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Digital Transformation: 68% of Singapore Consumers Prefer All-Digital Channels when Engaging with their Bank during Financial Hardship

During the past year, firms have been focused on accelerating their digital transformation strategies in order to maintain operations in a post-COVID environment. Their investments in digital technology have been essential to retaining business and clients. Companies now require the tools to conduct business remotely,… Read More

Global Payments Fintech Adyen Acquires Approval from MAS to Perform Merchant Acquistion Services in Singapore

Adyen (AMS: ADYEN), a global payments solution provider, reveals that its Singapore-based business entity has managed to acquire approval from the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS). The permit will allow Adyen to perform merchant acquisition services under the Payment Services Act 2019 (PSA). Effective from… Read More

Short-Term Debt Instrument Issued as Digital Securities by iSTOX and CGS-CIMB Securities International

CGS-CIMB Securities International, an integrated financial service provider based in Asia, and digital securities platform iSTOX have reportedly issued a short-term debt instrument as digital securities. The SGD 150-million (appr. $112-million) multi-tranche commercial paper will be used to cover operational costs and near-term obligations of… Read More

Brazil based Investment Firm Warren Secures BRL 300 Million in Capital via Series C led by GIC, Singapore’s Sovereign Fund

Brazil-based investment firm Warren recently revealed that it finalized a BRL 300 million (appr. $55.16 million) funding round that was led GIC, which is Singapore’s sovereign fund that has made other investments in the country’s Unicorns such as Nubank and Hotmart. Warren’s investment round includes… Read More

Digital Asset Marketplace Zipmex Reports First Lamborghini Purchased with Crypto

Zipmex, a Singapore-based digital asset exchange that operates in multiple countries, says it has processed Asia’s first purchase of a Lamborghini using cryptocurrency. According to a release, Jo Chirawat used Zipmex’s mobile app to put a downpayment in Bitcoin on a 2021 Huracán EVO RWD… Read More

Mortgage Platform Mortgage Master Raises SG$928,000 in Pre-Series A Funding

Mortgage Master, a mortgage brokering platform, has raised SG$928,000 in a Pre-Series A funding round, according to the company. The investment was led by Woon Young Jeong, along with existing investors, including Bala Swaminathan, former President of Westpac International and Founder of S Cube Capital,… Read More

UK Cross-Border Payments Fintech Currencycloud Appoints Former Goldman Sachs Exec to Lead APAC Expansion

London-based Currencycloud, an established provider of B2B embedded cross-border solutions, recently revealed that it has launched an Asia Pacific (APAC) headquarters in Singapore. Currencycloud‘s new business office, based in Raffles Quay, will act as a hub to help the UK-headquartered Fintech with expanding operations across… Read More

DBS Bank and Contour to Expand Digital Trade Offerings in Australia, China, Hong Kong, Singapore

DBS Bank and Contour have expanded their digital trade offerings to four new markets in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region. As mentioned in a release, digital letter of credit capabilities will be offered in Australia, China, Hong Kong and Singapore starting this month. The announcement also… Read More

Robo Advisory Services in Singapore and Southeast Asia are Increasingly Being Used to Strategically Manage Investment Portfolios: Report

Robo-advisory services in Southeast Asian countries like Singapore are increasingly being used for managing finances and investments. Robo advisors were introduced around 2008, which was when the world was dealing with the global financial crisis. Over the years, digital transformation and the emergence of new… Read More

Singapore’s DBS Introduces AI enhanced Digital Investment Advisory Solution

DBS (SGX:D05)/POSB retail clients are now able to access a new feature offered via DBS’ AI-enhanced financial and retirement planning tool, called NAV Planner, which will aim to offer specific investment recommendations that are well-suited for different investment profiles and requirements. Evy Wee, Head of… Read More

Accelerating Asia Reveals New Cohort of 11 Asian Startups

Accelerating Asia has announced the fourth cohort of its flagship 100-day program for pre-Series A startups. According to a release, the 11 startups have raised over S$6 million coming into the program. The 11 new portfolio companies cover ten verticals and include companies from Singapore,… Read More

10 High-Potential Fintech Firms Chosen for 11th Annual Fintech Innovation Lab New York

Ten high-potential technology firms have reportedly been chosen for 11th Annual Fintech Innovation Lab New York. As noted in the announcement (published on April 7, 2021), Fintech solutions aim to leverage AI and advanced data analytics to “address key industry challenges including sustainability.” As mentioned… Read More

ZA Tech Global, the Technology Initiative Backed by Softbank Vision Fund I, Launches Asia Fintech Center

ZA Tech Global Limited, the technology venture established by ZA International and supported by Softbank’s Vision Fund 1, revealed on Friday (April 9, 2021) that it’s launching its Asia Fintech Center (AFC) in Singapore. The new center will focus on financial services innovation projects and… Read More

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

iSTOX Tokenizes Another Fund: Mapletree MERIT Fund

Digital security platform iSTOX has acquired a stake in the Mapletree MERIT Fund and turned them into digital securities that provide individual accredited investors partial access to the fund or Mapletree Europe Income Trust. Last month, iSTOX announced it had tokenized Astrea VI private equity… Read More

Digital Asset Custody Provider Hex Trust Finalizes $6M Round led by QBN Capital

Hong Kong-headquartered crypto-asset custody service provider Hex Trust reveals that it has secured $6 million in capital via a Series A round that was led by QBN Capital. As part of its latest investment round, Hex Trust also received contributions from Cell Rising, Radiant Tech… Read More

Asian Fintech BizBank Launches Corporate Expense Card in Singapore

  BizBank, an Asian fintech, has reportedly launched its corporate expense card in Singapore. Founded in 2020, BizBank revealed that it is building a ‘Bank-in-a-Box’ for SMBs.  “Using our end-to-end platform, small businesses can digitize operations and spend more time on their core activities — revenue… Read More

Regtech: Compliance Firm Uppsala Security to Create Virtual Asset AML Solution for South Korean Crypto Exchange

Uppsala Security, a provider of tools for Crypto AML, Risk Management, Regulatory Compliance, and Cybersecurity, has revealed they’ve entered into a contract to create a ‘Virtual Asset AML’ solution for the Coin&Coin exchange that “complies with the amendment of the Special Money Act in South… Read More

Fintech focused Graduate Level Programs will be Offered by National University of Singapore

The National University of Singapore (NUS), a leading research university and the oldest higher education institution in the city-state, will reportedly be providing two new graduate-level programs focused on Fintech during the upcoming academic year. The program aims to assist with creating a comprehensive ecosystem… Read More

Waiting for Crowdfunding Boom 3.0

It seems hard to believe, especially after a decade where it dominated new finance, but equity crowdfunding is still just in its infancy. Originally coined by entrepreneur Michael Sullivan in 2006, the true modern crowdfunding boom kicked off at the start of the previous decade… Read More

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