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Insurtech: ZhongAn Partners with Grab to Create Joint Venture to Establish Digital Insurance Marketplace in Asia

ZhongAn Online P&C Insurance Co., Ltd. (HKEX stock code: 6060), the first internet-based insurer in China, has partnered with Grab Holdings – an “online to offline” mobile platform serving Southeast Asia. The two firms have formed a joint venture to create and launch a “digital… Read More

Small Japanese Firms Believe Mongolia Could Be Cryptomining Promised Land. Is It?

“The business environment is increasingly harsh, but we can still produce a profit.” Two large Japanese IT companies, DMM and GMO, recently closed or considerably shrank their cryptomining operations citing millions in 2018 losses. That hasn’t stopped the Japanese firm Ginco Mongol, whose CEO furnished the… Read More

Hong Kong Bitcoin Derivatives Exchange Bitmex Forced to Stop Providing “Illegal” Trading Services to American and Quebecois Customers

Bitmex, a Hong Kong-based Bitcoin derivatives exchange popular for allowing 100X leveraged bets, has deactivated the trading accounts of clients from the US and the Canadian province of Quebec, The South China Morning Post (SCMP) reports. The move has likely been made in response to increased regulatory pressure… Read More

UnionBank Launches Fully Digital Branch in the Philippines

Appian (NASDAQ: APPN), a firm that provides a software development platform that combines intelligent automation and enterprise low-code development to rapidly deliver powerful business applications announces that UnionBank of the Philippines used the Appian Platform to launch its first fully digital branch. The branch, which… Read More

Pintec Teams Up With Best Wonder For Small & Micro-Sized Enterprise Digital Lending Services

Chinese fintech Pintec Technology Holdings Limited (PINTEC) announced on Monday it has formed a partnership with Best Wonder Co., Ltd., a SaaS platform for business E-tax and digital invoice services, to develop digital lending solutions to support small and micro-sized enterprises.  According to PINTEC, the collaboration… Read More

Monetary Authority of Singapore Subsidizes New Equity Listings with S$75 Million Grant

Seeking to boost their prominence as an equity financing hub in Asia, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has announced a grant of S$75 million to help businesses raise funding via the Singapore equity market. Singapore is one of the most business-friendly jurisdictions in the… Read More

OurCrowd Signs Partnership Agreement with South Korea’s Hana Bank to Support Innovation Ecosystem

The global leader in equity crowdfunding, OurCrowd, has signed a new investment partnership agreement with South Korea’s KEB Hana Bank. The move by OurCrowd is further indication of its growing relationship with institutional investors and its significant foothold in Asia. In a release, OurCrowd said… Read More

China: WeiyangX Fintech Review

Tsinghua PBCSF Releases “2018 Global Insurtech Report by Subsector” Early this month, the China Insurance and Pension Research Center of the National Finance Research Institute of Tsinghua University released the “2018 Global Insurtech Report by Subsector“. The report provides case studies of Insurtech companies in… Read More

Majority of Korean Crypto Exchanges Fail Security Check

Investigators from the Korean Ministry of Science, Technology and Information and the Korea Internet Development Agency (KISA) have found “weak” security at 31 0f approximately 38 crypto exchanges studied, ZDNet reports. Investigators deployed an 85-point security checklist to participating exchanges and found that, “14 exchanges… Read More

China Issues Rules for Blockchain Prohibiting Anonymous Use and Requiring Industry to Provide “Social Credit” Data

The Chinese National Internet Information Office (CNIIO) issued rules to govern the country’s “Blockchain Information Services” sector yesterday. The rules will go into force February 15th, 2019. The rules, which include ID requirements and development of channels to provide information to China’s “social credit” system (used for… Read More

Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Announces The Launch of Fintech Fund

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Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG), one of the largest financial institutions in the world, announced on Friday the establishment of MUFG Innovation Partners Co., Ltd. (MUIP), which will manage corporate venture capital funds of MUFG to accelerate open innovation and strengthening partnerships with fintech related… Read More

Huobi Seeks to Challenge Entrenched US Digital Asset Marketplaces with HBUS Rebranding but No Plans for Security Tokens Now

US Marketplace HBUS Rebrands to Huobi Matching Asian Platform HBUS, the US strategic partner of digital asset platform Huobi Group, has rebranded its retail trading marketplace to Huobi thus matching the Asian platform. The flagship operation Huobi Global will continue to operate under the same… Read More

X Financial Names AlBank New Custodian Bank

China-based X Financial (NYSE: FXE) announced on Thursday it has engaged Citic AIBank Corp. (AIBank) as its custodian bank. According to X Financial, the appointment is considered a significant step in the company’s strategy to strengthen trust and security in its platform. As previously reported, X Financial… Read More

More Details Emerge About Possible Executive Succession, IPO, and Layoffs at Bitmain, World’s Largest Cryptomining Firm

A new CEO is already in place at Bitmain, the world’s largest manufacturer of cryptocurrency mining equipment and operator of crypto mines, a source to Hong Kong news outlet The South China Morning Post (SCMP) claims. Though Bitmain itself has refused to confirm the change, a former… Read More

SlowMist Says ETC Attacker Can Now Be Identified, if Exchanges Help Out

Earlier this week, CI reported on a 51% attack / double spend attempt that was halted by Coinbase. The crypto exchange was not the only target in the attempted hack. The attack utilized Ethereum Classic (ETC) as the vehicle to steal funds. Security firm SlowMist… Read More

CoinNess Announces Platform Token “CNNS”

CoinNess, an Asian cryptocurrency and blockchain information provider, announced on Wednesday the unveiling of its platform token, CNNS. The company revealed: “The recent CNNS airdrop on Telegram was a tremendous success and attracted support from numerous exchanges and blockchain projects. Within two weeks, over 150,000… Read More

Japan Regulators Deny They’re Considering Approving Bitcoin ETF

Regulators from the Japanese Financial Services Agency today told Cointelegraph Japan that, contrary to information provided by an anonymous source to Bloomberg, the agency is not contemplating approving Bitcoin ETFs in Japan right now. According to an FSA source to Cointelegraph: “We are not considering… Read More

The Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance, Asian Development Bank Institute, and FinTechSpace Launch ASEAN Fintech Industry Survey

The Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF) at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School,  Asian Development Bank Institute and FinTechSpace have formed a partnership to launch the ASEAN Fintech Industry Survey – the first study of its kind. According to CCAF, the research will focus… Read More

Denied an IPO in Hong Kong, Cryptominer Manufacturer Canaan Considering New York Listing

Canaan, the second biggest maker of cryptocurrency mining hardware after Bitmain, may be bringing its bid to go public to a New York exchange after being rejected in Hong Kong, Bloomberg reports. The company may be seeking to sell shares on a US exchange in… Read More

What to Expect in Fintech for 2019

Fintech Predictions for 2019. Financial innovation continues to evolve at a rapid pace. Startups launch and shutdown with regularity. Traditional financial firms experiment and partner with more agile firms. It’s all about the digitization of finance where services are ubiquitous and instantaneous – all available… Read More

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