Tagged: virtual banking

Digital Banking: Monzo, Starling, and Revolut Make it Much Easier to Open Accounts, According to a Recent Review

Many large banks in the United Kingdom appear to be falling behind their all-digital competitors when it comes to providing better overall customer service, which includes the ability to allow clients to quickly open new accounts – according to a recent review performed by Peter… Read More

Digital Banking: OCBC in Singapore Prepares for Increased Demand for Virtual Payment Services and Online Portals

The Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation, Limited (OCBC) Bank (SGX: O39), a multinational banking and financial services corporation, has revealed that it’s planning to change its branch network strategy, following the COVID-19 outbreak. OCBC, which is notably Singapore’s second-largest bank, claimed during its virtual annual general meeting… Read More

ZA Bank, Hong Kong’s First All-Digital Bank, to Offer Insurance Services through “ZA Life” and “ZA Insure”

ZA Bank, the first digital bank to officially launch in Hong Kong, has decided to expand its line of products and services by offering insurance. This, soon after ZA Bank acquired a digital-only insurer license from the Hong Kong Insurance Authority under its Fast Track… Read More

Hong Kong: Fake Websites Pop Up Targeting Emerging Virtual Banks

While more traditional financial services firms are regularly spoofed two emerging Hong Kong virtual banks have recently been targeted by scammers. Both ZA Bank and Airstar Bank have seen bogus sites posted online in an attempt to fleece unsuspecting consumers. This past weekend, Airstar posted… Read More

Digital Banking: Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, Japan’s Second-Largest Bank, Partners SBI Holdings to Offer Mobile-based Banking Services

The Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group (SMFG), which is Japan’s second-largest financial institution by market cap, will reportedly sign an agreement with SBI Holdings, a Tokyo-based financial services company group, in order to provide digital banking services via mobile devices. As reported by Nikkei on April… Read More

Digital Banking: Israel’s First Neobank, backed by Tata Consultancy Services, to Launch Next Year After Acquiring Banking License

  India-based Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. (TCS), the country’s largest multinational information technology (IT) service and consulting firm, confirmed recently that it will launch the very first all-digital bank in Israel. As previously reported, Tata’s neobank project aims to transform existing business and banking processes…. Read More

Digital Banking: Senior Citizens in Singapore are Increasingly Using Online-only Banks Due to COVID-19 Outbreak

An increasing number of consumers are now staying indoors and working from their homes, due to the deadly and highly contagious Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. There’s reportedly been a steady growth in digital wealth and online banking solutions and services are increasingly being used, even by… Read More

Digital Banking Apps in the US Experience 60% Increase in Downloads, 17% Revenue Growth in Past Month Due to COVID-19: Report

San Francisco-based AppsFlyer, a software-as-a-service (SaaS) mobile marketing analytics and attribution platform, reports a 22% increase in in-app purchases during the past two weeks. This, as US residents have begun to rely even more on their mobile devices while being stuck at home due to… Read More

Digital Banks: Over 10 Million Filipino Adults are Using Online-Only Banks, Consumers in Other Areas Increasingly Using Neobanks

Digital banks or neobanks have now been around for several years. There are many challenger banks that aim to compete with and provide better financial services than traditional banks and institutions. Conducting transactions online has become more popular due to the deadly Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak…. Read More

Indian Neobank Amica Technologies Secures $2 Million in Funding from Bedrock Capital, Hummingbird Ventures

Neobank Amica Technologies, which is managed by Jitendra Gupta, the former PayU India’s chief executive, has acquired $2 million in capital through an investment round led by two major VC firms, including UK-based Hummingbird Ventures and US-headquartered Bedrock Capital. Gupta said his company is planning… Read More

Digital Banking: AMTD International Confirms its Secondary Listing on the Mainboard of the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Ltd

AMTD International (NYSE: HKIB; SGX: HKB), which is part of the AMTD Group, an established Asian financial services conglomerate, has confirmed its secondary listing on the Mainboard of the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Ltd (the “SGX-ST”) under the ticker “HKB.” AMTD International’s listing notably marks… Read More

Australian Neobank 86 400 Secures $34 Million in Capital from Morgan Stanley, Others

Cuscal-backed digital bank 86 400 has secured $34 million in funding from its first outside investors. The Australian neobank’s Series A investment round was led by Morgan Stanley. The banking challenger has acquired a total of $90 million in capital. The bank’s latest round included… Read More

Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Bank Introduces “Haro WhatsApp” Chat Contact to Assist Customers with Digital Banking

Hong Kong-based Hang Seng Bank, a banking and financial services company, has launched a new chat contact for WhatsApp users based in the city, which is a special administrative region of the People’s Republic of China. The new chat feature aims to provide a direct… Read More

Australian Digital Bank Xinja Selects Cloud Content Management Provider Box

Xinja, a an Australian digital bank, has selected Box (NYSE:BOX), a cloud content management provider, to help with improving its client interactions through the neobank’s mobile app. Xinja clients’ bank statements and account data will be sent via a portal that’s operated and managed by… Read More

National Bank of Oman Encourages Users to Perform Contactless Payments to Prevent Further Spread of Coronavirus

National Bank of Oman (NBO), one of the largest financial institutions in the country and its first local bank, aims to raise awareness regarding the importance of practicing safe banking during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The NBO has taken several measures to ensure its clients… Read More

Digital Banking Challenger NorthOne to Waive Account Fees for Customers Most Affected by the Coronavirus

Canada-based NorthOne, an established digital bank for small businesses, has decided to waive all account fees for thousands of its customers that have been affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. NorthOne’s management confirmed that it will be offering free banking services to all businesses in… Read More

South African Billionaire Patrice Motsepe’s Company Invests $17.3 Million in Nation’s First All-Digital Bank TymeBank

African Rainbow Capital Financial Services Holdings (ARC FinHoldCo) revealed on March 19, 2020 that it has invested R300 million (appr. $17.3 million) into South Africa’s first all-digital bank TymeBank. ARC FinHoldCo has reportedly increased its stake in TymeBank to 100% during the course of the… Read More

Mobile Biometric Authentication Firm Daon to Offer Digital Identity Verification Solutions to TONIK Digital Bank

Fairfax, Virginia-based Daon announced that it will be offering essential mobile onboarding and identity verification solutions to TONIK Digital Bank, which is an all-digital bank that is expected to launch in the Philippines later this year. TONIK Bank will reportedly be using Daon’s cloud-powered IdentityX… Read More

Digital Banking: CK Hutchison’s AMTD Group, a Financial Services Group, to Spin Off Virtual Bank Business

Earlier this month, the AMTD Group, a financial services group established by CK Hutchison (a Cayman Islands–registered global conglomerate based in Hong Kong that focuses on ports and related services, retail, infrastructure, energy, and telecommunications, and operates in more than 50 countries), revealed that it’s… Read More

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