Revolut will offer full current accounts in Europe next year, as the company has been granted a full European banking license, which sees the London-based scale-up continue its push to become the 'Amazon of banking'.
A full banking license means Revolut can offer full current accounts in Europe with no restrictions on lending and deposits. The company plans to offer banking services in smaller European countries next year, moving to larger countries such as Germany and France later if the initial launches are a success.
The fintech company is aiming to launch in Singapore and Japan early next year, in what will be its first expansion outside Europe. It also has over 3 million users and is opening between 8,000 and 10,000 current accounts daily for new customers. (See Revolut Set to Launch in Japan & Singapore in Q1 2019.)
With a full current account, customers could have salaries paid into their Revolut account and use it as a "proper" bank, rather than just a digital wallet where they can move money from other full current accounts. This puts it level with other digital banking services in the UK and Europe, such as Berlin-based N26, Monzo and Starling. In a potentially-key difference from most of its competitors, Revolut offers cryptocurrency investing to its customers, meaning users can buy, sell and store Bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies directly in the Revolut app. (See Revolut Hits 2M Users, Announces Investment Platform to Celebrate.)
Revolut offers customers a Mastercard to use in shops across Europe and an app which shows spending and account details. (Image: Revolut)
Nik Storonsky, founder & CEO of Revolut, commented: "With the banking license now secured, commission-free stock trading progressing well and five new international markets at final stages of launch, we are living up to our reputation as the 'Amazon of banking'. Our vision is simple: one app with tens of millions of users, where you can manage every aspect of your financial life with the best value and technology."
Kieran Hines, practice leader for financial services technology at Ovum, said of the news: "This is a very important development for Revolut, and a big step forward for them as they push forward with the next phase of their growth strategy, as it will enable them to launch an expanded range of products, including current accounts and lending. As with the other neobanks that have entered the market in the past two to three years, the biggest challenge facing Revolut will be how to manage this transition; not just in terms of delivering the necessary infrastructure to support products like current accounts, but to do so while maintaining the best of the company culture, focus on innovation, and brand strength that have got them this far."