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New bank in town: Xinja the latest ‘neobank’ to get its full licence

Via The Sydney Morning Herald

Xinja, the latest “neobank” to be given a full banking licence in Australia, is looking to raise more than $50 million from big investors as part of its plan to disrupt the lucrative retail banking sector. In a key milestone that allows the bank to take deposits from the public, Xinja was on Monday granted an unrestricted licence from the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA). (more…)

Banks, InspirAsia

September 9, 2019

334

Namaste Credit becomes neobank

via FinTech Futures 

Indian online lending marketplace Namaste Credit announced it is becoming a “fully-fledged digital-only bank” for micro small and medium businesses (MSMEs).

The neobank will have a “foundational software-as-a-service (SaaS) play” and aims to offer the first one-stop-shop for MSMEs. It will include automated credit, banking and accounting solutions.

Soon-to-be-launched app ‘Namaste Biz’ will centralise MSME’s cash flow and banking and credit management. (more…)

Banks, India, InspirAsia, SME

September 5, 2019

293

Neobank Yelo raises funding from Matrix Partners, Omidyar, others

via DEALSTREETASIA

Personalized neobanking service Yelo said on Wednesday it has raised seed round funding from Matrix Partners India, Omidyar Network India, Flourish and current investor, Better Capital.

Yelo describes itself as a digital-only mobile-first neobank with a custom-made suite of financial products for remittance, healthcare, education, e-commerce, and day-to-day cash flow management. (more…)

Banks, Deals, India, InspirAsia, Mobile-first banks

September 5, 2019

174

Neobank Arival surpasses crowdfund target

via FinTech Futures

Singapore-based neobank, Arival, has surpassed its £700,000 crowdfunding target on Crowdcube following its announcement in June to become the first licensed digital bank in the US this year.

The three-year-old bank has raised £1,214,136 so far, before it closes the round at midnight on 6 September. Currently Arival has a pre-money valuation of £12,012,061.

Targeted users for the neobank are those rejected by other banks, including E-Residency businesses, expats and refugees, cryptocurrency and blockchain-related businesses, politically exposed persons, and digital influencers. (more…)

Banks, Crowdfunding/investing, Hotnews, InspirAsia, Mobile-first banks, Singapore

September 2, 2019

294

Singapore Begins Accepting Applications for New Digital Bank Licenses for Non Bank Players

via Crowdfund Insider 

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…)

Banks, Government activities, InspirAsia, Singapore

August 29, 2019

570

Neobank Joust Raises $2.6M To Bank Freelancer Wages

via PYMNTS

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…)

Banks, InspirAsia, Mobile-first banks

August 12, 2019

574

Ex-Lazada CMO’s neobanking platform for SMEs, Aspire, raises US$32.5M to grow in Southeast Asia

via e27

Aspire provides SMEs with a 60-day, interest free credit line of up to S$100,000 to solve their working capital needs (more…)

Banks, Deals, InspirAsia, Singapore, SME

August 1, 2019

533

Challenger bank Judo raises $400 million

via The Sydney Morning Herald

Challenger bank Judo has raised $400 million in the biggest individual private funding round by an Australian start-up, making its founders multimillionaires on paper.

The equity raise is record-breaking when combined with Judo’s $140 million raise last year and values the bank at $1.5 billion to $2 billion over the next two years. (more…)

Banks, Deals, InspirAsia

July 30, 2019

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Australia just got a new digital bank called 86 400 and its chair has a history of taking on...

via Business Insider Australia

  • A new set of digital banks are arriving in Australia to compete with the big four — NAB, ANZ, Westpac and the Commonwealth Bank — with a new one approved to operate on Thursday.

  • 86 400 — named for the number of seconds in a day — has now been authorised to accept deposits, and promises to be in operation later this year.

  • Anthony Thomson, the chair of 86 400, has a history of founding successful challenger banks, including Metro Bank, which was the UK’s first new high street bank in over 150 years.

  • Competitors Xinja, Digital banks Volt and Judo have already arrived in Australia and are at different stages of approval.

(more…)

Banks, InspirAsia, Mobile-first banks

July 18, 2019

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Customer onboarding and the brand new digital banking licences by MAS

via e27

The announcement from MAS that non-banking fintechs will be eligible to create banks in the digital format, and provide services without any physical branches whatsoever can be considered as the biggest headliner in the financial news of Singapore in July. Altogether, MAS is planning on issuing 5 digital banking licenses in the nearest future.

Applications admission shall begin in August and financial enterprises are, one after another, already announcing their interest in getting the license. As early as today, top managers form Validus, Grab, Razer, Singtel, and InstaReM have already expressed such intentions.

The new licenses issued for digital banking allow the performing of the following services: depositing, lending, and investing for both businesses and natural persons. Customer onboarding therefore, will become essential as the very first step towards utilizing the product. This step has to take into consideration the requirements of the regulations as well as internal risk assessment. This motivates companies to engage in specific partnerships in order to perform the onboarding and KYC. (more…)

Banks, Global trends, InspirAsia, Singapore

July 16, 2019

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Bengaluru-based neo-banking startup NiYO raises $35 million in series B round

via The Indian Wire

NiYO Solutions, a Benglauru-based neo-banking startup has raised $35 million in a Series B funding round. The round was led by Horizons Ventures and Tencent. While, the company’s existing investor JS Capital also participated in the funding round.

The company plans to use the funding to accelerate the development and rollout of new product offerings. It will also use funds to amplify distribution and marketing. (more…)

Banks, Deals, India, InspirAsia

July 10, 2019

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Kyash, a would-be challenger bank in Japan, raises $14M

via TechCrunch

The new era of tech-enabled banks is coming, even in regulation-heavy Japan. Kyash, a fintech company with visions on becoming Japan’s first challenger bank, said today it has raised $14 million to continue its expansion.

