Tagged: challenger bank

Monzo Announces Plans to Close Prepaid Card Program in April 2018

On Thursday, UK challenger bank Monzo announced plans to get close its Monzo Prepaid Card Program. This news comes just after the fintech company announced its 2018 plans. Monzo stated its aim is to shut down the prepare Mastercard program in early April so that… Read More

The Rise Fund & Warburg Pincus Lead $45 Million Series B Funding for Challenger Bank Varo

Varo Money, a digital challenger bank, has closed a $45 million Series B funding round led by existing investor Warburg Pincus and The Rise Fund, a global impact fund led by private equity firm TPG. Varo said that 30 other investors participated in the round… Read More

Monzo Announces New Year Plans: It’s Time to Look Ahead to 2018!

On Thursday, challenger bank Monzo announced its plans for the next twelve months. The company reported that in 2018 it wants to focus closely on making upgraded Monzo accounts better for its customers. Monzo revealed a list of items needed to be done and their… Read More

Game Changer: 7 Approved Platforms to Provide “Crowd-Sourced Funding” in Australia, Equitise Immediately Lists First Equity Crowdfund Offer

The Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) announced yesterday it had approved the licensing of the first seven “crowd-sourced funding” platforms. Due to a recent change in Australia’s security regulations, these investment crowdfunding platforms may allow businesses to raise up to $5 million – all… Read More

Tandem Closes on Harrod’s Bank Purchase, Receives UK Banking License with Acquisition

Digital challenger bank Tandem has closed on the acquisition of Harrod’s bank – the financial institution long associated with the eponymous London retail store.Tandem received regulatory approval by the Prudential Regulation Authority, a division of the Bank of England, and the Financial Conduct Authority to… Read More

German Challenger Bank Penta Throws Shade at Transferwise Borderless Debit Card Announcement

Yesterday, Transferwise, the UK based Fintech Unicorn, announced it had launched a borderless debit card for a group of trial users. Basically it is a current account that can be used anywhere minus the silly fees banks charge consumers. Transferwise will commence a wide release… 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

Challenger Bank: Tandem’s Takeover of Harrods Bank Approved by Bank of England

Tandem, a digital challenger bank, has received regulatory approval from the Bank of England’s Prudential Regulatory Authority to acquire Harrods Bank. Tandem’s purchase of Harrods Bank is being described as a major step forward as Tandem will gain access to a full banking license, intrinsic… 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

Update: Monzo’s New Feature Pots Now Available on Android

Less than a month after launching its money-saving features Pots, challenger bank Monzo announced that the feature is now available on the Android smartphone app. As previously reported, Pots is described as a simple way to set money aside within a user’s main Monzo account. The bank stated:… Read More

Cryptocurrency Transactions Arrive for Revolut Customers: Bitcoin, Litecoin & Ether May Be Bought & Exchanged within Digital Banking App

Revolut knows the future of banking is a digital only world with a feature rich mobile ecosystem. Give people what they need and want in online bank and they will keep coming back in droves. Today, as we alluded to last week, Revolut is officially… 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 licence to operate as a bank by the Bank of… Read More

Challenger Bank Monzo Seeking to Open New Office in Cardiff

On Friday, Monzo announced it is seeking to open a new office in the city of Cardiff. According to the challenger bank, its London office is currently bursting at the seams, with 171 people working in its headquarters and 67 working remotely. “To help us… Read More

Digital Bank Revolut Prepares to Launch Cryptocurrency Features

Digital only challenger bank Revolut is preparing to enter the cryptocurrency world with new features on their bank app to allow users to exchange and use Bitcoin and other digital currencies. While some traditional banks look at crypto with disdain (heres looking at you, Jamie… Read More

Monzo’s Tom Blomfield Announces Upcoming Crowdfunding Round

Just a couple weeks after securing £71 million during its latest investment round, Co-Founder and CEO of challenger bank Monzo, Tom Blomfield revealed plans to launch a new crowdfunding campaign. Monzo (originally known as Mondo) caught the public eye in March 2016 when it raised… Read More

N26 Announces Apple Pay Support in Spain, Italy, & Finland

On Tuesday, German digital-only challenger bank N26 announced it was launching Apple Pay support in Spain, Italy, and Finland. This news comes just after the bank launched the payment method’s support in France. “What if there were a way to pay without your card that is… Read More

Revolut Pursues Mission to Become First Global Banking App, Files for European Banking License

Digital only challenger bank Revolut is rattling the cage of old finance once again by filing for a European Banking License. The Fintech firm has shared that their application is expected to be approved by the first half of 2018 as it pursues its mission… Read More

Huge: Mobile Lending Company WeLab Raises $220 Million with Backing from Alibaba

One of the fastest growing Fintech’s in China has raised USD $220 million. WeLab, a Hong Kong-based mobile lending platform founded in 2013, has closed funding round of $220 million including both strategic debt and equity funding with the backing of Alibaba Hong Kong Entrepreneurs Fund,… Read More

European Fintech N26 to Launch in the UK in Early 2018

N26, a digital-only challenger bank based in Germany, announced on Friday it is launching its services in the UK in early 2018. This news comes after the fintech startup announced plans to launch in the U.S. next year. UK customers may now get early access by signing… Read More