Fintech funding round-up: 15 August 2016

Let’s put the fun in funding by keeping it mercifully brief. A round-up of some key events. Finova Financial’s cloud and mobile-based consumer auto title lending platform raised $52.5 million in a combination of equity and a credit facility, one of the “largest initial rounds in fintech industry history”. The funding round was led by […]

Losses at the double for Lending Club

Lending Club has experienced a double blow – with a net loss of $81.4 million and the departure of its CFO. These latest developments follow in the wake of the recent jobs cuts and reorganisation of its top brass. That was all initiated as the firm is looking to rebuild investor confidence following the untimely […]

Pennsylvania credit union goes live with Temenos’ lifecycle management suite

Pennsylvania State Employees Credit Union (PSECU) has gone live with Temenos’ Lifecycle Management Suite’s account origination module. Temenos says PSECU was looking for a method to “streamline” the account opening process for both deposit and loan-based accounts. Andrew Coy, AVP of lending, PSECU, says the account origination solution goes “hand-in-hand with the other Temenos Lifecycle […]

Diasoft scores second win in Vietnam with TPBank

Russia-based banking tech vendor Diasoft has landed its second deal in Vietnam, with TienPhongBank (TPBank). TPBank will implement Diasoft’s loan origination and debt collection solutions, part of a broader Flextera software suite. Diasoft’s first contract in Vietnam (and the vendor’s first in South East Asia) – signed in 2013 – is with Vietnam International Bank […]

Shubham Housing Finance opts for Nucleus’ FinnOne lending platform in the cloud

India-based Shubham Housing Development Finance Company has implemented Nucleus Software’s FinnOne Neo, a loan lifecycle management solution in the cloud. Nucleus says Shubham is one of the first dedicated housing finance companies in India to set up their lending platform on cloud infrastructure. Ajay Oak, chief operating officer of Shubham, says Nucleus was chosen “because […]

Fiserv gains with Dakota Plains

Dakota Plains Credit Union has replaced its existing system with an integrated technology suite from Fiserv, including XP2 for core account processing. The North Dakota-based credit union will also use Fiserv’s Virtual Branch for online banking, Mobiliti for mobile banking, CheckFree RXP for electronic payments, Statement Advantage for statements and e-statements, Wisdom for comprehensive accounting […]

Opinion: fintech taking business banking back to the good old days

John Davies, CEO of The Just Loans Group, an alternative lender to UK businesses, argues that rather than being disruptive, fintech is enabling a return to how business banking used to be: a business would have a dedicated account manager who was genuinely interested in a customer’s business and had the time to give it guidance. Clever […]

Encentus Federal Credit Union selects Fiserv’s Portico core processing system

Oklahoma-based Encentus Federal Credit Union has chosen Fiserv’s Portico core account processing platform for digital banking and lending services. The credit union is migrating from its current providers to Fiserv; and Misty Potter, president and CEO, Encentus, says Fiserv “will empower our credit union with the progressive and innovative technology to drive a more rewarding […]

Atom Bank goes public on new tech addition, Phoebus lending system

As first reported by Banking Technology in early May, Phoebus Software has gained a new customer – UK challenger bank Atom. The five-year deal will see Phoebus’ lending software supporting Atom’s secured business lending and account servicing for Atom’s residential lending. The new platform will be used by the bank’s team to originate loans for […]

Lending Club management reshuffle leads to job losses

Jobs will go as Lending Club reorganises its top brass and looks to rebuild investor confidence following the untimely resignation of former chairman and CEO Renaud Laplanche. Laplanche resigned in May following an internal review of sales of $22 million in near-prime loans to a “single investor”, in contravention of the investor’s express instructions, according […]

Yorkshire Building Society automates appointments system with BookingBug

BookingBug says Yorkshire Building Society (YBS) has become “the first truly omnichannel mortgage provider” with its new system that enables booking appointments in branch, online, mobile and call centres. UK-based BookingBug specialises in appointment scheduling and event management software. The new system has centralised data across 3,000 staff in 200 branches at YBS, and cut […]

Oracle’s new cloud-based banking solution targets default debtors

Oracle has launched its cloud-based Oracle Banking Collections tool – offering lenders a look at debtors’ total financial pictures and features. The firm says each year financial institutions (FIs) “waste millions of dollars attempting to solve their debt collection problem with the age-old tactic of throwing third party debt collection agents who may use decades-old […]

Infographics: the evolution of credit

This nifty infographics, courtesy of MBNA, is a whistle-stop tour of credit wonder and woe over the last 4,000 years – from ancient Babylon to modern Britain – and what people had to do to get a little credit.

