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Mbanq backs Arival Bank by acquiring shares

via FinTech Futures 

Mbanq, an accredited investor, has backed Arival Bank by acquiring shares, as reported by Medium.

Mbanq provides digital core technology and banking-as-a-service (BaaS) and Arival Bank chose it for its digital core banking back in July 2018. (more…)

Banks, Deals, Hotnews

July 26, 2019

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Crypto Friendly Digital Bank Arival Accepting Investment Reservations on SeedInvest for Upcoming Crowdfunding Round

via Crowdfund Insider

Digital challenger bank Arival is now accepting reservations for preferred stock on SeedInvest.

Arival will be a crypto-friendly bank – unlike most traditional banks in the United States which tend to be crypto-averse.

The bank was founded on the notion that banks in many places around the world are closing accounts of crypto-related businesses as they are fearful of any collateral ramifications to holding these types of accounts. Arival says they surveyed “hundreds” of Fintech and blockchain startups in their network and 90% indicated they have encountered problems in some capacity.

But it is not only the crypto-sector that Arival wants to service. The digital-only bank wants to provide banking services to all SMEs and GIG economy companies seeking an alternative to the high cost, low service, experience of traditional brick and mortar banks. (more…)

Banks, Crowdfunding/investing, Cryptocurrencies, Hotnews

June 12, 2019

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Apple Card will make credit card fraud a lot more difficult

via TechCrunch

Apple’s new credit card has a curious security feature that will make it much more difficult to carry out credit card fraud.

The aptly named Apple Card is a new credit card, built into your iPhone Wallet app, which the company says will help customers live a “healthier” financial lifestyle. The card is designed to replace your traditional credit card and give you perks, such as daily cash. Chief among the benefits is a range of security and privacy features, which Apple says — unlike traditional credit card providers — the company doesn’t know where a customer shopped, what they bought or how much they paid. (more…)

Credit/Debit/Prepaid cards, Hotnews, Security

March 25, 2019

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From Book to Bank: How a Fintech Firm Found Its Calling

via Knowledge@Wharton

In the rapidly evolving world of fintechs, cutting-edge intermediaries that seek to disrupt traditional banking or cater to underserved niches, success depends on rigorous customer screening and proactive regulatory compliance, according to Vladislav (Slava) Solodkiy, cofounder and CEO of Puerto Rico-based Arival Bank. Solodkiy is also managing partner at Life.SREDA, a Singapore-based venture capital firm that over the past six years has invested in more than 20 fintech startups and successfully exited from nine. He has documented his journey from a fintech investor to a founder of a digital bank in his book, The First Fintech Bank’s Arival – From Book to Bank in 12 Months.

Arival claims to be the first digital fintech bank to be focused on small businesses, the so-called “gig economy” of entrepreneurs, freelancers and startups, and small and medium-sized business enterprises that use crypto currencies to receive and pay money. While it may be difficult to identify the ‘bad guys’ among those customers — who could be money launderers or others with dubious backgrounds — prompt reporting of problem cases to regulators and remedial action to prevent future occurrences could save fintechs from hefty fines, according to Solodkiy and Arival’s chief operating officer, Jeremy Berger. Arival is now in the process of securing a federal banking license in the U.S. and exploring similar licenses in Europe and Asia. Solodkiy and Berger shared insights into their strategies for Arival Bank and the road ahead for fintechs in an interview with Knowledge@Wharton. (more…)

About, Banks, Cryptocurrencies, Hotnews, Open Source/ API, People of fintech

December 20, 2018

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How the Banking Status Quo is Being Challenged in the Age of Fintech and APIs

 

It’s no secret that digital disruption is challenging the status quo in the banking world. The Digital Banking Asia Summit team spoke with Jeremy Berger, Chief Operating Officer at Arival Bank, a venture-backed digital banking startup for SMEs, to discuss new trends, innovating models, APIs and open banking. Jeremy is also the Portfolio Director of Life.SREDA, one of the first fintech only venture capital funds in Southeast Asia.

Additionally, Jeremy helped create (and now advises) Goldbell Investments, the corporate VC arm of the Goldbell Group, focusing on investments in fintech, mobility and automotive innovations. Prior to joining the venture capital and startup scene in Singapore, Jeremy worked for various fintech startups as well as one of the largest wealth management firms in the US.

(more…)

About, Banks, Hotnews, Influences FinTech, Open Source/ API, People of fintech

December 17, 2018

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The world’s hottest digital banking startup takes home 2 international awards in one week, preparing to launch in Puerto...

 

This past year, Puerto Rico has taken its place among the world’s most attractive spots for business incorporation and development of cutting-edge products and services.

Puerto Rico’s governor, Ricardo Rosselló wants to see the island develop to meet the needs of the rapidly growing innovative tech & gig economy: “I would like to see Puerto Rico become a place where businesses serve customers and coordinate operations throughout the Americas, what I like to think of as a “human cloud,” where workers spread across the island handle tasks remotely for businesses around the world.”

