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Neobank Northmill Gets Swedish Banking License

via PYMNTS

The FinTech Northmill, which offers cloud-based financial services, was awarded a banking license from the Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority (SFSA) on Friday (Sept. 13), according to reports.

The company submitted an application two years ago and is now all set to become an official bank. (more…)

Banks

September 13, 2019

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New bank in town: Xinja the latest ‘neobank’ to get its full licence

Via The Sydney Morning Herald

Xinja, the latest “neobank” to be given a full banking licence in Australia, is looking to raise more than $50 million from big investors as part of its plan to disrupt the lucrative retail banking sector. In a key milestone that allows the bank to take deposits from the public, Xinja was on Monday granted an unrestricted licence from the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA). (more…)

Banks, InspirAsia

September 9, 2019

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What’s Driving The Digital Banking Boom In Latin America

Via Crunchbase News 

High smartphone penetration in Latin America is the key factor driving digital banking and financial inclusion in the region. One of the most prominent fintechs is Brazil’s Nubank, which is the largest digital bank outside of Asia and the highest-valued digital bank in the world. Mexico and Argentina are two other fintech ecosystems with albo and Ualá attracting much attention. 

The major trends that are influencing Latin America are: increased focus on small business banking, regulatory initiatives, bank-fintech collaborations and China’s banking services as a source of inspiration for Latin American fintechs.  (more…)

Analytics, Banks, Mobile-first banks

September 8, 2019

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Namaste Credit becomes neobank

via FinTech Futures 

Indian online lending marketplace Namaste Credit announced it is becoming a “fully-fledged digital-only bank” for micro small and medium businesses (MSMEs).

The neobank will have a “foundational software-as-a-service (SaaS) play” and aims to offer the first one-stop-shop for MSMEs. It will include automated credit, banking and accounting solutions.

Soon-to-be-launched app ‘Namaste Biz’ will centralise MSME’s cash flow and banking and credit management. (more…)

Banks, India, InspirAsia, SME

September 5, 2019

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Neobank Yelo raises funding from Matrix Partners, Omidyar, others

via DEALSTREETASIA

Personalized neobanking service Yelo said on Wednesday it has raised seed round funding from Matrix Partners India, Omidyar Network India, Flourish and current investor, Better Capital.

Yelo describes itself as a digital-only mobile-first neobank with a custom-made suite of financial products for remittance, healthcare, education, e-commerce, and day-to-day cash flow management. (more…)

Banks, Deals, India, InspirAsia, Mobile-first banks

September 5, 2019

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N26 launches in Switzerland

via Finextra

N26, the mobile bank, is launching its service in Switzerland today, bringing their free euro bank accounts to the market for the first time.

Swiss customers using iOS will also be able to use N26 with Apple Pay. The N26 account will offer all Swiss customers five free withdrawals in euros per month within the Eurozone, with no foreign exchange fees on card payments worldwide, irrespective of currency. This offer is designed for people who travel frequently within the European Union, those who live near the Swiss border, and those who are tired of paying high fees for a euro account. With a bank account denominated in euros, N26 will offer Swiss customers truly borderless banking within the Eurozone. (more…)

Banks, Mobile-first banks

September 3, 2019

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Neobank Arival surpasses crowdfund target

via FinTech Futures

Singapore-based neobank, Arival, has surpassed its £700,000 crowdfunding target on Crowdcube following its announcement in June to become the first licensed digital bank in the US this year.

The three-year-old bank has raised £1,214,136 so far, before it closes the round at midnight on 6 September. Currently Arival has a pre-money valuation of £12,012,061.

Targeted users for the neobank are those rejected by other banks, including E-Residency businesses, expats and refugees, cryptocurrency and blockchain-related businesses, politically exposed persons, and digital influencers. (more…)

Banks, Crowdfunding/investing, Hotnews, InspirAsia, Mobile-first banks, Singapore

September 2, 2019

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N26 launches Shared Spaces and is now fully available in the US

via TechCrunch

Challenger bank N26 is announcing two things this week. First, the company lets you share sub-accounts with other N26 users in just a few taps. Second, after a limited beta test, the company is officially launching in the U.S. with open registration. (more…)

Banks, Mobile-first banks

August 23, 2019

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US neobank Zenus gets licence

via FinTech Futures 

Puerto Rico-based challenger bank, Zenus, was granted its banking licence by US regulatory authorities this week.

Unlike other challengers, Zenus will allow anyone in the world to open an account, including the unbanked population from countries such as South America, India and China. (more…)

Banks

August 16, 2019

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Digital Bank Revolut Launches Business Expense Management Feature

via Crowdfund Insider 

Digital bank Revolut has integrated Xero, an SME accounting platform, to facilitate seamless business expense reporting. The Revolut for Business app has also been updated for team members to upload receipts and add expense information, according to a release from the company

The new “Expense Management tool,” is designed to help growing businesses more easily manage expenses. Business owners may now approve or reject team expenses, an area that has traditionally been difficult to manage. (more…)

Banks, SME

August 14, 2019

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Neobank Joust Raises $2.6M To Bank Freelancer Wages

via PYMNTS

The funding round was led by PTB Ventures, with help from Accion Venture Lab, Financial Venture Studio and Techstars.

