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Fintech Monthly: Transferwise rumours, football meets fintech and more

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To shine a spotlight on fintech, Tech City News has started a new video series, Fintech Monthly.

The show brings you the biggest stories in fintech from the last month and is fronted by me, Ben Goldsmith.

Follow us on Twitter at @FintechMonthly to keep up-to-date.

FinTech Monthly: Investments topping £33m, a blockchain update involving JP Morgan Chase and more

In the news

TransferWise might soon become the UK’s next billion dollar startup after the FT reported they were attracting the attention of a $50m investment from Sequoia. Its founders won’t confirm, but did launch a manifesto tackling foreign exchange charges this month.

Southampton Football Club have dipped into fintech with a new contactless tickets and payments system for their fans.

A London startup has also teamed up with the FT to predict the future of the financial markets.

Bitcoin broken down

Money has been pouring into Bitcoin startup Blockstream but no one really knows why.

I talk to Luis Smith from CoinJar to get the inside story.

Talking points

In this episode, Richard Goold from Wragge Lawrence Graham and Co also weighs in on Bitcoin. He discusses whether a new cryptocurrency could replace Bitcoin over time.

Make sure you read Richard’s monthly column: Can London fintech really shoot the stars out?

Further reading

TransferWise cracks down on hidden fees with new manifesto [Tech City News]

Barclaycard teams with Southampton FC for next evolution of bPay bands [Finextra]

Blockstream: $21 Million Funding Will Drive Bitcoin Development [Coindesk]

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