Puerto Rico’s agenda aligns well with Arival Bank’s goals, which aims to provide banking services for innovative tech and crypto-related SMEs. It makes Arival Bank a perfect fit into the Puerto Rico ecosystem, creating its solutions on the basis of opportunities, generously provided by the U.S. territory.

Now, it will also become the home for two international fintech awards from different corners of the world, proving that Arival Bank is on the right track.

(more…)

Banks, Fintech news, Hotnews, news, SME

November 14, 2018

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Launch of the 1st health benefit and insurance tailor-made for startup teams in China

Talents attraction and motivation have long been a headache for startups. A multi-award Shanghai-based insurtech startup provides now an unconventional way to support such needs by crafting StartupCareTM, a health solution firstly targeted for startups. (more…)

Hotnews

November 9, 2018

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Should I create my own payment app?

One of the hottest niches in tech right now is payments. If it’s big enough for Google, Apple and Paypal to pursue – it’s BIG. If the Bitcoin, a currency built specifically for instant (de-centralized) online transactions, increase in value 100-fold over a period of several years, it is another very solid indication the world is moving towards digitized transactions. In fact more than 50% of all transactions taking place in the USA are cash-free.

Building a money transfer application has more than a few hurdles. Many have tried and failed, and the others are sitting on the fence waiting for the industry to boom to make substantial profits. The top money transfer apps in 2018 are composed of large companies who have been in the domain of online payments from way before mobile apps even existed.

The difficulties of creating money transfer apps

Regulation

The biggest hurdle in creating a money transfer app is definitely NOT the programming you need to put in, nor the UI, no anything else you would traditionally say is the sticking point of creating app. It’s regulation.

When you handle people’s money, you need to be carefully inspected and show beyond any reasonable doubt you are eligible to be in this position. It goes way further than just the regulator, by the way – banks are very reluctant to deal with you, and so us other providers. So, you need to be approved by a regulator (or SEVERAL regulators if you are going to accept people from different regions in the world), be in excellent relations with at least one bank, and prove one or more tax authorities people are not using your platform to evade taxation.

All of the above is far more complex than it sounds and it will require serious resources to accommodate all of the above, and particular as a startup.

Liquidity pool

If you are going to handle people money you need a line of credit to enable real-time transactions. That means that you need to cover the deficiency in cash inside your system between the time that someone pays, and until you actually receive the money. That is a significant issue and you need to have significant reserve pools just in any case. What happens if your security is breached and some money is stolen off the system? What happens if you have a an unusually high number of feedbacks in one certain month? You need a few millions of dollars to be sitting aside to facilitate a real money transfer network.

Product

Although this aspect only comes third on our list, to compete in the payment business you have to come up with a very slick app that appears trustworthy, maintains the highest level of security (super important), and is easy to use as your target audience is very broad. In essence, you need to out-do companies which have been in the market since before the 2000 high-tech bubble like Paypal. It is obtainable, but it will require high level of expertise and yet again – a sizeable investment.

Foreign exchange – liquidity and capability

If you intend to accept clients from overseas who are paying via multiple currency, you need to be able to exchange foreign exchange through your application. This requires connecting with a source of liquidity provider who is also able to facilitate currency exchange, and a lot of additional hurdles when it comes to product development and regulation. Cross border transfers tend to be more sensitive and difficult to execute.

Finding partners / Marketing

Payment applications is a very saturated market, and thus, you will need to be able to compete through not only better offering than your competitors, but in fact have powerful business partners who are able to integrate your payment app into their systems. Apple and Google don’t need such a partner, being of such immense size and influence, but you would need them.

Not making money

When you go into an overly competitive market which is currently focused on acquisition and not profit, you would not be able to compete if your prices would be higher than your competitors. Venmo is practically free when it comes to transfers in the U.S, similarly  Google Pay and Apple Pay, and cross-border applications like Transferwise’s charge as little as 0.5% off each transaction, you are not going to be making money in the short and medium term. This is a long term game.

Final words

Looking at all the hurdles expected, you should be entering the payment app industry only if you have a very solid foundation. If you plan on making your mark with your team of 4 out-of-college programmers working in your grandma’s basement, you should at softer and more niche industries.

 

Banks, Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews, Remittances

October 7, 2018

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UOB taps Personetics to gain deeper customer insights

United Overseas Bank has invested in Israel-based AI firm Personetics and plans to deploy its cognitive analytic tools to help customers make smarter banking decisions. (more…)

Banks, Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews

July 20, 2018

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MAS to ramp up measures to fight money laundering, terrorism financing

By Annabeth Leow for Business Times

REGULATORS in Singapore are looking to ramp up targeted measures against financial crime, including tapping data analytics and boosting information sharing with financial institutions, said an official from the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) on Wednesday morning. (more…)

Government activities, Hotnews

July 18, 2018

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CEO Problems

By Brad Feld

Originally published at Feld Thoughts.

Recently, I was talking to a CEO of a company I’m on the board of. We were discussing a problem in the category of something new Is fucked up in my world every day (more…)

Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews

July 16, 2018

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The Industry Analyst Evaluation Game

By Brad Feld – managing director at Foundry Group

Originally published at Feld Thoughts.

