F|T: The FinTech Times – Banking on Blockchain

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Grow partners with Westoba Credit Union to pioneer online lending in Manitoba

Westoba Credit Union is partnering with Vancouver-based Grow to offer the prairie province’s first entirely digital loan platform.


We redesigned! Say hello to a more intelligent, more intuitive, more beautiful Wealthsimple

Check out Wealthsimple 2.0! It’s faster, it’s more functional, and, yes, we think it’s damn pretty. (sponsored)


Suretap Wallet to be discontinued August 26, Android and BlackBerry apps have been pulled

It’s the end of the line for the wallet app, following its decision to shutter the joint MasterCard prepaid credit card program.


Inadequate response to blockchain threat leaves banks exposed, says Bain

Banks’ initial responses to fast-moving developments in digital currency have left them flat-footed, claims the consultancy.


Vancouver-based Amber Financial Services raises $5 million

Amber Financial Services loan service targets new Canadians that arrive in Canada without a credit history – and now the service has raised a healthy seed round.


Starling Bank secures banking license; to launch in January 2017

The latest digitally-native mobile challenger bank to hit the UK has been granted a banking license, and promises to streamline the way consumers manage their money.


#TechTO launches #HealthTO and #FinTechTO to encourage more community collaboration

The bimonthly events will focus on encouraging “collision” between both startups working in these industries, and large organizations from each sector.

Business Insider

Ex-Google engineers have spent 2 years secretly trying to solve ‘the hardest problem in banking’

How do you solve a problem like aging bank infrastructure? Two former Google engineers may have found the answer in the cloud.


Substance conference wants to examine how FinTech will impact the future economy

The new conference in Toronto will be tackling the ways that FinTech will impact the economy.

Wall Street Journal

LendingClub’s newest problem: its borrowers

Online lenders once dazzled investors with the promise that sophisticated, fast data mining could identify the best borrowers – where did it go wrong?


FinTech and blockchain expo exploring how FinTech impacts business

Confused about the connection between FinTech and blockchain technology? Then you’ve got an expo to attend.

JP Nicols

The FinTech grief cycle for bankers

As fintech companies navigate the hype curve, bankers seem to be navigating their own grief cycle about fintech and the need to innovate.

Bloomberg Markets

Morgan Stanley analyst says robo advisers are one of the major threats to the industry

Robo advisers aren’t going away any time soon – will the wealth management industry be able to beat them back?

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Caitlin Hotchkiss

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