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Fidor Bank’s Digital Marketplace Features Nutmeg as Inaugural Partner

Fidor Group has been at the forefront of fintech innovation since it received its banking license in 2009. (more…)

Banks, Mobile-first banks

July 11, 2017

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N26 to bring Apple Pay to Spanish customers

By n26

When we recently broke the news that we’ll be bringing Apple Pay to Italy, we received dozens of messages asking when we might introduce it to more countries. (more…)

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

July 10, 2017

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Monzo disables card features as services go awry

UK challenger bank Monzo has disabled card payments for customers after suffering an unspecified issue with a supplier. (more…)

Mobile-first banks

July 6, 2017

Leumi launches standalone mobile bank

Israel’s Bank Leumi has launched a standalone mobile bank modeled on consumer use of social media feeds. (more…)

Banks, Mobile-first banks

June 29, 2017

Starling Bank passports to Europe, first stop Ireland

By Steve O’Hear for TechCrunch,

London-based Starling Bank is continuing to gather momentum. After a staggered launch of its current account kicked off in March, the digital-only bank is announcing imminent expansion to Europe, starting with the Republic of Ireland where it has attained a so-called “banking passport”. (more…)

Fintech news, Mobile-first banks

June 26, 2017

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Santander’s Openbank relaunched as 100% digital bank

Banco Santander is overhauling the operations of its direct banking subsidiary in Spain, transferring all IT assets and client transactions to the cloud and revamping its online and mobile presence as part of a group-wide mission to recruit 30 million digital customers by 2018. (more…)

Banks, Hotnews, Mobile-first banks

June 16, 2017

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Digital Only Bank Revolut Launches Business Banking in UK & Across Europe

Challenger bank Revolut is launching a business banking vertical and is accepting pre-registrations now. Revolut for business will allow businesses to hold, exchange and transfer funds in 25 different currencies across the UK and all of Europe at the interbank exchange rate. The digital only bank says that users will be able to sign up for a multi-currency account in minutes. (more…)

Hotnews, Mobile-first banks, p2p-payments

June 14, 2017

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Atom bank cites regulatory uncertainty – postpones current account launch

By Alex Rolfe

Atom bank, the UK’s first app-based bank, is reported to be delaying the launch of consumer current accounts until at least 2018. Atoms CEO blames forthcoming regulations that make the UK’s personal banking market too “ambiguous and uncertain”. (more…)

Banks, Fintech news, Mobile-first banks

June 7, 2017

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Ex-Tandem CTO onboard for Dubai-based digital bank

The former CTO of UK challenger Tandem has joined forces with experienced execs from the more traditional banking sector to build a digital-only bank in Dubai. (more…)

Banks, InspirAsia, Mobile payments/banking, Mobile-first banks

May 18, 2017

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Monzo hits 200,000 users; £250 million spent

As of this weekend, more than a quarter of a billion pounds has been spent through Monzo cards by more than two hundred thousand customers! (more…)

Banks, Hotnews, Mobile-first banks, Open Source/ API

May 16, 2017

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N26 moves into savings market with Raisin API

Mobile-only banking platform N26 has partnered with Raisin to open access to savings accounts from banks across Europe. (more…)

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

May 11, 2017

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Monzo opens doors to community collaboration

Digital challenger bank Monzo has earmarked a dedicated space in its East London headquarters building as a collaborative community room, to host events and test out new ideas with its growing membership base. (more…)

Accelerators/Incubators/Labs, Banks, Hotnews, Mobile-first banks

May 1, 2017

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TSB to hook up with fintechs for new mobile app

by TSB

TSB has begun to rollout its new mobile banking app, which is the challenger bank’s first service built by its new ‘Proteo’ IT platform. (more…)

Banks, Deals, Fintech news, Hotnews, Mobile-first banks

April 27, 2017

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Starling Bank To Incorporate Pay By Bank For Online Purchases

By PYMNTS

Starling, the digital bank, has inked a partnership with Pay by Bank, the mobile payment app of Vocalink, to enable users to buy things online. (more…)

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

April 26, 2017

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Orange Bank preps July launch

French telco Orange is to open its new mobile-only bank in July, following a soft-launch with employees this month. (more…)

Banks, Global trends, Hotnews, Mobile-first banks

April 21, 2017

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Simple said to drop 0.7% of its customers in transition snafu

By Brian Patrich Aha for American Banker

A recent fumble in transitioning accounts from its old partner bank to its current one has left Simple scrambling to mollify distressed customers. (more…)

