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Cardano Blockchain Founder Charles Hoskinson Confirms that IOHK has Joined Hyperledger and W3C Initiatives

IOHK (Input/Output Hong Kong), a research and development (R&D) firm focused on bringing innovation via blockchain and cryptocurrencies, has confirmed that it will be joining the Hyperledger initiative and W3C. Hyperledger is an open-source project focused on blockchain or distributed ledger technology (DLT) development. It… Read More

Fintech Platforms in Hong Kong Seen As An Opportunity by Incumbents, Not a Threat, New Report Reveals

Over the course of the next ten years, banking institutions are planning to play a major role in supporting Fintech projects and the adoption of all-digital platforms. A new report suggests that incumbents feel confident that they won’t be completely replaced or displaced by Fintechs…. Read More

Klaytn Announces New Collaboration With Decentralized Oracle Chainlink

Klaytn, a blockchain project led by the South Korean Internet platform Kakao, announced on Wednesday it has formed a new partnership with Chainlink, a decentralized open-source oracle network that gives smart contracts secure and reliable access to data providers, web APIs, IoT devices, and payment… Read More

Indian Online Lender Lendingkart Secures Over $42 Million in Funding via Round Led by Bertelsmann India Investments, Others

India-based online lender Lendingkart Technologies has secured Rs 319 crore (appr. $42.16 million) in funding through a Series D investment round, which was led by existing investors Bertelsmann India Investments, Fullerton Financial Holdings, IndiaQuotient, and Sistema Asia Fund. LendingKart’s management said that the capital raised… Read More

South Korea’s Fintech Sandbox Secures $111 Million in Capital, Expected to Create 380 New Jobs

  South Korea’s Fintech sandbox program has reportedly acquired $111 million in funding. The initiative is expected to create 380 new jobs, locally. South Korean officials confirmed that the financial technology regulatory sandbox had secured KRW 136.4 billion in capital, and that they’re expecting the… Read More

Singapore’s OpenNodes to Work with Chinese Digital Bank WeBank to Develop Apps on the FISCO BCOS Platform

Leading Chinese digital bank, WeBank, has teamed up with OpenNodes, a distributed ledger technology (DLT) platform developed by the Singapore-based Infocomm Media Development Authority, a statutory board of the nation’s government, under the Ministry of Communications and Information. WeBank will provide the FISCO BCOS blockchain-enabled… Read More

Singapore’s Silverlake Symmetri Becomes Distribution Partner of Swedish Fintech Dreams’ Savings and Investment Platform in Asia, Middle East

Stockholm-based Dreams is a Fintech firm that focuses on providing a consumer-based app to help people live sustainably by developing good savings habits. The company’s app and services aim to help users make better use of their income, make smart investments, pay off debts, and… Read More

Chainlink’s “Decentralized” Oracle Network to be Integrated with Kadena’s Proof of Work based Blockchain Network

Smart contract security firm Chainlink and blockchain startup Kadena are working cooperatively to integrate Chainlink’s decentralized oracle network to Kadena’s layer-1 proof-of-work (PoW)-based public blockchain network. Enterprises and business owners working with Kadena will be able to use Chainlink oracles to write end-to-end Pact smart… Read More

Financial Services Firm Mizuho Hires Dan Dolev as Managing Director and Senior Equity Research Analyst Covering Fintech

Mizuho Americas confirmed on May 18, 2020 that it has appointed Dan Dolev as the company’s new managing director and senior equity research analyst covering the Fintech space. Dolev will be working out of Mizuho’s New York offices. He will be reporting directly to Susan… Read More

Digital Banking: OCBC in Singapore Prepares for Increased Demand for Virtual Payment Services and Online Portals

The Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation, Limited (OCBC) Bank (SGX: O39), a multinational banking and financial services corporation, has revealed that it’s planning to change its branch network strategy, following the COVID-19 outbreak. OCBC, which is notably Singapore’s second-largest bank, claimed during its virtual annual general meeting… Read More

Binance Registers New Domain Name with Chinese Government, Three Other Seemingly Related Firms Also Registered, Public Records Show

Leading multinational digital asset exchange Binance has reportedly registered a new domain name with the government in China. Public records show that the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has approved Binance’s requested domain name (binance.cn). The approval was granted in April 2020. Records… Read More

MoneyGram Joins Forces With Korean Fintech E9Pay

Digital money transfer service MoneyGram (NASDAQ: MGI) announced on Tuesday it has formed a new partnership with E9Pay, a money transfer and payment fintech company based in Korea. According to MoneyGram,  the partnership enables E9Pay customers to connect to the MoneyGram platform and distribution network… Read More

Payments Provider Geidea Kicks Off Beta Testing of New Service for Saudi SMEs

Geidea, a Saudi based payments company, has launched BETA testing for its new range of SME products. Geidea currently claims 70% market share in Saudi Arabia and is the top service provider to banks in the country, according to the company. In February, Geidea became… Read More

Indian Fintech Fintso Claims that Previously Stable Debt Securities are Now More Volatile than Equity

Mumbai-based Fintech firm Fintso, which aims to “democratize” wealth management in India, is arguing that debt securities can be more volatile than equity. Recently established in December 2019, Fintso secured $2.6 million in funding in March 2020. Fintso’s management says that debt securities have previously… Read More

Japan’s Largest Credit Card Issuer, JCB, Partners Tokyo’s TECHFUND to Develop Blockchain-based Transaction System

JCB, which is Japan’s largest credit card issuer, has teamed up with Tokyo-based TECHFUND, a leading technology accelerator, in order to develop a sustainable blockchain-powered transaction system. As noted in a May 15 announcement, the partnership will involve leveraging TECHFUND’s expertise on cryptocurrency staking and… Read More

The Fintech Sector Will Become Even Stronger After COVID-19, According to New Report from Dubai

The Fintech sector will get stronger due to the COVID-19 outbreak, as more consumers begin using digital payments platforms and also as more people start working remotely, according to a new report from the Dubai Future Foundation (DFF). The report noted: “This sector will successfully… Read More

Mastercard and UAE’s Hub71 Sign MoU to Work Cooperatively on Global Fintech Projects

Payments giant Mastercard (NYSE:MA) has committed to a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Hub71, a technology ecosystem based in Abu Dhabi Global Market Square that supports global Fintech initiatives and leading tech firms. As mentioned in the announcement, Hub71 is a flagship project of the… Read More

Indian Fintech Lenders are Concerned About Poor Monetary Transmission by Banks and Capping of Interest Rates: Report

Indian Fintech firms that issue loans to SMEs have welcomed the government’s efforts to provide greater liquidity to the banking system. However, financial technology companies are concerned about the poor monetary transmission by local banks and the capping of interest rates. India’s non-bank lenders have… Read More

APAC Region Expected to Experience Significantly Increased Adoption of Digital Banking and Fintech Platforms by 2025: Report

Digital banking services are increasingly being adopted in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region. The use of all-digital banks and platforms is expected to increase further in the coming years. This, as 63% of consumers responding to a recent survey said they’d be willing to switch… Read More

Fintech Firm Ant Financial Partners Myanmar’s Wave Money to Promote Financial Inclusion for the Underbanked

Ant Financial, the Fintech division of Chinese multinational e-commerce giant Alibaba Group (NYSE:BABA), has teamed up with Digital Money Myanmar (Wave Money), in order to promote financial inclusion and help the country’s unbanked and underbanked population. Ant Financial will offer its expertise in mobile and… Read More

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