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  • Nice Actimize introduces surveillance system, SURVEIL-X.
  • Scalable Capital teams up with Raisin to offer its customers the ability to invest in fixed-term deposits at partner Baader Bank.
  • Standard and Premium customers of Revolut in 26 markets now have access to stock trading via the platform.
  • Financial Times highlights Meniga as a fintech to watch. Come see Meniga’s live demo at FinovateFall next week in New York!
  • NYMBUS appoints Dr. Joerg Richter as its new Chief Operating Officer, Platforms. NYMBUS will showcase its newest technology at FinovateFall next week in New York!
  • Tradeshift to help Spendency app users leverage their transaction data.
  • iProov releases HTML v.2 Beta on GitHub to help users secure user identity in HTML5.
  • Onfido earns the top spot in FinTechCity’s 2019 Fintech 50 roster.

This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

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  • Featurespace Partners with Elavon to Fight Payment Fraud
  • Fueling the Fire: How Venture Capital Empowers Fintech Today
  • Plaid Adds Credit Card Details to Liabilities Offering

Around the web

  • Enrichment Federal Credit Union selects Jack Henry’s ProfitStars Commercial Lending Center Suite create efficiencies in commercial lending.
  • PYMNTS: BlueVine hires PayPal exec as CCO.
  • Wisconsin’s First National Bank and Trust Company to deploy core and digital banking technology from Finastra.
  • Revolut announces new CEOs for its businesses in Lithuania and Ireland.
  • Global Payments completes its merger with TSYS.
  • FICO and risk investigation solutions provider Arachnys partner to help FIs improve their client onboarding and record management processes.
  • Bill.com celebrates grand opening of new Houston office.
  • Finicity ships new Verification of Income and Employment (VOIE) solution using TXVerify technology.
  • SecureKey collaborates with Digital Bazaar to streamline organizational identity proofing.

This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

Revolut Withdraws E-Banking License Application in Luxembourg

Revolut has withdrawn its application for an e-banking license in the grand duchy in a shift towards Ireland, according to The Telegraph on Sunday, reports Sharon Kimathi of Fintech Futures (Finovate’s sister publication).

The news outlet notes that Revolut stopped its Luxembourg application after questions about its compliance systems were raised in the Chamber of Deputies by the MP Laurent Mosar (CSV) in April, which Revolut has refuted.

Without citing any company names, Moser stated in a parliamentary question to the finance minister, Pierre Gramegna (DP), that: “Fintech companies are subject to a host of national and international rules. However, it would seem that these rules are not always respected by fintech companies, so that some of them get their approval, even though they do not meet financial and banking regulatory requirements. According to my information, at least one major company that has recently applied for approval, would be flagged in its country of origin for non-compliance with existing regulations as well as for non-transparency.”

Mosar asked Gramegna what the finance ministry was doing to ensure compliance with fintech rules. Gramegna responded that the Financial Sector Supervisory Commission (CSSF) and not the finance ministry oversaw regulating financial institutions.

The Telegraph reported that the CSSF began conducting spot checks on financial technology firms headquartered in the country earlier this year to verify that board and staff members were truly located in the grand duchy.

The neobank needs regulatory approval from one of the EU27 in order to maintain its access to the single European market after Brexit.

Revolut told news outlets that it did not withdrawal its application due to questions about its compliance technology. Rather it took a “strategic decision” to focus on its license application in Ireland. A spokesman said the firm “had a very positive and open dialogue” with the CSSF, as well as the promotion body Luxembourg for Finance.

Founded in 2013, Revolut demonstrated its technology at FinovateEurope 2015. Nikolay Storonsky is CEO.

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  • Hydrogen Brings its App Building Platform to the Oracle Cloud Marketplace.
  • Vymo Fuels Insight for VP Bank’s FE Credit.

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  • Blackhawk Network to acquire Edge Loyalty Systems.
  • Trustly to provide Alibaba.com’s European customers with online banking payments via Ingenico.
  • TechCrunch: Revolut ramps up customer support with plans to hire 400 people in Porto.
  •  Xero integrates with enterprise solution GreatSoft.
  • BehavioSec joins the NICE X-Sight Marketplace.
  • Merck Sharp & Dohme FCU deploys trio of biometric authentication solutions from Fiserv.
  • New partnership brings nCino’s Bank Operating System to Allied Irish Banks.
  • Entrust Datacard partners with JPMorgan Chase to pilot email security project.

