Asia

Atome Financial Acquires $100M Debt Facility from HSBC Singapore

Atome Financial recently revealed that it has committed to a $100 million debt facility with HSBC Singapore in order to support its flexible deferred payments business across Asian markets. The Fintech firm is an umbrella business division that’s made up of two main brands; buy… Read More

Virtual Payments Surpass Cash Transfers for First Time in Saudi Arabia

Virtual payments have reportedly exceeded the use of cash for the very first time in Saudi Arabia in 2021, with these digital transactions accounting for around 94% of payments completed when measured in terms of value. This, according to a recent study carried out by… Read More

Singlife with Aviva Expands its Financial Advisory Services Team

Singlife with Aviva’s Navigator Investment Services has expanded its management team as part of its goal to develop its financial advisory services. The latest appointments to Navigator’s leadership team include Wei Lin Chin, who joins as Head of Strategy and Business Management. She brings around… Read More

Google Cloud to Establish Infrastructure in Malaysia as Part of Expansion Efforts

Google Cloud recently revealed that it intends to expand to Malaysia in order to address rising demand for Cloud services in the Asia Pacific region. Other areas that Google Cloud is considering reportedly include Thailand, New Zealand, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Mexico, Israel, and Turin…. Read More

Avelacom Updates Low Latency Network in Middle East, Turkey

Avelacom, the low latency connectivity, IT infrastructure and data solutions provider for financial markets, recently announced new optimized routes on its network to Istanbul (Bursa Istanbul), Riyadh (Saudi Stock Exchange, Tadawul) and Tel Aviv (Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, TASE). These routes should help with encouraging… Read More

Payments Fintech Thunes Enters Saudi Arabia, Appoints Country Head

Thunes, a cross-border payments company, recently announced that it is accelerating the expansion of its services in the MENA region, “setting up an office in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and appointing a new country head – Ahmad Yaacoub.” Thunes is also “in advanced stages… Read More

TNS Introduces Market Data Services for Borsa Istanbul

Transaction Network Services (TNS) is now connected to Borsa Istanbul (BIST) as a market data vendor. Opening up access to Turkey’s sole exchange with order routing and market data connectivity to the BIST matching engine in Istanbul “allows TNS’ customers to capitalize on trading activities… Read More

CBDCs: InvestHK Teams Up with HKMA to Introduce Central Bank Digital Currency Initiative

Invest Hong Kong (InvestHK) and the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) jointly announced the addition of the Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) track to the Global Fast Track 2022, “giving local and global firms valuable opportunities to partner with the central banking institution to boost… Read More

Stock Exchange of Thailand Introduces Initiative to Help Capital Markets Professionals

The Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET), in partnership with Bloomberg, has reportedly established a “Fin Lab” in order to support the next generation of capital markets professionals. Supported with a suite of market data and analytical tools from Bloomberg, the Fin Lab has entered working… Read More

JP Morgan Teams Up with Singapore Women in Tech in Youth Challenge Initiative

Nearly 70 female secondary students across 26 schools in Singapore got the opportunity “to develop technology solutions for real world problems” in the country’s second annual edition of GenerationTech – J.P. Morgan’s flagship youth program that “aims to close the gender gap in technology careers.”… Read More

Crypto.com Obtains Electronic Financial Transaction Act, Virtual Asset Service Provider Registration in South Korea

Crypto.com, which claims to be the world’s “fastest-growing” cryptocurrency platform, announced that it has secured Electronic Financial Transaction Act and Virtual Asset Service Provider registration by “acquiring payment service provider ‘PnLink Co., Ltd.’ and virtual asset service provider ‘OK-BIT Co., Ltd.’.” Kris Marszalek, Co-Founder and… Read More

ACI Worldwide, CARDNET to Streamline Virtual Payments in Japan

ACI Worldwide (NASDAQ: ACIW), which claims to be the global leader in mission-critical, real-time payments software, recently announced an agreement with Japan’s central domestic payment network, Japan Card Network, Inc, CARDNET, in order “to modernize its digital payments infrastructure.” The agreement will “see ACI work… Read More

Card Payments in Malaysia to Increase by Over 15% in 2022: Report

The Malaysian card payments market is “set to record a robust growth of 15.2% in 2022, supported by the gradual rise in consumer spending, government’s financial inclusion measures, and increasing preference for contactless payments,” forecasts GlobalData, a data and analytics company. According to GlobalData’s Payment… Read More

Next: Hodlnaut Suspends Withdrawals, Cancels Application for License

Hodlnaut, a Singapore-based crypto platform, has halted all withdrawals, token swaps, and deposits – effective immediately. Holdlnaut is a crypto lending and borrowing platform that was founded in 2019 by Bitcoin maximalists Juntao Zhu and Simon Lee. Hodlnaut supported seven different digital assets: BTC, WBTC,… Read More

Digital Banking: ZA Bank Offers Investment Fund Service

ZA Bank, one of the few approved digital-only banks in Hong Kong, has announced the launch of a new investment fund service. In a company statement, Rockson Hsu, CEO of ZA Bank, stated: “Virtual banks are playing an increasingly important role under the new normal,… Read More

Fintech BigPay Now Supports Remittance Corridors in 38 Nations Across Europe, UK

BigPay, a Capital A venture firm, recently revealed that it has added 38 new countries to its global remittance services network. This reportedly includes England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales in the UK, and 34 nations across Europe, including France, Germany, Italy, Belgium, and Spain…. Read More

Fintech Appro, which Digitizes Retail Banking Services, Launched in Dubai by SC Ventures

SC Ventures recently revealed that it has introduced Appro, which is a Fintech that digitizes and enhances the retail banking customer experience. Supported by SC Ventures, Standard Chartered’s Fintech investment and ventures unit, the “bank-agnostic” platform intends to signifiantly reduce the time taken to finalize… Read More

Malaysian Authorities, Regulators Seeking Feedback for Proposed BNPL Regulation

The Consumer Credit Oversight Board Task Force in Malaysia recently shared the Consumer Credit Act consultation document, which is the new act that aims to properly regulate and consolidate all consumer credit activities under its unit, and to also support “fair” lending and “responsible” conduct… Read More

Thailand’s National ITMX, NETS Enhance Cross-Border QR Payments

Network for Electronic Transfers (NETS), which is Singapore’s payment services group, and National ITMX, Thailand’s inter-bank payment infrastructure and central data processing system, recently confirmed the expansion of their cross-border QR payment partnership. This collaboration will aim to support inbound and outbound international payments between… Read More

ShopBack, a Fintech Offering a Rewards Platform, Prepares for Hong Kong Launch

ShopBack, a Temasek-supported shopping and rewards platform, recently revealed that it would be expanding its presence to Hong Kong with a “soft launch” scheduled for August 8, 2022. ShopBack‘s management noted that they’ve onboarded more than 250 merchants in Hong Kong ranging from domestic to… Read More

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