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Online Marketplaces are Expected to Increasingly Develop their Own Digital Payments Infrastructures: Report

We’re experiencing more changes in the digital payments sector than we’ve seen during the past two or three decades. This seems like an exciting time as consumers across the globe are increasingly using innovative digital platforms and services. Accuity’s payments experts have identified four important… Read More

Contactless Payments in the UK are On the Rise with 90% of In-Store Transactions Settled with Touch-Free Options

The COVID-19 outbreak has led to the increased adoption of contactless payments as one of the preferred ways to settle transactions in the United Kingdom, now representing around 90% or 9 in 10 of all eligible card transfers (as of 2020). The most significant milestone… Read More

UK Fintech Flux, Provider of Digital Receipts, Says they’re Approaching 2021 with “Cautious Optimism”

It’s undoubtedly been a very challenging environment for retailers, however, looking ahead to the rest of 2021, UK-based Flux (which itemizes digital receipts that are “delivered straight to your banking app”) says it believes there are some “real” potential opportunities to take take advantage of,… Read More

Fintech TrueAccord, Creator of Debt Payments Negotiation Software for Financial Institutions, Reveals Consumer Behavior Changes due to COVID

Kansas-based TrueAccord, a Fintech firm that has created special software that allows financial institutions to negotiate debt payments with borrowers, notes that as they begin 2021, they’re “looking ahead and seeing a lot to be optimistic about in the world of collections.” TrueAccord writes in… Read More

Fintech Avant, which Gives Americans Access to “Financial Products they Deserve,” Explains what You Need to Know About Stimulus Checks

Chicago-based Avant, a Fintech firm that aims to give everyday Americans “access to the financial products they deserve,” notes that millions of US residents continue to struggle through the COVID-19 pandemic. However, a $900 billion relief bill was recently signed into law (toward the end… Read More

Fintech Advancement in the Time of COVID-19

As with most years, I started 2020 with a sense of optimism, looking forward to another productive year at work and doing the Appetite for Disruption podcast with my co-host Troy Paredes. In fact, he and I wrote an article discussing 2019 that focused more… Read More

UK’s SME Lender Nucleus Commercial Finance Acquires £200 Million Funding Line

Online balance sheet lender, Nucleus Commercial Finance, reports that it has secured a £200 million funding line, which should help with increasing the platform’s capacity or ability to support more UK-based businesses. The new funding line should help ensure that the lender is well-positioned to… Read More

Payments Company GHL Partners Malaysia’s Loanstreet to Offer Road Tax and Auto Insurance Renewal Options Online

Payments company GHL has reportedly expanded its line of products and services to include road tax and vehicle insurance renewal options. GHL’s new services are being introduced after it announced a partnership with Malaysia’s Loanstreet, an established financial marketplace. Following the launch of GROW by… Read More

Online SME Lender October Raises €295 Million, as of Dec 2020, to Finance Businesses, the Largest Amount it has Ever Raised

Europe-based online SME lender October says there’s probably no need to describe or go over how our lives have been impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. October claims that they had to “become economists, epidemiologists, and politicians” in order to cope with the challenges created by… Read More

Decentralized Autonomous Travel Solution Introduced by Fetch.ai, an AI and Machine Learning Network

The developers at Fetch.ai, an artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) network, are introducing what they describe or refer to as “decentralized autonomous travel.” Fetch.ai aims to connect to more than 770,000 hotels with its Autonomous Travel system. The Autonomous AI Travel Agents intend… Read More

Ireland’s P2P Lending Platform Linked Finance Claims it has Received Record Levels of Interest from SMEs looking for Government-backed Loans

Ireland-based Linked Finance, a peer to peer lending platform, has reportedly received record levels of interest from SMEs that are looking for government-backed loans. After recently being approved to serve as a Coronavirus Credit Guarantee Scheme (CCGS) provider,  Linked Finance claims it has received a… Read More

Remittance Payments Sent by US-based Mexican Workers to Relatives back Home have Reached Record Levels, following COVID Outbreak

Mexican workers now based in the United States have reportedly been sending record amounts of funds to friends or family members back home since 2020, which may suggest that the American economy has been fairly resilient despite the challenges created by the COVID-19 outbreak. As… Read More

Machine Learning Tools and Algorithms are Now being Used by Canada based Scotiabank to Help Clients Impacted by COVID-19

Canadian banking group Scotiabank has noted that its strategic investments in machine learning (ML) technologies are beginning to pay off during the Coronavirus crisis, allowing it to effectively serve clients as they try to cope with these uncertain and challenging times. Analysts at the bank’s… Read More

Over 160 UK-based Physical Bank Branches are Closing Down Permanently in Coming Months, Making it Difficult to Access Cash

Over 160 physical bank branch locations are shutting down permanently between now and the end of the lockdown period, which has been tentatively scheduled for late March 2021 in the UK.  As first reported by the Daily Mail, these bank branch closures will come as… Read More

Mobile Financial Services Provider Wave Money Facilitated $8.7 Billion in Transfers in 2020, following COVID-19 Outbreak

Myanmar-based Wave Money, a mobile financial services provider, facilitated 12 trillion Myanmar kyat (appr. $ 8.7 billion) in total transactions during 2020 as the country’s residents increasingly began using digital financial services following the COVID-19 outbreak. Wave Money confirmed that these transaction volumes were nearly… Read More

Two New York City Bars Might Make History by Selling for Bitcoin (BTC) or Ethereum (ETH) as Crypto Prices Surge

Two New York City bars could potentially make history by selling for Bitcoin (BTC), the flagship cryptocurrency that’s currently trading at almost $41,000, up from only $3,800 back in March 2020 (which was when the digital asset crashed briefly along with the broader financial markets… Read More

Digital Payments in Saudi Arabia Surged 75% YoY as Consumers Began Shopping Online More Frequently due to COVID

Digital payments in Saudi Arabia surged by 75% last year, as consumers increasingly began shopping online following the COVID-19 outbreak. Meanwhile, cash withdrawals from ATMs and other payment points declined 30% during the same time period. Point of sale (PoS) refers to a location where… Read More

Cross River Set to Participate in Next Round of Paycheck Protection Program

Cross River, a bank that delivers advanced financial and compliance products/services to the fintech industry, announced earlier this week t will be participating in the next round (Round B) of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).  In the initial round of… Read More

UK Finance Reports that £600 Million in Funding was Provided through Topping-Up of BBLS Facilities in 2020

UK Finance, a trade association for the UK banking and financial services industry, has noted that after the extension of government support from November 2020, an estimated £600 million  in funding was provided via the topping-up of current Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS) facilities. Lending… Read More

Indian Digital Commerce Unicorn Udaan Secures $280 Million in Capital via Series D Round

India’s B2B digital commerce platform Udaan has secured $280 million in funding via its extended Series D investment round from new and existing investors. Octahedron Capital and Moonstone Capital are listed as new investors. They’ve joined Udaan’s existing backers which reportedly includes Altimeter, DST Global,… Read More

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