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Global fintech funding plunges in 2016 but expected to regain momentum in 2017
Start ups

Global fintech funding plunges in 2016 but expected to regain momentum in 2017

21 February 2017  |  6148 views  |  1 comments | 24 tweets | 14 linkedin

Funding for fintech companies around the world plummeted in 2016, with American and European firms experiencing a particularly sharp drop in investment, according to a report from KPMG and PitchBook which nevertheless predicts a bumper 2017.

EBA to relax controversial PSD2 authentication rules
Payments

EBA to relax controversial PSD2 authentication rules

21 February 2017  |  13519 views  |  8 comments | 52 tweets | 74 linkedin

The European Banking Authority is to relax proposed rules on a requirement for strong customer authentication for all payments under EUR10, after being on the receiving end of a volley of complaints from industry participants who claimed that the mandate would lead to more declined transactions and abandoned purchases at the checkout.

Ant Financial to make $200 million investment in South Korea's Kakao Pay
Payments

Ant Financial to make $200 million investment in South Korea's Kakao Pay

21 February 2017  |  3426 views  |  0 comments | 7 tweets | 8 linkedin

Ant Financial's bid to create a globe-straddling payments behemoth continues with a $200 million investment in Kakao Pay, a soon-to-be launched mobile finance subsidiary from South Korean m-commerce platform Kakao.

TransferWise integrates with Facebook Messenger
Payments

TransferWise integrates with Facebook Messenger

21 February 2017  |  4504 views  |  0 comments | 23 tweets | 18 linkedin

Money transmission scheme TransferWise is joining the chatbot revolution, creating an interface to Facebook Messenger to help users set up transfers from the US, UK, Canada, Australia or Europe.

Big banks join coalition to promote Ethereum uptake
Retail banking

Big banks join coalition to promote Ethereum uptake

21 February 2017  |  5007 views  |  0 comments | 16 tweets | 8 linkedin

A new Alliance to promote the uptake of Ethereum as the foundation for running smart contracts in Fortune 500 enterprises is set to host its inaugural meeting in New York next week.

Visa opens London innovation centre
Payments

Visa opens London innovation centre

21 February 2017  |  6334 views  |  0 comments | 20 tweets | 19 linkedin

Visa has opened its largest innovation centre to date in London, with the aim of hosting partners and clients from across Europe to collaborate on new ways to pay.

Russian banks co-operate on fintech accelerator
Retail banking

Russian banks co-operate on fintech accelerator

21 February 2017  |  5350 views  |  0 comments | 14 tweets | 3 linkedin

Four Russian banks are working in collaboration with MasterCard and Accenture to run a fintech lab and accelerator to engage with local startups and foster a co-operative spirit in the development of new banking products and services.

RBS to become fintech fund and high street outlet for challenger banks under HMT remedy
Retail banking

RBS to become fintech fund and high street outlet for challenger banks under HMT remedy

20 February 2017  |  8835 views  |  0 comments | 40 tweets | 34 linkedin

The UK Government is proposing a package of measures worth £750 million which would transform state-owned RBS into a gateway for challenger bank access to the high street and small and medium-sized business market.

Ant Financial takes equity stake in Phillippine mobile money firm
Mobile & online

Ant Financial takes equity stake in Phillippine mobile money firm

20 February 2017  |  3690 views  |  1 comments | 6 tweets | 6 linkedin

Ant Financial, the financial services arm of China's Alibaba, is taking a stake in Mynt, a mobile payment and credit service owned by Philippine mobile operator Globe Telecom.

High rate of defaults hit P2P lending sector
Start ups

High rate of defaults hit P2P lending sector

20 February 2017  |  7138 views  |  4 comments | 19 tweets | 13 linkedin

Investors in the peer to peer (P2P) lending sector have seen their returns suffer due to a high rate of borrower defaults among start-ups, reports the Wall Street Journal (WSJ).

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