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CaixaBank Joins Forces with IBM Services to Accelerate Cloud Transformation & Innovation in the Financial Services Industry

CaixaBank, a retail banking group based in Spain, announced on Thursday it has reached an agreement with IBM Services (NYSE:IBM) to accelerate its “hybrid cloud journey” and increase the bank’s capability to develop innovative, digital-first solutions to enhance client experiences. According to CaixaBank, IBM has… Read More

Singapore Crypto Exchange TomoChain Set to Launch P2P Lending Feature Through TomoDex Platform

TomoChain, a Singapore-based cryptocurrency exchange platform, is reportedly set to launch a new peer-to-peer lending feature this weekend through its newly launched TomoDEX platform. Founded in 2017, TomoChain claims to be the “most effective” platform for the token economy. The platform reported that its mission… Read More

As of May 31st, 464 Early Stage Firms Had Applied for the Future Fund

The Future Fund, a UK government initiative to support startups and early-stage ventures – many of which are not profitable, reported 464 applications for the program as of May 31st. As part of a weekly update, HM Treasury quantified the number of applicants – a… Read More

Mastercard Unveils Recovery Insights Initiative to Inform Business & Government Economic Response Efforts

Mastercard (NYSE: MA) recently announced it is extending its COVID-19 commitments by Recovery Insights, a set of tools, innovation, and research. The data insight and tools will be provided to New York City, London, Madrid, the state of Arizona, and other governments. While sharing more… Read More

Average Security Token Return by Asset Down -0.90% for May 2020, but Growth of Market Continues: Report

Jonah Schulman, head of marketing at Security Token Market, published a report last month in which he noted that the average security token return was 8.99% for the month of April 2020. Meanwhile, a fund that tracks the three largest US indices, including the Dow… Read More

U.S. Banking App For Freelancers Lili Secures $10 Million Through Seed Funding Round

Lili, a U.S.-based mobile banking app specifically for freelancers, announced on Wednesday it secured 10 million through its seed funding round, which was led by Group 11 with participation from Foundation Capital, AltaIR Capital, Primary Venture Partners, and Torch Capital. Founded in 2018, Lili reported… Read More

Tink Announces Extension of Open Banking Support For PayPal; Scores Strategic Investment

Tink, a Sweden-based fintech that provides APIs to create next-generation banking services, announced on Wednesday it has extended its open banking support for PayPal (NASDAQ: PYPL). According to Tink, the expanded relationship is supported by a second strategic investment from PayPal, carried out in connection… Read More

FIS Introduces Chargeback Indemnification Service For Cryptocurency Brokers & Exchanges “Fraud Freedom”

FIS (NYSE: FIS), a financial services technology firm, announced on Tuesday the launch of Worldpay’s Fraud Freedom, a new chargeback indemnification service designed for cryptocurrency brokers and exchanges.  According to FIS, Fraud Freedom service helps crypto brokers and exchanges optimize payment conversion, and authorization rates… Read More

British Business Bank Continues to Add more CBILS, BBLS Accredited Lenders

The British Business Bank has approved new lenders for several COVID-19 support schemes. According to a release, JCB Finance will join the other 18 Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS) lenders who have been accredited since the program opened last month. Last Friday, Metro Bank was… Read More

Revolut Unveils New Version of Financial “Super” App

Digital bank Revolut announced on Wednesday the launch of its new financial app version. According to Revolut, the new version is the latest step in the fintech’s journey to becoming a financial super app. Revolut further explained that the app’s redesign has focused on creating… Read More

Western Union Reportedly Seeking to Aquire MoneyGram

Western Union (NYSE: WU) is reportedly seeking to acquire digital money transfer service MoneyGram (NASDAQ: MGI). The acquisition rumors come just a little over a month after Western Union announced the continued expansion of its Global Network for real-time money-movement and payments. MoneyGram describes itself… Read More

Plug and Play Japan Announces 104 Startups For Summer/Fall 2020 Batch

Accelerating program Plug and Play Japan announced on Tuesday it has selected 104 startups in six verticals (IoT, Fintech, Insurtech, Mobility, Brand & Retail, and Hardtech & Health ) together with 38 corporate partners for the Summer/Fall 2020 Batch acceleration program, which will be run… Read More

The InterWork Alliance Seeks to Standardize Tokenized Assets, Gains Support of Big Names Like Microsoft, DTCC, Accenture, IBM, Nasdaq, Hedera Hashgraph, R3 & Many More

  The newly created InterWork Alliance (IWA) has formally launched operations as a non-profit dedicated to establishing a standards framework for the tokenization of assets. The IWA states that digital assets have the potential to “disrupt global economics,” but the disparity of approach and technology… Read More

Supply & Demand? Fewer Homes Sold for Higher Prices in the £1M + Category in England

The housing market is always a key metric for the economy. Robust demand can be indicative of thriving market. Of course, the COVID-19 crisis sucked the wind of the housing market around the world. In the UK, once the hottest property market in the world,… Read More

Australia’s Digital Transformation Agency Says its New Digital Identity System will Verify Users to Access Wide Range of Online Services

The Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) has been focused on developing the Australian digital identity system, so that locals can access essential government services in a simple and secure manner. The new digital identity platform will allow individuals and Australian companies to verify their identities through… Read More

Mastercard: 78% of All Transactions Across Europe Are Now Contactless

Mastercard recently announced that 78% of all transactions across Europe are now contactless. The financial giant revealed it is committed to enabling 42 countries to raise their spending limits in order to help people everywhere benefit contactless pay. “With 89% of people asked agreeing that… Read More

Wallis Bank Provided $347.5 Million in PPP Loans to More Than 3,500 Small Businesses

U.S. banking group Wallis Bank recently announced it has provided $347.5 million in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans to more than 3,500 small businesses throughout the country that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. As previously reported, The PPP was established by Congress under… Read More

Backbase Joins Forces With Mambu to Deliver End-to-End Integrated SaaS Banking Solution

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Backbase, an omni-channel banking solution provider, announced on Thursday it has formed a new partnership with cloud-banking platform Mambu to create an end-to-end integrated SaaS banking solution. According to Backbase, the combined offering provides financial institutions with a fully integrated end-to-end cloud-native digital banking solution… Read More

China: WeiyangX Fintech Review

China’s Top Financial Authorities Roll Out 11 Financial Reform Measures On May 27th, the Office of the Financial Stability Development Committee of the State Council issued a press release that the Development and Reform Commission, the Ministry of Finance, People’s Bank of China, China Banking… Read More

Southeast Asia’s Largest Lender, the Bank Central Asia, Reports 91% Annual Increase in Mobile Banking Transactions Following COVID-19

Bank Central Asia, or BCA, (PT Bank Central Asia Tbk), an Indonesian bank that overtook Singapore’s DBS Bank (in 2016) as Southeast Asia’s largest lender by value, with a market cap of about $24.5 billion, has reported a significant increase in its digital banking transactions… Read More

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