This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

Finovate Alumni News

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  • Tax Compliance Innovator Avalara Partners with Billing Automation Platform Ordway
  • Finovate Global: Indian Fintech Get Funding; Finastra, Avaloq Bring New Leadership to APAC

Around the web

  • Plaid becomes a Nacha Preferred Partner for account validation.
  • Finastra taps Wissam Khoury as its new head of its Asia Pacific (APAC) team.
  • Revolut teams up with the WWF and The Rainforest Alliance to raise support for the Amazon rainforest.
  • Frost & Sullivan names Onfido the winner of its 2019 European Technology Innovation award for its AI-based hybrid identity verification solution.

This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

Finovate Alumni News

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  • Ping Identity Preps for $100 Million IPO.
  • ProfitStars Reaches 500 Bank and Credit Union Customers for Commercial Lending Solution.

Around the web

  • PYMNTS interviews  Bento for Business Co-Founder and CEO Farhan Ahmad.
  • OnPay partners with Xero to bring back-office services to the agricultural industry.
  • Innov8tif selects ID R&D’s Passive Facial Liveness for remote customer onboarding.
  • LoanScorecard to power new QuickQual loan solution from Angel Oak.
  • ACI Worldwide to help Massachusetts-based Nichols College enhance its payment processes.
  • Revolut bolsters executive ranks with appointment of new treasurer, deputy Chief Financial Officer, and director of financial crime risk.

This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

Finovate Alumni News

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  • Insurwave onboards Xceptor to digitize insurance documents.
  • Finovate Global: A Look at Fintech Talent in Singapore; Mobile Money Goes Live in South Sudan.
  • New Investment Makes Numbrs Europe’s Latest Fintech Unicorn.
  • Xendpay Joins RippleNet to Bring Fee Free Cross Border Payment Options to SE Asia.

Around the web

  • ABC TECH Group and Mambu partner to support banks’ digital transformation.
  • Meniga appoints Arpit Kaushik as new Chief Operating Officer.
  • Pagaya Investments partners with Prosper for to issue unsecured consumer loans from its securitization platform.
  • European Business Awards names Featurespace on its Ones to Watch list.
  • Revolut adds three banking veterans to its senior executive team.
  • Personetics Opens R&D Center in Nazareth.
  • ProfitStars marks 500 banks and financial services companies leveraging its commercial lending technology.
  • Onfido tests portable identity with U.K. fintechs.

This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

Revolut and Xero Partner on New Expense Management Tool

If your company has a cumbersome expense management process, then you will welcome the news that Revolut for Business has introduced a new solution to make those issues a problem of the past. Courtesy of a new partnership with fellow Finovate alum Xero, the expense management tool provides real-time expense monitoring, and the ability to approve or reject team expenses.

“The potential for expense management to turn into one big ugly mess is high,” Revolut Marketing Manager Aaron Larsson wrote on the company’s blog. “That’s why we’re proud to introduce our new Expense Management tool to Revolut for Business.”

Revolut’s new tool makes the expense management process easier for team members, finance teams, and accountants. Available within the Revolut for Business app, the tool enables users to record expenses with a simple push notification and a photograph of the receipt, and helps finance teams track expenses more accurately.

Revolut customers that are not Xero users can also take advantage of the expense management tool by creating their own categories and exporting expenses as a CSV file. Revolut noted that it plans to feature additional integrations to offer more accounting resources.

Making its Finovate debut at FinovateEurope in 2015, Revolut has grown into an alternative digital bank offering a mobile current account that can be used to hold, exchange, and transfer funds in 29 different currencies. without fees. The account includes a variety of financial management tools including budgeting, instant spending notifications, and a spare change “stash-away” feature to support incidental saving. More recently, Revolut has added stock trading functionality to its app.

The company launched Revolut for Business in 2017 to extend the benefits of digital, API-powered banking services and streamlined, affordable international payments to small businesses and freelancers. The initiative signed up 16,000 business accounts in three months and, in its first year, helped companies save more than $14 million in fees. Last month, the company announced that Revolut for Business would add two new business account plans with no monthly subscription fees. Revolut also made price structure changes to include a customizable model that gives businesses more control and a better value.

