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Chinese Fintech Ant Group’s Business Restructuring May Impact its Revenue and Profit Growth, Could Force Firm to Raise More Capital

After facing increasing pressure from Chinese authorities, billionaire Jack Ma’s Fintech firm Ant Group is now focused on restructuring its business operations in order to serve as a financial holding company. The Ant Group has also been focused on positioning itself as an Internet-tech firm… Read More

Ant Group and CIMB Owned Online Wallet Provider TNG Digital Is Reportedly Planning to Secure $150M to Support Expansion Efforts

TNG Digital, the digital wallet provider that was launched via a joint initiative between CIMB Bank and China’s Ant Financial (now Ant Group), is reportedly planning to secure $150 million in capital according to a recent report from Reuters. The Malaysian digital wallet operator, owned… Read More

President Trump Signs Executive Order to Ban US Transactions with Chinese Fintech Apps like Alipay, Tencent’s Digital Wallets

US President Donald Trump has signed an order that aims to place a ban on US transactions with eight major Chinese apps – which reportedly includes Ant Group’s Alipay and Tencent Holdings’ online wallets. Notably, this order has arrived just days before the Trump administration… Read More

China’s Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission Orders All Local Firms to Investigate their Fintech Businesses

China’s banking and insurance regulator stated on December 31, 2020 (Thursday) that all Internet-based platforms in the country should investigate their Fintech-related businesses to ensure that they’re following regulatory guidelines and must also address any shortcomings. China‘s financial regulators have held discussions with Alibaba’s (NYSE:BABA)… Read More

The Top Ten Fintech Predictions for 2021

Fintech enthusiasts welcome back to my 5th annual “Top Ten” Fintech prediction series. This year I’ve met a lot of powerful movers and shakers in the Fintech space. My take away from these meetings and interactions is how little do I know about this ever-expanding… Read More

The Time of COVID: The Biggest Fintech Stories of 2020

2020 was a challenging year for the entire world. The ongoing health crisis surprised everyone as the world dove into a pandemic, pummeling the global economy and impacting everyone. In many respects, Fintech emerged as a beneficiary of COVID-19. Digital transformation of financial services were… Read More

Firms Secured More Capital via Stock Market Listings in 2020 than Any Other Year, Except 2007: Report

Firms secured more capital via stock market listings in 2020 than in any other year, except for 2007, as a recovery in equities valuations managed to attract various firms and blank-cheque acquisition vehicles were increasingly used to carry out listings in US markets. The hot… Read More

Chinese Regulators Order Billionaire Jack Ma’s Fintech Ant Group to Return to its Payments Services Business, Place New Restrictions

Chinese regulatory authorities have ordered billionaire Jack Ma’s Fintech firm Ant Group Co. to return to offering payments services, instead of attempting to expand its operations into consumer loans or wealth management. China’s reserve bank officials recently held discussions with Ant Group’s management and instructed… Read More

The Four Digital Banks of Singapore

Earlier this month, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) announced the first four digital banks approved by the regulator. The first digital banks out of the gate are the culmination of a multi-year process where MAS. In June 2019, MAS announced it would approve up… Read More

China: WeiyangX Fintech Review

WeBank Reduces Upper Limit of Microloan to ¥200,000 WeBank, the Tencent-backed digital bank, announced that it would reduce the upper limit of its microloan product (Weilidai) from ¥300,000 to ¥200,000 from December 26th. According to WeBank, the reduction was a response to the “Commercial Bank… Read More

Alibaba Under Investigation. Will Ant Group Ever IPO?

Chinese regulators are said to be investigating whether Alibaba (NYSE:BABA) has been engaging in non-competitive practices. Simultaneously, Ant Group – a top Fintech, is receiving additional scrutiny. Ant Group is the parent company of Alipay, China’s largest mobile payment platform. Additionally, it has been widely… Read More

Embedded Insurance May Offer $3 Trillion Market Opportunity According to Business Transformation Specialist Simon Torrance

Simon Torrance, Advisor to Boards and Leadership teams on business model transformation, platform strategy, and digital ventures, claims that embedded insurance is a $3 trillion market opportunity, which may help “close the protection gap.” Torrance, a Senior Advisor at Rainmaking, explains that embedded insurance is… Read More

Monetary Authority of Singapore Announces the First Four Digital Banks to Receive Regulatory Approval

Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) announced on June 28, 2019, that it would issue up to two digital full bank (DFB) licenses and three digital wholesale bank (DWB) licenses. Last June, MAS announced that 14 out of 21 applications to become digital banks have met… Read More

Chinese Regulators to Introduce “Special” and “Innovative” Regulatory Guidelines for Fintech Giants like Ant Group, Tencent Holdings

China is reportedly planning to introduce “special” and “innovative” regulatory guidelines for  Fintech giants like billionaire Jack Ma’s Ant Group Co., which is a subsidiary of the Alibaba Group Holding (NYSE:BABA). Regulators in China aim to create new policies so they can eliminate monopolistic practices… 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

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

Straight From the Top: Chinese President Xi Jinping Said to Personally Hit Pause on Ant Group IPO

Ant Group was expected to be the largest Fintech initial public offering (IPO) ever at a valuation of around $35 billion. With just days until a listing on both the Shanghai Exchange and the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, regulators in China slammed the breaks on… Read More

Ant Group Is Reportedly Moving Forward with Digital Banking License Application in Singapore, Despite Halted IPO Plans

Ant Group, which was previously known as Ant Financial, the world’s most valuable Fintech firm and a subsidiary of the Alibaba Group Holding (NYSE:BABA), will be moving forward with its application for a digital banking license in Singapore. This, despite the Fintech giant’s (potential) record… Read More

Translated: Shanghai Stock Exchange Statement Suspending Ant Group’s IPO

In a crushing move by the Shanghai Stock Exchange, Ant Group’s highly anticipated listing on the exchange was suspended, hitting pause on what was poised to be the largest public offering of a Fintech ever. Ant Group was planning to simultaneously list on both the… Read More

Pushing Pause: Ant Group Listing on Shanghai Exchange Postponed

Following a meeting with Chinese regulators, Ant Group’s listing on the Shanghai exchange has been postponed. Poised to become the largest ever Fintech IPO at $34 billion, the hurdle is a disappointing twist for founder Jack Ma – one of the wealthiest entrepreneurs in the… Read More

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