foreign exchange


The Benzinga Global Fintech Awards – entries closing soon

The Benzinga Global Fintech Awards May 11, 2017 in New York, is the premier event in Fintech, celebrating financial innovation from around the world. The Benzinga Awards is a competition to showcase the companies with the most impressive technology, who are paving the future in financial services and capital markets! Applications are still open, so apply now before the March 17 deadline. At the event, you’ll get a first look at groundbreaking technology, innovative platforms, and the chance to network freely with top industry professionals. Over 550 FinTech CEOs, C-suite executives of financial institutions, VCs, press, and others attended the 2016 Benzinga Fintech Awards. 45 exclusive exhibitor spots on the show floor […]


WorldRemit partners with Xpress Money to deliver wider service offering to diaspora communities

Digital money transfer service WorldRemit has partnered with international money transfer brand Xpress Money to open up new remittance routes to 11 countries – including Bangladesh, Pakistan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Jordan, Ethiopia, Uganda, Algeria and Lebanon.   The partnership has extended WorldRemit’s footprint into new territories, and is expected to further support the growing demand for instant remittances in these countries.   According to the World Bank, remittances play an important role in these economies, contributing significantly to GDP. For example, Pakistan received almost $20 billion in remittances in 2015, while Indonesia received almost $10 billion, and Bangladesh received $15 billion, or almost 10% of its GDP.   WorldRemit […]


Citi backs foreign exchange blockchain startup Cobalt DL

Citi has made an undisclosed investment in Cobalt DL, a London startup aiming to use the technology behind bitcoin to simplify foreign exchange trading. Cobalt DL, founded by two veteran bankers, aims to apply distributed ledger technology, also known as blockchain, to the foreign exchange trading market. Currently, when banks trade currencies with each other there are multiple different records of the transaction held by the buyer, seller, broker, clearer, and other third parties, all of which have to be reconciled. This slows the process down and adds to costs. The company aims to create a single, shared view of each transaction by using blockchain technology, which uses complex cryptography […]


WorldRemit and GTBank launch money transfer routes to West and Central Africa

Digital money transfer service WorldRemit and leading African financial institution Guaranty Trust Bank (GTBank) have launched new money transfer routes to West and Central Africa.   With the WorldRemit app or website, people can now send secure overseas money transfers to any bank account in Benin, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Niger, Senegal or Togo. Funds will be deposited as CFA Francs.   Commenting on the launch, Dan Shuaib,  the Managing Director, of Guaranty Trust Bank CI, said: ‘’This service removes the barriers that limit customers’ access to remittances and provides them with a quick and convenient way to receive money from any part of the world. Our partnership with WorldRemit to create this […]


Hot fintech app Revolut stops issuing new cards as it changes licences

Revolut, the fast-growing international money exchange service, has stopped opening new accounts temporarily as it changes licences. Founder and CEO Nikolay Storonsky told Business Insider: “At the moment, we don’t send new cards. We’re putting people on the waiting list.” Two sources told Business Insider that the freeze is down to a disagreement with partner Paysafe, a company that issues cards and processes payments on behalf of Paysafe. The sources say Paysafe, formerly known as Optimal Payments, told Revolut to stop issuing new cards after discovering that many cards were being issued outside of Europe. Last week it emerged that Revolut had stopped operating all of its cards outside of […]


WorldRemit achieves key volume milestone underpinned by strong user growth

WorldRemit achieves key volume milestone underpinned by strong user growth, with Australian market a key driver WorldRemit now processing over 500,000 transactions per month 100,000 transfers sent from users in Australia alone 160,000 transfers received directly on mobile phones   Signalling rapid and accelerating global growth, online money transfer service WorldRemit announced it had processed more than half a million transfers in a month for the first time ever in September, with more than 100,000 transfers sent from users in Australia alone.   The milestone continues WorldRemit’s record for consistent transaction volume growth, showcasing strong fundamentals – consistent, growing revenues streams and a clear path to profitability. Global turnover is […]


Brexit provides lessons for Australia’s FinTech start-ups

[ Extract ] Lessons for Australia Australia’s FinTech scene, scarcely acknowledged eighteen months ago, has developing rapidly and now commands the attention of policymakers, banking executives and the financial media here alike. We have a highly advanced financial services sector, one that is acknowledged globally as mature, skilful and well regulated. It contributes around AU$140 billion to GDP each year and employs some 450,000 people. We have the fourth largest pool of investment funds in the world, anchored by the AU$2 trillion-plus in our nation’s superannuation funds. That a viable FinTech ecosystem has developed Down Under should therefore come as no surprise. Australian start-ups span the FinTech spectrum across peer-to-peer […]