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Visa Will Establish Asia’s Second Innovation Center in Beijing It is always not easy for payment Giant Visa to enter the Chinese market. Yet, it still does not give up. According to Yu Xueli, president of Visa (Greater China), Visa is planning to set up… Read More

Seven Charged in Taiwan Crypto Investment Case

Seven individuals have been arrested in Taiwan and charged with operating a crypto investment scheme police believe defrauded 1000 investors out of $51 million USD, Focus Taiwan reports. The seven are charged with “violating multiple banking and business…laws” covered by Taiwan’s Banking and Multi-Level Marketing Supervision acts. Among… Read More

New Monero CryptoMining Malware Targeting Alibaba and Tencent Clouds

Cybersecurity firm Palo Alto Networks’ Unit 42 “global threat intelligence team” has identified a new exploit illegally mining Monero cryptocurrency on Chinese public cloud networks: “Palo Alto networks recently captured and investigated new samples of the Linux coin mining malware used by the Rocke group…. Read More

Chinese P2P Lender Hexindai Announces Investor Insurance Coverage Agreement with Shanxi Zhengxuan Finance Guarantee

Chinese peer-to-peer lending platform Hexindai (NASDAQ: HX) announced on Friday it signed a cooperation agreement with Shanxi Zhengxuan Finance Guarantee Co., Ltd., which reportedly is controlled by the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council (SASAC), to provide investors on its platform with insurance coverage that… Read More

Huobi Derivative Market Reports Volume Surpassing $20 Billion

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Huobi Derivative Market (Huobi DM) reports that trading volume recently surpassed USD $20 billion. Huobi DM says that trading volume topped $10 billion during the first full month of operations. The company notes that trading growth comes at a time of slowing crypto activity. Huobi… Read More

Ripple Partners with Tsinghua University to Launch the Blockchain Technology Research Scholarship Program

The Institute for Fintech Research, Tsinghua University (THUIFR) has partnered with Ripple to launch the Blockchain Technology Research Scholarship Program (BRSP) for graduate students in China. Based on the academic and industrial research achievement accomplished by Fintech Lab since 2012,THUIFR  is jointly established by PBC… Read More

Fingers Crossed: Thai Crypto Exchange Denied License, Will Reapply

Coin Asset, a Thai cryptocurrency exchange is “seeking a way to remain open” after being denied a license by the Thai Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Bangkok Post reports: “Coin Asset chief executive Sivanus Yamdee said the company will meet the SEC on Friday to discuss continuing its… Read More

Crypto Platform Ethos Announces Universal Wallet Update; Now Enables Users to Buy With Simplex & Conduct Coin Swaps With ShapeShift

Singapore-based cryptocurrency services platform Ethos announced earlier this week it has released a new update for its Universal Wallet, v1.6. According to Ethos, the update significantly builds on the existing ability to store, send and receive more than 140 coins/tokens, now enabling users to buy crypto with… Read More

2018 Roundup: Indian Tech Startups Secured $11B, Fintech Deals Led Startup Investments

The Indian media platform Inc42 just released its Indian Tech Startup Funding Report 2018. According to the report, during 2018 Indian startups received $11 B total funding across 743 deals. While in 2017, 4 startups took away a little more than half the funding $6.9 Bn, in 2018… Read More

Insurtech: ZhongAn Partners with Grab to Create Joint Venture to Establish Digital Insurance Marketplace in Asia

ZhongAn Online P&C Insurance Co., Ltd. (HKEX stock code: 6060), the first internet-based insurer in China, has partnered with Grab Holdings – an “online to offline” mobile platform serving Southeast Asia. The two firms have formed a joint venture to create and launch a “digital… Read More

Small Japanese Firms Believe Mongolia Could Be Cryptomining Promised Land. Is It?

“The business environment is increasingly harsh, but we can still produce a profit.” Two large Japanese IT companies, DMM and GMO, recently closed or considerably shrank their cryptomining operations citing millions in 2018 losses. That hasn’t stopped the Japanese firm Ginco Mongol, whose CEO furnished the… Read More

Hong Kong-Based Bitcoin Derivatives Exchange Bitmex Forced to Stop Providing “Illegal” Trading Services to American and Quebecois Customers

Bitmex, a Hong Kong-based Bitcoin derivatives exchange popular for allowing 100X leveraged bets, has deactivated the trading accounts of clients from the US and the Canadian province of Quebec, The South China Morning Post (SCMP) reports. The move has likely been made in response to increased regulatory pressure… Read More

UnionBank Launches Fully Digital Branch in the Philippines

Appian (NASDAQ: APPN), a firm that provides a software development platform that combines intelligent automation and enterprise low-code development to rapidly deliver powerful business applications announces that UnionBank of the Philippines used the Appian Platform to launch its first fully digital branch. The branch, which… Read More

Pintec Teams Up With Best Wonder For Small & Micro-Sized Enterprise Digital Lending Services

Chinese fintech Pintec Technology Holdings Limited (PINTEC) announced on Monday it has formed a partnership with Best Wonder Co., Ltd., a SaaS platform for business E-tax and digital invoice services, to develop digital lending solutions to support small and micro-sized enterprises.  According to PINTEC, the collaboration… Read More

Monetary Authority of Singapore Subsidizes New Equity Listings with S$75 Million Grant

Seeking to boost their prominence as an equity financing hub in Asia, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has announced a grant of S$75 million to help businesses raise funding via the Singapore equity market. Singapore is one of the most business-friendly jurisdictions in the… Read More

OurCrowd Signs Partnership Agreement with South Korea’s Hana Bank to Support Innovation Ecosystem

The global leader in equity crowdfunding, OurCrowd, has signed a new investment partnership agreement with South Korea’s KEB Hana Bank. The move by OurCrowd is further indication of its growing relationship with institutional investors and its significant foothold in Asia. In a release, OurCrowd said… Read More

China: WeiyangX Fintech Review

Tsinghua PBCSF Releases “2018 Global Insurtech Report by Subsector” Early this month, the China Insurance and Pension Research Center of the National Finance Research Institute of Tsinghua University released the “2018 Global Insurtech Report by Subsector“. The report provides case studies of Insurtech companies in… Read More

Majority of Korean Crypto Exchanges Fail Security Check

Investigators from the Korean Ministry of Science, Technology and Information and the Korea Internet Development Agency (KISA) have found “weak” security at 31 0f approximately 38 crypto exchanges studied, ZDNet reports. Investigators deployed an 85-point security checklist to participating exchanges and found that, “14 exchanges… Read More

China Issues Rules for Blockchain Prohibiting Anonymous Use and Requiring Industry to Provide “Social Credit” Data

The Chinese National Internet Information Office (CNIIO) issued rules to govern the country’s “Blockchain Information Services” sector yesterday. The rules will go into force February 15th, 2019. The rules, which include ID requirements and development of channels to provide information to China’s “social credit” system (used for… Read More

Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Announces The Launch of Fintech Fund

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Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG), one of the largest financial institutions in the world, announced on Friday the establishment of MUFG Innovation Partners Co., Ltd. (MUIP), which will manage corporate venture capital funds of MUFG to accelerate open innovation and strengthening partnerships with fintech related… Read More

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