Tagged: covid-19

4.5 Per Cent Unemployment a Good Sign, But UK Businesses Still Need Help

While the recent drop in the United Kingdom’s unemployment rate to 4.5 per cent is reflective of a strengthening economy, there are still vulnerabilities, financial industry representatives believe. Conister director Douglas Grant said while the data suggests a strong and recovering UK workforce, attention needs… Read More

Remagine, SolarisBank Debut Accounts For Purpose-Driven European Startups

As our world becomes more purpose-driven, ethically aligned companies will want to bank with an institution that shares their values. Remagine wants to be that bank, co-founder Sebastian Dienst said. Based in Berlin, Remagine’s goal is to reshape financial services through founder-friendly and tech-driven financial… Read More

As Alternative Payments Adoption Increases, Banks Must Also Offer Efficient Options: Report

Payments are entering a new “experience-driven” era (Payments 4.X1), “ushered in by an accelerated transformation timeline” because of the Coronavirus crisis and the increasing virtual appetite of clients, according to the World Payments Report 2021 released by Capgemini. As noted in a release: “With the… Read More

UK’s MarketFinance Explains How to Apply for the Recovery Loan Scheme and Highlights its Benefits

UK-based MarketFinance, a leading online lender that recently raised £280 million in debt and equity and was approved for flex loans, notes in a blog post that there’s “no denying” that last year was quite tough. However, the MarketFinance team claims that “things are looking up”… Read More

Assetz Capital Says they’re Providing Funding to Northern Ireland Market, where Mainstream Lenders are Not Meeting Requirements

Morgan McCandless, Relationship Director at Assetz Capital, a marketplace lending platform originating secured loans, reveals that he re-joined Assetz in June of this year, having previously worked on the Northern Ireland portfolio as a consultant, before the COVID outbreak. As a Relationship Director covering Northern… Read More

COVID-19 Outbreak Results in International Rise of Digital Commerce and Online Fraud: Report

The Coronavirus crisis has led to an international surge in digital commerce sales and online or all-digital businesses, as nationwide lockdowns have forced customers to engage with e-commerce platforms. As consumers continue to use digital commerce platforms and make cashless payments with virtual cards and… Read More

British Business Bank Shares List of Firms that it Holds an Equity Stake After Future Fund Investment

The British Business Bank has published a list of 158 companies in which it holds equity following the Future Fund COVID support program. The Future Fund was established to backstop UK early-stage ventures that did not qualify for other COVID relief programs. The Future Fund… Read More

P2P Lender Linked Finance Reports Business Optimism is Back

Peer to peer SME lender Linked Finance says that business optimism is back to pre-pandemic levels even while the Delta/Mu COVID variants capture headlines. Linked Finance, operating in Ireland, reports in its inaugural Linked Finance SME Confidence Index, referencing research conducted by Behaviours & Attitudes, was… Read More

Kita Jaga, a Malaysian Social Mobile App, to Raise Funds via GlobalSadaqah, an Islamic Social Finance Platform

Kita Jaga, a digital social mobile app meant for supporting individual consumers and families that may have been affected by the COVID-19 crisis, is planning to secure RM 200,000 (appr. $48,500) via a charity crowdfunding campaign to be conducted on GlobalSadaqah. GlobalSadaqah is an Islamic… Read More

Consumer Behavior in Indonesia Is Changing with Increased Usage of Digital Payments: Survey

Kadence International Indonesia has shared the findings of a new research study, titled Digital Payments and Financial Services Usage and Behavior in Indonesia. The extensive report is reportedly based on an online survey of 1,000 respondents carried out in July of this year in large… Read More

Mumbai’s Enterprise Data Management Firm GoldenSource to Create 50 New Professional Roles

GoldenSource, an independent provider of Enterprise Data Management (EDM) and Master Data Management (MDM) services, reveals that it’s creating 50 new professional jobs at its Mumbai offices. As first reported by Finextra, the new roles are being created to support GoldenSource’s expanding software product portfolio… Read More

Singapore’s SME Financing Platform Validus has Financed SGD 1 Billion in Small Business Loans

This month in August 2021, five years after issuing their very first loan to an SME borrower in Singapore, the Validus team reports reaching a notable milestone of cumulatively having financed over SGD 1 billion in SME loans via the Validus marketplace. As they look… Read More

Crypto Market Report: Funding Rates Point to Improving Investor Sentiment

The team at Blockstream, a Bitcoin-focused firm, has released its Markets Weekly Report, dated  August 20, 2021. As noted in the report from Blockstream, Bitcoin is currently on pace “to finish on the top end of this week’s range for the fifth weekly win in… Read More

Ximena Alemán: Co-CEO at Prometeo, the LatAm Fintech Leading Open Banking Adoption, Reveals how They’re Enabling Financial Inclusion

Ximena Alemán, Co-CEO at Prometeo, the Latin American (LatAm) Fintech firm that’s leading Open Banking adoption throughout the region, recently shared key industry insights with Crowdfund Insider. Prometeo recently announced the launch of Spark, which is a free-of-cost program for high-potential startups, Fintechs, as well… Read More

European Fintech iwoca Says Embedded Finance Is Vital to SME Recovery Post COVID

New data from European Fintech iwoca, one of the largest small business lenders, reveals how embedded finance will play a key role for SMEs as they try to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Timely insights “bring to life” the wide-ranging benefits of embedded finance, according… Read More

Kairi Veere from European Online Lending Platform EstateGuru Explains how to Diversify Real Estate Investment Strategy

Today, nearly a year and a half since the Coronavirus pandemic began, we have all been forced to adapt to the new environment or the “new normal” in almost every aspect of life. As at any time, there are always “winners” in the economy and… Read More

Personal and Business Clients at Commonwealth Bank Australia Can Now Use All-Digital Search Tools to Access COVID Relief Resources

Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) has reportedly upgraded its benefits finders tool in order to assist struggling businesses or companies with understanding and connecting with State and federal Coronavirus crisis support measures as the nation starts to enter a new phase of lockdowns. Implemented as… Read More

Private Debt Fundraising Remains Steady in H1 2021, Private Capital Market in Europe Growing: Report

The researchers and analysts at Pitchbook have released updated reports this month covering the global private debt market and the European private capital market. Following a “resilient” 2020, private debt fundraising has remained on a “steady course” during H1 2021, the update from PitchBook reveals… Read More

UK based Invoice Financing Platform MarketFinance Explains how SMEs May Address Late Payment Issues

UK-based MarketFinance, one of the world’s largest peer-to-peer (P2P) invoice finance platforms, notes that during the month of July 2021, new changes to the Prompt Payment Code came into effect. Announced in January of this year, the changes have been designed “to strengthen the position… Read More

Nearly 70% of Wealth Management Clients Now Expecting All-Digital Onboarding: Report

68% of wealth management customers in the post-COVID world are expecting a fully digital onboarding experience, according to an update from OneSpan, a company specializing in digital identity and anti-fraud solutions that “create exceptional and secure experiences.” OneSpan, which supports risk-based adaptive authentication and digital… Read More

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