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Banks and Digital Payments Providers in India Ask Government to Bring Back Merchant Discount Rate on RuPay and UPI Transactions

Banking institutions and online payments providers in India have asked the nation’s government to bring back the Merchant Discount Rate (MDR) on RuPay, which is an international card payment service launched by the National Payments Corporation of India. Digital payments providers in the country also… Read More

UAE based Investment Advisory Firm Sarwa Acquires Experimental Fintech Permit to Offer Services in Saudi Arabia

Dubai-headquartered investment advisory firm Sarwa is reportedly expanding its business operations to Saudi Arabia after acquiring a temporary or experimental Fintech license from Saudi’s Capital Markets Authority (CMA). This development has come about a year after Sarwa secured $8.4 million in capital, which was one… Read More

First Fully Regulated Digital Asset Custody Provider: Propine Graduates from Singapore Fintech Sandbox, Gains CMS License

Propine, a digital asset custody service provider, has “graduated” from the Monetary Authority of Singapore’s (MAS) Fintech Sandbox program. The company has been granted a Capital Markets Services (CMS) license and is now fully regulated by MAS. It is the first regulated firm of its… Read More

Citi and Grab Financial Services Introduce API enabled Consumer Lending Solution for Singapore and Wider APAC Region

Citi and Grab, which is Southeast Asia’s super app, have extended their partnership in consumer lending with the introduction of the bank’s API-powered lending solution for consumers in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region. Starting off in Singapore with additional markets in the APAC region to… Read More

Deutsche Bank Securities Services and STACS to Work on ESG Fintech, Structured Products, and Projects Involving Digital Assets

Deutsche Bank Securities Services and Hashstacs Pte Ltd (STACS) are reportedly working on a proof-of-concept (PoC) that will involve exploring the technological and practical feasibility of digital assets. The PoC will take into consideration factors like the level of interoperability, liquidity, cross-border connectivity, and various… Read More

How the Regulatory Framework for Crowdfunding Platforms in Southeast Asia will Benefit SMEs and Investors

Peer-to-peer (P2P) lending has come a long way since its early days as a casual crowdfunding platform. Today, individual borrowers and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can access loans without the hassle of going through banks and lengthy financial assessments. Still, P2P lending is a… Read More

Mobile Financial Services Provider Wave Money Facilitated $8.7 Billion in Transfers in 2020, following COVID-19 Outbreak

Myanmar-based Wave Money, a mobile financial services provider, facilitated 12 trillion Myanmar kyat (appr. $ 8.7 billion) in total transactions during 2020 as the country’s residents increasingly began using digital financial services following the COVID-19 outbreak. Wave Money confirmed that these transaction volumes were nearly… Read More

Qatar based Fintech CWallet, which Will Offer Payroll and Remittance Payments Options, Secures $220,000 in Pre-Seed Funding

Qatar-based Fintech firm Cwallet has finalized a $220,000 pre-seed investment round from its founders and MBK Holding, the company’s CEO has confirmed. Michael Javier, who’s also Co-founder at Cwallet, noted that the Fintech company is now working cooperatively with the Qatar Central Bank (QCB) in… Read More

China: WeiyangX Fintech Review

Shanghai Reveals 2nd Batch of Projects for its Fintech Sandbox On December 31st 2020, the Shanghai Fintech Innovation Supervision Pilot Working Group revealed the second batch of projects for its fintech sandbox. The 5 innovative projects focused on cutting-edge technologies such as big data, multi-party… Read More

Digital Payments in Saudi Arabia Surged 75% YoY as Consumers Began Shopping Online More Frequently due to COVID

Digital payments in Saudi Arabia surged by 75% last year, as consumers increasingly began shopping online following the COVID-19 outbreak. Meanwhile, cash withdrawals from ATMs and other payment points declined 30% during the same time period. Point of sale (PoS) refers to a location where… Read More

