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Emily Nicolle


Emily is a reporter at AltFi.

Since joining, she has worked extensively on researching the role of millennials in the world of fintech, their use of alternative financial products, economic contributions and community-based discussion analysis. She has a Master’s degree in Sociology of Religion from King’s College London, and was previously Editor in Chief of MUSE Magazine, a leading student academic publication.

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Articles by Emily Nicolle

Homie raises $4m for proptech's next generation

20th February 2018

The London start up is the latest proptech to tackle the rental market.   London-based online search platform for renters Homie has announced a $4m raise in seed funding, in a round led by Connect ...

Monzo launches API with Moneybox

20th February 2018

The digital banking darling is opening up the robo advice avenue.   Announced today, challenger bank Monzo has opened up its recently launched API to Moneybox, an app which rounds up purchases ...

Investech ShareIn partners with Triodos for first UK bank crowdfunding platform

19th February 2018

ShareIn and Triodos are looking ahead, as the investech saw revenues triple last year.   Edinburgh-based tech solution for online investment ShareIn has announced a partnership with Triodos ...

Softtek and Mambu to bring digital banking to Central America

19th February 2018

The two have teamed up to offer a flexible take on the ‘bank in a box’.   Software-as-a-service (SaaS) banking engine Mambu has partnered with Softtek, the largest Mexican system ...

CrowdProperty announces IFISA launch date

16th February 2018

The peer-to-peer lender’s tax wrapper will be going live next week.   CrowdProperty has announced it will be launching its Innovative Finance ISA on February 23rd, 2018.   The ...

Revolut to add Ripple to cryptocurrency offering

16th February 2018

The banking app is planning to expand its portfolio, despite market uncertainty.   Revolut has announced plans to add XRP, also known as Ripple, to its cryptocurrency platform. The new currency ...

French payments challenger Lydia raises €13m

16th February 2018

The payments app is blossoming into a fully-fledged banking challenger, with over 1 million users.   French fintech Lydia has announced it is raising a €13m ($16.1m) fundraising round, ...

Lendtech Roostify raises $25m in Series B round

16th February 2018

The mortgage tech firm has the backing of some senior players, as it looks to fund expansion into new markets.   Digital mortgage brokering service Roostify has raised $25m in a Series B fundraising ...

BBVA's latest digital banking effort launches in the US

15th February 2018

The Spanish lender provided Azlo’s initial funding, and now it’s ready to go online.   US digital banking platform Azlo has announced today that its services for freelancers and ...

Global fintech funding has failed to recover from 2015 high

15th February 2018

However despite 2016's funding flop, fintech has managed to keep its pace for another year.   Funding for fintech companies surpassed $31bn in 2017, falling in line with the level of investment ...

Oaksmore supports British heritage with IFISA

14th February 2018

The tax wrapper can now be applied to loans funding projects to restore historic UK sites.   Oaksmore Portfolios AIFM is now offering an Innovative Finance Individual Savings Account (IFISA) ...

eToro adds Stellar to its cryptocurrency offering

14th February 2018

Despite the crypto market’s drop over the last few weeks, eToro is expanding its line.   Global trading and investment platform eToro has today added Stellar to its Crypto CopyFund, bringing ...

Portuguese challenger Banco BNI Europa partners with CrossLend

14th February 2018

The digital bank has announced its fifteenth fintech dancing partner.   Banco BNI Europa has launched a cooperative partnership with CrossLend to expand its investment into pan-European loan ...

Seedrs releases data on its secondary market

13th February 2018

After announcing it would be opening up to new investors, Seedrs has shown its hand for the February trading cycle.   Equity crowdfunding platform Seedrs has closed its February trading cycle ...

Assetz Capital reports high level take up of IFISA

13th February 2018

Since launching in December, the ISA product has wiped the floor with previous numbers for the industry.   More than 2,000 investors have registered for an Innovative Finance ISA since the wrapper’s ...

European digital invoicing start up Zervant raises €6m

13th February 2018

The e-invoice platform is hoping to capitalise on new EU legislation as it ramps up customer acquisition.   Finnish fintech Zervant has secured a €6m fundraise to bolster its online invoicing ...

Robo advice app Stash raises $37.5m Series D, releases investing for kids

12th February 2018

The micro-investing app loved by millennials is widening its target market after closing its latest fundraise.   US-based micro investments app Stash has announced a $37.5m raise in Series D ...

Mobile banking start up Fiinu launches Seedrs crowdfunding campaign

12th February 2018

The London-based fintech is looking to supply the UK’s underbanked with accessible credit.   Banking start up Fiinu has today launched a crowdfunding campaign on Seedrs, as it seeks £500k ...

