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Are these FinTech unicorns worth it?

Chris Skinner

There’s a regular itch that I feel in the back of my neck. I scratch it, but it won’t go away. The itch is an alarm call really, and it’s asking whether all this FinTech investment is worth it. Last year, $111.8

Removing friction from the global travel space

Mobile Payments Today

The travel indsustry is moving towards removing friction from the payments process, as consumer and business travel increasingly becomes more global in nature

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Things worth reading: 9th August 2019

Chris Skinner

Things we’re reading today include: Investec hit by shareholder protest over auditors Core elements of the global banking industry are moving to India HSBC sticks by US strategy despite missing targets Should we worry about a currency war?

Inside OTP Labs, Eastern Europe’s most adventurous bank innovation experiment

Bank Innovation

It might have $55 billion in assets and 10.5 million customers in 10 countries, but OTP Bank, one of the largest financial institutions in Central and Eastern Europe, might be one of the most unorthodox banks on the Continent.

How Airbnb, Lime, Turo, Fiverr And Newegg Are Using Instant Payments


Whether it’s a merchant or their customer, an employer or their employee — every party involved in a transaction wants to be paid immediately, without any hassles or surprises.

Green Dot seeks to stem the bleeding caused by new digital-only banks with Unlimited

Bank Innovation

Green Dot is feeling the pinch from digital-only banks on the market. To fight back the newfound competition, Green Dot is building its own digital-only banking brand with a look and feel that resembles Chime, Monzo, N26 and other banking startups.

Can Less Digital Security Actually Be More Secure?


What was the color of the car you owned in 2005? Still remember it? Probably not. But you can bet someone knows — that someone being a fraudster.

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Paytm’s UPI Usage Plummets While Google Pay, PhonePe See Spike


After being a usage leader in India’s Unified Payments Interface (UPI), Paytm experienced a sharp decline in transactions in July, while Google Pay and PhonePe have seen usage skyrocket, sources told the Economic Times on Thursday (Aug.

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ATM users want choices, so why aren't we giving them any?

ATM Marketplace

According to a recent survey, more consumers indicated they would rather access a bank branch than an ATM. Maybe if ATMs offered more branch-like services, such as loans for consumers or cash-deposits for businesses, that story would be different

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Chase Absolves Canadians Of Uncollected Credit Card Bills


Chase Bank credit card customers in Canada were treated to an unusual gift when the lender forgave their outstanding debt, Fortune reported on Thursday (Aug. Holders of the

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NAC visits DC lawmakers in effort to keep cash alive

ATM Marketplace

The National ATM Council has wrapped up its third annual Washington D.C. fly in. The two-day lobbying event included nearly 60 meetings with lawmakers and their staff

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How The FedNow Service Could Keep Checks In B2B Payments


The Federal Reserve’s planned faster payments service, the FedNow Service, is slated to have an impact on the speed with which paper checks are processed, adding a new twist to the U.S.’s s path toward faster, digital payments.

Apple Card: 10 key takeaways

Payments Source

Apple's new credit card isn't just another virtual card in its virtual wallet. It borrows a lot of features from the most successful brands in payments and technology.

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Canadian Travel Agency Group Partners With Western Union For Payments


The Association of Canadian Travel Agencies (ACTA) is collaborating with Western Union to make cross-border payments easier.

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[Guide] Mitigating Cyberattacks in Financial Services

Perficient Financial Servies

Cyberattacks and data breaches in financial services firms are more common than in any other industry.

As SCA Deadline Looms, EU Merchants Scramble


Strong Customer Authentication (SCA) will officially roll out in one month. The regulation is aimed at protecting consumers and merchants alike from fraudsters and other online criminals wishing to access their financial information, which means increased security at online checkout.

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PSD2 puts fresh pressure digital account opening

Payments Source

Know Your Customer and open banking create tough barriers for 'near real-time' account opening, says Entersekt's Jennifer Singh. ISO and agent AML KYC Risk Payment processing Digital payments Banking

Why Credit Unions Have A Member Loyalty Gap


Loyalty is a tricky proposition, especially as plastic cards have given way to mobile payments, and there is little mercy for those businesses that get loyalty wrong.

