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Ripple Acquires 40% Stake in Asian Payments Fintech Tranglo

Ripple has agreed to acquire a 40% stake in cross-border payments Fintech Tranglo, according to a public release. Tranglo, based in Malaysia but operates across Asia, reports 1300 partners having completed 20 million transactions at $4 billion in value. Tranglo claims to be one of… Read More

Asia: P2P Lending Investment Outlook for HNWIs and Institutional Investors

The ASEAN economy is expected to become the fourth-largest economy in the world by 2030, growing at a pace of over 5% per year. Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are the biggest contributors to this regional growth — they account for between 89% and 99%… 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

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

Insurtech: Hong Kong’s ZA Tech and Digital Wallet Provider OVO to Offer Insurance Tech Capabilities to Indonesian Firms

Hong Kong based ZA Tech, a technology venture launched by insurance firm ZhongAn Online and supported by the Softbank Vision Fund, has revealed that it teamed up with the holding company of digital wallet OVO. Through the partnership, both organizations will offer insurance providers in… Read More

Fintech Sector in Brunei Is Growing Steadily as Demand for Remittance Services and Better Credit Solutions Rises: Report

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Brunei’s Fintech sector continues to grow steadily due to the rising demand for digital financial services and its government’s push to encourage its residents to use modern payment methods. Brunei has the second-highest (after Singapore) human development index or HDI (which measures the overall quality… Read More

Majority of ASEAN Region Fintech Firms are Planning to Raise Additional Funds while Expanding Operations in 2021: Report

Four in five or 80% of Fintech companies in the ASEAN region are focused on expanding their operations following the COVID-19 outbreak. ASEAN member countries include Brunei, Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, Timor-Leste, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. A report from UOB, PwC… Read More

Singapore based Financial Technology Firms Secured the Most Funding Compared to All Other ASEAN Region Fintechs: Report

Singapore has managed to attract the highest total funding amount (at 42%) in the ASEAN region – which includes other major Southeast Asian economies such as Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines, among others. Overall investor interest in Singapore’s Fintech companies continues to remain quite… Read More

Southeast Asia’s Startups are Ripe for Investors Looking for the World’s Next Generation of Tech Stars

Emerging from the pandemic while other regions are still in the midst of crisis is giving the region an advantage.  The venture market in Southeast Asia has grown exponentially in the last five years but it’s not too late for LPs to dive in. While… Read More

Thailand Is Now Home to 96 Fintech Startups including Crowdfunding, Insurtech, Remittance Payments Services: Report

During the past few years, the Fintech sector in Thailand has grown significantly. The country is now home to at least 96 Fintech startups. Thailand’s Fintech ecosystem includes companies and businesses operating in the digital payments space, blockchain or distributed ledger tech (DLT). There are… Read More

Online Lender IN Financial’s Cash-IN-Asia Unit Secures $3.7 Million+ via Round led by DeClout Ventures

Online lender IN Financial through its subsidiary Cash-IN-Asia has secured S$5 million (appr. $3.74 million) in capital via an investment round that was led by Singapore’s VC venture firm DeClout Ventures. IN Financial is a Singapore-headquartered financing platform that’s enhanced by artificial intelligence (AI) and… Read More

Southeast Asia has Emerged as Fintech Hotspot with CAGR of 55% in Equity Funding: Report

  Digital challenger banks have adopted several different business models in order to establish operations in the Fintech and banking sector. They’ve experienced a threefold growth (over 300% growth) during the past five years, according to a new report from the Singapore Fintech Association (SFA)…. Read More

Fintech Firms Active.ai, Cardup, Funding Societies, PolicyPal, Transwap Receive New Investments from Singapore’s AMTD

AMTD recently revealed that it has invested in several Fintech firms, as a part of its Singapore Solidarity Fund, under the purview of the ASEAN Solidarity Fund Group. AMTD has reportedly invested in the operations of Active.ai, Cardup, Funding Societies, PolicyPal, and Transwap. AMTD maintains… Read More

Southeast Asian Country of Vietnam Needs More Qualified Professionals, Better Policies to Expand Fintech Sector

Vietnam reportedly doesn’t have enough skilled professionals needed to support the growth of the nation’s Fintech focused economy. The Southeast Asian country is home to more than 96 million residents, making it the world’s 15th most populous nation. Its GDP stands at around $250 billion…. Read More

Copenhagen Fintech Partners with United Nations Development Fund to Launch Operations in Singapore to Address Climate Change, Alleviate Poverty

Copenhagen Fintech, a Denmark based organization supporting financial technology, is teaming up with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and several other organizations in order to help Nordic Fintechs with launching operations in Singapore. The initiative is aimed at assisting Nordic Fintechs with setting up… Read More

Over 240 Fintech Firms Operating in Indonesia, a Leading Southeast Asian and Global Economy: Report

Indonesia, which has one of the largest economies in Southeast Asia and also ranked high globally, has emerged as a fast-growing Fintech hub. It’s estimated that in the next five years, digital financial services revenues in Indonesia will reach $8.6 billion, meaning they’re increasing at… Read More

Digital Banking Competition in Southeast Asia Should Intensify as there’s been a Boom in Fintech Investments: Report

Southeast (SE) Asia is home to an unbanked population of around 290 million, according to a recent report from Fitch Ratings. Fintech solutions can enable more widespread financial inclusion, and could potentially increase the GDP of emerging markets by $3.7 trillion, according to an updated… Read More

Bank of Thailand Signs Fintech focused MoU with UK Government, Aimed at Supporting Sustainable Economic Growth

The United Kingdom and the Bank of Thailand (BoT) have reportedly committed to a Memorandum or Understanding (MoU) on financial services, in order to support inclusive economic growth and development. The UK government and the BoT signed the MoU on August 7, 2020, according to… Read More

$300 Billion Funding Gap for SMEs in Southeast Asia Is Critical because they Account for 42% of Region’s GDP: Report

Financing for SMEs is severely limited in certain regions of the world. Many different peer to peer (P2P) lending platforms have been launched in order to provide much-needed capital to small businesses. The SME Finance Forum reveals that 41% of formal micro, small and medium… Read More

Fintech Is Emerging as a “Crucial Means of Support” for MSMEs during COVID-19, According to the First Circle Growth Finance Team

Benedict Carandang and Lee-Anne Tobias from First Circle Growth Finance, a company that offers financing services to qualified SMEs in the Philippines that sell to other businesses or government agencies, note in a blog post published on the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) official website that… Read More

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