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Coronavirus & Fintech: A test for digital channels

As the economy heads for recession induced by the coronavirus pandemic, fintechs are bracing for a slowdown in investment. But could digital channels ultimately get a boost from the turmoil?

19 March, 2020
PLIN brings free inter-bank payments to Peru

Scotiabank Peru, BBVA and Interbank find fast uptake with PLIN, to facilitate free and immediate peer-to-peer transfers, although interoperability is in question

16 March, 2020
Nubank’s Mexico strategy: Accounts, loans could follow credit cards

In Mexico, Nubank may accounts and loans in addition to credit cards as it seeks to replicate Brazilian success

9 March, 2020

Mexico’s Fintech Law: Open banking rules delayed

Mexico’s new Fintech Law is already set to be changed, while specific open banking rules could take up to another year to be defined

28 February, 2020
Mercado Libre gets closer to becoming a bank, targets credit growth

Mercado Pago is applying to become a financial institution in Chile, IFPE in Mexico, says Chile CEO Matias Spagui

24 February, 2020
WhatsApp banking takes off in Brazil

Brazilians use messaging app to chat with Bradesco’s bot, renegotiate debt at Banco do Brasil, as digital banking surges

17 February, 2020

Credicorp targets Chilean retail banking market with app launch

Through Krealo, Credicorp is taking aim at the Chilean retail banking market with the launch of a new digital bank, Tenpo

10 February, 2020
LatAm fintechs step into bank funding territory

CrediTú places bond in Chile’s local capital market, other fintechs look at wholesale funding strategies

3 February, 2020
Open banking a game-changer, say Brazil’s fintech lenders

Data sharing rules will “really open the playing field” for lending startups in Brazil, say fintech leaders

27 January, 2020

POS financing poised for LatAm growth as fintechs move in

New and established fintechs are entering point of sale financing, taking advantage of demand for a new type of credit

20 January, 2020
Creditas expands products, plans for busy quarter

Brazilian digital lender expects strong portfolio growth this quarter, and also preps new products, Mexico launch, says CEO Sergio Furio

13 January, 2020
AI, cultural change and open banking: LatAm bank tech priorities in 2020

Outlook 2020: AI, open banking and institutional processes are biggest priorities for digital and innovation leaders at LatAm banks in 2020

6 January, 2020

Brazilian banks face triple hurdle in open banking: Itaú’s Schettini

Brazilian banks face a series of challenges to deal with open banking, says Márcio Schettini, retail banking head at Itaú

16 December, 2019
SoftBank moves into second phase of LatAm investment strategy

SoftBank’s innovation fund has picked the low hanging fruit in LatAm already, will invest at a slower pace now, says Paulo Passoni

5 December, 2019
“Inertia” is our biggest competitor, says Neon Pagamentos’ Pedro Conrade

Biggest hurdle for users to become loyal regulars comes early in the life cycle, says CEO and founder of Brazilian digital bank Neon

2 December, 2019
Stone, Cielo and PagSeguro race into banking services

Brazilian merchant acquirers are developing super apps, loan products and banking platforms as core business gets tough

 

25 November, 2019
Mercado Libre struggles with bad debt in Brazil

Loan losses at Mercado Credito Brazil highlight the difficulties of fine-tuning digital lending businesses

18 November, 2019
The cost of digital transformation, according to Credicorp

Customers are flocking to digital channels, but two Credicorp business areas show the downsides of digital transformation

11 November, 2019
CoDi usage builds as banks grapple with payment processing speeds

Mexicans made 39,000 payments through CoDi in the first month of operations, with half of those through one bank, according to the latest statistics.

4 November, 2019
Brazil gets closer to QR-based instant payments

Brazil’s official instant payments-system based on QR codes is taking shape, even as banks and fintechs develop their own apps

28 October, 2019
Brazilian banks launch APIs, open banking strategies

Brazilian banks employ APIs as they look to capture greater share of the retail market

21 October, 2019
In beta, Itau’s Iti has hundreds of thousands of customers

Brazilian bank’s digital payments platform boasts digital onboarding and a frictionless experience

14 October, 2019
Data sharing worries rise as open banking nears

In Brazil and Mexico, banks brace for competitive shake up as data sharing rules are defined

7 October, 2019
The growth of Banking as a Service in Latin America

As big tech companies are moving into finance, banking as a service is emerging as a new business area for financial institutions

30 September, 2019
Mexico’s fintech law makes waves as global partners seek opportunities

“Fintech is going to eat Latin America” says founder of British startup

23 September, 2019

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