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Singapore Fintech Lightnet Expands Reach Throughout Asia Pacific

Lightnet, a Singapore headquartered fintech company, announced on Wednesday its now expanding its reach throughout the Asia Pacific region. This news comes less than six months after Lightnet secured $31.2 million through its Series A financing round.  Founded in 2018, Lightnet is dedicated to improving the… Read More

MoneyGram Teams Up With Korean Fintech Global Money Express to Further Accelerate Digital Growth

Digital money transfer service MoneyGram (NASDAQ: MGI) announced on Tuesday it has formed a partnership with Korean fintech, Global Money Express (GME). According to MoneyGram, the partnership enables GME customers to connect to the MoneyGram platform and distribution network in more than 200 countries and… Read More

Lufax Holding’s Subsidiary LUI HK Secures Three Financial Business Licenses in Hong Kong

Ping An Insurance (Group) Company of China, Ltd. (HKEx:2318; SSE:601318) announced on Tuesday that Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) has granted Lu International (Hong Kong) Limited (LUI HK), a subsidiary of Lufax Holding (“Lufax“), a Type 1 (Dealing in Securities) license. Ping An Insurance… Read More

5G Predicted to Boost Financial Inclusion in Asia

The new 5G mobile technology stands to boost financial inclusion in Asia, according to a prediction distributed by Robocash Group. The online lender says that about 3 million of the unbanked and underbanked will gain access to financial services in both Vietnam and the Philippines… Read More

Singapore Fintech GoBear Secures $17 Million Through Latest Investment Round to Expand Financial Services For Asian Markets

GoBear, a Singapore-based fintech, has reportedly secured $17 million through its latest investment round. The investment brings GoBear’s total funding to $97 million. Founded in 2014, GoBear claims to be Asia’s leading financial supermarket whose purpose is to improve financial health. The platform empowers consumers… Read More

MoneyGram Joins Forces With Korean Fintech E9Pay

Digital money transfer service MoneyGram (NASDAQ: MGI) announced on Tuesday it has formed a new partnership with E9Pay, a money transfer and payment fintech company based in Korea. According to MoneyGram,  the partnership enables E9Pay customers to connect to the MoneyGram platform and distribution network… Read More

Bithumb Announces Integration With Blockchain-Based Digital ID Organization MyID Alliance

South Korean cryptocurrency exchange Bithumb announced on Tuesday it has integrated with blockchain-based digital identification organization, MyID Alliance. Bithumb claims it is the first Korean virtual asset exchange to implement the distributed identification (DID) service performed by the organization. Bithumb Korea will notably participate as… Read More

Digital Asset Marketplace Apifiny Receives Crypto License Exemption in Singapore

Apifiny, a digital asset marketplace that seeks to enable institutional trading across multiple regulated exchanges, announced on Tuesday it has been granted an exemption by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) from holding a license under that country’s Payment Services Act (PSA). Founded in 2019, Apifiny describes itself… Read More

JPMorgan Launches Electronic Foreign Exchange Trading & Pricing Engine in Singapore

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Global financial services giant JPMorgan recently announced it has established an electronic foreign exchange (FX) trading and pricing engine in Singapore. The launch was notably launched with support from the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS). JPMorgan reported that the new trading engine, which was first… Read More

Wirecard Announces New Partnership With Southeast Asian Ride-Hailing Giant Grab

Just a couple of weeks after Securing more than $800 million from Japanese investors, Southeastern Asian ride-hailing services Grab has formed a new partnership with Germany-based global provider of digital payments and commerce solutions Wirecard. The companies revealed that through the partnership, they will see Wirecard… Read More

Bank Negara Malaysia Releases Updated Exposure Draft for Digital Banks, Proposing Simplified Regulatory Framework for Banking Challengers

Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) has released an updated exposure draft, which covers the licensing guidelines for all-digital banks. The draft from the nation’s central bank proposes a simplified set of regulations for neobanks. Bank Negara officials noted that the simplifications intend to reduce regulatory pressure… Read More

Fintech Is “Rapidly” Becoming a Key Part of Malaysia’s Financial Sector, with “Considerable Promise” for Expansion: IMF

The International Monetary Fund (IMF), an international organization based in Washington, D.C., consisting of 189 different countries that aim to improve monetary cooperation worldwide, maintain financial stability, and facilitate global trade, acknowledged that Fintech has become a part of everyday life in Malaysia. The IMF… Read More

Regtech: Taiwan’s CoolBitX, a Blockchain Security Firm, Secures $16.75 Million in Funding via Round Led By SBI Holdings

Asia-based CoolBitX, a leading blockchain or distributed ledger tech (DLT) security firm, has acquired $16.75 million in capital through a Series B investment round from several large investors. CoolBitX’s funding round was led by Japan-based financial services company SBI Holdings. Monex Group, South Korean crypto-asset… Read More

Grab Secures More Than $850 Million Through Japanese Investors, Including Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc. & TIS Inc.

Just days after Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc. (MUFJ) was reportedly set to invest more than $700 million in Grab, the Southeast Asian ride-hailing giant announced it secured more than $800 million from Japanese investors, which includes MUFJ and also  TIS Inc. As previously reported,… Read More

Envestnet | Yodlee Announces Acquisition of Financial Data Aggregation & Analytics Platform Provide FinBit.io

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Envestnet | Yodlee (NYSE: ENV), a data aggregation and analytics platform for digital financial services provider, announced on Tuesday it has acquired FinBit.io, a financial data aggregation and analytics platform provider for the India and Asia market. Founded in 2017,  FinBit.io describes itself as a data analytics… Read More

Japan’s MUFG to Reportedly Invest More Than $700 in South Asian Ride-Hailing Service Grab

Japan’s Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc. (MUFG) is set to invest more than $700 million in Southeast Asian ride-hailing giant Grab. According to Bloomberg, the MUFG intends to market a range of financial services from insurance to loans to Grab’s users. Founded in 2012, Grab… Read More

French Fintech EasyEuro Secures $4 Million Through Latest Funding Round to Launch Neobank For SME traders between Europe & Asia

EasyEuro, a France-based fintech startup, announced this week it secured $4 million through its latest investment round, which was led by Shanghai-based Ally Capital, with participation from seed investors SwiftPass, Geoswift, Huashan Capital and Unity Assets. The funds will be used to launch EasyEuro’s neobank… Read More

Payments & Financial Crime Compliance Solutions Provider Pelican Announces Expansion to South Korea Through Strategic Partnership With CMSoft

Pelican, a global provider of AI-powered payments and financial crime compliance solutions for banks and corporates, announced on Tuesday it has expanded its global sales reach by partnering with CMSoft Co., Ltd in South Korea. According to Pelican, the new strategic partnership will enable the company… Read More

Grab Announces Acquisition of Wealth Tech Startup Bento

Singapore-based ride-hailing company Grab announced on Tuesday it is set to acquire Bento Invest Pte Ltd, a Singapore-based robot-advisory startup. Grab reported that with the acquisition, Bento will be rebranded to GrabInvest, which will be a new core business vertical under Grab’s financial services arm,… Read More

CBDC: Bank of Japan’s Deputy Governor Masayoshi Amamiya Confirms Reserve Bank has No Immediate Plans to Launch Its Own Virtual Currency

The Bank of Japan (BoJ), the nation’s central bank, has been working on a virtual currency project for several years. The BoJ must be prepared to issue digital currencies if technical innovations in international settlement systems will increase consumer demand, the bank’s deputy governor noted… Read More

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