Digital Asset Exchange Gemini Appoints Eugene Ng as Business Dev Head for APAC Region to Work with High Net Worth Investors

US-based digital currency exchange Gemini recently welcomed Eugene Ng as the firm’s new APAC Head of Business Development. Gemini’s management confirmed on January 7, 2021 that they’re pleased to announce that Eugene Ng will be serving as the crypto firm’s Head of Business for the… Read More

Operator of Digital Payments Wallet GCash Secures Fresh Investment From Investment From Bow Wave

  Globe Fintech Innovations, Inc. (Mynt), the Fintech arm of Globe Telecom and operator of the country’s preferred mobile wallet in GCash, announced on Friday it has attracted fresh capital investment from ASP Philippines LP, a limited partnership fund managed by investment firm Bow Wave… Read More

Malaysia based Fintech Soft Space Partners GMO Financial Gate to Offer Payment Solutions to Japanese Consumers

Malaysia-based Fintech firm Soft Space has teamed up with Japan’s GMO Financial Gate (GMO-FG), a payment service provider, in order to offer payments solutions to Japanese consumers. Through the partnership, Soft Space will be supporting the secure and seamless Europay, Mastercard, and Visa (EMV) transactions…. Read More

People’s Bank of China to Introduce Policies to Support Small Businesses, while Prohibiting Financial Service Providers from Offering Risky Products

China’s reserve bank stated on January 6, 2021 that it will be making its monetary policy more flexible, targeted and appropriate this year. The country will begin focusing on supporting smaller companies as the Chinese economy tries to recover following the COVID-19 outbreak. The People’s… Read More

Philippines based Digital Wallet GCash Reaches PHP 1 Trillion in Total Transactions During the Past Year

Philippines-based digital wallet GCash reportedly reached PHP 1 trillion (appr. $20.8 billion) in total transactions for the year 2020, which represents a 254% year-over-year (YoY) increase in transfers. Globe Fintech Innovations Inc. (Mynt), which manages GCash, is part of the portfolio firms of 917Ventures (one… Read More

Singapore’s Digital Wealth Management Firm, Syfe, Introduces Cash Management Solution, Syfe Cash+

Syfe, a digital wealth management firm that’s licensed by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), has introduced the Syfe Cash+ portfolio which is the company’s cash management product. Syfe Cash+ aims to help all Singapore based consumers with growing their savings while being able to… Read More

Indian Digital Commerce Unicorn Udaan Secures $280 Million in Capital via Series D Round

India’s B2B digital commerce platform Udaan has secured $280 million in funding via its extended Series D investment round from new and existing investors. Octahedron Capital and Moonstone Capital are listed as new investors. They’ve joined Udaan’s existing backers which reportedly includes Altimeter, DST Global,… Read More

Big Tech Firms are Now Offering Fintech and Wealthtech Services in Singapore, but Startups are Also Launching Innovative Services

Singapore’s fast-growing 1,000+ Fintech sector includes a thriving Wealthtech segment which is on track to continue growing and maturing. It’s being supported by an increased interest from local investors, strategic acquisition deals, and the growing demand for automated financial advisory services (or Robo-advisors). Many younger… Read More

Regtech Firm Silent Eight to Work with HSBC to Enhance Bank’s Compliance and Related AML / CFT Processes

Singapore-based Silent Eight, a Regtech firm that leverages AI to prevent money laundering and terrorism financing activities, has revealed that it has agreed to a multi-year partnership with HSBC which aims to assist the bank with improving its compliance measures and related operations. HSBC chose… Read More

President Trump Signs Executive Order to Ban US Transactions with Chinese Fintech Apps like Alipay, Tencent’s Digital Wallets

US President Donald Trump has signed an order that aims to place a ban on US transactions with eight major Chinese apps – which reportedly includes Ant Group’s Alipay and Tencent Holdings’ online wallets. Notably, this order has arrived just days before the Trump administration… Read More

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