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JP Morgan, BlackRock, CME, & Bancolombia get into crypto 🌕 (TWIF 5/17)

JP Morgan, BlackRock, CME, & Bancolombia get into crypto 🌕 (TWIF 5/17)
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Hello Fintech Friends,

It's been a busy week as always, here's what you may have missed:

Signals: Neobanks are in their Globalization Era
Neobanks’ international expansion benefits users at home *and* abroad; India extends 30% UPI market cap.
🎧The Fintech OG Series: Charley Ma and Reshma Sohoni
Welcome back for the next episode of the Fintech OG series! This week I’m excited to have Charley Ma of Exponent Founders Capital and Reshma Sohoni of Seedcamp on the podcast. Beyond their professional insights, both of them offered candid reflections on personal growth and where fintech is headed next.

On the events side:

Future Money: A TWIF Book Tour Event · Luma
Come join us with bestselling author Ronit Ghose for a 1:1 fireside chat-style discussion of his new book, Future Money: Fintech, AI and Web3, with TWIF’s Nik…
Agile Fintech Partnerships Breakfast & Panel at NY #TechWeek – hosted by American Express and This Week in Fintech · Luma
American Express, Amex Ventures, and This Week in Fintech are coming together to host an exclusive breakfast and panel during New York Tech Week. Who: This…

No time to read all the news this week? Check out our 9-minute Weekly Briefing on Spotify instead:

TWIF News Briefing - May 18th
Listen to this episode from The This Week in Fintech Podcast on Spotify. In this 10-minute episode, we explore the latest in fintech from groundbreaking product launches like Wenia’s COPW Stablecoin to significant challenges such as Binance’s $6M AML fine. We delve into Sophie Vo’s insightful article on the globalization era of neobanks, examining how giants like NuBank and Monzo are leveraging international markets to innovate domestically. Our Fintechionary segment demystifies P2P lending, explaining its impact on democratizing finance. Wrapping up, we recommend deep reads on PayPal’s optimistic future and Visa’s revolutionary One Card. Tune in for a concise roundup of the essential fintech developments this week!
‎The This Week in Fintech Podcast: TWIF News Briefing - May 18th on Apple Podcasts
‎Show The This Week in Fintech Podcast, Ep TWIF News Briefing - May 18th - 16 May 2024

Please enjoy another week of fintech and banking news below. (👍👎 Have feedback for us? Let us know!)


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💼 Fintech Job of the Week
Astra hiring Senior GTM Sales Manager in United States | LinkedIn
Posted 5:28:20 PM. Astra processes payments at the speed of the Internet. Through our API, developers can easily…See this and similar jobs on LinkedIn.

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💬 Quote of the Week

🏦 Financial Services & Banking
🚀 Product Launches

Card network Visa launched new digital capabilities for its credit and debit cards, including the ability for users to tap their own card on their own device to instantly provision a new card in a digital wallet; pay via credit or debit from a single account; and use facial identification for one-click checkout more broadly. Most interestingly, the new Visa Flexible Credential will enable banks to issue a single card with one card number that toggles between different payment methods. (Remember Coin?)

One card to rule them all | Visa

HSBC added a feature to its mobile app in the UK to help customers identify, plan and manage their saving goals.

Commonwealth Bank of Australia launched Truyu, its own app to alert users when their credentials are at risk of being misused by fraudsters.

Also – holy institutional crypto!

CME, the world's largest futures exchange, now plans to launch bitcoin trading, in another coup for crypto investors.

Colombia’s largest bank, Bancolombia, also entered the crypto market with the launch of a new crypto exchange called Wenia that it plans to scale to 60,000 users in its first year.

📰 Other News

JP Morgan struck a deal to offer its JPM Coin digital token as a settlement mechanism for Broadridge's Distributed Ledger Repo platform, which offers Broadridge clients intra-day, overnight and term repo capabilities.

BlackRock is closing in on the title world’s largest bitcoin fund as the asset manager’s initial scepticism over cryptocurrencies gives way to ambitions to be the biggest digital asset market. Its ETF now stands at $16.7 billion, compared to Grayscale's $19 billion.

US-headquartered global payment network Mastercard partnered with Standard Chartered on a proof-of-concept pilot exploring tokenised deposits and tokenised carbon credits. The network also began processing domestic payments in China through its NetsUnion JV.

