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Dan Ariely on how Qapital uses behavioral finance principles to help people save more

via TearSheet 

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…)

Banks

May 24, 2019

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Online bank Simple makes things harder by removing bill pay

via TechCrunch

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…)

Banks, Mobile-first banks

May 24, 2019

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Japan to strengthen crypto AML, KYC laws and look hard at exchanges

via CoinGeek

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…)

Banks, InspirAsia, Japan, Security

May 23, 2019

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Challenger bank N26 ordered to bolster money laundering safeguards

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…)

Banks, Mobile-first banks, Security

May 22, 2019

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Kard is a challenger bank for teens

via TechCrunch

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…)

Banks, Fintech news, Mobile-first banks

May 21, 2019

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How Monzo, Revolut, Starling and N26 plan to topple legacy banks

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…)

Banks, Fintech news, Global trends, Mobile-first banks

May 17, 2019

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YouTrip, a challenger bank in Southeast Asia, raises $25.5M for expansion

via TechCrunch

Singapore-based startup YouTrip thinks consumers of Southeast Asia deserve a taste of the challenger bank revolution happening in the U.S. and Europe, and it has raised $25.5 million in new funding to bring its app-and-debit-card service to more parts in the region. (more…)

Banks, Fintech news, InspirAsia, Mobile-first banks, Singapore

May 16, 2019

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FrankieFinancial signs Australian neo banks to RegTech platform

via Finextra

RegTech startup FrankieFinancial has signed Australian neo banks Xinja and Novatti Group to its financial systems aggregator platform, which provides a single point of access to ID verification, KYC, AML, fraud and credit tools from 114 vendors and data sources. (more…)

Banks, Fintech news, InspirAsia, Mobile-first banks, RegTech, Security

May 15, 2019

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NetSuite’s Scott Derksen on why ERP sits at the center of banking as a service

via Tearsheet

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…)

Banks, Open Source/ API

May 13, 2019

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New Medici Bank launches with crypto-friendly outlook

via CoinGeek

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…)

Banks, Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies

May 10, 2019

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Hong Kong Issues More Online Banking Licenses

via PYMNTS

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…)

Banks, Hong Kong, InspirAsia, Mobile-first banks

May 9, 2019

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Tink, the European banking platform, partners with British incumbent NatWest

via TechCrunch

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…)

Banks, Mobile-first banks, PFM/PFP services

May 8, 2019

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Tandem Recognized as Best New Digital Bank

via Crowdfund Insider

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…)

Banks, Mobile-first banks

May 7, 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.

(more…)

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.

(more…)

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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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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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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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.

(more…)

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