National Bank of Canada & JPMorgan Test Out Blockchain Technology with NBC Debt Issuance in U.S. Financial Markets by Samantha Hurst

China: WeiyangX Fintech Review

Ant Financial and Bank of China Collaborate on Blockchain-based House Leasing Project in Xiong’an New Area On April 20th, Ant’s Xiong’an Digital Technology Co., Ltd. and the Xiong’an branch of Bank of China, signed a strategic cooperation agreement in Xiong’an New Area. In the future,… Read More

Central Bank of Ireland Announces New Innovation Hub & Industry Engagement Program

On Friday, Central Bank of Ireland announced it will launch an innovation hub and an industry engagement program to keep up with fintech and regulatory landscapes. During her speech at UCC’s Financial Services Innovation Centre, Derville Rowland, Director General of Financial Conduct at Central Bank,… Read More

BBVA Announces New Categories For BBVA Open Talent Fintech Competition

BBVA announced earlier this week new categories for its upcoming BBVA Open Talent fintech competition. The company reports that this year’s competition is looking for “the best and brightest” ideas that will shape the future of financial services, with three prizes available. BBVA then revealed a… Read More

Brazil Fintech Nubank Launches Facial Biometrics “AccessoBio”

Brazilian fintech startup Nubank announced earlier this week the launch of its new facial biometrics feature, AccessoBio. According to various reports, the fintech firm will now use the AccessoBio tool to help prevent identity fraud in credit card transactions. ZDNet noted that Nubank believes the introduction of… Read More

TransUnion Agrees to Acquire Consumer Credit Bureau Callcredit For £1 Billion

TransUnion (NYSE: TRU) announced on Friday it has agreed to acquire UK-based consumer credit bureau Callcredit. The credit bureau giant reported it acquired Callcredit for the price of £1 billion. While sharing more details about the acquisition, Jim Peck, TransUnion’s President and CEO, stated: “TransUnion and Callcredit have… Read More

DFS Lab Accelerator Announces New Investments in African & Asian Fintech Startups

Digital Financial Services Lab (DFS Lab), a fintech accelerator funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation,  announced on Thursday it will invest $200,000 in four separate startups that are building financial service products for low-income and unbanked consumers in developing markets. Cherehani Africa (Kenya), NALA (US), Nobuntu (South… Read More

Online Lending in Risk On Mode: Unprecedented 21 Months of Non Stop Securitization Issuance

PeerIQ has just published their quarterly marketplace lending securitization tracker. The periodic report gauges activity in the online lending sector providing an interesting barometer of industry sentiment and investor activity. The most recent report stated that PeerIQ has observed an “unprecedented 21 months of non-stop… Read More

Open Mineral Raises $2.25 Million to Disrupt Commodities Trading with Online Marketplace

Open Mineral has received seed funding $2.25 million. Notable come from Goldcorp (TSX:G), Canadian gold mining company, and Igor Kim of Xploration Capital.  Open Mineral was the first startup to join Thomson Reuters Incubator, which hosts early-stage entrepreneurs building next-generation products in big data, advanced analytics, distributed… Read More

Swedish Fintech Tink Launches API Platform For Developers

Tink, a Sweden-based fintech that provides APIs to create next-generation banking services, announced on Wednesday it has launched its new API developer platform that will allow developers in companies of all sizes, across any sector, access to its technology. According to Tink, the new platform… Read More

Swedish Fintech Update: iZettle Introduces E-Commerce Marketplace Targeting SMEs & Qapital Nabs $30M in New Funding

Swedish fintech platform iZettle has made good on its promise to grow and innovate.  Last year the platform secured €60 million funding round, which consisted of equity from existing investors in a Series D extension as well as debt funding from Victory Park Capital through its… Read More