finder fintech roundup: Apple Pay, ANZ, Acorns and bitcoins

Elizabeth Barry 5 May 2017

financial innovation

Fintechs and high-profile financial institutions announced new innovations while bitcoin's value soared.

This week saw announcements surrounding Apple Pay, agile approaches to customer service and a new machine learning feature to help millennials budget. We also take a look at the dramatic surge in bitcoin's value.

Apple Pay partners with HSBC

HSBC Visa and Mastercard holders can now make contactless payments using Apple Pay. HSBC joins 50 other banks and credit unions in offering the new payment platform to its customers.

ANZ to implement modern agile approach to customer service

ANZ has announced a commitment to an agile approach to its customer service division, a proven strategy for running effective, streamlined and autonomous teams to deliver an efficient and effective outcome.

New Acorns feature "learns" your spending habits to helps you save

We chat to Acorns Australia CEO George Lucas about the app's new machine learning feature, exclusive to Australian Acorns users, that will help users to better understand and control their spending. Through spending categorisation and notifications, the Acorns app will learn a user's spending patterns and predict when they will spend over budget.

Bitcoin reaches record highs

The world's first and leading cryptocurrency bitcoin has reached record highs this week, rising to over US$1,400 on Tuesday, up from US$1,300 last week. The surge can be linked to an increased interest in cryptocurrency and a rise in global trading activity.


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