Blockchain start up Zonafide is on a mission to defeat identity theft

9th February 2018

Co-founders Paul and Salena Worrall speak to AltFi about what their product might mean for the future of fintech.   “All of us experience various forms of fraud at some point in our lives,” ...

TrueLayer and Zopa join forces for PSD2

9th February 2018

The two platforms want to pioneer the first wave of Open Banking products and services.   TrueLayer, a London-based fintech which creates APIs for platforms to access data from mainstream financial ...

Australian government releases Open Banking review

9th February 2018

After a comprehensive of the regime, the results are in on Open Banking.   The Australian government has today released the results of its review into Open Banking, after the country announced ...

Mobile network Giffgaff moves into finance with millennial banking app

8th February 2018

Industry outsiders are starting to get in on the Open Banking action.   Giffgaff, the mobile phone network run by Telefonica, is set to launch its own personal finance banking app targeted towards ...

MarketInvoice launches credit insurance partnership to strengthen market confidence post-Brexit

8th February 2018

The peer-to-peer business lender is putting its best foot forward for customer safety.   Business finance platform MarketInvoice has announced its latest partnership with trade-credit insurance ...

P2PFA reveals new chair

8th February 2018

The regulatory body is preparing for strong growth in the sector, as Christine Farnish steps down as chair.   The Peer-to-Peer Finance Association has today announced that Christine Farnish ...

UK fintech beats the Brexit blues to take second place globally

7th February 2018

British firms are outperforming expectations, taking in the second highest amount of VC funding globally in 2017.   The UK fintech sector has overtaken China to rank the second highest globally ...

RateSetter to launch IFISA tomorrow

7th February 2018

The peer-to-peer lender’s big day is finally here.   RateSetter is set to launch its Innovative Finance Individual Savings Account (IFISA) to existing customers on Thursday, with new customers ...

Seedrs opens up to new investors through secondary market revamp

6th February 2018

Now it’s not just existing shareholders who can get in on the action.   As of today, equity crowdfunding platform Seedrs’ secondary market will be open to anyone who wants to buy ...

Equifax launches data sharing solution to support SME lending

5th February 2018

The consumer and business insights expert is doing its bit to stimulate competition in lending.   Information solutions company Equifax has launched a new solution that provides back up for ...

Banking challenger Banco BNI Europa links up with crowdfunding lender

5th February 2018

The Portuguese digital bank has added Fellow Finance to its third-party roster.   Banco BNI Europa has started its investment in loans through Fellow Finance, as the first European bank to do ...

German digital business bank Penta raises €2.2m in seed funding

5th February 2018

The bank is only one month post-launch, but is already gaining support abroad.   Penta, a German digital bank for start-ups and small businesses, has secured €2.2m in seed funding, led ...

Banks took more than £9.9bn in fees last year, says Plum

2nd February 2018

The AI money manager has launched a new tool to help save money on fees, and uncovered some worrying numbers at the same time.   Today, chatbot Plum has launched Fee Fighter, a free tool that ...

Fintech lender BlueVine doubles its credit line to $5m

1st February 2018

The US online business lender is making a push for SMEs.   BlueVine has doubled its credit line size for its invoice factoring product for up to $5m, as well as its business line of credit products ...

Online retailer Overstock launches robo advisory service

1st February 2018

The US retail giant is expanding into digital investment.   Overstock.com has announced the launch of its digitally-driven investment platform, powered by tZero Advisors, within its FinanceHub.   Investors ...

Goji Direct Lending performance highlights market success

1st February 2018

The platform has published its returns, 12 months after releasing its first diversified bond.   After launching the UK’s first diversified peer-to-peer lending proposition in January last ...

Revolut unlocks its crypto vault

31st January 2018

The banking app has now opened the floodgates to all users to buy and exchange cryptocurrencies.   Revolut has today announced the official launch of its cryptocurrency functionality, opening ...

Zopa surpasses £3bn in lending

31st January 2018

The peer-to-peer lender is starting out 2018 on the right foot.   Zopa has become the first consumer peer-to-peer lending platform to hit the £3bn lending milestone.   The news ...

Wealthfront launches homeownership planning for millennials

31st January 2018

The US giant is playing an active role in getting the younger generation on the property ladder.   One of America’s largest digital wealth management firms has today launched a homeownership ...

French fintech Spendesk raises €8m for corporate cards

30th January 2018

The challenger bank wants to make business expenses easier for employees.   In a round led by Index Ventures, French banking player Spendesk has raised €8m to accelerate the build of its ...

