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Habito secures £5.5 million investment to shake up the mortgage industry

By Finextra

UK digital mortgage broker habito has raised £5.5m in Series A funding led by Silicon Valley-based Ribbit Capital, with participation from existing investor Mosaic Ventures. (more…)

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

January 23, 2017

Neosurance Wins “Phase 1” of Horizon 2020’s SME Instrument, the Prestigious European Prize That Supports Research and Innovation

By LTP

Neosurance Wins "Phase 1" of Horizon 2020's SME Instrument, the Prestigious European Prize That Supports Research and InnovationNeosurance, the innovative startup that proposes technological solutions for insurance companies, has been selected by the European Commission as the winner of HORIZON 2020 “Phase 1” – a prestigious European award for research and innovation – thus benefiting from a 50.000 euro grant. (more…)

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

January 21, 2017

In the future, AI could also mean auto insurance

By  for TechCrunch

Solaria Labs, Liberty Mutual Insurance’s tech incubator, has created an API developer portal to bring together public data and “proprietary insurance information” to help users find potentially safer routes — and help them assess damage when that doesn’t work out. (more…)

Accelerators/Incubators/Labs, AI / Machine Learning / Big Data, Fintech news, Insurance

January 20, 2017

Finovate Debuts: Helping Banks Turn Data into Insights with Liferay DXP

By David Penn for Finovate

There are few challenges greater for FI than turning massive amounts of customer data into valuable insights on how to serve those customers better. “Everybody today seems to be focused on customer experience, and giving your customers whatever they want. But what is it that you are you getting from your customers?” Liferay Sr. Customer Experience Manager Henry Nakamura asked from the Finovate stage in September. “I bet you’re pretty overwhelmed by the amount of data that you have, and possibly pretty underwhelmed by the results. Where’s the payoff?” (more…)

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

January 20, 2017

Destacame Closes Seed Financing Round

By FinSMEs

destacameDestacame, a Santiago, Chile-based alternative credit scoring startup, closed a seed round of financing of undisclosed amount.

The round was led by Accion Venture Lab, with participation from Mountain Nazca and Chilean angel investors. (more…)

AI / Machine Learning / Big Data, Deals, Fintech news, p2p/online lending

January 18, 2017

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FTC’s Fintech Forum to Focus on Blockchain Technology

By CryptoCoinsNews

The implications of blockchain technology in the consumer sector will be the focus of the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) 2017 FinTech Forum in March. (more…)

About, AI / Machine Learning / Big Data, Blockchain, Fintech news

January 17, 2017

Online Payment Security Startup Fraugster Raises $5M

By FinSMEs

Fraugster, a provider of an Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology solution to eliminate payment fraud, raised $5m in funding.  (more…)

AI / Machine Learning / Big Data, Deals, Fintech news, Security

January 17, 2017

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Hottest FinTech Trends for 2017

By YapStone for LTP

When the media talks about FinTech, more often than not, the leading headline is a bold statement, like “the FinTech revolution,” or “the big bank disruption,” and it’s easy to see why. Dubbed by the Economist as a “magical combination of geeks in T-shirts and venture capital,” the growth and influence of FinTech have been rapid. (more…)

AI / Machine Learning / Big Data, eWallets, Fintech news, Global trends, Mobile payments/banking, Security

January 14, 2017

PFM Clarity Money claims 40,000 downloads within first week of launch

By Finextra

One week after the launch of Clarity Money, a revolutionary personal finance app, it is now a “featured” personal finance app on the Apple App Store with over 40,000 downloads thus far.  (more…)

AI / Machine Learning / Big Data, Fintech news, PFM/PFP services

January 13, 2017

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A Fintech Filter for Artificial Intelligence in 2017

By Julie (@julieschicktanz) Muhn for Finovate Blog

In what The New York Times is calling The Great AI Awakening and Forbes has dubbed The Year of AI, 2017 is shaping up to be obsessively focused on artificial intelligence, a field that has been around for awhile (remember playing checkers against a computer?) but has finally matured to the point of usefulness. (more…)

AI / Machine Learning / Big Data, Analytics, Fintech news, Global trends

January 12, 2017

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Why chatbots will disappoint and messaging will thrive in 2017

By  for VentureBeat

The year 2016 was pretty messy by all accounts — just look at what John Oliver has to say about it. Between Harambe, Brexit, Bowie, the American election, a Syrian refugee crisis, shootings, and, of course, the New York Jets missing the playoffs, it’s safe to say that many of us are looking forward to 2017. (more…)

AI / Machine Learning / Big Data, Analytics, Bots, Global trends

December 27, 2016

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Do or die: Robo-advice & Psychometry What drives wealth management winners in 2020?

