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Tandem Recognized as Best New Digital Bank

via Crowdfund Insider

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…)

Banks, Mobile-first banks

May 7, 2019

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UK Challenger Bank Masthaven Secures £60 Million Investment From Värde Partners

via Crowdfund Insider

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.

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Banks, Fintech news, Mobile-first banks

April 24, 2019

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Revolut Refines Its Culture As It Seeks Expansion

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Banks, Mobile-first banks

April 23, 2019

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Monzo’s Tom Blomfield on lie-ins, video games and finding his zen

via Wired.co.uk

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…)

Mobile-first banks, People of fintech

April 16, 2019

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The Challenger: Dozens’ Aritra Chakravarty

via AltFi

At the beginning of 2019 luminous yellow adverts promoting a mysterious new app began spreading across London.

Called Dozens, the app appeared almost out of nowhere with a digital banking service similar to a Monzo or Starling, but with the addition of a curious 5% fixed interest bond aimed at “savers”.

The only question on everyone’s mind was – who was behind this mysterious startup? (more…)

Banks, Mobile-first banks, People of fintech

April 10, 2019

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UK Challenger Bank Redwood Surpasses £100 Million Lending Milestone

via Crowdfund Insider

UK-based challenger bank Redwood has reportedly surpassed £100 million in lending. As previously reported, Redwood is considered one of the newest additions to the future of banking, joining peers such as Monzo, Starling, Revolut and more. Redwood is on a mission to target the SME market and its products include mortgages for business owners and professional landlords, as well as a range of savings accounts. (more…)

Banks, Mobile-first banks, SME

April 10, 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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NatWest trials money management app

via Finextra

UK bank NatWest is trialling a standalone personal finance app that uses AI, data analytics and Open Banking APIs to help customers better manage their money.

The app, called Mimo, will help customers budget, remind them of the financial tasks they need to do and provide proactive and personal insights into their money, looking at their bills or day-to-day spending, as well as insurance, subscriptions and utilities before offering tips on the best deals on the market.

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Banks, Mobile-first banks, Open Source/ API, PFM/PFP services

April 1, 2019

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Inside OakNorth’s plan to take its lending technology global

via Tearsheet

As a challenger bank, OakNorth charts a different course. While Revolut, Monzo, and N26 focus on putting their digital current accounts in the hands of millions, OakNorth doesn’t even offer a current account. While other challengers are racing to acquire banking licenses all over the world, OakNorth is happy with just a UK license.

OakNorth is also posting profits while other challengers aren’t.  The bank announced a £33.9m profit for 2018, up 220 percent from 2017. (more…)

Banks, p2p/online lending, SME

March 27, 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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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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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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UK banks have yet to address the elephant in the room: Their current business model is unsustainable

By Bill Michael for CityAM, Bill Michael is global head of banking at KPMG

It was another tough year for UK banks in 2015, and the challenges look set to continue. Our high-street banks are at a vital juncture: they’ve survived the crisis and are now preparing for one of the biggest overhauls of UK banking we have ever known with the introduction of ring fencing. (more…)

Banks, Fintech news, Global trends, Government activities

April 14, 2016

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Fintech’s Five Dark-Horse Cities: Singapore, Berlin, Madrid, Sydney, Amsterdam

TechCrunch: With global investment in fintech having tripled in the last five years, the financial sector is without a doubt in the midst of a revolution. The leading cities in the global fintech race are relatively unsurprising: Silicon Valley, New York, London and Hong Kong are the epicentres of the investment blast. (more…)

InspirAsia, Singapore

July 27, 2015

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Revolut Raises $2.3M For Its Mobile Foreign Exchange Service

TechCrunch: British startup Revolut just raised $2.3M (£1.5M) from Balderton Capital to make you pay less exchange fees when you travel around the world. Also backed by Seedcamp, Revolut provides an app to seamlessly exchange or send money, and an optional debit card to pay around the world or online. (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, Mobile payments/banking, news

July 20, 2015

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Apple Pay Vs Samsung Pay

TechCrunch: Samsung has begun rolling out its answer to Apple Pay in Korea this week. The service is called Samsung Pay and it is powered by LoopPay, the Boston-based company that Samsung snapped up earlier this year. It’s due to launch in Korea and the U.S. first before expanding worldwide, but Samsung has nudged it into action with a pre-launch pilot program among Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge owners in its home country. (more…)

Fintech news, Mobile payments/banking, news

July 17, 2015

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Credit Benchmark Gets Further $20M For Its Consensus Credit Risk Platform

TechCrunch: A year on from an Index Ventures-led $7M Series A, London-based fintech startup Credit Benchmark has extended its runway with a $20M Series B. The startup is building a platform aimed at improving financial market benchmarks and risk assessment analysis by aggregating anonymized credit risk data from multiple banks to build up consensus data. (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, news

July 15, 2015

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Crowdfunding Enters New Era

WIRED: The UK is a “world leader” in equity crowdfunding, with further democratisation set to open up everything from hedge funds to IPOs in the next few years. Speaking at WIRED Money 2015 Darren Westlake, co-founder and CEO of leading investment crowdfunding platform Crowdcube, said the future of crowdfunding in the UK and around the world was “more democratisation”. “Crowdfunding platforms are well positioned” to “put the P back into IPO,” he explained, pointing to the success of Crowdcube’s existing equity system as an example of public interest.

