Category: FinTech News
FinTech NewsWhile it might not be a life-changing shift — especially since Mastercard says 80% of North American transactions were already exempt from signature verification — this move should have positive effects for both consumers and merchants.
FinTech NewsBanks have been working to enhance their security and verification — especially as more and more customers do their banking online and on mobile phones. While they may be effective in preventing fraud, some of these methods have also proven pain points for consumers, putting banks in a lose-lose situation.
FinTech NewsAffirm says it prides itself on being transparent about their fees. They explain, "Unlike payment options that have compounding interest and unexpected costs, Affirm shows customers upfront exactly what they’ll owe — with no hidden fees and no surprises." As a result Affirm's Apple Pay integration could be a big deal for FinTech, retailers, and consumers alike.
FinTech NewsCelsius says it's "building a P2P decentralized lending & borrowing platform" that will not only allow users to borrow against their cryptocurrency holdings but also earn interest for keeping their coin on the platform. As their site explains, users will be able join the lending pool by adding their cryptocurrency to Celsius and earning daily interest.
FinTech NewsFreedomPop claims that their Accelerate Platform has one of the highest conversion rates on the web with 50% of customers purchasing at least one paid service. By comparison, other "freemium" modeled companies such as Spotify reportedly have conversion rates less than half that. As a result it's easy to see why businesses in other spaces — especially in the financial field — would want to take Accelerate for a spin.
FinTech NewsNow that Square Cash has laid its card on the table, it will be interesting to see if Venmo and others follow suit. Furthermore Square has proven to be a fascinating FinTech to watch as they've never seemed afraid of starting auxiliary businesses that fall under the financial umbrella. With the potential Square Cash now shows, that "one-to-watch" status isn't likely to change anytime soon.
FinTech NewsWhen Apple first debuted their NFC-powered Apple Pay option in 2014, it was seen as a major breakthrough for mobile payments that would usher in a new era for the technology. However a mere 16% of active iPhones in the world currently utilize Apple Pay.