Tagged: covid-19

Silicon Valley Fintech Unicorn Brex Lays Off 62 Workers, Will “Restructure” Operations After Recently Raising $150 Million

San Francisco-based Brex, a company focused on developing B2B financial products, recently acquired $150 million in capital, in order to further strengthen its existing balance sheet and help it maintain operations during the COVID-19 outbreak. Now, the company has announced (on May 29) that it… Read More

Southeast Asia’s Largest Lender, the Bank Central Asia, Reports 91% Annual Increase in Mobile Banking Transactions Following COVID-19

Bank Central Asia, or BCA, (PT Bank Central Asia Tbk), an Indonesian bank that overtook Singapore’s DBS Bank (in 2016) as Southeast Asia’s largest lender by value, with a market cap of about $24.5 billion, has reported a significant increase in its digital banking transactions… Read More

Privacy-oriented Brave Browser Inroduces End-to-End Encrypted Video Conferencing, could Compete with Zoom

Privacy-oriented Brave Browser, which rewards users in Basic Attention Tokens (BAT), is now supporting in-browser video calls. These calls are reportedly protected by end-to-end encryption, which may become a standard feature given that WhatsApp calls and communication also uses end-to-end encryption. The encrypted video service… Read More

Digital Transformation: Only 40% of Consumers Expect to Visit Physical Bank Branches After COVID-19, a Survey by Fintech Novantas Reveals

The month of April 2020 saw a dramatic 200% surge in the number of new mobile banking registrations, meanwhile, mobile banking traffic increased by 85%, according to data from Fidelity National Information Services (FIS). The significant increase in mobile-based transactions may be attributed to the… Read More

COVID-19 Impact on Online Lending: Report

The online lending industry has probably suffered more than any other sector of Fintech during the COVID-19 crisis. Borrowers, both businesses and consumers have paused payments in droves. Many individuals have lost their jobs. Businesses have shuttered, some permanently. While many governments have moved swiftly… Read More

LendingClub Adds COVID-19 Help Center for Members, Adds New Services for Challenging Economic Environment

  LendingClub (NYSE:LC), an online lending marketplace and emerging digital bank, has announced the launch of the “Member Center,” a centralized location for users to find assistance and support to better manage their financial lives during the COVID-19 crisis. Early one, when the Coronavirus first… Read More

HM Treasury Appointed Fintech Envoy to N. Ireland, Andrew Jenkins, Predicts Financial Tech Sector to Create Many New Jobs

Andrew Jenkins, the HM Treasury appointed Fintech Envoy for Northern Ireland, has argued that the financial technology industry could help create many new jobs in the next few years in Northern Ireland. While speaking to the Stormont Economy Committee on Fintech in N. Ireland, Jenkins… Read More

San Francisco based Fintech Fundbox, a B2B Payment and Credit Network Provider, Receives Investment from Japan’s MUFG

Fundbox, a Fintech firm focused on “disrupting” the global $21 trillion B2B commerce ecosystem with its payment and credit network for B2B transactions, confirmed on May 26, 2020, that it received a fresh equity investment from MUFG Innovation Partners Co., Ltd., the corporate VC division… Read More

UK Fintech SumUp Launches Payment Tools to Help Businesses Conduct Operations while Observing Social Distancing Measures Due to COVID-19

UK-headquartered payments service company SumUp has launched an online payment tool to help businesses conduct operations while observing social distancing measures, following the COVID-19 outbreak. As noted in a release shared with CI, SumUp’s latest solution is part of the Fintech firm’s efforts to enter… Read More

The “Future Is Bright” for Qatar’s Fintech Firms that can Survive COVID-19 and Partner with Incumbents, According to Financial Services Professional

Fintech adoption in Qatar is on the rise, as more consumers are making digital or online payments, instead of using cash due to COVID-19. The nation’s residents have been asked to follow safe distancing measures in order to prevent the further spread of the Coronavirus…. Read More

Quebec’s Autorité des Marchés Financiers (AMF) to Award Grants to Researchers Studying Impact of COVID-19 on Fintech Ecosystem

The Fintech AMF – Finance Montreal Research Chair is actively looking for initiatives that explore the potential impact of COVID-19 on the Fintech industry, the Autorité des marchés financiers, or AMF (Quebec’s financial regulator), has confirmed. There are reportedly eight different research grants that will be… Read More

Bank App Utilization Up, Bank Branch Utilization Down. Will We Ever Go Back?

  Do we need bank branches? No, not really, because old habits can be difficult to break. But the ongoing pandemic is accelerating a digital transformation that was already in play. Fintechs, or Fintech in general, is a big winner in this transformation as populations… Read More

China’s Big Lenders and Fintech Firms to Distribute Virtual Yuan Tokens, which will be Highly Traceable, Potentially Amplifying Government’s Power: Report

Andy Mukherjee argues in a recently published Op-Ed in the Washington Post that the virtual yuan could potentially transform “the relationship between money, economic power, and geopolitical clout.” The digital renminbi has been under development since 2014. Its top-level design was recently finalized and its… Read More

London Is at the “Forefront” of Supporting and Building the “Next Generation” of Fintech Leaders, According to nCino Executive

Ed Lane, VP of Sales for the EMEA region at nCino, a US-based cloud banking provider, has argued that the United Kingdom still leads the evolving global digital banking sector. Lane, who has previously served in senior management roles at Oracle and Salesforce, writes that… Read More

UK’s NatWest Reports Significant Increase in Local Businesses Accepting Payment Cards, as they Move Away from Cash Due to COVID-19

Consumers across the globe continue to increasingly use digital payments options instead of physical cash, due to COVID-19. NatWest claims that it has witnessed a significant increase in UK businesses that are now ready to accept payment cards. The lender notes that 70% of local… Read More

Another Digital Bank to Launch in the Philippines, as Government Aims to Offer Virtual Banking Services to Filipinos Working Abroad

An increasing number of transactions are being conducted online by the residents of the Philippines due to COVID-19. The nation’s government has confirmed that it will launch a branchless bank that will offer services to Filipinos working and living abroad. The digital bank will also… Read More

Digitally Advanced Southeast Asian Banks Expected to Accelerate Digital Transformation Strategies Due to COVID-19: Report

Southeast Asian banks will most likely accelerate their digital transformation initiatives, due to the COVID-19 outbreak and changing consumer behavior resulting from safe distancing measures and lockdowns. Incumbents could be challenged more than ever before, as they might struggle to offer the same level of… Read More

European Regulators Only Issued 34 Payment Institution and E-Money Licenses During First 5 Months of 2020, and 131 Such Permits During Same Period in 2019

The global economy has slowed down considerably during the past few months due to COVID-19. Many businesses and industries have been negatively affected, including financial services providers. The pandemic has destabilized private capital markets. Investments in new initiatives and early-stage companies have decreased significantly. During… Read More

Lex Sokolin: Global Fintech Co-Head and CMO at ConsenSys Predicts Greater Convergence Between Fintechs and Incumbents in Coming Years

We recently talked to Lex Sokolin, the Global Fintech Co-Head and CMO at ConsenSys, a leading Ethereum (ETH) development studio based in New York. Before joining ConsenSys, Sokolin was the Global Director of Fintech Strategy at Autonomous Research, a firm that was eventually acquired by… Read More

Prosper Quarterly Report Provides Insight into Operations in a Coronavirus Economy

Late last week, Prosper Marketplace filed its first-quarter report on operations and the document provides some insight into how the marketplace lender is faring during an economic landscape impacted by the Coronavirus. Overall, Prosper has originated $17.1 billion since platform inception through March 31, 2020…. Read More

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