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Several players within the financial technology arena introduced new products and entered into various agreements in recent days. Please send news tips and feedback to For other recent financial technology news, click here.


JCB Co. Ltd.'s subsidiary JCB International Co. Ltd. launched contactless payment solution, JCB J/Speedy, in partnership with First Data Corp. in Hong Kong. JCB J/Speedy users can pay by tapping their card or mobile phone on a reader.


Blackhawk Network Holdings Inc.'s CashStar Inc. launched a digital gifting program with the department store, Belk, that offers products focused on "Modern. Southern. Style." Under the partnership, Belk deployed CashStar Consumer and CashStar Product eGifting.


Quicken Loans Inc. released Rocket Mortgage Skill for Amazon Alexa, which allows clients to check mortgage rates, review balances and make mortgage payments with a voice command.


Discover Financial Services' subsidiary DFS Services LLC struck a deal with National Payments Corp. of Vietnam. The deal will allow acceptance of NAPAS Global Cards outside of Vietnam on the Discover Global Network. The agreement also opens acceptance for Discover, Diners Club and affiliate network cards on NAPAS network in Vietnam.


HyperPay, a payment service provider in the Middle East and North Africa region, extended its relationship with ACI Worldwide Inc. to offer merchants integrated real-time fraud prevention for eCommerce and mobile payments.


Black Knight Inc. extended its Homebot client engagement tool to mortgage and home equity lenders, allowing lenders to engage their client base and enhance their borrower retention efforts. The application is offered through a strategic alliance between Black Knight and Denver-based financial technology company Homebot.

Insurance and healthcare

Digital medicine company Big Health LLC entered a partnership with Castlight Health Inc. Under the partnership, Big Health will leverage Castlight's suite of digital health and wellness solutions to deliver improved sleep and mental health to employees via Big Health's digital sleep improvement program Sleepio.


Castlight Health entered into partnerships with five digital health companies, Livongo, a chronic condition management solution; Big Health, a provider of mental health and sleep solutions; Hinge Health, a musculoskeletal disorder solution; Retrofit, a weight management and disease prevention solution; and Kurbo, a family weight loss and healthy lifestyle solution.


HMS Holdings Corp. launched a strategic partnership with Halfpenny Technologies, a provider of clinical data exchange and business intelligence solutions, to strengthen payer-provider coordination and promote all-in-one care management.

Administration and security

Unisys Corp. was selected to provide Google G Suite Enterprise, a cloud-based email and collaboration solution, to help U.S. National Archives and Records Administration's employees and contractors perform the agency's record management duties, which include safeguarding and preserving U.S. government records.


Paychex Inc. unveiled AccountantHQ, which offers access to authorized client payroll and HR data and key account contacts, along with an accountant resource library, backed by an enhanced accountant service model.

Data and information management

Canada-based telecommunications provider TELUS is leveraging CSG Systems International Inc.'s managed services program to create cloud-based virtual back office to fulfill billing, contract management and financial management of their U.S. and international voice termination business.


IHS Markit Ltd. announced that UBS has become a design partner for KY3P, the firm's vendor risk management service. The design partner group focuses on creating a high standard for assessing third-party risks, with a particular emphasis on information security due diligence.

Trading and investing

Net Element Inc. launched its blockchain-focused business unit, which is expected to become a decentralized crypto-based ecosystem that will act as a framework for a number of value-added services that can connect merchants and consumers directly utilizing blockchain technology.


Mint Corp. is integrating blockchain into its existing financial technology. By launching new applications leveraging blockchain technology, Mint expects to reduce its costs and develop accretive revenue opportunities that do not exist in its current business plan.


JPMorgan Chase & Co. is launching computerized investment management tool, Reuters reported. It plans to offer the robo-adviser to some clients next March and on a wide scale in the middle of the year.


Greenbank Capital Inc.'s affiliate portfolio company Blockchain Evolution Inc. completed the cloning of its EvolveChain identification based blockchain. The cloning will allow Blockchain Evolution software team to create multiple versions of the EvolveChain blockchain, each of which can be modified for specific targeted commercial and governmental uses.


IEG Holdings Corp. incorporated a 100% owned subsidiary company named Investment Evolution Crypto LLC, which will explore the legalities and economic risks and benefits of entering into a joint venture with IEG Holdings' other 100% owned subsidiary company, Investment Evolution Corp. The JV will allow Investment Evolution Crypto to accept repayment of customer loans in the form of leading Crypto/Blockchain currencies.

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