To be clear, Kyash isn’t a bank. Yet. But it is currently applying for a host of licenses in Japan that could allow it to offer banking-style features, including checking accounts, ATM withdrawals and money remittance. Right now, it is a payment app that offers a connected Visa card in the style of Monzo, N26, Revolut (which has a Japan license) and others of that ilk.

The startup was founded in 2015 by Shinichi Takatori, a former banker and management consultant who saw the potential to merge tech and finance. (more…)

Banks, Deals, InspirAsia, Japan

July 3, 2019

338

First Singapore Startup Says It Will Apply for Digital Banking License

via Bloomberg

Singapore cross-border payments startup Instarem is seeking partners in the lending business as it prepares to apply for a digital banking license in the city state.

The Monetary Authority of Singapore said on Friday it will grant as many as two digital full-bank licenses and up to three digital wholesale bank licenses. Singapore Telecommunications Ltd., Grab and Razer have expressed an interest since the MAS announcement, but Instarem is the first company to say it will apply for a license. (more…)

InspirAsia, Remittances, Singapore

July 1, 2019

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Singapore Advances Digital Only Bank Sector with Five New Digital Bank Licenses

via Crowdfund Insider 

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) will issue five new “digital bank licenses” according to the financial regulator. MAS said this was in addition to any existing Singapore banks which may also offer digital banking under existing rules.

MAS said the new rules extend digital banking to non-bank entrants.

Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Senior Minister and Chairman of MAS, announced the new rules during a meeting of the Association of Banks in Singapore. Shanmugaratnam said the new digital bank licenses “mark the next chapter in Singapore’s banking liberalization journey.” (more…)

Banks, Global trends, Government activities, InspirAsia, Singapore

July 1, 2019

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Singapore’s Ride-Hailing App Grab Mulls Becoming a Bank: Reuters

via Bloomberg 

Leading Southeast Asian ride-sharing provider Grab is considering applying for a digital banking license if Singapore’s banking regulator allows it, Reuters reported citing four people with knowledge of the process.

Grab, which acquired Uber Technologies Inc.’s Southeast Asian business and now carries a valuation of $14 billion, is close to hiring a consultancy firm to advise it on the matter, Reuters said. A company representative declined to comment.

(more…)

Fintech news, InspirAsia, Singapore

June 12, 2019

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New Indian challenger Payzello launches

via FinTech Futures written by

Payzello is a new challenger bank in India, focusing on the retail market that offers a wide variety of products, with a specific focus on personal finance management.

In its list of offerings, the firm includes a single card for both debit and credit, app-based loans, money transfer and request, end to end expense management, Bharat QR, three minutes’ account opening, among others – and all this with zero paperwork.

A chatbot is included in the app, called Ello. It was made for conversations regarding users’ finances and provides suggestions. (more…)

Banks, India, InspirAsia, Mobile-first banks

June 10, 2019

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GrabPay Users Can Now Increase Transaction Limit to $SGD 30,000 After KYC Process

via Fintechnews Singapore 

Grab users will now be able to authorise the retrieval of personal data from MyInfo, a digital identity service from GovTech, to complete the verification process easily.

This comes after GrabPay became a relevant stored value facility (SVF), licensed and regulated by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS).

As a regulated e-wallet, Grab is now required to perform customer identity verification on GrabPay users, in a process called KYC (Know Your Customer). (more…)

InspirAsia, Mobile payments/banking, Singapore

June 7, 2019

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What Prevents Full Digital Onboarding Among APAC Banks?

via finews.asia

While digital transformation is underway among financial institutions in Asia, they face several roadblocks, with changing regulations, digital KYC/AML and legacy infrastructure among major barriers to successful implementation. (more…)

Analytics, Banks, InspirAsia

June 6, 2019

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Thai banks set for facial and fingerprint biometric verification use in Q3

via Biometric Update

Customers of the Bank of Thailand will be able to use biometrics for identity verification when opening deposit accounts by the third quarter of this year to boost security, build consumer confidence, and improve access to financial services, according to the Bangkok Post.

The central bank is planning to gradually open up biometric technology to financial institutions for electronic know your customer (e-KYC) processes. Technology for facial and fingerprint recognition is being tested in a regulatory sandbox, with the tests scheduled for completion in Q3, according to Siritida Panomwan Na Ayudhya, assistant governor of the bank’s payment systems policy and financial group. (more…)

Banks, InspirAsia, Security, Thailand

June 3, 2019

680

Banks can use Aadhaar for KYC with customer’s consent: RBI

via The Economic Times

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.

The RBI specifies Know Your Customer (KYC) norms to be followed by banks and other entities regulated by it for various customer services, including opening of bank accounts. (more…)

Banks, India, InspirAsia

May 29, 2019

988

InstaRem to deliver cross-border payments for Kasikornbank

via Finextra

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.

(more…)

Fintech news, InspirAsia, Remittances, Thailand

May 23, 2019

857

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

771

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

703

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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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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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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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

539

Aussie fintech Volt Bank starts by asking consumers what they want

via ZDNet

In January, the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) gave fintech startup Volt Bank a licence to operate without restrictions as an authorised deposit-taking institution (ADI). The green light was given to the new player following APRA approval in May 2018 to act in the Australian finance market as a Restricted ADI.

The APRA approval gave Volt the title as the first digital startup bank in Australia to receive a banking licence since the early 2000s. Funds up to AU$250,000 deposited into Volt are guaranteed by the Australian government as part of this arrangement.   (more…)

Banks, InspirAsia, Mobile-first banks

April 11, 2019