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Global Fintech Funding Remains Steady with Many Asian Fintechs Raising Massive Mega-Rounds: Report

Fintech funding has really picked up in 2021. It’s estimated to have already reached $15 billion during the first quarter, according to CB Insights data. In Asia, Fintech-related investments are on track to exceed $2.6 billion, which is notably the continent’s highest quarterly total since… Read More

Visa Announces 5 High-Potential Fintech Startups to Participate in its Accelerator Program for APAC Region

Payments giant Visa (NYSE:V) has announced that it has chosen five high-potential startups to participate in its very first Accelerator Program for the Asia Pacific (APAC) region. During the next 4-6 months, the startups will be focused on developing various commercial initiatives such as new… Read More

Indian Fintech Cred Secures $215M via Series D Round led by Falcon Edge Capital

India-based Cred, a fast-growing Fintech firm that lets clients pay off their credit card bills and gives them rewards in return, has managed to reach a $2.2 billion valuation after its $215 million Series D round that was led by Falcon Edge Capital. Coatue Management… Read More

Open Banking Fintech Plaid Might be Closing a Financing Round at $13 Billion, Sources Claim

Open Banking Fintech Plaid is reportedly in the process of closing financing at around a $13 billion valuation. Plaid’s investment round will be led by Altimeter Capital, according to Bloomberg which cited “people” familiar with the matter. Many of the Fintech firm’s current investors will… Read More

Lithuania Reserve Bank Governor Says Fintech Should Provide Competition for Nation’s Financial Services Sector

Lithuania, which has one of the fastest-evolving Fintech sectors in the EU, is experiencing a transformative shift from traditional banking service providers, a trend that’s being supported by the growing number of digital transactions and the launch of new virtual payments startups. The Baltic nation,… Read More

Egyptian Fintech Association Partners International Finance Corporation to Support Local Businesses

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), which is a member of the World Bank Group, and the Egyptian Fintech Association recently teamed up in order to support entrepreneurship in the financial technology sector. Both organizations intend to offer support to the MENA region naton’s private sector… Read More

Reserve Bank of India Governor: Local Fintech Startups May Compete with to Offer Digital Financial Services

Digital payments in India are being increasingly adopted by businesses and individual consumers. Online lending platforms are also becoming more popular in the country that’s home to around 1.5 billion residents. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has introduced several initiatives that are aimed at… Read More

Islamic or Sharia-Compliant Fintech Sector in Qatar on Track to Grow Rapidly, Entire Global Ecosystem Now Valued at $49B

Qatar’s Islamic or Sharia-compliant Fintech sector is on track to record significant growth in the next 5 years, according to local sources. As digital transformations accelerate Islamic finance ecosystems worldwide, we are happy to share with you the Global Islamic Fintech Report 2021 produced by… Read More

Fintech Firms in Pakistan Continue to Receive In-Principle Approval from State Bank to Offer Digital Financial Services

Supported by an upcoming generation of talented tech professionals, the Fintech industry is evolving rapidly in Pakistan. Fintechs could begin to make major contributions to the Asian country’s nearly $400 billion GDP. Professionals leading the country’s finance ministry and its reserve bank (the State Bank… Read More

Modulr Comments on how Fintech Is “Driving Next Evolution” of Vertical SaaS Businesses

Modulr, a Payments as a Service API Platform for digital businesses, notes that they’re seeing the rise of the infrastructural Fintech. The company claims to have “front row seats” to see how Software as a Service companies (and customers) are adding various financial services to… Read More

Indian Neobank Razorpay Provides Updates on Local and Global Digital Banking and Fintech Ecosystem

Indian neobank Razorpay points out that it seems like banks have been “around forever.” In India, for example, the history of banking “dates way back to 1750 BC,” the company reveals. It also mentions that we’ve traditionally or historically been dependent on banking institutions for… Read More

Asian Fintech WeLab Finalizes $75M Series C-1 Funding Round led by Allianz X

WeLab, an established Asian Fintech firm, has finalized its Series C-1 $75 million funding round, which was led by Allianz X. Allianz X is the digital investment division of Germany’s Allianz Group, one of the world’s largest insurance service providers and fund managers. Since launching… Read More

More than $140M in Equity Capital and $210M in Debt Capital Raised by PitchIt Startup Competition at LendIt Fintech USA

The team at LendIt Fintech USA notes that if the last year has taught us anything, it’s that “innovation” in Fintech has only just started. LendIt Fintech is now challenging early-stage company founders to “”take a chance and compete in PitchIt.” PitchIt at LendIt Fintech… Read More

Brendan Carroll from Chicago’s Victory Park Capital Says Banks and Fintechs Can Operate Effectively in New Business Environment

In early 2020, Opportunity Financial began evaluating whether it should go public. The online lending platform was interested in shifting focus away from the installment loan business to various other financial products (in order to improve its company profile). Jared Kaplan, CEO of the Chicago-based… Read More

Open Banking related Services are Now Key Focus Area for Professional Bankers Globally: Report

Banking software firm Temenos (SIX: TEMN) has released a report, titled “Open Banking: Revolution or Evolution?”, which was authored by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) and it’s also based on a survey of more than 300 senior banking professionals. The report revealed that almost half… Read More

Cash Usage Declined, Contactless Payments have Increased Considerably, According to Jodie Kelly from Electronic Transactions Association

The Coronavirus outbreak has led to a dramatic surge in demand for contactless payments options, which has accelerated the ongoing shift from cash transactions to safer digital payment methods. Jodie Kelley, CEO at Electronic Transactions Association, has noted that during the past 6 to 8… Read More

At least 93 Fintech Firms in Mexico are in Process of Acquiring Financial Technology Institute License: Report

During the past few years, the Fintech sector in Mexico has grown steadily to become one of the “most developed” in the Latin American (LatAm) region, according to a report released in January 2021 by the Comisión Nacional Bancaria y de Valores (“National Banking and… Read More

Fintech Consumers of 2030 could be More “Data-Aware” and “Discerning” in What Information They Share, KPMG Report Predicts

Big Four auditing firm KPMG in Australia has released a report, titled, The 30 Voices, which aims to cover “every facet” of financial services and beyond. It features insights related to developments from incumbents to banking challengers, Big Tech firms to investors, legislators to academics…. Read More

Fintech Experts at Google Pay, GoFundMe, and Adyen Reveal Key Payments Trends to Watch Closely in 2021

Payments platform Adyen (AMS:ADYEN) recently examined the major shifts that are shaping the North American payments space (from the experts at Google Pay, GoFundMe, and Adyen). Adyen noted that in October 2020 they virtually welcomed merchants and payments experts for discussions during the Payments Decoded… Read More

Open Banking Fintech Plaid Is Reportedly Planning to More than Double its Europe based Professional Team

Fintech firm Plaid is reportedly planning to more than double its Europe-based workforce in 2021, despite having to back out of a potential deal to be acquired by payments giant Visa (due to US antitrust issues). The financial technology firm appears to be taking the… Read More

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