Fintech Insider, hosted by David M. Brear, Jason Bates, Leda Glyptis, Simon Taylor, Sarah Kocianski and Ross Gallagher is a bi-weekly podcast dedicated to all things FinTech, banking and financial services. The hosts are joined weekly by a range of fantastic guests discuss the latest news, developments, and trends within the industry. On Fintech Insider Insights, they speak to subject matter experts for deep dives on APIs, AI, digital banking, and all other areas disrupting our industry. FinTech Insider Interviews brings you one-on-one interviews with the thought leaders and innovators transforming financial services. Fintech Insider News show sees our hosts and guests try to make sense of the top stories from the industry in the last weekWhether you're a fintech expert or you're just keen to know more, then this is the podcast for you!
Ep. 277. News: Sons of Breaches
Our hosts Simon and Ryan are joined by Menno van Leeuwen, Head of Business & Customer Development at Moneyou, Guy Stiebel, VP Products at SCANOVATE and Paul Stamper, Head of Financial Services, Ipsos MORI. First up, all the misinformation in the world. Monzo attacked for lending customers money to buy its shares. Monzo, has been accused of "going beyond the pale" by allowing its customers to get into debt to buy its shares. As discussed on last week's show, Monzo is aiming to raise PS20 million through crowdfunding. The prospectus shows that it will allow eligible customers to go overdrawn by up to PS1,000 to buy shares. Brexcellent preparations. As things stand regarding Brexit, banks and others will need bases in the EU27. Daniele Nouy, the head of the supervisory arm of the European Central Bank (ECB), said recently that 37 firms, including 25 banks, had secured new or improved licences or were close to doing so. ECB is insisting that banks set up more than mere "empty shells" and wants banks to avoid being "overly reliant" on "back-to-back" hedging strategies. Scoring, for generation rent. Rental payments now show on your Experian Credit Report. Experian Credit Reports now include the rental payment information of more than 1.2 million tenants from across the UK. Adding rental data to credit reports means 45% more tenants will be able prove their identity online and are more likely to have increased access to financial products. Licence to bank. P2P lender Zopa granted full UK banking licence. Zopa, the 13-year-old peer-to-peer lender, has become the first of its kind to be awarded a full UK banking licence. The new bank will allow Zopa to increase its offerings with a new fixed-term savings account and credit card. Also expected to roll out a new money management app. We spoke to Zopa CEO Jaidev Janardana to get a closer look at what their plans are now they have a full UK banking licence. Line into banking. Line crosses into banking with Mizuho tie-up. Line will launch digital banking services by 2020 in collaboration with Mizuho Financial Group, aiming to break into the sector using its domestic user base of 78 million. Initially, the venture with Mizuho will let users remit small sums by smartphone and offer small loans for that purpose. We spoke to our very own APAC insider, Brandon Chung to get more of an insight into what this means. Not quite 5 star service. Card details at risk in massive Marriott data breach. The details of millions of payment cards may have been exposed in a hack on hotel giant Marriott affecting 500 million guests. Guest reservations database of its Starwood unit has been compromised since 2014. For 327 million, the compromised information includes some combination of name, mailing address, phone number, email address, passport number, date of birth, gender, arrival and departure information, reservation date, and communication preferences. Contactless charity. London installs network of contactless donation points to help the homeless. Londoners can now make contactless donations to homelessness charities through a network of terminals across the city. The TAP donation points have so far been installed in 35 locations across London, with more than 90 to appear across the capital this winter. Each tap of the card on the terminal deducts a PS3 donation, which will be split between the 22 charities comprising the London Homeless Charities Group. And Finally... A rat's gotta eat. A rat broke into an ATM, ate nearly $20,000 worth of cash, died. A rat in Assam state, India, squeezed its way inside an ATM machine, consumed and destroyed $17,662 worth of Rupees, and promptly died. When technicians attended the ATM they found looked like the contents of a paper shredder, with the rat already dead and buried within the mountain of minced up money. No foul play is suspected. All this and so much more on today's episode of Fintech Insider! Subscribe so you never miss an episode, leave a review o
Ep. 276. Insights. Regtech: where innovation meets compliance
In this week's insights show we're bringing you a deep discussion on what's happening in the regtech space. We have some brilliant experts to take on these issues including: Jason Boud, CEO of Regtech associates Diana Paredes, CEO + Co-founder Suade Labs Nick Cook, Head of Regtech & Advanced Analytics FCA Nas Ahmed, General Counsel, 11:FS Our roundtable talks about what regtech is solving for, the costs of compliance and risk, what hurdles exist to the adoption of regtech by big financial institutions, technological problems that the big institutions face, how to overcome them and how involved regulators should be in setting the agenda. All this and so much more on today's episode of Fintech Insider! Subscribe so you never miss an episode, leave a review on iTunes and every other podcast app. Spread the fintech love by sharing or tweeting this podcast. Let us know your thoughts on Twitter @FintechInsiders This week's episode was produced by Petrit Berisha. Edited by Alex Woodhouse.Special Guests: Diana Paredes, Jason Boud, Nas Ahmed, and Nick Cook.
