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Multi Billion Dollar Merger between Russian Tech Firm Yandex and Challenger Bank Tinkoff has been Scrapped

The recently proposed merger between Yandex, a major Russia-based tech firm, and banking challenger Tinkoff will not be finalized because the bank’s founder Oleg Tinkov has walked away from the deal. Tinkoff’s management confirmed that all negotiations between the two parties have now been “terminated,… Read More

Australian SME Banking Challenger Judo Bank to Use Cloud based Bank Operating System Developed by nCino

Australia-based SME challenger bank Judo Bank has chosen nCino (NASDAQ: NCNO) to help streamline its lending processes. Judo Bank will be using nCino’s Cloud-powered platform to enhance its services which are mainly intended for small businesses. nCino, Inc. is an established cloud banking and digital… Read More

Neobanks in Australia including 86 400, Xinja, Volt Forced to Further Reduce Interest Rates on Savings Accounts

Neobanks have been finding it quite challenging to maintain their competitive deposit rates. During the past few weeks, three Australian neobanks have reduced their rates and two of them have placed limits on the balances on which they’ll pay higher interest. Australia based digital bank… Read More

Australian Digital Banking Challenger Alex Is Planning to Secure $7.1 Million via Series B Round

Australia based Alex, a digital banking challenger, is reportedly planning to secure about A$10m (appr. $7.1 million) in capital through a Series B investment round. As first reported by the Financial Review, Alex’s team of senior management professionals have been focused on acquiring additional funding by approaching various… Read More

Chime CEO Chris Britt Discusses Recent Funding Success & Future Plans With CNBC

  Following the recent announcement that app-only banking service Chime raised $485 million through a Series F round, CEO of the company, Chris Britt, sat down to discuss the funding round, as well as Chime’s future plans. As previously reported, Chime is on a mission… Read More

US Banking Challenger Chime to Focus on Transaction Processing based Business Model, After Reaching $14.5 Billion Valuation with Additional Funding

US-based banking challenger Chime Financial Inc. is now valued at $14.5 billion, which is significantly more than Robinhood, another fast-growing Fintech Unicorn that recently reached a valuation of $11.2 billion after securing $200 million in additional funding last month. Chime has now become the most… Read More

UK’s Digital Challenger Starling Bank Joins Monzo by Introducing New Fees, as Fintechs Struggle to Offer Competitive Services

UK based digital challenger Starling Bank has reportedly joined digital bank Monzo by introducing several new fees for certain services related to its British pound or GBP and Euro bank accounts. As reported recently, Monzo announced two new fees for its customers. The Fintech startup… Read More

Banking Challenger Current and Payments Tech Firm InComm to Offer Customers Option to Make Cash Deposits to Accounts at Major US Retail Outlets

InComm, an established payments technology firm, and Current, a US-based challenger bank serving Americans who have been “overlooked” by traditional financial service providers, have introduced a product that will allow Current members to make cash deposits to their accounts at major physical store locations across… Read More

Australian Neobanks Continue to Slash Interest Rates on Savings Accounts due to Economic Challenges Created by COVID-19

Even though interest rates offered by challenger banks or neobanks in Australia (and globally) are generally higher than those offered by incumbents, Mozo reports that these all-digital banking platforms have been lowering their rates. Analysis performed by Mozo reveals that three neobanks were forced to… Read More

Banking Challenger Current, which Serves US Consumers Overlooked by Incumbents, Introduces Points Rewards Program on Debit Card Purchases

Current, an established US-based banking challenger serving Americans “overlooked” by traditional banks, revealed on August 4, 2020, that it is launching a points rewards program for all its members. Current claims that it’s now the first US mobile bank to offer points rewards on purchases… Read More

Stuart Sopp, CEO at Digital Bank Current, Explains Why It’s Critical to Assist Low Wage Earners, Especially During COVID-19

Stuart Sopp, founder and CEO at digital bank Current, has previously noted that the COVID-19 outbreak has shown how his company serves employees whose roles are considered essential during the global pandemic. In June 2020, Sopp had confirmed that Current would remain focused on spending,… Read More

Banking Challenger Branch’s Survey Reveals that 80% of Hourly Employees had Less than $500 in Savings for Emergencies like COVID-19

Banking challenger Branch, a service provider that teams up with employers to assist workers with growing financially, recently revealed key findings from its second annual Branch Report. The digital challenger’s report looks at the financial, work, and lifestyle interests of hourly workers. As noted in… Read More

Around 66% of European Consumers Say COVID-19 has Accelerated Shift Towards Digital Onboarding, but 40% Can’t Access New Financial Services: Report

Around 40% of European consumers responding to a survey claim that they’ve not been able to access new financial services because of lockdown measures enforced after the COVID-19 outbreak. These consumers also said they’re unable to access digital platforms, which is why they can’t use… Read More

US based Digital Bank Chime Introduces Credit Builder, a Visa Credit Card that Works like a Debit Card, Only letting Users Spend Funds Available in their Accounts

US-based banking challenger Chime Financial Inc. has introduced a credit card, called Credit Builder, which aims to work somewhat like a regular debit card by allowing users to spend only the funds that are currently in their accounts. The Chime Credit Builder Visa Credit Card… Read More

French Financial Giant Société Générale Acquires Neobank Shine to Better Serve Clients looking for All-Digital Services

Paris-based Société Générale S.A., a French multinational investment bank and financial services company with around €1.3 trillion in assets, is reportedly acquiring Shine, a French neobank for business owners. The acquisition might be worth approximately €100 million, according to estimates from industry participants. Established about… Read More

Banking Challenger Branch Partners with Mastercard to Provide Cardholders Instant Access to Funds and Contactless Payments Option

Banking challenger Branch, a service provider that works with employers, has teamed up with Mastercard in order to provide cardholders instant access to their funds. Customers may directly add their Branch Mastercard debit cards to their mobile wallets, which supports Apple Pay and Google Pay…. Read More

Canadian Banking Challenger EQ Bank has Reportedly Surpassed $3 Billion in Total Deposits

EQ Bank, the digital platform established by Canada-based challenger bank, Equitable Bank (TSX: EQB and EQB.PR.C), has reportedly surpassed $3 billion in total deposits. The increase in deposits is due to a recent growth in customers, the bank claims. EQ Bank noted that daily sign-ups… Read More

Banking User Experience (UX) Specialist Peter Ramsey Reveals that “Freezing” Cards at Digital and Regular Banks Is Still Not User-Friendly

Metro Bank was reportedly the first financial institution in the UK to allow users to freeze their cards in case they lost it. The feature was introduced in 2014. The freeze feature blocks transactions via payment cards through software, but it’s reversible so the card… Read More

UK Fintech Plutus, which Enables Easy Conversions between Cryptocurrencies and Fiat Money, Announces Affiliate Partnership with Nike

London-based Plutus​, a Fintech firm that helps users easily convert their digital assets at 0% into major fiat currencies including the British pound (GBP) and Euros, has announced an affiliate partnership with sports apparel giant, Nike. Through the partnership, users will be able to earn… Read More

Digital Banking: Monzo, Starling, and Revolut Make it Much Easier to Open Accounts, According to a Recent Review

Many large banks in the United Kingdom appear to be falling behind their all-digital competitors when it comes to providing better overall customer service, which includes the ability to allow clients to quickly open new accounts – according to a recent review performed by Peter… Read More

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