FinTech News

New York Challenges Federal Ruling Allowing Fintechs to Skirt State Regulation

New York state’s top banking regulator on Friday sued the U.S. Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, seeking to void its decision to begin granting national bank charters to financial technology companies. Maria Vullo, the superintendent of the New …

China’s Online Insurer ZhongAn to Get Investment from SoftBank for Overseas Growth

ZhongAn Online P&C Insurance Co. Ltd., the first internet-only insurer in China, announced its subsidiary ZhongAn International will receive a strategic investment from SoftBank Vision Fund, which will support the growth of ZhongAn’s technology solutions businesses outside China. The amount …

UK Government, Regulators to Examine Potential Risks from Cryptocurrencies

Britain’s government and regulators will look in detail at the potential risks from cryptocurrencies like bitcoin, British junior finance minister John Glen said on Monday. Glen said there had been an “explosion of growth” in crypto assets like bitcoin, which …

China’s 2nd Largest E-Commerce Firm, JD.com, Seeks to Expand in Insurance, Banking

JD.com Inc’s finance arm is looking to raise about 12 billion yuan ($1.9 billion) in fresh equity that could see its value double from last year to more than $20 billion, three people with knowledge of the matter said. The …

Chubb to Provide Drivers’ Products for SE Asian Transportation/Fintech Platform Grab

Grab, the Southeast Asia on-demand transportation and fintech platform, announced a partnership with Chubb to offer insurance solutions for Grab’s drivers. Using the Grab app, drivers will be able to select different insurance options to protect their vehicles, their livelihoods …

WEF Helps Create Fintech Cyber Security Consortium; Members Include Zurich, Citigroup

The World Economic Forum has led the creation of an industry consortium focused on improving the cyber security of financial technology companies, as collaboration between fintechs and financial institutions grows. The consortium’s founding members include Citigroup Inc, online lender Kabbage, …

Why Financial Tech Startups Need Incumbents to Succeed

Financial technology startups are seeing no shortage of venture dollars flowing their way, but there are increasing concerns over whether they can survive without partnering with the industry they’re seeking to disrupt. More than 75 percent of fintech executives surveyed …

Allianz Investment Unit Provides Funding for Fintech Startup C2FO

Financial technology startup C2FO raised $100 million in funding in a new round led by the investing arm of global insurance and asset management giant Allianz SE as well as Abu Dhabi’s Mubadala Investment Co. With Tuesday’s announcement, C2FO has …

UK’s Thomas Cook Partners with Fintech Firm to Offer Pay-Per-Day Travel Cover

British travel company Thomas Cook has partnered with fintech firm Revolut to launch a “pay-per-day” travel insurance service which automatically provides users with medical cover by tracking their location through their mobile phones. Revolut, the digital bank start-up, said it …

Judge Nixes Bid to Halt Federal Charters for Fintech Firms as Premature

A Manhattan federal judge on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit brought by New York’s banking regulator against the U.S. Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) over its proposal to offer charters that would let online lenders and other so-called “fintech” companies do …