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Fintech, Digital Commerce, Logistics Expected to Lead to Solid Economic Growth in the Phillipines: Report

The time is “ripe” for the Philippines to take its place on the global stage as an important player in the technology space, according to a new report. The Philippines’ local technology market is still developing: While a digital economic gap currently exists, there’s strong… Read More

Bank of Negara Malaysia and Payments Network Malaysia or PayNet to Enhance Cross-Border Transactions

Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) and Payments Network Malaysia (PayNet) will reportedly be taking part in Project Nexus by working cooperatively with various partners on a proof-of-concept (PoC) to enhance the cost and speed of performing international payments. Project Nexus will aim to look into the… Read More

Latvia based Fintech Jeff App Finalizes $1.5M Seed Extension Led by J12 Ventures

Jeff App, the Latvian Fintech company offering a data-powered loan brokerage platform for unbanked or financially underserved consumers in Asia, has finalized a $1.5 million seed extension round, which was led by J12 Ventures. Jeff App has now secured a total of $2.5 million. Other… Read More

93 Fintech focused Initiatives Approved for Proof-of-Concept Subsidy Scheme, Cyberport in Hong Kong Reveals

Cyberport recently confirmed that the application stage for Phase 2 of the Fintech Proof-of-Concept Subsidy Scheme, commissioned by the Financial Services and the Treasury Bureau (FSTB), had been closed at the end of June 2021. As mentioned in a release, dated August 26, 2021: “Together… Read More

HSBC to Acquire 100% of AXA Insurance Issued Share Capital in Singapore for $575M, Subject to Regulatory Approval

HSBC Holdings plc (NYSE: HSBC), a British multinational investment bank and financial services holding company, reveals that it has committed to an agreement to acquire 100% of AXA Insurance issued share capital in Singapore for $575 million. The goal or aim of this transaction is… Read More

Virtual Banking Fintech BigPay Acquires $100M from South Korean Conglomerate SK Group

Digital banking challenger BigPay, which is one of the fastest-growing Fintechs in the ASEAN region, recently revealed that it has acquired $100 million in funding from South Korea’s conglomerate SK Group. As noted by its management: “BigPay [is] on a mission to challenge traditional banking… Read More

ASEAN Financial Innovation Network Confirms Appointment of H.E. Serey Chea, Others as Advisors, Board Members

The ASEAN Financial Innovation Network (AFIN) recently confirmed the appointment of H.E Serey Chea, Prof. Olayinka David-West as advisors and Latha Ayyar as an independent director to its board. The ASEAN Financial Innovation Network (AFIN) has been established in order to facilitate innovation and cooperation… Read More

ASEAN Financial Innovation Network Partners with R3 on CBDCs

The ASEAN Financial Innovation Network (AFIN) has partnered with R3 to build and test central bank digital currencies (CBDCs). CBDCs have emerged as a hot topic of governmental innovation – fueled in part by the rise of stablecoins utilized as digital references of fiat currency…. Read More

GHL Systems to Offer Flexible Payment Options in ASEAN Region with Visa Instalments

GHL Systems has teamed up with payments giant Visa (NYSE:V) in order to become the first in the ASEAN region to offer Visa Instalments for customers using the eGHL Payment Gateway platform. Visa Instalments works by turning pre-approved issuer credit lines into installment payment options… Read More

Malaysian Fintech MyMy Given Conditional Approval from Bank Negara as Company Prepares for Digital Wallet Launch

MyMy revealed on Monday (April 26, 2021) that it has obtained conditional approval for a large scheme E-money license from Bank Negara Malaysia, the nation’s central bank. The Fintech firm is now planning to launch its digital wallet services in the coming year. Until all… Read More

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

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