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Hungary’s Reserve Bank Says Fintech Adoption Is Relatively Slow, as Most Consumers Still Using Cash

Magyar Nemzeti Bank (MNB), the reserve bank of Hungary, has released its very first Fintech and Digitalization Report, which looks into the state of financial technology adoption and the level of digitalization across the nation’s banking ecosystem. The report revealed that there are at least… Read More

Regtech: European Trade Repository REGIS-TR Partners Sensiple to Offer Interoperable, Automated Reporting Software

European trade repository REGIS-TR, which is a joint initiative established by the Clearstream (Deutsche Börse Group) and Iberclear (BME Group), will partner with Sensiple, a company offering regulatory technology (Regtech) for making repurchase agreements and facilitating secure lending. Through the partnership, REGIS-TR and Sensiple plan… Read More

Amsterdam-based Banking Challenger Finom Secures €6.5 Million in Seed Funding via Round led by Target Global

Amsterdam-based banking challenger Finom, which aims to serve entrepreneurs and SMEs, has secured €6.5 million in seed funding through an investment round led by Target Global. General Catalyst, FJlabs, the Raisin founders Frank Freund, Tamaz Georgadze, and Michael Stephan also took part in Finom’s funding… Read More

Blockchain-based Brave Browser Files Complaint Urging European Commission to Take Action Against Government Agencies that are Not Ensuring User Privacy

The San Francisco-based developers of Brave, an open-source, privacy-oriented Internet browser, have submitted a complaint which asks the European Commission to take quick action against European Union-based government agencies that are not protecting the data and privacy of local residents. Brave’s complaint was filed on… Read More

bitFlyer’s Annual Crypto-Confidence Index Reveals: Confidence in Cryptocurrency Increases Across European Populations Year-on-Year Despite COVID-19 Pandemic

Japan-based cryptocurrency exchange bitFlyer announced on Wednesday it has released the results of its annual Crypto-Confidence Index, which confirmed that confidence in cryptocurrency increases across European populations year-on-year despite ongoing coronavirus crisis. According to BitFlyer, the index was built from a consumer poll of 10,000… Read More

Plug and Play’s Fintech Europe Platform Selects Ten Startups For Fifth Batch

Fintech Europe, Plug and Play’s fintech-focused innovation platform based out of Frankfurt, Germany, announced on Tuesday the ten startups selected for its fifth batch. The platform revealed that after screening applications from all over the world and intensive weeks of reviewing preselected startups with the partners,… Read More

Euronext, a Leading European Securities Exchange, to Acquire 70% of the Shares of VP Securities, a Denmark-based Post-Trade Utility Service

Euronext, a leading European securities exchange, will be acquiring 70% of the shares of VP Securities, a Danish post-trade utility service. The shares will reportedly be acquired from existing owners, which include Denmark’s reserve bank, Danske Bank, Nykredit, Nordea and Jyske Bank Euronext’s management confirmed… Read More

Swiss Crypto Valley Association Requests CHF 100 Million in Relief Funding from Government to Cope with Economic Challenges Due to COVID-19

  The Swiss Crypto Valley Association, a Fintech and blockchain-focused organization based in a region located near Zurich, is reportedly asking Switzerland’s government to provide CHF 100 million (appr. $102.7 million) in relief funding. This fund, if approved, would help with bailing out crypto and… Read More

Adyen NV, a Leading Payments Firm Working with Uber, Ebay, Says its Revenue Grew Over 30% in Q1 2020 Despite COVID-19

Adyen NV, a leading Fintech company that handles payments for large firms such as Uber Technologies and E-Bay, recently revealed that its business and revenue increased by more than a third (or 33%) during the first quarter of 2020. Adyen pointed out that it posted… Read More

Digital Bank N26 Reveals that Americans Are Saving About $220 per Month Due to Isolation Measures Following COVID-19 Outbreak