Founded by Lamine Zarrad and George Kurtyka in 2017, Joust aims to help independent professionals find more financial stability and avoid late payments amid the irregular payment system for freelance work. The bank guarantees invoice payments and has a “PayArmour” feature for same-day funding, which is available as an app in Google Play and the Apple App Store. (more…)

Banks, InspirAsia, Mobile-first banks

August 12, 2019

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Monzo says it wasn’t storing ‘some’ customer PINs correctly, but has now fixed the bug

via TechCrunch

Monzo, the fast-growing U.K. challenger bank that recently soft-launched in the U.S., is disclosing a potential, albeit relatively limited, security oversight that saw customer PINs stored incorrectly within the company’s internal systems. (more…)

Banks, Mobile-first banks, Security

August 5, 2019

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Challenger bank Judo raises $400 million

via The Sydney Morning Herald

Challenger bank Judo has raised $400 million in the biggest individual private funding round by an Australian start-up, making its founders multimillionaires on paper.

The equity raise is record-breaking when combined with Judo’s $140 million raise last year and values the bank at $1.5 billion to $2 billion over the next two years. (more…)

Banks, Deals, InspirAsia

July 30, 2019

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N26 announces N26 You, a revamped premium account

via TechCrunch

Challenger bank N26 has unveiled a new premium plan called N26 You. This plan replaces N26 Black with the same benefits and a few tweaks.

N26 is keeping its three-tier system with a free basic bank account, a premium account (N26 You) and a super premium account (N26 Metal). With N26’s free plan, you can pay anywhere in the world without any foreign transaction fee, but there’s a 1.7% markup on ATM withdrawals in a foreign currency.

N26 You costs the same price as the previous premium plan N26 Black, €9.90 in the Eurozone and £4.90 in the U.K. In addition to a travel and purchase insurance package, you can withdraw money without any foreign transaction fee (€9.90 is roughly what you’d pay in fees if you withdraw the equivalent of €580 with a free N26 account). (more…)

Banks, Mobile-first banks

July 16, 2019

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N26 launches its challenger bank in the US

via TechCrunch

European fintech startup N26 is now accepting customers in the U.S. The company is launching a bank account with a debit card that should provide a better experience compared to traditional retail banks. (more…)

Banks, Mobile-first banks

July 11, 2019

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Ualá’s new credit line evens the playing field in Argentina

via Contxto 

As the challenger and neo-bank industry starts to mature, what used to be called “startups” are now reaching puberty.

These alternative banks aren’t the cute little babies that they used to be. Rather than hoping to someday be like dad, now they’re actually competing with dad.

At least this is the case of Argentina’s most famous challenger bank, Ualá. Previously succeeding in terms of debit card allocation, it is now joining the big boys club with its new credit services. (more…)

Banks

July 10, 2019

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Bengaluru-based neo-banking startup NiYO raises $35 million in series B round

via The Indian Wire

NiYO Solutions, a Benglauru-based neo-banking startup has raised $35 million in a Series B funding round. The round was led by Horizons Ventures and Tencent. While, the company’s existing investor JS Capital also participated in the funding round.

The company plans to use the funding to accelerate the development and rollout of new product offerings. It will also use funds to amplify distribution and marketing. (more…)

Banks, Deals, India, InspirAsia

July 10, 2019

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Monese Announces New Collaboration With PayPal

via Crowdfund Insider

Digital challenger bank Monese announced on Thursday it has formed a new collaboration with payments platform giant PayPal. Monese reported that customers in the UK will be able to do the following:

  • Link Monese and PayPal accounts, to manage PayPal balance and transactions in the Monese app
  • Seamlessly add Monese card to PayPal digital wallet to buy from, and send money to, PayPal’s 277 million consumers and merchants around the world
  • Easily select Monese as preferred way to pay within PayPal wallet

(more…)

Banks, Mobile-first banks, Payment processors/providers/gateways

July 5, 2019

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Swedish ‘neobank’ P.F.C. picks up €5M backing from Nordic banking giant Nordea

via TechCrunch

P.F.C. (Personal Finance Co.), a so-called “neobank” founded in Sweden, has raised €5 million in funding. Backing the young company is Nordea, the largest bank in the Nordics region.

In other words, chalk this up as another example of an incumbent bank placing financial and strategic bets on a fintech upstart, even if it doesn’t always end as the parties involved planned. (more…)

Banks, Deals

July 4, 2019

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Revolut launches charity feature Donations

via Tearsheet

UK challenger bank Revolut has released a new in-app feature called Donations, which allows customers to round up their card payments and donate the difference to charity.

What is it: Using a round up feature, five million Revolut users can donate spare change to charity. There’s also the ability to make one time and recurring payments. Revolut doesn’t require a minimum donation amount and the feature can be turned on and off by customers at any time. (more…)

Banks, Mobile-first banks

July 1, 2019

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Aussie challenger 86 400 scores home loan distribution deal

via Finextra

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.

(more…)

Banks, InspirAsia

April 15, 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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Digital futurist Brett King on why credit cards will disappear

via The Australian Financial Review

Mr King, an adviser to local neo-bank Xinja, worries that traditional banks’ conservative cultures have created an “iterative” – or incremental – approach to making money that has put them years behind rapidly emerging digital disrupters famous for their willingness to take risks and break through.

“Banks can survive but have to become part of this new ecosystem,” said Mr King, who is based in Manhattan and visiting Australia. (more…)

Banks, People of fintech

March 18, 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