Alex Bank granted restricted banking licence

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Alex Bank, also known as Alex, has become the latest Australian digital banking player to be approved by the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) as a restricted authorised deposit-taking institution.

Announced last week, APRA’s decision means that Alex Bank will be able to conduct ‘limited banking business’ for up to two years under the restricted licence, and it’s a major step on the path to Alex becoming a fully-fledged digital bank

Founded in 2018, the independent Brisbane-based bank launched its first product - the Alex Person Loan - in July last year. 

Offering personalised rates fixed rates between 5.45% (5.45% comparison rate*) and 19.99% (19.99% comparison rate*) depending on a borrower's credit history, the Alex Personal Loan can be applied for entirely online and it (currently) doesn’t come with any establishment fee. 

Alex’s loan was also named Best New Loan Product by our expert judges in the 2021 Mozo Experts Choice Personal Loan Awards.

Going forward it appears that a savings account will be the first deposit account launched by the bank, though Alex states on its website that: “The timing will depend on how long it takes for us to be fully accredited as an ADI by APRA.” 

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