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Japan and Australia regulators to co-operate on fintech

To Apple Pay or not to Apple Pay, that is the question

The Financial Services Agency of Japan (JFSA) and Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) will work together to promote innovation in financial services in Japan and Australia. Both have completed a framework and they will share information and support the entry of fintech firms into each other’s markets. ASIC says this framework will “help open […]

Brokers are jokers with Trading 212 zero commission service

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Don’t go for broke or a broker – Trading 212 has unveiled the UK’s first zero commission share trading platform. The firm says it allows investors to make ten trades per month and up to £10,000 equity per trade commission free, which it estimates will cover the needs of approximately 90% of its customers. To […]

FinTech Australia releases fintech ecosystem map

Australia's central bank in AU$13.6m tech overhaul

Industry body FinTech Australia has released its first member ecosystem map, to show the nation’s “strengths and diversity”, particularly in wealth generation and lending. The map (see image below) lists 119 members of FinTech Australia, along with the nation’s key financial services regulators. Danielle Szetho, FinTech Australia CEO, says: “The broad range, depth and quality […]

Mastercard and Western Union designing digital solutions for refugees

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Mastercard and Western Union have teamed up to help refugees around the world access goods, services and financial services within refugee settlements. Paybefore, Banking Technology‘s sister publication, reports that the partnership will explore ways to use a digital model to serve the more than 65 million people around the world currently displaced from their homes […]

Fintech funding round-up: 22 June 2017

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It was only yesterday we did a fintech funding round-up. But as there’s a mad dash for cash, here’s another one. Features Digital Financial Services Lab, TrueLayer and Enterprise Ireland. Digital Financial Services Lab (DFS Lab) will invest $250,000 in four separate fintech start-ups that are building products to help low-income consumers in developing markets. […]

Mastercard launches competition for African financial inclusion

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The Mastercard Foundation Fund for Rural Prosperity (FRP) has launched a new competition to find financial products and services that improve the lives of poor people in rural areas of Africa. The 2017 competition will follow a rolling format and will be open throughout the year with applications submitted and evaluated periodically. The first submission […]

Eight fledgling fintech providers win capital from CFSI’s FinLab

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Eight fledgling fintech companies have won $250,000 each from the Centre for Financial Services Innovation (CFSI). Each FinLab winner in this third annual competition from the CFSI also receives resources to test, enhance and scale their products, in part via the expertise of JP Morgan Chase, a founding lab partner.

Morgan Stanley drives diversity with innovation lab launch

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Morgan Stanley has unveiled an innovation lab with the aim of promoting diversity top of the agenda. According to the Financial Times, which has seen an application form, a four-month programme will begin in July and end in a symposium that will “expose companies to potential investors through showcase presentations”. The FT says any start-up […]

Money’s the honey for Swift global payments innovation challenge

New addition to Swift's network

Swift is offering funding of up to €200,000 for the two winning fintech finalists of its industry challenge to develop new overlay services that use its global payments innovation (gpi) platform. The winners will work with banks on collaborative concepts that solve additional industry challenges in cross-border payments on top of gpi. As reported previously, […]

Barclays hit with fraud charge over Qatar capital raising

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The UK’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has charged Barclays and four of its former workers with conspiracy to commit fraud over capital raising arrangements with Qatar Holding and Challenger Universal. The charge also includes the provision of unlawful financial assistance contrary to the Companies Act 1985. The charges relate to events in June and October […]

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