Aug 19, 2019
Monzo, Starling, Revolut and others are part of a new raft of digital banks you can only open and manage from your smartphone. They’re becoming increasingly popular, often with a cult-like following from largely millennial customers - something you never see with traditional banks. Probably the most loved is Monzo, which is leading the bunch with more than 2.6 million customers and growing fast.
Many people open one of these accounts for the incentive of fee-free spending overseas, but other people swear by the features that help you budget and keep track of your spending.
But these banks still face challenges. Monzo asked 20% of its users to change their pins a few weeks ago, while some have faced payment problems and others gone out of business. And not all these new “banks” are actually banks!
With lots to talk about, your host Andy Webb has been joined by Moneywise deputy editor Edmund Greaves to talk through how they are different from the traditional banks, and whether your money is safe.
Read more about the banks and apps discussed in this week's episode:
Andy's review of Monzo (Be Clever With Your Cash)
Monzo launches short term loans (The Guardian)
Switching bonuses, cashback and interest offers from high street banks (Be Clever With Your Cash)
Cash Chats is presented by money blogger and broadcaster Andy Webb.
Cash Chats is a twice-weekly podcast Andy hosts to help you with your finances.
At the start of the week, he’s often joined for these friendly and accessible conversations by a member or friend the UK Money Blogger community to cover topics as diverse as money saving and investments.
Then on Thursday, you can listen to a bonus “deals of the week” episode – a quick rundown of the hottest offers from the last seven days.
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