Wall Street rebounds as Apple surges ahead of earnings

Wall Street | January 28, 2020

The S&P 500 rose over 1% on Tuesday as a surge in Apple and other technology stocks helped the benchmark index recover from its worst selloff in about four months that was sparked by concerns over the coronavirus outbreak. Markets across the world stabilized as the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said he was confident in China's ability to contain the virus outbreak, which has killed 106 people in the country, prompted businesses to close operations and curbed travel. President Xi Jinping later said China was sure of defeating a "devil" coronavirus. "Investors are still trying to assess the possible impact of the coronavirus and they probably feel that yesterday's decline was a bit overdone," said Daniel Grosvenor, director of equity strategy at Oxford Economics.

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FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

Raistone, Quartix partner to address financial gaps faced by manufacturing & distribution companies

Raistone and Quartix | October 19, 2022

Raistone today announced it has entered a new supply chain finance partnership with Quartix to provide out-of-the-box digital cash flow opportunities to mid-market companies that have long been deprived adequate innovative funding solutions from banks and legacy financial institutions. Quartix and Raistone have partnered to combine cutting-edge financial technology and efficient capital to offer new financial tools to mid-market manufacturing and distribution clients, enabling them to access cash and support their supply chain amid a turbulent economic environment. By leveraging supply chain finance programs made possible through Raistone and its network of investors, clients using the Quartix trade-finance platform have unparalleled access to non-debt capital solutions that were previously only available to Fortune 1000 giants. Supply chain finance enables companies to retain cash on hand for longer periods of time by extending payment terms with vendors without adverse effect on their supply chain. By using this established solution, companies are able to lower their cash conversion cycle and unlock cash from their supply chain to improve their financial position so they can hire new personnel, buy more product, expand their business, make acquisitions, and much more. "With inflation skyrocketing and interest rates following in lockstep, it's more important than ever for businesses to improve efficiency and reduce waste, including on their balance sheet, We at Raistone are proud to align with Quartix to help mid-market companies unlock the potential of their payables, at a time when those businesses need it most." -Dave Skirzenski, CEO of Raistone The great majority of US financial institutions cannot offer supply chain finance to their mid-market clients due to the need for specialized technology and operational capabilities, By partnering with Raistone we can help unlock the benefits of supply chain finance to more and more mid-market manufacturers and distributors with credit facilities that we expect to reach $20 million and beyond,said Dror Polak, CEO of Quartix. About Raistone Raistone was born with the vision of equalizing access to working capital and meeting the demand for financing on a global scale. A world-leading fintech collaboratively owned by a full-service broker dealer, $30 billion family office, a $900 billion wealth manager, and an international bank, Raistone enables the financing of billions of dollars in transactions every year. Its best-in-class technology coupled with unparalleled access to institutional capital extends financing to companies of all sizes, fully integrated with the same software platforms they already use. Raistone works to ensure that all businesses have access to their money, on their terms. About Quartix Founded in 2017 and based in Charlotte, NC with offices in Tel Aviv, Israel, Quartix's (www.GoQuartix.com) allows financial institutions to offer innovative digital specialty finance products to their mid-market clients, without investing in technology or operational headcount. Financial institutions that use Quartix increase wallet share vis-à-vis their commercial clients, capture higher than average risk-adjusted returns and offer a differentiated suite of trade-finance products to their commercial clients.

