Banks can use Aadhaar for KYC verification with the customer’s consent, the Reserve Bank said Wednesday as it updated its list of documents eligible for identification of individuals.
Using technology and digital channels, challenger banks are reimagining banking, delivering superior digital customer experience and challenging incumbents to reinvent themselves.
These are growing in importance and incumbents must “transform themselves from slow moving caterpillars to agile butterflies,” according to a report titled Bank X: The New New Banks by Citi Research.
These challenger banks that are also sometimes referred to as neo banks, are designed around meeting current customer expectations and leverage data insights to offer better personalization and fully digital banking experiences. (more…)
BankMobile has the most customers of any mobile-only bank, according to Cornerstone Advisors. The bank reports 1.064 million active accounts, and 1.8 million open accounts. It has built those numbers through student banking by acquiring HigherOne which provides student checking accounts that are linked to their school’s disbursement of refunds and student aid and more recently through a partnership with T-Mobile. (more…)
Challenger bank Qapital recently named behavioral economist Dan Ariely chairman of the board. One of the foremost leaders in psychology and its application in the personal finance, Ariely joined Qapital in 2015 as chief behavioral economist. He’s been instrumental in shaping how the bank’s members build positive relationships with money.
In November 2018, Qapital introduced tiered subscriptions as well as the addition of a robo investing platform and budgeting tools. The company now has more than 1.6 million members and has helped them save nearly $1 billion to date. (more…)
With a growing number of challenger banks taking on the U.S. market, one of the original startup banks, Simple — now owned by BBVA — has taken the unusual step of removing a core banking feature: bill pay. The company claimed the feature was under-utilized and usage was trending downwards, which is why it decided to sunset the option to pay bills through its app. That decision, not surprisingly, has angered a number of customers who are taking to social media and online forums like Reddit, threatening to switch banks as a result.
It’s likely true that fewer people today use bill pay than in the past. (more…)
InstaReM, a leading digital cross-border money transfer company with a global presence,has announced that it will now power cross-border payments for the clients of KASIKORNBANK(KBank), Thailand’s leading banking group, across select markets.
InstaReM already powers payments for three of the top ten Southeast Asian Banks and leading financial institutions across the globe. This partnership with KASIKORNBANK helps InstaReM further entrench itself as a leading player in the institutional payments space.
Exchanges that are a little too lax on their anti-money laundering (AML) and know your customer (KYC) protections will need to start paying more attention. Japan, one of the world’s leaders in cryptocurrency regulation since the fall of Mt. Gox, looks to focus on these areas even more this year in an effort to grow up the industry.
Japanese outlet Nikkei reports the country’s Financial Services Agency (FSA) is “taking a hard look at cryptocurrency exchanges.” This comes as a G20 meeting will visit the country on June 28 and 29, and the FSA is expected to undergo an inspection by the global body’ Financial Action Task Force (FATF) to see how its performing. (more…)
via American Banker
The German smartphone bank backed by billionaires Peter Thiel and Li Ka-shing has been ordered to bolster safeguards against money laundering and terrorist financing.
Germany’s financial regulator told N26 to “take appropriate internal safety measures” and “comply with general customer due diligence obligations.” The measures are likely to lead to higher security costs.
BaFin also said in the order, publicly released on Wednesday, that the lender must “remove backlogs in IT monitoring” and “ensure the existence of an adequate personnel and technical-organisational equipment in order to comply with its obligations under money laundering law.” (more…)
Meet French startup Kard, a challenger bank that works a lot like N26 or Revolut. But Kard is all about convincing teens that their first bank account is going to be a Kard account — a bit like Step in the U.S.
When I talked with Kard co-founder and CEO Scott Gordon, he kept saying that Kard was a product for Generation Z. While I’m not a fan of that buzzword, it still looks like a well-designed app with some personality. (more…)
via Venture Beat
Online data breaches are on the rise, and it’s no great mystery why. In a recent survey conducted by LastPass, 59% of respondents said they reused passwords across multiple accounts and more than half said they hadn’t changed their password in the past year. About 95% of cybersecurity breaches are attributable to human errors like these, in fact, and malicious hackers are taking full advantage: It’s estimated that there’s a cyberattack every 39 seconds on average.