Ep. 275. News: Ritual Humiliation
Our hosts Sarah and Simon are joined by Emily Nicolle, Technology Reporter at CityAM, Valentina Kristensen, Director of Growth & Comms at OakNorth and Sophie Winwood, Investment Associate at Anthemis Group. First up, Show me the money! Monzo are crowdfunding for the last chunk of its series E fundraising round. Fundraising with a target of PS20M. Existing Monzo investors will get early access to the round from 3 December. The round will then be opened up to other Monzo customers, who can invest up to PS2,000. Previously have raised over PS4M from two other crowdfunding rounds. Last round in 2016 broke record for fastest equity raise with PS1M funded in 96 seconds. Emily wrote this story and has some great insights into what's going on. We also have a great interview with Tristan Thomas, Monzo's Head of Marketing to get his thoughts on crowdfunding, why they're doing it now and much more. Revolut head East as it obtains licenses in Japan and Singapore. The licenses from regulators in Japan and Singapore will enable it to operate in a similar fashion to its UK business through partnerships with local banks. Hoping to launch in the Asia Pacific region in Q1 2019, with over 50,000 users already on its waiting list. The JP and SG launch will happen ahead of the US launch, despite Revolut's original plan to launch in the US inside 2018. Diversity could always bolster funding...Swift Institute call for gender diversity in fintech. The SWIFT Institute, set up by SWIFT, funds independent research and is offering a EUR15,000 grant to increase gender diversity. It wants proposals on "Securing the Future of the Financial Industry via Improved Gender Diversity". Cites a 2017 McKinsey study - companies in the top quartile for gender diversity on their executive teams were 21% more likely to experience above-average profitability than companies in the fourth quartile. Nearly 3/4 of female millennials working in financial services believe that while their organisations talk about diversity, opportunities are not equal for all. Investigating meltdowns. Bank IT failures investigated by Treasury Committee after series of meltdowns. The Treasury Select Committee will examine whether banks can prevent disturbances to services following on from the banking service outages earlier this year. It will look at the common causes of IT failures, how customers lose out and whether the BofE and FCA are able to hold the relevant people to account. Since Nicky Morgan became chair of the committee 16 months ago outages have occurred at Equifax, TSB, Visa, Barclays, Cashplus, RBS and others. Skin in the game. MyBucks and Bibimoney are Sim-Skin kings of Africa. Frankfurt's MyBucks and UK-based Bibimoney have launched a joint venture aimed at the African microloan market through SIM-Skin technology. Once attached to the SIM card, it enables the Bibimoney app to function on any mobile device (smart and feature phones) and includes an interoperable mobile wallet. The firms say the mobile wallet has full transactional capabilities and will also include functionality to apply for, obtain and repay microloans. We speak to our resident African markets expert, LesleyAnn Vaughan to get her thoughts on this initiative. Put it all on fintech. Where top US banks are betting on fintech. US banks are actively investing in fintech startups. To the end of November this year the top 11 US banks by assets participated in a total of 49 equity rounds to fintech startups. This compares to 19 in 2017 and 33 in 2016. Sometimes banks invest and partner with fintechs to further internal strategic goals. Strategic investing is a growing trend among banks in 2018, as many US banks have solidified their internal digital strategies and are now looking to execute. That wasn't on the public feed...Venmo payment fraud leads to $40M in losses. The losses occurred in the first three months of 2018 according to internal documents the Wall Street Journal reviewed. Expenses due to fraudu
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