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InvestSMART records profit surge as investors flock to robo advice

InvestSMART Group Ltd (ASX: INV), Australia’s largest provider of automated investment advice to retail clients and self-managed super funds, today announced its profit had surged in the year to June 30, 2016 as the group expanded its range of robo advice tools and content services. In a year that was focused on business consolidation, cost restructure and systems development to improve scalability, InvestSMART’s operating profit before tax and amortisation jumped from $131,204 to $2.41 million. The result, and the focus on improving services to members, set the scene for organic growth in member engagement and revenue in FY2017 as the numbers of investors turning to the group’s sophisticated robo advice […]

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Aug
22

Banks resist fintech push for open data regime

If banks were required to open their customer data to competitors, economic growth would be bolstered through financial services competition and customer service would be improved by allowing fintech companies to create better-priced financial products, argues Fintech Australia, an industry group representing financial technology start-ups. The Productivity Commission’s review into ‘Data availability and use’ is looking at whether a system of “open APIs” [application programming interfaces] could be created along the lines of a new regime in Britain to allow competitors to plug directly into data sets held by banks, such as transaction account activity. Fintech Australia has asked the commission to recommend an “open banking API” regime be mandated […]

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Aug
12

BPS Technology acquires Entertainment Publications

Leading channel enablement and payments platform provider BPS Technology Limited (“BPS”, “BPS Technology” or “the Company”) is pleased to announce the successful completion of its underwritten $27.5 million institutional placement.   Net proceeds of the capital raising will be used to fund the transformative acquisition of Entertainment Publications Australia and New Zealand (“Entertainment” or “Entertainment Publications”), a leading B2C deals platform with 12,000 SMEs, 18,000 NFPs and 550,000 members, and for additional growth/working capital. The consideration for the Entertainment Publications acquisition is $22.5 million in cash and 2,659,574 in BPS shares. The combination of BPS and Entertainment brings together two proven, profitable and scalable businesses with significant growth potential.   […]

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Aug
04

Equip launches pilot program for Equip MyMoney robo investment service

Equip is piloting its robo investment service, branded Equip MyMoney, with a select group of members, with release to all members planned by the end of the month. Equip MyMoney is the fund’s custom-built superannuation version of Clover.com.au’s automated investment service and will help members make the right choice from the fund’s existing investment options based on their risk profile. This is calculated from user responses to a short series of questions. Equip’s Executive Officer, Member Relationships, Justin Sadler, said: “Equip MyMoney will be a quantum leap forward in the online experience and capability available to our members, and reflects our commitment to on-going development of our financial education and […]

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InvestmentLink establishes data grant for emerging fintech companies

InvestmentLink, Australia’s largest independent financial data source, today announced the establishment of a data grant designed to support emerging companies in the Australian fintech sector. The grant will give selected companies access to a feed of financial account and investment fund data at no cost for a period of 18 months. The grant is being made available to Australian fintech start-ups and will give them access to 600 data feeds. It will include 500 live accounts, with access to test accounts and the InvestmentLink API. InvestmentLink Chief Technology Officer Wayne Robinson said the program will provide a significant boost to those companies awarded a grant, and help them demonstrate their […]

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Aug
02

TruRating clinches $16.5 million in latest funding round as it looks to further global expansion

UK mass-market ratings system, TruRating has today announced that it has raised $16.5M AUD (£9.5M GBP) in Series A funding, which will be used to further propel the company’s expansion into global markets and enable TruRating to further develop new technology to provide additional value to consumers. This funding round was led by Sandaire, wealth management specialist, and  private family investment group, bringing the company’s total amount of investor-lead funding to $23.85M AUD (£13.7M GBP), following prior rounds of angel and seed funding totaling $7.3M (£4.2M GBP)**.   On the importance of the investment, TruRating founder and CEO Georgina Nelson said: “We have had an incredible year and securing this […]

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New fintech fills the void of efficiency and independence for managed accounts

MA Operator, a brand new technology for financial advisers, launched in Sydney today. The firm provides three different services on the same comprehensive platform and low-cost model: A complete service for managed discretionary accounts (MDAs), including risk and compliance management, which replaces numerous systems and processes advisers currently need to use to offer MDAs to clients A complete solution for managed accounts and direct portfolios delivered under the Statement of Advice model; and Software and services for external MDA Operators looking to improve efficiency and scale. MA Operator allows advisers to manage client investments far more easily, removing cost and administration time from a range of processes currently managed under […]

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Jul
25

Why trade finance is a good use case for blockchain

Trade finance is shaping up as one of the most promising early use cases for blockchain technology. The arrival of blockchain is prompting banks to search for analogue processes across the global economy which could be digitised to reduce financing risk. As a cumbersome process using multiple paper-based contracts with settlement typically taking weeks, the $US4 trillion ($5.3 trillion) trade-financing industry is set to be revolutionised by distributed ledger technology in the coming years. Many of the world’s largest banks and various start-ups have been pumping funds into blockchain research and development. They are now branching out of their laboratories to explain the opportunity to customers. In the trade finance […]

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