This Week in Fintech (6/25)

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Please enjoy another week of fintech and banking news below.


💬 Quote of the Week

“Lego people scream as a narrator describes hyperinflation, where prices increase at uncontrollable levels, before they’re reassured that the Fed’s got things under control.”

  • Catarina Saraiva, Bloomberg (Source)


📖 Read of the Week

Finance is, ultimately, a system of incentives and rewards to facilitate the exchange of value. Institutions that successfully harness financial incentives can create resonant, lasting changes, such as the construction of the Suez Canal or the development of a supply chain that puts computers in the pocket of billions wolrdwide. In Is fintech so hot that it can cool the world?, Core Innovation Capital’s David Roos evaluates the different commercial models by which fintech can help combat one of our generation’s most existential issues: climate change.

📊 Stat of the Week

Non-bank lenders issued more than two-thirds of mortgages in 2020. (Source)


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🏦 Financial Services & Banking

🚀 Product Launches

Goldman Sachs launched Transaction Banking (TxB) in the UK.

Canada’s RBC launched a real-time customer data and insights platform. Russia’s VTB bank launched a depersonalization program to protect user data.

Emprise Bank launched an affiliate program with marketing tool Fintel Connect.

In India, ICICI Bank launched a tech stack for corporate clients and YES Bank launched a… musical logo.

📰 Other News

Banks are shaking off overdraft fees like a bad habit.

Morgan Stanley is offering a bitcoin fund via NYDIG (and, along with JP Morgan, barring unvaccinated employees from its offices 👏). BBVA opened bitcoin trading to all Swiss private banking clients.

Fiserv and Deutsche Bank are partnering on a German merchant payments acceptance joint venture. Wells Fargo joined the network of open banking API Akoya.

BBVA Mexico is adding biometrics, removing numbers, and recycling plastic for new cards.

Lloyds Bank in the UK will shut 44 more branches.


💻 Fintech

🚀 Product Launches

Bakkt launched a Visa debit card to let users spend cryptocurrency. Gemini launched Gemini Green to offset carbon emissions from crypto trading and lending.

Financial software maker Profile Software launched a mobile digital banking platform.

Neobank Oxygen released a debit card loyalty program. Neobank Unizest launched a UK checking account for overseas workers.

📰 Other News

PayPal will overhaul its rates for merchants and card networks as it competes on digital transaction price.

Payroll data API Argyle joined Visa’s Fintech Partner Connect to bring real-time income and employment verification to Visa partners.

WhatsApp Pay and Telkom Pay are now interoperable, thanks to Mastercard. Google Pay will allow tokenized payments through Indian credit cards.

DailyPay is working with PNC Bank and The Clearing House to offer real-time payroll over TCH’s network. Novus is working with Railsbank and Visa on an app to reward users for sustainable purchases.

Shrap wants to replace coins with a chargecard. Budgeting app Emma wants to build a superapp.

Lending and fintech apps are in high demand in Nigeria.

Chaka, an African borderless investing app, was granted an SEC license. Cuenca, a Mexican banking app, received its financial institution license. STC Pay received a digital banking license in Saudi Arabia.

German deposit platform Raisin came to the US via MapleMark Bank. Singapore launched a fintech club, and Singaporean payments firm Nium added a Poland corridor. Amazon opened a fintech lab in Dubai. Wayflyer went down to Georgia.

Robinhood beat Ice Cube in court. Avant’s credit card passed 600,000 cardholders.

Brazilian neobank Nubank added pop star Anitta to its board. Revolut’s losses doubled to £207 million. (The company released its 2020 annual results.)


📜 Policy

In collaboration with Ben White.

  • The UK’s Taskforce on Innovation, Growth and Regulatory Reform issued a 130-pp report advocating for more expansive data sharing. 

  • The Bank of International Settlements’ annual economic report voiced its support for Central Bank Digital Currencies as a superior alternative to private crypto. 

  • The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority issued a warning to neobank Monzo after they failed to make consumers’ transaction history accessible in a timely manner.

  • The Financial Technology Association announced its advisory board, including former CFTC heads Timothy Massad and J. Christopher Giancarlo. 

  • US President Joe Biden met with Fed Chairman Jerome Powell and other top regulators, the group discussed climate change and financial inclusion. 

  • The CFPB issued an interpretative rule explaining their authority to examine financial institutions under the Military Lending Act, which limits loans to military borrowers to 36%.

  • The battle over “True Lender” between states and the OCC will be stayed in court for 90 days. 

  • A report in the UK highlighted the high costs of AML compliance. 

  • South Africa is leading the continent’s regulatory oversight of cryptocurrencies, recognizing them as an investment and taxable item. 


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