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Fintech Firm Pushes the Banking Boundaries

Fintech Firm Pushes the Banking Boundaries

A mobile-only financial institution has taken a move towards acquiring a bank charter in the US. The fintech firm called Varo Money has filed a formal application and hopes to become a national bank. This private equity backed fintech firm is yet another firm to push the banking boundaries – while the authorities are trying to keep up with the [...]

JP Morgan Eyeing a UK Fintech Business

JP Morgan Eyeing a UK Fintech Business

The US bank has been relatively quiet in the acquisition department ever since the financial crash. However, it has regained confidence and according to reports, is now approaching a UK fintech business. Worldpay Group could become the bank’s biggest acquisition.   Preliminary approaches   Fox Business reported the board of Worldpay admitting the US bank has made a preliminary approach [...]

Australia & Japan to Increase Fintech Cooperation

Australia & Japan to Increase Fintech ...

Australian financial authorities have announced a completion of a framework that will see them start cooperating with their Japanese counterparts. The framework is aimed at promoting innovation in the financial services sector, bringing the fintech sector in both countries ever closer to each other.   Details of the cooperation agreement   The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) announced the [...]

Could France Become Europe’s Innovation Hub?

Could France Become Europe’s Innovation Hub?

The French voted Emmanuel Macron for president earlier in May. The young and progressive Macron managed to excite the French and not least the financial sector. Macron’s background in finance and his passion for technology has led many to believe big things are about to happen in France’s fintech sector. Could the country become Europe’s innovation hub, especially as Britain [...]

Malaysia Opens a Fintech Sandbox

Malaysia Opens a Fintech Sandbox

Malaysia is ramping up its forces in the global race for the newest fintech innovation. The Asian country has launched its first fintech sandbox with the help of the central bank. The regulatory sandbox will be open to both foreign and local startups.   Enhancing its fintech sector   Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) had earlier started focusing its efforts in [...]

China’s Central Bank Turns Attention to Fintech

China’s Central Bank Turns Attention to Fintech

China’s central bank has turned its attention to fintech by setting up its own committee. The People’s Bank of China announced the news on Monday.   The Financial Times reported on the bank’s official statement. In the statement, the bank said it is going to use the fintech committee “with the purpose of strengthening fintech work in research, planning and [...]

Private Equity Hungry for Tech Deals

Private Equity Hungry for Tech Deals

Private equity has not always been in love with the technology sector. A few decades ago, tech deals were considered a poor bet for private equity firms. Ideas were not thought to outweigh physical assets as an investment opportunity.   But things have changed – technology is a hot investment opportunity for firms, with many of them looking hungrily for [...]

Brexit is Pushing Away Fintech Firms

Brexit is Pushing Away Fintech Firms

The International Fintech Conference took place in London on Wednesday and the message from fintech companies was: stay away from London. The reason for such a stark message was UK’s decision to leave the European Union last June. However, government officials were also in hand to send a different message.   Straight talk from a fintech ‘unicorn’   The most [...]

Trump’s Speech Offered Little New Details

Trump’s Speech Offered Little New Details

US President Donald Trump addressed the Congress for the first time on Tuesday. His speech revived many of his campaign themes but offered little new details on policies. There were also a few major omissions during the speech – corporate tax rate cut and relaxation of financial regulation were not mentioned.   Trump’s speech had a more conciliatory tone to [...]

Has Northern Trust Introduced a New Way of Administering Private Equity?

Has Northern Trust Introduced a New Way of ...

Technology innovation in the private equity industry is always welcomed news – especially when it makes lives easier for private equity funds and their investors. Northern Trust has teamed up with the technology giant IBM to deliver one such solution: a blockchain for the private equity market.   The system is currently only being used by a Switzerland-based asset manager, [...]

GE Sells Private Equity Unit to Japan’s SMBC

GE Sells Private Equity Unit to Japan’s SMBC

  General Electric has closed a deal to sell its European private equity finance unit, according to the latest reports. The Japanese company Sumimoto Mitsui Banking Corp. (SMBC) bought the unit for around $2.2 billion. The industrial conglomerate has now nearly completed its retreat from the global banking industry.   Set to Sell   The company has been looking to [...]