Asia

Chinese Fintech Ant Group Is Reportedly Considering Ways for Jack Ma to Make a Complete Exit from the Firm

China’s Ant Group is looking into potential ways for billionaire Jack Ma to make an exit as Beijing continues to increase its pressure and scrutiny of Fintech businesses in the country, according to a report from Reuters which cited sources familiar with the matter. According… Read More

Fintech Funding: MENA Region’s Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt Raised Substantial Amounts in Q1 2021, but UK Remains a Global Leader in Fintech

MENA region startups secured $170 million in capital during March 2021, which is reportedly a 6% increase month-over-month, across 43 different deals, according to local sources. This notably takes the total funds raised during Q1 2021 to $396 million across 125 different deals, which is… Read More

Bank of Japan Official Says China’s Digital Yuan Will Not Pose Threat to US Dollar’s Position as Global Reserve Currency

A senior Bank of Japan (BoJ) official has stated that China’s digital renminbi will not be able to pose a threat to the US dollar’s dominant position as the global reserve currency. As reported by Bloomberg, Kazushige Kamiyama, who heads the BoJ’s payment systems division… Read More

China: WeiyangX Fintech Review

The People’s Bank of China and Six Other Departments Launch Fintech Projects for Rural Vitalization In order to better implement the strategy of rural vitalization, the People’s Bank of China and six other department (namely Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Ministry of Industry and… Read More

Malaysian Insurtech Fatberry Secures RM 2.5M or $600K via Pre-Series A Round led by Stockholm’s Abelco Investment Group

Malaysian Insurtech platform Fatberry has reportedly secured RM 2.5 million (appr. $600,000) through a pre-series A funding round. As noted by its management: “FatBerry is Malaysia’s most comprehensive online insurance portal. We allow you to compare and search for the best coverage plans quickly and… Read More

Swiss Wealth Management Group Julius Baer Introduces Digital Advisory Suite for Asian Markets

Swiss wealth management group Julius Baer has introduced its Digital Advisory Suite (DiAS) in Asian markets. The DIAS soluton aims to simplify the regulatory compliance process for relationship managers, allowing them to provide compliant advice to their customers. The suite serves as a “fully-integrated” solution…. Read More

Ujjivan Small Finance Bank Partners Bangalore based Fintech NIRA to Provide Personal Loans to India’s Salaried Workers

Ujjivan SFB has teamed up with NIRA in India to offer personal loans. As reported by the Economic Times, Ujjivan SFB noted that the partnership with NIRA is a key part of their business approach of using API Banking solutions as part of strategic Fintech… Read More

RedBlock Teams Up with NFT Bazaar to Promote Development of Non-Fungible Token Space

RedBlock and NFT Bazaar have announced a strategic partnership in an “embrace” of the fast-evolving NFT industry. As noted in a blog post by RedBlock: “We are very pleased to announce that RedBlock and NFT Bazaar have officially entered into a strategic partnership, leveraging our… Read More

Indian B2B Healthcare Service Provider Biddano, which Leverages Artificial Intelligence Driven Model, Plans to Secure $10M via Series A

B2B healthcare service provider Biddano is planning to streamline offline pharma distribution networks by bridging key supply chain gaps between distributors and chemists. The company leverages the latest technology to develop its platform and is currently looking to expand its network to 25 cities across… Read More

Indian Fintech Zeta Might Soon Join Growing List of Unicorns when it Finalizes Potential $250M Series D from Softbank Fund

Banking technology firm Zeta is reportedly getting closer to achieving Unicorn status (valued at $1 billion or more) as it continues to work with varous investors in order to close a new funding round, according to TechCrunch which cited sources familiar with the matter. SoftBank… Read More

Saudi Arabia based Fintech Prexle Secures $670K via Seed Round, Company Offers Cloud based POS Services

Saudi Arabia-based Cloud-enabled Point-Of-Sale (POS) startup Prexle has reportedly finalized its seed funding round which is valued at 2.5 million Saudi riyals (appr. $670,000). Company CEO and Co-founder, Abdullah Alajlan stated that they’re happy to close their latest investment round. He added that the funds… Read More

Digital Asset Platform Luno in Malaysia Reports RM 1B or $240M in AUM following Bitcoin, Ethereum, Crypto Market Rally

Luno, a crypto-asset trading platform in Malaysia that has been cleared by the Securities Commission, has revealed that it’s now managing over RM 1 billion or $240 millon worth of digital assets. This milestone has been reached in less than 2 years since the company… Read More

Robo Advisory Services in Singapore and Southeast Asia are Increasingly Being Used to Strategically Manage Investment Portfolios: Report

Robo-advisory services in Southeast Asian countries like Singapore are increasingly being used for managing finances and investments. Robo advisors were introduced around 2008, which was when the world was dealing with the global financial crisis. Over the years, digital transformation and the emergence of new… Read More

Payments Solution Provider Fave Acquired for $45M by Asian Commerce Platform Pine Labs

Payments solution provider Fave has reportedly been acquired by Pine Labs, an Asian commerce platform. The acquistion deal is deal valued at more than RM 185 million (appr. $45 million). With this strategic acquisition, Indian consumers may now use the Fave app at some point… Read More

Digital Banking: UAE Central Bank Issues License to Al Mayah Community Bank to Offer Seamless Financial Services

The reserve bank in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has issued a license to Al Maryah Community Bank in order to offer services in the Middle Eastern nation. Al Maryah is notably the very first all-digital bank to have been given approval to begin providing… Read More

Fintech Adoption: India and the UK are Global Leaders when Adopting Latest Financial Tech, According to Lord Mayor of the City of London

The United Kingdom and India may be considered global leaders when it comes to adopting the latest financial technologies which aim to benefit both individuals and businesses, according to Alderman William Russell, the Lord Mayor of the City of London. Fintech is transforming the traditional… Read More

Malaysia’s PayNet Partners FassPay to Help Small Merchants Process Card Payments with Mobile Devices as POS Terminals

Malaysia’s PayNet, the national payments network and shared central infrastructure for that nation’s capital markets, has decided to work with FassPay, a subsidiary of Soft Space, which will be a third-party acquirer for MyDebit, the country’s local debit card scheme. This new appointment should allow… Read More

Singapore’s DBS Introduces AI enhanced Digital Investment Advisory Solution

DBS (SGX:D05)/POSB retail clients are now able to access a new feature offered via DBS’ AI-enhanced financial and retirement planning tool, called NAV Planner, which will aim to offer specific investment recommendations that are well-suited for different investment profiles and requirements. Evy Wee, Head of… Read More

Indian Consumer Focused Fintech Findeed Acquires Seed Funding from Venture Highway, Anicut Angel Fund, First Cheque

India-based Findeed, a consumer-focused Fintech firm, has acquired seed funding from Venture Highway and Anicut Angel Fund, along with contributions from First Cheque. The capital will be used for recruiting new talent and supporting the firm’s ongoing growth and development. Launched in July 2019 by… Read More

Financial Comparison Site RinggitPlus Introduces Digital Financial Planning Services for Malaysian Consumers

RinggitPlus, a financial marketplace that’s owned by Jirnexu, has introduced RinggitPlus Advance, which is a one-to-one digital financial planning service for Malaysian residents. As noted by its management: “RinggitPlus is Malaysia’s leading financial comparison website. Everyday we help thousands of Malaysians #GetMore for their money…. Read More

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