Tag: Fintech

14
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

Flipkart Banking On Fintech To Boost The Big Billion Days Sale

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Flipkart has announced partnerships with several banking, insurance and financial service entities, ahead of The Big Billion Days, to make shopping on the platform more affordable than before.

Through these partnerships, the company is offering affordable credit options through seventeen leading banks, NBFCs (non-banking financial companies) and fintech players on the platform, which will drive credit accessibility for over 70 million customers.

Flipkart has partnered with State Bank of India (SBI) and SBI Card to provide a 10 per cent discount to their debit and credit cards holders.

“At Flipkart, customer-centricity is at the heart of all our endeavors, as we create increased shared value for all our stakeholders and partners in the ecosystem. By facilitating credit and insurance access, and simplifying payments for over 250 million customers across the country, we are reinforcing our commitment to helping fulfill their aspirations without the burden of financial constraints. Through these partnerships and their expansion, we hope to take the promise of The Big Billion Days to more customers to enable meaningful growth,” said Flipkart head of fintech and payments group Ranjith Boyanapalli, in a promising tone.

With the launch of Kotak Mahindra Bank and Federal Bank Debit Card EMI payment option, customers can now avail pre-approved credit from seven leading banking and fintech giants.

“We are delighted to associate with Flipkart as an exclusive credit card partner for the flagship The Big Billion Days shopping festival. We have had a long association with Flipkart and this is another collaboration which will bring our customers the best from both partners. SBI Card customers can

06
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

A Fintech Frontier Calling for Pioneers


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With the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic spreading the globe, the World Bank expects that the global economy will contract by a staggering 5.2% this year, while Ian Bremmer, President of Eurasia Group, speaks of “the first global economic depression of our lifetimes”. Government rescue measures have already exceeded US$4.5 trillion, and growing by the day, leading to not many people feeling optimistic these days.

However, global headlines make it clear that industries are not being affected equally, that some are finding opportunities, despite the many challenges on the horizon. Among those worst-hit are the airline industry, which is forecasted to incur losses of $250 billion, the hospitality and leisure sector, which in the US alone recorded a 47% loss in jobs, and the brick-and-mortar retail sector, whose losses in the US are estimated to reach $430 billion. There are, however, firms who have been able to use social distancing measures to their advantage. Zoom, for instance, has seen its valuation rise from around $16 billion to $58 billion while sales increased by 169% year-on-year in the three months to April 30, 2020.

Enterprise video communications providers like Zoom are not the only ones who are set to emerge stronger from the status quo. Deloitte found, that with billions worldwide confined to their homes, the financial technology, or fintech, industry is benefiting from increased use of online, especially mobile, channels for viewing and managing finances. Indeed, research Mastercard conducted in the UAE shows that contactless payments in Q1 of this year were 100% higher than during the same quarter in 2019. And it is this ongoing, accelerating shift to cashless payments that makes now

05
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

IDEMIA Launches its Global Fintech Accelerator Card Program to Support FinTechs and Neobanks in Their Card Issuance Process

IDEMIA, the global leader in Augmented Identity, helps FinTechs launch card programs rapidly with the IDEMIA Fintech Accelerator Card Program, a dedicated program from onboarding to card issuance.

In the context of a rapid transformation of the banking industry, IDEMIA, the global leader in Augmented Identity, supports FinTechs and neobanks with the launch of the Global Fintech Accelerator Card Program. This new program allows a rapid process from cardholder onboarding – to card issuance.

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IDEMIA’s leadership in card manufacturing, as the number 1 global FinTech card issuance partner, is based on a solid experience of a global dedicated FinTech team and a network of 30 Service Centers in 26 countries around the world. FinTechs can leverage the capability and know-how of IDEMIA to enable card issuance into the marketplace anywhere in the world.

Over the years, IDEMIA has built the largest world wide network of personalization centers designed to optimize responsiveness and proximity to the cardholder for fast delivery times. All of the 30 Service Centers are supported by a Common Personalization System (CPS) that allows card profile developments to be instantly and securely transferred and re-used in any one of them, helping globally aspiring Fintechs to expand rapidly. In addition to CPS, all IDEMIA sites are inter-connected via the IDEMIA Hub with a connection to almost all local and global card processors and BaaS providers so that services and solutions can be safely replicated, extended, shared and optimized across the world.

The IDEMIA FinTech Accelerator CardProgram benefits from dedicated local, regional and global FinTech teams that are trained to help to create a card product that will ensure FInTechs can fully differentiate their product in the marketplace. Before manufacturing the cards, the needs of various

02
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

Embedded finance expected to blur fintech lines by 2030

  • Fintechs expect embedded finance to be a dominant trend by 2030, with big techs leading the charge.
  • This would open partnership and customer acquisition opportunities for fintechs.
  • Insider Intelligence publishes hundreds of insights, charts, and forecasts on the Fintech industry with the Fintech Briefing. You can learn more about subscribing here.

The fintech industry expects financial services to increasingly be embedded into nonfinancial platforms over the next decade, so much so that fintech will no longer be a distinct sector, per a press release seen by Insider Intelligence.

Fintechs' view on big tech firms offering financial services

Fintechs expect embedded finance to be a dominant trend by 2030.

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“Embedded finance” is a term for nonfinancial firms directly offering financial products and services to their customers while retaining complete control over the customer experience. The findings are based on the study “Fintech 2030: The Industry View,” by payments provider Tribe Payments, which surveyed 125 fintech executives.

Respondents expect big tech firms in particular to accelerate this trend, with fintech integrations powered by advances in machine learning, IoT, and automation.

  • Big techs will increasingly embed fintech offerings on their platform. Thirty-four percent of fintechs expect that big tech firms will become aggregators of bank and fintech services, as seen with Google’s checking account, where Google handles the consumer-facing front end while accounts are held by FDIC-backed partner institutions. And 24% of respondents go as far as to say big tech firms will compete on an equal footing with banks and fintechs, similar to what we have seen with Alibaba-backed Ant Financial in Asia.
  • Algorithms and data collection tech will power the shift to embedded finance. Respondents predict that machine learning (71%), IoT (49%), and automation (40%) will be the most important technologies, as these support nonfinancial firms’ access to financial services. For example, booking platform Campings.com has integrated
01
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

Mission-Driven Fintech Kontist Shakes Up The Future Of Work For Self-Employed

Pandemic or not, the time has come for freelancers and the self-employed to be prioritized by the fintech industry. In Germany, freelancers spend an average of 25 days and €3000 ($3,510) a year attempting to organize their finances through disparate banking, accounting and tax advisory services.

Due to a lack of education, complex processes and subsequent delays, the self-employed are deprived of a clear, holistic view of their finances and are therefore, exposed to liquidity bottlenecks and the risk of being cash-strapped, especially problematic amid uncertainty as a result of Covid-19.

A one-stop shop solution is required. To resolve this issue, Berlin-based mobile business bank Kontist has recently launched a service that makes accounting an integral part of bank transactions so that corporate and income tax calculations can be made in real-time.

While accountants and tax agents are ready to help, it is important for the self-employed to account for and remain prepared when the time comes to calculate income tax payables. In most European countries, ordinary workers do not have to file income tax returns as it is paid directly by the employer from wages, making it even more so important for freelancers to use a service that is not confusing.

What must also be considered is the difference between revenue and income, which can get convoluted as there are several types of taxes, social contributions, fees and expenses which must be deducted before the freelancer actually knows what his net income is in Germany, according to Kontist.

As a result, the German challenger is attempting to simplify this process so that when an invoice is paid, the income tax and VAT a freelancer needs to set aside is calculated in real-time and the tax declaration is completed by human tax advisors