The Week in Review

The Week in Review

Friday August 23, 2019 –

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

Apple Card launches today for all US customers, adds 3% cash back for Uber and Uber Eats

The Apple-Goldman co-branded credit card officially launched to the general public following several weeks of soft launch testing ushering in a new era of digital acquisition, fulfillment, and account management.

MPOWER Financing raises $100M from Goldman Sachs to reach $200M in total loan financing capital

MPOWER, a student lender catering to international and DACA students studying in the US and Canada has raised a $100 million loan facility from Goldman Sachs.

Visa launches security suite

Visa has rolled out a set of new security services and capabilities to detect and disrupt fraud threats targeting banks and merchants.

JP Morgan to scrap digital wallet app Chase Pay

Chase is shutting down its Chase Pay mobile payments app for in-store use but will continue to invest in online and in-app use where it continues to see growth potential.

Bank of America Zelle® Use Soars in 2019

Bank of America is reporting strong adoption and use of Zelle among its customers – year to date its customers have conducted 163 million transactions vs. 157 million in all of 2018.

N26 launches Shared Spaces and is now fully available in the US

After a limited beta test, N26 has officially launched in the US and consumers can download the app to apply for an account and a Visa debit card.

Swiss Fintech Startup Becomes a $1 Billion Unicorn

Numbrs Personal Finance, a Swiss fintech firm that allows users to manage their bank accounts under a single application as well as apply for bank accounts, cards, loans, etc. within the app has raised $40 million from a group of private investors at a $1 billion valuation.

Revolut bolsters senior team with banking executives

Revolut has hired senior executives in treasury, finance, and risk management from  Deutsche Bank, ClearBank, and N26 as part of its ongoing effort to enhance its senior management team with experienced operating leaders as it transitions from startup to a “global bank”.

Blockchain Wallet integrates BitPay for easy Bitcoin payments

Blockchain, a Bitcoin wallet and block explorer provider has integrated with BitPay allowing its users to make seamless Bitcoin transactions at BitPay vendors.

Mastercard Alerts Privacy Watchdogs After Loyalty Program Leak

Mastercard Europe suffered a data breach involving customer data from the company’s Priceless Specials loyalty program and has formally notified Belgian and German data-protection regulators of the data lapse which was discovered when leaked information was made available on the Internet.