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Oct
19

Missed the 2018 FinTech Summit? Here’s the best recap you’ll read

Tuesday 16th October. The 5th FinTech Summit took place in Sydney. An all-star line-up of FinTech leaders and a sell-out crowd made this the best FinTech Summit yet. The topics of open banking, the rise of challenger banks, the recurring themes of raising capital and hiring talent were all debated. But the prominent themes of the day were integrity, ethics and genuine care for customers. There was a real sense of excitement in the room, with the audience recognising we are at the beginning of a new era in FinTech. Presentations by UP Bank and Xinja demonstrated the differences between a digital challenger bank and a neo bank. Using ground […]

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Oct
18

Open banking: Refinance in 15 minutes

Open banking could see borrowers refinancing their home loans in 15 minutes, according to one panellist at a recent fintech summit. The event, held in Sydney on Tuesday (16 October), focused on how digital innovation was changing finance. The program included speakers and panel discussions on topics such as challenger brands, neo-banking and open banking. One panel session on challenger brands and neo-banks discussed the future of open banking. Panellists included CEO of VOLT bank, Steve Weston, and chief marketing officer of Athena Home Loans, Natalie Dinsdale. Athena Home Loans is still in a soft pilot phase, but Dinsdale said its “mission is to own home loans”. Other panellists were […]

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Sep
26

Australians are embracing fintech as they move away from traditional payment solutions: Research

Australian appetite for fintech services is on the up, with non-bank contactless or card-less mobile payment solutions now being used more than bank-owned payment solutions, according to recent research from market research company Roy Morgan. The Roy Morgan Digital Payment Solutions Currency Report, which is based on more than 50,000 consumer interviews, suggests fintechs, including startups, are taking market share from incumbents, albeit slowly. While 6.4% of people interviewed said they had used bank-owned digital payment solutions within the past 12 months, 6.5% had used non-bank solutions such as Apple Pay or Google Wallet. Further, 6% said they had used pay-later startup Afterpay within the past year. Some 94% of Australians said […]

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Aug
28

APRA prepares to approve three new banks

There’s a prospect of there will be three new banks in the Australian market by Christmas, operating under unrestricted, full banking licences. That these could be held by three start-ups less than a year old – Volt Bank, 86400 and Judo Capital – shows just how fast the regulatory environment is changing under policy leadership of new Prime Minister Scott Morrison. As Treasurer, he championed the need for more competition to pressure incumbent banks to become more customer-centric. Before Morrison’s 2017 budget paved the way for new entrants to enter the deposit market by streamlining application procedures, APRA had granted only one new banking licence to a local player in […]

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Aug
20

Banks will prioritise tech, data and new partnerships this year

Currently, 58% of banking leaders are not actively partnering with fintechs, regtechs or other startups. Over the coming 12 months, 37% of Australian banking leaders are looking to invest in business transformation and technology and 33% are planning to invest in digital offerings and data. One in five banking leaders say they’ll be investing in new alliance partnerships over the coming year, to gain more market share and compete globally. These findings come from a new Banking Industry Report released today by technology provider TAS, which spoke to senior Australian banking executives to analyse their thoughts and priorities for the year ahead. Unsurprisingly, one in three banking leaders are concerned […]

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Aug
06

When will Australia’s Digital Banking Revolution begin?

Opinion piece by Dexter Cousins June witnessed the launch of another NeoBank in Australia with the Cuscal backed 86400. The venture has some serious weight behind it with Anthony Thomson, founder of Atom Bank in the UK, as Chair for the bank. 86400 is still to receive a full banking license and hopes to launch it’s first products early next year. The executive team is in place, in execution mode and there is significant hiring behind the scenes. Xinja meanwhile recently held their first AGM and announced series C capital raise valuing the business at AUS $95m. With regulators yet to grant Xinja a restricted banking license the raise is […]

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Jul
19

Small and mighty: Meet the challenger banks nipping at the heels of the big four

A slew of challenger banks are poised to burst onto the Australian finance scene, in a bid to take on the big four, and change the way that Aussies think about banking. Typically offering cloud-based banking services without a bricks-and-mortar branch in sight, these so-called ‘neobanks’ say they will provide a more personal banking service, designed to be more in line with what modern bank customers want, whether that’s near real-time updates on spending and saving, or personalised lending for small business customers. Who are the challengers? They’re all still awaiting banking licences, but there are four major challenger banks coming out of Australia, at varying stages of readiness. They […]

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Jun
26

Australian global payments provider Verrency bolsters its Global Advisory Board

As part of its global expansion strategy, Australian global payments provider Verrency has appointed well-regarded global payments industry executive Royal Cole to its Advisory Board. Royal is the Executive Vice President and Head of North America at Worldpay, a global leader in integrated omni-commerce payments, processing more than 40 billion credit and debit card transactions annually. Royal joins US-based payments luminaries Michael Kennedy, founder of Zelle, and Daniel Chatelain, founder of the BayPay Forum, as recent appointees to Verrency’s Advisory Board. Verrency Founder and CEO David Link said the appointment of Royal to the Advisory Board reflects the strategic direction that the company is heading as it continues to gain […]

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