By Diederick Van Thiel for Finextra

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The high net worth individual population globally grew to 15.36 million people in 2015. The global assets under management also grew to $ 58.7 trillion. Private banks globally however  experience a disruptive change in their markets. (more…)

AI / Machine Learning / Big Data, Bots, Fintech news, Global trends, PFM/PFP services

December 27, 2016

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The World’s Biggest Hedge Fund is Embedding Its Founder’s Brain in an Algorithm

By David Z. Morris for Fortune

The Wall Street Journal reports that Bridgewater Associates, a hedge fund with $160 billion under management, is developing a system to automate the management philosophy of its founder, Ray Dalio. (more…)

AI / Machine Learning / Big Data, news

December 25, 2016

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Asia’s Own Lemonade: Neosurance & KLCC Runners Group Partner To Offer The First “Push” Micro Insurance To Malaysian Runners

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Neosurance  and KLCC Runners Group have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the distribution of microinsurance to KLCC Runners Group growing community members. The microinsurance product will be provided ad hoc by a leading reinsurer and insurer who will be disclosed later, together with the price and features of the microinsurance. (more…)

AI / Machine Learning / Big Data, Fintech news, InspirAsia, Insurance, Malaysia

December 23, 2016

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The rise of insurtech in the age of algorithms

By  for Dataconomy

In the internet era, giants of the digital age like Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon (GAFA) in Western markets and Chinese powerhouses like Baidu, Alibaba, Tencent, and Xiaomi (BATX) in Eastern markets have been increasingly straying away from their bread-and-butter products and testing the waters in large, established industries like banking. (more…)

AI / Machine Learning / Big Data, Fintech news, Global trends, Insurance

December 22, 2016

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Will IBM Watson Endanger RegTech Startups in 2017?

By Elena Mesropyan for LTP

IBM Watson is probably one of the wonders of modern technological advancements and a crown jewel of the IBM Corp. The company made its bet on advancing Watson to swoop into a range of industries and in the nearest future, IBM could become the primary player across verticals that startups should worry about. (more…)

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

December 22, 2016

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The 7 Hottest Fintech Startups and Solutions in Vietnam

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Vietnam is a very Internet-connected country, and with the increasing penetration of smartphones there is a wealth of opportunity for online businesses, digital agencies and application developers. (more…)

About, AI / Machine Learning / Big Data, Cryptocurrencies, eWallets, Marketing Report, Mobile payments/banking, Mobile-first banks, PFM/PFP services, Remittances, Vietnam

December 22, 2016

Lloyds partners startups peddling bill payments tech and AI virtual assistants

By Finextra

Lloyds Banking Group is to test-drive technology presented by two of the ten companies participating in this year’s Startupbootcamp demo day in London. (more…)

Accelerators/Incubators/Labs, AI / Machine Learning / Big Data, Banks, Bots, Deals, PFM/PFP services, SME

December 20, 2016

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6 fintech startups from Asia that excited us in 2016

By  for TechInAsia

Fintech is going strong in Asia as the year draws to a close. According to the Pulse of Fintech Q3 2016 report by global audit and advisory firm KPMG, venture capital funding in Asian financial technology companies increased, reaching US$1.2 billion – outpacing even the US, where VC investment totaled US$0.9 billion. (more…)

About, AI / Machine Learning / Big Data, China, eWallets, Fintech news, India, Japan, p2p/online lending, Payment processors/providers/gateways, Philippines, POS/mPOS and online acquiring, Remittances, Singapore

December 17, 2016

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Starbucks: The Unlikely Winner in Mobile Payments

By Elena Mesropyan for LTP

Payments companies have traditionally been among the most financially attractive out of the whole FinTech array in addition to being the most represented globally. However, a conventional type of a payments service provider (PSP) is not all there is to payments. (more…)

About, AI / Machine Learning / Big Data, Fintech news, Mobile payments/banking, Pre-order services

December 15, 2016

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10 FinTech Predictions for Asia in 2017

By Henri Arslanian for LTP

In 2016, FinTech went mainstream. So what can we expect for 2017?

