Asia

China: WeiyangX Fintech Review

Chinese Fintech Enterprises Raised ¥230 billion (USD $ 2.64 billion) in the First Half of the Year The integration of technology and finance has become a major trend in the development of the financial industry. The investment enthusiasm of the capital market for financial technology… Read More

Global Smart Card Developer UBIVELOX Forms New Strategic Alliance With Pundi X

UBIVELOX (089850), the KRX-listed company and manufacturer of smart cards, announced on Friday its entry into the cryptocurrency market after forming a new strategic alliance with Pundi X, a developer of a blockchain-based point-of-sale (POS) solution. According to the duo, UBIVELOX will support the deployment… Read More

NOON Capital Seeks to Offer Blockchain based Real Estate Investments in Southeast Asia

NOON Capital, a company with offices in Singapore and Thailand, is getting into the business of real estate on blockchain. While not the first entity to securitize investments in real estate, NOON says they are the first in Southeast Asia. According to their web site;… Read More

Total Ban on Crypto Mining Machines Imports in Vietnam One Step Closer to Reality

The online publication Vietnam News is reporting that the Government of Vietnam has moved one step closer towards banning crypto mining machine imports in the country, after the State Bank of Vietnam (SBV) agreed to support a proposal from the Vietnamese Ministry of Industry and… Read More

Disaster Capitalism: Floods in Sichuan Knock Out Small Bitcoin Miners, Big Miners Move in

Torrential rains in the mountainous Chinese province of Sichuan during late June caused loss of life, landslides, crop damage, the forced relocation of 9000 people, and at least 193 million yuan ($30 million) in economic losses. Global technicians also noticed a 30% concurrent drop in… Read More

Taiwan Semiconductor Expects Cryptocurrency Mining Demand to Decrease from Q2

In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Taiwan Semiconductor, the world’s largest dedicated semiconductor foundry, issued a statement that indicated a decline in cryptocurrency mining affiliated revenue as it backed off of expectations for later in 2018. Lora Ho, SVP and Chief… Read More

Bitmain, Biggest Crypto Firm On Planet, Expands Again, This Time in Isreal

Cryptocurrency consortium Bitmain, the world’s most valuable crypto firm, has embarked on yet another expansion, this time in Isreal, where it plans to triple the size of the workforce at its Ra’anana development centre. Bitmain told Israel business news site Globes that it is adding… Read More

Bitcoin Mining Giant Bitmain Rents Twenty Thousand Feet of Silicon Valley Office Space

Following recent reports that it has established capacious bitcoin mining farms in Washington State and Quebec, the Beijing-based Bitcoin mining giant Bitmain is now renting offices in a Silicon Valley office tower called Riverpark Towers, CCN reports. Bitmain will occupy the last available vacancy in… Read More

Macau Gangster-Associated ICO Claims Sell Out in 5 Minutes, $750 Million Raised

The South China Morning Post has reported that a digital token offering (ICO) with ties to former Macau gangster “Broken Tooth” Wan Kuok-koi claims to have raised $750 million dollars from investors across South Asia in a mere 5-minute sale. The “HB” token, the second ICO… Read More

Governor of the Bank of Thailand Calls Out Fintech, Blockchain as Important to the Future of Finance

Speaking at the Bloomberg ASEAN Business Summit in Bangkok this past week, Dr. Veerathai Santiprabhob, Governor of the Bank of Thailand, delivered a broad based speech that discussed the opportunities provided by Fintech and blockchain specifically. Dr. Santiprabhob said their Fintech regulatory Sandbox;  “… serves as a… Read More

Fintech Pintec Technology Holdings will IPO on NASDAQ Global Market

PINTEC, a China based Fintech firm that offers financial solutions that connect business partners and financial partners to provide financial services to end users, has announced its intent to do an initial public offering on NASDAQ Global Market. PINTEC expects to trade under the symbol… Read More

P2P Lender CreditEase’s Fintech Investment Fund Ranked 3rd Globally

CreditEase, a China based peer to peer lending platform, has been recognized for its Fintech venture fund by a CB Insights report. According to the report, the CreditEase Fintech Investment Fund is number three in the world when it comes to ranking the most active… Read More

China: WeiyangX Fintech Review

Toutiao Marches into the Fintech Market with Cash Loan Products China’s leading digital media platform Toutiao has long denied the potential of entering the financial markets. However, it is reported this week that a series of cash loan products have launched on Toutiao’s app without… Read More

Asia Fintech Innovation Hub Stone & Chalk Launches New Mega Hub

Asian fintech innovation hub, Stone & Chalk, announced this week it is uniting fintech across the eastern seaboard with the launch of a new national capability, known as a mega hub, across its new home at the Goods Shed North in the heart of Melbourne’s… Read More

Japan Instant Post-Pay Credit Service Paidy Secures $55 Million Through Series C Funding Round

Paidy, Inc., a Japan-based post-pay credit account company, announced on Thursday it secured $55 million through its Series C funding round, which was led by ITOCHU Corporation with participation from Goldman Sachs. The company reported combined with its two previous Series A and B rounds,… Read More

Former JP Morgan Senior Vice President for Compliance Joins Blockchain Advisory Firm

Next Level Consulting has hired Kirsten Roy-Reid as its Senior Partner and Head of Compliance. Roy-Reid is a former JP Morgan Senior Vice President for compliance having worked in London, New York, Hong Kong and New Zealand for over 13 years. The hiring may be viewed… Read More

B2B Robo-Advisory Solutions Provider Bambu Secures $3 Million Through Series A Funding Round

Bambu, a Singapore-based robo-advisory solutions provider, announced this week it secured $3 million through its Series A financing round, which was led by Franklin Templeton Investments.  Founded in 2016 by Ned Phillips and Aki Ranin, Bambu describes itself as a leading global provider of robot-advisory technology… Read More

Canadian Crypto Exchange Coinsquare is Going Japanese in Expansion with DLTA 21 Blockchain

Coinsquare, a Canadian cryptocurrency exchange, and DLTA 21 Blockchain Corp., a Canadian blockchain investment bank, have partnered up on a  cryptocurrency trading in Japan. The two companies said the new trading platform will be doing business as DLTa21X after receiving regulatory approval in Japan. Cole Diamond,… Read More

UK’s Department for International Trade Schedules Fintech Mission to Mexico & Japan

Once again, the UK Department for International Trade (DIT) is booking trips abroad to promote and interact with financial innovation types around the world. DIT has scheduled two trips for this Fall. First, DIT has scheduled their second UK Fintech Mission to Mexico City from 11-14… Read More

Frost & Sullivan Announces Partnership With Seoul Fintech Lab to Support Fintech Startups in Korea

Frost & Sullivan announced on Wednesday it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) to support activities such as commercialization, investment promotion, support for the advancement of Korean fintech startups into the global market. According to Frost & Sullivan, the… Read More