Armed w/Expanded Funding InstaReM Heads to Europe and the U.S.

A Singapore-headquartered cross-border payments company has exploded on the payments scene. InstaReM has received a $13 million investment led by GSR Ventures, with participation from SBI-FMO Emerging Asia Financial Sector Fund, Vertex Ventures, Fullerton Financial Holdings, and Global Founders Capital. To date, InstaReM has raised over US$18 million in the last 18 months. InstaReM will…

Future of Payments Key: Unlocking the Socio-Economic Ecosystem

The socio-economic ecosystem that empowers people to share accommodation, transportation, buying or selling of goods, on-demand professional services and sharing or renting of goods is experiencing an extraordinary level of growth, transforming the fundamental way industries operate and people experience a variety of things. A new Mastercard white paper identified three inter-related themes around which…

Zelle P2P Payments Ready to Explode in Q3 – w/30+ Banks & 5+ Processors

More than 86-million U.S. mobile banking consumers will be able to send and receive money through Zelle – a new person-to-person (P2P) payments network from bank-owned Early Warning Services. Zelle allows for funds to be sent from one bank account to another in minutes, using only a recipient’s email address or mobile number. “Send Money…

RBI Upgrades Star Global’s FFMC License to Add 17 New Money Services

Wirecard’s Star Global Currency Exchange received an upgrade of its license issued by Reserve Bank of India to Authorized Dealer in Foreign Exchange (Category II). The earlier license was a Full Fledged Money Changers (FFMC) Licensee with limited authority to deal only in buying and selling foreign currencies, traveller cheques and prepaid cards for travel…

Branded Mobile Payments Apps Will Enter the Stratosphere in 2017

Hundreds of new payments apps will flood the market by 2018. The flurry of apps is expected to confuse the consumer struggling to find a convenient mobile payment solution for purchases online, in-app, and in-store. Javelin Strategy indicates mobile proximity payments will reach $92 billion by 2019. As a result merchants and card issuers are…

Conversational Banking Marries Mobile Multi-Currency for WeChat

Toronto-based Zenbanx introduced “conversational banking,” the ability for customers to use messaging platforms to sign-in, check balances, get exchange rates, and send money from their Zenbanx account without ever leaving their conversation. WeChat, one of the most popular messaging apps in the world, is the first messaging platform to adopt Zenbanx’s conversational banking feature, a simple…