Ep. 243. News: We have to have rules!

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Ep. 243. News: We have to have rules!

On this week's news show Ross and Sarah are joined by our guests: Valentina Kristensen, Ryan Garner, Sharon O’Dea to talk about the latest and greatest fintech news stories this week.

Our hosts Ross Gallagher and Sarah Kocianski sat down with: Valentina Kristensen, Head of PR and Marketing at OakNorth Bank, Ryan Garner, 11:FS Jobs to be Done guru, and thought-leader, advisor, consultant and blogger, Sharon O’Dea to talk about the all the latest news in fintech. Including:

Barclays buys “significant” stake in MarketInvoice. Barclays has acquired a significant minority stake in Marketinvoice, in a deal that will also see them lead MarkitInvoice’s upcoming series B fundraising. As Europe’s largest online invoice financing platform, Marketinvoice has received over £18m in publicly-disclosed funding to date. It is also backed by early Spotify investor Northzone and private equity group MCI Capital. By investing, Barclays will will MI’s technology to provide £1bn in capital for the UK’s small businesses.

Wells Fargo customers turfed out of their homes, hundreds of Wells Fargo customers forced out of their homes due to computer glitch. The bank revealed that a coding error hit struggling customers over a five-year period between April 13, 2010, and October 20, 2015. Wells Fargo incorrectly denied them mortgage modifications. 400 customers subsequently lost their homes as the bank foreclosed on the loans. The bank says it has set aside $8 million to compensate customers forced out of their homes.

AU Banking industry is an oligopoly. Damning report finds banking industry an “oligopoly” that exploits its customers. AUS top 4 banks dominate market completely. Australia’s banking system has become so concentrated its major banks can pass on costs and set prices to boost profits without fear of losing market share, through every stage of the economic cycle, the Productivity Commission has found.

Australian regulator to embed supervisors in banks. Australia’s corporate regulator has been given power to “embed” supervisory officers within the country’s biggest banks in an attempt to improve corporate behaviour following a series of damaging scandals.

Facebook shares data with banks. Facebook has asked large U.S. banks to share detailed financial information about customers as it seeks to boost user engagement, but Facebook later denied it. WSJ claimed that Facebook wanted U.S. banks to share detailed financial information about their customers, including card transactions and checking-account balances.

Challenger bank Monzo launches accounts for 16-18 year olds. Opening up digital current account offering to 16-18 year olds, opening up the bank to more than 1.5 million new young people.

And finally, Ripple hire Bill Clinton as a keynote speaker at their conference. Former U.S. President Bill Clinton will headline Ripple's Swell conference later this year, the cryptocurrency payments startup announced Tuesday. The 42nd President of the United States will both give a keynote address and participate in a question-and-answer session.

All this and so much more on today's episode of Fintech Insider!

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This week's episode was written and produced by Laura Watkins and edited by Holly Blaxill and Michael Bailey.

Special Guests: Anil Stocker, Harry Ashbridge, Ryan Garner, Sharon O'Dea, and Valentina Kristensen.