The Reserve Bank of India proposed to launch a central bank digital currency token that can also function offline, while Kazakhstan is jumping ahead in the CBDC race:

"Bank customers in Kazakhstan can apply for virtual and plastic CBDC cards and use them for both in-store and e-commerce purchases across Mastercard and Visa global networks. Additionally, they can withdraw cash at ATMs, link their cards to Google Pay, Apple Pay and Samsung Pay, monitor their CBDC card balance and transaction history through mobile banking; and access other related services. The digital tenge footprint is expanding, with 36 new use cases in its roadmap for 2024 and 2025."

Wells Fargo and JP Morgan both said that US authorities are scrutinizing how consumer complaints about Zelle payments are handled.

American Express and Worldpay signed a new agreement to give small business owners more tools to accept AmEx card payments. Nasdaq is integrating GenAI into its market surveillance tech.

The US Supreme Court rejected a conservative legal challenge to the CFPB's funding and legitimacy, as the regulator begins to investigate credit card reward programs and spending incentives.

Payments firms are calling for the UK government to rethink plans to protect victims of authorized push payments fraud, arguing that a refund cap of £415,000 will hurt smaller providers.


💻 Fintech
🚀 Product Launches

UK neobank Monument Bank is joining other neobanks like Starling and Monese in offering its product as-a-service, taking on Ecology Building Society as its first customer.

Meanwhile, French mobile payments app Lydia launched its own neobank, with plans to invest €100 million in the division and hire 400 people over the next three years.

Lydia accounts - The definitive banking app

Data security company Evervault launched a new payments security platform with a Network Tokens API, Card Insights API, and payment optimization.

Corporate expense management provider Expensify launched unlimited virtual cards for customers to manage expenses across employees and merchants.

Lili, a financial platform for small businesss, launched a GenAI tool — Accountant AI — to harness businesses' financial data for personalized recommendations.

Credit bureau Experian launched cashflow insights to allow lenders to integrate personal cashflow and banking data into their decision-making.

Multi-asset trading platform Tradu launched a new crypto trading exchange.

io.finnet launched its Vault, a digital asset self-custody solution for institutions.

Core banking provider Temenos announced the launch of its Responsible Generative AI solutions as part of its AI banking platform.

Dutch neobank bunq upgraded its GenAI assistant Finn to make it "fully conversational" (answering over 100,000 questions) and launched a new travel insurance product.

UK currency transfer fintech Atlantic Money launched a desktop app.


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Ally is seeking market-ready, US-based startups specializing in AI infrastructure that can assist in building robust, scalable platforms for responsible AI development and deployment. Selected startups will have opportunities for mentoring and potential collaboration with senior experts from the financial services company behind the nation’s largest all-digital bank. Learn more about it here and submit your application by June 17th!  Terms and conditions apply- see website for full details

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📰 Other News

Chinese payments giant Ant Group is looking to expand into the payments markets of Europe, Middle East and Latin America with its Alipay+ offering, while Google Wallet launches in India.

Kima, an Israeli asset-agnostic, peer-to-peer money transfer and payment protocol, is working with Mastercard to build a DeFi credit card.

German savings and investment product marketplace Raisin doubled revenues in 2023 to €158 million and reached €20 million EBTDA with a net profit of €1 million.

Commerce payments and loyalty platform Nayax posted its first quarter earnings, including 43% YoY recurring revenue growth and $3.6 million of EBITDA on $64 million of revenues.

Mortgage app Better's EVP of customer experience withdrew her lawsuit against the company.

🤝 Partnership Corner

Nacha selected real-time payment and account verification provider Orum* as a Preferred Partner its ACH Experience and Nacha Certified platforms.

TBD, a decentralized exchange run by Jack Dorsey's Block, partnered with pan-African peer-to-peer payments provider Chipper Cash on stablecoin payments.

Wipro partnered with Microsoft to launch a suite of cognitive assistants for the financial services sector powered by GenAI.

BVNK, a payment infrastructure provider, integrated the PayPal USD stablecoin, issued by Paxos, into its payment system.

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👎 The Bad News

As part of the fallout from banking-as-a-service provider Synapse's meltdown, teen and family banking app Copper abruptly shut down its deposit accounts and debit cards. A United States Trustee filed an emergency motion on Wednesday to convert Synapse's debt reorganization Chapter 11 bankruptcy into a liquidation Chapter 7.

The CFPB settled a $384 million fine that it will distribute to customers of Think Finance, whom it says were tricked into repaying loans they did not legally owe.

Even though Affirm grew revenues by over 51% annually and lowered losses per share, its stock sank after earnings, which analysts believe is due to slowing growth at its e-commerce partner Shopify.

Crypto exchange Binance was fined C$6 million by Canadian authorities for violating money laundering and terrorist financing laws.

Ampla, a fintech that lends to consumer brands, is reportedly trying to find a buyer.


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