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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.

(more…)

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.

(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…)

Fintech news

November 9, 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”.

(more…)

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.

(more…)

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

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eToro Releases a New Cryptocurrency Wallet: How You Can Exchange Your Bitcoin for Ethreum

Meta Description: Are you trying to exchange their Bitcoin into Ethereum? Find out how in this guide!  (more…)

Fintech news

October 15, 2018

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Victorieum Offshore Bank announces fiat loans with crypto collaterals with interest as low as 14%!

In the ever expanding world of cryptocurrencies, the possibilities and opportunities are phenomenal. Ever since the advent of Bitcoin, the world has been an astonished witness to the astounding growth of the crypto industry. The blockchain technology with its magnitude of robust features such as transparency, security, reliability and fast transaction speeds to name a few have elevated the crypto trading to a whole new level. (more…)

Fintech news

October 12, 2018

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The Ultimate Platform For New Business Funding

Uris is a decentralized ecosystem. It is a non-profit organization that has been founded by a blend of venture capitalists, entrepreneurs and individual investors sharing the same belief that company ownership is the basis of development in emerging markets. It serves as one of the best platforms for projects and startups that are in requirement of no cost funds. Creators and entrepreneurs possessing excellent ideas and innovations in the present market trends can use the Uris platform for achieving their complete potential. Uris gives them the scope of sharing their innovation and technology with others. (more…)

Fintech news

October 12, 2018

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Getting the Right Investment Advice

Investing money is something that can be very rewarding if you make the right decisions. However, it can also be very risky and daunting, particularly for those that have little real experience when it comes to investments. Anyone that is thinking of investing should seek advice if they have any doubt or are uncertain about the ideal long term investments or the best short term investments for them. (more…)

Fintech news

October 11, 2018

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“Fintech unicorn” WB21 faces securities fraud enforcement action from SEC

 

On October 2nd, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) revealed a lawsuit against Michael Gastauer and Roger Knox for “intentionally defrauding investors by secretly dumping large quantities of stock.”

(more…)

Banks, Fintech news

October 11, 2018

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A single point of trade across digital assets and multiple exchanges – One token is all you need

Throughout history, the world has undergone multiple stages of economic and technological evolutions and our world is at the cusp of another revolution just around the corner. The prevailing generation is well versed with the growth and expansion of internet and technologies alike. (more…)

Fintech news

October 10, 2018

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Financial Planning – the Cost of College

Planning for children’s college expenses can be very stressful. Not only do we not always know which college they will go to, but the costs of college have been increasing for over 20 years. From 2003 through the year 2013, the cost of a college education nearly doubled. (more…)

Fintech news, Wealth management

October 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, Remittances

October 7, 2018

SEC Takes Unprecedented Enforcement Actions Against Two Cryptocurrency Firms

Article by Michael S. Dicke and Alexis I. Caloza

Over the past year, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has ramped up its scrutiny of cryptocurrencies and other digital token offerings. On Sept. 11, 2018, the SEC escalated its crackdown when it announced a pair of settled enforcement actions against non-issuers participating in the offer and sale of cryptocurrencies it deemed unregistered securities. As with prior cryptocurrency cases, the SEC charged the defendants with offering or selling securities without filing a registration statement or having a valid exemption from registration. However, these cases mark the SEC’s first cryptocurrency enforcement actions against non-issuers for failing to register as broker-dealers and investment companies. As such, they highlight the SEC’s continuing efforts to bring the purchase and sale of cryptocurrencies within a regulated framework, including by targeting third parties who facilitate the purchase and sale of such assets.

(more…)

Fintech news, Global trends

October 4, 2018

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The Aftermath of Bitcoin’s “Crypto Hangover”

Meta Description: Want to know what happened to the tech industry after Bitcoin’s crash? Then keep reading! (more…)

Fintech news

October 4, 2018

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Machine Learning and Humanising the Digital Experience

The digital revolution has seen a huge number of advantages for every sector and industry in recent years. Businesses have been given the ability to engage more easily and effectively with their customers than ever before. While interaction has increased significantly, a new level of disconnect between the business and the customer is also very apparent. Instead of heading to a physical store, customers are now faced with businesses that hide behind a screen. (more…)

Fintech news

September 25, 2018