Payments platform Klarna partners up with Maplin

30th January 2018

It’s the latest in a series of retailer integrations for Klarna using its Pay Later feature.   Klarna has today announced a new partnership with specialist technology retailer Maplin, ...

Kabbage expands credit line, targeting larger businesses

30th January 2018

  The small business lender is eyeing up bigger fish in the sea.   After previously securing a $200m asset-backed revolving credit facility from Credit Suisse in 2017, Kabbage has announced ...

Investly launches Seedrs crowdfunding campaign

29th January 2018

The European fintech is seeking £500k to support its growth.   Investly has launched its fundraising campaign today on European private investment platform Seedrs. The firm is planning ...

Sancus Finance hits £200m funding milestone

29th January 2018

The alternative financial services firm has helped bolster significant market growth for 2017.   Sancus Finance, a subsidiary of Sancus BMS Group, has surpassed £200m in provision of Supply ...

US challenger Chime banks 750k millennials

29th January 2018

The mobile-only neobank has charged past its competition for the wallets of American youth.   US-based Chime has released a statement saying it has now surpassed 750,000 opened accounts with ...

Fintech investor holds first close of €65m European tech fund

26th January 2018

GP Bullhound Fund IV is ready for Europe’s future digital stars.   GP Bullhound Fund IV holds its first close of its latest €65m fund for European tech entrepreneurs, from early stage ...

LendingTree to offer automated mortgage brokering to lenders

26th January 2018

The US lending marketplace has partnered up with mortgage start up Roostify.   Online lending marketplace LendingTree has teamed up with Roostify, integrating the start up’s online mortgage ...

Trussle launches digital mortgage monitoring service

26th January 2018

The online mortgage broker has revealed its new free notification service to help save consumers time and money.   Online mortgage broker Trussle has today launched its free service for UK homeowners ...

Yolt and Lloyds Bank make first connection through Open Banking

25th January 2018

The money app is leading the way for third party providers under PSD2.   ING-owned banking app Yolt has become the first third party provider to complete a successful connection with an incumbent ...

Atom Bank chairman to step down

25th January 2018

Founder Anthony Thomson is making plans to move on as Atom continues to grow.   Anthony Thomson (pictured), the founder of UK challenger bank Atom Bank, is planning to step down from his role ...

Deposit marketplace Raisin surpasses €5bn after record year

25th January 2018

The German fintech firm has had a terrific year, after international expansion powered extraordinary growth.   Since its founding four years ago, Raisin has returned its first cash flow positive ...

London-based VC firm secures €200m fund for Series A tech start-ups

25th January 2018

DN Capital will be focusing on European and US-based fintech in an effort to battle Brexit.   London-based DN Capital has raised €200m for seed-stage and Series A tech start ups across ...

Chatbot money manager Cleo goes charitable

25th January 2018

The AI-powered financial assistant is working to improve millennial donation rates through digitisation.   Cleo, the money management Facebook Messenger add-on powered by artificial intelligence ...

Challenger business bank Countingup goes live

24th January 2018

The digital bank for sole traders has launched its current account today.   Countingup, the first challenger bank specifically for sole traders in the UK, has launched its business current account ...

UK fintech takes the lead in the Forbes 30 under 30

23rd January 2018

Some familiar faces have popped up on the news magnate’s radar this year.   The finance and technology categories of Forbes’ annual 30 under 30 list are awash with some names you ...

Zopa targets growth with three new Executive hires

23rd January 2018

The peer-to-peer lender is bringing in the big guns as it prepares for 2018.   Zopa has announced today the appointment of three new additions to its executive team. According to the platform, ...

Oval Money surpasses its £500k crowdfunding target

22nd January 2018

The automated savings and crowd investing app exceeded the target just 72 hours after going live.   European savings and crowd investing app Oval Money launched its crowdfunding campaign for ...

Yahoo Finance gamifies social savings with latest app

22nd January 2018

Digital money pooling app Tanda targets millennials for short-term savings goals.   Yahoo Finance has launched a money app that allows groups of five or nine people to contribute towards a short-term ...

Debt tracker Emma integrates with Monzo

22nd January 2018

It’s been a busy January in digital banking.   After receiving its FCA approval last week as a Registered Account Information Services Provider (RAISP), subscriptions and debt tracking ...

Mobile payments app Hush to launch ICO

19th January 2018

Digital banking in Europe is joining in on the cryptocurrency hype.   European fintech player Hush has announced it will be running an Initial Coin Offering (ICO) to fund its banking app plans, ...

