NAB Ventures backs Sydney start-up, Basiq

Basiq, a start-up that provides Australia’s first open banking API platform, has gained investments from NAB Ventures and Reinventure in a seed funding round.

Based in Sydney, Basiq’s core platform enables fintech companies to securely acquire authorised financial data on behalf of their customers. This enables fintechs to develop innovative solutions for their customers around things like personal finance management, wealth management and income verification.

Basiq launched in early 2017 and is unique in the Australian market with a product that provides easy integration, great developer experience and a pay-as-you-go pricing model.

“Basiq’s fundamental mission is to enable innovation in the fintech space. By providing a platform that delivers core banking functionality through a set of secure and easy to use API services the opportunities and possibilities of what can be created are endless,” Founder Damir Cuca said.

“A key part of realising this vision is to work with existing financial institutions and fintechs and be the bridge between the two. The institutions provide the regulatory discipline and the core systems, and the fintechs provide the speed of innovation.

Managing Director NAB Ventures, Todd Forest, said: “The way financial institutions use and share data continues to be an area of focus as banks look for ways to provide improved products and services for their customers.

“Over a number of years NAB has invested in secure API technology and looked for ways it can be used to deliver improved experiences for our customers by effectively and safely using data.

“Basiq is still in its early stages, but it is developing a dynamic technology platform; as they grow and develop their platform and tech capabilities we hope this relationship will help provide us with valuable insights and opportunities for future innovation.”

General Partner Reinventure, Kara Frederick, said: “Damir is a repeat founder with a unique ability to balance the sophisticated requirements of financial institutions with the pace and specialisation of fintechs. The result is that Basiq’s platform enables an ecosystem of tailored and secure solutions that banking customers want.

“Through this investment, Basiq will help to open up a world of fintech end-to-end solutions, some of which we anticipate – like the digitisation of the traditionally manual mortgage application process – and many of which are yet to be discovered.”

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About NAB Ventures

NAB Ventures was established in January 2016, as the venture capital arm of National Australia Bank (“NAB”). NAB Ventures is a global initiative supporting entrepreneurs in Australia and offshore in their quest to build leading technology companies. NAB Ventures’ partners, Todd Forest and Melissa Widner, have founded, led, and invested in technology companies for two decades in both Australia and the US. NAB Ventures invests in founders that can leverage NAB’s expertise, assets and market position, to scale both within Australia and overseas. To learn more about NAB Ventures visit: www.nabventures.com

About Reinventure

Reinventure is an Australian venture capital fund whose largest investor is the Westpac Banking Corporation, one of Australia’s largest banking and financial services companies. Reinventure’s primary objective is to bring great entrepreneurs together in a partnership opportunity with Westpac. As a result, Reinventure helps ventures to scale more rapidly than they could do on their own. Reinventure makes investments from seed to Series B. Reinventure was co-founded by Danny Gilligan and Simon Cant, and is managed along with partner Kara Frederick. The partners are also fund co-investors. Reinventure funds total $100 million across Fund 1 and Fund II and include 15 portfolio companies and growing. To learn more about Reinventure Group visit: www.reinventure.com.au.

Fintech Startup MoneyMe Above $100 million loans

Fintech startup, MoneyMe Financial Group, has this week broken through the $100 million loan mark, after record daily compounded growth of 2,747 per cent in its medium amount and personal loans offerings drove its lending volume exponentially in the past few months.

MoneyMe is a good example of the innovative new players pressing in on existing lenders with digitally sassy offerings to target market segments. We expect more disruption in the months ahead. Our surveys underscore the strong demand for finance from niche segments, despite overall personal credit falling according to recent RBA data.

MoneyMe is a privately owned company with cornerstone equity and wholesale debt investors who fund the loan book growth.

This rapid acceleration, combined with record low default and customer complaint rates, now sees MoneyMe set to launch a series of niche loan products over 2017, all designed to provide greater financial inclusion for the growing Australian millennial market

“To have reached this exciting milestone so quickly really is validation that the millennial market is actively looking for financial alternatives to the big banks and their ‘one size fits all’ lending proposition,” said Clayton Howes, CEO of MoneyMe.

“From day one we’ve sought to provide financial products that are tailored to the individual’s lifestyle and credit profile, through personalised risk-based pricing and by developing products that can be consumed when and where the customer needs them – consumption characteristics highly valued by the millennial consumer in particular.

