, and Lloyds. When choosing a bank, it’s important to shop around to make sure you’re getting the best deal:  Starling and Monzo’s apps are known for their budgeting and personal finance features, while high-street banks tend to offer a wider range of products through their apps. (more…)

Banks, Mobile-first banks

April 19, 2019

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How technology is the only answer to tackling financial crime

via Telegraph.co.uk

Key to stopping financial crime is using the latest technology to truly understand a customer. That’s where you need Encompass, which gathers and analyses a wealth of information to build a picture of a company or individual in minutes, transforming the know-your-customer process. 


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AI / Machine Learning / Big Data, Security

April 18, 2019

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Stripe acquires Touchtech, updates APIs to prep for strong customer authentication in Europe

via TechCrunch 

Stripe, the payments powerhouse that is now valued at $22.5 billion, has made an acquisition to help it gear up for new regulations in Europe that will be rolled out later this year to improve security in online transactions. It has acquired Touchtech Payments, a startup out of Ireland that works with banks to help them build and manage Strong Customer Authentication, a verification process that will typically require customers to provide two different forms of authentication from card holders in order to process transactions. SCA will be required on most transactions in Europe from September 14 of this year.

Alongside this, Stripe itself is updating its APIs, partly in line with these changes. This will include a new default payments API, a new checkout and upgraded billing. (more…)

Open Source/ API, Payment processors/providers/gateways

April 17, 2019

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Four Major Trends For Compliance Professionals In 2019

via Forbes 

Accenture recently issued its annual Compliance Risk Study to gain insight into the different strategies that firms are pursuing to create compliance functions that meet the demands of a rapidly changing financial services industry.

Facing regulatory pressure and seeking to regain customers’ trust, financial institutions have spent heavily on compliance in the ten-plus years since the global financial crisis of 2008. This year, however, we are seeing a shift away from spending to meet regulatory needs to a focus on aligning compliance with growth initiatives – and to take advantage of technological innovation to automate some of the more basic compliance functions, relieving some of the pressure on firms to find, train and retain scarce talent. (more…)

Global trends, RegTech, Security

April 17, 2019

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New study: Challenger banks overtake traditional banks in customer satisfaction, in 4 charts

via Tearsheet

Challenger banks have leapfrogged to the forefront in overall customer satisfaction, according to a new study from FIS.

The 2019 FIS Performance Against Customer Expectations (PACE) surveyed almost 1800 US consumers.

Customers increasingly like challenger banks

63 percent of direct bank customers report being “extremely satisfied”, compared to 52 percent of credit union customers and just 19 percent of customers of the top 50 global banks. (more…)

Analytics, Banks, Mobile-first banks

April 17, 2019

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Monzo’s Tom Blomfield on lie-ins, video games and finding his zen

via Wired.co.uk

Waking up at 3:45am, on the treadmill by 4am while going through emails, reading a book a day and finding time to meditate – that’s the myth of the superhuman startup founder. It would be “pointless even if it were true”, says Tom Blomfield, the 33-year-old co-founder of one of Europe’s newest unicorns – digital bank Monzo. Recently, the company raised more than £200m in funding and plans to expand into the US. (more…)

Mobile-first banks, People of fintech

April 16, 2019

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Canadian challenger Mogo merges with Difference Capital

via Fintech Futures 

Mogo Finance Technology, the Canadian challenger bank, has signed a definitive arrangement to merge the bank with Difference Capital Financial.

Under the terms of the agreement, each common share of Mogo will be exchanged for one Difference common share. Upon completion of the transaction, former Mogo shareholders will own approximately 80% of the combined entity on a fully diluted basis. (more…)

Banks

April 16, 2019

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3 in 4 APAC Banks Believe Fraud Will Increase This Year

via Fintechnews Singapore

Almost three in four banks in Asia Pacific anticipate that fraud in their country will increase in 2019, according to a recent poll by FICO.

Two of the main areas of concern are card-not-present fraud and application fraud. Card-not-present payments are concerns are fueled largely by the fact that over 50% global online retail sales came from Asia Pacific in 2018.

