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Alibaba Submits Blockchain Patent Applications that Allow “administrative intervention” On October 6th, Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba applied for a blockchain system patent, allowing third-party administrators to perform “special treatment” (e.g. suspend a smart contract or freeze an account associated with an illegal activity). For example,… Read More

People’s Bank Admits It Was Behind Spate of Recent Anti-Crypto Measures in China

The People’s Bank of China admitted today that it is responsible for coordinating and initiating a spate of recent measures designed to quash cryptocurrency and ICO (initial coin offering) activity China. The bank says its National Internet Financial Risk Special Remediation Leading Group has been orchestrating… Read More

Alibaba’s Ant Financial Secures Approximately $14 Billion Through Series C Equity Financing Round to Accelerate Globalization & Technology Innovation

Chinese fintech and Alibaba-affiliated Ant Financial Service Group announced on Friday it secured approximately $14 billion through its Series C Equity Funding round, which includes an RMB tranche raised by the company from domestic investors and a USD tranche raised by Ant international Co., Limited, a wholly… Read More

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PBOC Bans Unauthorized APP to Access Credit Rating System Recently, the People’s Bank of China (PBOC), China’s central bank, issued a document named, “Notice on Further Strengthening the Management of Credit Information Security” (Yinfa [2018] No. 102) (hereinafter referred to as “Document No. 102”), to… Read More

Alibaba Music Chairman Gao Xiaosong Defends Cryptocurrencies on Talk Show

According to 8btc, Gao Xiaosong, host of the #1 talk show in China and Chairman of Alibaba Music, defended cryptocurrencies in an episode of “Morning Call” aired last Friday. “I cannot figure out why so many people are mean to virtual currency. (After all) currencies… Read More

Alibaba’s Ant Financial is Preparing to Raise $9 Billion in Upcoming Private Funding Round

Chinese fintech and Alibaba-affiliated Ant Financial is preparing to launch a private funding round in order to secure up to $9 billion. According to various reports, the company is increasing the funding target from previous funding rounds that sought up to $5 billion. Ant Financial’s previous fundraising round… Read More

Hong Kong Trade Finance Platform Qupital Signs Financial Strategy Agreement With Alibaba

Qupital, a Hong Kong-based trade finance platform, announced last week it has signed a financial strategy agreement with Alibaba. According to Qupital, The collaboration enables qualified Gold Supplier members of Alibaba to free up working capital easier through its platform. It was also reported: “Under this agreement, Alibaba Gold… Read More

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China Issues its First Personal Credit Rating License On February 22, the People’s Bank of China published an announcement about setting up personal credit rating agencies. According to the document, Baihang Credit Rating Co., Ltd., was granted the first personal credit rating license in China,… Read More

Shut Down: Alibaba’s Ant Financial Blocked by US Government on Acquisition of MoneyGram

Ant Financial, part of tech conglomerate Alibaba, announced its intent to purchase MoneyGram (NASDAQ: MGI)  a year ago. The acquisition would have combined MoneyGram’s money transfer network of 2.4 billion bank and mobile accounts with Alibaba’s fast growing global Fintech presence. MoneyGram is currently active in… Read More

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People’s Bank of China Official Shares Opinions About Fintech Sandbox During the third development forum held by Shanghai Payment & Clearing Association, Li Wei, head of the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) science and technology division, highlighted the importance of setting up trial-and-error mechanisms for… Read More

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Robo-advisors Now Required to Gain License to Operate in Mainland China On November 17th, top financial regulators in mainland China (including PBOC, CBRC, CSRC, CIRC and SAFE) released a new set of rules covering the country’s asset management market. It is the first time that… Read More

Huge: Mobile Lending Company WeLab Raises $220 Million with Backing from Alibaba

One of the fastest growing Fintech’s in China has raised USD $220 million. WeLab, a Hong Kong-based mobile lending platform founded in 2013, has closed funding round of $220 million including both strategic debt and equity funding with the backing of Alibaba Hong Kong Entrepreneurs Fund,… Read More

Ant Financial Puts IPO on Hold; Plans More Startups & Artificial Intelligence Investments

Chinese fintech and Alibaba-affiliated Ant Financial revealed this week it is putting its Initial Public Offering (IPO) plans on hold and is now focused on investing in more startups and artificial intelligence (AI). The news of Ant Financial’s plans comes less than a year after… Read More

Alipay Collaborates With Poynt to Begin North American Expansion

Digital payment platform Alipay announced on Thursday it has teamed up with smart terminal provider Poynt to enable its Chinese users to pay with its services through all Poynt devices in North America. The duo revealed that through their new agreement, Alipay’s Chinese users visiting North America… Read More

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CBRC Issues Official Information Disclosures Guidelines for P2P Lending Platforms On August 25th, the China Banking Regulatory Commission (CBRC) officially unveiled the final version of Guidelines on Online Lending Information Disclosure Requirement. The document was released based on a pilot tighter information disclosure initiative announced… Read More

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Alibaba’s Yuebao Reduces Credit Limit for Personal Balance to RMB 100,000 Alibaba’s Yuebao is now the nation’s largest money market fund with assets hitting RMB 1.43 trillion (US$210.18 billion) as of the end of July, up sharply from the end of last year. On August… Read More

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National Financial Work Conference Points Out Clear Way for Building Financial ‘Super Regulator’ The two-day national financial work conference held from July 14-15 in Beijing came up with major principles for the country’s financial work, and make statements about direct financing and the construction of… Read More

Hong Kong Fintech CompareAsia Group Adds to List of Impressive Investors

The Hong Kong Fintech startup CompareAsia Group has recently completed a $50 million round of funding, led by World Bank’s lending group the International Finance Corp (IFC). CompareAsia Group has already stimulated some excitement in the past, attracting the Goldman Sachs Investment Partners and Ace… Read More

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Ant Financial Brings Artificial Intelligence to Auto Insurance On June 27th, The Alibaba Group financial affiliate rolled out an artificial intelligence-driven, image-recognition system to aid vehicle insurance claims adjusters in operating faster and more efficiently. In its demonstration in Beijing, Ant pitted man against machine,… Read More

Alibaba Must Acquire Starbucks, WeWork, Airbnb, Uber, Tesla & PayPal

During July 2016, I was part of a delegation of US Fintech executives visiting our counterparts in Hong Kong, Shenzhen, and Shanghai, China. We toured and visited some of the most exciting Fintech platforms in China such as LuFax, CreditEase, Tencent (the creator of WeChat),… Read More

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