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Seeking Unicorns: Indian Billionaire Kapoor Introduces Yes Fintech Accelerator

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Yes Fintech, a business accelerator program in collaboration with Yes Bank, T-Hub, Anthill and LetsTalkPayments, announced that it is accepting global applications until 3 February.  The top 12 selected startups will enroll in a 15 week dual destination program, split between Mumbai and Hyderabad. Yes Bank is… Read More

Credit China FinTech Named a Founding Member of the Global Blockchain Business Council

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Credit China FinTech Holdings Limited, an integrated fintech service provider in China, was announced as a founding member of the newly developed organization, Global Blockchain Business Council (GBBC). Credit China FinTech is reportedly one of the 25 founding members of the GBBC and is considered the only… Read More

China: WeiyangX Fintech Review

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Ant Financial Joins UNEP Sustainable Finance Initiative Ant Financial has signed the “Declaration on Environment and Sustainable Development” and joined the United Nations Environment Programme Sustainable Finance Initiative as a full member of the organization. In fact, China Merchants Bank and Industrial and Commercial Bank… Read More

Dianrong Reports: Cumulative Trading Amount Exceeds RMB 16.2 Billion in 2016

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Chinese peer-to-peer lending platform, Dianrong, announced on Tuesday its 2016 annual results. The company revealed that the cumulative trading amount exceeds RMB 16.2 Billion, which is notably a year-on-year increase of 148%, and growth in loans issued was funded by 3.62 million investors. Dianrong CEO,… Read More

Stable Growth, Multiple Awards: China Rapid Finance Named to Hurun Report

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China Rapid Finance Limited, a large Chinese consumer lending marketplace launched in 2001, added to its recent haul of awards and recognitions by being named to Hurun Report’s “2017 China New Finance Top 50.” CRF’s inclusion on the list reflects the company’s stable growth in consumer… Read More

SME Lender Loan Frame Receives $2.25 Million Investment

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Loan Frame, an online lender providing access to capital in India, has raised $2.25 million. According to the India Times, the funding round was led by Parag Saxena, co-founder of Vedanta Capital and William Campbell, former chairman of Visa International. Additional investors included Toos Daruvala, co-chief executive… Read More

SuperCharger Fintech Accelerator Launches 2.0 Program At Cyberport Fintech Smart Space

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SuperCharger Fintech Accelerator announced the launch of its 2.0 program on January 9th in the newly opened Cyberport FinTech Smart Space. The accelerator welcomed the program’s eight fintech start-ups and scale-up participants, which are Bambu, Clare.ai, Entersoft, FinChat, Foris, KYC Chain, Squirro, and Xnotes Alliance. The companies… Read More

Shanghai Office Vacancies Rise as P2P Lending Declines

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Apparently, the slowdown and consolidation of the Chinese peer to peer lending industry is having an impact on the real estate market. Colliers International is reporting that Shanghai Grade A office space experienced a rise in average vacancy due to the widespread withdrawal from peer to peer… Read More

Seedrs & Interbridge Venture Capital to Host China Innovation and Entrepreneurship International Competition

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Investment crowdfunding platform Seedrs has partnered with InteBridge Venture Capital to host the upcoming China Innovation & Entrepreneurship International Competition (IEIC). The two companies have joined to launch the UK division of the IEIC competition where £1 million of equity free capital will be awarded. The… Read More

The China P2P Lending Market is Finally Slowing

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The peer to peer lending market in China is the largest in the world. Thousands of platforms populate the online lending sector. The lack of appropriate regulations has allowed many platforms to set up operations quickly and easily. It has enabled incredible acts of fraud…. Read More

FundedByMe Malaysia Launches P2P Forum “Let’s Talk about P2P Financing”

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FundedByMe Malaysia announced on Thursday it is kicking off 2017 with the P2P forum entitled “Let’s Talk about P2P Financing” that will gather nine Malaysian registered market operators from the equity crowdfunding and P2P financing space under one roof this coming January 19th at The… Read More

Monetary Authority of Singapore Launches Essay Competition on Disruptive Technologies

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The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has launched an essay contest on “The Impact of Disruptive Technologies.” Coming from a securities regulator that theme most certainly includes the impact of Fintech innovation. The essay competition is open to all pre-university students studying in Singapore regardless… Read More

Fintech Investor Rakuten Continues European Banking Operations from Luxembourg Headquarters

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Japanese e-commerce conglomerate and fintech investor Rakuten has cemented its interest in growing its European commercial banking operation from its Luxembourg headquarters. Initially focusing on providing payment, deposit and loan services for merchants on the PriceMinister e-commerce platform in France, Rakuten Europe Bank plans to expand… Read More

China: WeiyangX Fintech Review

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JD & UnionPay Cooperate to Create a “Wall Street + Silicon Valley” Fintech Mode On January 4th, China UnionPay and JD jointly announced a new partnership that JD would become a new member of UnionPay’s acquirer team. Both sides will give full play to their… Read More

JPX to Adopt Blockchain in Trading, TSE Tests Ready by Spring

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Japan’s Financial Services Agency (FSA) has cleared the Japan Exchange Group (JPX) to use blockchain in trading, according to Nikkei Asian Review.  Such fintech tools might make trading more efficient.  JPX operates the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE), the largest stock exchange in Asia and fourth largest… Read More

Postal Savings Bank of China Partners With IBM For Blockchain-Based Asset Custody System

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Postal Savings Bank of China (PSBC) announced on Tuesday it has teamed up with IBM to launch its blockchain-based asset custody system. As part of its work, the bank has also successfully executed more than 100 real business transactions on the blockchain since the system… Read More

CoAssets Launches New Real Estate Subsidiary for Full Spectrum of Real Estate Services

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CoAssets Limited, a Singapore-founded Fintech firm that is listed on the ASX (ASX:CA8), has launched a newly incorporated subsidiary, CoAssets Real Estate (Care) Pte Ltd. CoAssets described the new subsidiary as part of the company’s long-term growth strategy. The new CoAssets subsidiary will provide “a… Read More

Indonesia: New Fintech, P2P Regulations Released

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Indonesia has released a new set of regulations for the fintech sector, in particular, for peer to peer lending platforms. According to a report in Deal Street Asia, the Indonesian Financial Services Authority (OJK) laid out the following rules: Registration – P2P lending (pinjam meminjam) startups must… Read More

Fintech Firm CreditEase Teams Up With Verint For Customer Engagement Solutions

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On Monday, Verint Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: VRNT) announced that Chinese fintech firm CreditEase, is set to use is Verint’s Speech Analytics, along with Call Recording, and Quality Management, as a way to support the transformation of its customer engagement platform. CreditEase reportedly stated that since it implemented Verint’s… Read More

China Rapid Finance Announces Partnership with Tencent Licaitong For Investment Products

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Marketplace lending platform, China Rapid Finance, announced on Sunday it has teamed up with Tencent’s wealth management platform, Licaitong, to provide new investment products for individual investors. The online lender stated that with it as the screening party for the underlying assets, the first-phase products on… Read More