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Future of Fintech | Edition #74 – June 2023
Summary of fintech news from June 13th to 19th
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The fintech frenzy flourishes as big players foster a foundation of trust. - Volt became an approved Shopify open banking partner. At the same time, Citi TTS selected Pismo to enrich Global Demand Deposit Account (DDA) solutions
The fintech yacht crossed borders when Score & Secure Payment (SSP) teamed with Tink to enhance its payments solution across Europe. And S.Korea's KakaoBank teamed with SCBX to acquire the license for a virtual Thai bank.
The user-centric fintech fiesta continues as Walmart-backed Fintech ONE decided to offer users a 5% APY on savings accounts. Not just that, Huawei and Sunline jointly launched the Digital CORE Solution to help banks go digital.
Flexible payments gained traction last week as UAE's NymCard acquired Spotii for customised BNPL services to its clients. Also, Vivo partnered with Tabby to enhance the consumer experience with flexible payment options.
In the Defi world - Binance exited the Dutch market citing regulatory challenges. At the same time, BlackRock filed for Bitcoin ETF using Coinbase as its custodian.
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Paycepaid partnered with Envestnet | Yodlee to supply synchronised data for holistic customer financial hardship assessment. Under this agreement, Paycepaid will leverage consumer-consented financial data provided by Envestnet | Yodlee under Australia’s Consumer Data Right (CDR) to assist with near real-time financial hardship assessment of its customers.
Plaid introduced a new identity verification experience based on a 'verify once, verify everywhere' system that allows users to fast-track KYC compliance across Plaid-powered apps and services.
Last week's Digital Finance realm was a symphony of launches, with fintech players joining forces, bringing innovation to every segment of the market.
Revolut unveiled a new membership plan - Ultra, featuring a Mastercard branded platinum card. This premium offering is designed to connect Revolut customers to the travel and lifestyle benefits they desire.
The Bancorp and Chime entered into a long-term extension of their partnership. With the renewed agreement, Bancorp continues to serve as Chime's banking partner and holds member deposit accounts. While Chime will continue to focus on designing innovative, easy-to-use, FDIC-insured banking services.
One Zero Bank added Generative AI to its customer service platform to deliver rapid and precise responses to its customers and raised growth capital on OurCrowd, through smaller (accredited) investors.
Step right into the Embedded finance kingdom, where the fintech trailblazers forged mighty alliances, offering fintech users a dazzling array of embedded services tailored to their every desire.
Pay Over Time platform Wisetack and consumer instalment financing provider Citizens partnered to offer pay-over-time options for home services projects through Wisetack’s network of merchants and SaaS integrations.
The FCA-regulated, cross-border payment and foreign exchange specialist Universal Partners selected Muse Finance to offer invoice and trade finance. With the two core services, their customers will have the cash flow management tools they need to scale anywhere in the world without encountering liquidity concerns.
In the Fintech infrastructure realm, fearless fintech trailblazers crafted a myriad of groundbreaking use cases through daring partnerships and unleashing a torrent of innovative solutions.
Huawei and Sunline launch Digital CORE Solution to help banks go digital. Both companies unveiled several joint solutions at Huawei Intelligent Finance Summit (HIFS) 2023.
Tillo partnered with Banked to integrate its catalogue of global rewards and incentives into Banked’s payment experience to help merchants drive customer engagement and loyalty. Banked's merchants will now be able to enhance customer engagement by offering enticing digital rewards and incentives at checkout.
Experian launched Experian Mule Score to assist companies with identifying and closing money mule accounts that are leveraged to run scams and house fraudulently obtained funds.
In the eco-centric universe of Green finance, a whirlwind of groundbreaking launches swept through the fintech playground, transforming it into a utopia of sustainability.
J.P. Morgan launched Sustainable Investment Data Solutions, a new platform targeted at institutional investors aimed at enabling them to extract and maximize the value of ESG data from multiple sustainable investment (SI) data providers and address the challenges of using internal and external SI data.
Klarna unveiled new tools, including a top-up donations feature and expanded CO₂e emissions tracking insights enabling consumers to make more informed purchasing decisions.
In the thrilling expanse of DeFi's realm, the web3 odyssey crackled with legalities, licenses, and resplendent launches, intertwining like a mesmerizing wonderland.
Sygnum Singapore obtained an in-principle approval of a Major Payment Institution Licence (MPIL) from the Monetary Authority Of Singapore. The expanded Singapore offering includes a regulated crypto brokerage service.
Polygon Labs rolled out Open Database called "The Value Prop", hosting as many as 39 use cases and over 300 applications.
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OneVest raised $12.8M in Series A funding as it aims to dramatically improve the wealth management experience for both financial institutions and their customers.
Gold loan platform Oro Money to raise its second funding round , aims $12-15M in the new round.
AI-Backed web3 data platform Mnemonic raised $6M in a seed extension round led by Salesforce Ventures.
IndusInd Bank partnered with Wise on the multi-partner Indus Fast Remit platform to offer low-cost and seamless online inward remittance to India.
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