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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

Five Digital Banking License Applicants in Singapore May have to Revisit their Business Plans, as MAS to Hold Discussions with Bidders

  Five companies that had applied for a digital banking license in Singapore will now have to assess how the COVID-19 outbreak and resulting challenges will affect their ability to acquire adequate funding. As first reported by Reuters, the applicants will also have to revisit… Read More

Monetary Authority of Singapore Lists COVID-19 Support for Fintechs

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has recently created a section of its website outlining the support programs for domestic Fintechs. Singapore has long advocated on behalf of innovation in financial services and MAS has a long history of public-private partnerships in support of the… Read More

Monetary Authority of Singapore Posts Response on Constulation Regarding Derivatives Contracts and Payment Tokens

  The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has posted a response to a consultation regarding the regulation of derivative contracts on payment tokens (ie digital currencies such as Bitcoin or Ethereum used as a method of payment). The original consultation was launched in November 2019… Read More

Monetary Authority of Singapore, Singapore Fintech Association & AMTD, Introduce Grant Program to Support Fintechs

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), Singapore Fintech Association (SFA), AMTD Group (NYSE: HKIB; SGX: HKB) and AMTD Foundation have joined in announcing a S$ 6 million “MAS-SFA-AMTD Fintech Solidarity Grant.” The new grant is designed to support Singapore based Fintech firms during the Coronavirus… Read More

Monetary Authority of Singapore to Support G20 TechSprint Initiative which Helps Fintechs, Regulators, Reserve Banks in Communicating with Each Other

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), the nation’s central bank and financial regulator,  confirmed recently that it would be supporting the inaugural G20 TechSprint initiative, which has been introduced by the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) Innovation Hub and the Saudi G20 Presidency on the… Read More

Singapore: 0.1% Lending Facility Launched to Support Lending to SMEs

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has launched a new lending facility to make certain SMEs have access to capital to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The MAS SGD Facility for ESG Loans is in partnership with Enterprise Singapore (ESG). The goal is… Read More

COVID-19: Singapore Tells Population to Stop Going to Banks. Go Digital Please

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) is telling customers of financial institutions to stop going to brick and mortar locations during the COVID-19 pandemic. MAS is urging consumers to use digital, email, and telephone channels as far as possible. Of course, MAS is telling the… 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

Monetary Authority of Singapore Provides Clarifications on Payment Services Act in New FAQ

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has published an FAQ in regards to the new Payment Services Act. The Payment Services Act has gone through a consultation process with MAS responding in December 2019. The FAQ is meant to provide guidance on the licensing and… Read More

Monetary Authority of Singapore Postpones Decisions Regarding Digital Banking Applications, Due to Coronavirus Outbreak

Companies and institutions that may have applied for a digital banking license in Singapore will now have to wait longer in order to find out if their application was approved. The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), the nation’s central bank and financial regulator, has confirmed… Read More

Digital Banking: AMTD International Confirms its Secondary Listing on the Mainboard of the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Ltd

AMTD International (NYSE: HKIB; SGX: HKB), which is part of the AMTD Group, an established Asian financial services conglomerate, has confirmed its secondary listing on the Mainboard of the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Ltd (the “SGX-ST”) under the ticker “HKB.” AMTD International’s listing notably marks… Read More

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