“By creating products that ensure greater financial inclusion to the exact consumers the big banks don’t find profitable enough to service, and by ensuring these products suit the lifestyle and financial needs of this market perfectly, we are hoping to contribute to the growing democratisation of financial services that fintech is driving globally.”

Since its inception in 2013, MoneyMe has maintained a default rate ranging between 2 and 4 per cent, which is significantly below the industry average of 11 per cent.

On over 100,000 loans provided to date, MoneyMe has also received a total of just 17 issues raised by its customers – less than a 0.017 per cent of total loan volume – all of which were mutually resolved or cancelled without the need to involve the ombudsman.

This exceptional track record, combined with its exponential  growth, is now pushing MoneyMe towards the next phase of an aggressive expansion plan which will see the launch of a series of niche loan products over 2017 targeting the millennial consumer.

“For us, the past year’s results have been clear validation of the strength of our value proposition, and our ability to deliver on the ambitions we set out for our various stakeholders,” continued Clayton Howes.

“We now feel extremely confident in taking that next step to expand on a mass scale, in terms of market penetration, product development, and channels for distribution.

“We are confident that the real winners will be Australian consumers, who will increasingly enjoy greater choice and lower-cost financial products than ever before,” concluded Clayton Howes MoneyMe’s niche loan products are expected to be unveiled in September and October later this year.

NAB Announces Collaboration With Global Equity Crowdfunding Platform

NAB has announced an innovative collaboration with Israeli company OurCrowd, a leading global equity crowdfunding platform that will provide NAB clients with direct access to exclusive OurCrowd start-up investments together with domestic and global networks and events.

The first of its kind in Australia, the collaboration provides direct access for NAB clients to one of the world’s largest equity crowdfunding platforms, which raised more than A$600m from approximately 20,000 investors across 112 countries for over 120 early stage companies.

The announcement was made by OurCrowd CEO Jon Medved at the Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce Women Leaders Delegation in Israel.

NAB Private Executive General Manager Christine Yates, one of the delegates, welcomed the collaboration and said it was another example of NAB deepening its relationship with its clients and offering innovative solutions for a changing environment.

“We know that our clients are looking globally for investment opportunities, and OurCrowd is an established global platform which offers a full service end-to-end solution,” Ms Yates said.

“Technology is changing the way we do business and this shows how NAB is thinking differently when it comes to servicing our clients. Our NAB clients will have access that is not available outside this collaboration.”

OurCrowd entered the Australian market in 2014 and has positioned itself as a leading provider to the local market of global alternative investment opportunities.

Managing Director, OurCrowd Australia and Asia Dan Bennett said: “the collaboration provides NAB Private clients a high quality globally focussed product with particular scope in USA, Israel and Asia-Pacific.

“We are excited about this venture with one of Australia’s leading Private Banks and sharing the very best of global technology investment with their deeply valued clients,” Mr Bennett said.

NAB is a top 30 global bank and Australia’s leading business bank and employs over 34,000 people. NAB serves individuals and business customers ranging from small and medium enterprises through to Australia’s largest institutions. Outside of Australia, NAB also supports businesses across New Zealand, Asia, the UK and the US to link with the Australian market.

OurCrowd is the leading global equity crowdfunding platform for accredited investors. Managed by a team of seasoned investment professionals and led by serial entrepreneur Jon Medved, OurCrowd vets and selects opportunities, invests its own capital, and brings companies to its accredited membership of global investors.

OurCrowd provides post-investment support to its portfolio companies, assigns industry experts as mentors, and takes board seats. The OurCrowd community of almost 20,000 investors from over 112 countries has invested over A$600M into 120 portfolio companies and funds. OurCrowd already has thirteen exits to date, two IPO’s and eleven acquisitions.

Thinking Small Can Help Blockchain Graduate From The Lab To The Real World

From S&P Global Market Intelligence.

Blockchain holds the promise to remove trusted third parties from transactions by creating a global network of peers that verify and record transactions on a shared ledger. While this represents a monumental shift in the way the financial system works, it will be a series of small changes and implementations that gets us there.

A partnership between Citigroup Inc. and Nasdaq Inc., which was announced at CoinDesk’s 2017 Consensus conference, gives insight into what it takes to bring a blockchain solution from the lab into the real world.

The partnership leverages Chain Core technology to connect Citi’s treasury and payments platform to Linq, Nasdaq’s private market blockchain platform. Citi created CitiConnect for Blockchain, which will allow Citi to seamlessly process payments for transactions in private company securities completed on the Nasdaq platform. Both products were built using Chain Core technology.

