10 Unexpected FinTech Developments Of 2017 (& What They Mean For The Industry)

Fintech is now one of the world’s best-known startup buzzwords, and with good reason.

The fusion of the finance and technology industries has been a long time coming – some might say too long – but now that the union has happened, sparks have really begun to fly. Read more “10 Unexpected FinTech Developments Of 2017 (& What They Mean For The Industry)”

Is Santander’s 100% Digital Openbank A Template For The Bank Of The Future?

Santander launched its latest product, the “100% digital” OpenBank last week amidst much fanfare and some bold new features and promises. Currently it is only available in Spain, but is expected to be rolled out internationally soon.

So, after 15 months in the making, and having been re-built from scratch, is this re-launched product of Santander’s a blueprint for the way the bank accounts of the future will operate? Read more “Is Santander’s 100% Digital Openbank A Template For The Bank Of The Future?”

TerraPay & Yes Bank Partnership Allows Migrants To Make Real-Time Money Transfers To India

India is the world’s largest receiver of remittance inflows; some $62.7 billion was sent in 2016-17 – more than the total Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) into the country.

Now, thanks to a partnership between mobile payments provider TerraPay and private sector lender Yes Bank, India’s diaspora will be able to make instant cross-border money transactions into the country.

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A Goldman Sachs-backed Digital Payments Startup Just Launched A Fee-Free Money Transfer Service

It seems we may well be heading towards a world where, when sending money internationally, the only thing we need to concern ourselves with is the exchange rate – because transaction fees are rapidly being consigned to history.

Starting from today, Circle, a money transfer service and app that allows its users to ping money to one another using a mobile messaging service, is introducing fee-free person-to-person (P2P) money transfer services for users in the UK, Spain, and the US. Read more “A Goldman Sachs-backed Digital Payments Startup Just Launched A Fee-Free Money Transfer Service”

The 5 Best New Services For Sending Money Abroad

Over the past few years, thanks to the rise of a number of disruptive Financial Technology, otherwise known as FinTech businesses, it has become far easier, and cheaper to send money overseas.

Until recently most of us would have used either a wire transfer agency, such as Western Union or Ria Money Transfer, or a high street bank to send money internationally, but there were 3 major drawbacks to this approach. Read more “The 5 Best New Services For Sending Money Abroad”

This year’s Fintech50 Announced – UK Startups Dominate Disruptive List

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 “This year’s Fintech50 Announced – UK Startups Dominate Disruptive List”

Bahrain Latest Country To Introduce A “Regulatory Sandbox” To Test Emerging Fintech

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 “Bahrain Latest Country To Introduce A “Regulatory Sandbox” To Test Emerging Fintech”

eToro Unveils New Pilot Blockchain Wallet For Digital Currencies At SPIEF

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 “eToro Unveils New Pilot Blockchain Wallet For Digital Currencies At SPIEF”

Zopa Receives £32 Million From New Backers To Build “Next Generation” Bank

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 “Zopa Receives £32 Million From New Backers To Build “Next Generation” Bank”

Monetary Authority Singapore Successfully Tests Digital Dollar With R3, Big Banks

The Monetary Authority Singapore MAS) and a consortium of big banks including Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Credit Suisse, DBS Bank Ltd, HSBC, J.P. Morgan and Mitsubishi UFJ Group have successfully produced a digital representation of the Singapore dollar for interbank settlement.

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SWIFT Fights Trend Towards Fintech Alternatives With Launch Of GPI Cross-Border Payments Tracker

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.

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What are APIs And How Do Fintech Firms Use Them?

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.

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Hidden Fees & Unfair Exchange Rates; Why Do Bank’s Charge So Much For Sending Your Money Abroad?

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.

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