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.
There are a handful of firms gunning to become leaders in the challenger bank space. There are the usual suspects, like Revolut and N26. But there are others firms that are growing their userbases and assets. One of those companies is CARD. It has 600,000 accounts and $3 billion in customer deposits to date. With some new growth initiatives, CARD claims it is on track to surpass 1.5 million new accounts in 2019.
CARD’s kind of an unbank bank — meaning, the product focus is on branded debit cards, including logos from popular sports teams, athletes, and music groups.
CARD CEO Tim Coltrell joins us to talk about how he’s doubling his account base year over year and what he’s doing to evolve into a competitive challenger bank brand. We discuss Card’s product pipeline and how the company acquires new customers. (more…)
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…)
Monzo, the UK challenger bank, raises £113M Series F led by YC’s Continuity fund at a £2B post-money valuation
Monzo, the fast-growing U.K.-based challenger bank with more than two million account holders, has raised £113 million (~$144m) in additional funding.
Confirming TechCrunch’s scoop in April, the Series F round is led by Y Combinator’s “Continuity” growth fund, and gives the company a new £2 billion (~$2.5b) post-money valuation. That’s double the £1 billion valuation it garnered in October last year. (more…)
Dave, the mobile personal finance app that helps people avoid overdraft fees, is getting into the banking market, announcing the launch of Dave Banking.
It’s the latest challenger bank to launch in the U.S. following on the heels of Monzo of the U.K. last week.
Aimed at the younger generations, Dave Banking helps customers build their credit by automatically reporting everyday payments including rent and utility bills. The service, which costs $120 a year, is free to users who deposit their paycheck into the Dave Banking account. The checking account also provides customers with a $100 no-interest overdraft protection, available regardless of the customer’s current credit score.
In conjunction with the launch of its bank, the Los Angeles startup that counts Mark Cuban as an investor raised $110 million in debt led by Victory Park Capital. Co-founder and chief executive Jason Wilk said the company is in talks with investors about raising more capital at a valuation of close to $1 billion.
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.
Not many people in the US are familiar with Nubank, a digital bank that has become the most valuable startup in Latin America by extending credit cards to the unbanked and challenging the financial system of one of the world’s biggest markets, Brazil.
But Nubank is trying to become one of the most valuable financial technology startups in the world — aiming for a valuation of between $8 billion and $10 billion as it prepares to expand beyond Brazil to all of Latin America, Recode has learned. (more…)
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US start-up, Grasshopper Bank, has opened for business, having completed a private placement offering and gained all final regulatory approvals. A key differentiator is intended to be its digital platform. Martin Whybrow reports.
For its technology, the bank opted for Temenos’ T24 Transact core banking system.
Grasshopper Bank will serve innovation economy companies and capital communities in New York and in other major US innovation economy centres. It opened for business on 13 May for a select group of entrepreneurs and venture investors, with a broader rollout of its services planned in the coming months. (more…)
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UK-based money management app, Money Dashboard, has released integrations with Revolut, Chip and Marcus by Goldman Sachs.
The integrations help consumers track spending and progress towards their savings goals in real time.
Money Dashboard is the first UK personal finance app to release an integration with Revolut and follows the recent integration with cryptocurrency platform, Coinbase. (more…)
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…)
BankMobile has the most customers of any mobile-only bank, according to Cornerstone Advisors. The bank reports 1.064 million active accounts, and 1.8 million open accounts. It has built those numbers through student banking by acquiring HigherOne which provides student checking accounts that are linked to their school’s disbursement of refunds and student aid and more recently through a partnership with T-Mobile. (more…)
With a growing number of challenger banks taking on the U.S. market, one of the original startup banks, Simple — now owned by BBVA — has taken the unusual step of removing a core banking feature: bill pay. The company claimed the feature was under-utilized and usage was trending downwards, which is why it decided to sunset the option to pay bills through its app. That decision, not surprisingly, has angered a number of customers who are taking to social media and online forums like Reddit, threatening to switch banks as a result.
It’s likely true that fewer people today use bill pay than in the past. (more…)
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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…)
It’s easy to push a narrative of fintech upstarts versus the big incumbent banks, but the more subtle reality is that as well as competing on numerous fronts, there are partnerships being formed across the board. The latest such move sees Tink, the Sweden-based banking platform that raised €56 million in new funding in February, partner with British bank NatWest.
The agreement gives NatWest access to Tink’s Personal Finance Management (PFM) and “Data Enrichment” products, which will be integrated into NatWest’s core mobile banking app. This will allow NatWest to improve its mobile banking offering by giving NatWest customers personalised insights into their finances based on transaction history. The features built with Tink’s technology are planned to go live in Q4 2019. (more…)
Challenger bank Tandem has been recognized by CFI.co (Capital Finance International) as the “Best Neo Bank UK 2019.”
According to Tandem, the CFI.co judges stated that “Tandem differentiates itself from other banks in the way its people always consider how well a new initiative will work for the customer and how it helps to solve real money problems.” (more…)
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…)
UK-based challenger bank Masthaven announced on Wednesday it secured £60 million equity investment by Värde Partners, a global alternative investment firm. According to Masthaven, the investment will enable the bank to deliver against its strategic ambition to become one of the leading specialist banks in UK residential and SME markets.
Many of the major high-street banks have added challenger-style features to their mobile banking offerings in recent years. The article covers key features of the apps from Barclays, Royal Bank of Scotland, HSBC, and Lloyds. When choosing a bank, it’s important to shop around to make sure you’re getting the best deal: Starling and Monzo’s apps are known for their budgeting and personal finance features, while high-street banks tend to offer a wider range of products through their apps. (more…)
Challenger banks have leapfrogged to the forefront in overall customer satisfaction, according to a new study from FIS.
The 2019 FIS Performance Against Customer Expectations (PACE) surveyed almost 1800 US consumers.
Customers increasingly like challenger banks
63 percent of direct bank customers report being “extremely satisfied”, compared to 52 percent of credit union customers and just 19 percent of customers of the top 50 global banks. (more…)
Waking up at 3:45am, on the treadmill by 4am while going through emails, reading a book a day and finding time to meditate – that’s the myth of the superhuman startup founder. It would be “pointless even if it were true”, says Tom Blomfield, the 33-year-old co-founder of one of Europe’s newest unicorns – digital bank Monzo. Recently, the company raised more than £200m in funding and plans to expand into the US. (more…)
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Mogo Finance Technology, the Canadian challenger bank, has signed a definitive arrangement to merge the bank with Difference Capital Financial.
Under the terms of the agreement, each common share of Mogo will be exchanged for one Difference common share. Upon completion of the transaction, former Mogo shareholders will own approximately 80% of the combined entity on a fully diluted basis. (more…)
European challenger banks are going global. Revolut and N26 are set on acquiring local licenses to launch in markets around the world by assembling regulatory SWAT teams. Others, like OakNorth, are licensing their technology out to go global. Regardless of the expansion strategy, it’s not all unicorns and rainbows as these neobanks push on the growth envelope. Challenger banks are quite delayed in their entry to the US market and have bumped into resistance in other geographies, too. Will challenger banks succeed with their global ambitions? (more…)
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.
At the beginning of 2019 luminous yellow adverts promoting a mysterious new app began spreading across London.
The only question on everyone’s mind was – who was behind this mysterious startup? (more…)