Bono back for another $45m fintech splurge with Varo Money

19th January 2018

The Rise Fund has made its second move in fintech with the banking app.   Mobile banking start up Varo Money announced today that it has closed a $45m Series B fundraising round, led by existing ...

Moneybox and Flux gain FCA authorisation

18th January 2018

More AISPs have been added to the post-Open Banking list.   Flux and Moneybox are the latest fintechs to receive authorisation from the Financial Conduct Authority as an Account Information ...

Challenger OakNorth funds £1m into payment services

18th January 2018

The “bank for entrepreneurs, by entrepreneurs”, OakNorth, has provided £1m in working capital to fellow UK fintech, payment services provider NetPay.   Founded in 2012, NetPay ...

Scalable Capital to offer traditional financial advice, reveals new CEO

17th January 2018

The digital wealth manager is expanding its offering, but in the opposite direction.   Digital wealth manager Scalable Capital is now offering traditional financial advice to investors. Considered ...

Standard Chartered turns to fintech

17th January 2018

The banking behemoth has launched a fintech innovation and investment unit.   Standard Chartered has created a new business unit, SC Ventures, to promote new investments in promising fintech ...

Banking challenger Curve launches to UK consumers

17th January 2018

The wait has ended: Curve’s “connected card” is now live.   Curve, the mobile app that connects all of your debit and credit cards to one ‘Curve’ card, launched ...

Netwealth posts £3.1m loss for 2017

16th January 2018

Despite scoring a big capital raise, there’s a long way to go before profitability.   Investment management firm Netwealth posted a £3.1m loss in 2017, according to filings at Companies ...

Landbay changes background underlying portfolio stress tests

16th January 2018

The P2P buy-to-let mortgage lender is making further updates to its credit policy.   Landbay has announced today that it is introducing changes to its background underlying portfolio stress ...

Property Partner opens up direct commercial asset investments

15th January 2018

The proptech platform has announced it will begin to roll out shares in commercial assets this month.   Property Partner is set to give investors the opportunity to buy shares directly in commercial ...

U2 frontman Bono backs fintech with investment startup

15th January 2018

The singer’s first foray into the sector is going to robo advisory app Acorns.   Bono’s investment startup, The Rise Fund, is set to make its first investment in fintech through ...

Debt tracker app Emma receives FCA approval

15th January 2018

Billed as “the banking app for millennials”, Emma is now registered to operate fully under PSD2.   Emma Technologies Ltd. has received FCA approval to operate as a Registered Account ...

US robo advice sees two big fundraises

12th January 2018

Wealthfront and MoneyLion are starting off 2018 with a bang.   Robo advice giant Wealthfront has raised $75m in a Series E fundraising round led by Tiger Global Management as it targets the ...

Monzo launches its interim API, announces 2018 goals

12th January 2018

The digital banking darling is opening up its third party API to celebrate the advent of PSD2.   To coincide with the release of Open Banking, Monzo has launched an interim version of its API ...

Kreditech partners up with Mambu

12th January 2018

The German consumer finance firm is teaming up with Mambu for its Indian expansion.   Kreditech is planning to expand into India in early 2018, utilising Mambu’s SaaS banking engine to ...

Exclusive: Savings app Folio goes under

3rd January 2018

The platform has announced it will be shutting down all accounts after a failed fundraise in 2017.   Folio, a banking app which automates small amounts of users’ savings for specific goals, ...

Consumer awareness of Open Banking at major low, spelling traditional banking demise

2nd January 2018

If no one knows about it, how might this affect platforms who want to reap the benefits?   As we prepare for the staggered implementation of Open Banking, which begins on January 13th, data ...

2017: The year of digital banking. What's next?

28th December 2017

In this quiet period of the year, we at AltFi have put together a series of articles of looking ahead to 2018. In this piece, I revisit the significant moments and achievements of 2017 in the world of ...

Seedrs: A 2017 crowdfunding retrospective

26th December 2017

The platform looks back on its achievements over the past year after reaching £300m.   Equity crowdfunding platform Seedrs has had its most successful year to date since launching in 2012, ...

JPMorgan Chase enters the robo advice game

21st December 2017

The banking giant reveals it has big plans for digital wealth over the next year.   JPMorgan Chase has announced it will be releasing a lower-cost digital wealth management tool this week, with ...

Savings chatbot app Chip raises £1.1m on Crowdcube

21st December 2017

These numbers are only the beginning for the London-based start up.   Chip, a chatbot app that links to a bank account and automatically saves based on your spending behaviour, has closed £1.1m ...

Assetz Capital launches GBBA Series 2

20th December 2017

The peer-to-peer lender is updating its offering, just in time for 2018.   Assetz Capital has launched Series 2 of its “Great British Business Account” (GBBA), offering investors ...

