Tagged: banking

Monetary Authority of Singapore Has 21 Aspiring Fintechs Apply for 5 Digital Bank Licenses

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has seen 21 different entities apply for a digital-only bank license. MAS had set a deadline for applications of December 31, 2019. MAS is offering just 5 different digital bank licenses. These licenses include two digital full bank (DFB)… Read More

Starling Bank Points to Micro-Businesses & Burden of Managing Financial Tasks

Digital challenger Starling Bank is highlighting research that points to the burden of micro-businesses when it comes to managing financial admin demands. Starling notes that there are an estimated 5.6 million micro-businesses (0 to 9 employees) in the UK. According to the research, which surveyed… Read More

China: WeiyangX Fintech Review

Ant Financial Applies for Singapore Digital Banking License On January 2nd, Ant Financial confirmed that it had applied a digital wholesale banking license in Singapore as an effort to promote the development of local digital banking and global financial inclusion. As early as November 19th… Read More

Digital Banking App Koto Card Is Planning to Launch in the United Kingdom this Month

Online app bank Koto Card says it’s preparing to launch in the United Kingdom this month. The digital banking app will let users apply for a free prepaid card and borrow as much as £400 (appr. $523) at one time, while paying 25p per day… 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

Consortium Including Razer Fintech and Supermarket Chain Sheng Siong’s Founders File Application for Digital Full-Bank License in Singapore

A consortium, which includes Fintech firm Razer and the founders of Sheng Siong, has reportedly filed an application for obtaining a digital full-bank license in Singapore. The application notes that the consortium wants to mainly focus on the “underserved youth and millennials segment.” Insurance business… Read More

Fake Banks: What Do You Do If You Encounter a Fake Bank Online?

The internet has disrupted so many different industries mainly for the better. Fintech, or financial technology, is really the digitization of financial services that previously leaned in an analog direction, lending, trading & investing, payments, banking and more. While the benefits to consumers and business… Read More

Over 40 South Korean Fintech Firms Operating as SMBs Failed to Pass Security Checks Needed to Obtain Open Banking Licenses

Over 40 Fintech companies operating as small and medium-sized (SMEs) businesses in South Korea reportedly were unable to clear the appropriate security checks needed to obtain final approval to take part in the open banking initiative. The Fintech companies had applied for operational licences in… Read More

Digital Bank App & Crypto Platform Baanx Nears £600,000 Goal on Seedrs

Baanx a banking app, payment platform, and cryptocurrency trading platform, is nearing its £600,000 funding goal on Seedrs. Baanx is looking to sell a 7.1% equity stake in the firm at a pre-money valuation of £7.85 million. To date, Baanx has raised £567,825 from 276… Read More

Bank Negara, Malaysia’s Central Bank, Is Reportedly Planning to Issue Five Operational Licenses to Digital Banks

Bank Negara Malaysia is reportedly planning to issue up to five operational licenses to qualified or eligible applicants in order to launch digital banks to perform either regular or Islamic banking business in the country. Malaysia’s central bank has issued the exposure draft on Licensing… Read More

Ride-hailing Service Provider Grab to Partner One of Singapore’s Largest Telecom Firms, Singtel, to Acquire Digital Full Bank License

Non-financial firm ride-hailing service provider Grab confirmed on December 29 that it is partnering with one of Singapore’s largest telecommunication companies, Singtel, in order to acquire a digital full bank license in the Asian country. Singapore is currently accepting applications for a licenses to establish… Read More

PwC’s Financial Services Leader in Malaysia: “There’s a Very Good Opportunity Here for Banking Challengers”

Malaysia now appears to be a promising market for virtual or challenger banks, according to Big Four auditing firm PricewaterhouseCoopers’ (PwC) Malaysia division. The country’s reserve bank is planning to introduce its virtual or digital banking licensing guidelines for industry consultation. In a recent interview,… Read More

Monetary Authority of Singapore Posts Update on Digital Bank Application Process

Earlier this year the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) revealed its intent to issue digital bank licenses. Announced in June, applicants have until the end of this year (December 31) to apply. This means a license for digital-only banks. Existing traditional banks that offer digital… Read More

SoftBank-backed Grab Financial Group to Apply for Digital Banking License in Singapore

SoftBank Group-backed Grab Financial Group will reportedly be applying for an online banking license in Singapore, as the company believes that financial businesses will be a key driver for its future growth and development. If Grab manages to acquire the license, then consumers and small… Read More

First: ZA Bank Ltd. Pilots Digital Banking Solution in Hong Kong By Offering Services to 2,000 Retail Users

ZA Bank Ltd. is reportedly testing internet-only banking solutions in Hong Kong, which notably makes it the first organization to provide such services in the city as the Asian financial hub continues to promote the development of Fintech-related projects. The Hong Kong Monetary Authority began… Read More

Foreigners in South Korea May Use Alien Registration Cards to Open All-Digital Accounts with Kakao Bank in 2020

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Foreign residents in South Korea will have the option of using the all-digital Kakao Bank and K bank beginning next year, as the country’s financial regulators will let consumers use their alien registration cards to open accounts via the internet. South Korea’s financial regulator, the… Read More

Europe-based Global Bank ING has Provided Filipino Residents one of the First All-Digital Banks

The majority of Filipinos still do not actively use online banking services with many locals preferring to visit traditional brick and mortar locations. However, an entire generation of new users in the country is now using digital banking platforms. Europe-based Global bank ING, a financial… Read More

N26 Launches Premium Accounts in Greece

Digital-only bank platform N26 recently announced it has launched its premium accounts N26 You, Metal, and Business You in Greece. According to N26, N26 You, Business You and Metal memberships come with features to help make everyday life as easy as possible, like travel insurance,… 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

Mobile-Only, Banking Challenger Starling Bank to Increase Brand Awareness to Move Beyond Fintech Startup Status

Mobile-only, banking challenger Starling Bank is planning to focus more on its brand awareness as it tries to move past its status as a startup and become one of the leading Fintech industry participants. As reported by WARC, Starling’s chief growth officer Rachael Pollard remarked:… Read More

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