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Singapore Fintech Volopay Secures $2.1 Million Through Seed Funding Round Led By Tinder Co-Founder Justin Mateen

  Volopay, a Singapore-based fintech startup, announced on Tuesday it secured $2.1 million through its Seed funding round, which was led by Tinder Founder, Justin Mateen, with participation from Soma Capital, CP Ventures, Y Combinator, VentureSouq, and Razorpay Founders. Founded in 2019, Volopay describes itself… Read More

Digital Payments are Now Being Used by A Third of Indian Households with Usage Spread Across Different Income Groups: Survey

A third or around 33% of households in India are now using digital payments, with usage being evenly spread across different income groups, according to a survey performed by the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) and People Research on India’s Consumer Economy (Price). The… Read More

Monetary Authority of Singapore and Nation’s Association of Banks are Encouraging Consumers to Use E-Gifting for Lunar New Year

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), the nation’s central bank and financial regulator, is encouraging the country’s residents to use e-hong baos, which are monetary gifts handed out in envelopes, during the upcoming Lunar New Year. Singapore’s Association of Banks (ABS) said it would be… Read More

Bill and Melinda Gates are Now Backing New Digital Payments System in Pakistan which Supports Financial Inclusion for Women

Pakistan has introduced a state-managed instant digital payments platform in order to promote greater financial inclusion. The new online payments system, Raast, has been launched to support women who might have been financially marginalized or unable to access modern financial services for a long time…. Read More

Asian Fintech Grab May Pursue US IPO

Southeast Asian Fintech Grab may pursue an initial public offering (IPO) during 2021, according to a report. Fintech is expected to be a hot sector for initial public offers this year with two already being completed. Last week, Affirm (NASDAQ:AFRM) blew the doors off its IPO…. Read More

Digital and Mobile-First CIMB Bank in the Philippines Reports 800% Increase in Customer Deposits, 3 Million+ Users

CIMB Bank Philippines, which aims to transform the Filipino banking experience with its all-digital, mobile-first bank, “offering 24/7 safe and secure banking, bank account opening in just 10 minutes through smartphones,” is reporting that it has managed to double its deposit customer base. Launched in… Read More

Bitcoin Mining Is to Blame, at least Partially, for Massive Blackouts in Iran, the Nation’s Government Claims

There have reportedly been massive blackouts and smog that have hit several cities in Iran. It’s being described as quite a toxic mix as the nation, which is facing serious economic challenges and crippling US-led sanctions, is now also having to deal with the region’s… Read More

China: WeiyangX Fintech Review

The Peoples Bank of China Issues the “Administrative Measures for Credit Investigation (Draft for Comment)” On January 11th, the People’s Bank of China (PBC) issued the “Administrative Measures for Credit Investigation (Draft for Comment)” (hereinafter referred to as “Measures”). The seven-chapters of the document covered… Read More

Fintech Alliance in the Philippines and Private Business Entities are Supporting Corporate Recovery and Tax Incentives for Enterprises Bill

The Fintech Alliance in the Philippines, which aims to support the nation’s economic and social development goals, has teamed up with 43 other private business organizations in the country in order to express their support for the Corporate Recovery and Tax Incentives for Enterprises (CREATE)… Read More

Vietnam’s Digital Wallet MoMo Acquires $100 Million in Capital via Series D Round led by Goodwater, Warburg Fincus

Vietnam’s digital wallet provider MoMo reveals that it has secured $100 million in capital via its Series D funding round, which was co-led by Goodwater, a Silicon Valley-based fund, and Warburg Pincus. New investors also made contributions to MoMo’s investment round, including Kora Management and… Read More

New Digital Banking Services to be Offered by Standard Chartered and Indonesia’s Bukalapak via the Nexus Platform

Standard Chartered has teamed up with Indonesia’s Bukalapak in order to offer digital banking services which will be hosted via the Nexus platform, an established Banking-as-a-Service (BaaS) solution by SC Ventures. Standard Chartered and Bukalapak will be working closely so that they can provide innovation… Read More

Fintech Firms in Indonesia Attracted Substantial Funding throughout 2020 Along with Digital Commerce and SaaS Platforms: Report

Indonesia-based Fintech platforms and services have continued to receive substantial investments despite the COVID outbreak. These Fintechs have acquired a significant portion of the total funds invested in Indonesian startups throughout 2020. According to reports, Fintechs in the country have acquired more capital than software-as-a-service… Read More

Fintech Division of Grab Secures $300 Million in Capital via Round led by Hanwha Asset Management

Grab Financial Group (GFG), the Fintech services division of Grab, has revealed that it has secured more than $300 million in capital through its Series A investment round – which was led by Hanwha Asset Management Co. Ltd., a South Korea based asset management firm…. Read More

Alternative Credit Solution Provider FinScore Partners UnionBank to Provide Online Lending Services

UnionBank in the Philippines has teamed up with FinScore, an alternative credit scoring solution provider that’s powered by advanced analytics and the latest telco data. Through the partnership, both organizations will aim to promote market efficiencies and help consumers access a wide range of digital… Read More

Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation’s Digital Banking Solution, DiskarTech, Is Now Number 1 Fintech App in the Philippines

DiskarTech, which is Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation’s (RCBC) digital banking platform, has become the number 1 finance or Fintech app in the Philippines to have launched services in 2020 across distribution platforms in terms of total downloads, according to App Annie (a provider of analytics… Read More

Malaysia based P2P Financing Platform microLEAP Acquires $800,000 in Capital to Expand Business Operations

Malaysia-based microLEAP, a platform that provides conventional and Islamic or Shariah-compliant peer-to-peer (P2P) financing options, has acquired RM 3.25 million (appr. $800,000) in capital. The platform’s investment round consists of RM 1.25 million in equity and a RM 2 million advance. The funds raised will… Read More

TNG Digital in Malaysia Is Reportedly one of the First Digital Wallet Providers to be Approved as a Recognized Market Operator

Touch ‘n Go (TNG) Group’s subsidiary TNG Digital Sdn Bhd (TNGD) is reportedly one of the first digital wallet providers to be given conditional approval to serve as a Recognized Market Operator (RMO) by the Securities Commission of Malaysia (SC). TNG’s management noted that they’re… Read More

OurCrowd Has Stellar 2020, Expects Solid 2021: A Discussion with OurCrowd CEO Jon Medved

OurCrowd is a leading venture marketplace where smaller (accredited) investors can participate in private securities offerings alongside really big investors. A recent example is where JumpCloud, an enterprise cloud service provider, raised $100 million in a Series E Round. OurCrowd’s name was alongside high profile… Read More

QR Code Payments Users Is Expected to Surpass 2.2 Billion within Next 5 Years: Report

A recent study released by Juniper Research has revealed that the total number of QR code payment users is expected to surpass 2.2 billion within 5 years, which is up significantly from 1.5 billion in 2020. This would be almost 30% of all mobile phone… Read More

Digital Financial Services from Chinese Banks are Generally Better than other APAC Countries, and Some European, North American Providers: Report

A recently published whitepaper from Massachusetts-based International Data Corporation (IDC) and Huawei examines how banking institutions across the globe have been dealing with the COVID-19 outbreak. The paper identifies or recommends the way forward in a post COVID world which is now considered the “new… Read More

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