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Chime now has 5 million customers and introduces overdraft alternative

via TechCrunch

Challenger bank Chime has reached 5 million customers in the U.S. The San Francisco-based startup is creating an FDIC-insured mobile bank without any physical branch. The company also promises fewer fees.

Back in March, Chime said it had 3 million customers when it announced its $200 million Series D round. So that’s 2 million additional customers in roughly 5 months. (more…)

Banks, Global trends, Mobile-first banks

September 4, 2019

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Digital banks on track to treble customers . . . but profits harder to come by

via AltFi

Digital banks based in Britain are expected to almost triple new customers across the globe to 35 million, according to a new report.

New banks such as Revolut, Monzo and Starling will see their ease of use, lower operating costs and widening customer profiles drive new accounts across Europe and the US, said new research from professional services firm Accenture. These banks currently have around 13 million customers, which has more than doubled over the previous 12 months. (more…)

Analytics, Banks, Global trends

September 3, 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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Do good by doing well: Fintech moves further into charitable giving

via Tearsheet

Digital banks are looking to make donating to charity more accessible and simple for their customers. From round-up features to charity linked loyalty programs, raising money for fintech users’ favorite causes is becoming more tech friendly.

54 percent of donors worldwide prefer to give to charity online, according to Non-Profits Sources. That’s driving $31 billion of online charitable givings in the U.S. alone. Plus, in 2018, mobile payments grew by 36 percent. While there are still some who prefer mailing donations, the number of people who are attracted to quick and easy forms of giving to charity is growing. (more…)

Banks, Global trends

July 9, 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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As Challenger Banks Grow In Popularity, Incumbents Must Innovate

via Fintechnews Singapore

Using technology and digital channels, challenger banks are reimagining banking, delivering superior digital customer experience and challenging incumbents to reinvent themselves.

These are growing in importance and incumbents must “transform themselves from slow moving caterpillars to agile butterflies,” according to a report titled Bank X: The New New Banks by Citi Research.

These challenger banks that are also sometimes referred to as neo banks, are designed around meeting current customer expectations and leverage data insights to offer better personalization and fully digital banking experiences. (more…)

Analytics, Banks, Global trends

May 28, 2019

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How Monzo, Revolut, Starling and N26 plan to topple legacy banks

via WIRED UK

Digital banks aren’t going anywhere – with Monzo, Starling Bank, Revolut and N26 starting to rival legacy banks. Perhaps best known for their personal finance apps, they are now also starting to sell financial products. And there’s a lot more to come.

Meanwhile, traditional high-street banks are trying to up their game by investing in – and imitating – their digital offerings. Last month, for instance, NatWest began trialling Mimo, a new personal finance app with budgeting tools, spending insights and reminders. It will be rolled out later in 2019. Barclays, HSBC and others are also jumping on the bandwagon and adding features to their existing mobile banking apps. (more…)

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

May 17, 2019

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Who’s the Real Challenger? The Paradoxes of Digital Consumer Banking in the U.S.

via PaymentsJournal

Mention the term “challenger bank” and bankers might free-associate labels such as “fintechs,” “disruptors,” or “non-banks.” Those terms would certainly be apt for a small group of tech-driven market entrants, most focused on providing mobile-savvy transaction accounts for consumers who may have an anti-bank mindset.

However, if you stand back and look at the market data (as we did for our recently released report, Digital Consumer Banks in the U.S.: Your Money or Your Wallet), some of the most fearsome online competitors for U.S. consumers’ deposits have very familiar names (or parent names): Marcus (Goldman Sachs), Discover Bank, American Express Bank, USAA Bank, Charles Schwab Bank, Capital One 360. A new crop of digital banking divisions with unique brand identities and products is also coming to market: Finn (JPMorgan Chase), Greenhouse (Wells Fargo), Citizens Access (Citizens Bank), and more. In total, these well-connected digital divisions are already providing co-opetition for their branch-centric retail banking divisions. (more…)

Banks, Global trends

April 25, 2019

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Four Major Trends For Compliance Professionals In 2019

via Forbes 

Accenture recently issued its annual Compliance Risk Study to gain insight into the different strategies that firms are pursuing to create compliance functions that meet the demands of a rapidly changing financial services industry.

