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Fintech Robinhood Said to Be Pursuing National Bank Charter

via Crowdfund Insider

Robinhood, a Fintech brokerage firm that combines traditional securities with digital assets in a single app, has applied for a national bank charter with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), according to a report by the San Francisco Business Times.

Last December, Robinhood announced new checking and savings accounts that would pay holders 3% interest as it encroached further into the realm of old finance. At that time, Robinhood said the accounts would be insured by the Securities Investor Protection Corporation (SIPC) – a statement that was quickly challenged by the SIPC causing Robinhood to backtrack on the claim. (more…)

Fintech news

April 21, 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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India’s Cashfree raises $5.5M from Korea’s Smilegate, Y Combinator and others

via TechCrunch 

Cashfree, an India-based startup that specializes in making corporate banking services more accessible and easier to use, has closed a $5.5 million Series A round to double down on its banking services and build up its presence in Delhi and Bombay. Cashfree helps its customers connect their corporate banking services via a single interface and allows business intelligence that would take hours of manual work using corporate bank services. In the future Cashfree might emerge as a challenger bank.

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Fintech news, India, InspirAsia, Open Source/ API

April 11, 2019

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Varo Money gets NICE anti-fraud tech

via FinTech Futures

Varo Money, the US challenger bank, has selected NICE Actimize to implement its financial crime strategy for anti-money laundering (AML) protections, including know-your-customer (KYC) requirements, sanctions screening and transaction monitoring capabilities.

Varo will integrate NICE Actimize’s AML Essentials, a software-as-a-service (SaaS) AML solution that detects and scores a range of banking activities, including customer due diligence, transaction monitoring, watch list filtering and Suspicious Activity Report (or SAR) filings. (more…)

Banks, Fintech news, Mobile-first banks, Security

April 9, 2019

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Sources: Y Combinator’s growth fund to back challenger bank Monzo

via TechCrunch

Just five months after announcing £85 million in Series E funding, Monzo is already gearing up to raise additional funding, which would almost double its valuation.

As reported in the Sunday Times yesterday, the U.K. challenger bank is close to raising £100 million in further funding in a new round led by an unnamed U.S. investor. If the deal goes through, it will reportedly give Monzo a pre-money valuation of close to £2 billion, up from £1 billion in October.

Now TechCrunch has learned that the new U.S. backer is Y Combinator. (more…)

Banks, Deals, Fintech news, Mobile-first banks

April 8, 2019

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Envel bank launches “driverless” money management tech

via FinTech Futures

Envel, a challenger bank created around the use of artificial intelligence (AI) targeting millennials and Gen Zs, is launching a “Driverless Banking” framework that automates the steering of customer finances in real-time to stabilise spending.

The bank’s autonomous framework couples with Banking-as-a-Service (BaaS) solution Cambr, while using behavioural insights to centralise money management activities spread across multiple apps, platforms or services. (more…)

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

April 8, 2019

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For South Africa’s first challenger bank, conversational AI isn’t just a nice-to-have

via Tearsheet

South Africa’s TymeBank has launched Max, an AI-powered conversational assistant designed to help consumers learn about personal finance.

For South Africa’s first challenger bank, conversational AI is an important piece of its product roadmap. (more…)

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

April 2, 2019

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Australian neobanks target scale of UK rivals without growing pains

via AltFi

A flurry of neo banks in Australia are threatening to make inroads into the dominance of the country’s established lenders.

Sydney-based digital bank Volt promises to offer a faster more personalised service than the country’s big four incumbents – National Australia Bank, Commonwealth Bank, Australia and New Zealand Banking Group and Westpac. (more…)

Banks, Fintech news

April 1, 2019

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Klarna launches Open Banking platform

via Finextra

Klarna, one of Europe’s leading payment providers and the global market leader in payment initiation services, announces the launch of its own Open Banking Platform.

