Financial Services

Google eyes Japanese payments acquisition: The tech giant is in negotiations to buy cashless payments startup pring, which could help strengthen its business in Japan as the country begins to embrace digital payments.

Incumbents and fintechs alike are launching teen investing accounts, and no amount of heightened regulatory pressure will stop them—here’s why.

Some customers became collateral damage from the US neobank’s initiative to fight fraudulent federal stimulus checks and unemployment insurance—which could hurt Chime’s efforts to attract users and persuade them to make it their primary bank.

The network’s $1 billion crypto-related spend total in H1 2021 points to an effective growth strategy—and serves as a harbinger of what’s to come.

Charles Schwab’s $200 million fine signals that the industry will face more regulatory pressure to provide greater transparency on fees and portfolio allocations and avoid conflicts of interest.

The expense management fintech raised $150 million and will now target larger employers to fuel growth as the wider market heats up.

In just five years, the physical framework of banking will be “dead,” according to bank executives around the globe—supplanted by digital ecosystems and supported by emerging technologies.

The installment lending solution helps Amazon boost ecommerce sales and break further into India’s payment space—and it may also help the etailer capitalize on the global buy now, pay later market.

The banking giant topped a J.D. Power ranking of US customers’ satisfaction with retail banks’ financial advice—an offering with potential to keep branches open despite digital disruption.

The insurtech, which matches insurers so they can offer additional products, raised $180M as it tackles its next growth opportunity—embedded insurance.

Coming in at No.1 confirms that it’s the preeminent neobank in the US—but it still could use a national banking charter to help build trust and hang onto its growing customer base.

eToro eyes another quarter of strong user acquisition after a record Q1 thanks to sustained retail investing activity and its expensive US expansion—expect other US trading platforms to share similar record user growth in the coming months.

The US regional bank joins other incumbents that have recently added a feature which used to be a differentiator for neobanks—and broadens its safety net for customers in need of short-term financing.

The growth of investment robo-advisors—algorithm-based account services—spiked last year across the US, the UK, and Canada as investors, especially those belonging to younger populations, took advantage of investment opportunities during the pandemic. For instance, independent robo-advisors Wealthfront and Betterment both reported double-digit increases in account openings during the pandemic.

The fintech’s $100 million round shows growing confidence in the crypto sector, as regulations and new use cases increase and make solutions like Chainalysis’ more valuable.

The UK regulator banned the crypto exchange from carrying out regulated activities, a warning to other crypto firms to tighten up compliance or risk missing out on surging consumer interest.

On today's episode, we discuss what a world with fewer bank branches means, what the new digital branch will look like, and how digital banking adoption is faring. Tune in to the discussion with eMarketer vice president of content and head of financial services at Insider Intelligence Daniel Van Dyke.