Digital Banking | 2023 #17
Weekly news up to Monday, 24th of April 2023
The demise of Silvergate, Signature, and Silicon Valley Bank rapidly followed by the implosion of Credit Suisse sent shockwaves through the financial world. Several contenders are rising up to take the US’s place.
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👀 NEWS HIGHLIGHT
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RTP technology has been most successful in countries like Brazil, China, and India, where sparse card payment infrastructure fails to satiate a large appetite for electronic payments. However, there are several gaps in the U.S. RTP system.
After biding its time on digital banking for several years, Thailand is following in its neighbors’ footsteps, setting capitalization requirements and other hurdles that will likely eliminate scrappy upstarts from the application process.
While many digital banks have gained a significant following among digital-savvy consumers, the truth is that profitability remains elusive for most of them. In fact, only a handful of digital banks have been able to register profitability.
In a similar way that calculators and PCs replaced some of the work that bankers were doing manually, AI will replace some of the manual work bankers are doing today. Rich Data Co believes that a ‘human in the loop’ with AI is also the key to delivering reliable lending solutions, especially in the highly regulated financial services industry.
The launch of FedNow this summer has excited the FinTech world because it introduces government-mandated RTPs. Those will reduce some risks (like insufficient funds fraud), but also introduce new ones (like scams).
NOW, ON TO THE SUMMARY OF LAST WEEK'S NEWS
🔦 DIGITAL BANKING HIGHLIGHTS
⭐️ Railsr’s bankruptcy indicates the forthcoming wave of FinTechs coming to market in 2023.
🌎 REGIONAL HIGHLIGHTS
Lanistar is preparing for launch in the UK. Lanistar has recently invested heavily in building a winning proposition in LATAM and has successfully launched in Brazil with over 20,000 customers on board.
Revolut connects directly to SEPA financial network, which enables fast, secure, and efficient payments between participating banks for their customers. 36 European countries are part of SEPA, with over 529 million users.
Revolut is on the hunt for a new London headquarters. The company, which has its global base in London’s Canary Wharf, now employs approximately 6,000 employees globally.
BaFin has been rounding on N26’s internal organization and money-laundering controls since 2018. In 2021 it imposed a €4.25mn fine and decreed that the lender could only accept 50,000 new clients per month.
Ripplewood Advisors is considering a bid for the digital banking arm of Orange, as the French telecom carrier’s search for a partner reaches its final stage.
Pidgin announced that U.S. Century Bank partners with Pidgin to bring real-time payments to its growing customer base.
Goldman Sachs announced the launch of a transaction banking business in Japan. The decision was reportedly made in the backdrop of the global economic slowdown, as it hits investment banks, driving some to push for new revenue streams.
Q2 announced Q2 Instant Payments Manager, a new solution designed to help financial institutions manage instant payment workflows from end-to-end with the new Clearing House RTP and Federal Reserve FedNowSM instant payment rails.
Apple Card’s new high-yield Savings account is now available, offering a 4.15 percent APY.
Klar aims to reach three million users by the end of the year. It raised $400 million in funding and plans to expand its services to other countries in Latin America.
The RippleNet-based MoneyTap app is now supported by three major banks belonging to Yamaguchi Financial Group – Yamaguchi Bank, Momiji Bank, and Kitakyushu Bank.
The Bank of Israel is preparing an action plan for the potential issuance of a digital shekel, despite the fact that a decision has not yet been made as to whether the Bank intends on doing so.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
BankiFi appointed Lindsay Hodges as their new Director of Product Management and Client Success for the Americas. Hodges’ addition to the team is one of the efforts in the company’s dedication to the North American market.
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