This platform will enable access to more than 4,300 European banks through a single Access to Account (XS2A) API in line with Payment Services Directive (PSD2). Klarna’s XS2A API is the most established and proven solution that has been developed at scale across markets for almost 15 years through the Klarna Group company Sofort.

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Fintech news, Open Source/ API, Payment processors/providers/gateways

March 28, 2019

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FICO and Equifax Forge Strategic Partnership

via Finovate blog 

A new strategic partnership between FICO and Equifax will help financial institutions better manage risk, marketing, and fraud. The two companies have introduced the Data Decisions Cloud: an end-to-end data and analytics suite that integrates Equifax Ignite, a data and analytics management solution, with FICO Cloud applications and Decision Management Suite, FICO’s digital decisioning platform. (more…)

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

March 28, 2019

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Everest to supply KYC platform in Samoa for cross-border transactions

via FinTech Futures 

Asian Development Bank (ADB) has selected Everest, a California-based firm that uses blockchain for know-your-customer (KYC) purposes, to fix a cross-border issue in Samoa, Australia and New Zealand.

The contract with ADB was signed on 1 March this year, with the implementation starting immediately and expected to be finished in Q3 of this year, Everest CEO and co-founder Bob Reid tells FinTech Futures. Everest was granted the contract after the call for proposals by ADB was made in October. (more…)

Blockchain, Fintech news, InspirAsia, Security

March 28, 2019

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Tech Nation Lists 10 Fintech Pioneers In Future Fifty 2019 Cohort

via Forbes 

Revolut, Monzo, Starling Bank, Currencycloud, Aire, Blockchain, MarketInvoice, Quantexa, Nested and Salary Finance were revealed to be among the 24 most dynamic and fast-growing late-stage technology companies to be chosen to join Future Fifty’s 2019 cohort.

Founded in 2013, Future Fifty works to champion the best British technology companies and provide support as they embark on their scale up journey on a national and international level. Alongside this, the programmes helps the organizations create jobs and inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs. (more…)

Fintech news

March 27, 2019

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Tandem Teams Up With Token.io For Open Banking Opportunities

Via Crowdfund Insider

Turnkey open banking platform provider, Token.io Limited, announced on Monday it has formed a partnership with digital-first challenger bank Tandem Bank to achieve PSD2 compliance and leverage open banking opportunities. According to Token.io, Tandem is now looking to look beyond core compliance, developing innovative new services that make use of new opportunities around payments.  (more…)

Fintech news, Mobile-first banks, Open Source/ API

March 26, 2019

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World’s fastest growing SME neo-bank announces Middle East expansion

via FinTech Magazine

Open, a neo-banking startup which offers business banking solutions for startups and SMEs, has announced that it will expand into the Middle East market. (more…)

Banks, Fintech news, Mobile-first banks, SME

March 22, 2019

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Monzo and OakNorth join forces to offer savings accounts in challenger bank tie-up

via AltFi

Savings accounts will launch for Monzo’s 1.6m customers on Monday, powered by fellow fintech unicorn OakNorth.

The partnership will see Monzo launch seven types of savings ‘pot’, ranging from an easy-access account offering 1% AER all the way to a 12-month fixed-term account boasting a 1.53% AER.

Two of the accounts are available in a cash ISA, with an easy-access account at 1.14% AER and a 12-month fixed account at 1.38% AER. (more…)

Banks, Fintech news, Mobile-first banks

March 21, 2019

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Tandem Bank launches ‘Autosavings’ account

via TechCrunch

Tandem Bank, the U.K. challenger bank, is launching a new savings account powered by its “Autosavings” feature designed to make it easier to save.

Paying 0.5 percent interest, the Tandem Autosavings account is effectively a flexible savings bank account built on top of Tandem’s existing bank account aggregation app and the various credit cards it offers. Using a number of rules, it will automatically put money aside based on your spending habits and what its algorithm deems you can afford. (more…)

Banks, Fintech news

March 20, 2019

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How fintechs are revolutionizing the customer onboarding process

via Finextra

As per a recent CNBC report (1), In US, fintech companies accounted for 38 percent of all US personal loans in 2018. That’s a revolutionary growth from just 5 percent in 2013. On the other hand, traditional banks’ share of these loans has fallen down to a mere 28 percent that used to be 40 percent in 2013.

