The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has commenced accepting applications for digital bank licenses. The new licenses are for aspiring non-bank Fintechs. MAS seeks to ensure that Singapore’s banking sector continues to be resilient, competitive and vibrant. Applicants must have their paperwork in by December 31, 2019. (more…)
Digital-only challenger bank Varo Money announced on Tuesday it is now offering No Fee Overdraft. According to Varo, the No Fee Overdraft feature allows customers to overdraft their bank account balance up to $50 with no fee and no interest when they meet certain eligibility requirements. (more…)
The Danish banking app Lunar Way has overnight both received a banking licence and €26m in funding, from investors such as Danish Seed Capital, Brittish Greyhound Capital och San Francisco-based Socii Capital.
The company, which started with a banking app for millennials, is planning to use the money to strengthen its position in Denmark and Sweden and also open a division in Norway and Finland. (more…)
As 2019 moves into its third quarter, the once burgeoning industry of digital banking is starting to make serious waves in the financial world – and investors are taking notice. Big players like Monzo, Starling, N26, Revolut, and EQIBank have recently completed massive funding rounds supported by a range of VC’s and angel investors from around the world. (more…)
via FinTech Futures
Puerto Rico-based challenger bank, Zenus, was granted its banking licence by US regulatory authorities this week.
Unlike other challengers, Zenus will allow anyone in the world to open an account, including the unbanked population from countries such as South America, India and China. (more…)
via The Guardian
Digital bank Monzo is dipping its toes into the short-term loans market a year after Wonga’s collapse, but insists it will not target customers who usually turn to payday lenders.
The challenger bank formally launched loans for its 2.5 million customers on Thursday, following a trial with around 4,000 of its users. Those who qualify will be able to borrow as much as £15,000 for up to 60 months, or take loans as small as £200 for as little as 90 days.
Digital bank Revolut has integrated Xero, an SME accounting platform, to facilitate seamless business expense reporting. The Revolut for Business app has also been updated for team members to upload receipts and add expense information, according to a release from the company
The new “Expense Management tool,” is designed to help growing businesses more easily manage expenses. Business owners may now approve or reject team expenses, an area that has traditionally been difficult to manage. (more…)
The funding round was led by PTB Ventures, with help from Accion Venture Lab, Financial Venture Studio and Techstars.
Founded by Lamine Zarrad and George Kurtyka in 2017, Joust aims to help independent professionals find more financial stability and avoid late payments amid the irregular payment system for freelance work. The bank guarantees invoice payments and has a “PayArmour” feature for same-day funding, which is available as an app in Google Play and the Apple App Store. (more…)
A Berlin-based fintech is trying to emulate the success that digital banks like N26 have enjoyed with retail customers by specifically targeting business clients.
Reports in The Telegraph on Monday (Aug. 5) said the companies continue to compete for the small business customer base. Tide has on-boarded 100,000 small business customers, described by the firm’s chief executive Oliver Prill as a “very significant milestone.” (more…)