Dan McConaghy, President of FICO in Asia Pacific shared that it is precisely due to such reasons that banks need to use AI and machine learning to combat the increased fraud risk. (more…)

AI / Machine Learning / Big Data, Banks, InspirAsia, Security

April 16, 2019

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New challenger Xpats kicks off from Mexico

via FinTech Futures 

Xpats Challenger Bank is a new Mexican venture targeting, as you can imagine, expats around the word, with a digital and mobile offering.

FinTech Futures understands that the new digital bank was set up by Ictineo Plataforma, which offers financial solutions for productive sectors of the population with low incomes. The company is a financial institution regulated by the CNBV. (more…)

Banks, Mobile-first banks

April 16, 2019

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New Challenges, Competitive Threats Sharking Financial Waters

via The Financial Brand

In banking, there’s no shortage of new challenges and competitive threats keeping financial marketers up at night. Facing increasingly intense pressure, traditional institutions are innovating faster than ever. (more…)

Analytics, Banks, Global trends

April 15, 2019

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Goldman Sachs is Betting Big on Fintech

via Crowdfund Insider

While most of the headlines covering Goldman Sachs’ Q1 earnings report targeted the decline in earnings and profit, for investors that tuned in to the earnings call they were able to learn more about Goldman’s transformation into a financial services firm of the future.

Sure. Equity trading dipped but Fintech initiatives may be indicative of a promising future for the world’s most prominent investment bank. (more…)

Banks, Fintech news

April 15, 2019

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Challenger banks face challenges with global expansion

via Tearsheet

European challenger banks are going global. Revolut and N26 are set on acquiring local licenses to launch in markets around the world by assembling regulatory SWAT teams. Others, like OakNorth, are licensing their technology out to go global. Regardless of the expansion strategy, it’s not all unicorns and rainbows as these neobanks push on the growth envelope. Challenger banks are quite delayed in their entry to the US market and have bumped into resistance in other geographies, too. Will challenger banks succeed with their global ambitions? (more…)

Banks, Mobile-first banks

April 15, 2019

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Supply Chain Finance Stumped By KYC

via PYMNTS

The Asian Development Bank’s estimates that the global trade finance gap has reached $1.5 trillion has jumpstarted a new wave of competition between banks and FinTechs working to address the biggest challenges to landing capital in the hands of global traders.

FinTech has identified a particularly large opportunity in the trade finance market, pegging traditional banks as too slow to innovate, without the agility to manage the complex processes often linked with financing trade with smaller businesses. Banks’ massive compliance burdens cannot be ignored, either.

However, analysts also note that FinTechs have their own regulatory requirements as well (albeit, often much lower than those of banks), and because they aim to address the financing gap for smaller businesses seen as less lucrative by banks, the due diligence burden is lofty as well. A 2017 report by the Asian Development Bank found that, despite its efforts, FinTech had not yet made a dent on that global trade finance gap. (more…)

Analytics, Banks

April 15, 2019

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Aussie challenger 86 400 scores home loan distribution deal

via Finextra

Australian challenger bank 86 400 has come a step closer to launching a home loan product after securing a national distribution deal with mortgage broker aggregator Vow Financial

The deal means 86 400 can deliver home loans via Vow Financial’s network of over 1200 brokers once it secures its full banking license from the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority.

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Banks, InspirAsia

April 15, 2019

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Rise of challenger banks in Asia

via The Edge Markets MY

Challenger banks have been a trend in markets such as the UK in the last few years, but activity is ramping up in Asian markets like South Korea, Greater China and Southeast Asia, says James Lloyd, fintech and payments leader for Asia-Pacific at EY, in the recently published Citi GPS: Global Perspectives and Solutions report, titled “Bank X: The New New Bank”. (more…)

Banks, InspirAsia, Mobile-first banks

April 14, 2019

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Aussie fintech Volt Bank starts by asking consumers what they want

via ZDNet

In January, the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) gave fintech startup Volt Bank a licence to operate without restrictions as an authorised deposit-taking institution (ADI). The green light was given to the new player following APRA approval in May 2018 to act in the Australian finance market as a Restricted ADI.