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FINTECH

WireBarley Named to the 2022 CB Insights' Fintech 250 List

CB Insights and WireBarley Corp | October 07, 2022

Cross-border payment solution provider WireBarley Corp. was named a winner of the fifth-annual CB Insights Fintech 250 ranking, a prestigious list of the 250 most promising private fintech companies of the year. WireBarley has been recognized for its achievements in the Mobile Wallets & Remittances section. Among South Korea-based financial services platforms, WireBarley and Toss have been selected as the winners of this year. Established in 2016, WireBarley has expanded its presence among immigrants and students living abroad with its easy and low-cost mobile remittance service. WireBarley currently offers over 520 corridors for personal overseas remittance with 12 outbound and 45 inbound countries. WireBarley also offers cross-border remittance services for businesses of all sizes with strong compliance management system and FX transaction capability. WireBarley has expanded its overseas remittance-focused service to a cross-border payment service by launching the 'WireBarley Global Card' in Korea in partnership with Visa since July 2022. The company has been selected into Visa Fintech Fast Track Program and acquired principal membership with Visa. "We're honored to be recognized by CB Insights Fintech 250 list for the first time, As one of Asia's leading fintech companies, WireBarley has been solving pain points for more than 650,000 customers and 2,000 businesses worldwide. We will continue to deliver accelerated growth, disruptive innovation, and financial inclusion to enable convenient and borderless financial services around the world." -John Yoo, CEO of WireBarley Corp Through its efforts, WireBarley has been selected as the winner of the Financial Inclusivity sector at the G20 Digital Innovation Network (DIN) forum held in Bali, Indonesia in early September. This year's Fintech 250 winners are shaping the future of financial services, from payments and banking to investing and insurance, Representing more than 30 countries, these companies are creating safer and more efficient payment methods, and transforming how traditional banking, insurance and investing products are delivered. Together, they not only make financial services more convenient for users, but also make them available to more people, especially traditionally underserved populations around the globe,said Brian Lee, SVP of CB Insights' Intelligence Unit. The CB Insights research team selected these 250 winners from a pool of over 12,500 private companies, including applicants and nominees. They were chosen based on factors including R&D activity, proprietary Mosaic scores, market potential, business relationships, investor profile, news sentiment analysis, competitive landscape, team strength, and tech novelty. The research team also reviewed over 2,000 of Analyst Briefings submitted by applicants. Quick facts on the 2022 Fintech 250: Equity funding and deals: The Fintech 250 cohort has raised over $115B in equity funding across over 1,100 deals since the start of 2017 (as of 9/20/2022). In 2021 alone, winners raised over $51B across 337 equity deals. Unicorns: There are 159 companies with $1B+ valuations on the list. Global Reach: Globalization is a key theme for this year's Fintech 250. The winners represent 33 different countries across the globe - 7 more than last year. Just over half (53%) of the selected companies are headquartered in the US, which is the fewest we've seen in the Fintech 250 since 2017. The UK came in second with 31 winners (12%), followed by India with 14 (6%), Brazil with 9 (4%), and Germany with 7 (3%). About CB Insights CB Insights builds software that enables the world's best companies to discover, understand, and make technology decisions with confidence. By marrying data, expert insights, and work management tools, clients manage their end-to-end technology decision-making process on CB Insights. About WireBarley Corp. Established in 2016, WireBarley Corp. grew exponentially with a strong foothold in the Asia Pacific region. Recently, WireBarley has further strengthened its presence as a global brand with its expansion into the U.S. and Canada markets, for the first time as a Korean overseas remittance company. Headquartered in South Korea, it has multiple subsidiaries overseas, namely Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, and the U.S. WireBarley's FX and corporate treasury center in Hong Kong, which is one of the largest FX trading hubs in the world, plays a crucial role in enabling effective FX management and strong compliance practicality and formulating strategic partnerships with critical banks and payment player. With 12 outbound and 45 inbound countries, WireBarley currently offers over 520 corridors for personal remittance. The company recently adopted the B2B remittance platform, e-wallet service and multi-currency card; it seeks to be not only Asia's leading remittance company but to leap forward to become a global total payment platform.

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Saphyre Nominated for "Fintech of the Year" 2022 Award by The Trade