This partnership is not a research project or proof-of-concept. It is a real, live, platform operating at this very moment to settle cash securities transactions on the blockchain.

Instead of building an entire distributed network, like many blockchain evangelists want to see, Citi chose to use blockchain as a bridge. Connecting Citi’s current treasury infrastructure to Nasdaq’s Linq platform is an incremental step that allows Citi to see how a real blockchain network performs. This is step one in a potentially larger roll-out. While Nasdaq is the only current partner on the CitiConnect for Blockchain platform, the product is able to connect multiple blockchains to Citi’s treasury department.

Morgan McKenney, head of Asia-Pacific treasury cash management and trade solutions at Citi, outlined three key components in developing a blockchain solution. First, it must solve a real customer problem. Second, the solution must be extensible, meaning it should be applicable to more than just the initial use case. Finally, the product needs to be something that can be implemented within a year, according to McKenney.

Bank App Power Users Are Still Active Branch Visitors

From S&P.

Despite the growing popularity of banking apps, the death knell for brick-and-mortar branches should not be sounded just yet.

In the 2017 Mobile Money survey from S&P Global Market Intelligence, 81% of the mobile bank app users polled said they had visited a branch of their primary bank sometime within the month prior to taking the survey.

What is more, the study showed a higher percentage for those that used their app at least once a day. That is, customers that used their mobile app more were more likely to have visited a branch than those that used their app less than once a day. Based on this, perhaps apps can be viewed as a barometer for the most engaged customers, both in the cyber world and the real world.

But while they may still be going to branches, frequent app users are not necessarily loyal to their banks. The survey showed that daily app users were three times as likely as non-daily users to have switched their checking account to a different bank in the year prior to the survey.  It might be that these frequent app users are hunting for the best possible terms and services, which could include the functionality of the bank’s app. Active users were much more willing to consider opening a checking or savings account with a “branchless bank” (i.e. one with no physical building/office locations).

Deposits and withdrawals were the most commonly cited activities that these so-called power users did inside their bank branch. The same was true for non-daily app users. One of the areas where the two groups notably diverged, however, was savings and investment services. Of daily app users that visited a bank branch in the prior month, roughly 17.7% made use of savings and investment services at the branch. For non-daily users, the percentage was only around 6.4%.

As one might expect, the people that used the app heavily were more open to the idea of a paid app. Daily users were nearly twice as willing as non-daily users to pay a fee of $3 per month to keep using their mobile bank app. The age breakdown of active versus non-active users was also as one might assume. About half of those aged 18 to 25 used their app at least daily, versus 17.6% of those aged 67 and over.In terms of the services they use on the app, daily and non-daily users do many of the same things, such as checking their balance and reviewing transactions. One of the areas where they seemed to differ, though, was transferring money to another person. About 25.7% of daily users said this was a feature they used most, versus around 12.2% for non-daily users.

As far as features they would like to see, daily users were much more likely to want a smartwatch app than non-daily users, which stands to reason. The daily users are likely more tech-savvy in general, and therefore probably want to use the latest technological gadgets.

The 2017 Mobile Money survey was fielded between January 26 and February 1 from a random sample of 4,000 U.S. mobile bank app users aged 18 and older. S&P Global Market Intelligence weighted the data to be nationally representative. Results from the survey, which was conducted online, have a margin of error of +/- 1.6% at the 95% confidence level based on the sample size of 4,000.

Mortgage refinancing to be done digitally

From MPA.

From Aug. 1, all mortgage refinancing transactions in Victoria, New South Wales, and Western Australia will have to be carried out digitally using the Property Exchange Australia (PEXA) platform.

States across Australia have released detailed plans to phase out paper and welcome electronic property transactions into their businesses.

“This not only marks an important stage in the development of PEXA, but a major step forward in the banking, finance and conveyancing industries in realising the goal and benefits of the digital transformation of Australia’s largest asset class,” PEXA said.

These accelerated steps have seen online transfer transactions increase by 25% since the last audit in December. Refinance transactions reached an all-time high of over 200,000 completed online, which is a superb indication of the industry’s embrace of electronic conveyancing.

Listed here are some of the transformational dates outlined by the three states:

Victoria (Land Use Victoria)

From Aug. 1, refinance transactions are to be lodged electronically if the transacting parties to discharge mortgages are authorised deposit-taking institutions (ADIs). This applies to both retail and commercial mortgages and is covered under the Banking Act 1959.