The APRA approval gave Volt the title as the first digital startup bank in Australia to receive a banking licence since the early 2000s. Funds up to AU$250,000 deposited into Volt are guaranteed by the Australian government as part of this arrangement.   (more…)

Banks, InspirAsia, Mobile-first banks

April 11, 2019

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India’s Cashfree raises $5.5M from Korea’s Smilegate, Y Combinator and others

via TechCrunch 

Cashfree, an India-based startup that specializes in making corporate banking services more accessible and easier to use, has closed a $5.5 million Series A round to double down on its banking services and build up its presence in Delhi and Bombay. Cashfree helps its customers connect their corporate banking services via a single interface and allows business intelligence that would take hours of manual work using corporate bank services. In the future Cashfree might emerge as a challenger bank.

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Fintech news, India, InspirAsia, Open Source/ API

April 11, 2019

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The Challenger: Dozens’ Aritra Chakravarty

via AltFi

At the beginning of 2019 luminous yellow adverts promoting a mysterious new app began spreading across London.

Called Dozens, the app appeared almost out of nowhere with a digital banking service similar to a Monzo or Starling, but with the addition of a curious 5% fixed interest bond aimed at “savers”.

The only question on everyone’s mind was – who was behind this mysterious startup? (more…)

Banks, Mobile-first banks, People of fintech

April 10, 2019

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Chase On Gen Z, Mobile Banking — 10 Years In

via PYMNTS

With more consumers than ever interested in fulfilling all their financial needs on mobile, both legacy banks and FinTech firms are focusing on creating digital-only banking services, designed to catch and keep customers using their smartphones to bank. What’s more, financial institutions (FIs) and payment providers around the world are trying their hand at providing all the capabilities of an established bank on the smartphone.

As consumers flock to banking apps, succeeding in the world of digital banking is not as easy as it used to be when mobile apps emerged a decade ago. In the new Digital Banking Tracker™, PYMNTS examines how startups are competing with legacy brands, social media services and even eCommerce companies that want to add financial capabilities to their platforms. (more…)

Analytics, Banks, Mobile-first banks

April 10, 2019

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UK Challenger Bank Redwood Surpasses £100 Million Lending Milestone

via Crowdfund Insider

UK-based challenger bank Redwood has reportedly surpassed £100 million in lending. As previously reported, Redwood is considered one of the newest additions to the future of banking, joining peers such as Monzo, Starling, Revolut and more. Redwood is on a mission to target the SME market and its products include mortgages for business owners and professional landlords, as well as a range of savings accounts. (more…)

Banks, Mobile-first banks, SME

April 10, 2019

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Varo Money gets NICE anti-fraud tech

via FinTech Futures

Varo Money, the US challenger bank, has selected NICE Actimize to implement its financial crime strategy for anti-money laundering (AML) protections, including know-your-customer (KYC) requirements, sanctions screening and transaction monitoring capabilities.

Varo will integrate NICE Actimize’s AML Essentials, a software-as-a-service (SaaS) AML solution that detects and scores a range of banking activities, including customer due diligence, transaction monitoring, watch list filtering and Suspicious Activity Report (or SAR) filings. (more…)

Banks, Fintech news, Mobile-first banks, Security

April 9, 2019

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Sources: Y Combinator’s growth fund to back challenger bank Monzo

via TechCrunch

Just five months after announcing £85 million in Series E funding, Monzo is already gearing up to raise additional funding, which would almost double its valuation.

As reported in the Sunday Times yesterday, the U.K. challenger bank is close to raising £100 million in further funding in a new round led by an unnamed U.S. investor. If the deal goes through, it will reportedly give Monzo a pre-money valuation of close to £2 billion, up from £1 billion in October.

Now TechCrunch has learned that the new U.S. backer is Y Combinator. (more…)

Banks, Deals, Fintech news, Mobile-first banks

April 8, 2019

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Envel bank launches “driverless” money management tech

via FinTech Futures

Envel, a challenger bank created around the use of artificial intelligence (AI) targeting millennials and Gen Zs, is launching a “Driverless Banking” framework that automates the steering of customer finances in real-time to stabilise spending.

The bank’s autonomous framework couples with Banking-as-a-Service (BaaS) solution Cambr, while using behavioural insights to centralise money management activities spread across multiple apps, platforms or services. (more…)

AI / Machine Learning / Big Data, Banks, Fintech news

April 8, 2019