Facing regulatory pressure and seeking to regain customers’ trust, financial institutions have spent heavily on compliance in the ten-plus years since the global financial crisis of 2008. This year, however, we are seeing a shift away from spending to meet regulatory needs to a focus on aligning compliance with growth initiatives – and to take advantage of technological innovation to automate some of the more basic compliance functions, relieving some of the pressure on firms to find, train and retain scarce talent. (more…)

Global trends, RegTech, Security

April 17, 2019

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New Challenges, Competitive Threats Sharking Financial Waters

via The Financial Brand

In banking, there’s no shortage of new challenges and competitive threats keeping financial marketers up at night. Facing increasingly intense pressure, traditional institutions are innovating faster than ever. (more…)

Analytics, Banks, Global trends

April 15, 2019

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Puerto Rico Financial Commissioner George Joyner: “There’s a space for virtual assets that won’t go away”

via Crowdfund Insider

George Joyner has Puerto Rico in his blood. The Commissioner of the Office of Financial Institutions is a veteran player who has spent his whole career in the fast-growing banking and, latterly, FinTech industry in the US territory of Puerto Rico, with the exception of two years in Florida. Born on the mainland, he was brought to San Juan as a six-month-old baby. Bilingual in Spanish and English, Joyner is an American and a passionate Puerto Rican.

Puerto Rico’s tax-favored status has proved attractive to both mainstream finance and players from cryptoland. Joyner understands and shares the local passion for growth, but as the gatekeeper of Puerto Rican standards, he will only allow growth to occur in the fashion he considers prudent.

Crowdfund Insider caught up with him at the recent financial summit organised by one of Puerto Rico’s newest financial institutions, Kinetic International. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Global trends, Government activities, People of fintech

March 18, 2019

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Where The UK Fails On Anti-Money Laundering

via PYMNTS

Hundreds of billions of pounds’ worth of criminal funds are laundered through the U.K. each year, while the non-compliant corporations and FIs that enable this receive little more than a “parking penalty” level fine. That’s according to Susan Hawley, Corruption Watch’s director of policy, who explains in this month’s AML/KYC Tracker how weak enforcement, toothless fines and lack of political will to scrutinize foreign investment all stand in the way of a cleaner system. (more…)

Global trends, Government activities, Influences FinTech

March 15, 2019

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The challenger bank playbook: A deep dive

via Finextra

Finextra reports on the rise of the challenger bank economy in Asia, as Money20/20 prepares to open its doors to a new wave of disruptors and innovators in Singapore next week.

As challengers – established firms – and neobanks – digital mobile outfits – are not burdened with legacy technology, they are able to disrupt the status quo. These organisations have taken off in the UK because of the traditional industry having adopted digital banking from the late 1990s.

According to KPMG’s global head of banking and capital markets Judd Caplain, this phenomenon has expanded immensely and there are now more than 100 challenger banks operating worldwide. Caplain lists Asian players such as China’s MyBank backed by titan Alibaba, WeBank launched by conglomerate Tencent, Digibank of India, Vietnam’s Timo, Japanese outfit Jibun Bank and South Korea’s K Bank and Kakao Bank as success stories.

(more…)

Banks, Global trends, InspirAsia, Mobile-first banks

March 13, 2019

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Bitbond CEO: The German regulator is “very open” to security tokens

via AltFi

AltFi sat down with Radoslav Albrecht to hear what it was like working with BaFin to bring the Bitbond token to market. (more…)

Global trends, Government activities, People of fintech

March 11, 2019

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Is Privacy Under Threat From All The Know-Your-Customer Documents Stored With Countless Services?

via Forbes

European anti-money laundering legislation means customers and businesses are required to provide potentially sensitive documentation to prove their identities. But how safe are the methods of sharing and storing those documents? Are these attempts to strengthen security creating security and privacy risks of their own?