These changes are contained in the Land Use Victoria Customer Information Bulletin 162.

NSW (Land & Property Information)

If both mortgagees in a refinance transaction are ADIs, then any combination of mortgages and discharge of mortgages signed on or after Aug. 1 must be lodged electronically, except where the mortgages and discharges of mortgages are to be lodged with any other dealing, affecting the same folios of the register.

These changes are contained in the LPI Conveyancing rules (Section 12E Real Property Act 1900).

Western Australia (Landgate)

From Aug. 1, all eligible commercial mortgages, standalone mortgages, discharges of mortgages, and refinances must be lodged electronically.

These changes are contained in the Landgate Bulletin No. 289.

Speed Limits for Financial Markets? Not So Fast

From The IMFBlog.

On the afternoon of May 6, 2010, a financial tsunami hit Wall Street. Stunned traders watched as graphs on their computer screens traced the vertiginous 998-point plunge in the Dow Jones Industrial Average, which erased $1 trillion in market value in 36 minutes.

There was little in the way of fundamental news to drive such a dramatic decline, and stocks bounced back later that day. The event, quickly dubbed the “flash crash,” focused attention on the role of high-frequency trading and algorithms in amplifying market volatility.

Thick vs. thin

So far, though, there’s been remarkably little in the way of hard evidence on whether advances in information and communication technology help magnify market turbulence. Now, economists Barry Eichengreen, Arnaud Mehl, and the IMF’s Romain Lafarguette are trying to fill that gap. Their findings, surprisingly, are that faster transmission of market-moving news reduces volatility rather than increasing it.

The three economists present their research in a new IMF working paper titled “Thick vs. Thin-Skinned: Technology, News and Financial Market Reaction.

The title refers to two popular hypotheses. The “thin-skinned” hypothesis holds that advances in information technology cause prices to react more violently to news by enabling strategies associated with volatility, such as algorithmic trading and stop-loss orders. High-frequency traders popularized by Michael Lewis’s 2014 book, Flash Boys, also have been blamed.

The “thick-skinned’’ hypothesis holds the opposite: advances in technology suppress volatility, because information that spreads more quickly reduces the information disadvantages of uninformed investors. Such investors “follow and amplify market trends by relying excessively on past or present returns to anticipate future returns,” the authors write. In other words, they engage in herd behavior, selling when prices fall and buying when prices rise. Better informed investors are less likely to follow the herd.

Ingenious test

Eichengreen and his co-authors have come up with an ingenious way of testing these hypotheses, by measuring reactions to news transmitted across superfast submarine fiber-optic cables.

“This result is consistent with the view that technology levels the informational playing field by easing access to information and that it thereby reduces trend following behavior,” they write.

Their laboratory is the world’s biggest financial market, the one for currencies, where average daily volumes exceed $4 trillion (more than the combined GDP of Italy and Brazil). They measured the reactions of currencies to major US economic news such as changes in gross domestic product, consumer prices and monetary policy.

London calling

To see how the speed of transmission affects the magnitude of the market reaction, they divided the markets into two groups: One receives news faster because it has direct fiber-optic connections with the major financial centers—Tokyo, London, and New York. The second set receives news more slowly, because it lacks direct fiber optic connections.

The amount of data they amassed is impressive: 240,430 observations for 56 bilateral exchange rates against the dollar between January 1, 1997, and November 30, 2015. Their conclusion: currencies traded in places which get their news faster via direct fiber-optic connections react less than currencies in places that receive their news more slowly. In fact, the reaction in markets with direct connections is 50 percent to 80 percent smaller.

Authors Eichengreen, Lafarguette, and Mehl decline to pass judgment on proposals to damp asset-price volatility by slowing the velocity of data flows with measures such as electronic “speed bumps.” But their study does suggest that transmitting information more broadly may reduce volatility.

 

 

That Other Bubble

From Bloomberg Technology

The financial world has been obsessed lately with debating whether we’re in a different sort of tech bubble, this time among public companies. One stock market strategist recently warned of “tech mania.”

The talk about tech stock froth is based on three interrelated facts: The performance of the U.S. stock market is more dependent on technology companies than any time in more than 15 years. Investors are willing to pay more to own these shares. And they’re crowded mostly into the same handful of big tech companies such as Amazon and Google parent company Alphabet.