Commerzbank launches peer-to-peer lending platform for SMEs, Main Funders

Commerzbank says it’s the first major bank in Germany to develop this type of digital financing marketplace. Main Funders is aimed at SMEs. Main Funders enables clients of Commerzbank’s Mittelstandsbank (MSB) business division (which caters for SMEs) to present concrete investment projects to potential investors and secure financing. The financing volumes are between €200,000 and […]

Puan Sacco Society issues banking tech RFP

A savings and credit co-operative society (Sacco) in Kenya, Puan Sacco Society, has issued an RFP for new banking solutions. The Sacco is looking for core banking, SMS banking and mobile lending software, and a payroll management system. Provision of point-to-point connectivity services and office internet services, plus hardware maintenance are also included in the […]

State Bank of India merges with associate banks

India’s government has given the green light to the State Bank of India (SBI) to merge with its five associate banks. SBI is already among the largest an India and a sizeable international player, with the total assets of $400 billion and a network of 16,500+ branches (including over 190 international locations across 36 countries). […]

ING deploys ThetaRay’s analytics solution for fraud detection in SME lending

Israel-based specialist vendor ThetaRay has implemented its Advanced Analytics Solution at ING Netherlands for fraud detection. The vendor says that combining its tech with ING’s standing risk engine will enable the bank to detect new instances of SME lending fraud hidden within massive amounts of transactional and organisational data – in real-time and with industry-low false […]

Point of view: how UK banks can deliver better service to customers

The banks know they need to do better for their millions of UK customers, but the pressing question is how? One answer is to form partnerships with some of the fintech companies that are now gathering momentum as powerful players in the market. Can these potential competitors be the banks new best friends? Jurgen Hutter, […]

Top fintech stories this week – 3 June 2016

Catch up on Banking Technology’s top five fintech stories of the week – all in one place! ECB goes to tender for new treasury management system After many years it’s time for a change. Microsoft unveils blockchain-based identity system Inspired by the United Nations’ ID2020 Summit on Identity. Student Loans Company puts IT contract with […]

Nucleus Software launches mobile lending solution in Australia

Nucleus Software has released its mobile loan self-sourcing solution – mApply – for the Australian market. The firm says mApply helps banks digitise their loan origination lifecycle. Customers and mortgage brokers can view pre-approved loan offers from a bank, select the best offer and submit a paperless loan application “within minutes” and “without any need […]

HPD Software launches lending solution for construction finance

UK-based HPD Software has launched Aquarius Construction Finance aimed at lenders who fund construction sub-contractors. The company is targeting its module at finance providers who want to enter or expand into the construction sector, which it says is “traditionally a ‘no-go zone’ for commercial lenders”. Kevin Day, COO at HPD Software, says: “The construction sector […]

UK BPO and fintech provider Target Group acquired by Tech Mahindra

India-based IT heavyweight Tech Mahindra is spending £112 million on Target Group, a UK-based business process outsourcing (BPO) and software vendor. Target focuses on the lending, investment and insurance sectors, claiming around 50 financial institutions in the UK as customers. Among them are Yorkshire Building Society, Shawbrook Bank, Central Trust and Masthaven. It also works […]

Student Loans Company puts IT contract with HCL under review

Student Loans Company (SLC), a large government-owned lender in the UK, is believed to have halted its IT renovation project as it puts the contract with the supplier under review. SLC embarked on this massive project in early 2014 – awarding the contract to HCL. HCL bid jointly with Deloitte and Misys. HCL would be […]

Ipreo and Misys team up for syndicated loan solutions

Ipreo, a fintech firm headquartered in New York, and Misys have signed an agreement to integrate Debtdomain and Misys FusionBanking LoanIQ for syndicated loan arrangers and agents. Mutual clients of Debtdomain and FusionBanking LoanIQ have previously integrated the products, but this deal will be the “first” that is jointly developed and supported by both Ipreo […]

Fintech vendor APS Financial gets UK credit licence

Advanced Payment Solutions (trading as APS Financial) has secured a credit licence from the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). This development allows APS to carry out consumer credit lending (including high-cost short-term credit lending) to its customer base of micro SMEs, sole traders and consumers. Rich Wagner, CEO and founder, APS Financial, says: “This credit […]

NICE’s robotic automation solution gets the Italian jobs

Italy’s Banca Popolare di Sondrio and Helpline have implemented NICE’s Robotic Automation solutions for loan approvals and credit card fraud prevention. Banca Popolare di Sondrio, which has 350 branches across the country, decided to implement NICE Robotics to speed up its online loan and credit approvals process. As a result, NICE says average handle time […]

Shares fall as Lending Club chairman and CEO resigns

Lending Club’s chairman and CEO Renaud Laplanche has resigned following an internal review of sales of $22 million in near-prime loans to a single investor, in contravention of the investor’s express instructions. Shares in the US-based company fell by more than 20% today (9 May) as a result of the shock departure. Scott Sanborn will […]

Sanasa Development Bank implements new loan origination system

Sanasa Development Bank in Sri Lanka is automating its front-office lending software. The bank is going to implement a new end-to-end platform for loan origination, mobile loan origination and collections. The bank issued a request for proposal (RFP) at the end of last year to find the new system and the supplier. The bidding process […]

Nissan Motor automates floorplanning with Sword Apak’s WFS

Nissan Motor Acceptance Corporation (NMAC) will install a new leasing solution, Wholesale Floorplan Finance System (WFS), supplied by specialist vendor Sword Apak. It will be delivered on a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) basis. NMAC was looking for a new solution “that would provide an outstanding level of service to dealers”, says Sword Apak. The company is also […]

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