Tagged: banking

Brazil Antitrust Authority Investigating Possible Bank Suppression of Crypto Industry

Brazil’s antitrust body, the Administrative Council for Economic Defense (CADE)  has launched an investigation into whether or not Brazilian banks have been, “abusing market power to undermine the performance of crypto-currency brokers,” Reuters reports. The Brazilian Association of Cryptomoedas and Blockchain (ABCB) reportedly requested the investigation… Read More

SaaS Banking Provider Mambu Offers “Integration Platform as a Service”

Software as a Service (SaaS) banking software provider Mambu has announced the launch of “Mambu Process Orchestrator”(MPO). MPO is described as a natural extension of the Mambu core solution that is designed to support the “creation and operation of flexible and innovative banking architectures.” MPO… Read More

29 Apply for Hong Kong Virtual Banking License, More to Follow with First Approvals as Soon as Years End

Multiple reports have indicated that 29 firms have made the cutoff for the first batch of virtual banking licenses in Hong Kong. Announced in September 2017, the push for digital banks in Hong Kong was designed to “bring Hong Kong into a New Era of… Read More

Pan African banking group Ecobank Announces Winners of 2018 Fintech Challenge

Pan African banking group Ecobank announced on Friday the winners of the 2018 Ecobank Fintech Challenge. As previously reported, the Challenge’s contestants must be one of the following categories: Remittances Digital Sales/Marketing Offline mobile to mobile payments Digital Onboarding/ Account Opening/ KYC SME Intra-Africa Trade Platform Multi-Channel… Read More

The Problem with Banking Today … is Banking

The idea of banking has been around for thousands of years. Archaeologists traced its origins back to ancient Mesopotamia, where tablets show that individuals recorded lending transactions. Then, as civilization created value for items like grain, rare jewels and, eventually, coinage and cash, banking practices… Read More

Big News! Digital Challenger Bank Varo Money Granted Preliminary Approval for National Bank Charter by OCC

Varo Money, a digital only challenger bank, has received preliminary approval from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) for a national banking charter. This is a very big deal in the world of Fintech, as Varo may end up being the first… Read More

China: WeiyangX Fintech Review

Xiaomi Intends to Set Up a Virtual Bank According to a report from HKEJ on August 20, the Fintech branch of Xiaomi Group – Insight Technology (Dongjian Keji)- is intending to apply for a Hong Kong virtual banking license, hoping to submit documents before the end… Read More

Thai Central Bank Trialing R3 Distributed Ledger Among Mixed Reports of Enterprise DLT Performance, May Issue CBDC

Thailand’s central bank, the Bank of Thailand (BOT), has announced it is trialing a version of R3’s distributed ledger system, Corda, as a means of making wholesale funds transfers more efficient. R3’s distributed ledger will also be used by the BOT to issue a wholesale Central… Read More

Fortune Favors the Bold: Berlin based Digital Challenger Bank N26 Says F¥€K the Fees, Plans US Expansion

In a creative use of the English language, Berlin based digital challenger bank N26 is out with a promotional campaign that is rather blunt. As depicted below in a Tweet courtesy of @Skollma, N26 goes straight to the point and says F¥€K Fees. #nobullshit. The marketing… Read More

Digital Bank Revolut Launches “Metal Card” – Offers Cashback in Crypto

Revolut has announced the official launch of a new product. Revolut “Metal card” enables users to receive cash back in either cryptocurrency or fiat at a 1% rate outside Europe and 0.1% on transactions made in Europe. Revolut previously incorporated cryptocurrency options on their banking… Read More

Digital Bank Startup Varo Money Hires Former Bank Exec as New CFO

Digital bank Varo Money has hired Thibault Fulconis as Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Varo shares that Fulconis has extensive experience and was previously part of the executive team of Bank of the West and its holding company BancWest. Fulconis will oversee all financial, treasury, regulatory… Read More

Will Revolut Finally Announce a US Digital Banking Option or Something Else?

For the past few days, Revolut – a digital only challenger bank that has achieved unicorn status, has been teasing out a new announcement with a Twitter countdown. By tomorrow we will know more. Revolut has already revealed it is prepping the launch of a… Read More

Union Bank in Liechtenstein to Issue its Own Securities Token in Crypto Industry First, Intends to Become Blockchain based Investment Bank

When it comes to crypto / blockchain announcements, tiny Liechtenstein is on a roll this week. Following the announcement of a new, regulated cryptocurrency exchange, Union Bank AG has announced it will issue its very own security tokens. This will be a first ever for… Read More

Starling Bank Debuts First Personal Loan Products Offering Up to £5,000

Digital challenger bank Starling Bank announced on Thursday the launch of its first personal products. This news comes just after Starling Bank launched its Banking-as-a-Platform APIs to allow businesses to offer their own unique retail banking payments services, including card issuing as an API. According… Read More

Banking for the Cryptocurrency Age: Palladium to Purchase European Bank, Predicted to Become a “New Global Leader in Fintech”

At the beginning of July, a new blockchain startup in Malta was announced. Malta, being one of the most crypto friendly countries around, has become host to multiple exchanges and blockchain startups. In an industry not known for being humble, Palladium was revealed as the… Read More

Temenos Looks to Boost Fintech in Egypt with AUC Venture Lab Fintech Accelerator Partnership

Fintech software provider Temenos (SIX: TEMN) has partnered with The Venture lab at The American University in Cairo (AUC Venture Lab) a prominent startup accelerator in Africa and the MENA region. Temenos will support Fintech innovation in Egypt by providing startups with access to their core… Read More

Schwarmfinanzierung: Deloitte Study on “Crowdlending” in Germany says Banks Win

Deloitte Germany has published research on the crowdfunding sector and when it comes to comparing new forms of online capital formation and old banks – banks win. That is, at least in the eyes of the Deloitte research. Deloitte states that when it comes to… Read More

Sberbank Is Investing RUB 27 Million in Six Startups Though In-House Accelerator

Russian banking firm Sberbank announced on Thursday it is set to invest RUB 27 million in six start-ups, created by employees through its in-house accelerator program, Sber#Up. According to Sberbank, Sber#Up in-house accelerator is a program that offers all the banking group’s employees support to create their… Read More

Pan African Bank Ecobank Announces Ecobank Fintech Challenge 2018 Finalists

Pan African banking group Ecobank announced on Wednesday the finalists for of the Ecobank Fintech Challenge 2018, a competition for Africa-focused technology start-ups. The bank confirmed the list includes 11 fintech start-ups from across the continent and beyond. As previously reported, the Challenge’s contestants must be one… Read More

Digital Bank: Zopa Raises £44 Million to Help Fuel Expansion, “Launching Our Bank is a Key Next Step”

Zopa has raised additional money in a new funding round. The peer to peer lending announced a raise of £44 million to help pay for its expansion and push into new services. Zopa will use the latest round of investment towards the capital needs for the… Read More

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