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Crowdfunding/investing, Fintech news, news

July 13, 2015

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Innovation in banks: Barklays, RBS, Citi, Standard Chartered

BLOOMBERGVIEW: What kind of chief executive does a big modern bank need? Apparently not a traditionally hypercompetitive investment banker like Anshu Jain, who lost his co-CEO job at Deutsche Bank last month — but evidently not a quiet retail banker like Antony Jenkins, Barclay’s freshly ousted chief, either.

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

July 8, 2015

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New Fintech Hubs: Paris, Stockholm, Amsterdam?

TECHCRUNCH: French startup Prêt d’Union just raised $34 million (€31 million) from Eurazeo, Pierre Kosciusko-Morizet as well as its existing investors. Prêt d’Union is a European online credit marketplace that matches lenders and borrowers without any financial institution in-between. You can call it a sort of Lending Club for Europe. (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, news

July 2, 2015

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Britain Just Gave The Green Light To A Bank With No Branches And No Website — Just An App

Business Insider: Atom Bank, the online-only challenger bank, just won a banking licence to operate in the UK and plans to launch later this year. Unlike traditional banks — and even some challengers — Atom Bank won’t have any branches or even a website initially, operating purely though a mobile app. (more…)

Fintech news, Mobile-first banks, news

June 24, 2015

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Apple Pay £20 Limit In The UK Will ‘Change Over Time’

WIRED: Apple has detailed how Apple Pay will work when it lands in the UK next month in a post on its website aimed at merchants.  (more…)

Fintech news, Mobile payments/banking, news

June 24, 2015

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SEC Reg A+ Will Now Let You Crowdfund Equity

TECHCRUNCH: Crowdfunding just got a little bit more interesting. According to SEC Regulation A+, as of today companies can secure funding via crowdfunding provided they are compliant with a set of very specific laws and standards. (more…)

Crowdfunding/investing, Fintech news, news

June 19, 2015

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Fintech: Rebooting Financial Services

FINEXTRA: Having occupied relatively safe niches, such as payments and P2P-lending, fintech companies are now moving toward the core banking business. For them it is a multi-billion dollar opportunity to reinvent the financial services, but they won’t cope without the support of the current banking industry, according to the report by Santander InnoVentures, Oliver Wyman and Anthemis Group. Read the report  (more…)

Analytics, Global trends

June 18, 2015

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PayPal’s One Touch Instant Web Checkout Service & Stripe’s New iPhone App

TECHCRUNCH: As PayPal moves closer to its spinoff from parent eBay, the company continues to expand the services it will have to generate revenue as a standalone business. In the latest development, today PayPal is expanding One Touch on the web — a widget that lets people use PayPal to pay for goods on third-party websites without needing to re-enter passwords or their user IDs — outside of the U.S. The first markets for its international rollout will be the Canada and the UK. (more…)

Fintech news, news, POS/mPOS and online acquiring

June 9, 2015

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Apple Pay To Land In The UK In July & Why Android Pay Will Succeed Where Google Wallet Failed

WIRED: Apple Pay, the payments service that allows for contactless payments in stores and one-touch payments in apps, is finally launching in the UK. (more…)

eWallets, Fintech news, Mobile payments/banking, news

June 8, 2015

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P2P Lending Startups That Are Trying To Destroy The Banks

Business InsiderChallenger bank Metro Bank has just struck a deal with Zopa, one of the UK’s biggest peer-to-peer consumer lenders, to lend money over Zopa’s platform. The amount lent wasn’t disclosed but a source told Business Insider that it was around “millions a month”. (more…)

Fintech news, news, p2p/online lending

May 19, 2015

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Danish Shops To Be Given Right To Refuse Cash

FINEXTRA: Denmark’s government is planning to help usher in the long-awaited cashless society by giving restaurants, gas stations and some shops the option to refuse notes and coins. Read more (more…)

Fintech news, news, p2p-payments

May 7, 2015

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UBER & Zopa Hook Up to Help Drivers Purchase Cars

CROWDFUND INSIDERZopa, the first peer to peer lender in the UK, has partnered up with another innovative firm UBER. The now (almost) ubiquitous ridesharing / cab replacement company is entering into a new service.  UBER and Zopa have created a new marketplace that will assist UBER drivers who are looking to move from renting an auto to purchasing the car.  The new agreement is expected to “help thousands of UBER drivers reduce their costs each month” but lowering monthly costs.  Certainly an interesting incentive for new drivers to join the UBER team. (more…)

Fintech news, news, p2p/online lending

May 6, 2015