Tagged: banking challenger

Los Angeles-based Banking Challenger, HMBradley, Launches Digital Banking Platform to Reward Savers

Los Angeles-headquartered banking challenger, HMBradley, has launched its own digital banking platform, which has been developed to reward savers. The bank’s clients who had been on the HMBradley waitlist will now be able to open a bank account and set up direct deposits. Users will… Read More

Iceland-based Banking Challenger indó Prepared to Move Out of Stealth Mode, After Securing €1 million in Seed Funding

Iceland-based banking challenger indó has secured €1 million in seed funding from several angel investors. As mentioned on its official website: “indó is the first Icelandic bank in decades. We want to make a difference by offering you 100% safe deposits. We will offer you… Read More

Challenger Bank Virgin Money Is Evaluating Plans to Shut Down Physical Branch Locations, Following Coronavirus Outbreak

Challenger bank Virgin Money is reportedly evaluating its plans to shut down its physical branch locations as lenders begin to increasingly focus on reducing the potentially negative impact of an economic downturn, resulting from the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Hundreds of jobs, which had been created… Read More

Fintech: Lanistar, an Alternative Financial Services Company, Officially Launches After Securing £2 Million in Seed Funding

Lanistar, a new challenger bank, has officially launched its platform after acquiring £2 million in seed funding. Based in Hammersmith, Lanistar reportedly has 45 full-time workers on its payroll. The digital bank plans to add 150 more staff members. The neobank has been founded by… Read More

Digital Banking: ClearBank and Temenos to Help UK’s Banks Access Real-Time Payment Services via the Cloud

Switzerland-based Temenos (SIX: TEMN), a banking software company, has teamed up with ClearBank, a challenger clearing bank (the UK’s first new clearing bank in over 250 years), in order to help local banks access UK’s payment platforms and real-time payment services in the cloud. Clearbank’s… Read More

Banking Challenger Judo Bank Signs $350 million Committed Facility with Multinational Financial Giant Citi

Banking challenger Judo Bank has reportedly agreed to a three-year long, $350 million committed facility with giant multinational bank Citi. This should help Judo Bank provide funding to small businesses that may be struggling to meet expenses due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The commitment… Read More

Fintech Firms, Aion Digital and Qarar, Team Up to Accelerate Development of Online Lending Platforms in the Middle East

Two major Fintech companies, Aion Digital and Qarar, are teaming up in order to accelerate the growth and development of online lending platforms across the Middle East region. According to a press release, the collaboration between the two Fintechs aims to “revolutionize the credit market”… Read More

Banking Challenger Moven Partners STC Pay to Introduce New Banking Service for Young People in Saudi Arabia

Two Fintech companies are teaming up to develop a new banking service for young people living in Saudi Arabia, who may prefer to make cashless payments from their mobile devices. Digital Bank challenger Moven, which was established by Brett King in 2010, will be partnering… Read More

Banking Challenger Branch Partners Cardtronics to Offer Surcharge-free Access to Cash at Allpoint ATMs in the US

Branch, a banking challenger that works cooperatively with employers to assist Americans in growing financially, has partnered with Cardtronics (CATM) and its Allpoint Network, in order to give Branch’s clients surcharge-free access to cash at Allpoint ATMs based in the US. According to a press… Read More

Super Size: Digital Bank Market to Top $578 Billion by 2027

The global neo and challenger bank market is projected to reach a valuation of approximately $578 billion by 2027, at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of about 46.5% from 2019 to 2027. This, according to a recent report from Facts and Factors Market Research,… Read More

Bank Negara Malaysia Releases Updated Exposure Draft for Digital Banks, Proposing Simplified Regulatory Framework for Banking Challengers

Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) has released an updated exposure draft, which covers the licensing guidelines for all-digital banks. The draft from the nation’s central bank proposes a simplified set of regulations for neobanks. Bank Negara officials noted that the simplifications intend to reduce regulatory pressure… Read More

Fintech Firm Neo Financial to Offer Canadian Customers New Savings Accounts with “Instant Rewards”

Canadian residents will soon have the option to open a new savings account, which will be introduced by Fintech firm Neo Financial. The banking challenger is currently working on a 2020 product launch. Neo Financial has been established by two of the co-founders of SkipTheDishes,… Read More

UK-based Challenger Starling Bank to Use Irish Banking License to Expand Operations Across Europe

UK-based banking challenger Starling Bank intends to use its Irish banking license to make its way into other European nations in the coming years, Anne Boden, the company’s CEO, confirmed. During a recent interview with IBS Intelligence, Boden, founder of Starling Bank, noted that the… Read More

Subscription-based Banking Challenger Aion Establishes Business Operations in Belgium

Aion, a newly launched subscription-only banking service provider, is establishing its business operations in Belgium. The bank’s management says that it wants people to get the most out of their money. Aion has an artificial intelligence (AI)-enhanced service, called MoneyMax, which is meant to motivate… Read More

90% of UK Freelancers and Small Business Owners Would Use All-Digital Bank Instead of Traditional Banking Services: Study

Approximately 90% of small business owners and freelance workers in the UK say they might prefer using an all-digital bank, instead of a traditional brick-and-mortar bank. This, according to a new study published by research firm Capterra. The study revealed that although 23% of survey… Read More

Banking Challenger Level Is Offering 1% Cash Back on All Debit Card Purchases and a Competitive 2.1% APY on Deposits

Several promising startups are challenging major banks with the launch of their innovative apps that provide seamless, modern, mobile banking experiences. These new apps offer attractive features and very low or even no transaction fees. Level, a banking challenger and banking app provider, is offering… Read More

UK-based Digital Bank Revolut Introduces Open Banking Feature to Allow Users to View Bank Accounts from External Providers from Company’s App

Leading UK-based digital bank Revolut has introduced a new Open Banking feature, which will allow users to view their bank accounts from other financial service providers from within the banking challenger’s app. Revolut partnered with financial API developer TrueLayer to allow all of its retail… Read More

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

Banking Challenger App Niyah Launches Services in the UK for Nation’s Islamic Community

Niyah, a banking challenger app, has officially launched its services in the United Kingdom for the country’s Islamic community. The company claims it’s “the first Fintech Islamic banking app and ethical financial marketplace platform” to offer services in the UK. The Niyah app is Shariah-compliant,… Read More

UK-based Digital Bank Vive Acquires Banking License from Bank of England

Vive, a newly established UK-based digital bank, has reportedly acquired a banking license with certain restrictions from the Bank of England (BoE). The new digital bank aims to provide personal loans and a fixed-rate savings account. It will be launching with an Open Banking-based funds… Read More

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