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VC Funding for Fintechs Is Down, but Large Banks are “Quietly” Investing in Financial Tech Startups: Report

Venture capital funding for Fintech firms is down, however, large banks are “quietly” investing in startups, according to a report published by S&P Global Market Intelligence. VC funding available for Fintech companies may have declined due to the COVID-19 pandemic, however, established European banks are… Read More

iCapital Network Appoints Marco Bizzozero & Tom Slocock to Accelerate European & Asian Expansions

  iCapital Network, a fintech providing access to alternative investments, announced on Monday it has appointed Marco Bizzozero and Tom Slocock to Accelerate its Expansion in Europe and Asia.  iCapital reported that Bizzozero will join iCapital on December 1st as Head of International and a… Read More

“Future Relevance” for Traditional Banks Is No Longer based on Digital Payments Alone: Report

The data economy of the Internet has led to most interactions becoming a transaction, according to a report from InnoPay, a consultancy firm specializing in digital transactions. The report notes that “future relevance” for traditional banking institutions is “no longer based on payments alone.” The… Read More

VAIOT Becomes First Digital Asset Regulated by the Malta Financial Services Authority

  VAIOT has become the first digital asset to be regulated by the Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA) falling under the Maltese Virtual Financial Assets Act (VFAA), according to a note from the company. VAIOT seeks to enable both businesses and consumers to utilize a… Read More

UK’s Open Banking Firm TrueLayer to Expand Business Operations into Australian Markets

TrueLayer, a computer software firm that enables companies to capitalize on new Open Banking initiatives in the UK, will be expanding its operations into Australian markets. TrueLayer has hired Brenton Charnley to lead its expansion into Australia’s Fintech sector. Charnley is the founder of Alpha39… Read More

More than Half of European SMEs May Shut Down Permanently in Next 12 Months Due to Challenges Created by COVID: Report

The COVID-19 pandemic has negatively impacted the operations of small businesses across the globe. European SMEs are the lifeblood of the region’s economy and a recent report claims that nearly half of these companies might shut down within the next 12 months. According to research… Read More

Ledger Vault Chosen by Societe Generale-Forge to Offer Security Services for its Central Bank Digital Currency or CBDC Tests

Ledger Vault, a cold or offline storage solution provider for digital assets, has reportedly been chosen by France’s Societe Generale-Forge to offer security solutions for its central bank digital currency (CBDCs) project. As noted by the Ledger Vault team, Societe Generale-Forge, the digital capital markets… Read More

Large Financial Institutions in Poland Continue to Lead Innovative Fintech Projects as They have Substantial Resources: Report

The Polish banking industry is an “open system” according to a new report. Two of the 10 largest banks in the country (mBank SA and Alior Bank SA) have entered the nation’s financial market quite recently. mBank SA was launched in 2000 and Alior Bank… Read More

UK Fintech Modulr Reveals that its Dublin based Entity Is Now Licensed as EMI by Central Bank of Ireland

UK-based Modulr, a Payments as a Service API Platform for digital businesses, has revealed that its Dublin-based entity is now licensed as an electronic money institution (EMI) by the Central Bank of Ireland. The Modulr team noted: “This is an important step in enabling our… Read More

Open Banking Survey from ING Reveals that what Consumers Say and Do with Finances aren’t Necessarily the Same

What consumers might say and what actions they take when it comes to sharing personal financial data (via Open Banking) are two different things, ING Bank notes. Although there are many tools to help improve our financial lives, the findings of an ING global survey… Read More

British Retail Consortium Accuses Mastercard and Visa of Charging Excessive Fees during COVID-19 Pandemic

Visa and Mastercard are being accused of charging “excessive” fees during the COVID-19 crisis. British retail groups are claiming that the scheme fees being charged by the payment companies have nearly doubled during the past 2 years. Retail groups in the UK have noted that… Read More

Oliver Gajda of the European Crowdfunding Network: An 8 Year Journey for Harmonized Crowdfunding Rules

Earlier this month, the European Union approved new crowdfunding rules, including a €5 million funding cap, that will apply to all member states finally creating a pan-European approach to online capital formation. Currently, the securities crowdfunding market in Europe struggles under bespoke national rules that… Read More

Digital Banking Provider Monese Announces New Strategic European Partnership With Mastercard

  Pan-European digital banking provider Monese announced on Monday it has formed a new European strategic partnership with financial giant Mastercard. Monese reported that through the collaboration, it will become a principal Mastercard issuer. While sharing more details about the partnership, Norris Koppel, Founder and… Read More

50% of Financial Services Professionals Want to Continue Working from Home Following COVID Outbreak: Report

The COVID-19 crisis has led to major changes in how financial services professionals prefer to do their jobs in the future. Around 50% of workers in the financial sector say they would like to keep working from the comfort of their home for at least… Read More

Online Lender October Is Expecting its Lenders’ Returns to be Impacted Negatively due to COVID-19 Crisis

Marc Sebag, the Chief Risk Officer at October, a top European online lender, had answered important questions last year (in June 2019) about defaults and the continuous improvements that the platform makes to its scoring model. The October team acknowledges that the COVID-19 outbreak has… Read More

UK based P2P Lender RateSetter Is Reportedly Struggling to Process Withdrawal Requests from Investors

An investor has reportedly been attempting to get her funds out of one of the UK’s largest peer to peer (P2P) lending platforms, RateSetter, since August 2020. According to a report from the Guardian, the investor (Michelle Johnson) was told by RateSetter’s management that her… Read More

French Mobile Payments Firm Lydia Selects Tink as its Open Banking Partner

French Paytech firm Lydia has teamed up with Tink in order to enable Open Banking connectivity. Lydia’s mobile payment app will be using Tink’s open banking tech to access PSD2 APIs across Europe. Tink and Lydia will be working cooperatively to improve bank account connectivity… Read More

European Banking Authority to Allow Banks to Include Software based Assets in their Capital Requirement Estimates

The European Banking Authority, a regulatory body of the European Union that’s headquartered in Paris, has revealed plans to allow banks to include software-based assets in their capital requirement calculations. This should help lenders with strengthening their safety buffers, the agency noted. At present, banking… Read More

Germans are Not Using Banking Apps as Much as Expected, but Are Using Online Trading Apps More Frequently After COVID: Report

A recent Fintech study reveals that digital banking apps are now beginning to lag behind online trading apps (in Germany) which grew by 140%. Despite the COVID-19 outbreak, German consumers have not been using mobile banking apps as much as expected, according to a study… Read More

Polish Fintech Symmetrical.ai, which helps Employees Maintain Financial Wellbeing, has been Issued Small Payment Institution License

Polish-British Fintech Symmetrical.ai, which helps employees maintain financial well-being, has been issued a small payment institution license. The company said that the new permit should allow it to make Symmetrical-backed salaries “even faster, more flexible, and empowering.” Currently, there are 69 different small payment institutions… Read More

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