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'Same day' delivery is just the start of Amazon's threat to brick and mortar

Payments Source

The maturation of e-commerce has ushered in an era of personalization at scale and growing customer demand for convenient, flexible shopping experiences, writes Will Walker, enterprise manager at Roadie. ISO and agent Retailers Payment processing E-Commerce Amazon

How Boutique Trucks Are Bringing New Meaning To Fast Fashion 


Market Map: The Evolution of India’s Growing Fintech Landscape

CB Insights

In 2013, less than $100M was invested in venture capital-backed fintech companies in India. A lot has changed in 6 years. Want the full post? Become a CB Insights customer. If you’re already a customer, log in here. The post Market Map: The Evolution of India’s Growing Fintech Landscape appeared first on CB Insights Research. Core Intelligence

State Regulators Investigate Payday Advances


The New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) has announced it will lead a multi-state investigation into alleged violations of state regulations of the short term lending industry, specifically in the area of payroll advances.

Apple Card fortifies the digital model, and that's trouble for banks

Payments Source

Apple's massive user base, fully digital enrollment system, merchant reach and partnership with Goldman Sachs threaten retail banks on multiple fronts. Digital payments Credit cards Debit cards P-to-P payments Mobile wallets Mobile payments Apple Pay Apple

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Second Biannual ‘Afterpay Day’ To Feature More Than 6K US Brands


Afterpay, the leader in “buy now, pay later” payments, said in a press release that its second bi-annual two-day sale, Afterpay Day, will take place Aug. 14-15. The company will partner with top fashion and beauty brands and retailers for the event, which offers its two million U.S.

Warren presses Capital One CEO for more details about breach

Payments Source

The Massachusetts senator asked Richard Fairbank in a letter why the bank didn’t detect the breach for nearly four months and how it plans to prevent future cyber intrusions. Data breaches Cyber security Regional banks Elizabeth Warren Capital One Senate Banking Committee

Fighting Fraud With Identity Verification In The Sharing Economy


The verification and authentication processes of many sharing economy platforms are poorly equipped to combat the growing risk of fraud. In technology news, smartwatches and wearables are among the hottest areas of digital commerce and payments.

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InComm, LA Metro expand network for contactless transit card sales

Payments Source

InComm has partnered with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) to more than quadruple the number of retail locations at which customers can purchase and reload its contactless TAP transit fare cards. Contactless payments Prepaid cards

Facebook’s WhatsApp Still Vulnerable To Year-Old Chat Hack


Internet safety authorities uncovered a means of hacking chats on WhatsApp last year, but Facebook has yet to fix the security flaws, The Financial Times reported.

What Can Fintechs Learn from the Biggest Public Relations Scandals Of 2018?

William Mills

Every organization, even the largest of companies, is subject to making public relations mistakes when responding to crisis. As many have learned the hard way however, the most important factor is often how you respond.

Big Tech’s Big Profits For SoftBank


Big tech, big bets and big profits. SoftBank ’s first fiscal quarter is a snapshot of a longer-term trend if you go by the latest results announced this week. The firm’s $100 billion Vision Fund logged big gains.

Solving America’s Retirement Problem

Breaking Banks

Penny Crosman, Editor at Large for American Banker notes that while there are plenty of companies happy to help consumers who already have a sizable nest egg, relatively few are focused on those who’ve fallen short on saving for retirement.

Nestle Offers Starbucks-Labeled Coffee In China


To tap growth in a place where coffee consumption per capita is said to be low compared to international standards, Nestle began to offer coffee that is Starbucks-branded in mainland China.

Visa market value surpasses JPMorgan, banks that used to own it

Payments Source

The biggest U.S. banks used to own Visa. Now if only they could keep up with it. Credit cards Visa JPMorgan Chase

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Fiverr Reports Post-IPO Revenue Bump Amid Gig Economy Growth


Fiverr , an online marketplace for freelance services, reported its Q2 results on Thursday (Aug. 8), posting a 41 percent year-over-year revenue increase in its first quarter as a public company, to $25.9 million. The company filed for its initial public offering (IPO) back in May.

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8.8.19 Your morning briefing

Payments Source

The information you need to start your day, from PaymentsSource and around the Web. Today: FCA recommends authentication delay; Visa CEO on gun payments; Fraud dips in Australia; Bitcoin tax bill advances; Stripe expands in Latin America. Briefing

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Deep Dive: Securing Digital Identities Without Relying On Passwords


Digital identification continues to make immense strides in implementation and uptake in the world’s economy, but it is not without vulnerabilities. More than 4.5

Klarna’s $460 Million raise and US ambitions – is an IPO coming?

Daily Fintech

Late stage venture capital deals and funding have been growing rapidly over the last three years. The most recent European Fintech to hit the headlines with yet another multi-Billion dollar valuation is Klarna. The “Buy now Pay later” payments company raised $460 Million at a massive $5.5 Billion valuation. My immediate reaction to the numbers […]. The post Klarna’s $460 Million raise and US ambitions – is an IPO coming? appeared first on Daily Fintech.