Tagged: banking

Monzo Brings Pulse Feature to Android Smartphones

UK challenger bank Monzo announced on Wednesday it has launched its Pulse feature on Android smartphones. Pulse notably allows users to see how much money they have in their Monzo account, and their balance for the month so far. The Monzo team revealed: “More than 40%… Read More

Radius Bank Teams Up With Mantl to Launch New Digital Account Opening Platform

Radius Bank, a full-service bank serving consumers through its virtual platform, announced on Tuesday it has teamed up with New York fintech Mantl to launch its new digital account opening. According to Radius, through the platform consumers will now have a frictionless account opening experience… Read More

Hong Kong Issues Consultation on Authorization of Digital Banks

The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) has released a revised “Guideline on Authorization of Virtual Banks” as part of a public consultation. Hong Kong, initially slow to embrace the Fintech revolution, has since increased their innovative velocity in financial services. The HKMA welcomes digital challenger… Read More

The Future of Banking

Banking is and has been overdue for a makeover. For the most part, the majority of the banking industry is still antiquated but thanks to technological advances in the last couple of years, this is starting to change. I remember not so long ago standing in… Read More

R3 Partners with Evernym on Identity Management for Financial Services

R3, a bespoke distributed ledger technology (DLT) provider that is working with over 100 financial institutions,  has formed a partnership with Evernym to apply self-sovereign identity to financial services. R3 seeks to create a standardized financial service focused DLT. R3 was the genesis of frustration amongst banks… Read More

Transferwise Is Quickly Becoming a Global Bank (Minus the Stupid Fees)

Global money transfer site Transferwise is quickly becoming a bank. The cool thing about Transferwise is they are providing bank like services minus the silly fees that currently pollute traditional banking services. That’s huge. As previously announced, Transferwise is rolling out their glowing green debit… Read More

Emma Banking App Announces Monzo Integration

Just days after receiving its Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) approval, Emma Technologies announced it has integrated with challenger bank Monzo. Emma is currently building the banking app for millennials (iOS and Android), which is described as a mobile-only solution that helps consumers avoid overdrafts, find and… Read More

Blockchain based BABB Kicks Off Initial Coin Offering to Create the “World Bank for the Micro Economy”

  BABB, a banking platform based on Blockchain based in London, is launching its initial coin offering (ICO) on January 15th with a pre-sale. The general token sale of BAX will commence immediately following the pre-sale seeking to raise a hard cap of USD $20… Read More

Office of the Comptroller of the Currency Warns that Online Bluegate Industrial Bank is Fake, Domain Registered in Benin

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) has posted a warning regarding an entity calling itself Bluegate Industrial Bank USA, N.A.. The OCC said the firm claims to be an online financial institution offering regular banking products as well as loan services. Apparently… Read More

Monzo Announces 3% Charge on Cash Withdrawals Made From International ATMs After Free 30-Day Allowance of £200

This week UK digital challenger bank Monzo announced it was introducing a 3% charge on cash withdrawals made for international ATMs, after a free 30-day allowance £200. Most debit card issuers charge a fee for off network cash withdrawals but some do not, depending on the country…. Read More

Digital Transformation and Financial Services: What to Expect in 2018

It would be nice if digital transformation were something that firms could buy, like Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). Unfortunately, there’s no one size fits all solution. What makes sense for one firm could be exactly wrong approach for another. But as we’re predicting that a lot of… Read More

European Fintech Raisin is Backed by PayPal with Strategic Investment

Raisin, a unique financial marketplace that empowers savers to access the best interest rates across Europe, has received a strategic investment from global payments platform PayPal (NASDAQ:PYPL). This is an interesting development for Berlin based Raisin and a further validation of their disruptive service. Raisin… Read More

FinTech Australia: Regulatory Pathway for Challenger Banks Just OK, Could be Improved

FinTech Australia has provided a comment on the consultation paper published in August regarding authorising new entrants into the banking industry. The creation of digital challenger banks in Australia is a welcomed move but, according to FinTech Australia, needs some improvement. The discussion paper proposes… Read More

Bank Branches No More: RBS Keeps Shuttering Bricks & Mortar Locations as Digital Banking Revolution Continues

On December 1st, the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) announced it would close 62 RBS branches and 197 NatWest branches. The shuttering of these bank branches is not unique to RBS and is indicative of the global Fintech revolution. This is not the first time… Read More

Starling Bank Receives Full Regulatory Approval from FCA & PRA to Offer Broad Portfolio of Financial Products

Starling Bank has been granted approval by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) to offer customers a wide array of financial products by the mobile-only bank.  Starling Bank received a license to operate as a bank by the Bank of England… Read More

ABN AMRO Bank, Integrates solarisBank’s Online Lending Service into Moneyou

Moneyou, is the digital brand of the Dutch mega bank ABN AMRO.  Berlin-based solarisBank, a digital only banking platform that has a full banking license, has just inked an agreement to integrate with Moneyou to provide instantaneous online lending for consumers. Moneyou’s German customers may… Read More

Chris Skinner Invests in Meniga, a White Label Digital Banking Solution

Chris Skinner, a Fintech industry commentator, author, speaker, and publisher of the Finanser blog, has invested in Meniga, a digital banking solutions. Skinner has been part of the Meniga Advisory Board since 2011. Based in London, Meniga works with some of the world’s largest financial… Read More

Autumn Budget 2017: Feedback from Alternative Finance

Many people are still sorting through the various proposals announced by Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond during the Autumn Budget statement from the past week. Parsing through the nuances of the many policy pronouncements is an annual affair. So what is in the Budget… Read More

Joseph Otting Has a Lot on His Plate as the New Comptroller

Joseph Otting, a former banker and CEO of OneWest Bank, was approved by the Senate in a party line vote last week to take over the helm at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC). As Comptroller, Otting will be stepping into an… Read More

Citi Debuts New Banking & Wealth Management App Functionality on Android

Banking giant Citi today announced on Thursday the new functionality for the Citi Mobile App for Android, offering access to banking and wealth management capabilities with a user-friendly design. Citi FinTech developed the new mobile features for Android following last year’s launch for iPhone. The… Read More