Flash Forward

Thoughts about the future of finance and foreign currency transfer.

FlashFX Welcomes Bankers’ Endorsement of Government-Backed Cryptocurrencies

By Nicolas Steiger on

A government-endorsed digital Australian dollar has the potential to lead to increased trust and certainty, particularly to grow the digital currency marketplace. more »

Tagged in: digital curency, innovation, ripple

Ten New Customers Join Ripple’s Global Payment Network

By Nicolas Steiger on

Ripple announced the addition of 10 new customers to their growing global network. Among them some of the world’s largest banks, innovative smaller banks, and payment service providers (PSPs). As the only blockchain provider that has real use cases more »

Tagged in: ripple, currency conversion, digital currency, global payments, innovation, banking

Take charge of your foreign exchange transfers

By Tim Strube on

Sending money overseas via your bank is often confusing, always expensive and very slow. Now you can change that. Let's break it down... At FlashFX we make foreign exchange easy, fast and affordable: Based in Sydney Australia, we have engineered more »

Tagged in: remittances, currency conversion, digital currency, ripple, banking, exchange rates

Aussie dollar gain on French election result

By Tim Strube on

The Australian share market and dollar have been beneficiaries of Emmanuel Macron's victory in the first round of the French presidential election, as the centrist looks increasingly likely to win the run-off. The biggest initial beneficiary of the outcome was more »

Tagged in: currency conversion, finance, AUD, ripple, banking

"...so easy to use compared to the banks"

By Nicolas Steiger on

"I Used FlashFX transfer yesterday. Money is in the Irish bank account this morning. It's so quick compared to the banks. Saved $136 compared to my bank. Awesome stuff. Love the GUI too, so easy to use compared to more »

Tagged in: remittances, currency conversion, digital currency, global payments, banking, ripple

Sterling up. Aussie down. Market update.

By Sophie Green on

The British pound was the big mover this week as the UK unexpectedly headed to the polls. Westpac's Sean Callow discusses how durable sterling's rally is likely to be. He also discusses the role of the RBA minutes in the more »

Tagged in: remittances, currency conversion, global payments, banking, ripple, digital curency

Banks to ditch sales incentives to ‘restore trust’

By Tim Strube on

THE toxic sales culture in Australian banks that sees customers saddled with inappropriate financial products may finally be coming to an end. Maybe. All four big banks have committed to winding back the “deep-seated” culture of product-based incentive payments after more »

Tagged in: finance, currency conversion, innovation, banking, ripple, buying property

Blockchain is not just for Bitcoin - it is a digital ledger of transactions

By Michael on

Blockchain sounds like a solution to a 19th-century railway problem, but lately, it’s on the lips of every executive who wants to solve the problem of 21st-century digital transactions. Blockchain technology is a way of recording and storing digital more »

Tagged in: digital currency, ripple, innovation, technology, blockchain, australia

Embracing Blockchain for Payments

By Nicolas Steiger on

Payments are one area where banks should completely embrace blockchain to compete with fintech challengers and to expand their market share. The existing payments infrastructure used by banks faces multiple challenges relating to security, speed and cost. No wonder, Santander more »

Tagged in: digital currency, ripple, innovation, technology, blockchain, australia

Fastest, most affordable currency transfers from Australia to Europe

By Tim Strube on

Australian startup FlashFX was designed from the ground up to outperform traditional financial institutions by providing fast, secure and very affordable foreign exchange conversion services as an alternative to the existing opaque, siloed and inefficient banking networks. And it does more »

Tagged in: digital currency, ripple, technology, innovation, blockchain, currency conversion

Bank executive takes over as new chief of the Digital Transformation Agency

By Sophie Green on

Gavin Slater, former NAB executive, will be the new chief executive of the Australian government’s Digital Transformation Agency. In a statement the Assistant Minister for Digital Transformation Angus Taylor said Slater had a proven track record in driving transformation more »

Tagged in: digital currency, ripple, technology, compliance, australia, finance

Fintech all talk no action in bank competition race

By Nicolas Steiger on

Australia's banking sector is one of the most highly concentrated in the world and the much-hyped arrival of digital disruption has hardly shifted the dial. More competition is not the solution to the housing affordability crisis, but there is no more »

Tagged in: digital currency, innovation, technology, ripple, finance, international money transfers

The quiet engine powering Australia’s innovation boom

By Nicolas Steiger on

Not that long ago, building a global company was reserved for large incumbents and heavily capitalised start-ups. But that’s changing. Instead of needing millions in the bank or being based in the heart of Silicon Valley, the internet — and more »

Tagged in: digital currency, ripple, innovation, technology, blockchain, australia

When it comes to foreign exchange, don’t pick your own bank by default

By Sophie Green on

In this ever-changing world, Australian retail clients remain creatures of habit. While most of us know that banks like to charge a fee at every turn, we still don’t challenge them. This is extremely evident when sending money overseas, more »

Tagged in: digital currency, ripple, innovation, technology, blockchain, international money transfers

Ripple Continues to Bring Internet of Value to Life

By Michael on

When faced with the issues of today’s antiquated cross-border payment system, we often focus on the difficulties of scalability with banks struggling to handle the volume of transactions, causing it to take three to five days to complete. In more »

Tagged in: digital currency, ripple, innovation, technology, international money transfers, blockchain

The value of choice, control & transparency

By Tim Strube on

International money transfer services and banks around the world continue to trap consumers with opaque and overpriced exchange rates. For too long the foreign exchange industry has profited in the shadows. It has never served the remitters’ best interests to more »

Tagged in: digital currency, ripple, innovation, technology, blockchain, australia

New Payment Platform in Australia

By Nicolas Steiger on

Australia is due to release a near real-time domestic payments platform. The New Payments Platform (NPP) will allow for near real-time funds transfer between bank accounts, regardless of who a user banks with. It’s due to launch later in more »

Tagged in: digital currency, ripple, technology, innovation, blockchain, international money transfers

The future of banking: four scenarios

By Tim Strube on

The fact that the financial services industry, and especially banking, is going through the greatest disruption since the arrival of computers in the 60s is now universally accepted. The advent of digital technology and, more importantly, its adoption by customers more »

Tagged in: digital currency, ripple, innovation, technology, blockchain, international money transfers

AUD CAD Exchange Rate Slides after AUD-Damaging Trade Report

By Tim Strube on

The Australian Dollar has dropped against the Canadian Dollar due to a concerning report about AU-US ties. The report looked at Australia’s relationship between the US and China, and the potential difficulties of trying to alter these relationships. With more »

Tagged in: AUD, finance, exchange rates, regulation, digital currency, ripple

Fastest, most affordable currency transfers from Australia to Europe

By Tim Strube on

Australian startup FlashFX was designed from the ground up to outperform traditional financial institutions by providing fast, secure and very affordable foreign exchange conversion services as an alternative to the existing opaque, siloed and inefficient banking networks. And it does more »

Tagged in: currency conversion, AUD, digital currency, ripple, technology, international money transfers