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Open Banking Developments in Singapore May lead to More Transformative Fintech Changes that those Offered by Digital Banking

Open Banking developments in Singapore could lead to more changes in traditional banking processes than those that involve digital banking and related infrastructure upgrades. Singapore’s addressable loan market for digital banks is valued at around S$220 and S$243 billion, according to estimates from the Fintech… Read More

Singapore Fintech iLex to Use Loan Solutions Offered by Refinitiv, will Redistribute LPC Loan Market Data via iLex Platform

iLex, a Fintech firm that is focused on improving the corporate loan market, has partnered with Refinitiv through its LPC brand, in order to integrate their loan solutions and redistribute LPC loan market data via the iLex platform. As mentioned in a release shared with… Read More

Monetary Authority of Singapore Tells Wirecard to Stop Credit Services and Return Customer Funds

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has told bankrupt Fintech Wirecard (WDI.DE) to halt payment services in Singapore and to return all customer funds by October 14, 2020. MAS states that it has been monitoring Wirecard’s bankruptcy proceedings and the ability of the company to provide… Read More

SPAC: Mark Schwartz from EY and Fintech Advisor Efi Pylarinou Explain how Special Purpose Acquisition Companies Provide Better Access to Capital

Mark Schwartz, MD at Ernst & Young Capital Advisors LLC, Equity Capital Markets Advisory, has explained how (special purpose acquisition company) SPAC mergers can help companies with accessing better financing deals or options. Schwartz noted that the growth of SPACs gives private business owners an… Read More

Switzerland’s Credit Suisse Is Expecting Business Activity in Wealth Management Sector to Slow Down During Q3 2020

Thomas Gottstein, CEO at Credit Suisse Group AG, a global wealth manager, says that he expects business activity in the wealth management sector to slow down during the third quarter of this year. However, he believes that overall revenue and trading will continue at the… Read More

Fundnel Supported Private Securities Marketplace HG Exchange Commences Trading. Will Include Digital Assets Too

Hg Exchange (HGX), Southeast Asia’s first private securities exchange, has kicked off trading. Founding members of the exchange include PhillipCapital, Prime Partners, and Fundnel – a leading securities crowdfunding platform serving sophisticated investors across Asia. Richard Teng, formerly an executive at the Monetary Authority of… Read More

Chartered Fintech Professional Qualification will be Offered to Financial Tech Employees Working in China and Singapore

A Chartered Fintech Professional (CFtP) qualification will reportedly be offered to financial technology specialists working in China and Singapore. The program will aim to provide  professional development opportunities that are meant to support international Fintech talent. The qualification will reportedly be introduced by the Global… Read More

When Will Singapore Adopt Blockchain-Based Multi-Currency Payments? In Due Course

Singapore recently completed a pilot program for a blockchain-based multi-currency payments network prototype. Project Ubin, launched in 2016, engaged with several private parties as well as government entities seeking to better understand the benefits of blockchain technology. The prototype was developed in collaboration with JPMorgan (NYSE:JPM) and… Read More

Ravi Menon, Managing Director of Monetary Authority Singapore, Says both Incumbents and Fintech Startups are Good for Financial Ecosystem

Ravi Menon, the Managing Director of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), recently delivered a speech on “Powering the next stage of Singapore Fintech” at the Singapore Fintech Festival Just five years ago, the country’s leaders had a vision that focused on making Singapore a… Read More

Monetary Authority of Singapore Commits $182 Million to Support Innovation and Develop Fintech Projects

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), the nation’s central bank and financial regulator, recently revealed that it will commit S$250 million (appr. $182 million) in capital over the course of the next three years, in order to support the country’s financial industry. The funds are being… Read More

Railsbank CEO Calls on Regulators to Step Up Safeguarding of e-Money Firms Following Wirecard Collapse

The Wirecard AG (WDI:DE) scandal has rocked the Fintech world as the once high flying firm that was a member of the DAX filed for bankruptcy following the revelation of a €1.9 billion in missing funds. Regulators, elected officials as well as Fintech industry insiders have… Read More

Singapore Investigates Two Firms for Falsification of Accounts in Regards to Wirecard Fraud

Wirecard AG (WDI:DE), once a prominent payments Fintech and now a financial debacle due to allegations of massive fraud, continues to try and find a way to survive. Meanwhile, shares in the firm have tanked dropping from over €100/share to now around €3/share as the… Read More

Monetary Authority of Singapore Says Wirecard Customer Funds Parked in Singapore Banks

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), the top financial regulator in Singapore, has issued a statement indicating Wirecard AG (WDI:DE) customer funds have been parked in Singapore banks thus segregating the funds from the Wirecard implosion. Wirecard is not currently licensed by MAS as there is… Read More

Fintech Firms in Singapore Secure Record High $462 Million in Equity Funding, and $650 Million in Total during H1 2020

Singapore’s Fintech firms continue to attract substantial investments, despite the global COVID-19 outbreak and resulting socio-economic challenges. Singapore Fintechs have been able to secure a total of $650 million in capital so far this year, which notably includes a record high of $462 million in… Read More

AMTD and Xiaomi Finance to Provide $3.6 Million to Support Fintech Leadership Program with Guidance from Local Academic Institutions

AMTD Group (NYSE: HKIB; SGX: HKB), an integrated, licensed, comprehensive, non-bank financial institution group that offers several different financial services, has introduced a Fintech leadership program. The Singapore Management University (SMU), the Institute of Systems Science at the National University of Singapore (NUS-ISS), and Xiaomi… Read More

Members Only Exchange, Hg Exchange, Accepted into Monetary Authority of Singapore Fintech Sandbox. Utilizes Zilliqa Blockchain Tech

A new private securities exchange, Hg Exchange, has joined the Monetary Authority of Singapore’s (MAS) Fintech Sandbox. Hg Exchange’s tenure at the Fintech Sandbox begins on June 22, 2020, and is scheduled to last until December of this year. Hg Exchange will offer 24/7 trading… Read More

Monetary Authority of Singapore Reports that 14 Applications are Eligible to Become Digital Banking Entities

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has announced that 14 out of 21 applications to become digital banks have met the eligibility criteria for the Fintechs to be considered. MAS announced on June 28, 2019, that it would issue up to two digital full bank… Read More

ByteDance, Developer of TikTok, May Compete for Digital Banking License to be Issued by Monetary Authority of Singapore

The developers and management TikTok, a leading Chinese video-sharing social network, are reportedly branching out into the financial services sector with the owners of the Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation, Limited (OCBC) Bank (SGX: O39), a multinational banking and financial services corporation. Beijing-based ByteDance, a Chinese multinational… Read More

Monetary Authority of Singapore Launches Global Fintech Innovation Challenge, Seeks COVID-19 Resilient Fintechs

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has launched the S$ 1.75 million MAS Global Fintech Innovation Challenge. The competition seeks Fintech solutions that can help financial institutions respond to COVID-19 and climate change. MAS said the theme for the competition is “Building Resilience, Seizing Opportunities,… Read More

Mobile Payments Provider Wirex to Support Bitcoin, Ether, Stablecoin Dai, NZD, AUD, and SGD Transactions

Martin Best, CMO at Wirex, confirmed in a blog post on June 4, 2020, that the London-based financial services firm will allow users to purchase, hold and exchange New Zealand dollars (NZD) and 19 other currencies including Bitcoin (BTC), Ether (ETH), Singapore dollars (SGD), and… Read More

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