Banking

  • Fintech doesn’t just disrupt banks, it makes them platforms 

    Fintech doesn’t just disrupt banks, it makes them platforms 

    It’s easy to move your money between banks. What’s annoying is moving your apps. There’s been a recent explosion of fintech products in spaces like stock trading, wealth management, payments, loans, remittance and insurance. It’s been fueled by a massive uptick in venture investment in private fintech companies, which hit $19 billion in 2015 according to CB Insights. Read More

  • Banks and fintech in 2025: An unlikely alliance Crunch Network

    Banks and fintech in 2025: An unlikely alliance

    Banking as we know it is in the midst of its first fundamental remaking in centuries. What’s driving this transformation? Two major shifts: our transition to interacting with money digitally instead of physically, which opened finances to tech disruption, and a tech wave that has changed the way consumers define ease and convenience. Read More

  • Momo, a mobile payment firm in Vietnam, lands $28M led by Standard Chartered Bank

    Momo, a mobile payment firm in Vietnam, lands $28M led by Standard Chartered Bank

    Vietnam is emerging as a technology market of note in Asia. Weeks after U.S. VC firm 500 Startups announced a fund for the country, Vietnam-based fintech startup Momo has landed a $28 million investment round from banking giants Standard Chartered (SCB) and Goldman Sachs. Read More

  • Amazon Alexa can now pay your Capital One bill

    Amazon Alexa can now pay your Capital One bill

    Amazon’s virtual assistant Alexa, embedded in devices like the Echo speaker and Fire TV, is today taking on a new role: she’s now a banking assistant, too. Capital One announced this morning the rollout of a new “skill” (like an app for Alexa-powered devices), which will allow consumers to do their banking by voice, including checking balances, reviewing… Read More

  • Transforming how retail banking works Crunch Network

    Transforming how retail banking works

    Mobile is changing how people work, travel, read, communicate, shop and many other lifestyle behaviors. In the Internet Trends 2015 report by KPCB, mobile engagement is better than ever, with three hours of time spent per day on mobile devices in 2015 compared to an hour per day five years ago (a 300 percent increase). Adding to this, there was 69 percent and 23 percent annual worldwide growth… Read More

  • Olive branches, rubrics and the state of faster payments in the U.S. Crunch Network

    Olive branches, rubrics and the state of faster payments in the U.S.

    The nation relies on systemically important market infrastructures. As you may have guessed, these engines of economy are designed to resist change. That’s not a bad thing. A certain amount of insulation protects us from the whims of fads and provides the cornerstones of the economy, like banking, finance and commerce — a confident foundation from which to build their systems. Read More

  • Checkbook lets you email anyone a digital check and deposit it free

    Checkbook lets you email anyone a digital check and deposit it free

    If you’re sick of running out of paper checks and stamps or hassling with routing numbers to send zero-fee payments, you can bank on Checkbook. The startup today launches its digital check service where you can send anyone a check with just their email address, and they can deposit it immediately online to get their money or even print it out. What’s remarkable is that… Read More

  • Examining The Top 4 Fintech Predictions For This Year And Beyond Crunch Network

    Examining The Top 4 Fintech Predictions For This Year And Beyond

    Alongside “Unicorn” and “Grexit/Brexit,” “Fintech” was considered one of the top 10 financial buzzwords of 2015. But fintech isn’t a newcomer to this list — and for good reason. For a few years now, fintech companies have moved from the margins to the mainstream. They are building tech-enabled financial platforms that serve consumers better… Read More

  • Let’s Be Honest About The Problems With Blockchain And Finance Crunch Network

    Let’s Be Honest About The Problems With Blockchain And Finance

    Strange times we live in. The world’s biggest financial players and analysts are buzzing about an invention that became famous partly by promising to destroy them. In just a few months, blockchain went from the cause célèbre of crypto-anarchists and tech evangelists to the biggest idea in mainstream banking. Read More

  • Can Fintech Fix Financial Services? Crunch Network

    Can Fintech Fix Financial Services?

