AltFi News - 26.05.17

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Plum bets on Facebook Messenger as the place to manage your finances

 

Plum is one of a number of fintech startups reimagining how we manage our finances online, in the form of an AI-driven or ‘smart’ chatbot. However, unlike competitors that exist primarily as standalone apps, the London startup (for now, at least) has decided to bet big on Facebook Messenger. (Tech Crunch)


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UK fintech fires warning over May’s ‘aggressive’ foreign workers levy


Plans to double the cost of employing non-EU staff under a Conservative government have set alarm bells ringing in the UK's fintech community, which was already growing increasingly worried about its ability to attract and retain overseas talent. (Financial News)(Subscription required)


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Why London is the best place for fintech – even with Brexit


If you’re in the fintech business right now, then London is the place to be – even with Brexit. That’s according to Eileen Burbidge, one of the country’s most influential VC investors and the Treasury’s special envoy for fintech. (Wired)


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Fintech startup Transferwise has launched its first service beyond money transfer with "borderless" business accounts


Star fintech startup Transferwise is making its first foray beyond money transfers as it starts to ramp up its business having reached profitability just last week. (CITY A.M.)


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P2P property lender Relendex launches IFISA


The platform joins a handful of other peer-to-peer lenders authorised to offer the Innovative Finance Individual Savings Account. (AltFi)


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Goldmoney Invests in and Partners with U.K.-Based Peer-to-Peer Lending Platform


Goldmoney has announced an investment in and partnership with Isle of Man-based investment company LBT holdings, parent company of Lend & Borrow Trust Company, an online platform offering auction-rate peer-to-peer lending and borrowing collateralized by precious metals. (Investing news)


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Funding Circle gains FCA approval


Funding Circle has become fully authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), paving the way for the launch of its Innovative Finance ISA (IFISA). (Peer2Peer Finance News)


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Irish Linked Finance secures full approval from UK regulator FCA


Linked Finance announced yesterday that it secured full approval from UK regulator: I’m delighted to announce that we recently gained full authorisation from the Financial Conduct Authority in the UK. This approval is the culmination of a rigorous 2-year application process and a lot of hard work. (P2P Banking)


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