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Scalable Capital expands into derivativesScalable Capital expands into derivativesNorth-South divide worsened by Covid-19, says NucleusFinancial API provider Yapily scoops $51m Series BHabito strikes first brand ambassador deal… with an 11-year-old skateboarderExclusive: SMEs’ pandemic impact is receding, finds reportSpendesk raises €100m Series C roundClim8 raises £2.85m from crowdfunding campaignStarling Banks’s 2021 results see 600% jump in revenues and 8 months of profitabilityPensionBee sees AUM more than double in first accounts since IPOTop marks: Starling switched the most SME customers as part of the BCR’s Incentivised Switching SchemeVisa to acquire Currencycloud for £700mFintech-focused VCs Index and Dawn fuel-up for next wave of investmentsZilch scoops $110m in debt and equity from Goldman Sachs and Daily Mail owner DMGTCharitable payments API provider Percent raises $5m for US expansionRevolut unlocks interest for its standard usersThe AltFi view on BNPL regulation: Too little, too late?7 things we learnt from Starling’s 2021 Annual ReportKlarna reportedly buys German digital wallet firm Stocard for €110mAn interview with MaxPay’s Artem Tymoshenko and Alexandr MikhailenkoStarling Bank enters buy-to-let mortgage lending with £50m takeover of Fleet Mortgages‘Regulate poorly now, pay later’ warns Coadec on FCA’s BNPL plansSolarisbank bags €190m and acquires rival BaaS provider ContisFunding Options completes C-suite overhaul with new chief financial officerZopa reportedly eyeing pre-IPO £100m fundraiseKlarna makes third acquisition this month as it continues to hoover up talentUK’s competition regulator adds variable recurring payments to open bankingBud adds smart subscription-management for its banking customers to harnessMore open banking M&A as Finleap Connect scoops up rivalThe 4 credit card challengers looking to disrupt the market in 2021Starling among most switched-to UK banks for 4th quarter runningLloyds hopes to shore up its digital wealth tech with £390m Embark acquisitionLatvian online lender Sun Finance smashes €1bn loan targetNorthern Irish adults set to be issued with 1.4m non-reusable plastic debit cardsRobinhood’s $32bn IPO stumbles, as shares fall up to 10% on debutSnoop reportedly close to closing £15m Series AMonzo losses grow as it faces investigation by the FCA for financial crime breachesThe AltFi view on the future of Open Banking: More direction, less debateAltFi’s Summer Reading List: 5 fintech books to pick up in 2021Capital on Tap secures $100m credit facility to help realise its American dreamBNPL boom: Square is buying Afterpay for $29bnEmbedded finance: SMEs are crying out for on-demand finance5 things we learnt from Monzo’s 2021 Annual ReportThinCats secures £400m debt facility to support SMEs through the Recovery Loan SchemeElement Ventures raises $130m for first B2B fintech fundPrivate jets are so last year: Fintech entrepreneur John Collison is buying an airportHSBC launches VC investment strategy to tap into lucrative fintech poolCrowdProperty lands £1.8m equity raise from crowdfunding investorsRapyd closes its second $300m funding round of 2021La French Tech’s Clement Boulais to lead TrueLayer’s expansion into FranceHalf of Brits interested in taking out crypto loansNationwide debuts brilliant ‘dot and notch’ recycled cards to help customers with sight lossDigital assets platform Aspen Digital raises $8.8m in pre-Series A funding roundAnorak and Quirk team up to boost insurance awareness with younger generationsHow are big banks’ UK challenger brands faring in 2021?Robinhood share price surges as ‘meme stock’ traders close inThree-quarters of UK startups are feeling bullishFintechOS bags $10m funding from the World Bank’s investment armSantander begins rollout of Tomato Pay-backed cash flow management appExclusive: Data group DueDil to merge with Artesian Solutions after failing to raise fundingExclusive: Jaja restarts onboarding of waitlist customers after 14-month hiatusItalian neobank Illimity sees profits and lending soar in the second quarter of 2021Fresh Features: ‘Shake to hide’ by MoneseMonzo community forum removed from bank’s website after trolling incidentsSharia-compliant investment app Wahed migrates to WealthKernel API ahead of UK launchThe AltFi view on crypto’s regulatory rollercoaster: Too hot to handle?Curve appoints first head of Lithuania as it plots European expansionAtom Bank delivers first operating profit after £3bn in mortgage lendingKlarna and Yoox Net-A-Porter announce partnershipCryptocurrency app Circle files banking licence application with the SECNew neo bank Kroo raises £17.7m series ATide under fire over lack of Pay As You Grow repayment option for SMEsRevolut hikes trading fees for second time in six monthsAbrdn picks up AI-driven wealth management platform Exo InvestingHSBC joining the bank card accessibility push with new ‘vertical’ designsRobinhood scoops up investor communications platform Say TechnologiesSchroders fund invests $14m in RevolutGlobal fintech investment hits $98bn in first six months of 2021Zilch makes first acquisition as it looks to expand into the USOpen Banking: The three letters signalling a payments revolutionThe biggest emerging fintech challenge to bankingWhat are fintechs doing with their office space in 2021?Less than one in five Americans opting for digital bankingBehind the Buzzword: What is fintech?Onfido opens new Amsterdam HQ after 200% sales growth in Benelux countriesNewly listed fintechs report bumper earningsAdventurous investors: Chip’s female customers challenge outdated notions of riskUpgrade closes biggest funding round to date with $105m Series EBunq’s new chief operating officer named as hiring ramps upThe final frontier in open banking paymentsWhy the Australian open banking model should be adopted globallyThe AltFi View on accessibility: Come on fintechWhat will the FCA’s 'regulatory nursery' mean for UK fintechs?Starling Bank tops CMA’s 2021 business banking survey, while Monzo takes personal banking crownFintech mafias can help UK tech take on the world. Here’s how.LendInvest lands £150m partnership with Barclays and HSBC as assets rise to £2.7bnFresh Features: ‘CO2 tracker’ by KlarnaUK banks plan to share branches as regulator seeks to block closuresNew UK neobank Kroo lands banking licenseBitpanda valued at $4.1bn after $263m round