Putting those data points together, some market watchers are worried that what has gone up in tech must inevitably come down — and take the whole ebullient stock market down with it.

It’s easy to understand why the finance world can’t stop talking about technology stocks. In the S&P 500 index, the sector accounts for about one quarter of the total market value of the equity benchmark. That is the largest share since 2001, according to Bloomberg data. (It’s worth noting that the S&P 500 doesn’t classify Amazon as a tech company, which is nuts. If the e-commerce giant took its rightful place, even more of the index would be tied to technology.)

Plus, money is pouring into the sector at a rate not seen in 15 years, according to research from Bank of America Merrill Lynch. And while investors aren’t paying stratospheric prices, as they did in the late 90s dot-com bubble, values of a broad collection of tech companies relative to their profits are higher than they have been since early 2004, Pavilion Global Markets calculated last week.

When you start mentioning things that haven’t happened to tech stocks since the early 2000s, you know we are living in odd times.

Every time there is tech froth, people will argue why this is or isn’t different than 1999. This isn’t 1999. But that doesn’t necessarily mean the exploding value of companies such as Apple, Netflix, Nvidia and Amazon is sustainable. I won’t try to predict the future, but the debate surely shows the outsized power of tech firms to drive global growth and equity markets.

Bubble talk isn’t likely to go away. Apple in May became the first U.S. company to top $800 billion in the total value of its stock. Now there’s a race to become the first company to sustain $1 trillion or more in market capitalization. Will it be Apple, or maybe Alphabet or Amazon? No non-technology companies, apart from Saudi Arabia’s mega government oil company, have a shot at the moment.

Snapshot of Marketplace Lending in Australia

ASIC has released a report today on its first survey of various participants in the marketplace lending industry.

Marketplace lending allows investors to invest in loans to consumers and small and medium enterprises (SMEs). It has the potential to provide another avenue of funding for business and consumers.

ASIC conducted the survey on a voluntary basis between November and December 2016 and focused on marketplace lending providers’ business models and activities for the financial year ended 30 June 2016.

Here are the main findings:

Loan origination fees accounted for approximately 83% of total fee revenue and the remainder of the revenue was almost exclusively generated from investors. The high proportion of origination fees may be partly explained by the fact that most providers have not been operating for a long period of time—any fees collected through interest payments may not be fully realised until future years.

Respondents promoted their product to a range of different borrowers, which fell broadly under the category of consumers (i.e. individuals) or non-consumer/business borrowers, such as SMEs, self-managed superannuation funds (SMSFs) and agribusiness.

As at June 2016, the eight entities who responded to the second part of the survey reported a total of 7,448 borrowers, consisting of 7,415 consumer borrowers and 33 business borrowers.

The survey results indicate that the industry is predominantly comprised of investors that are wholesale clients. However, some respondents that are currently wholesale-only providers have indicated that they intend to broaden their marketplace lending product offering to retail client investors in the future. The fact that many providers operate registered schemes seems to suggest that they may have plans to, or may wish to have the option available to, offer their marketplace lending product to retail client investors in the future.

Loans available on marketplace lending platforms may either be secured or unsecured. Two respondents provide loans on an unsecured basis only, while one respondent indicated that all its loans are secured (such as by way of a charge against all the borrowers’ assets or by registered first mortgage). The remaining respondents indicated their loans may either be secured or unsecured. The security is held for the benefit of the investors.

In most cases, requests for loans are assessed and assigned a risk grade and interest rate before they are made available for viewing and selection by investors. Most respondents indicated that interest rates are generally set by the provider and investors do not determine or influence the rate. Investors may choose the loans they wish to invest in based on the interest rate and/or risk grade allocated to the loan.

Loan amounts offered to consumer borrowers typically range from $5,000 to $80,000, while for business and other non-consumer borrowers, the amounts range from $2,001 to $3,000,000. None of the respondents provide small amount credit contracts or ‘payday loans’.

Most respondents indicated that they provide a grace period for borrowers in the event of missed or late repayments. All respondents indicated that reminders and direct engagement with the borrower are undertaken by the platform provider and that a repayment arrangement may be agreed with the borrower. Referrals to external collections agencies would be made if the loan remained delinquent. In one case, it was noted that recovery action would require the consent of the lenders for the particular loan. One respondent noted that problem SME loans require a more tailored process compared to consumer loans. Most respondents indicated they do not stress test their loan book, largely due to the relative newness or small size of current loan books which would not produce any meaningful assessment. However, two respondents do undertake some testing.