Influences FinTech, Mobile-first banks

April 18, 2017

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Simple is closing some customer bank accounts, and users are mad as hell

by  for techcrunch.com

Simple, the online banking service that promised to be a better alternative to big banks like Chase or Citibank, is falling short of some users’ expectations. This time, it comes as a result of the sudden and surprising notice customers received alerting them that their accounts would be closed next month. (more…)

Fintech news, Hotnews, Influences FinTech, InspirAsia, Mobile-first banks

April 16, 2017

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Android Pay Expands To Mobile Banking Apps

Android Pay announced new partnerships with a handful of banks from around the globe, including Bank of America, USAA, Bank of New Zealand, Discover and mBank. (more…)

eWallets, Global trends, Mobile-first banks

April 13, 2017

Monzo Announces Banking Restrictions Have Been Lifted

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Fintech news, Global trends, Mobile-first banks

April 7, 2017

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Monzo gears up for current accounts after receiving full banking license

UK digital challenger Monzo has had its banking restriction lifted, enabling it to start bringing current accounts to its users. (more…)

Banks, Deals, Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews, Influences FinTech, Mobile-first banks

April 6, 2017

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BNP Paribas to acquire 95% stake in French neo bank Compte-Nickel

BNP Paribas is to acquire a 95% stake in Financière des Paiements Électroniques, which runs innovative French neo-banking startup Compte-Nickel. (more…)

Banks, Deals, Global trends, Hotnews, Influences FinTech, Mobile-first banks

April 5, 2017

341

Monzo attracts largest-ever crowd for £2.5 million round

Digital challenger bank Monzo has completed its £2.5 million crowdfund raise, attracting a record-breaking 6500 investors to the funding round on Crowdcube. (more…)

Deals, Hotnews, Influences FinTech, Mobile-first banks, PFM/PFP services

March 30, 2017

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Moven strikes gold with TD Bank licensing extension

By Finextra

Digital-only neobank Moven has announced a five-year extension of its money management app tech licensing deal with Canada’s TD Bank, in a move which is expected to fund the business to the tune of more than $20m over the next two years alone. (more…)

Banks, Mobile-first banks

March 28, 2017

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Tandem rocked by £29 million funding halt

Digital challenger bank Tandem has been rocked by news that Sanpower, the Chinese conglomerate which owns House of Fraser, has been forced to cancel a £29 million cash injection intended to help the startup meet regulatory capital requirements. (more…)

Banks, Government activities, Mobile-first banks

March 21, 2017

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How banks are embracing the digital revolution

By Finextra

Modern-day banks want to become digital banking leaders. Customers, competition and compliance are without doubt the three ‘C’s’ fueling this development. The demand for digital innovation is growing rapidly, whilst competition in the financial markets is fierce. Couple these with the stringent regulations being placed on financial firms and it’s clear why so many financial firms are moving to the cloud and digital technology. Indeed, it is one of the safest, most cost-effective and efficient way of managing communications. (more…)

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

February 28, 2017

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Atom Now UK’s Most Recommended Bank

For the first time since its launch in 1989, First Direct is not the most recommended U.K. bank — it has been displaced by digital-only entrant Atom Bank. (more…)

Fintech news, Mobile-first banks

February 24, 2017

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Monzo, a UK digital-only bank, is closing in on new funding led by U.S.-based Thrive Capital

By TechCrunch

Monzo, one of a number of new digital only or so-called ‘challenger’ banks in the U.K. aiming to re-invent the current account, is closing in on new Series C funding, which could be announced as early as this week. (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, Mobile-first banks

February 20, 2017

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7 new banks for the Snapchat generation

By Vladislav Solodkiy fro e27

To consider fintech as just another distribution channel is a fundamental mistake; Neobanks should change users’ perspectives on money in a more drastic manner. (more…)

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

February 14, 2017

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Revolut is the latest fintech startup trying to convince you it is better than a bank

By  for Business Insider

Fast-growing fintech firm Revolut has become the latest company to get into the crowded “neobanking” market — apps that are either banks or offer services so close to banking that they may as well be. (more…)

Fintech news, Mobile payments/banking, Mobile-first banks, Remittances

February 12, 2017

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N26 users can now get a credit line in five minutes

By  for TechCrunch

N26 is iterating at an incredible pace these days with a ton of new product features and geographical expansions to build the most modern bank in Europe. But the new features always follow the same motto — your current bank sucks, everything should be simpler. Today, N26 introduces consumer credit done right. (more…)

Fintech news, Mobile-first banks, p2p/online lending

February 6, 2017