finder fintech roundup: Pocketbook, ASIC, Western Union, blockchain and innovation

Elizabeth Barry 3 July 2017 NEWS


Pocketbook launches its 2017 tax app and we see innovation in the international payments space.

Here are the innovations in Australian fintech that you missed from the past week.

Lodge your tax return in minutes with Pocketbook

Pocketbook has launched its tax app for 2017, allowing you to lodge a return in as little as 10 minutes and giving you access to an accountant. We chat to Bosco Tan, Pocketbook's co-founder, about the app's features and the thinking behind its launch.

ASIC continues to make fintech ties with Asia

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) has continued its partnership push into Asia with the announcement of its latest Cooperation Agreement, this time with the Malaysia Securities Commission. This announcement is the latest in a string of agreements for the regulator, including with Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia and Japan.

Western Union launches GlobalPay for Students

International money transfer provider Western Union has launched a new and improved payments product designed for education providers and students. The product enables education providers to facilitate, refund and track payments from international students.

Why is blockchain not a part of the business energy crisis debate?

Australian small businesses and consumers are in an energy crisis, with prices rising and supply becoming increasingly unreliable in certain areas of the country. So why isn't blockchain being considered as part of the solution?

Will small businesses be left behind by technological innovation?

As the "startup" mentality continues to pervade the small business mindset, what happens to businesses that do not embrace technological innovation? A new report sheds some light on the issue.

The finder fintech roundup is a summary of the news in fintech from the past week. Check back every Monday to catch up.

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