Commissioner John Price said, ‘As a relatively new industry, it is important for ASIC to engage with and better understand the business models of marketplace lending providers.

‘The survey responses have provided valuable insights into these businesses. We acknowledge and appreciate the participation of survey respondents’, he said.

Report 526 Survey of marketplace lending operators (REP 526) summarises ASIC’s findings from the 2016 Marketplace Lending Industry Survey and outlines ASIC’s role and recent activities in regulating the sector.

The responses to the survey showed that during the 2016 financial year, $156 million in loans were written to consumers and SMEs. Respondents reported a total of 3,201 investors and 7,448 borrowers as at 30 June 2016. Provider revenue was predominately tied to loan origination, and respondents were aware of the conflicts that arose as a result. The number of complaints received by providers was generally low at this stage.

Since the commencement of ASIC’s Innovation Hub in March 2015, ASIC has engaged with 34 marketplace lending providers to assist them to better understand the requirements under Australia’s regulatory framework. This has included specific regulatory guidance and examples of good practice.

ASIC has also granted waivers of some obligations under the law to facilitate six marketplace lending business operations, while maintainingappropriate investor protections.

ASIC will continue to monitor developments in the marketplace lending sector. ASIC is keen to assist marketplace lending providers and engage with new fintech businesses and industry organisations through its Innovation Hub.

Background

In Australia, there is no bespoke regulatory regime for marketplace lending. The regulations that apply to marketplace lending depend on how the business is structured, what financial services and products are being offered and the types of investors and borrowers involved.

In most cases, ASIC has identified that the provision of marketplace lending products involves the operation of a managed investment scheme, which would require the marketplace lending provider to hold an Australian financial services licence. Where the loans made through the platform are consumer loans (i.e. loans to individuals for domestic, personal or household purposes), an Australian credit licence is alsorequired.

NAB Ventures backs Canadian fintech Company Wave

NAB’s venture capital fund, NAB Ventures, has led a US$24 million (AU$32 million) Series D funding round in Toronto-based cloud fintech company, Wave.

Wave delivers cloud-based financial management software including accounting, invoicing, and payroll with seamlessly integrated financial services such as credit card processing and lending.

Hear from NAB Ventures’ Melissa Widner and Wave CEO and Co-Founder Kirk Simpson talking about the new relationship here (8.34min)

Targeting entrepreneurs with fewer than 10 employees, Wave has over two and a half million small business customers in more than 200 countries around the world, including more than 35,000 active users in Australia.

The Series D funding round also includes funding from Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), Silicon Valley venture firms CRV and Social Capital, global funds OurCrowd and Harbourvest, as well as Canadian investors OMERS Ventures, BDC IT Venture Fund, BDC Capital and Portag3.

Commenting on the equity investment, General Partner NAB Ventures, Melissa Widner, said: “We’re looking forward to working with Wave, which has developed an interesting approach to cloud software and financial services aimed at small businesses with under 10 employees.

“We were impressed with how Wave’s offering gives entrepreneurs the tools they need to be successful, along with the fact their invoicing and accounting software are free with customers able to purchase additional financial services to suit their requirements as needed.

“As the largest business bank in Australia with over 450,000 small and medium business customers, we are interested in any emerging technologies in this space that provide customers with a connected experience.”

NAB Ventures has the right to appoint an observer to the Wave board.

Wave Co-Founder and CEO, Kirk Simpson, said: “At Wave we believe that the way to help small businesses succeed is with powerfully integrated financial services and software. By helping business owners manage their cash flow, prepare for tax time and gain actionable business insights, Wave covers the spectrum of a small business owner’s financial life, and helps their businesses grow and thrive.

“We all know that small businesses power the global economy, and nobody understands Australian small businesses better than NAB. We look forward to exploring together how to serve those business owners better.

“We also believe that innovative partnerships between technology companies and world-class banks will lead to transformative solutions in the market. In NAB and RBC, Wave has forward-looking, innovative bank partners on two continents, opening the door to those transformations,” he said.

For more information on Wave, visit www.waveapps.com.

-About Wave-

Wave is changing the way small businesses make money, spend money and track money.  Wave delivers cloud-based financial management software with seamlessly integrated financial services to business owners around the world. Over 2.5 million business owners around the world have used Wave to help manage their finances, and over 60,000 new businesses join the Wave ecosystem every month. For more information, visit www.waveapps.com.