Bellevue, Washington-based identity-as-a-service startup Auth0 intends to reverse the trend, and it’s raising capital as it acts on its plans. The six-year-old company today announced that it has secured $103 million in series E financing led by Sapphire Ventures, with participation from existing investors Bessemer Venture Partners, K9 Ventures, Trinity Ventures, Meritech Capital, Telstra Ventures, and World Innovation Lab. The cash infusion values Auth0 at $1 billion, and it brings its total capital raised to about $210 million. (more…)
via WIRED UK
Digital banks aren’t going anywhere – with Monzo, Starling Bank, Revolut and N26 starting to rival legacy banks. Perhaps best known for their personal finance apps, they are now also starting to sell financial products. And there’s a lot more to come.
Meanwhile, traditional high-street banks are trying to up their game by investing in – and imitating – their digital offerings. Last month, for instance, NatWest began trialling Mimo, a new personal finance app with budgeting tools, spending insights and reminders. It will be rolled out later in 2019. Barclays, HSBC and others are also jumping on the bandwagon and adding features to their existing mobile banking apps. (more…)
via Finovate blog
Financial crime specialist TruNarrative is partnering with identity verification innovator Jumio to bolster its fraud detection and customer onboarding platform. The integration will enable TruNarrative’s existing customers and prospects to verify the authenticity of more than 3,300 ID document types from more than 200 countries and territories. (more…)
Open banking is happening — it’s just not coming from the big name brand banks. Banking as a service firms are opening up the banking technology stack so that any finance, retail, or travel app can offer financial services without the headache of becoming a bank.
Oracle’s ERP, NetSuite is also a major player here. As a leading cloud system of record for midmarket and growth businesses, NetSuite has its own banking as a service offering which enables banks to deliver financial services where their customers reside — in the ERP. Major financial institutions like JPMorgan, Visa, and the Marco Polo Network are connected to NetSuite’s BaaS offering. (more…)
A descendent of the famed Renaissance banking family, the House of Medici, has launched a new bank in Puerto Rico with a pledge to accept business from cryptocurrency firms.
Medici Bank has been launched by Prince Lorenzo de’ Medici, and was “born out of frustration with the current financial services landscape.” According to the launch announcement this week, the bank will offer cheaper fees, faster services and greater transparency for its customers. (more…)
The banking regulator in Hong Kong has issued an additional four online-only banking licenses to Ping An, Alibaba, mobile phone maker Xiaomi and a joint venture (JV) consisting of Tencent, ICBC and Hillhouse Capital.
Reuters is reporting that this totals eight total licenses handed out by the government.
The Hong Kong Monetary Authority, which handed out the licenses, expects the banks to launch in about six to nine months. The new ventures would be closely regulated, with special attention given to customer reactions and the response of the banking industry. (more…)
It’s easy to push a narrative of fintech upstarts versus the big incumbent banks, but the more subtle reality is that as well as competing on numerous fronts, there are partnerships being formed across the board. The latest such move sees Tink, the Sweden-based banking platform that raised €56 million in new funding in February, partner with British bank NatWest.
The agreement gives NatWest access to Tink’s Personal Finance Management (PFM) and “Data Enrichment” products, which will be integrated into NatWest’s core mobile banking app. This will allow NatWest to improve its mobile banking offering by giving NatWest customers personalised insights into their finances based on transaction history. The features built with Tink’s technology are planned to go live in Q4 2019. (more…)
Challenger bank Tandem has been recognized by CFI.co (Capital Finance International) as the “Best Neo Bank UK 2019.”
According to Tandem, the CFI.co judges stated that “Tandem differentiates itself from other banks in the way its people always consider how well a new initiative will work for the customer and how it helps to solve real money problems.” (more…)