Bank of England approves Tandem’s Harrods Bank takeover

20th December 2017

The challenger bank has been given the green light after a series of setbacks in 2017.   Tandem can now end the year on a high note after the Bank of England today gave regulatory approval for ...

Moneybox launches Lifetime ISA

18th December 2017

The robo micro-investment app has become the fifth company to launch a LISA.   Since the product’s launch in April, the Lifetime Individual Savings Account (LISA) has been adopted by Hargreaves ...

Portugal Ventures links up with Seedrs for €1.25m

18th December 2017

The Portuguese venture capital firm is rethinking its strategy for local growth.   Seedrs has announced it will be partnering up with Portugal Ventures to provide a boost to the growing startup ...

ThinCats unveils new branding as it pushes back IFISA launch

15th December 2017

The peer to peer lender has undergone a makeover after closing latest fundraising.   ThinCats is the latest in the peer to peer sector to rebrand, after asset-backed lenders Assetz Captial and ...

UK fintech increases market share, TransferWise takes top spot

14th December 2017

The British takeover continues in mobile banking and digital payments.   Mobile data platform Ogury today released its Mobile Banking Study 2017, revealing the State of the Fintech Union as ...

New survey reveals 2017 investor highs and lows, plus 2018 opportunities

14th December 2017

Robo advice does well as Intelliflo breaks down the headaches and high points.   According to results from a new survey, MiFID II and GDPR have been the top two headaches for investors in 2017, ...

ETFmatic launches tax-loss harvesting feature

13th December 2017

The European robo advisor is catching up to its US counterparts.   ETFmatic is to launch a capital gains harvesting feature this week to help its clients optimise their investments against tax ...

Moola expands with three new ETF majors

13th December 2017

The robo advice giant has opened up its doors to new providers.   Prior to this week, Moola held an exclusive partnership with BlackRock, allowing its clients access to the asset manager’s ...

Prosper poaches former JP Morgan CMO as latest director

13th December 2017

The marketplace lender is bringing in the big guns.   Peer-to-peer lender Prosper has announced it will be appointing former JP Morgan chief marketing officer Claire Huang to its board of directors.   During ...

Nuvo launches chatbot robo advisor

11th December 2017

New competition is entering the AI robo advice game.   Nuvo describes itself as an “artificially intelligent digital broker powered by chatbot technology”, offering financial advice ...

Proptech start up Property Partner reaches £100m AUM

8th December 2017

The property crowdfunding platform has seen significant growth in the sector.   Since launching the platform in 2015, Property Partner has seen fourfold growth. In December 2015, the company ...

Australian Securities Exchange to transition to blockchain

8th December 2017

The ASX has said it will be the first global marketplace to use blockchain to clear and settle equities.   The Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) is to replace its current clearing system ...

Alior Bank commits €23.7m to digital disruption with IBM

8th December 2017

The Polish bank is turning to fintech with its latest strategy.   Alior Bank plans to launch a start up accelerator, an in-house fintech department and an Open API marketplace with its latest ...

Credible raises $50m in Australian IPO

7th December 2017

The San Franciscan consumer finance marketplace is making waves abroad.   Credible has raised a total of AUD $67m (USD $50m) in an initial public offering on the Australian Securities Exchange ...

Out of UK’s Top 100 start ups, only 7% are headed by women

7th December 2017

SyndicateRoom has found alarming figures in its newest report on the fastest scale ups in 2017.   According to Beauhurst’s methodology for ranking the country’s leading start ups ...

Property Crowd secures IFISA success

7th December 2017

The real estate crowdfunding platform is hitting it big in the savings game.   Despite a slow start in Innovative Finance Individual Savings Account (IFISA) adoption, Property Crowd has released ...

Online lender Kabbage hits $4bn landmark in SME loans, hires new COO

6th December 2017

The US-based financial services, technology and data platform is seeing significant growth year-on-year, according to latest results.   The firm has now extended over $4bn to more than 130,000 ...

Starling Bank announces new mobile invoice and expense partnership

6th December 2017

The digital bank is moving even closer to the business banking market with its latest partner, Albert.   After announcing earlier this year that the bank plans to offer business accounts to ...

Fidor Bank makes 2018 predictions, anticipates Blockchain rise and RegTech take off

6th December 2017

Fidor’s VP of European expansion Sophie Guibaud outlines her fintech vision for 2018.   Among other things, Guibaud expects a greater push towards a global cashless society, with Blockchain ...

