The Week in Review

The Week in Review

Friday February 23, 2018 –

Here are the new and noteworthy stories we have been following this week.

Sound Practices: implications of fintech developments for banks and supervisors issued by the Basel Committee

The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BIS) published a paper on how fintech may affect the banking industry and the activities of supervisors in the near to medium term.

Google’s Tez payments app now lets users handle their utility bills and more

Google’s Tez payment service in India now allows for bill payments via the app.

Cashing out? Why notes and coins may become a thing of the past in Sweden

Sweden is one of the most cash-free societies in the world. The proportion of cash payments in the retail sector fell from about 40% in 2010 to about 15% in 2016.

Greenlight Raises $16 Million Series A Financing and Announces New Strategic Partnerships

Atlanta based Greenlight Financial Technology, issuer of the kid, teen, and student debit card with parental controls raised $16 million in Series A financing.

Bank of America is worried about the threat of cryptocurrency to its business

In its annual SEC filing Bank of America warned of competitive and regulatory pressures related to new technologies, specifically cryptocurrencies.

BNP Paribas launches fintech investment fund

BNP Paribas has launched a new investment fund to take direct minority stakes in innovative startups in financial services and insurance as part of its strategy to build the ‘bank of the future’.

A mobile payments app from US banks is less than a year old, but rivals Venmo’s volume

Zelle and Venmo are going head-to-head in the P2P race.  Zelle has reportedly handled $75 billion in volume in 2017 – double Venmo’s volume.–paypals-volume-in-under-a-year.html