Tagged: financial services

U.S. Financial Services Startup Step Secures $50 Million Through Series B Investment Round Led By Coatue

Step, a U.S.-based financial services company built for teens and families, announced on Wednesday it secured $50 million through its Series B round, which was led by Coatue, with participation from returning investors Stripe, Crosslink Capital, Collaborative Fund, and Will Smith’s Dreamers VC. To-date, Step… Read More

There are Now 123 Fintech Startups in Vietnam and Over 4.2 Million Digital Wallet Users: Report

Vietnam’s Fintech startup ecosystem has grown significantly between 2017 and 2020, according to a new report. There were 44 Fintech-related startups in the country in 2017 and now there are at least 123 financial technology firms, Fintech News Singapore confirmed. The number of Fintechs operating… Read More

Many More UK Residents are Buying Bitcoin and Other Cryptos as British Pound falls to Lowest Level Against USD in 35 Yrs: Survey

Paxful, a leading peer-to-peer cryptocurrency marketplace, recently published the results of a survey performed with assistance from OnePoll on “the state of the financial climate” in the UK. As noted in a blog post by Paxful, sentiments include recent notions about the country’s traditional banking… Read More

Bitcoin (BTC) Outperformed Every Mainstream Asset Class in 2020, as Family Offices Look to Invest in Digital Currencies: Report

Bitcoin (BTC), the flagship cryptocurrency, is considered a legitimate store of value (SoV) by many investors, as it allows them to hedge against “expansionist monetary policies,” according to a blog post by Ledger Vault, a digital asset security solution for financial institutions, powered by Ledger… Read More

Coinbase CEO Expresses Concerns About Potential New Regulations for Self-Hosted Crypto Wallets

Brian Armstrong, Co-founder and CEO at Coinbase, the leading US-based digital asset exchange, notes that this past week, the company heard rumors that the U.S. Treasury and Secretary Mnuchin had been planning to “rush out” some new regulations for self-hosted cryptocurrency wallets  – which would… Read More

Copenhagen’s Danske Bank has Laid Off 257 Workers as it Adapts to Structural Changes in Financial Sector

Copenhagen-based Danske Bank (CPH: DANSKE), a major retail bank with more than 5 million retail customers, recently laid off 257 workers and finalized voluntary redundancy terms with another 261 employees as part of the banking service provider’s 2-year strategic overhaul of operations. The recently announced… Read More

Digital Payments Surge in 2020, while Distributed Ledger Tech is in Focus for Digital Currency Solutions, Efficiency Enhancements: Report

Capgemini has released a new report titled, Payments – Top Trends 2021: Drivers, Opportunities, and Risks Shaping Financial Services. While highlighting key Fintech trends in the payments sector, the extensive report noted that Payments-as-a-Service has gained significant “traction” among small- and mid-tier institutions. It added… Read More

Digital Assets Firm Anchorage Successfully Completes its SOC 1 Type 1 Assessment, a Marker for “Excellence” in Financial Services

Anchorage, a company that aims to help institutional clients with adopting digital assets, has announced that it has passed another significant milestone on its journey as the leading crypto-asset platform for institutional investors. Jennifer Lee, Head of Compliance at Anchorage, confirmed that the company has… Read More

UAE based Fintech BankOnUs Introduces AI enhanced Financial and Insurance Services Comparison App

UAE-based BankOnUS, a major financial services aggregator, has introduced an AI-powered app that aims to offer reliable and cost-effective financial solutions. The app allows users to access several different financial products and services from one wallet or interface. As mentioned on BankOnUs’ official website, the… Read More

UK Chancellor Rishi Sunak Says Financial Services Sector will be Key to the Nation’s Economic Recovery

UK Chancellor Rishi Sunak updated the House (on November 9, 2020) regarding ongoing plans for the country’s financial services industry, which is one of the “most productive and innovative sectors.” Sunak believes that financial services will be essential to the UK’s economic recovery from the… Read More

Australian Fintech Finspo, which Offers Aggregated View of Cost of Banking Services, to Launch Mortgage Brokering Platform

Australia-based Fintech firm Finspo, which offers an aggregated view of the cost of banking services used by consumers, has reportedly decided to branch out into the mortgage broking business. Finspo’s management has confirmed that they’ll introduce a mortgage broking capability as part of the company’s… Read More

New Zealand’s Financial Markets Authority Hires Specialists for Fintech and Environmental, Social, Corporate Governance Projects

New Zealand’s Financial Markets Authority (FMA) has hired two specialists who are focused on helping the regulator with managing and overseeing Fintech and environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) projects. Binu Paul, a Fintech entrepreneur, will be serving as Specialist Lead, Fintech. He’ll be reporting… Read More

63% of European Consumers Abandoned their Financial Applications due to Difficult Onboarding Process: Survey

Signicat, the trusted digital identity firm, has shared new research which reveals that 63% of European consumers have abandoned financial applications during the past year. Signicat’s survey was carried out in May and June 2020 which was during the Europe-wide COVID-19 lockdowns or restrictions. The… Read More

60% of Major Global Banks have Shortened Opening Hours of Branches, Many Banks Offering Fully Digital Processes: Report

Digital Banking Maturity (DBM) is a global accelerator that assists banking institutions with responding to change. Digital Banking Maturity is the largest global digital banking study, offering an extensive “outside-in ’mystery shopper’ assessment of retail banks’ digital channels and furthering discussion about future developments,” according… Read More

Cale Johnston from Fintech Firm ClickSwitch Reveals that Banking Challengers are Now Interested Only in Handling Direct Deposits

ClickSwitch, a U.S. fintech that claims it simplifies and automates the switch of direct deposits and recurring payments for financial institutions’ new and existing account holders, recently acquired $2 million through its Series B investment round led by USAA subsidiary. The investment round brings ClickSwitch’s… Read More

Banks Should Lean on Digital Footprint as Much as Physical Presence to Effectively Serve More Clients, BBVA Exec Explains

Jose Luis Elechiguerra, Head of Client Solutions at BBVA US (NYSE:BBVA), which is originally a Spanish multinational financial services company based in Madrid and Bilbao, Spain with nearly €700 billion in assets, suggests that banks should “lean on a digital footprint as much as a… Read More

Financial Services Professionals Say Lending Sector to Take A Year or Longer to Recover to Pre-COVID Levels: Survey

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the shift to digital with financial services, according to a recent report from TransUnion (NYSE:TRU), a financial services data platform and credit report provider. The report notes that the Coronavirus outbreak sent “shockwaves” through the financial services sector and has… Read More

Nasdaq CEO Adena Friedman Reveals that the Stock Exchange Is Embarking on a Cloud Centric Strategy

Adena Friedman, President and CEO of Nasdaq, the world’s second-largest stock exchange with a market cap of over $17 trillion, says that Nasdaq began transforming financial markets with the launch of the very first electronic stock market back in 1971. Friedman notes: “From day one,… Read More

Accenture to Invest $3 Billion in Fintech Initiatives that Will Help Companies become Cloud First Businesses

David Jimenez Maireles, Customer Experience Officer at TNEX, a Vietnam based digital bank, claims that despite the skeptics, banks have been “no laggard when it comes to cloud adoption.” Banks have been migrating incrementally, and today “the average bank has 58% of its workloads in… Read More

Cost of Fraud for Financial Services and Lending Firms Increased Significantly in the US and Canada: Report

LexisNexis Risk Solutions has published its latest research report, titled Risk Solutions 2020: True Cost of Fraud Study: Financial Services & Lending (for the US and Canadian financial services and lending sectors). The research report covers the different types of fraudulent activities in the lending… Read More

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