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Report States that US Intelligence is Worried About China’s Involvement in Cryptocurrency

A report claims that the US Director of National Intelligence (DNI) John Ratcliffe has contacted SEC Chairman Jay Clayton regarding China’s influence in the crypto market including mining. According to the Washington Examiner, the DNI is worried that China has too much control when it… Read More

Chinese Fintechs Must Realize that their Products can Subject Consumers to Financial Risk, Analyst Says following Sector-Wide Crackdown

Alibaba founder Jack Ma’s plans to establish Fintech companies like Ant Group and launch IPOs in China were recently put on hold when the country’s regulators decided to make updates to regulatory requirements. As reported recently, Daniel Zhang, Chairman of Alibaba Group Holding (NYSE:BABA), noted… Read More

Digital Finance: MAS MD Explains How Fintech Can Boost Financial Inclusion

In an interview as part of the Fintech Abu Dhabi Festival taking place this week, Ravi Menon, Managing Director of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), discussed how Fintech or digital finance has been boosted by the COVID health crisis. Digital Transformation Menon shared that… Read More

TransferWise Customers in Indonesia Can Now Send Remittance Payments to 80 Different Countries

Fintech firm TransferWise recently announced that Indonesians and ex-pat workers will now be able to send money from Indonesia to 80 different countries, which includes Australia, Singapore, Japan, US, UK, China (Alipay) — and across Europe as well. TransferWise users are now able to send… Read More

Fintech Firm Sleek Secures $4 Million in Capital to Develop Products for Corporate Services Sector

Fintech firm Sleek has reportedly acquired $4 million in VC funding in order to develop products for the corporate services sector. Sleek’s investment round was led by SEEDS Capital, the investment division of Enterprise Singapore. Other individuals and organizations also took part in the round… Read More

Fintech Platforms in Indonesia to Support Expected Rise in Investments, especially from Young Investors following COVID Outbreak

The Indonesian Central Securities Depository (KSEI) has noted that Fintech platforms are expected to support the rise in the number of Indonesia’s retail investors in the foreseeable future, especially as the country’s younger consumers begin to seriously explore investment options after the COVID-19 outbreak. As… Read More

India Fintech Forum has Teamed Up with Amazon Pay, PayU, Deloitte, has Also Shorlisted 27 Fintechs for Awards

India Fintech Forum, a non-profit Fintech advocacy group, revealed on November 24, 2020, that it had shortlisted 27 financial technology firms for its 5th installment of India Fintech Awards (IFTA). The Fintechs will be presenting live demos to the event judges, beginning on November 30… Read More

Monetary Authority of Singapore Posts Finalists for Fintech Hackcelerator

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has posted the 20 finalists for the 2020 Global Fintech Hackcelerator, an annual event that saw aspiring firms look to adapt to the challenges of COVID-19. MAS states that the Global Fintech Hackcelerator identifies innovative market-ready solutions to address… Read More

Digital Banking: Fintech Unicorn Revolut to Expand Global Operations by Hiring Senior Execs in Singapore

  Prominent digital bank Revolut is reportedly planning to hire several senior management professionals in Singapore. The UK-headquartered Fintech Unicorn noted that it’s looking to recruit senior-level executives for managing its operations in the city-state. As first reported by Tech in Asia, Revolut also plans… Read More

U.S. Insurtech Hippo Insurance Scores $350 Million Capital Investment From Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Company

  U.S. insurtech startup Hippo Insurance announced on Tuesday it scored $350 million investment and formed a partnership with Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Company, Limited, a subsidiary of MS&AD Insurance Group Holdings, Inc. According to Hippo, the investment will support the insurtech’s product roll out in… Read More

China-Based AI-Powered Platform For Businesses IceKredit Secures $33 million Through Series C Funding Round Led By Guoxin Venture Investment

  China-based AI-powered platform for business IceKredit announced on Tuesday it secured $33 million through its Series C funding round, which was led by Guoxin Venture Investment with participation from Guohe Capital, Yunqi Partners, and China Creation Ventures. Founded in 2015, IceKredit describes itself as an… Read More

Taiwan’s Joint Credit Information Center to Provide Database to Fintech Firms so they Can Access Info on Customer Credit Risk Profiles

Taiwan’s Joint Credit Information Center (JCIC) is reportedly planning to provide a database for local Fintech firms so that they can obtain relevant information on consumers’ credit risk profiles. Taiwan’s Financial Supervisory Commission (FSC) made this announcement after Fintech companies held a meeting in June… Read More

Daniel Zhang, Chairman of Alibaba Group, Says China’s Move to Create New Fintech Regulations Is “Timely and Necessary”

The management at Alibaba Group Holding (NYSE:BABA) has stated that they are planning to comply with China’s updated Fintech regulations after the nation’s changing regulatory environment led to Ant Group‘s initial public offering (IPO) getting suspended. Daniel Zhang, Chairman of Alibaba Group, noted during a… Read More

China Construction Bank Corporation Suspends Digital Bond Issuance on FUSANG

China Construction Bank Corporation (CCB) has suspended its digital bond issuance on the FUSANG exchange. The digital bond was originally scheduled to go live on the Exchange on Friday, 13 November 2020. FUSANG said that just before the listing time, written communication was received from the… Read More

MAS: Singapore and China Seek to Strengthen Fintech Connectivity

The 3rd Singapore-China (Chongqing) Connectivity Initiative (CCI) Financial Summit anticipates greater financial connectivity between the two countries, according to a note issued by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS). At the event opening the Minister for Manpower, Singapore, Josephine Teo was said to highlight that… Read More

Indonesian President Joko Widodo Says Local Fintechs Must Adopt Good Governance Practices to Support Rapid Tech Developments

Indoensian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo recently requested Fintech firms in the country to adopt good governance practices and become more accountable so that they can reduce the risks associated with rapid tech developments in the financial services sector. President Widodo noted during the recently-held Indonesia… Read More

Kazakhstan based Fintech Kaspi.kz Says its Business Is Performing Well After London Stock Exchange Listing

Most of the staff members at Kazakhstan-based Fintech firm Kaspi.kz (LSE:KSPI) have been working from their homes due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The company claims its business has been doing well despite the challenges created by the Coronavirus crisis. Kaspi provides payment systems and digital… Read More

South Korea’s Seoul Fintech Lab to Work with Investors in Luxembourg to Launch Projects across Europe

The Seoul Fintech Lab, which has been established by the Seoul Metropolitan Government in South Korea, aims to transform the city into one of the leading financial centers in the world. The Fintech Lab’s organizers may be working closely with companies in Luxembourg. There’s an… Read More

Qualified Fintech Firms Interested in Establishing Operations at Qatar Financial Centre Could Save $10,000

Qualified or eligible Fintech firms interested in establishing operations at the Qatar Financial Centre (QFC) could save around $10,000 as the QFC gets ready to launch its “Tech Talk” series. Henk Jan Hoogendoorn, MD at the Financial Sector Office at the QFC, noted earlier this… Read More

Western Union Acquires 15% Stake, Valued at $200 Million, in Saudi Arabia’s Telecom’s Digital Payments Unit, STC Pay

Western Union (NYSE: WU) has reportedly acquired a 15% stake in Saudi Arabia’s Telecom’s digital payment division. Western Union, which is notably the largest money transfer company in the world, has confirmed that it has purchased a $200 million (or 15%) stake in the online… Read More

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