It may only be available for the flagship Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8+, and it may only be available for Korean speakers, but Samsung are taking big strides towards making voice controlled banking a reality. Read more
The fifth edition of FinTechCity’s Fintech50 was announced today. The list is compiled by selected industry experts and celebrates innovation across a wide range of disruptive financial services companies.
The first list was published back in 2012, when fintech was a nascent industry that was just beginning to find its feet. Today, the Fintech50 contains a multitude of companies that are fast becoming household names. Read more
If you have been wondering what the latest big trend in Fintech is, wonder no more. It’s the “Regulatory Sandbox”.
What is a regulatory sandbox? Essentially, it’s a strategy being adopted by different governments and regulatory authorities in order to encourage young Fintech startups to experiment with new products, services, and systems, without having to worry about breaking the law. Read more
A few years back when people referred to “digital currencies” it would be safe to assume that they were referring to bitcoin – but not any longer.
Literally hundreds of digital currencies have flooded the market since the blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology emerged as potentially the future of the financial services industry. Read more
Zopa first launched in 2005 as a peer-to-peer lending site. Since then, it has lent over £1.8 billion and helped its lenders earn more than £75m of interest.
The company says it has “built a profitable, scalable and viable business”, but now, subject to regulatory approval, it wants to “launch a next generation bank to complement our existing peer-to-peer products.” Read more
Whilst the world’s media obsess about Fintech and Blockchain technology, it’s easy to forget that SWIFT, The Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication to call it by its full name, still rules the financial messaging roost.
In fact, SWIFT has been the top dog for nearly 40 years – since it was first founded, in 1973 with the support of 239 banks in 15 different countries.
API stands for Application Programming Interface. In the banking world, APIs can be used by “third party” developers to access data stored by banks.
A good example would be where a third party developer, say a credit reference agency, could use APIs to access somebody’s credit history, allowing them to make a more informed judgment about whether the applicant constituted a credit risk.
But there are plenty of other ways that an API can be used. For example, an app developer could use an API to offer customers a real-time view of the money they are spending using a bank card, by requesting access to a users’ bank account and downloading the information.
Banks and wire transfer services charge too much in fees and offer the least favourable exchange rates
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.
But what many people don’t realise is that because of the monopoly that the banks, and these two transfer agencies had on the market, they were able to charge unnecessarily high fees, as well as offering you a price that did not accurately reflect the current value of a currency.
There are all sorts of reasons for sending money abroad. But whether it’s for business purposes; paying the wages of an overseas employee, for example; personal, buying a property or sending money to a new country before relocating there; or family, paying for a son’s or daughter’s education perhaps; the same rules apply when searching for the right service.
Let’s take a look at the 5 things to look out for before making a transfer. It pays, literally, to plan in advance, take your time, and consider all the options available to you. You might be surprised how many there are.
Blockchain; $107m Investment Round For R3 Group – But Signs Of A Major Issue For Distributed Ledger Tech?
R3’s fundraising largest ever for a blockchain / distributed ledger technology provider – yet people are talking about banks that didn’t invest.
The blockchain is what made Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) famous, but now imitation platforms and services are springing up everywhere
The latest major force is R3, an independent group developing innovative DLT for finance services, such as trading, or international money transfers. Read more
Ria Money Transfer offering Indian customers chance to win 100 grams of gold.
The country of India is the world’s largest market for receiving migrant remittances. It’s no surprise therefore, that Ria Money Transfer is making a concerted effort to increase market share in the region.
Ria will provide its new Gold Standard service using a network of 3 leading local agents. Weizmann Forex Limited, Paul Merchants Limited and Transcorp International Limited have all agreed to become partners. Read more
There may be all kinds of reasons why you might want to transfer money to Malaysia. You may be a Malaysian living overseas who wants to send their money back home to relatives. You may be a business paying a Malaysian supplier, or setting up an office there. Perhaps you want to pay for a holiday in advance, or pay ahead for some tuition. You may be buying a property there.
Well, we can’t find you a flat in downtown Kuala Lumpur, but we can help you on the currency side – by showing you how easy it can be to transfer money overseas. Read more
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
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
As of 2013, the Russian Government introduced fines to Russian nationals on any transaction where money was sent to overseas bank accounts. The fines could range from 75% – 100% of any transfer to a foreign account if the transfer did not go through a Russian bank account. Those most affected were people renting flats in foreign cities or those that received payments for freelance work from non-Russian firms. The thought process behind these fines, was that it would help the government in their quest to stop capital flight and fight corruption. Read more