CORE BANKING, FINTECH
Wirex and Novatti | March 15, 2023
Wirex, a major crypto payments platform, announced on March 14, 2023, that it has teamed up with Novatti, a card issuer, to issue cards directly to Australians. This partnership could enable more than 20 million individuals to use their groundbreaking multicurrency card daily.
Wirex's pioneering crypto-enabled debit card allows around 5 million users to seamlessly buy, hold, exchange, and sell over 12 traditional and 130 cryptocurrencies at 80 million locations. Recently, Wirex added the TAUD (True AUD) stablecoin to its app as part of its most significant token release.
Wirex's partnership with Novatti will allow direct card issuance to Australian users. The collaboration brings advantages such as higher spending limits, up to 8% instant rewards, no FX or maintenance fees, international ATM withdrawals, fiat-to-fiat exchanges, affordable top-ups, and exclusive merchant offers. Strict KYC checks and AML requirements will be in place for all transactions and processes.
After experiencing significant success in the UK and EEA, Wirex expanded to APAC in 2019 and has since become their most rapidly growing region. With one of the world's highest levels of crypto adoption, Australia has become an important market for Wirex. The partnership with Novatti will be a bridge between the traditional economy and the digital economy. This will allow Wirex to take advantage of this growing market.
Svyatoslav Garal, Managing Director of APAC at Wirex, remarked, "As we grow our operations in Australia, we've strategically chosen to partner with a trusted Australian-headquartered company, Novatti, to issue cards. Being able to expand our product offerings will enable more users to continue taking advantage of the benefits of forward-thinking payments."
(Source – Cision PR Newswire)
This comes after a recent announcement that Wirex would be able to try out new blockchain projects, bring in cutting-edge solutions, and improve the customer experience.
Wirex is a regulated digital payment platform that has revolutionized the digital payments industry by developing the world's first crypto-enabled payment card in 2015. Co-founded by Pavel Matveev and Dmitry Lazarichev in 2014, the company aims to make the digital economy accessible to all. With more than 5 million customers and the ability to grow into new areas, including the US, Wirex can use innovative solutions to get people to move toward a cashless society. In 2021, it expanded its offering into the CeFi and DeFi sectors to keep up with the growth of the metaverse.
Novatti is an award-winning Australian fintech with over 20 years of experience and partnerships across 58 countries. As an end-to-end payments provider, the company offers a range of solutions, including omnichannel payment acceptance, subscription billing, banking via International Bank of Australia Pty Ltd., Visa prepaid/debit/gift cards, digital wallets, cross-border payments, and alternate payments such as Flexepin vouchers and wallets, Novatti BillPay, AUDD (Australian dollar stablecoin), and other payment innovations.
CORE BANKING, FINTECH
Businesswire | March 17, 2023
Noda, an open banking fintech, and ThetaRay, a leading provider of AI-powered transaction monitoring technology, today announced they will collaborate to enhance payment monitoring and compliance capabilities on Noda’s growing platform that is supporting the new digital economy in Europe.
Headquartered in the UK, Noda is helping online merchants in Europe receive direct bank payments from eCustomers via a secure and instant one-stop open banking payment solution, as an alternative to cards, providing direct integration with banks in most European countries.
Through the agreement, Noda will implement ThetaRay’s sophisticated AI-powered SaaS SONAR solution for AML that detects known and unknown financial crime threats and the earliest indications of schemes. The system will enable Noda to stay up to date with the complex and constantly evolving regulatory landscape, as well as manage the compliance challenges involved with monitoring transactions in the Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA) across multiple channels and jurisdictions.
"With ThetaRay's advanced transaction monitoring system and our expertise in payment services and compliance, we are poised to take our business to the next level and provide even more value to our customers,” said Lasma Gavarane, Chief Compliance Officer/MLRO at Noda. “Together, we will be able to detect and prevent financial crimes, comply with evolving regulatory requirements, and therefore enhance the overall security and reliability of our fast and convenient payment services to customers.”
While SEPA simplifies bank transfers of euro to member countries, financial institutions handling transactions don’t have full visibility into the profiles and activities of customers. By providing deep, AI-generated insights, the ThetaRay system can identify anomalous behavior indicating financial crime.
