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NRMA Home Loans will be offered to its insurance customers, in the latest example of ‘white labelled’ banking products.

NRMA to offer home loans funded by Bendigo Bank

Like Qantas, the IAG-owned insurer will distribute mortgages to its customers via an origination platform created by fintech Tic:Toc, funded by Bendigo Bank.

  • James Eyers

This Month

NAB is working with Microsoft to test AI inside Office 365 software to lift banker productivity.

NAB says AI will cut the drudgery for its bankers

The bank is working with Microsoft to embed AI into its 365 software, which bankers use for emails and presentations. It is also using AWS and Databricks.

  • James Eyers
Rene Michau, head of digital assets, Standard Chartered Bank flew to Sydney for the AFR Crypto Summit.

Tokenisation of real-world assets is the killer app for crypto

What if crypto was not only a speculative asset class but a new technology stack for financial markets?

  • James Eyers and Jessica Sier

BofA kicks off $531m Cuscal IPO bookbuild; pricing out

The end-to-end payments outfit is expected to list on the Australia Securities Exchange by late November.

  • Sarah Thompson, Kanika Sood and Emma Rapaport
Some of the largest global financial institutions are seeking to unlock efficiencies from blockchain.

How crypto is forcing banks, funds towards new digital asset markets

The market cap of cryptocurrencies is $1 trillion. But real-world assets are valued at $800 trillion. How much could be “tokenised” onto blockchains to create efficiencies?

  • James Eyers
The government will release draft legislation on Wednesday to allow the RBA to regulate digital wallets such as Apple Pay.

New RBA powers to regulate Apple, Google payments

The Albanese government will release draft legislation on Wednesday to allow the RBA to regulate Apple Pay and Google Pay like other payment services.

  • James Eyers

Float hopeful Cuscal reveals revenue and cost growth ahead of roadshow

As investor meetings for a planned November IPO kick off next week, Cuscal’s annual report provides a snapshot of the payment company’s growth and challenges.

  • James Eyers
Jack Zhang: “Great intensity and pressure ... is what’s required to survive.”

Inside the ultra-high-pressure world of Airwallex

The Australian payments giant grew out of a Melbourne coffee shop almost a decade ago and became a global player. But is it ready for prime time?

  • Lucas Baird and Jonathan Shapiro


Andrew Laycock, founder and chief executive of Shaype.

Financial services elephants need the little guys

Innovation is hard for banks because of their size and scale. But it hasn’t eliminated the need to be agile, if anything it’s made it more necessary.

  • Ayesha de Kretser
MitchCap CEO Paul Mitchell.

Fintech MitchCap raises $15m, suspends IPO plans

The specialist non-bank distribution financier has found new financing, which will help keep the business private for at least two years.

  • Sarah Thompson, Kanika Sood and Emma Rapaport
The US IPO market has opened up, but vendors are having to be generous with pricing and terms.

Payments IPO Cuscal is not what you expect from a fintech

Tech floats are the story of the week in capital markets. One is readying for an ASX-listing worth as much as $600 million, but it is not your typical tech IPO.

  • Anthony Macdonald
Sabine Tejerina, Upstreet co-founder.

Fintech Upstreet throws in the towel

The fintech is backed by a host of Australian venture capital funds including Antler.

  • Sarah Thompson, Kanika Sood and Emma Rapaport
Holly Cardew is the co-founder of Carted.

Jobs go after restructure at Blackbird Ventures-backed Carted

The company bagged $US10 million from investors including Mike Cannon-Brookes’ private Grok Ventures in May 2021 in one of Australia’s largest-ever seed rounds.

  • Sarah Thompson, Kanika Sood and Emma Rapaport


Screen scraping involves sharing passwords to share banking data.

Treasury considers an end to bank account password sharing

A consultation paper has asked fintech start-ups and banks to describe the impact of banning screen scraping and whether the CDR is ready to replace it.

  • James Eyers
The future of once glittering financial start up Till Payments depends on the success of its next capital raise after its directors and auditors disclosed that there was “material uncertainty” over the company’s ability to pay its debts.

Once valued at $500m, Till Payments is teetering on the brink

It had Will Vicars to Bruce Mathieson, Nick Politis and Craig Laundy as investors. But the company has been finding it hard to become profitable.

  • Lucas Baird
A court ruling could lead to bitcoin funds being listed on major exchanges such as the ASX.

Bitcoin jumps as court ruling may unlock billions

Crypto enthusiasts celebrated on Wednesday after a landmark decision paved the way for more investors to buy into the world’s largest digital currency.

  • Tom Richardson

Wisr’s largest shareholder a lucky seller

On the day non-bank lender Wisr posted revenue growth of 55 per cent, the just-ousted CEO who secured this result entered a not-guilty plea.

  • Myriam Robin

Wisr’s sacked chief denied bail

Listed fintech Wisr has in the past week sacked its CEO and had its chairman temporarily recuse himself due to his “familial relationship” with said CEO.

  • Myriam Robin
CBA is bringing its answer to Stripe to market next month.

CBA ready to launch its challenger to Stripe

The bank will launch its Powerboard payment system next month, a core part of its strategy to fend off US fintech Stripe and protect the data it uses for lending.

  • James Eyers
Z GPT has been built by ANZ engineers in India to help bank staff answer questions.

ANZ debuts chatbot to experiment with AI

Z-GPT is ANZ’s latest software development tool, created in its new AI Centre of Experimentation in India, which is developing AI use cases across the bank.

  • James Eyers