Tagged: virtual banking

Hong Kong based Digital Bank WeLab Opens 10,000 New Customer Accounts Just 10 days After Launch

WeLab Bank recently confirmed the public launch of its digital banking services. It’s notably the only stand-alone firm to acquire a virtual bank license from the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA), the city-state’s de facto central bank that’s also responsible for promoting the efficiency, integrity… Read More

CBDCs: China’s Virtual Yuan or Digital Currency Electronic Payment (DCEP) System to be Introduced in Hong Kong’s Greater Bay Area

China’s virtual yuan (CBDC), which is also referred to as digital currency electronic payment (DCEP), will reportedly be introduced for testing in Hong Kong’s Greater Bay Area within the next few weeks. The Greater Bay Area is a megapolis that includes nine major cities (Guangzhou,… Read More

Challenger Banks See Declining Number of App Downloads, as Consumers Go to Incumbents for their Stability, Familiarity, Fintech Exec Explains

Ian Bradbury, CTO for Financial Services, Fujitsu UK, has surprisingly claimed that the COVID-19 outbreak has “changed very little” when it comes to the Fintech and the larger financial sector, in general. He argues that the financial industry’s digital and systemic transformation had already begun,… Read More

WeLab Bank Introduces its Digital Banking Platform in Hong Kong’s Competitive Fintech Sector

WeLab Bank has confirmed the public launch of its digital banking services. WeLab Bank is notably the only stand-alone firm to acquire a virtual bank license from the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA), the city-state’s de facto central bank that’s also responsible for promoting the… Read More

SingPass, a Facial Recognition Solution for ID Verification, Will be Used by Singapore’s DBS Bank for Digital Onboarding

Singapore based DBS Bank Ltd, (SGX: D05), a multinational banking and financial services corporation with over $330 billion in assets, has teamed up with the Government Technology Agency of Singapore (GovTech) to test out the SingPass face verification technology system. DBS Bank aims to attract… Read More

Stuart Sopp, CEO at Digital Bank Current, Explains Why It’s Critical to Assist Low Wage Earners, Especially During COVID-19

Stuart Sopp, founder and CEO at digital bank Current, has previously noted that the COVID-19 outbreak has shown how his company serves employees whose roles are considered essential during the global pandemic. In June 2020, Sopp had confirmed that Current would remain focused on spending,… Read More

Core Banking Modernization Firm NYMBUS Partners Digital Payments Company Payrailz to Enhance its Cloud Banking Products

NYMBUS, a core banking modernization firm, has teamed up with digital payments company Payrailz in order to enhance its cloud-powered “Smart Ecosystem” of digital-first banking products and services. NYMBUS aims to serve as an effective alternative to the legacy business model. The company plans to… Read More

Netherlands’ Digital Banking Solution Provider Backbase to Establish New Offices in Melbourne and Sydney

Virtual banking service provider Backbase is planning to establish two new offices in order to meet growing demand for its products in Australia, where digital banking platforms are expected to expand rapidly in the coming years. Backbase will be offering greater proximity and expertise in… Read More

Digital Banking Platform Tonik Acquires $21 Million in Capital for Q3 2020 Launch in the Philippines

Tonik Financial Pte Ltd, a company planning to launch a digital bank in the Philippines, has reportedly secured $21 million in capital through a Series A equity funding round.  The round was led by major blue-chip venture capital investors, including Sequoia India and Point72 Ventures…. Read More

Neobanks can Provide Same Financial Services as Incumbents for a Third of the Cost, Fintech Executive Explains

The Fintech sector continues to attract significant investments across the Middle East and Europe. However, the world is currently trying to cope with the socio-economic challenges created by the deadly COVID-19 outbreak. Competition in the Fintech space has been increasing steadily, with many new startups… Read More

Digital Banking: Six Million or 12% of UK Consumers have Switched to Virtual Banking Services Following COVID-19 Outbreak

Retail sales in the UK have surged dramatically from 16% to 27% of all sales in the country. Tony Moroney, managing partner at, Beta Digital Ltd, predicts: “The end of main street is nigh.” Moroney notes that Amazon’s retail sales surged 26% during Q1 2020,… Read More

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

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