Fintechs are surely heading in the right direction and are proving to be real challengers to incumbent banks. One of the biggest factors that differentiate fintechs from traditional banks is that they do not carry a burden of multiple legacy systems that banks often struggle to get rid of. Fintechs have been able to adapt to latest technologies and processes much faster than the banks. Apart from that, banks live with huge silos like silos within different lines of businesses, amongst various channels and even processes. Fintechs being smaller in size leverage data or experiences in one part of the company in the other part much more effectively. (more…)

Fintech news

March 19, 2019

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Banking Startup Launching Visa Card That Lets You Spend 7 Cryptos

via CoinDesk

Banking startup 2gether is launching a prepaid Visa debit card that allows users to spend cryptocurrencies.

In an announcement, 2gether said customers will be able to use the card to pay with either euros or any of the following seven cryptocurrencies: bitcoin (BTC), ether (ETH), XRP, bitcoin cash (BCH), EOS, Stellar (XLM) and litecoin (LTC). The card “instantly” converts the cryptos to fiat currency and, it said, and can be used fee-free by customers in any of the 19 eurozone nations. (more…)

Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Payment processors/providers/gateways

March 18, 2019

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Passbase is building a full-stack identity engine with privacy baked in

via TechCrunch

Digital identity startup Passbase has bagged $600,000 in pre-seed funding led by a group of business angel investors from Alphabet, Stanford, Kleiner Perkins and EY, as well as seed fund investment from Chicago-based Upheaval Investments and Seedcamp.

The 2018-founded Silicon Valley-based startup is building what it dubs an “identity engine” to simplify identity verification online.

Passbase offers a set of SDKs to developers to integrate into their service facial recognition, liveness detection, ID authenticity checks and ID information extraction, while also baking in privacy protections that allow individual users to control their own identity data. (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, Influences FinTech, Security

March 18, 2019

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Grab opens anti-fraud toolkit for partners

via Tech in Asia

Grab announced today that it will open its internally developed fraud-prevention technology to third parties, enabling its strategic partners and others to combat online fraud.

Named Grab Defense, the suite of tools and APIs is built around the app’s treasure trove of data and its experience in tackling ride-hailing fraud. (more…)

Fintech news, Indonesia, InspirAsia, Security

March 13, 2019

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eToro Wallet Mobile App Now Allowing Users to Buy Crypto With Fiat

via Crowdfund Insider

Global investment platform, eToro, announced on Monday that its eToro Wallet mobile app is now allowing users to buy cryptocurrency with fiat. According to eToro, all cryptoassets available in the eToro Wallet (currently Bitcoin, Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash, Litecoin, and XRP) may now be purchased directly in the wallet app using a credit or debit card (Visa, including Visa Electron and Visa Plus, MasterCard, Maestro, and Cirrus). At present purchases can be made in euros or pounds sterling. (more…)

Cryptocurrencies, Financial Markets / Trading, Fintech news

March 12, 2019

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Square Capital head: We are leveraging data to extend credit to small businesses that lack access to traditional loans

via CNBC

Square Capital, the lending arm of Square Inc., has taken advantage of a market of small- and medium-sized businesses that lack access to traditional financing, the subsidiary’s head Jackie Reses told CNBC Tuesday.

In a sit-down interview with Jim Cramer on “Mad Money,” Reses said the financial technology company has leveraged data to serve businesses that aren’t well capitalized. Square reported making out about $472 million in 72,000 business loans in 2018, up 55 percent from the year prior. (more…)

Credit scoring, Fintech news, POS/mPOS and online acquiring, SME

March 6, 2019

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Socure raises $30 million to combat identity fraud with machine learning

via VentureBeat

Identity fraud: It’s more common than you think. In 2017, 6.64 percent of consumers — or about 16.7 million people — fell victim to it, according to a report by research firm Javelin Strategy. (That’s up 1 million from 2016.) And in 2018 alone, over 2.6 billion records were stolen or exposed in more than 1,100 data breaches around the world.