N26 Inc., the US-based subsidiary of digital bank N26 GmbH, one of the fastest-growing mobile-based banks in Europe, has published its global and US-specific research report, which reveals the impact that the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has had on the neobank’s finances. The all-digital bank reportedly… Read More

Dutch Banking Challenger bunq Introduces Joint Accounts for Premium and Business Account Holders

European challenger bank bunq is introducing joint accounts for its Premium and Business account holders. Bunq+1 users will now have the option of opening an account for anyone they want to, which includes their partners and children. Bunq+1 business clients can create new accounts for… Read More

Digital Transformation: Retail banks that Diversify by Offering More Online Services will Survive COVID-19 Pandemic, a New Report Claims

One out of eight retail banks will most likely face substantial losses this year due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and associated economic problems, according to Kearney’s European Retail Banking Radar. The consultancy company noted that revenue for retail banks is expected to decline by… Read More

Open Banking Platform Nordic API Gateway Acquires €4.6 Million in Capital via Internal Investment Round

Open Banking platform Nordic API Gateway has acquired an additional €4.6 million in capital through an internal investment round, which was supported by the firm’s partners, Danske Bank, and DNB. Nordic API Gateway has now raised a total of €13.3 million. The capital acquired will… Read More

CBDCs: Reserve Bank of the Netherlands Plans to Play a “Leading Role” in Developing National Digital Currencies

The reserve bank of the Netherlands, De Nederlandsche Bank, recently revealed that it’s planning to play a key role in the ongoing development of central bank digital currencies (CBDCs). As mentioned in a notice published on April 21, 2020, the Dutch central bank said that… Read More

Swedish Fintech Bokio, a Provider of AI-based Accounting Tools for Small Businesses, Secures €7.4 Million in Capital

Swedish Fintech firm Bokio, which provides an artificial intelligence (AI)-enhanced accounting tool for small businesses and freelance workers, has acquired €7.4 million in capital from existing investors. Bokio has also reportedly merged its business with Stockholm-headquartered competitor Red Flag. Bokio’s latest investment round received contributions… Read More

French Fintech PayFit Udpates HR and Payroll Platform to Allow UK Businesses to Determine Furlough Pay During Coronavirus Pandemic

France-based Fintech firm PayFit has upgraded its HR and payroll platform to allow UK companies to determine furlough and sick pay during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. The updates to PayFit’s human resources software will give PayFit users the option to submit Coronavirus-related leave requests. The… Read More

Lithuania-based Fintech Genome to Waive All Monthly Account Fees, will Serve Low-Risk Customers During Coronavirus Pandemic

Lithuania-based Genome, a Fintech firm that provides a financial ecosystem to support individuals and businesses, will be helping companies process their e-commerce transactions. The Fintech company will be opening a business account for low-risk businesses that are currently using the Genome platform. It will also… Read More

Fintech Firm Trade Republic Secures $67 Million in Capital via Series B Round led by Accel, Founders Fund

Trade Republic, a mobile-based investing app, has secured €62 million (appr. $67 million) in capital through a Series B funding round led by Accel and the Founders Fund. The money raised will be used to expand the company’s line of products and services. The funds… Read More

Banco Santander Launches PagoFX, a Cross-Border Payments App for UK Customers, will Compete with TransferWise

Banco Santander S.A. (Santander Group) (BME:SAN), the world’s 16th-largest banking institution and financial services company based in Madrid, has officially introduced PagoFX, its international payments application for UK customers. Last month, Santander had revealed that it was in the final stages of developing its cross-border… Read More

API-first Banking as a Service Provider OpenPayd Enables SEPA Digital Payment Scheme for Fintech Service Providers

OpenPayd, an established API-based banking-as-a-service (BaaS) provider, has upgraded its payments functionality and capabilities by enabling direct access to the SEPA (Single Euro Payments Area) payment scheme. The integration will allow OpenPayd’s business clients, which mainly includes online or digital marketplaces, merchant acquirers and other… Read More

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