Founded in 2013 and headquartered in London, U.K., Revolut has raised more than $336 million in funding from investors including DST Global, Future Fifty, and Lakestar. Nikolay Storonsky is founder and CEO.

Finovate Alumni News

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  • Revolut and Xero Partner on Expense Management Tool.

Around the web

  • Transferwise goes live with new debit cad for customers in Australia and New Zealand.
  • Finastra inks cloud banking deal with U.K. neo bank Gravity.
  • Argentina’s largest national private bank Banco Galicia integrates PFM technology from Strands.
  • Overbond to open three AI analytics labs in Montreal, Quebec, Canada to support R&D in bond pricing.
  • Vymo hires Rajesh Sabhlok as its new Chief Customer Officer, with an emphasis on Japan and APAC.
  • BlueRush announces strategic partnership with InfoSlips.
  • Artivest names Martin Bealieu, formerly executive chairman, as new CEO.
  • Lendio’s marketplace lending franchise program tops $50 million in loans facilitated via its platform.
  • Ignite Sales unveils the latest version of its customer engagement platform, Ignite Neuro 2.0.
  • Salt Edge increases the total number of connected banks in the E.U. to more than 300.
  • Experian unveils new configurations of its Ascend Analytical Sandbox.

This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

DriveWealth Powers Commission-Free Trading for Revolut Cardholders

Alternative banking provider Revolut announced the roll out of commission-free stock trading on its app today. Starting today Revolut Metal customers in the U.K. and Europe can buy and hold shares of 300+ stocks listed on the NYSE and NASDAQ directly from the Revolut app.

The feature is powered by DriveWealth, which is registered as a full-carrying and clearing broker-dealer and will help Revolut navigate the complexities of brokerage. New Jersey-based DriveWealth offers a suite of APIs that allow companies across the globe to help their users invest in the U.S. stock market. The firm provides digital investment products for brokerages to offer clients as well as a brokerage service offering dollar-based, real-time investing.

Overall, Revolut is making stock market investing more inclusive. Trades are free, the annual custodian fee totals 0.01% (when others in the industry charge 0.25% to 1.5%), and there are no account minimums. At launch, all fees are waived for eligible customers during the beta period. The company did not specify when it plans to implement fees but said, “These will come into effect later, and we will communicate with you in advance about when that will be.”

Revolut said it is most proud of integrating the ability to buy partial shares of stock. Fractional share investing, one of DriveWealth’s flagship features, allows users to purchase a small portion of a stock. This democratizes investing by making a stock like Amazon, which trades at almost $1,900 per share, more accessible to investors with lower capital.

Another badge of honor is that trades can be made instantly, meaning users will pay the asking price of a stock when their order hits the market. And, specific to Revolut, users can fund their trading account in multiple currencies and benefit from the interbank exchange rate.

The trading feature not only helps Revolut compete with banks, but also helps the company build its user base for its Metal account. Launched last August, the Metal account offers users 100 free trades per month, along with a host of other features, for $14.99 per month.

In the future, Revolut plans to open trading to users outside of Europe, offer ETFs and other new products, and introduce European stocks. Additionally, the company will open up free trades to Premium and Standard customers, who will be able to make 8 free trades per month and three free trades per month, respectively. This variance is representative of Revolut’s tiered pricing model, which offers free Standard accounts while charging $9.99 per month for a Premium account.

Revolut debuted at FinovateEurope 2015 in London. The company’s CEO and founder Nikolay Storonsky showed off the app’s money transfer capabilities that help users avoid banking fees without actually using a bank.

Adding Revolut as a client is another notch in the belt for DriveWealth, which last month partnered with Sigma Securities and Trove Technologies to offer digital U.S. equities trading in Nigeria. Last August, DriveWealth collaborated with fellow Finovate alum Bambu to launch a white-label roboadvisory platform for U.S. wealth managers. Other DriveWealth clients include MoneyLion, Vested Finance, and INVSTR.

At FinovateAsia 2016, DriveWealth released a new API to enable partners to offer a robo advisory product suite and a self-directed equity investing platform. Robert Cortright is CEO.