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02.22.17

Mogo’s New Prepaid Product Taps into Growing Canadian Market

Mogo, a Canada-based fintech firm, has launched what it describes as the country’s first prepaid digital spending account managed through a mobile app. The debut of the Mogo Spending Account and the Mogo Platinum Prepaid Visa comes amid robust growth in prepaid transactions in Canada.

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02.21.17

Innovators’ Spotlight: Raise

The Chicago-based startup enables consumers to easily purchase and redeem e-gift cards right from their smartphones, essentially turning unwanted e-gifts into a convenient and useful form of digital currency.

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02.16.17

Webinar Recap: How to Capitalize on Millennial Paycard Opportunity

More than 5 million U.S. millennials don’t have a checking account, and a third say payroll cards would be a valuable way to receive wages. With their distaste for traditional bank accounts and high level of interest in payroll cards, millennials represent a natural and significant market opportunity.

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02.14.17

Virtual Piggy Crafts Mobile Wallet Product for Young Consumers

Pay Award-winning Virtual Piggy said Feb. 14 it soon will begin testing a mobile wallet for consumers age 17 and younger, the latest move in the parent-supervised world of mobile payments.

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02.08.17

PayPal’s New Pal Is its First Payments Bot

PayPal has a new pal—namely its first bot that enables Slack users to move and manage their money in a conversational and casual style. The PayPal bot is available to 5 million Slack users in Australia, Canada, the U.K. and the U.S.

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02.07.17

Amazon Hits another High Note with Payments

In yet another sign that simplifying checkout for consumers is key to driving e-commerce payments, Amazon on Feb. 7 said that more than 33 million consumers have used its Amazon Payments service since its launch in 2013—and that the volume of payments “nearly doubled” in 2016 compared with the previous year. But don’t count on the e-commerce giant to be content with online payments alone.

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02.07.17

Moven Unveils ‘Easy’ Financial App at FinovateEurope

Online-only bank Moven has unveiled a financial app in the U.K. to help “make monetary monitoring easy for everyone,” according to company founder Brett King who announced the launch at FinovateEurope. King said the app is the company’s first launch in Europe, and it’s looking for more partnerships across the rest of the continent.

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02.02.17

Barclaycard Teams with VocaLink for Mobile Payments

Barclaycard is partnering with VocaLink to enable its merchants to accept mobile payments through the Pay by Bank app. The app, created by VocaLink’s payment innovation team Zapp, will enable shoppers to pay for goods and services on a mobile device, without the need to enter credit or debit card details, according to Paybefore sister publication Banking Technology.

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02.02.17

India Developing Insurance Framework for M-Wallets

Amid India’s recent boom in m-wallet transaction volume following a government discontinuation of two popular currency notes, the government now is considering developing an insurance framework for mobile wallet and electronic transactions. Government officials from the IT Ministry already have begun discussions with m-wallet providers and insurance companies on how to insure money in the wallet apps, according to The Financial Express.

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01.30.17

Cleo Chat Bot Comes to Facebook Messenger

The rise of the chat bots continues as Cleo, a virtual money assistant described by its creators as the “Siri of personal finance,” has launched on Facebook Messenger for users in the U.K. Developed by the London-based fintech startup of the same name, Cleo is an artificial-intelligence-powered chat bot the companies say will help users manage their finances.

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