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Austrlia’s Digital Banks Xinja, Judo Bank, 86 400 Attracting Millions in Savings After Launching High Interest Rate Accounts

Australia-based digital banks Xinja, Judo Bank and 86 400 have been attracting millions of dollars worth of savings from the nation’s banking clients after the introduction of their high interest rate accounts. Traditional industry players like ANZ, Westpac, NAB and Commonwealth Bank have reportedly lost… Read More

Australian Digital Brokerage Platform Stake Launches UK Beta

Australia-based digital brokerage platform Stake announced this week it has officially launched its UK beta operations.  Founded in 2017, Stake claims it democratizes global share markets to bring the “world’s largest and most dynamic” market to the rest of the world. “We believe brokerage is… Read More

Australian Digital Bank Volt Secures $70 Million in Additional Investments via Series C Round

Volt, one of Australia’s first neobanks to have received a full operational license in the country, has reportedly secured an additional $70 million in investments. Steve Weston, co-founder and CEO at Volt, stated: “The high levels of interest we are receiving from potential banking partners… Read More

Australian Neo Lender Wisr Secures $33.5 Million Through Placement Round

Wiser (ASX: WZR), an Australia-based neo lending platform, announced on it has secured commitments to raise $33.5 million through a placement of approximately 181 million ordinary shares. According to Wisr, the placement was supposed and allocated to new and existing institutional investors. “The issue price… Read More

Banxa, a Provider of Fiat Gateway Infrastructure to Major Digital Asset Exchanges, Secures $2 Million in Funding

Banxa, an established provider of fiat gateway infrastructure to major digital asset exchanges such as Binance, has reportedly secured $2 million via a Series A investment round. The funding round was led by NGC Ventures, one of the most active investors in the crypto-asset and… Read More

Australia: Birchal Takes the Lead in Investment Crowdfunding as Industry Expands

Australia enacted investment crowdfunding laws some time ago but the initial iteration was a bit of a no starter due to some glaring omissions by the Australian government. In late 2018, this changed when the parliament fixed the most pressing issue – the fact that“proprietary… Read More

Kraken Acquires Australian Crypto Trading Platform Bit Trade

San Francisco-based cryptocurrency trading platform Kraken has acquired Bit Trade, a cryptocurrency trading platform billed as, “Australia’s longest running digital currency exchange.” Kraken was founded in 2011 and Bit Trade in 2013. “With this acquisition, Kraken will focus on being the premier crypto service in… Read More

Australia-based Power Ledger, a Blockchain-enabled Energy Solutions Provider, Acquires 250 kW Photovoltaic System

Australia-headquartered Power Ledger, a blockchain-based energy solutions provider, has reportedly acquired a 250 kilowatt (kW) photovoltaic system that will use a distributed ledger technology (DLT)-powered data management and settlement platform. According to a press release, Power Ledger acquired the system from Perdaman Advanced Energy, an… Read More

More than $1.4 Billion in Capital Secured by Australian Fintech Firms in 2019

More than $1.4 billion in capital was secured by Australian Fintech firms in 2019 across 38 deals or partnerships, setting a new record. The significant increase in financial technology investments may be attributed (partially) to the rising number of rounds of at least $100 million,… Read More

Fintech and Traditional Bank Collaborations and Open Banking Are Becoming More Prevalent Globally

Traditional bank and Fintech collaboration and Open Banking are becoming quite common for financial institutions throughout the world that are planning to update their product offerings for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). India-based private lending institution SBM Bank recently teamed up with PayNearby to introduce… Read More

Co-founder of Atom Bank Joins DayTek Capital as Advisor, Digital Bank Infinity Plans Launch

The former CTO and co-founder of Atom Bank, Paul Hanks, has joined Australia based DayTek Capital as a Technology Advisor. DayTek Capital reports that it is on track to launch “Infinity” within the first 6 months of 2020. Infinity seeks to become the first “product-disruptive… Read More

SME Challenger Bank Judo Bank Partners With InfraRisk to Support Lending in Australia

Australian SME challenger bank Judo Bank has formed a partnership with InfraRisk Pty Ltd., a supplier of credit management solutions and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Pintec Technology Holdings Limited, to support its lending business with a smart and highly efficient cloud-based SaaS solution. Judo Bank… Read More

Puerto Rico-based Digital Bank First Finance International Bank Partners Australia’s Seafarer Foundation to Offer Online Payroll Services for Marine Industry

Puerto Rico-based digital bank First Finance International Bank (FFIBI) has reportedly partnered with the Australia-headquartered Seafarer Foundation, in order to offer online payroll and card services for the marine industry. By working cooperatively with FFIBI, the Australia-based foundation has launched a General Purpose Reloadable Multi-Currency… Read More

Australia-based Fintech Firm Groupee Introduces Real-Time Payment App for Allowing Users to Split Costs of Purchases

Australia-based Fintech firm Groupee has introduced a real-time payment app that lets groups of people share the cost of products or services they purchase. For example, the app allows people to split the cost for a meal, gift, and tickets. Groupee provides a prepaid Visa… Read More

Clear the Field: Licenses of Four Cryptocurrency Exchanges Revoked in Australia

Australia’s anti-money laundering agency has revoked the licences of four cryptocurrency exchanges linked to crime in the country, IT News reports. AUSTRAC revoked licenses at AUSCOIN ATM and MK Buy & Sell in September. Both projects were run by “Lamborghini-driving Bitcoin trader Sam Karagiozis” and associates…. Read More

Australian Banking Challenger 86400 Partners FMS, a Mortgage Software Provider, to Use its ESign Solution for Mortgages

Australian banking challenger 86400 has teamed up with FMS, a mortgage software developer, in order to use its eSign solution for mortgages. In November 2019, neobank 86400 introduced its home loan product suite, which has been designed to reduce the time required to issue and… Read More

Insurtech: Australia-based Coverhero Introduces Hustle Cover, an Income Protection Insurance Product for Gig Economy Workers

Coverhero, an Australia-based insurance technology (Insurtech) provider, revealed on December 17 that the launch of its first product, Hustle Cover, an “instant” and customizable income protection insurance product developed specifically for gig economy professionals. There are reportedly over 1.5 million Australian residents that are now… Read More

Australian Digital Transformation Firm Ecocentric Secures A$3.6 Million from Nearly 180 Investors via its OnMarket Equity Crowdfunding Campaign

Australians are supporting a new technology that tracks energy use. The project has reportedly raised around half a million dollars in just days after its equity crowdfunding campaign was launched. Ecocentric, a digital transformation company, has acquired more than A$3.6 million from nearly 180 different… Read More

Australian Police Force Seizes Drugs & $1.5 Million in Cryptocurrency

Australia Border Force (ABF) announced on Wednesday detectives from WA Police’s Forces Drug & Firearm Square – Meth Transport Team arrested two people for drugs (attempted importation of MDMA) and seized more than $1.5 million worth of cryptocurrency. The organization reported: “On Thursday 31 October… Read More

Birchal Plans Secondary Market for Crowdfunded Securities

Matt Vitale

Investment crowdfunding platform Birchal will launch secondary trading of CSF securities in 2020, according to a note from the company. Birchal is a leading “crowd-sourced funding (CSF)” platform in Australia. The new marketplace, announced today, will be called Birchal Trade. There has been a good… Read More

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