That’s enough to give anyone the willies, but New York-based Socure hopes to put minds at ease with its cloud-based identity verification and fraud prevention solution. To accelerate its market expansion and grow its sales, marketing, research, and customer support teams, the startup has completed a $30 million series C funding round led by Scale Venture Partners, with participation from contributors Commerce Ventures, Flint Capital, Two Sigma Ventures, Synchrony, along with new investor Sorenson Capital.

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Fintech news, Security

February 28, 2019

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European regulatory shows strong support for FinTech industry

The growth of the FinTech industry cannot be understated and it has the potential to become a major part of the European economy. Since 2008 it has expanded at a fantastic clip, providing more cost-effective services, innovative answers to problems effecting large numbers of consumers and business and surprising ways to use data and create new ideas and businesses. (more…)

Fintech news

February 7, 2019

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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.

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Banks, Fintech news, Hotnews, news, SME

November 14, 2018

Digital banking challenger Monese launches business accounts

Monese recently raised $60m in its series B funding round

via CityAM

Digital banking app Monese announced its expansion into the world of business banking, as it launches accounts for young companies and entrepreneurs across the UK and Europe.

The accounts will be released to UK-registered businesses first, available in 11 languages in a bid to tap the UK’s growing multicultural industry base. The firm told City A.M. that accounts in Europe are expected to follow suit “very soon”.

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Fintech news, news

October 23, 2018

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Top 7 Ride hailing Apps in India 2018

Need to leave urgently from home and not able to get any auto or taxi during that time it is one of worth situation for anyone. Now if you have any Taxi App in your mobile then that can work as a savior for you, which will be there within 10 min at your designated place. With the ease of booking with these ride hailing apps users are used to with these cabs whenever you are getting late or may be doesn’t want to take any public transport, just need to have any right taxi app in your smartphone. Even some days back people used to have an idea like booking online cab is something tough job or may be have some issues about safety or may be how will make payment as they are not aware how much it is going to charge them, but with the increase of convenience by these apps while booking cab or may be kind of payment mode available it have really become very easy and awesome. Not only high prices taxi but you can also choose to club your ride with sharing as well or maybe you can choose to take shuttle as well if you are leaving any metro city. Commuting office with the help of these apps are really easy and convenient where user can find comfort & reliable ride. (more…)

Fintech news

October 21, 2018

Nubank is now worth $4 billion after Tencent’s $180 million investment

nubank

Via TechCrunch

Nubank, the Brazilian financial services company, has raised $180 million from the Chinese internet giant, Tencent.

Tencent has long been interested in financial services startups, and with its $90 million direct investment and another $90 million investment in the secondary market, the company now has access to what is arguably the largest digital banking company in the world.

With the $4 billion valuation, it also makes Nubank one of the most highly valued privately held startups in Latin America.

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Banks, Fintech news

October 19, 2018

How the 22-year-old founders of Brex built a billion dollar business in less than 2 years

Brex co-founders Henrique Dubugras and Pedro Franceschi

Another successful business at 22: this fintech startup led by young Brazilian founders Henrique Dubugras and Pedro Franceschi, reached a $1.1 billion valuation.

Focusing on a huge problem entrepreneurs inevitably face – access to credit – Brex provides startups with corporate credit cards without a personal guarantee or deposit. The service offers a 10x higher credit limit than the market average and simple expense tracking for the whole team.

Public only since June 2018, the startup has already reached support of market giants such as PayPal founders Peter Thiel and Max Levchin and the former chief executive officer of Visa Carl Pascarella. 

(more…)

Credit/Debit/Prepaid cards, Fintech news, SME

October 16, 2018