James Fry, SVP at Worldpay, Explains Why FedNow 1-Year Anniversary Is Key Milestone for Payments Ecosystem

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July 20, 2024, will mark exactly one year since the Federal Reserve announced the launch of the notable FedNow Service, which has allowed customers at participating financial institutions to make payments that can be sent and received at any time, immediately available to use. The… Read More



Neobank Dave Issues Statement Regarding CFPB Proposal, an Interpretive Ruling Around Paycheck Advance and EWA

Dave Inc. (Nasdaq: DAVE), one of the nation’s neobanks, has recently issued a statement regarding a proposal from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Dave’s management has stated: “We are closely monitoring the recently proposed interpretive ruling from the CFPB around paycheck advance and earned… Read More

HKMA Announces Stablecoin Issuer Sandbox Participants

The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) has revealed the participants of its stablecoin issuer sandbox, marking a significant step in the city’s drive to foster a regulated and sustainable stablecoin ecosystem. Earlier this week, the results of a consultation by the HKMA on stablecoins were… Read More

UK Private Equity Investment Cools in H1 2024, Rebound Expected in Second Half – Report

Mid-market private equity investment activity in the UK declined by 11% in the first half of 2024, as challenging macroeconomic conditions persisted, according to KPMG UK’s latest mid-market Private Equity analysis. The firm’s most recent M&A research study revealed “that 321 mid-market transactions were completed… Read More

UK Finance Chief Executive David Postings Comments on 2024 King’s Speech

David Postings, Chief Executive of UK Finance, comments on the 2024 King’s Speech. David Postings from UK Finance noted: “We welcome the focus in the King’s Speech on economic stability and growth, something the financial services sector will play a key role in delivering. The… Read More

House Financial Services Committee Members Release Staff Report on AI from Bi-partisan Working Gourp on AI

The House Financial Services Committee has revealed a report on Artificial Intelligence (AI). The staff report comes from the Committee’s bipartisan Working Group on AI. The report is being released in advance of a Committee hearing next week entitled “AI Innovation Explored: Insights into AI… Read More

OurCrowd Backs CytoReason in $80 Million Funding Round

Online investment platform OurCrowd has invested in CytoReason as part of an $80 million funding round. OurCrowd joined a group of big names in supporting the firm as NVIDIA, Pfizer, and Thermo Fisher all participated in the funding round. Bank Hapoalim was said to have… Read More

Betterment to Offer Goldman Sachs Tax-Smart Bonds Portfolio for Investors Seeking Tax Advantaged Investments

Investment platform Betterment has partnered with Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS) to provide the Goldman Sachs Tax-Smart Bonds portfolio. Not too long ago, Betterment took over Goldman’s Marcus Invest, a Fintech wealth management platform, which is being shuttered. This is part of Goldman’s exit from providing extensive… Read More

Nu Asset Management, Nubank’s Investment Fund Manager, Announces New ETFs

In another step towards contributing to the development of the ETF market in Brazil, Nu Asset Management (Nubank’s investment fund manager) announces two new solutions: the Nu Ibov Smart Low Volatility B3 (LVOL11) and the Nu Ibov Smart High Beta B3 (HIGH11). The two ETFs… Read More

Earned Wage Access Fintech Clair Partners with Payroll and HR Focused Service Provider Gusto

Clair, the fintech company offering free Earned Wage Advances (EWA) originated by a national bank, announced a partnership with Gusto, an integrated, all-in-one software platform that automates and simplifies company payroll, benefits, and HR. Through this collaboration, Clair and Gusto are said to be breaking… Read More

Senator JD Vance is an Investor in Bitcoin

Senator JD Vance is an investor in crypto, specifically Bitcoin. This week, Vance was announced as former President Donald Trump’s running mate, so he could potentially become the Vice President of the US if Trump wins the election. According to a report in Barrons, Vance… Read More

Bank of England Reports Issues with CHAPS, Impacting “High Value” Payments [U]

The Bank of England is reporting issues with CHAPS or Clearing House Automated Payment System, the platform that enables real-time gross settlement payments in the United Kingdom. The Bank stated that the issues impacted some “high-value and time-sensitive payments, including some house purchases.” The Bank… Read More

State Street Is Reportedly Exploring Feasibility of Blockchain-enabled Solutions

State Street (NYSE: STT) is currently examining various options for settling payments on blockchain, according to a report from Bloomberg. State Street, which is focused on the financial services and banking sector, is assessing if it should introduce its own stablecoin, issuing its own deposit… Read More

Bondora Reports Record-Breaking Month for Loan Originations Due to Steady Growth in Finland and the Netherlands

Bondora reveals that June was a “record-breaking” month for loan originations, thanks to steady growth in Finland and the Netherlands. Overall, Bondora Group’s loan originations has reportedly “totaled €24,567,566 – the highest origination amount ever.” In June, Bondora pointed out that 1,507 more people “created… Read More

Digital Identity Systems Are Increasingly Becoming Part of Multi-Component Ecosystems As Economy Becomes More Digitalized – Report

Digital identity is not the easiest concept to define, according to an update from Juniper Research. That’s because it overlaps with other, similar, areas. Juniper Research noted that the crossover “with areas such as security, privacy and data management can be significant, and in some… Read More

Arca Labs and Securitize Unlock Liquidity for Investors, Report Key Milestone for Tokenized Funds

Arca Labs, the innovation division of one of the leading digital assets investment managers, Arca, and Securitize, a key player focused on tokenizing real-world assets (RWA), have “unlocked liquidity for investors and achieved a significant milestone for registered, tokenized funds.” Arca received SEC exemptive relief… Read More

UK’s Smart Pension Agrees to Deal with STM Group PLC

Smart Pension, one of the UK’s workplace pension providers, announces that it has signed a commercial agreement with STM Group, to take on members of the Options Workplace Pension Trust (OWPT) to the Smart Pension Master Trust through a bulk transfer. The transfer, subject to… Read More

Fintech OneCard Enhances Credit Card Repayments with Razorpay

OneCard, a Fintech company in India, is forging a new path in the Indian credit card market and tapping into the fast-growing segment of tech-savvy individuals who value both design and financial control. As noted in a blog post by Razorpay, OneCard reportedly “manage over… Read More

Insurtech Platform Akur8 Selected by MSI to Boost Pricing Capabilities

‍Akur8, the insurance pricing solution powered by “transparent” machine learning, is pleased to announce its partnership with Millennial Specialty Insurance, LLC (MSI), which is said to be one of the largest non-carrier-affiliated managing general agencies in the United States. MSI has selected Akur8’s Risk and… Read More

Financial Services Industry Is on Verge of Major Regulatory Transformation with Digital Operational Resilience Act (DORA)

Law firm Mishcon de Reya LLP recently shared key insights impacting the Fintech and broader financial services sector. Based in London, Mishcon de Reya services an international community of clients and “provides advice in situations where the constraints of geography often do not apply.” The… Read More

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