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Insurance Sector in Thailand Continues to Grow during COVID-19 with Insurtech AppMan Securing More Funding

The Insurtech industry in Thailand has been growing steadily with firms in the sector consistently finalizing million-dollar investment rounds. Meanwhile, traditional insurance service providers in the country have been working on their digital transformation strategies in order to remain competitive, as foreign companies are also… Read More

Crypto.com Announces Partnership With Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team

  Hong Kong-based Crypto.com announced on Tuesday it has formed a partnership with Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team. Crypto.com reported that the Formula One team signed a multi-year deal to bring exclusive experiences and opportunities to traders and fans of the sport. Kris Marszalek, Co-founder… Read More

tZERO Joins with ROI to Tokenize Dubai Real Estate

tZERO has partnered with ROI Group, a real estate development company, to digitize up to $50 million of preferred equity in a luxury hotel and residential development located in downtown Dubai, according to a release. The tokenization will utilize the Tezos Blockchain. This is said… Read More

Buy Now Pay Later or BNPL Adoption on Track to Reach $7.3B in 2027 with APAC being the Fastest-Growing Region: Report

Buy Now, Pay Later or BNPL adoption is on track to grow significantly in the next few years with the Asia-Pacific region being one of the main drivers. A study performed by Coherent Market Insights reveals that the international BNPL market had been valued at… Read More

China: WeiyangX Fintech Review

NUCC: Online Payment Transactions Reach ¥4.98 Trillion During the Spring Festival Holiday During the Spring Festival Holiday of 2021 (February 11th to February 17th), NetsUnion Clearing Corporation (NUCC) processed a total of 7.937 billion online payment transactions, equal to 4.98 trillion yuan. Compared with the… Read More

Bursa Malaysia to Work with Fintech Firms to Enhance its Operational Efficiency

Bursa Malaysia, the nation’s stock exchange, is reportedly planning to work closely with Fintech firms or other strategic business partners in order to enhance its value proposition and improve its operational efficiency. Bursa Malaysia stated that these efforts should help the exchange grow and take… Read More

Southeast Asian Fintech Grab to Create 350 New Jobs in Singapore during 2021 to Support Business Growth and Development Plans

Southeast Asian Fintech firm Grab has revealed that it will be creating about 350 new jobs in Singapore during 2021 in order to support its ongoing growth and development plans. These new roles and requirements aim to support the Fintech company’s expansion of products and… Read More

Fraudulent Activities via Online Platforms have Increased Significantly as More Transactions are Now Conducted via the Internet

The COVID-19 outbreak has forced individuals and businesses to adopt new working practices and move their operations online. This has led to a considerable increase in fraudulent activities being carried out via digital platforms, because many more transactions are now conducted online or via the… Read More

PDAX Debacle: Modulus CEO Says Crypto Exchange Collapse is Just the Beginning

PDAX, a licensed crypto exchange operating in the Philippines, suffered an outage earlier this month. There have been multiple reports that traders were able to purchase Bitcoin at a steep discount during a time when BTC was trading at new all-time highs. A statement from… Read More

P2P Bitcoin Exchanges Paxful and LocalBitcoins Report Steady Growth of Global Operations including Asian Markets

LocalBitcoins, a peer to peer BTC exchange service, notes that Bitcoin is “swooping” over the world and Asia is now at “the center” of all the action. LocalBitcoins writes in a blog post that this should come as no surprise given all the opportunities Bitcoin… Read More

Ireland based Fintech Fenergo Hires Gary Brookes as Head of Sales for Asia as Company Continues to Expand Global Operations

Dublin-based Fenergo, a Fintech company focused on supporting digital transformation initiatives, has announced the appointment of a new Asia Head of Sales who will be leading growth operations and executing on Fenergo’s innovative Cloud strategy in the APAC region. Fenergo has hired Gary Brookes to… Read More

Digital Assets Firm BlockFi Launches Private Client Services Offering for UHNWIs and Sophisticated Investors in APAC Region

BlockFi Inc., a financial services firm that’s focused on creating a bridge between digital currencies and traditional financial and wealth management products, has revealed that it has launched a Private Client Services offering for investors in the APAC region. BlockFi confirms that the new initiative… Read More

Indonesia: Crowdo Launches Incorporates Digital Banking with SME Services

Crowdo has announced the launch of a new platform in Indonesia that is described as the first “SME digitalization platform powered by Neobank technology.” According to Crowdo, the platform seeks to help businesses digitalize their operations that improve supply chain operations with financial and banking… Read More

Philippines based Moneybees, an OTC Cryptocurrency Service, Launches New Outlets to Support Local Bitcoin, Ethereum Transactions

Moneybees, which claims to be the very first over-the-counter (OTC) cryptocurrency service in the Philippines, has announced that it’s launching three new outlets this month. The outlets are being opened to accommodate the growing demand for OTC transactions among Filipino cryptocurrency traders and investors, according… Read More

Chairman of Dubai’s IBC Group Pledges 100,000 Bitcoin for Miami 2.0 Blockchain Strategy Foundation: Report

  According to multiple reports, Khurram Shroff, chairman of the IBC Group in Dubai, has pledged 100,000 Bitcoin for the Miami 2.0 Blockchain Strategy Foundation. At its current price point, 100,000 BTC is worth a whopping $5 billion. And if some prognosticators get it right,… Read More

Multinational Digital Banking Group Tyme Secures $100M in Capital via Series B Round

Tyme, a multinational digital banking group based in Singapore, has reportedly secured $110 million in capital through a Series B funding round. Tyme is focused on bringing foreign investments into South Africa. TymeBank aims to establish the foundation for its business expansion across ASEAN region,… Read More

P2P Lender Amartha Partners with Lendable, Receives $50 Million Commitment to Lend to Women MSEs

PT Amartha Mikro Fintek a peer-to-peer lender that provides access to capital to micro and small entrepreneurs (MSEs). Founded in 2010, Amartha pivoted into a peer-to-peer lending platform in 2016 and is now one of the biggest P2P lenders in Indonesia. According to Amartha, the… Read More

Global Fintech Investment Activity Recovered Strongly in H2 2020 after COVID-related Slowdown, $105B Raised via 2,861 Deals

Pulse of Fintech H2’20, a bi-annual report on international Fintech investment developments released by KPMG, notes that global Fintech funding across mergers-and-acquisitions (M&A), private equity (PE) and venture capital (VC) stood at $105 billion across 2,861 different deals in 2020. This was reportedly the third-highest… Read More

Advanced Facial Biometrics Now Being Used by Singapore’s DBS Bank to Perform Data Authentication and Verification

Singapore-based DBS Bank Ltd (SGX:D05), a multinational banking and financial services corporation with over $330 billion in assets, is reportedly using facial biometrics for handling online corporate account opening processes for small businesses. This should help the bank with speeding up information authentication and verification…. Read More

MC Payment Ltd becomes First Digital Payments Company to be Listed on Singapore Exchange’s (SGX) Catalist

MC Payment Limited has revealed that it’s now listed on the Singapore Exchange’s (SGX) Catalist. The company claims that it’s the first digital payments platform to be listed on Catalist. With a market cap of around S$139 million (appr. $105.4 million), the listing of MC… Read More

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