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Fintech focus: AT&T accepting cryptocurrency for bill payments

S&P Global Market Intelligence rounds up financial technology companies' recent product launches, partnership announcements and fundraising activity, as well as regulatory developments in the fintech space. Please send tips to Rachel.Stone@spglobal.com. For more fintech news, click here.

Payments

Telecommuncations giant AT&T Inc. said it will accept online bill payments through BitPay Inc., a cryptocurrency payments processor.

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Credit card processing intermediary Transbank SA chose ACI Worldwide Inc.'s Retail Payments solution to offer differentiated services to businesses and to better comply with local card scheme mandates.

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Pineapple Payments' online invoice, bill presentment and payment solution service was integrated into Payment Data Systems Inc.'s platform to offer better payments technology for merchants.

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MoneyGram International Inc. launched online and mobile payments services targeted at immigrants in Canada and rolled out mobile staging capabilities in Chile to make faster transactions at the point of sale.

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Interac Inc.'s e-Transfer platform will feature Mastercard Inc.'s Send function to allow customers to send money from Canada to bank accounts in different countries, starting in Europe.

Banking and lending

Winston-Salem, N.C.-based Allegacy FCU deployed Fiserv Inc.'s real-time core account processing platform, DNA and other integrated solutions to streamline loan origination, improve wire services, mitigate fraud, automate marketing programs and create personalized statements.

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VersaVault, a unit of VersaBank, and Chairmans Financial B.V. entered into an exclusive licensing agreement allowing Chairmans Financial to use VersaVault's brand and offer clients storage of digital assets, encryption, authentication and related services.

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Lincoln Financial Network's advisers and clients can now use Goldman Sachs Private Bank Select's securities-based lending solution. Lincoln Financial Network is the retail wealth management affiliate of Lincoln National Corp.

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Biz2Credit Inc. launched a software-as-a-service platform to help financial institutions provide a customized online lending experience for small and midsize businesses, such as offering to streamline lending-related paperwork.

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CULedger LLC expanded its partnership with enterprise software firm R3 to help credit unions reduce cybersecurity and fraud risks, streamline internal processes and reduce costs. Corda, the open-source blockchain platform developed by R3, will be the basis for CU Pay, CULedger's electronic funds transfer product.

Insurance and healthcare

Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Co. adopted Guidewire Software Inc.'s Guidewire InsurancePlatform as a software-as-a-service solution via Guidewire Cloud to enhance the user experience for its customers.

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Willis Towers Watson PLC signed an agreement with Microsoft Corp. to build quantum computing for its risk management and insurance clients within the financial services, insurance and investment sectors.

Trading and investing

BrokerTec, a unit of CME Group Inc., is launching BrokerTec Quote, a solution that will provide market participants trading European repo with request-for-quote capability, allowing them to make more efficient trading decisions.

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Buy-side clients of Charles River Development Ltd., a State Street Corp. company, can now receive real-time fixed income axes and inventory from bond market data provider Neptune Networks Ltd.

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The Canadian financial technology company Wealthsimple Financial Inc. is set to receive a C$100 million co-investment from Allianz X GmbH and Power Financial Corp.

Administration and security

Equifax Inc.'s Equifax Canada Co. joined SecureKey Technologies Inc.'s Verified.Me digital identity network as a data verifier to enable users to verify their identities safely and securely with service providers.