Digital subscription and debt tracker app Emma launches beta

4th December 2017

The money management platform has opened the doors on its closed beta.   Emma Technologies Ltd began rolling out invites for priority access to the app to thousands of pre-registered users this ...

Victory Park Capital invests £35m in micro-lender Oakam

4th December 2017

The digital micro-lender has secured a major debt investment from the alternative credit giant.   The £35m debt facility is expected to see Oakam’s lending activity in the UK accelerate ...

RateSetter launches countdown for 2018 IFISA

1st December 2017

The peer-to-peer lender has announced its plans to launch its IFISA before the end of the current tax year.   RateSetter has now confirmed that it expects to launch the new product in February ...

ING’s money app Yolt hits 100k users in Open Banking triumph

1st December 2017

The money management platform has soared after less than six months in Beta.   Since launching in July, Yolt has reached over 100,000 registered app users while still operating in Open Beta ...

Traditional wealth managers need to embrace the digital era as switching rates rise

30th November 2017

Compeer reveals the numbers behind investors switching their digital wealth provider.   Recent research by the wealth management benchmarking firm suggests that there has been a 20 per cent ...

Assetz Capital announces IFISA launch date, to include manual lending

30th November 2017

The peer-to-peer lender has met its Q4 launch target, and is beating expectations.   Set to launch in December 2017, Assetz’s Innovative Finance Individual Savings Account (IFISA) will ...

Atom Bank and Princes Trust launch STEM partnership

29th November 2017

The digital bank is getting in touch with its charitable side to do its part in UK’s North East.   Together, the two firms aim to equip over 500 young people in the North Eastern region ...

Credit Suisse gains majority stake in online European lender

29th November 2017

The Swiss institution is making moves into the alternative financial space.   Credit Suisse has acquired a majority stake in automated lending start up TradePlus24, with a view to offer the ...

Revolut announces expansion into cryptocurrency

29th November 2017

The banking app is moving into the alternative currency market with its latest beta.   Currently only available to internal employees, Revolut is expected to launch a Beta scheme which incorporates ...

Nutmeg and Revolut investor launches new European fund

27th November 2017

The London-based VC firm Balderton Capital is zeroing in on Europe's next big thing.   A leading investor in Series A-stage technology companies, Balderton Capital has closed a total of ...

Citi Bank veterans are learning new tricks in alternative finance

27th November 2017

Three senior bankers are setting up a new digital savings bank.   The new project for an as-yet-unnamed digital savings bank has already received £10m of funding from undisclosed individual ...

Acorns lands integration deal with PayPal

23rd November 2017

The US micro-investing app is set to partner up with the payments giant.   The firm previously lead a $30m funding round for Acorns in 2016, and is now reinforcing that relationship with an ...

Fintech firm Bud partners up with Western Union

23rd November 2017

Bud has struck a deal with the money transfer service, the latest in a string of high-profile partnerships.   Under the new deal, Bud users will be able to use Western Union’s money transfer ...

Starling Bank puts Open Banking to the test

23rd November 2017

The digital bank is squeezing all it can get out of the new regulations with its newest integration.   Announced today, Starling Bank has entered into another partnership on its Open Banking-compliant ...

Starling Bank wins UK government contract, plus starts European expansion

22nd November 2017

The digital bank sizes up to its incumbent rivals, at home and on the continent.   Announced today, Starling Bank has won a payment services deal with the UK Department for Work and Pensions ...

Fidor Solutions eyes up Middle East and Africa expansion through new regional hub

22nd November 2017

The digital banking solutions provider has reaffirmed its commitment to the region.   The firm has put its expansion strategy into action today through its newest office extension in Dubai Silicon ...

Is healthcare the next big thing in crowdfunding?

22nd November 2017

New data from crowdfunding platform Downing Crowd suggests Crowd Bonds are gaining traction in the healthcare sector.     There’s also a particular focus landing on investment ...

Multicurrency digital banking app launches crowdfunding campaign

22nd November 2017

Manigo announces a second round of investment for it digital money platform.   Following an initial angel investment round, the platform is opening up to the public, letting business owners, ...

P2P lender ThinCats launches rebranding effort

22nd November 2017

The alternative finance specialist is making moves to modernise after announcing new funding last month.   As it prepares to ramp up its lending effort, ThinCats gathered over 100 business leaders ...

Digital banking goes gold: an interview with Glint’s Ben Davies

20th November 2017

The London-based fintech talks to AltFi about its mission to “democratise” gold, switching up the world of multicurrency banking.   Launching today, Glint is a multi-currency account, ...

