Tagged: digital financial services

Lithuania Reserve Bank Governor Says Fintech Should Provide Competition for Nation’s Financial Services Sector

Lithuania, which has one of the fastest-evolving Fintech sectors in the EU, is experiencing a transformative shift from traditional banking service providers, a trend that’s being supported by the growing number of digital transactions and the launch of new virtual payments startups. The Baltic nation,… Read More

Islamic Banking Penetration Could Increase in Oman with Greater Use of Fintech to Serve Clients: Report

Fitch Ratings reports that the Islamic banking ecosystem in Oman is expected to continue growing during 2021-2022 after rather strong momentum last year. This, despite the COVID-19 outbreak and historically low oil prices, Fitch Ratings noted. Islamic financing in the MENA region country expanded by… Read More

Tax Preparation Firm H&R Block Is Reportedly Planning to Offer Digital Financial Services to Middle-Income Households

Tax preparation service provider H&R Block had been working with external banking platforms, however, the company is now planning to offer digital financial services to middle-income US households. The Kansas City headquartered company has been focused on supporting its clients by helping them deposit their… Read More

Reserve Bank of India Governor: Local Fintech Startups May Compete with to Offer Digital Financial Services

Digital payments in India are being increasingly adopted by businesses and individual consumers. Online lending platforms are also becoming more popular in the country that’s home to around 1.5 billion residents. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has introduced several initiatives that are aimed at… Read More

Open Banking May Lead to New Revenue Streams for Financial Service Providers, PaymentComponents Reveals

The team at PaymentComponents, a UK-based firm that’s empowering Open Banking with agile PSD2 and API frameworks (developing solutions for banks, corporates, and developers including BaaS while supporting Fintech payments), notes that Open Banking could translate into additional revenue streams for financial institutions and other… Read More

Fintech Firms in Pakistan Continue to Receive In-Principle Approval from State Bank to Offer Digital Financial Services

Supported by an upcoming generation of talented tech professionals, the Fintech industry is evolving rapidly in Pakistan. Fintechs could begin to make major contributions to the Asian country’s nearly $400 billion GDP. Professionals leading the country’s finance ministry and its reserve bank (the State Bank… Read More

Banking Circle Survey: 42% of Senior Bankers Say Outdated Tech Is Major Hurdle in Adopting AI to Improve AML Processes

Banking Circle, a financial infrastructure developer, notes that the rapid and widespread digital adoption by banking clients, and the accelerated digitalization across financial services following the COVID-19 outbreak have “expanded the opportunity for fraud.” Criminals are increasingly exploiting “gaps” found between digital solutions or platforms,… Read More

New Immigrants Arriving in the US Don’t have Established Credit Histories, Preventing them from Accessing Many Financial Services, Fintech Execs Explain

Immigrants who might not have an established credit history may be able to take advantage of advancements in Fintech that provide tools to help these people become homeowners and gain employment as well, according to industry professionals. As first report by CQ Roll Call, new… Read More

Switzerland’s Fintech Sector Continues to Grow but Certain Segments have been Stalling: Report

Although the Swiss Fintech sector continued to grow last year, a closer examination suggests that certain segments showed signs of stalling or becoming a bit stagnant. It’s one of the main findings of this year’s Fintech research study by the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences… Read More

UK Research and Innovation Initiative to Invest £153M in Quantum Tech which will Significantly Impact Financial Services

The UK government, via the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), is planning to invest £153 million, in order to create new products and services that are based on recent advancements in quantum technologies. Quantum tech is expected to have a major impact on the financial… Read More

Fintech Unicorn Brex Explains how Digital Commerce Startups can Scale Operations by Selling Wholesale

Silicon Valley-based Fintech Unicorn Brex recently explained how selling wholesale can help your business expand its operations. Brex notes that many digital commerce business owners start out quite small: an online shop or retail location, a “handful of new products” and perhaps a couple of… Read More

Kraken Bank CEO David Kinitsky Provides Glimpse into How He’s Planning to Set Up Operations, As Company Might Acquire More Funding

First revealed in September 2020, digital asset exchange Kraken is now hard at work “gearing up” to introduce Kraken Bank. The Kraken team notes in a blog post that this new venture is expected to improve the landscape for Bitcoin (BTC) and other digital currency… Read More

European Central Bank Issues Specialized Banking License to Lithuania-based Firm UAB SME Digital Financing

After a proposal from the Bank of Lithuania, the European Central Bank (ECB) has reportedly issued a specialized banking license to the Lithuanian capital company UAB SME Digital Financing. It’s now expected that after acquiring such a permit, UAB SME Digital Financing will begin accepting… Read More

Banking Challengers Starling and Branch Provide Reasons to Break Up with Your Old Bank

UK-based digital banking challenger Starling notes that bad relationships can be a lot of hard work. The Fintech firm has provided several reasons why it may be a good idea to “cut the ties” with your regular bank and “fall in love with easy, responsible… Read More

Bitcoin Is “Extremely Inefficient” when Used to Settle Financial Transactions, US Treasury Sec Janet Yellen Argues

US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen stated on Monday (February 22, 2021) that Bitcoin is an “extremely inefficient” way to settle financial transactions. Yellen commented on how the digital currency’s price fell sharply (as usual) during morning trading hours, but then stayed above the $53,000 mark… Read More

Nina Stoyanova from Bulgarian National Bank Says Digital Technologies have Improved the Financial Services and Payments Sector

Nina Stoyanova, Deputy Governor and Head of the Banking Department of the Bulgarian National Bank, has noted that digital technologies have significantly changed the financial services provision business, and the payment sector is “the leader in this trend.” Stoyanova notes that the overall speed of… Read More

Global Neobank Zolve Secures $15 Million in Capital via a Seed Round led by Accel and Lightspeed

Global digital bank Zolve has secured $15 million in capital through a seed funding round that was led by Accel & Lightspeed. Others who took part in Zolve’s investment round include Blume Ventures and several angel investors: Dr. Ashish Gupta (ex-Helion MD), Greg Kidd (angel… Read More

Fintech Firm Blend Explains how Relationship Banking can be “Reframed” for an “Increasingly Digital” Environment following COVID Outbreak

San Francisco-based Blend, which claims to offer market-leading digital lending technology that makes the process of acquiring a loan simpler, faster, and safer, recently shared key insights on “reframing relationship banking for an increasingly digital world.” Fintech firm Blend, which recently acquired $300 million in… Read More

Micro-Investing Fintech App Provider Stash Secures $125M via Series G led by Eldridge

Stash, a US-based company that offers micro-investment options through a mobile app, has reportedly acquired $125 million in capital through its Series G funding round that was led by Eldridge. Stash initially began operations by providing a micro-investing app but has now also made an… Read More

Fintech Firm Crypto Finance AG’s Crypto Broker AG Awarded License by FINMA to Act as Securities House with Bilateral Trading Activity

Crypto Broker AG, which is the Crypto Finance Group‘s brokerage, has reportedly been issued a license to serve as a securities house along with a bilateral trading facility by the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA). After this license has gone into effect or become… Read More

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