Financial Services

HSBC’s redesigned cards put accessibility at forefront: The bank is redesigning its UK bank cards to help disabled people, ranging from those with dyslexia to vision loss. The cards could help HSBC increase the loyalty of existing customers and attract new ones.

The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) now requires entrants to offer income-producing products, like loans, and to have an exit plan. This will scare off some neobanks—but those that have launched, or are about to, may benefit.

Crypto exchange CoinDCX raised $90 million as crypto investments spike in India, suggesting doubts over future government actions to curtail crypto trading haven’t shaken investors.

Tide’s turndown of SMB program underscores the limitations of not being a real bank: Because it’s not eligible for Bank of England funding reserved for legal banks, the UK neobank has declined to offer a government-backed repayment choice for small and medium-sized businesses (SMB) that borrowed under a pandemic-era relief initiative. This may motivate Tide to get its license.

NAB’s Citigroup deal bulks it up further as Afterpay/Square looms: The Australian banking giant’s unsecured loan book will get a big boost from the proposed deal. That and a platform upgrade adds even more heft to NAB in any face-off against Afterpay and Square.

Are neobanks on the verge of hitting consistent profitability? The UK challenger bank Atom has reached its first monthly operating profit. Neobank milestones like this suggest that the challengers are starting to find solutions to the profit problem.

If your friends all jumped into the same neobank, would you? The UK fintech Kroo has raised $24.5M and plans to push for a banking license. Its product suite focuses on transactions among friends—but it’s going to have to differentiate its offerings from Revolut’s to succeed.

Retail loyalty programs—the most prevalent type in consumers’ wallets—help brands develop lasting customer relationships through easy, accessible, and appealing incentives. Co-brand credit cards—issued as partnerships between major brands, banks, and card networks— have long been a key piece of that puzzle.