Visa and HSBC Join Forces to Launch Zing Payments App

Visa and HSBC Join Forces to Launch Zing Payments App
Visa and HSBC Join Forces to Launch Zing Payments App

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Visa, HSBC, Tink, and Currencycloud have teamed up to support HSBC Group's latest international payments app, Zing. 

Zing allows users to hold and send funds in multiple currencies and transact in over 200 countries, all through a single app and multi-currency card. Launched in the U.K. in January 2024, Zing will soon expand to other markets.

Through Visa's partnership, Zing integrates Currencycloud technology for a multi-currency wallet and Tink's open banking for quick bank transfers. This collaboration enables Zing to offer low-cost currency exchange, financial management, real-time exchange rates, and P2P payments, all linked to a Visa card.

Visa's ready-made solutions from Currencycloud and Tink accelerated Zing's market entry, reducing development time and costs. The global agreement between Visa and HSBC will allow Zing to introduce new features, add more currencies, and expand internationally.

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🇺🇸 P2P lender SoLo Funds settles with Pennsylvania Attorney General over allegations of “Illegal Typ and Donation Scheme”. In a public statement, the AG claimed that Solo Funds “deceptively led borrowers to belive they were receiving interest free loans.” Allegedly, the loans actually incorporated “outrageously inflated interest rates."

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Weekly Fundraising Activity - BlackFin Tech


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