Tagged: covid-19

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

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

Linked Finance Becomes Ireland’s First Non-Bank Lender to be Added to Country’s COVID Credit Guarantee Scheme

Linked Finance, an Ireland-based peer to peer lender, has reportedly been added to the country’s COVID-19 credit guarantee scheme. Notably, the P2P platform is the country’s first non-bank lender to be included. Linked Finance, which is one of Ireland’s largest P2P lending platforms, is now… Read More

Dubai and UAE Economy Expected to Grow 4% in 2021, Supported by Financial Services and Nascent Fintech Sector

Dubai‘s economy is projected to grow by 4% this year, driven by the government’s (fairly) effective response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Dubai government has taken several measures to extend support to local businesses and individuals. It also launched four stimulus packages valued at 6.8… Read More

Fintech SoFi Notes that Q4 2020 M&A + IPO Spike was Much Higher than 2008 Financial Crisis and Other Periods of Downturn

San Francisco-based SoFi, a financial services firm that helps people “get their money right—save, spend, borrow, and invest in one app,” has noted that 2020 was a year to remember. Industries were forced to adapt to changing consumer behavior, capital markets fluctuated wildly, and people… Read More

Contactless Payments Limit Might be Increased from £45 to £100 as Britain Could Begin Moving Away from EU Guidelines

The limit on contactless payments might be increased from the current £45 to £100 in one of Britain’s very first steps away from European Union guidelines. The upper limit on touch-free or contactless payments might be raised to £100 after the suggestion was made to… Read More

Binance CEO Predicts that in 2021 Bitcoin (BTC) and Other Digital Assets will Keep Rising and be at “Pinnacle of Positive Change”

Zhao Changpeng

Binance, the world’s largest digital asset exchange, says it remains committed to innovating in 2021 in an increasingly “decentralized” world. Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao or CZ has shared his thoughts and reflections looking back at 2020 and the firm’s goals for the new year. Zhao… Read More

London’s P2P Invoice Financing Platform MarketFinance Increased Lending to Over £340 Million this Year

Anil Stocker, CEO and Co-founder at UK-based MarketFinance, one of the world’s largest peer-to-peer (P2P) invoice finance platforms, notes that like many of the businesses they support, MarketFinance spent the past 10 months dealing with major changes and challenges, “finding ways forward against all the… Read More

The Time of COVID: The Biggest Fintech Stories of 2020

2020 was a challenging year for the entire world. The ongoing health crisis surprised everyone as the world dove into a pandemic, pummeling the global economy and impacting everyone. In many respects, Fintech emerged as a beneficiary of COVID-19. Digital transformation of financial services were… Read More

PayPal Waives Check-Cashing Fees For Second Round Of Government-Issued Stimulus Checks

   PayPal Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: PYPL) recently announced its check-cashing fees associated with the PayPal cash-a-check feature are being waived for government stimulus paper check recipients, enabling more customers to access their funds usually within minutes, from the safety of their own home, free of charge. PayPal reported that customers… Read More

Fintech Unicorn SoFi Discusses how Longest Bull Market in History Ended in 2020 in its End of Year Update

Fintech Unicorn SoFi notes in its end of year review that we just experienced the “longest bull market run in history.” The SoFi team states that 2020 has been quite a memorable year. During these unprecedented times, due to the COVID-19 outbreak, industries have been… Read More

Biz2Credit Opens Applications For New Round of Paycheck Protection Program Loans

Biz2Credit announced on Tuesday it has opened applications for anew round of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans.  The PPP is part of the $2 trillion CARES Act signed on March 27, 2020, aimed at getting small business owners back on their feet and millions of Americans… Read More

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