FinTech

Aug
10

Start-up delivers access to cheap mortgages

Australian fintech companies like HashChing are great disruptors to the mortgage industry. The banks should be very wary of companies like these… It is a never-ending battle for consumers to seek out the cheapest home loans in the market. With interest rates at record low levels, consumers are actively searching to lock in mortgages for as long as possible before interest rates start to rise and property prices begin to fall. Besides trawling through the regular financial institutions such as banks and established mortgage lenders online for the best deal, a range of loan comparison websites have entered the market. HashChing is one such company claiming to be ‘Australia’s first […]

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Aug
02

Disrupters in battle for access to credit data

This is will be an ongoing battle for all players in the industry! Control of customer credit data is emerging as a flashpoint between banks and peer-to-peer lenders despite the introduction of the comprehensive credit reporting regime, which disrupters say is inadequate to allow competition to thrive in the digital world. Matt Symons, the chief executive of Australia’s largest P2P lender SocietyOne, has called for the government to monitor closely the quality of reporting by banks into the comprehensive credit reporting (CCR) regime. Source: Disrupters in battle for access to credit data

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Aug
02

Mobile banking tipped to wipe out 600 branches

This is a very interesting scenario… Great for banking but not so great for bank employees… The proliferation of smartphones provides banks with an unprecedented opportunity to slash overheads and boost profits and will lead to the widespread closure of branches as more customers bank on the move, a survey by investment bank UBS shows. UBS analysts from London, New York, Hong Kong and Japan worked with KPMG on the 54-page report, published in July, which surveyed 67 bank management teams in 18 countries. Those banks on average expect a 5.6 per cent reduction in branches as a direct consequence of their mobile banking strategy.But in Australia, where bank branch […]

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Jul
31

IAG makes ‘smart move’ to name Peter Harmer as innovation boss

Insurance Australia Group has appointed former commercial insurance boss Peter Harmer as chief executive of its new digital innovation hub, as the $14.4 billion insurer ramps up its technology drive. Source: IAG makes ‘smart move’ to name Peter Harmer as innovation boss

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Jul
28

Square thinks outside the box in Australia

Big investments in chip and PIN cards and tap-and-go payment terminals by Australia’s dominant banks and supermarkets has slowed the advance of Jack Dorsey-led payment upstart Square, but it claims it has found another chink in their armour.Square has had an office in Australia since May – its fourth country after the US, Japan and Canada, since it was started by Twitter co-founder Dorsey in 2009. Australian companies have been able to use beta versions of its free apps for years, but Square – which is rumoured to be heading for a listing in the US – announced its second product offer in Australia, a “digital dashboard” for small business, […]

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Jul
27

Fintech might be hot right now, but banks are still winning

Banks are still way out in front, but FinTech is on the improve in Australia… The term “fintech” – the marriage of financial services with technology companies – has only recently come into vogue in Australia, with venture capital starting to flow into the sector. It was only around October 2014 that the term fintech started to appear in Australia’s mainstream media – rather late given it was just two months later peer-to-peer lending platform LendingClub listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Source: Fintech might be hot right now, but banks are still winning

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Jul
23

FinTech Investments Quadruple: Top Trends To Watch

Investments into FinTech startups recently quadrupled, growing from just over $3 billion in 2013 to over $12 billion in 2014. And consider alongside that another trend showing that crowdfunding will surpass VC in 2016 as a funding source–given that crowdfunding itself is a segment of the FinTech market. Source: FinTech Investments Quadruple: Top Trends To Watch

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Jul
21

Australia can be the global start-up laboratory | The Australian

What if Australia was named the most ideal environment to create a global start-up? It sounds like an unlikely prospect but it’s not as unlikely as we would like to think. Examining the current appetite US venture capital funds have for the Australian market, there’s something unique at play in Australia, which makes it a great birthplace for start-ups. Source: Australia can be the global start-up laboratory | The Australian

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