Over the past 25 years, I’ve invested in many startups that sell products to large enterprises. Many of these companies end up either creating or helping to create a new category. As the startups (or the category) become visible, they inevitably attract the attention of industry analysts, who write reports on the categories and the startups as part of the industry analysts’ business.

(more…)

Fintech news, Hotnews, Influences FinTech

July 13, 2018

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Analyzing the Ethereum — Security Decision by the SEC

The purpose of this article will not be to give the news that the SEC revealed that they would not deem Ethereum to be a security. (more…)

Cryptocurrencies, Financial Markets / Trading, Hotnews

July 10, 2018

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TransferWise opens in Hong Kong

By InvestHK,

Leading London-based fintech company TransferWise announced today (6 July 2018) the official launch of its international money transfer platform in Hong Kong, giving it a major foothold in Asia as part of the company’s ongoing international expansion. (more…)

Global trends, Hotnews, Remittances

July 9, 2018

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HSBC highlights the six new banking careers of the future

HSBC is preparing for the ongoing revolution in banking, highlighting six new types of jobs that will be necessary to forge a career in a digitally-enabled financial services industry. (more…)

Hotnews

July 6, 2018

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JPMorgan Chase begins nationwide roll-out of mobile-only bank

JPMorgan Chase is taking its mobile-only banking offshoot Finn nationwide following its debut in St. Louis in October. (more…)

Banks, Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews

June 29, 2018

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PayPal Checkout adds smart payment buttons

At PayPal, we’re building solutions for global commerce to help consumers and businesses seamlessly connect across all contexts. (more…)

Global trends, Hotnews

June 29, 2018

SigFig Raises $50 Million in Series E

Automated wealth management advisory specialist SigFig has raised $50 million in new funding in a round led by General Atlantic. The Series E round also featured the participation of existing investors UBS, Eaton Vance Corporation, DCM Ventures, New York Life, Nyca Partners, and Bain Capital Ventures. (more…)

Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews

June 25, 2018

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Fintech friends: Monzo partners with TransferWise for international payments

By Steve O’Hear for techCrunch,

“So what’s going on here then?” I ask. “Two good friends just got even better [friends],” replies TransferWise co-founder Kristo Käärmann laughing, while Monzoco-founder Tom Blomfield, who is also on the video call, smiles approvingly. “Sorry for spoiling your news,” I tell the pair, who I’m interviewing ahead of an announcement today that the two companies are working together. (more…)

Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews

June 25, 2018

Money20/20 Europe: key takeaways

Martin Whybrow sought out the trends and key issues when the Money20/20 Europe circus rolled into Amsterdam this week. (more…)

Government activities, Hotnews

June 9, 2018

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TransferWise nets first big EU bank customer

France’s second-largest bank, BPCE Groupe, is to become the first in Europe to directly integrate with TransferWise to offer mobile money transfers to its 15 million customers. (more…)

Banks, Global trends, Hotnews, Remittances

June 4, 2018

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N26 now has 1 million customers

You don’t sign up to a bank account every day. And yet, German startup N26 has managed to attract 1 million clients across Europe. They generate €1 billion in transaction volume every month ($1.17 billion). (more…)

Hotnews

June 4, 2018

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Goldman Sachs leads $250m Tradeshift funding round

Supply chain finance outfit Tradeshift has joined the unicorn club after closing a $250 million Series E funding round led by Goldman Sachs and Public Sector Pension Investment Board. (more…)

Banks, Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews

May 30, 2018

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Ant Financial signs third Chinese bank technology deal

Ant Financial, the financial services spin-off of e-commerce giant Alibaba, has added another string to its bow, signing its third deal this month as a strategic technology supplier to the Chinese banking industry. (more…)

Global trends, Hotnews

May 30, 2018

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Rakuten invests in UK payments group Azimo

Move reflects fast-growing market for challengers to traditional way of sending money

(more…)

Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews

May 29, 2018

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Tandem reaches 100,000 clients, signs for Form3 paytech

UK-based challenger Tandem says “100,000 Brits are now using the bank to spend, save, and manage their money”. (more…)

Banks, Hotnews

May 29, 2018

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WeInvest Raises $12.3 Million for its WealthTech Platform

By Julie Munh for Finovate

B2B digital wealth management solutions provider WeInvest has taken in an investment of its own today. The Singapore-based company just closed on $12.3 million in Series A funding. (more…)

Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews

May 28, 2018

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Adyen confirms plans for IPO

Payments processor Adyen is chasing a $9 billion valuation after confirming its intent to sell 15% of its shares in an IPO on Euronext Amsterdam. (more…)

Global trends, Hotnews, Payment processors/providers/gateways

May 25, 2018

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Equifax works with HSBC on Open Banking credit applications

By Equifax,

HSBC UK has created the first live use case of open banking for credit applications using the InterConnect platform from Equifax, the consumer and business insights expert. (more…)

Banks, Credit scoring, Hotnews

May 18, 2018

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Revolut expands payments feature to friends nearby

By Revolut

Sending and requesting money is one of the most popular features among Revolut users, and we’ve just made it even better. (more…)

eWallets, Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews, Mobile-first banks

May 16, 2018