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Tencent Credit Launches Public Beta Testing in China On January 30th, Tencent officially launched a public beta testing for its credit service-Tencent Credit. Users may get access to the service by searching “Tencent Credit” within WeChat, complete real-name authentication, bind his/her mobile phone number to… Read More

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P2P lending platform Dianrong Secures $70 million D-round funding On January 24th, online lending platform Dianrong.com announced 70 million US dollars D-round funding. This round of investment was led by ORIX’s wholly-owned-subsidiary ORIX Asia Capital Co., Ltd.. CITIC Securities CITIC Securities subsidiary CITIC Lyon also… Read More

China Restricts Micro-Loans; Alibaba’s Ant Financial Halts Asset-Backed Securities Lending

Following China’s decision to restrict micro-loans, Alibaba’s Ant Financial has reportedly halted its consume loan lending. According to Bloomberg, the company has not sold any asset-backed securities since early December, which was around the time that Chinese officials announced they were requiring micro-lenders to consolidate… 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

Standard Chartered Announces New MOU With Ant Financial

International banking group Standard Chartered Bank announced on Monday it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with digital financial service provider Ant Financial Services Group. The company reported that under the terms of the MOU it will combine its banking expertise and insights in emerging… Read More

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Supply Chain Finance Platform Daokoudai.com Secures ¥100 million Investment led by BCCF On December 13th, online supply chain finance platform Daokoudai.com announced it had receive a ¥100 million A-round funding led by Beijing Cultural Center Fund (BCCF). SinarMas from Indonesia and Zhen Ru Investment Management… 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

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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Tencent Received License to Sell Insurance on WeChat and QQ This week, China Insurance Regulatory Commission (CIRC) announced that it had grant an operation license to Shenzhen Wei Min Insurance Agency Co. Ltd. Tencent owns a majority stake (57.8%) of this new insurer. Fubon Property… Read More

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China Takes Strict Control Over Consumer Credit, Forbidding it to Enter the Real Estate Market It is reported on September 20th that the Guangzhou branches of PBOC and CBRC have jointly issued a statement about consumer credit regulation, forbidding it to enter the real-estate market…. Read More

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Baidu Partners With PayPal to Tap Cross-border Payments On July 28, Baidu annouced a strategic agreement with PayPal to tap oversea merchants as Chinese tech companies ramp up the fight for overseas payment partnerships. The partnership allows Baidu Wallet users to make online purchases outside… 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

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China Issues a Five-Year plan on Fintech Facing the challenges from the online finance industry, the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) and four other departments including the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC), China Banking Regulatory Commission (CBRC), China Insurance Regulatory Commission (CIRC) and Standardization Administration… Read More

3 Takeaways from Mary Meeker’s 2017 Internet Trends Report

This article highlights three takeaways for Fintech firms from Mary Meeker’s 355-page-long report: 1) The Internet’s center of gravity shifts to Asia; 2) The biggest get bigger; 3) Fintechs must use gamification to improve customer engagement. Since 2001, Mary Meeker, a Partner at venture capital… Read More

Here is the Presentation that Explains How Ant Financial, Part of Alibaba, Will Dominate Finance

Alibaba has been a trailblazer in many ways. One area that Alibaba wants to dominate is finance for both consumers and SMEs and they are well on their way.  Ant Financial, their financial services subsidiary, is executing on this vision and last week Eric Jing,… Read More

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Chinese Tech Giant Baidu to Quit Crowdfunding Market Search engine giant Baidu Inc. is to quit crowdfunding market and pay more attention on artificial intelligence”]. Users will not see the “Baidu Crowdfunding” channel when they log in their Baidu Finance account, but will still be… Read More

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Financial Technology Becomes a New Spotlight of the Belt and Road Initiative Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, also known as the Belt and Road Initiative, was held in Beijing on May 14-15. President Xi Jinping highlighted the role that financial technology has played… Read More

Alibaba Invests In Its First Fintech Company In Hong Kong

As reported by Forbes today, Alibaba has invested in online invoice exchange marketplace Qupital, marking the Chinese e-commerce giant’s first foray into fintech investment in Hong Kong. Qupital raised a total of $2 million in its seed round. Accounts Receivable Marketplace Qupital bills itself as Hong Kong’s… Read More