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Plaid pushes into Europe, PayPal buys Honey for US$4bn, Robinhood announces 2020 UK launch

Plaid, the U.S. start-up, whose software helps link fintech apps with people's bank accounts, said on Thursday it was now rolling out its services in Ireland, France and Spain. According to consultancy firm EY's global fintech adoption index, Ireland's level of adoption stands at 71%, Spain's at 56% and France's at 35%. "Ireland is going to continue to grow and generate really fantastic companies," Plaid's chief said. Plaid is one of our top two Fintechs to watch. PayPal is making the biggest acquisition in its two-decade history, announcing on Wednesday that it's buying Honey Science for about $4 billion. Honey, which is best known for providing a service that helps consumers find deals while they shop online, works with 30,000 online retailers and claims to have 17 million monthly users. PayPal said Honey's technology will help it reach consumers as they begin their "Shopping journeys" with personalized offers. In our view, PayPal’s deal may demonstrate a step toward the new normal of leveraging consumer data. Commission-free stock trading app Robinhood has announced plans to officially launch in the UK next year, marking its first market outside the US. The fintech 'unicorn' opened a waiting list for UK customers following yesterday’s announcement, with Rander Rutgers, head of Robinhood UK, telling Yahoo Finance UK that the app would be tailored to the UK market. We believe that the solvency of a number of UK-based legacy brokers will be tested as aggressive subsidisation and lower overheads of FinTechs drives down pricing.

  • 21 Nov 19
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