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💬 Quote of the Week
📖 Read of the Week
Retailers in the US continue to clash with credit card networks over fee hikes. The interchange fee increases, delayed for two years due to merchant pushback, finally went into effect a couple weeks ago. This week, The National Retail Federation jumped into the fray by arguing that US consumers secretly pay $700 per year in costs on no-fee credit cards due to merchant price hikes. Meanwhile, fintech and crypto companies are busy iterating on alternative payment methods: stablecoin payments, account-to-account open banking transfers, buy now pay later… as merchants increasingly look for less expensive ways to sell their goods, network rate hikes might be the catalyst for flight to alternative payments that fintech is waiting for. But will consumers - addicted to rich rewards programs - come along?
📊 Stat of the Week
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🏦 Financial Services & Banking
🚀 Product Launches
China is in the process of launching an official private pension scheme in order to move more consumer savings into the financial services market.
📰 Other News
US Senators are blasting Zelle over the rise of fraud and scams on the platform.
Goldman Sachs is close to launching its no-fee, interest-bearing checking account.
Dutch bank ABN Amro partnered with fintech Swedish startup Gimi on a kids’ financial education app.
Fidelity will allow account holders to put bitcoin into their retirement accounts.
US Bank partnered with Apex to co-build real-time payments.
Experian is following Transunion’s lead and launching a buy-now-pay-later bureau.
Germany’s Commerzbank applied for a crypto custody license.
Bank of America and Citi are recycling plastic cards.
🚀 Product Launches
African banking and financial data aggregator Stitch * launched one-click payments.
Amazon launched “Buy with Prime,” its own hosted checkout solution to compete with Shop Pay, to be used off its platform.
TrueLayer launched a recurring payments API to deal with sweeping and non-sweeping money movement cases.
Payments firm WEX launched Flume, a small business digital payment platform.
Swedish company Juni, a neobank for e-commerce, launched USD accounts.
📰 Other News
Retailer Forever 21 is suing Bolt for not delivering on its promised payment capabilities, and in the coverage provided by Yahoo, investor Sheel Mohnot notes that it was revealed that Bolt’s revenues are about $40 million annually, contrasted to an $11 billion valuation… Meanwhile Robinhood is laying off 9% of the company.
Banking-as-a-service platform Bond partnered with Evolve to offer more financial products. Asian buy-now-pay-later provider hoolah teamed up with payments automation app Primer to create embeddable BNPL.
Neobank Cogni is pivoting to crypto.
Defi platform Portal is working to tokenize shares of private companies for retail investors.
WhatsApp clashed with partners over sending payments on the platform in Brazil
Revolut suspended its Ukrainian refugee program after it became a target for fraudsters.
The Confederation of British Industry launched a campaign to get businesses to embrace fintech.
The OCC issued a consent order against crypto bank Anchorage. Under the Dodd Frank act, the CFPB is invoking a little-used rule to examine neobanks, and is suing Moneygram for repeatedly violating consumer protection laws. The UK’s FCA meanwhile warned that neobanks are not performing enough financial crime checks and ordered fintech QPay to forfeit £2 million.
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