Right now, we’re stuck with a system that forces customers to duplicate key processes, and means sensitive personal documents are stored in multiple locations with multiple services. That’s a poor experience for customers. More seriously, it greatly increases the risk of data breaches. Recent years have proved – with increasing frequency – just how urgent those risks are. (more…)

Blockchain, Global trends, Security

March 4, 2019

Banking on Millennials: Balancing Branch Preferences And Digital Expectations

Via The Financial Brand 

Knowing what’s really important to consumers is critical to acquisition, retention and cross-selling in the banking industry. But Millennial stereotypes frequently fool financial marketers, muddling their marketing strategies with faulty assumptions. Turns out they love branches just as much as Gen X and Baby Boomers. And all generations share one thing in common: They expect more, particularly in digital channels.

(more…)

Analytics, Banks, Global trends

October 13, 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

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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Fintech and Customer Experience: Transformation and Adaptation

The service-customer relationship pattern has changed greatly over the years. Nowadays, the biggest percent of how customers form their opinion of the service is based on the feedback from other clients. The Fintech companies development is greatly responsible for this shift. The 2016 Edelman Trust Barometer Report observed an increased percent of trust from the customers being ready to buy and recommend the business to their friends and family. (more…)

Fintech news, Global trends, news

August 10, 2018

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Blockchain Technology Will Change How We Conduct Business

Sponsored post,

Blockchain technology was started a number of years ago now and has positively impacted how we conduct business. It was initially meant to formulate the Bitcoin cryptocurrency but has since been an influence in several sectors. The production sector is one that was overshadowed with different challenges especially when it comes to operational readiness. (more…)

Blockchain, Global trends

July 28, 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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Fintech Company TrueLayer Raises $7.5M in Funding

TrueLayer, a London, UK-based Open Banking market, financial API platform, raised $7.5m in funding. (more…)

Fintech news, Global trends

July 20, 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

Why invest in Fintech? — Monica Brand Engel

Fintech news, Global trends

July 16, 2018

European & Israeli Venture Data 1H18

By Gil Dibner for his blog
A global venture investor. Fascinated by the finance of innovation. Trying to help the few to do the impossible. Investing across Europe + Israel.

A data-driven look at VC investment trends across the geography.

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Fintech news, Global trends

July 16, 2018

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Lessons Learned from 20 Years at the Leading Edge of SaaS

 

By Tomasz Tunguz from Redpoint Ventures for his blog

Over the weekend, I read Tien Tzuo’s book, Subscribed. Tien is the founder and CEO of Zuora, and former CSO/CMO at Salesforce, where he started in 1999. He has been working in SaaS for nearly 20 years. He’s a thought leader in the world of subscriptions, and I learned a tremendous amount from his book. (more…)

Financial Markets / Trading, Global trends

July 13, 2018

Machine Learning is Fun! Part 4: Modern Face Recognition with Deep Learning

By Adam Geitgey for his Medium Blog

Update: This article is part of a series. Check out the full series: Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4Part 5Part 6Part 7 and Part 8!

You can also read this article in 普通话Русский한국어PortuguêsTiếng Việtor Italiano.

Have you noticed that Facebook has developed an uncanny ability to recognize your friends in your photographs? In the old days, Facebook used to make you to tag your friends in photos by clicking on them and typing in their name. Now as soon as you upload a photo, Facebook tags everyone for you like magic:

Facebook automatically tags people in your photos that you have tagged before. I’m not sure if this is helpful or creepy!
(more…)

AI / Machine Learning / Big Data, Global trends

July 13, 2018

The Four Major Things Missing in The Blockchain Industry

Infrastructure suggestions on everything from UX to Interoperability to Digital Reserves to Stablecoins

By Wesley Graham and Robert Greenfield for their Medium Blog

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Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Global trends

July 13, 2018

Intel’s Toxic Culture

by Jean-Louis Gassée for his blog at Medium

Who wants to be Intel’s new CEO? The job description should include the impossible task of undoing a company culture that allowed itself to miss the mobile revolution because it thought it couldn’t afford to participate.

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Columns, Fintech news, Global trends

July 12, 2018

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Barclays opens tech campus in New Jersey

By Barclays,

Barclays today announces the opening of a new campus in Whippany, New Jersey. The state-of-the-art complex is a flagship site of Barclays’ global location strategy, which is designed to enhance the firm’s flexibility and resiliency through the establishment of regional campuses. (more…)

Banks, Fintech news, Global trends

July 11, 2018