The Week in Review

The Week in Review

Friday March 8, 2019 –

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

Shopping at Discount Stores Could Help Get You a Loan

Discover is planning to work with ZestFinance and use artificial intelligence to help with the underwriting of personal loan applications.

Mercedes-Benz Stadium will convert to cashless operation

Atlanta’s Mercedes Benz Stadium will move to a cashless environment starting this month in an effort to drive greater efficiency in payments acceptance and handling.

Barclays to Merge BPay, Pingit Products as Banks Fend Off Apple

Barclays is preparing to merge its wearable mobile payments product BPay (which has struggled to gain users), with its more popular Pingit app.

Grab is now valued at $14 billion after landing $1.46 billion from SoftBank’s Vision Fund

Grab has raised $1.46 billion in new funds from SoftBank’s Vision Fund taking its valuation to $14 billion.

GreenSky, Inc. Reports Full Year 2018 Financial Results

Greensky reported strong 2018 results with full year revenue rising 27% to $414.7 million and volume of $5.03 billion up 34%, along with positive guidance for 2019.

German fintech Raisin buys bank

In a reverse move, European saving platform Raisin is proposing a takeover of its long-time service bank, MHB Bank of Frankfurt.

The Mayor of the City of Philadelphia has signed a new law requiring retailers to accept legal tender starting this summer.

SoftBank launches $5 billion Latin America tech fund

SoftBank is launching a $5 billion fund, named the SoftBank Innovation Fund that will invest in technology start-ups across Latin America.

U.S. Consumer Debt Rose in January on Credit-Card Borrowing

U.S. consumer credit balances increased at an annualized rate of 5% to $4.035 trillion in January, up $17 billion from December.

Visa and PayActiv Collaborate for Real-Time Access to Wages

Visa and PayActiv have teamed up to accelerate employee access of earned wages through Visa Direct’s real-time push payments platform.

Mastercard Advances Cross-Border Capabilities with Acquisition of Transfast

Mastercard has entered into an agreement to acquire Transfast, a global cross-border account-to-account money transfer network.