“Noda is an innovation leader in the European payments market as it transforms into a more competitive and more efficient network that is enabling the digital economy. The adoption of sophisticated AI technology to fight financial crime brings the trust to a payments ecosystem that serves as a fintech growth engine,” said Mark Gazit, CEO of ThetaRay. “We are looking forward to a successful partnership with Noda to develop and grow European fintech.”
ThetaRay’s award-winning SONAR solution is based on a proprietary form of AI, artificial intelligence intuition, that replaces human bias, giving the system the power to recognize anomalies and find unknowns outside of normal behavior, including completely new typologies. It enables fintechs and banks to implement a risk-based approach to effectively identify truly suspicious activity and create a full picture of customer identities, including across complex, cross-border transaction paths. This allows the rapid discovery of both known and unknown money laundering threats, and up to 99 percent reduction in false positives compared to rules-based solutions.
Headquartered in the UK, with offices in Spain, Latvia, Lithuania, and Cyprus, Noda has advanced its instant payment solution (the Noda Pay button) outpacing others in the Open Banking sphere. Noda enables merchants to receive direct bank payments from eCustomers via Open Banking as an alternative to cards. Merchants can implement Open Banking payments quickly via Noda API, making use of their intuitive UX and lower fees. Noda’s service ensures an easy, instant, and secure one-stop Open Banking payment solution, providing direct integration with banks in most European countries, including Spain, France, Germany, Italy, Austria, and the UK. Integration is currently available for over 300 banks.
ThetaRay's AI-powered SONAR transaction monitoring solution, based on “artificial intelligence intuition,” allows banks and fintechs to expand their business opportunities through safe and reliable cross-border payments. The groundbreaking solution also improves customer satisfaction, reduces compliance costs, and increases risk coverage. Financial organizations that rely on highly heterogeneous and complex ecosystems benefit greatly from ThetaRay's unmatchable low false positive and high detection rates.
FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT, FINTECH
PRnewswire | March 20, 2023
CQG, a leading global provider of high-performance technology solutions for market makers, traders, brokers, commercial hedgers and exchanges, today announced a strategic partnership with global Fintech leader, Broadridge Financial Solutions Inc. (NYSE: BR) that will integrate the two firms' Execution Management System (EMS) and Order Management System (OMS) respectively. The combination of CQG's front-end trading technology with Broadridge's Order Management System and the NYFIX network will be a first of its kind out-of-the-box solution for institutional customers who wish to take advantage of a full front-, middle- and back-office technology suite. These types of partnerships complement Broadridge's open architecture approach of the OMS.
CQG completed a FIX connection into Broadridge to allow for order flow from CQG directly into Broadridge's infrastructure to be managed and routed out to its network of exchanges and liquidity providers. Additional development underway will complete the effort to allow for seamless workflow between the two systems. Viewing and managing orders will be achievable and in-sync in either system. Customers can stage orders, apply algorithmic logic to existing orders, splice and bundle orders, manage allocations, and much more. Traditionally, clients have been tasked with piecing together a solution with a variety of technology providers and have the added effort and cost of making those tools work together.
CQG CEO Ryan Moroney said: "We believe this strategic partnership will bring ease along with significant savings opportunities to our mutual customers. Rather than making a choice between an OMS and an EMS, customers will be able to deploy an enterprise solution that offers both to their internal desks and clients alike."
Together, Moroney said, CQG and Broadridge look forward to enhancing the workflow of their institutional customers and providing best-in-class execution and order management.
CQG provides the industry's highest performing solutions for traders, brokers, commercial hedgers and exchanges for their market-related activities globally, including trading, market data, advanced technical analysis, risk management, and account administration. The firm partners with the vast majority of futures brokerage and clearing firms and provides Direct Market Access (DMA) to more than 45 exchanges through its global network of co-located Hosted Exchange Gateways. CQG technology serves as the front end for a variety of exchanges and is increasingly employed as the over-the-counter matching engine for important new markets. CQG's server-side order management tools for spreading, market aggregation, and smart orders are unsurpassed for speed and ease of use. Its market data feed consolidates 85 sources, including exchanges worldwide for futures, options, fixed income, foreign exchange, and equities, as well as data on debt securities, industry reports, and financial indices. One of the longest-serving technology solutions providers in the industry, CQG has won numerous awards for its trading software, technical analysis and multi-asset trading platform. CQG is headquartered in Denver, with 16 sales and support offices and data centers in key markets globally. For more information, visit www.cqg.com.