The Great Strength of the British Fintech Community: Chancellor Philip Hammond Says Britain is the Global Capital of Fintech

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HM Treasury Publishes Fintech Strategy In a widely anticipated speech today during the midst of UK Fintech Week, Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond told the audience Britain is the global capital of Fintech and he will do everything he can to maintain this title…. Read More

ORCA Alliance Rokas Mičiuda on Taking Advantage of European PSD2 Directive & Prepping for Token Sale

ORCA Alliance, an Open Banking platform designed for cryptocurrency users aims to unite fiat and crypto in a single convenient interface, is taking advantage of the European PSD2 directive. ORCA Alliance aims to give its users the possibility to keep and track information and to make transactions,… Read More

OECD Secretary General Report Looks at Cryptocurrency Tax Implications: “The Era of Bank Secrecy Is Over”

In its new study, the OECD Secretary General examines cryptocurrency and its tax consequences in the two part Report to G20 Finance Ministers & Central Bank Governors. Part I reports on the activities and achievements of the OECD’s tax agenda, and reviews significant achievements while looking ahead at… Read More

Overfunding: Digital Only Bank Startup Fiinu Secures £500,000 Funding Target on Seedrs

App-only banking start-up Fiinu, has successfully secured its initial £500,000 funding target through its equity crowdfunding campaign on Seedrs. The initiative was launched last month and sought the funds for a 6.67% equity stake at a pre-money valuation of £7 million. As previously reported, the aspiring digital… Read More

Spanish Cash Back Platform Shoppiday Now Seeking £450,000 Through Crowdcube Funding Round

Shoppiday, a Spain-based cash back platform, is now seeking 450,000 through its equity crowdfunding campaign on Crowdcube. Founded in 2016 and launched last year, Shoppiday currently offers a selection of more than 400 online storms of top brands, which includes Nike, Zealand, Booking, Pull&Bear, and Amazon…. Read More

Money App Yolt Announces Collaboration With Challenger Bank Monzo

Yolt, an ING created smart thinking money app, announced on Friday it has joined forces with UK-based challenger bank Monzo. Yolt declared that Monzo accounts may now be connected through the fintech mobile app. “While Monzo focused on current accounts and we focused on our topbar… Read More

NatWest Partners With SpendLabs to Launch ClearSpend App For Business Spending

NatWest has formed a partnership with SpendLabs to launch its new ClearSpend mobile app for business spending. ClearSpend is described as a free mobile app for NatWest Commercial Card customers that allows businesses real-time visibility and control of their company card spending. The app is officially… Read More

Singapore Robo-Advisor StashAway Celebrates USD $5.3M Series A Funding Round

StashAway, reportedly the first robo-adviser to receive a retail license in Singapore, has completed a USD $5.3 million (SGD $7.0 million) Series A funding round. According to the company, a group of family offices and  new investors as well as previous investors in the business, such… Read More

Australia Can’t Wait to use the Fintech Bridge Established with the United Kingdom

Today, the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond announced an updated agreement signed with Australian Treasurer Scott Morrison to firmly establish a Fintech bridge between the two countries. This virtual bridge will see both public officials and private partiers working together to foster Fintech… Read More

FINTECH Circle Partners With Abu Dhabi Global Market to Launch Fintech Education Courses For the UAE

FINTECH Circle, a global community of fintech entrepreneurs, angel and VC investors, financial services professionals and fintech thought-leaders, announced on Thursday it has teamed up with Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) to launch a range of FINTECH Education Courses for the United Arab Emirates (UAE)…. Read More

NatWest Surpasses Sustainable Energy Target By Providing £3.5 Billion of Lending to UK Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Projects

NatWest announced this week it has beaten its sustainable energy funding target, providing £3.5 billion of lending to UK renewable energy and energy efficiency projects over the past three years. The bank reported it set a three-year target of £3 billion in 2015 and is now committed to… Read More

TMX, Operator of the Toronto Stock Exchange, Joins with Paycase Financial on First Ever Public Cryptocurrency Brokerage Desk

This is an interesting move by TMX Group, the operator of the Toronto Stock Exchange, TSX Venture Exchange, TSX Alpha Exchange, The Canadian Depository for Securities, and more. TMX Group has partnered with Paycase Financial to launch the first ever public cryptocurrency brokerage desk by a major exchange…. Read More

The Bank of England: Deputy Governor Announces New Fintech Hub at the “Heart of the Bank”

Dave Ramsden, Deputy Governor of Bank of England, addressed the topic of Fintech within the Bank in a speech today. The presentation saw the banker announce a new Fintech Hub within the Bank following the success of its internal Fintech Accelerator; “We are now looking… Read More

IT Service Provider Zensar Announces Acquisition of Insurtech Cynosure

IT service provider Zensar announced on Wednesday it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire U.S.-based insurtech Cynosure, which focuses on providing Guidewire platform implementation services to Property and Casualty (P&C) insurance carriers. The company reported: “This acquisition is a critical component of Zensar’s… Read More

Naspers Plans to Sell 190 million Tencent Shares & Funds Will be Used to Invest in Online Food Delivery & Fintech Businesses Globally

Global internet and entertainment group Naspers announced on Thursday it is planning to sell up to 190 million Tencent Holdings Limited (Tencent) shares, equal to approximately 2% of Tencent’s total issued share capital, which would reduce its stake in Tencent from 33,2% to 31,2%. The… Read More

Here is the Enhanced Fintech Cooperation Agreement Between the UK FCA and the Australian Securities & Investment Commission

As was announced earlier today (and leaked out earlier this week) the Australian and UK governments have signed an “enhanced cooperation agreement” on Fintech innovation. Under the new agreement the Australian Securities & Investment Commission (ASIC) and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) will continue to… Read More

Invesdor Joins Forces With InvestorConnected to Launch PitchPerfect Competition

Equity crowdfunding platform Invesdor announced on Thursday it has teamed up with InvestorConnect to launch a new competition called PitchPerfect. The funding portal describes the competition as a “Dragons Den meets strictly come dancing for a fun and innovative pitching competition.” The event will take place on… Read More

Switzerland’s Financial Market Supervisory Authority Presentation on Initial Coin Offering Regulation

The Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) has published a deck on initial coin offerings. FINMA has scheduled a series of roundtable meetings in collaboration with the Swiss Crypto Valley Association. The first Roundtable took place last week in Zug, Switzerland. In February, FINMA issued a… Read More

Global Fintech Venture Firm SixThrity Welcomes New Financial Services & Technology Partners

SixThirty, a global fintech venture firm based in St. Louis, announced on Thursday it has reached agreements with, BNY Mellon’s Pershing, Detalus, Enterprise Bank & Trust and World Wide Technology to join its roster of premier global financial services and technology partners. Founded in 2013, SixThirty… Read More

Visa Launches $50,000 Fintech Innovative Contest For Sub-Sahara Africa Startups

Credit card giant Visa is set to launch a new $50,000 innovation contest in the fintech industry of Sub-Sahara Africa. This news comes just a few months after Visa announced the launch of its fintech bootcamps for African startups. The contest will run under the company’s… Read More