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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 »

Cryptocurrency

Reinventure’s bet on Coinbase returns $546 million, boosting Westpac’s bottom line by $288m

- April 28, 2021 2 MIN READ

January 2015 was an interesting time for bitcoin and Westpac’s fintech venture capital fund, Reinventure. Simon Cant and Danny Gilligan, co-founded the VC with Westpac the year before. Bitcoin kicked off the year at around US$300, before crashing to $170 within a fortnight. The cryptocurrency would climb to $465 before the year was out and… Read more »

News & Analysis

Banks are upping their support for business to prevent commercial property evictions during the COVID-19 downturn

- March 30, 2020 3 MIN READ

Australian banks are expanding their program of six-month loan deferrals to larger companies, offering relief on up to $250 billion in business borrowing. The major banks are backing the Australian Banking Association’s (ABA) extended Business Support Package to 98% of all businesses with a loan from an Australian bank, increasing the existing $3 million small… Read more »

News & Analysis

Westpac has another $50,000 up for grabs in its innovation challenge

- August 23, 2019 < 1 MIN READ

Westpac has launched its sixth annual Innovation Challenge, offering startups, scale-ups and entrepreneurs the chance to win $50,000 and professional support to grow their business. The Challenge seeks data solutions solviong a business problems in five different sectors: micro business, energy, insurance, aged care or government. The latest challenge comes head of the phased introduction… Read more »