Saphyre and The Trade | October 06, 2022

Saphyre, a fintech company using patent-approved AI technology to solve pre-trade setups and post-trade issues, has been nominated by The Trade for their annual "Fintech of the Year" award. The Trade will hold their awards ceremony in-person at The Savoy in London on November 3, 2022, honoring their "Leaders in Trading 2022," where past winners went on to shape the face of trading and execution in both material and measurable ways. "We are extremely honored to have The Trade, one of the leading publications in the finance industry, consider us for such an award. Saphyre has revolutionized the speed of bringing "Ready-To-Trade" for new and existing funds to front office traders. In cases of interest rates and credit, we can eliminate the typical 10–15-minute delay in RFQs due to our patented AI that automates compliance checks and risk, based on account onboarding and maintenance data. Being formally nominated for this award is a testament to the positive change we're bringing to the market space." -Stephen Roche, President & Co-Founder, Saphyre Saphyre's Founder & CEO, Gabino Roche Jr. will also be at a Sibos FinTech roundtable at the Hotel Okura in Amsterdam on October 11, 2022. He will be joined by several other top B2B fintech leaders to discuss the "survival of the fittest" journey, where now only the best-of-the-best remain. About Saphyre: Saphyre leverages patented AI technology to digitize all pre-trade data and activities across multiple counterparties: from asset owners to investment managers, hedge funds to prime brokers, any client firms to broker-dealers and custodians, and much more. Saphyre's platform maintains memory of data and documents, resulting in clients not having to search or resubmit information, and expedites flow in a digitally structured manner so that it can be consumed and understood by any permissioned counterparty in the finance industry. This allows firms not only to assess risk faster, but they can speed their onboarding processes, get real-time ready-to-trade statuses per account, and eliminate 70%-75% of redundant or inefficient post-trade activities. About The Trade: The TRADE delivers insight to trading professionals at the world's largest asset managers and investment banks and boasts an audience that includes buy-side dealers, high frequency traders, fund managers, sell-side brokers, FinTech innovators and regulators. Our content focuses on the day-to-day responsibilities of our readership, comprised of informed editorial on regulation, corporate innovation, peer group analysis and insights from industry luminaries.

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PAYMENTS

Aliaswire DirectBiller Modernizes Billing and Payment for Utilities

Aliaswire, Inc. | September 02, 2022

Aliaswire, a provider of bill payment and credit solutions for businesses and banks, today announced new capabilities for utility clients in its DirectBiller platform and reported impressive growth in the number of payments being processed by utilities. The new features address the growing need for utilities to meet customer expectations for more modern and convenient payment methods, while also reducing their operating costs. The company saw a 337% increase in the number of payments processed by utility companies on its DirectBiller platform over the last 12 months, with one natural gas provider processing over one million payments per month and continuing to grow volume at 12% month-over-month. “When you have recurring billing relationships like utilities, the billing and payment experience becomes a critical touchpoint. In many cases, it may be the only one a utility has with a customer each month, Not only does that experience have a huge impact on customer satisfaction, but it can also create big operational inefficiencies without proficient systems and processes in place, as finance teams are then forced to manually handle payment receipt and reconciliation.” -Jed, Rice, CEO of Aliaswire DirectBiller optimizes the billing and payment experience for residential, commercial and non-consumption utility customers. The platform manages the entire end-to-end process from billing through payment reconciliation and encourages on-time payments by providing easy and secure ways for customers to receive and pay their utility bills. DirectBiller enables utilities to consolidate all payment channels on a single platform and integrates seamlessly with utilities’ ERP systems and their banks’ treasury management systems to streamline payment reconciliation. Key features in DirectBiller for Utilities Bill Payment Members of the same household can log in separately to make payments against their shared account Multiple payment options (web, mobile, text, CSR, IVR, kiosk) One-time payment and auto pay Automated payment reminders Multilingual IVR service that follows the same payment flows as web and mobile experiences CSRs can provide one-time payment links via text or email to unenrolled customers Customers can pay directly on DirectBiller’s hosted payer portal, or the payment experience can be embedded within a utility’s existing payment site via single sign-on or API Real-time posting lets the utility and customer know immediately when payments have posted to better manage service levels and terminations Support for Multiple Divisions For utilities with multiple lines of business, DirectBiller can support separate payment flows and websites. Reporting can be provided at the division level as well as a single consolidated view at the corporate level. Flexible Card Processing and Fee Management Support for different fee models for residential, commercial and non-consumption lines of business Patented technology streamlines daily net settlement of surcharges, convenience fees. Competitive “cost plus” interchange pricing, including Level 2/3 processing Support for Non-Consumption Business Full PDF presentment of complex and multi-page invoices Multiple invoices can be grouped into a single payment transaction or processed individually Payers can apply credit memos to invoices and pay net balance due About Aliaswire, Inc. Aliaswire is a fintech company based in Boston with a history of innovation in payments. The company supports leading financial institutions and merchant services providers with bill pay through DirectBiller® and small business credit solutions through Payvus®.

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