F|T: The FinTech Times – PayPal’s going after the big banks

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Akira founder moves from healthtech to launch Newton cryptocurrency trading platform

The app links directly to a user’s bank account where they can trade Ethereum, Bitcoin, and Litecoin.


Liberis raises £57.5M to offer finance for small businesses paid back via customer card transactions

The majority of the new capital being raised by Liberis is debt to enable the company to issue more loans.


PayPal is going after the big banks

New ways to bank could do away with the ‘antiquated’ trip to the branch.


Symphony to expand into new industries with $67 million funding round

Symphony, a financial communication platform, plans to use the funding to expand into new market segments including insurance, legal, healthcare services, and government.


Bunz launches rewards program, calls it a cryptocurrency

Toronto-based Bunz launched BTZ, which it calls a cryptocurrency. The announcement has been met with scrutiny.


BoA launches digital mortgage experience to offer mortgage guidance

Bank of America has rolled out a digital mortgage service, enabling customers to apply for mortgages online or via the bank’s mobile app, often getting conditional approval on the same day.


ATB Financial teams up with the University of Alberta to further research AI

ATB Financial is investing $940,000 over the next four years to partner with the University of Alberta.


Bitpay raises $40 million in Series B round

Bitpay, which processes bitcoin and bitcoin cash payments for merchants, raised the funding from Menlo Ventures and Aquilline Technology Growth.


Some companies are turning their noses up at Softbank’s huge cash offers

SoftBank’s massive Vision Fund said in 2017 that its minimum cheque size is $100 million. But in the financial technology market, the number appears to be twice as big.


Investing app Stash partners with Green Dot to expand into banking

Through its partnership with Green Dot, Stash is rolling out a set of mobile-first banking services including bank accounts with debit cards, no overdraft fees, access to a network of free ATMs across the US, as well as financial guidance on spending, saving, investing, and planning for retirement.


Report: Canadians skeptical about cloud security when it comes to medical, financial information

59 percent of Canadians are wary of storing financial information in the cloud.


M-Pesa and PayPal are partnering to boost e-commerce in Kenya

The move will open global marketplaces to Kenyan entrepreneurs and businesses, effectively allowing M-Pesa’s 22.7 million subscribers to transact online, on mobile, in an app, or in person with PayPal’s 227 million users.

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Amira Zubairi

Amira Zubairi

Amira Zubairi is a staff writer and content creator at BetaKit with a strong interest in Canadian startup, business, and legal tech news. In her free time, Amira indulges in baking desserts, working out, and watching legal shows.