Fintech makes the world go around:

May, 2019


May 22, 2019  8:57 AM

Fintechs should get out of London to open their eyes and grow

KarlFl40 Profile: KarlFl40

The Innovate Finance Global Summit this year has been and gone. With speakers including the chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond and some of the leading lights in fintech attending, the event, in its fifth year was packed out. There were well over 2000 registered visitors at this year’s...

May 16, 2019  2:24 PM

Brits want their banks to offer the latest fintech services but are not ready to use them

KarlFl40 Profile: KarlFl40

If I had a pound every time somebody mentioned to me that London is one of the world’s capitals of fintech, I would probably be a bank. And I don’t doubt it. I currently have a file full of recordings of fintech interviews that I have not yet had time to write up. Most of these companies are...


May 15, 2019  9:07 AM

Nationwide invests in behavioural AI startup

KarlFl40 Profile: KarlFl40

Nationwide Building Society is continuing to put money into tech start-ups to not only offer its customers access to latest tech, but also as an investment strategy. Nationwide is bringing a Canadian start-up Scaled Insights to the UK through an...


May 10, 2019  1:59 PM

Striving to be a good bank at Tandem Bank: Fintech Interview 21

KarlFl40 Profile: KarlFl40

The biggest surprise for Tandem Bank when it moved customers it gained through acquisition, to its systems, was that not having the title Dame in its database could be an issue. The digital bank was incorporated in 2013 took on its first employee, unsurprisingly a chief technology officer in...


May 9, 2019  9:54 AM

Fintech Tink gets UK expansion rolling with NatWest deal

KarlFl40 Profile: KarlFl40

Swedish fintech Tink has signed up its first UK bank to its open banking services, in its drive to expand significantly in the UK NatWest is going to use Tink's platform which offers open banking capabilities. I


May 8, 2019  10:02 AM

Open banking take-up in the Netherlands less than expected because government promoted GDPR so well

KarlFl40 Profile: KarlFl40

It seems that the Dutch government made such a good job at promoting GDPR that people have become incredibly wary of allowing their banks to share some of their data. I was talking to a contact who had attended a the European Payment Summit in the Hague recently. He said the Dutch government...


May 7, 2019  10:56 AM

Azimo safeguards its EU passporting rights with Dutch licence

KarlFl40 Profile: KarlFl40

I am a bit late to this story as it was announced a month ago, but Azimo’s accreditation from the Dutch Central Bank is interesting in these uncertain times. It is yet another example of UK base companies setting up operations in other EU countries, the ones that don’t want to leave, to...


May 2, 2019  10:14 AM

Banks changing APIs at short notice highlights a failing of open banking standard

KarlFl40 Profile: KarlFl40

Banks are able to change their Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) with just two weeks’ notice in what challenger finance firms see as a weakness in the open...

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May 1, 2019  1:25 PM

NatWest owned fintech reaches £50m mark for SME lending

KarlFl40 Profile: KarlFl40

NatWest owned SME lending platform Esme Loans has lent more than £50m to UK SMEs over two years. Esme cuts the time it takes to apply for a loan to 10 minutes for SMEs, offering SMEs loans of up to £150,000. Application is made easy through the use of the latest technology, including...


May 1, 2019  8:52 AM

Chancellor Hammond regrets uncertainty of the elephant in the room in speech to the fintechs

KarlFl40 Profile: KarlFl40

It took until the final session I attended at the Innovate Finance Summit 2019 to have a speaker address Brexit. And it was as a joke by none other than the Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond. I am sure Brexit was addressed...


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