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86 400 sells to NAB, ending its neobank dream

- January 29, 2021 2 MIN READ

Big four bank NAB is taking control of neobank 86 400, just 18 months after the fintech launched. The proposed deal ends the “challenger bank” dream of British banking pioneer Anthony Thomson, co-founder of the UK’s Metro Bank and publicly-listed digital bank Atom, and CEO Robert Bell, a former ANZ Japan boss. It was only… Read more »

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CBA’s x15ventures buys hospitality platform Doshii

- January 28, 2021 2 MIN READ

The Commonwealth Bank venture scaling entity, x15ventures, has made its fifth acquisition in the 12 months since launching, adding hospitality platform Doshii to its portfolio. The cloud-based startup connects food apps with a venue’s point of sale system. The acquisition was announced at CBA’s 2021 technology update at the bank’s new tech hub at South Eveleigh,… Read more »

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Zip raised an extra $26.7 million from its eager shareholders

- January 18, 2021 < 1 MIN READ

Buy-now-pay-later fintech Zip has nearly doubled the amount it raised in its Share Purchase Plan (SPP), issuing more than 10 million new shares worth $56,739,524. Zip (ASX:Z1P) set out to raise $30 million through the SPP, but also accepted an extra $26,739,524.95 in oversubscriptions from eligible shareholders, who could subscribe for up to $30,000 worth… Read more »

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Neobank Xinja is shutting up shop

- December 16, 2020 4 MIN READ

Xinja’s neobank adventure is over after just three years, with the fintech startup announcing it will hand back its banking license. The company hopes to continue with its US share trading platform, Dabble “should circumstances allow”, but that project has already been delayed indefinitely. The bank says customers won’t be able to put money in… Read more »

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BNPL Zip just cut Latitude’s lunch at Harvey Norman

- December 15, 2020 < 1 MIN READ

ASX-listed buy-now-pay-later fintech Zip Co. is moving into territory recently claimed by rival Latitude Pay, announcing it will offer it Zip BNPL product at Harvey Norman, Domayne and Joyce Mayne franchisee stores. Co-founder and COO Peter Gray said the partnership delivers on Zip’s strategic vision. “We are thrilled to partner with such iconic brands. We… Read more »

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Humm teams up with fintech Douugh for US BNPL tilt

- December 1, 2020 2 MIN READ

The former Flexigroup, now rebranded as Humm, the name of its BNPL product, is launching a US line of credit, marketed as a BNPL solution in the highly competitive US market in a joint venture with fellow ASX-listed fintech Douugh. The proposed JV will result in “Douugh powered by humm” as a “BNPL” solution involving… Read more »

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Xinja cuts the cap for paying interest on its Stash account once again to just $50,000

- November 17, 2020 2 MIN READ

Less than a year after “Australia’s best savings account”, the high interest rate on Xinja’s Stash savings account appears to be a millstone around the neobank’s neck, with the fintech slashing the interest-bearing cap by two-thirds to just $50,000 on any deposits. With the launch of Xinja US share trading platform Dabble now delayed indefinitely,… Read more »

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4 months after Open Banking launched in Australia, a new report reveals the fintech sector is keen but struggling to get involved

- November 4, 2020 4 MIN READ

78% of survey respondents were familiar with Open Banking (CDR). 71% of industry respondents intend to use CDR, 58% of whom stating that they intend to use CDR data within the next 12 months 64% of banks and lenders, and 54.6% of technology providers plan to spend more than $500,000 54.2% of fintechs expect to… Read more »

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Airwallex scoops the pool at The Finnies fintech awards

- October 28, 2020 2 MIN READ

Airwallex took out four major awards at the 2020 Finnies, including the top prize, Fintech Organisation of the Year and the People’s Choice Award. The company also received the Excellence in Payments award, while the Melbourne-based global unicorn’s co-founder and president, Lucy Liu, was named Emerging Fintech Leader of the Year. Airwallex and Athena Home… Read more »