Metro Bank Acquires P2P Lender RateSetter, Metro Bank to Use its Deposit Base to Fund New Loans

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RateSetter, a leading UK based peer to peer lender, has been acquired by Metro Bank. The purchase of RateSetter has long been anticipated as the P2P lender messaged earlier that it was exploring “strategic options” – a euphemism for a sale. In June, there were… Read More

Fintech Ripple Sold Over $32 Million in XRP During Q2 2020, Only Sold $1.75 Million of the Digital Asset During Q1 2020: Report

San Francisco based Fintech firm Ripple has released its quarterly XRP Markets Report. The company notes in its report, that as an XRP holder, Ripple “believes proactive communication and transparency are part of being a responsible stakeholder.” During Q2 2020, total XRP sales were valued… Read More

Revolut Partners with TrueLayer to Offer Open Banking Features in Italy

Revolut has partnered with TrueLayer, a financial service API provider, to incorporate open banking features in Italy. According to a release issued by the digital bank, Revolut customers in Italy will now be able to connect their Intesa Sanpaolo, UniCredit, UBI Banca, Banco BPM, Poste… Read More

Corporate Entity Management Platform, ZenBusiness, Completes Acquisition of Fintech Platform, Joust

ZenBusiness, a corporate entity creation and management firm that makes it easy to start, run, and grow their businesses, has reportedly finalized its first acquisition of Austin-based Fintech platform, Joust. The amount that will be paid for the acquisition hasn’t been shared publicly. Ross Buhrdorf,… Read More

SendGold, an Australian P2P Digital Money or Gold as a Service Platform Reports Over 800% Increase in Transactions, After COVID-19 Outbreak

Fintech firm SendGold, which describes itself as a Gold-as-a-Service (GaaS) platform, reports an 819% increase in transaction volume and a 311% growth in transaction size since January 2020. Established in 2016, SendGold is a peer to peer (P2P) digital money platform focused on serving the… Read More

RAMSUN, an Online Marketplace for Supply Chain Finance, Joins Fintech Firm MonetaGo’s Secure Financing Network

India based RAMSUN Network, a digital or online marketplace for supply chain finance, has reportedly joined Fintech firm MonetaGo’s secure financing network. The RAMSUN Network aims to facilitate financing for SMBs via its AI-powered technology platform – which allows many lenders to be a part… Read More

Over $4 Billion Now Locked into Nascent DeFi or Decentralized Finance Market, with Open-Source Lending Protocol MakerDAO Leading the Way

The decentralized finance (DeFi) sector continues to experience significant growth, as the total value locked in its markets has surpassed $4 billion, according to DeFi Pulse data. DeFi markets leverage blockchain or distributed ledger technology (DLT), crypto-assets, and smart contracts (automated business logic), in order… Read More

CBDCs: Wang Yongli, Former VP of China’s Reserve Bank, Argues that Central Bank Digital Currencies can Serve as Cash Substitute

Wang Yongli, the former VP of China’s reserve bank, has argued that central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) can serve as a substitute for cash or paper money in circulation. Yongli, the director of the Haixia Blockchain Research Institute, noted that virtual currencies can effectively serve… Read More

Challenger Banks See Declining Number of App Downloads, as Consumers Go to Incumbents for their Stability, Familiarity, Fintech Exec Explains

Ian Bradbury, CTO for Financial Services, Fujitsu UK, has surprisingly claimed that the COVID-19 outbreak has “changed very little” when it comes to the Fintech and the larger financial sector, in general. He argues that the financial industry’s digital and systemic transformation had already begun,… Read More

US based Neobank Aidbanc, which Launched in 2019, Plans to Empower NGOs by Providing Digital Banking, Spend Management Tools

Neobank Aidbanc, which launched operations last year, is reportedly planning to assist NGOs by providing them with digital banking and spend management software that they need to deliver financial aid. The proper distribution of financial aid can have a significant positive impact on the lives… Read More

BNY Mellon, Citi, Visa, Others Invest $35 Million in Volante Technologies to Accelerate Fintech Firm’s Cloud Expansion Globally

Volante Technologies Inc., a provider of payments and financial messaging solutions in the cloud, revealed on August 3, 2020, that it has secured $35 million in growth equity financing. The latest investment into Volante’s operations was led by Wavecrest Growth Partners, along with participation from… Read More


InstaReM Collaborates with SBM Bank India on Remittances

InstaReM, part of Nium, has partnered with SBM Bank India on outbound remittances from India. InstaReM says it will work closely with SBM Bank India as its licensed banking partner to facilitate international money transfers from India. As shared in a release, SBM Bank India… Read More

Boon Payments Platform Closes as Wirecard Aftershocks Continue

Boon, a European payments platform and Apple Pay partner (among others), is shutting down, according to the company. Boon is part of Wirecard (WDI:DE), a Germany based Fintech that recently filed for bankruptcy following revelations of an accounting scandal and allegations of fraud. Boon is… Read More

Comptroller of the Currency Brian P. Brooks Comments on Varo Bank Receiving Federal Bank Charter

Last week, Acting Comptroller of the Currency Brian P. Brooks virtually presented Varo Bank, N.A. its official charter. Varo Money has been in business for years having provided bank services by partnering with an already chartered bank. As of August 1st, 2020, Varo Bank can… Read More

BankMobile Teams Up With Google to Offer Digital Bank Accounts

U.S. banking group BankMobile announced on Monday it has teamed up with Google to introduce digital bank accounts to its customers. According to BankMobile, the digital checking account will be built on top of BankMobile’s existing banking infrastructure and the accounts will be FDIC-insured, with… Read More

Huobi Announces Establishment of Huobi DeFi Labs

Blockchain company Huobi Group announced on Monday the establishment of Huobi DeFi Labs. According to Huobi, Huobi DeFi Labs is a platform for decentralize finance (DeFi) research, investment, and incubation/ecosystem building in DeFi space. The platform notably aims to build a “better” financial system in… Read More

Russia: Federal Law Addresses Digital Assets, Differentiates Between Digital Securities and Digital Currencies

Russia has signed into law legislation that impacts the cryptocurrency sector. On the last day of July, the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, signed the document that introduces a legal framework for digital assets that differentiates between digital securities and digital currencies. The statute, Federal Law… Read More

Next Insurance Announces Expansion of Product Offerings With Tools, Equipment, & Upgraded Commercial Auto Coverage

Next Insurance, an insurtech seeking to transform small business insurance, announced on Monday the availability of Tools and Equipment and Hired and  Non-Owned Auto (HNOA). According to Next, the product offerings are the latest developments in the company’s path to becoming the one-stop-shop for insurance coverage… Read More

BBVA Works with Google to Offer Digital Bank Accounts, Now Eight in Total [u]

  BBVA USA (NYSE: BBVA) is working with Google (Alphabet) (NASDAQ:GOOG) to offer digital bank accounts according to a release distributed by the bank. Spain based BBVA has been in business since 1857 and boasts a strong presence in the US with 641 branches, mainly… Read More

Venture Firm Electric Capital Announces $110 Million Fund For Crypto Networks & Blockchain Businesses

Electric Capital, a venture firm that invests in cryptocurrencies, blockchain-based businesses, fintech companies, and marketplaces, announced on Monday the closing of its second fund, a $110 million Seed and Series A fund, focused on crypto networks and blockchain-enabled businesses. Founded in 2018, Electric Capital claims it… Read More

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