Here are some predictions for FinTech in Asia for 2017: (more…)

AI / Machine Learning / Big Data, Bots, China, Deals, Fintech news, Global trends, India, InspirAsia, RegTech

December 13, 2016

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He’s building robo investors to fill a trillion-dollar hole in Japanese society

By  for TechInAsia

“Individual investors in Japan, especially those above 60 years of age, prefer to keep their savings in the bank,” exclaims Kazuhisa Shibayama, founder of WealthNavi. “There’s over 17 trillion dollars of personal wealth lying idle, sleeping.” (more…)

AI / Machine Learning / Big Data, Deals, Fintech news, Japan, PFM/PFP services

December 9, 2016

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Ring out the old, ring in the new

By Finextra

Sophie Guibaud, VP of European expansion at Fidor Bank looks back at the key banking tech trends of 2016 and what we can expect to rise to the top in the year ahead. (more…)

About, AI / Machine Learning / Big Data, Banks, Bots, Fintech news, Security, SME

December 9, 2016

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Alternative Data in Financial Services is a Double-Edged Sword

By Elena Mesropyan for LTP

Traditional methods of creditworthiness assessment can’t do much for the groups of the population that don’t fit the scheme. As a result, inclusive initiatives by financial institutions will always hit a wall of unstretchable rules and criteria. Meanwhile, a fairly large part of the global community struggles to access financial services – there are ~2 billionfinancially excluded people and ~1.5 billion of those who cannot prove their identity. (more…)

AI / Machine Learning / Big Data, Analytics, Banks, p2p/online lending, Security

December 7, 2016

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Mastercard’s AI learns to avoid false security flags on the fly

By John Adams for Payments Source

Inaccurate rejections of legitimate transactions aren’t a new problem, and companies can’t always use past transaction data to spot future risk on a large scale. Artificial intelligence can change the game, but only if it is smart enough to adapt its expectations based on the conditions of each transaction, according to Ajay Bhalla, president of enterprise risk and security for Mastercard. (more…)

AI / Machine Learning / Big Data, Analytics, Fintech news, Global trends, Security

December 6, 2016

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AXA partners with Silicon Valley startup Trov to launch insurance ‘as simple as Tinder’ for British millennials

By  for Business Insider

California-based Trov lets people buy flexible insurance for single items through their smartphones. If, for example, you have got an expensive camera sitting in your cupboard that you only occasionally use, you can use Trov to get temporary insurance for the times when you do actually take it out and use it.

(more…)

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

November 24, 2016

AI Driven Investment Bank Euklid Closes Seed Funding at €10M Valuation

By FinSMEs

AI driven investment bank Euklid has completed its first seed funding.

Two unnamed financial industry vetarans made the approx. €375/400k investment in exchange of a 3/4% stake in the company. Following the closing of this seed, which valued the company at €10M, Euklid is to move its Headquarters to London* in order to implement their international strategies. The funds will allow the company to establish a NewCo in the UK and a RAIF fund in Luxembourg. (more…)

AI / Machine Learning / Big Data, Banks, Cryptocurrencies, Deals, Fintech news, TradingTech

November 22, 2016

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Next-gen biometrics: using the force of habit

By Penny Crosman for PaymentsSource

National Westminster Bank in London is tracking every movement customers make on its website or mobile app, looking for behavior that doesn’t match past actions or clues that users are not who they purport to be.

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

November 22, 2016

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What We Learned About Robo-Advisors in the Last 19 Months

By Amit for LTP

Hundreds of startups are trying to shake up the investment world with the so-called robo-advisor offering, and that is nothing new. The incumbents have not only taken notice but also embraced and latched on to the opportunity. (more…)

AI / Machine Learning / Big Data, Analytics, Bots, Fintech news, PFM/PFP services

November 21, 2016

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Wells Fargo partners SigFig on rob-advisor service

By Finextra

Wells Fargo is working with San Francisco-based wealth management technology startup SigFig on a digital advisory service that the bank will begin piloting next year. (more…)

AI / Machine Learning / Big Data, Banks, Bots, Fintech news, PFM/PFP services, TradingTech

November 16, 2016