Hello Fintech Friends,
We’re excited to take the wraps off something we’ve been planning for a while: our first Fintech Trek to Dubai & Abu Dhabi, taking place December 10th to 13th.
For four days, we’ll bring together international fintech enthusiasts to meet with MENA financial leaders. We’ve got a great group of partners, including Visa, the MENA Fintech Association, Ziina, Citibank, Checkout.com, VentureSouq, Mubadala, Nclude, the Dubai International Financial Centre, Wamda Capital, CoinMENA, Tribal Credit, and more.
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Please enjoy another week of fintech and banking news below.
💬 Quote of the Week
📖 Read of the Week
If you haven’t seen it, this week, Bain’s Matt Harris, Blake Adams, Jeff Tijssen, and Adam Davis put out a great overview of the revolution in banking as a service. Embedded Finance: What It Takes to Prosper in the New Value Chain outlines how integrating payments and lending services into online products (1) creates better user experiences, (2) opens new revenue opportunities, and (3) increases global GMV. A recommended read for any digital goods or services providers.
📊 Stat of the Week
UK fintech investment fell from $27.8 billion in the first half of 2021 to $9.6 billion in the first half of 2022. Investment in Canadian fintech dropped by more than 50% in the first six months of 2022, from $1.9 billion to $810 million.
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🏦 Financial Services & Banking
🚀 Product Launches
The Central Bank of Kenya launched a framework for complete interoperability between mobile money services in the country.
📰 Other News
Goldman Sachs’ Apple Card program - thought to be a prime customer segment program - revealed that its loss rate is above the worst among big US issues: at 2.93% (higher than subprime). Elsewhere, Goldman and Modern Treasury are partnering on embedded payments.
The Empire Strikes Back: Charles Schwab, Fidelity Digital Assets, Paradigm, Sequoia Capital, Citadel Securities and Virtu Financial are building their own cryptocurrency exchange, EDX Markets. Franklin Templeton will also offer digital asset strategies to wealth managers.
Commonwealth Bank of Australia became the first bank in the country to let customers authorize recurring payments from within their banking app. Standard Chartered is testing a solution to mitigate duplicate trade finance fraud.
Visa, AmEx, and Mastercard will apply a new merchant code to identify firearm sales.
The Federal Reserve continued to ring warning bells regarding the threat of bank-fintech partnerships and stablecoins to US financial system stability. Former OCC Comptroller Eugene Ludwig also warned fintechs and crypto could pose threats to stability.
Meanwhile, Danske Bank was fined €1,820,000 for AML failures.
🚀 Product Launches
Months after launching a physical card reader, global neobank Revolut launched a one-click hosted checkout to compete with the Apples and PayPals (and Bolts and Fasts) of the world.
PayQuicker launched a global payouts operating system.
Wio launched a gulf neobank for small businesses in the UAE.
GMO launched a portfolio construction and management platform for RIAs.
📰 Other News
A consortium of civil rights organizations and consumer advocates launched an initiative to improve access to affordable credit. Funding Circle* also partnered with Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union to improve small business credit access.
Zip integrated its Australian buy-now-pay-later loans into PPRO.
Crypto exchange BitPanda added commodities trading.
Arrived Homes added vacation home investment properties to its portfolio.
Fintech Abbove partnered with Quintet Private Bank to offer digital wealth planning in Belgium.
Crypto custody provider Anchorage Digital offered a Japanese yen stablecoin. Coinbase, meanwhile, is looking to acquire $1.6 billion of stablecoin USDC.
European spend management platform Payhawk is entering the US after a year in which revenue rose 520%.
Virtual card and spend management provider Extend is partnered with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Student loan refinancer Commonbond announced that, after 10 years, it will shut down. The two founders of Egyptian B2B commerce and payments startup Capiter were fired for fraud and mismanagement of capital.
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