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Funding

Fintech Alex banks $20 million series C

- September 16, 2021 2 MIN READ

Digital bank Alex has raised $20 million in a series C that values the neobank at more than $120 million The raise came from existing shareholders and new investors, including Washington H. Soul Pattinson, Regal Funds Management, Wunala Capital, and SG Hiscock & Company, topping up the $34 million already raised. Founded in 2018 by… Read more »

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Fintech

Afterpay gets into banking with Westpac, launching a savings app linked to your BNPL account

- July 20, 2021 2 MIN READ

Buy-now-pay-later market leader Afterpay (ASX: APT) is getting into ibanking, launching an app-based no fee deposit account paying 1% interest. The ASX-listed fintech has been granted an Australian Financial Services Licence (AFSL) by ASIC so it can provide general financial product advice and distribute basic deposit products and debit cards. Called Money by Afterpay, the… Read more »

Fintech

Alex, a new challenger fintech, just got a banking licence

- July 8, 2021 2 MIN READ

Australia has a new bank, with fintech Alex granted a restricted authorised deposit-taking institution (Restricted ADI) licence from the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA). The digital bank has already been busy lending, writing more than $8 million in personal loans since it was founded in 2018. The neobank has already raised more than $35 million… Read more »

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Westpac teams up with lending fintech SocietyOne for digital banking play

- February 23, 2021 2 MIN READ

One of Australia’s original fintechs, SocietyOne, the peer-to-peer lending marketplace, has joined Afterpay on Westpac’s new digital banking services platform, 10X. Westpac’s digital banking services will be available to SocietyOne customers in the second half of 2021, and the bank has been backing the fintech since 2014 through its VC fund, Reinventure. In October last… Read more »

News & Analysis

Australian banks are giving small business an $8 billion, six-month reprieve on loan repayments

- March 20, 2020 2 MIN READ

Banks will offer small businesses a six-month deferral on their business loan repayments as part of the finance sectors response to Covid-19. Australian Banking Association CEO Anna Bligh said the move will “deliver up to $8 billion back into the pockets of small businesses” across more than $100 billion worth of business loans Bligh said all… Read more »

News & Analysis

A Brisbane fintech just had a key approval from Mastercard and its shares went ballistic

- September 30, 2019 2 MIN READ

Shares in Queensland-based Change Financial soared today after the startup announced it had been registered as a Mastercard payments processor. The US-focused fintech (ASX:CCA) is just the second business to be accepted by Mastercard in the past 20 years. Change said it will begin onboarding its first customer in October 2019, The company has set… Read more »

News & Analysis

App-based startup 86 400 is looking for $250 million as it prepares to become Australia’s newest bank

- May 9, 2019 2 MIN READ

86 400 is a new digital-only bank led by British entrepreneur Anthony Thomson It’s backed by Sydney-based payments services company Cuscal The bank is waiting for APRA approval to launch with a savings account this year It’s seeking $250m over the next three years to strengthen its balance sheet Digital banking startup 86 400 (named… Read more »

Insights

Regulatory technology could fast-track banks to salvation

- April 15, 2019 2 MIN READ

Bill Gates once said that a company’s most unhappy customers are the greatest source of learning. As the dust settles on the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry, many disgruntled and disillusioned Australians will be hoping this proves true, and that after a decade of scandal the banks might finally learn their lesson and play fairly with their customers.