Assetz Capital smashes its Seedrs target, raising £1.5m

20th November 2017

With one week of the campaign still to go, the peer-to-peer lender is striking big.   Assetz Capital has smashed its target by 50 per cent, after initially seeking a minimum of £1m new ...

Fintechs must collaborate with banks if UK is to stay on top post-Brexit

20th November 2017

A new report suggests stronger partnerships are the way to go for innovation.   Seven models are proposed as ideas for collaboration, based on case studies from major financial institutions ...

RBS is set to roll out robo advisor via Natwest

17th November 2017

The major bank is entering the digital wealth ring with a show of strength.   Under its Natwest brand, the Royal Bank of Scotland will be rolling out its robo advice proposition to its five ...

BNP Paribas buys 10% stake in SME credit specialist Caple

17th November 2017

The bank’s asset management arm is forming a “strategic alliance” in alternative credit.   Through the alliance and a 10 per cent stake in Caple, BNP Paribas Asset Management ...

TransferWise reports doubled revenue for last fiscal year

17th November 2017

The money transfer platform is on the up, posting its first annual profit.   As one of Europe’s largest fintech startups, TransferWise is showing significant growth after announcing its ...

Hargreaves Lansdown owns 43% of online assets, vs robo advice at 1%

16th November 2017

Data from Boring Money concludes it’s still early days for robo.   As the online investments market grows, so does the opportunity for change. Total online investment assets has now reached ...

French crowdlending platform secures €12m fundraise

16th November 2017

WeShareBonds continues to disrupt France’s lending sector by boosting SMEs.   The €12m fundraise was led by the platform’s partner and minority shareholder, La Banque Postale. ...

BMO Wealth Management: “Generational differences go beyond retirement goals”

15th November 2017

The wealth manager’s latest report suggests millennials are more conservative, but are also the heaviest generational user of robo advisors.   A survey commissioned by BMO Wealth Management ...

Lendix launches new flexible loan product

15th November 2017

The French marketplace lender has upped its repertoire for European SMEs.   Lendix announced today that it will be launching a new financing product, the Flexible Bridge Loan.   The ...

Digital bank Monzo sizes up IPO

15th November 2017

The London-based bank is looking to the future in a big way with its latest hint.   In an advertisement for a new Chief Financial Officer, Monzo has let on about its plans for an IPO within ...

Banco BNI Europa partners with Belgian fintech to boost Portuguese economy

15th November 2017

The challenger bank is giving a helping hand to the local SMEs by sourcing foreign support.   Banco BNI Europa and Belgian marketplace lender Edebex are partnering up to release its online platform ...

LendKey expands deeper into education through latest partnership

13th November 2017

The lending-as-a-service solution is tackling college financing head on.   LendKey today announced its newest partnership with Invite Education, an industry-leading platform which aims to demystify ...

Barclays partners up with digital receipts start-up Flux

13th November 2017

The high street turns towards digital as Barclays becomes Flux’s first incumbent partner.   The digital receipts platform has scored a game-changing deal with Barclays to bring its software ...

How to succeed in PropTech

10th November 2017

New research by Property Moose reveals the future of property in the digital age.   According to the CEOs leading the way, the property investment industry needs to evolve with the times if ...

Starling Bank joins in on Black Friday fever

10th November 2017

The challenger bank is pushing the envelope, using traditional tactics.   Announced today, Starling Bank is promoting its referral scheme by offering cashback on online purchases made by its ...

ABN Amro prepares to launch new digital wealth manager in Germany

9th November 2017

The bank is making another move into the digital space with its new robo advice product, Prospery.   After launching its first digital loans platform New10 in September, ABN Amro is gearing ...

Robo-advisor Acorns to launch retirement accounts through new acquisition

8th November 2017

The US micro-investing app has bought Portland-based retirement fund developer Vault to help launch its new IRA product.   Through the Vault app, users can automatically set aside part of their ...

Wells Fargo launches robo advisor for first-time investors

8th November 2017

The San Franciscan bank has rolled out a robo advisor, joining other financial firms in the chase for investments from tech-savvy Generation Xers.   Aptly named as Intuitive Investor, the new ...

Hong Kong-based mobile lender WeLab raises $220m in latest Series B round

8th November 2017

The startup eyes expansion after gaining fresh capital in a combination of Series B+ equity and debt strategic financing, backed by global firms.   Alibaba Hong Kong Entrepreneurs Fund, CreditSuisse ...

Scottish Enterprise partnership with LendingCrowd yields promising results

7th November 2017

The national economic development agency has now helped fund 33 loan deals through the platform since 2016, with a goal to go even higher.   After forming the partnership in October last year, ...

