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Tether Launches Offshore Chinese Yuan Proxy

Controversial stablecoin issuer Tether has launched its promised “CNHt” coin, which is designed to act as a cryptographic proxy of offshore Chinese yuan (CNH). The coin will run as an ERC-20 token on the Ethereum network. Offshore Chinese yuan (CNH) added to our basket of… Read More

Fintech: Monetary Authority of Singapore Announces Regulatory Evaluation Program for the Payments Industry

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), the nation’s central bank, revealed that a new regulatory evaluation program is being developed to connect payment companies with legal service providers.  The program is part of a joint initiative launched by the MAS and the Singapore Academy of… Read More

Alibaba Acquires Kaola for $2 Billion from Entertainment Giant NetEase, Creates China’s Largest International E-commerce Platform

Chinese multinational conglomerate Alibaba Group has acquired Kaola for approximately $2 billion from Hangzhou-based entertainment giant NetEase. The acquisition has created the largest cross-border e-commerce platform in China, according to Alibaba’s management. Commenting on Alibaba Group’s latest acquisition, company chief executive Daniel Zhang said:  “With… Read More

Leading Pakistani Bank Partners Ripple to Launch Digital Payments Solution

One of Pakistan’s largest financial institutions, Faysal Bank Limited (FBL) has launched a digital payments solution through a partnership with US-based  Ripple, a blockchain-based money transfer platform. FBL is one of Pakistan’s largest commercial banks with over 220 branches nationwide and assets totaling $1.5 billion…. Read More

Bengalaru-based Fintech Moneytap Awarded Non-Banking Finance Company (NBFC) License

Fintech firms that originally offered loan originations and pure-play credit marketplaces are now looking to become lenders themselves. Some of these firms have either applied for or have received a non-banking finance company (NBFC) license from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), according to local… Read More

Company Used 9000 Technicians to Deploy Malicious Cryptomining Software in China

Police in China have shut down a massive cryptomining exploit pervaded by a computer network maintenance company in the Northeastern city of Zhengzhou, CCTV News reports. Officially, the company offered network maintenance services and “value-added advertising,” to Internet cafes and other businesses. Unofficially, the company’s 9000… Read More

China: WeiyangX Fintech Review

China to Include P2P lending Industry into Credit System On September 2nd, the special working group for Fintech risk ratification and special working group for online lending administration jointly issued a notice, requiring all p2p lending institutions to be connected to the credit system established… Read More

Report: Fintech Ping An May Pursue Singapore Digital Bank License After Receipt of Hong Kong Virtual Bank Approval

Late last month, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) announced it has begun accepting applications for digital bank licenses. The new banking licenses are only for aspiring non-bank Fintechs. MAS leadership explained that virtual banks will help assure the banking sector remains resilient and competitive… Read More

Thai Police Arrest “Cryptocurrency Wizard” Involved in Alleged $16 Million USD Crypto Fraud

More crypto action in Thailand this week as a man alleged to have worked as part of a Thai-Vietnamese gang that defrauded investors “in at least 10 Asian nations” via cryptocurrencies was arrested while recreating on a Bangkok soccer field Wednesday, The Bangkok Post reports…. Read More

Ping An Set to Develop National Open Innovation Platform For Next Generation AI in Consumer Puhui Finance

Ping An Insurance Group announced on Thursday it was selected to develop the national Open Innovation For Next Generation Artificial Intelligence. The company reported that the announcement was made at the World Artifical Intelligence Conference 2019 in Shanghai and Ping An is claimed to be… Read More

Huobi Plans Collaboration on Blockchain with University of Gibraltar

Huobi, an Asia based digital asset trading and management platform, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the University of Gibraltar. According to a release, Huobi University has signed an MoU with Albert Isola MP, Gibraltar’s Minister for Commerce. A document was formally exchanged… Read More

Indonesian Digital Credit Platform Kredivo Closes $20 Million Debt Line

Kredivo, an Indonesia-based digital credit platform, announced on Wednesday it has closed its debt line of up to $20 million to fund loans for its borrowers. According to Kredivo, the debt line was conducted with Partners for Growth V, L.P. (PFG), a venture debt firm… Read More

UK’s Railsbank Secures $10 Million Through Series A Funding Round & Opens Singapore Office

Railsbank, a UK-based banking group, announced on Wednesday it raised $10 million through its Series A funding round, which was led by Moneta Capital with participation from CreditEase, Clocktower Technology Ventures, Singapore Life, and Firestartr. Founded in 2015, Railsbank describes itself as an open banking… Read More

Leading Southeast Asian Peer to Peer Lender Funding Societies Revamps with New Executive Team

Funding Societies, one of the largest peer-to-peer (P2P) lending platforms in Southeast Asia, has revamped its executive team with new hires. Funding Societies provides access to capital to SMEs crowdfunded by both institutional and individual investors. To date, Funding Societies reports over S$ 800 million… Read More

Japanese Crypto Exchange Coincheck Suspends New Orders for Margin Trades, Will Cut Existing Margin Trades by 20%

Japanese cryptocurrency trading platform Coincheck has suspended new orders for margin trading and will reduce margins on pending trades from 5X to 4X on October 31st, 2019. The company also warns (according to an automated translation): “The amount of margin required will change constantly, so… Read More

Blockchain Based Letter of Credit Processed by HSBC on Voltron Trade Finance Platform

HSBC has processed a Yuan-denominated letter of credit using the Voltron platform. According to a report in Reuters, this is the first transaction of its type to use Yuan and the first to utilize the Voltron platform. Voltron explains their application as follows: “[Voltron] will… Read More

Former Polymath Exec Joins Tokeny Solutions as APAC Head of Business Development

Tokeny Solutions, a tokenization platform,  has hired Heslin Kim as Head of Business Development APAC. Heslin was previously at Polymath. Tokeny recently received the backing of Euronext, the Eurozone’s largest stock exchange, a significant strategic investment. Kim said he was thrilled to be joining Tokeny… Read More

Bitcoin Co., Thailand’s Biggest Crypto Trading Platform, Shutting Down

Thailand’s largest cryptocurrency trading platform, Bitcoin Co., has announced it will be shutting down Sept 30th: “Bitcoin Co. Ltd. has decided to discontinue offering digital exchange services and wallet services at our BX.in.th website…” The company cites a desire, “to focus on other business opportunities,”… Read More

CCAF Benchmarking Report: Global Regtech Tops $5 Billion in 2018 as Startup Activity Surges

The Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF) has published its first “Global RegTech Benchmarking Report,” sponsored by EY Japan. According to the research, the Regtech industry has topped $5 billion in revenue in 2018 following a five-year surge in startup activity. CCAF reports that, while… Read More

InstaReM Recognized by Australian Competition & Consumer Commission for Cost Effective Money Transfers

InstaReM is out with a note regarding a report published by the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) on cross border payments/money transfers. Ther ACCC report notes that while most consumers continue to use the big four banks in Australia to move their money, Instarem… Read More

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