The Japanese government are set to make it easier for the country’s fintech startups to trial new services and technology. Their financial authorities are introducing a pro-innovation sandbox that will offer firms the opportunity to conduct regulator-free trials.
A government agency will review proposals from developers and startup fintech firms. If granted approval, the developers will be given a limited time to run experiments within the sandbox. Read more
The battle to be the best overseas money transfer service is hotting up.
Revolut, has announced that it is scrapping its 0.5% fee on all international money transfers under £5,000 pounds sterling.
The 2-year-old fintech startup has raised more than $15m from well-known London VCs such as Index Ventures and Balderton Capital. Read more
London based money transfer service WorldRemit will join forces with Moroccan financial services company Wafacash to allow customers to send remittances for collection at Wafacash’ 1,620 stores in Morocco.
There are more than 8 million Moroccans currently living overseas, and 7% of Morocco’s GDP is made up of remittance payments, according to the World Bank. Read more
Remember when all you would hear during the ad breaks for your favourite television programme would be “there’s an app for that”.
This was a few years ago now, when apps were brand new and the likes of Apple, Google and Samsung wanted you to learn all about these mysterious new widgets that could solve your everyday problems at a cinch. Read more
The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and its Hong Kong equivalent, the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) have signed a co-operation agreement that will promote information sharing between the two regions, and introduce a referral system that will make it easier for approved, UK based fintech startups to set up operations in Hong Kong, and vice versa. Read more
Borderless bank accounts for sole-traders, SMEs and freelancers will reduce cost of sending money to different countries.
TransferWise have taken the ground-breaking, but entirely logical step of introducing “borderless” bank accounts for freelancers, businesses and sole traders who need to frequently conduct cross border trades and payments. Read more
Earlier this year, bitcoin backers were celebrating because the crypto currency burst through the psychologically important $1,000 dollar mark. What must they be thinking now?
Bitcoin stormed past the $2,000 mark this week on news that the Japanese and Chinese governments are making plans for the long-term integration of digital currencies into their banking systems, and because of the significantly enhanced reputation of digital currencies as a whole. Read more
Fintech giant is rapidly becoming a global force.
Ant Financial is the wholly owned subsidiary of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd; the fintech arm of the Chinese ecommerce giant that raised a staggering $4.5 billion in Series B funding back in April 2016, in a round led by the China Construction Bank, China Investment Corporation and China Development Industrial Bank. Read more
1. Beware Phishing Scams – Don’t Open Attachments Without Thoroughly Vetting The Sender;
Phishing scams; emails that purport to be from a known and trusted source but are actually sent by hackers trying to persuade you to open an attachment, are commonplace today.
Email is a favoured means of attack for hackers because it is so universal, and we tend to open emails and attachments without thinking twice. In the past year, phishing scams have sent highly convincing fake Apple iTunes purchase statements and HMRC notifications, and then there are emails from friends’ accounts which have been hacked, inviting you to open attachments which contain viruses. Read more
Last week, as we all know by now, the world was rocked by one of the largest ‘hacks’ in history. Known as WannaCry, the ransomware was released by a hacking group known as the Shadow Brokers.
The hack came to the world’s attention when up to 36 hospitals in the UK were locked out of their computer systems, with a ransom demanded – to be paid in bitcoins – or, the virus warned, the data, which included patient records, would be wiped altogether. Read more
It may have been a long time coming, given that Apple Pay has been available for more than two years, and Android Pay for more than 1 year, but Samsung Pay has finally arrived in the UK.
Samsung have been experimenting with different ways to convince its users that it is more than just a mobile device provider, in order to generate additional revenue streams, and Samsung Pay could be the solution. Read more
They may be marketed as convenient, flash, and “rewarding”, but in reality, the credit card trap is one you don’t want to fall into unless you can pay back everything you owe, every month, on time, and without bringing other accounts overdrawn. Which of us, hand on heart, can promise this, especially when there are temptations everywhere, from fashion to food, travel, gadgets, and a million and one subscription based services? Read more
Donald Trump’s blanket ban on Somalian citizens travelling to the US has made it harder for the 250,000 Somalis based in America to send money back home, reports Mareeg.com. Read more
There is nothing quite like WeChat in the Western World – not even the likes of Facebook can compete with the number and range of services the platform offers to its 800m, mostly Chinese, users. Read more
The Digital Banking Report have released their sixth annual survey into Retail Banking Trends & Predictions; removing friction from the customer journey is the no. 1 concern. Read more
If you are a follower of the financial news media, you are probably aware that how people are sending money abroad is changing.
The most common ways to send money abroad at the turn of the decade would have been to either use a money transfer agency like Western Union or Ria, or to visit your high-street bank and send your money through them.
Dovetail, a financial payments and liquidity management firm with offices in London, the US, Canada and Ireland, has announced that it has successfully completed business level flow testing with the EBA Clearing Pan-European instant payment infrastructure platform. Read more
In what seems a bizarre, unprecedented and surely unpopular move, Alabama congressman Mike Rogers announced on April 21st the introduction of a bill that will impose a 2% fee on all remittances made from the US to Latin American and Caribbean countries, in order to pay for the Mexico / US border wall promised by President Donald Trump.
The Border Wall Funding Act, or HR 1813, to give it its official title, has now been referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security. Read more
Ria is the third largest provider of Money Transfer services worldwide, with more than 300,000 locations worldwide, whilst Prudential bank has a strong footprint in Ghana, so the deal makes sense.
The announcement was made last week and a launch ceremony held in Accra, Ghana’s capital. Read more
The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) have secured a coup by persuading TransferWise, the peer-to-peer money transfer service headquartered in London, to choose the city as its new hub for the Asia Pacific region. Read more