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Brazilian Digital Wallet PicPay Surpasses 20 Million Downloads Sooner than Expected Due to COVID-19

Brazil-based online wallet provider PicPay recently revealed that it has surpassed 20 million clients as of May 2020. As reported by Reuters, the company said that it achieved the milestone sooner than it had initially expected. PicPay was aiming to hit the goal by December… Read More

$5 Million Santander Bank Robbery Thwarted in Brazil, as Perpetrators Caught Trying to Convert Funds to Bitcoin

A potential $5 million online heist in Brazil had attempted to target Spanish financial giant, Banco Santander, however, it was reportedly stopped after the money was seized from local over-the-counter (OTC) digital currency exchanges. The alleged thieves had tried to convert the stolen money into… Read More

Digital Banks: Over 10 Million Filipino Adults are Using Online-Only Banks, Consumers in Other Areas Increasingly Using Neobanks

Digital banks or neobanks have now been around for several years. There are many challenger banks that aim to compete with and provide better financial services than traditional banks and institutions. Conducting transactions online has become more popular due to the deadly Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak…. Read More

Brazil’s Financial Regulators are Working on a Blockchain or DLT-enabled Data-Sharing Platform to Conduct Background Checks on Politicians and Corporations

Four of Brazil’s financial regulatory agencies are working cooperatively to create a blockchain or distributed ledger technology (DLT)-enabled data-sharing platform, which will conduct background checks on the nation’s political representatives and private corporations. The platform, called PIER, was reportedly created by the country’s reserve bank,… Read More

Global Fintech as a Service Rapyd Partners With Dock & Banco Rendimento to Launch All-in-One Solution in Brazil

Rapyd, a global B2B Fintech as a Service provider, announced on Monday it has partnered with major Brazilian payment providers, including Dock, a banking as a service technology company, Banco Rendimento, and other local partners to support cash, bank transfers, e-wallets, bill payments, debit and… Read More

World’s Highest-Valued Challenger Nubank to Introduce Annual Commission-Free Nu Credit Card in Mexico

Brazil-based neobank Nubank is reportedly planning to introduce an annual commission-free Nu credit card to customers in Mexico. There’s already a waitlist of 30,000 potential users, according to TechCrunch.  Mexico was notably the first major market that Nubank expanded to outside of its headquarters in… Read More

Recent Research From CapTable Reveals Brazilian Crowdfunding Platforms Raised $18.6 Million in 2019

CapTable, a crowdfunding platform registered with the Brazilian Securities and Exchange Commission (CVM), recently reported that equity crowdfunding in Brazil has jumped from BRL 8.4 million in contributions in 2016 to BRL 79 million ($18.6 million) in 2019. According to Latin America Business Stories (LABS),… Read More

Banking Challengers Attracted Record Levels of Investments Last Year: Report

Digital Banking Banking challengers have been introducing innovative financial products in order to compete with traditional banks. Challenger or neobanks attracted $5.2 billion in funding last year, which is more than triple of what they received back in 2018 ($1.6 billion). Italy-based Nexi, a digital… Read More

Central Bank of Brazil to Introduce Instant Payments Platform PIX in November 2020

Banco Central de Brazil, the nation’s reserve bank, is planning to introduce an instant payments solution, PIX, in November 2020.  The Brazilian central bank noted on February 19 that the new instant payments platform will allow users to perform transactions using QR code technology. It… Read More

SoftBank to Add $1 Billion to its $5 Billion Latin American Fund Focused on Fintech, Healthcare, Digital Commerce

SoftBank, a Japan-based global conglomerate holding firm with over $283 billion in assets, will reportedly be adding another $1 billion this year to its $5 billion Latin America Fund, which was launched last year. The Tokyo-headquartered company added $1.6 billion to the fund in 2019…. Read More

Online Travel Company Despegar Launches Co-Branded Credit Card in Brazil Through Partnership With Santander & Visa

Despegar (NYSE: DESP), an online travel company in Latin America, recently announced its Brazilian subsidiary Decolar launched a co-branded credit card in partnership with Visa Inc. and Banco Santander (Brasil) S.A. for the Brazilian market. Despegar reported that a special feature of this new card… Read More

Brazilian Fintech IOUU, which Offers a P2P Lending Marketplace, Secures $1.3 Million in Funding

Brazilian Fintech firm IOUU, which offers a peer to peer (P2P) marketplace solution, has managed to secure funding from several venture capital firms. IOUU has acquired R$6 million (appr.$1.3 million) in funding from DOMO, which led the firm’s latest investment round. Indicator Capital and Devas… Read More

Brazilian Fintech Olivia Secures $5 Million in Funding from BV and BR Startups Fund

Brazilian Fintech firm Olivia recently revealed that it had acquired R$25 million (appr. $5 million) in investments. The company’s application assists its clients in saving and money management, with useful tips on cash flow and behavior habits. Olivia’s stakeholders include BV (previously Banco Votorantim), which… Read More

FinnoSummit LatAm Fintech Revolution Part 4: LatAm Digital Transformation and Open Banking

Part 4 of a series of articles covering the fast-emerging Fintech ecosystem in Latin America. During the inaugural FinnoSummit addressing innovations in financial services in Latin America (LatAm), the speaker and audiences settled on a big issue; infrastructure and digital transformation. Most of the Latin… Read More

Brazilian Fintech EBANX Announces New Digital Account & Prepaid Card

Brazilian fintech EBANX announced earlier this week the launch of its new digital account, EBANX GO, and prepaid card in a partnership with Visa that offers 5% cashback in purchases made in a list of 18 specific merchants, which includes Spotify, AliExpress, Gearbest, UseGiraffe, PatPat,… Read More

Mexico-based Fintech Firm Resuelve Tu Deuda Secures $24 million in Funding to Expand Business Operations

Mexico-based Fintech firm Resuelve Tu Deuda has secured $453 million pesos (appr. $24 million) in funding which includes both equity and financing in order to expand its business operations within and outside of the Latin American region. The company’s investment round was led by Alloy… Read More

Founders of Google Pay India to Launch Neo-Banking Platform in the $2.6 Trillion Economy

Two Indian co-founders of Google Pay are reportedly preparing to launch a neo-banking platform in the Asian country and they have managed to acquire financial backing from three established venture capital funds. Sujith Narayanan, an experienced senior management professional specializing in the payments industry, who… Read More

Brazil: Piemonte “Smart Bond” Opens Up Secondary Trading for Digital Asset

Brazil’s Piemonte Holding says it is the first secondary market place in the country to facilitate trading in a tokenized bond offering. According to a release, a R$ 66m (USD $ 16.2 million) private bond issuance, Piemonte “Smart Bond,” is leveraging Globex US Holdings, Corp… Read More

Brazil’s Third Largest Bank, Banco de Brasil, Partners Fintech Firm Bom pra Crédito, a Platform that Compares Personal Credit Options

Banco de Brasil (BB), the third largest bank in Brazil, has teamed up with local Fintech firm Bom pra Crédito (BPC) (an acronym in Portuguese for “Good for Credit”). BPC provides a marketplace that displays and compares the different conditions for personal credit among 36… Read More

Brazilian Digital Brokerage & Wealth Management Company XP Closes Initial Public Offering After Issuing & Selling More Than 83 Million Class A Common Shares

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XP (Nasdaq: XP), a digital brokerage and wealth management company based in Brazil, announced on Friday it closed its initial public offering (IPO) of 83,387237 of its Class A common shares at a public offering price of $27 per share. XP reported that it issued and… Read More

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