Monzo raises £71m in latest fundraising round

7th November 2017

The digital banking darling is riding on a high after its latest financial scoop, plus a dramatic increase in user numbers since its last round.   The challenger bank announced today a total ...

Yolt announces integration with Starling Bank

7th November 2017

The money management app backed by ING has integrated with its first mobile-only bank, adding Starling Bank to its platform alongside incumbents.   Yolt’s aggregation functionality now ...

Unicredit challenger bank FinecoBank launches in UK

6th November 2017

With over 1m customers in Italy, FinecoBank is turning its gaze towards the UK, establishing itself as a key player among local digital banking rivals.   Backed as a subsidiary of the Unicredit ...

Seedrs launches programme for financial intermediaries in equity crowdfunding

2nd November 2017

Equity crowdfunder Seedrs wants to introduce wealthy individuals to early stage equity deals as a digital alternative to EIS funds.   The platform has reported an increase in interest from financial ...

TransferWise announces $280m investment round as company looks towards APAC expansion

2nd November 2017

The international money transfer service raised $280m in a Series E round as it plans for global expansion and challenge to banking disruptors.   The round was led by asset management firm Old ...

Nutmeg ends plans to offer Help to Buy transfer service, hitting first time buyers

1st November 2017

Owners of a Nutmeg LISA can no longer expect to be able to transfer funds from their Help to Buy ISAs before the tax deadline, leaving users adrift.   After the announcement of the new Lifetime ...

Online marketplace lenders to pass on savings from rate rise

1st November 2017

As the potential for a base rate rise from the Bank of England increases, online lenders look to beat tradition and pass on benefits to consumers.   The Monetary Policy Committee is expected ...

Alternative lender Sancus announces new managing director

1st November 2017

The alternative finance services firm has announced that Dan Walker will take over from current MD Caroline Langron in January 2018.   Walker will be responsible for leading the company’s ...

Challenger bank Monzo unveils marketplace vision

27th October 2017

After a week of near-constant outages for prepaid card users, Monzo affirms its third-party marketplace will become fundamental to its business model.   At last night’s Open Office session ...

Digital bank for teenagers raises $5m in Series A investment round

26th October 2017

Current, a new mobile-only banking platform for parents and teenagers, has raised $5m in a Series A funding round led by QED Investors.   With additional investment from Cota Capital, Current ...

JPMorgan Chase is targeting millennials with new digital-only bank

25th October 2017

Announced today, Finn is a new app-based digital bank aimed at helping millennials understand their daily spending by giving them greater control.   The mobile banking platform, intended to ...

Monzo and Starling take bigger steps towards payment integration

24th October 2017

Challenger banks are upping their game as Monzo announces integration with Android Pay, while Starling Bank makes connections in wearable tech.   Monzo has announced today, after a week of dropping ...

Transferwise drops fees for UK customers

23rd October 2017

The money transfer giant has lowered fees for transfers from the UK and cut its minimum fee, making it the cheapest on the market for major routes.   From today, transfer fees to the Eurozone ...

Accounting and business banking fintech raises €750k in seed round

23rd October 2017

UK startup Countingup has raised €750,000 led by Frontline Ventures along with private investors to support sole traders.   Uniting business banking and accounting into a single product, ...

American Express expands commitment to online lending with new SME product

21st October 2017

Business Loans represent the latest effort by American Express to boost access to credit for small businesses through digital solutions.   Offering short-term unsecured loans of up to $50,000, ...

Monzo fee increase heralds a new dawn of digital multi-banking

20th October 2017

Customer demand for fee-free experiences abroad is causing Monzo headaches. Is this the start of a multifaceted digital banking lifestyle?   After Monzo’s announcement on Tuesday of its ...

Pension robo-advice platform takes on climate change with LGIM partnership

18th October 2017

PensionBee has announced a partnership with Legal & General Investment Management to offer an environmentally-friendly pension plan.   As both an online pension provider and manager, the ...

Monzo announces new foreign ATM fees

17th October 2017

The challenger bank has revealed new charges for using ATMs abroad following a month of community consultations, which are due to take effect in December this year.   In mid-September this year, ...

Irish P2P lender LinkedFinance lands €2m in equity fundraise

13th October 2017

Linked Finance, one of Ireland’s leading P2P lending platforms, has raised €2m in equity to power its expansion plans.   The new funding round was led by the company’s original ...

Lendahand and Ethex launch new Sub-Saharan Africa initiative

6th October 2017

Two of Europe’s leading online impact investing platforms have launched a new African initiative, putting solar energy systems in the homes of over 110,00 families.   The socially engaged ...