    A review of the new Michael Lewis movie The Big Short describes a scene during the 2008 financial crisis in which renters were “kicked out of their homes because their landlord didn’t pay the mortgage, even though they were making their rent payments in full.” It serves as one of many examples of how our malfunctioning financial system produces fundamentally unfair outcomes. Read More

  • Three Ways To Stay Current In The Financial Services Industry Crunch Network

    Three Ways To Stay Current In The Financial Services Industry

    The financial services industry is a cutthroat market with razor-thin margins, making it one of the toughest industries in which to generate profit. Yet, for fintech startups, it is one of the least chartered, most lucrative sectors. Accenture recently reported that fintech investments grew 201 percent in 2014 compared to the previous year. As a comparison, overall venture capital investments… Read More

  • J.P. Morgan, OnDeck And The Future of Alternative Lending Crunch Network

    J.P. Morgan, OnDeck And The Future of Alternative Lending

    Earlier this month, J.P. Morgan announced a strategic partnership with OnDeck Capital to originate, underwrite, and distribute loans targeted specifically at small businesses. As evidenced by a 28% single-day spike in OnDeck’s share price, this announcement clearly is a big deal to one of the leading FinTech companies today, and has major implications for the future of alternative lending. Read More

  • Interest Rates And Rating Interest Crunch Network

    Interest Rates And Rating Interest

    The tech and venture corners of the universe are large and rising. There are more people in the business and more people interested in the business than usual. Perhaps more than at any other time, there is huge general and insider attention. As much as tech’s ranks have grown, the space remains unusually insular and inwardly focused. The larger a sector grows, the greater its influence… Read More

  • UK Mobile-Only Atom Bank Picks Up $128M Led By BBVA, Owner Of Simple In The U.S.

    UK Mobile-Only Atom Bank Picks Up $128M Led By BBVA, Owner Of Simple In The U.S.

    All major banks today offer a way for customers to bank online, but this is not stopping a rush of startups emerging to build new, mobile and online-only banks from the ground up. In one of the latest developments, Atom Bank, a UK mobile banking startup and app aimed at hip, youthful consumers that has yet to launch its commercial service, is today announcing that it has closed an £82… Read More

  • Banks Should Prepare For The Internet Of Things Crunch Network

    Banks Should Prepare For The Internet Of Things

    It is widely acknowledged that the Internet of Things (IoT) will have a huge impact on nearly every industry, and financial services is no exception. Gartner estimates that connected devices will reach an installed base of 25 billion units by 2020, with an annual compound growth rate of 35.2 percent from 2013-2020. Read More

  • Why Fintech Startups Aren’t Killing Banks — Yet Crunch Network

    Why Fintech Startups Aren’t Killing Banks — Yet

    “Fintech” is one of this year’s most ubiquitous buzzwords; it has spawned any number of colorful infographics about the future of finance and banking. Some of these are merely a collection of logos, while others represent a more structured attempt to classify this new generation of players taking on financial services. All, however, convey the same idea: Tech is coming… Read More

  • Leveraging Technology To Make Credit Credible Crunch Network

    Leveraging Technology To Make Credit Credible

    The small-dollar credit (SDC) market — think payday and auto-title lending — is ripe for innovation and disruption. Most of the $44 billion industry consists of high-cost, low-quality products that lead people into cycles of repeat usage and mounting debt. Regulatory burdens, reputational risk and the tough economics of making small loans profitable have limited the supply of… Read More

  • How Fintech Can Win On Financial Crime Crunch Network

    How Fintech Can Win On Financial Crime

    Juan Zarate, a former Treasury official and now adviser to Coinbase, writes in his book Treasury’s War that “financial warfare…has started to form a central part of international security strategies.” By understanding the financial networks underpinning drug cartels, terrorist organizations and rogue nations, U.S. law enforcement and the Treasury Department have been… Read More

  • Are Banks Destined To Become The Next “Dumb Pipes”? Crunch Network

    Are Banks Destined To Become The Next “Dumb Pipes”?

    It seems like there are a lot of folks in the popular media talking about the future of financial services these days. In particular, the growing competition banks face from a new crop of technology companies who are meticulously chipping away at their business by “unbundling” many of their bread-and-butter banking services. Read More

  • Bank Loans Are A Better Financing Option Than You Might Think Crunch Network

    Bank Loans Are A Better Financing Option Than You Might Think

    Today’s startup scene is all about raising VC money — as much as possible, as fast as possible. The market celebrates VC fund-raising, cheers unicorns and makes it seem like VC-backed startups are the holy grail of innovation. And so my fellow entrepreneurs were somewhat surprised to learn that when my VC-backed startup needed another cash injection, I resorted to the oldest trick… Read More

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