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Buy Now Pay Later or BNPL Market in Southeast Asia Is Growing Rapidly with Fintech Firms like Grab, Razer Offering Flexible Purchasing Plans

Buy Now, Pay Later (BNPL) services are being widely-adopted in Southeast Asia. BNPL service providers allow consumers to pay for products via flexible instalment plans. Major Fintechs offering BNPL options in the Southeast Asian region include Grab, GoJek, Razer, Oriente, among others. BNPL lets people… Read More

Global Fintech Firm Broadridge Financial Solutions Appoints David Ingleson as COO for APAC Region

US-based Broadridge Financial Solutions (NYSE:BR), a global Fintech firm, has confirmed the appointment of David Ingleson as the company’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) for the APAC region, effective immediately. Ingleson’s appointment was reportedly made to address the rising demand for providing technology solutions to Asia-Pacific… Read More

Singapore Fintech Volopay Secures $2.1 Million Through Seed Funding Round Led By Tinder Co-Founder Justin Mateen

  Volopay, a Singapore-based fintech startup, announced on Tuesday it secured $2.1 million through its Seed funding round, which was led by Tinder Founder, Justin Mateen, with participation from Soma Capital, CP Ventures, Y Combinator, VentureSouq, and Razorpay Founders. Founded in 2019, Volopay describes itself… Read More

Monetary Authority of Singapore and Nation’s Association of Banks are Encouraging Consumers to Use E-Gifting for Lunar New Year

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), the nation’s central bank and financial regulator, is encouraging the country’s residents to use e-hong baos, which are monetary gifts handed out in envelopes, during the upcoming Lunar New Year. Singapore’s Association of Banks (ABS) said it would be… Read More

Asian Fintech Grab May Pursue US IPO

Southeast Asian Fintech Grab may pursue an initial public offering (IPO) during 2021, according to a report. Fintech is expected to be a hot sector for initial public offers this year with two already being completed. Last week, Affirm (NASDAQ:AFRM) blew the doors off its IPO…. Read More

Fintech Division of Grab Secures $300 Million in Capital via Round led by Hanwha Asset Management

Grab Financial Group (GFG), the Fintech services division of Grab, has revealed that it has secured more than $300 million in capital through its Series A investment round – which was led by Hanwha Asset Management Co. Ltd., a South Korea based asset management firm…. Read More

QR Code Payments Users Is Expected to Surpass 2.2 Billion within Next 5 Years: Report

A recent study released by Juniper Research has revealed that the total number of QR code payment users is expected to surpass 2.2 billion within 5 years, which is up significantly from 1.5 billion in 2020. This would be almost 30% of all mobile phone… Read More

Southeast Asia Region Experienced Significant Digital Commerce Growth and Online Payments Adoption by Consumers: Report

The economies of Southeast Asian countries performed quite well in 2020 despite the COVID-19 outbreak and related challenges. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has projected a contraction of 3.8% for the region during 2020, which doesn’t seem too bad when compared to the Eurozone’s at… Read More

First Fully Regulated Digital Asset Custody Provider: Propine Graduates from Singapore Fintech Sandbox, Gains CMS License

Propine, a digital asset custody service provider, has “graduated” from the Monetary Authority of Singapore’s (MAS) Fintech Sandbox program. The company has been granted a Capital Markets Services (CMS) license and is now fully regulated by MAS. It is the first regulated firm of its… Read More

Citi and Grab Financial Services Introduce API enabled Consumer Lending Solution for Singapore and Wider APAC Region

Citi and Grab, which is Southeast Asia’s super app, have extended their partnership in consumer lending with the introduction of the bank’s API-powered lending solution for consumers in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region. Starting off in Singapore with additional markets in the APAC region to… Read More

Deutsche Bank Securities Services and STACS to Work on ESG Fintech, Structured Products, and Projects Involving Digital Assets

Deutsche Bank Securities Services and Hashstacs Pte Ltd (STACS) are reportedly working on a proof-of-concept (PoC) that will involve exploring the technological and practical feasibility of digital assets. The PoC will take into consideration factors like the level of interoperability, liquidity, cross-border connectivity, and various… Read More

How the Regulatory Framework for Crowdfunding Platforms in Southeast Asia will Benefit SMEs and Investors

Peer-to-peer (P2P) lending has come a long way since its early days as a casual crowdfunding platform. Today, individual borrowers and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can access loans without the hassle of going through banks and lengthy financial assessments. Still, P2P lending is a… Read More

Singapore’s Digital Wealth Management Firm, Syfe, Introduces Cash Management Solution, Syfe Cash+

Syfe, a digital wealth management firm that’s licensed by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), has introduced the Syfe Cash+ portfolio which is the company’s cash management product. Syfe Cash+ aims to help all Singapore based consumers with growing their savings while being able to… Read More

Big Tech Firms are Now Offering Fintech and Wealthtech Services in Singapore, but Startups are Also Launching Innovative Services

Singapore’s fast-growing 1,000+ Fintech sector includes a thriving Wealthtech segment which is on track to continue growing and maturing. It’s being supported by an increased interest from local investors, strategic acquisition deals, and the growing demand for automated financial advisory services (or Robo-advisors). Many younger… Read More

Regtech Firm Silent Eight to Work with HSBC to Enhance Bank’s Compliance and Related AML / CFT Processes

Singapore-based Silent Eight, a Regtech firm that leverages AI to prevent money laundering and terrorism financing activities, has revealed that it has agreed to a multi-year partnership with HSBC which aims to assist the bank with improving its compliance measures and related operations. HSBC chose… Read More

Digital Travel Platform Agoda Partners with Buy Now, Pay Later Fintech Atome to Offer Instalment Plans to Malaysia and Singapore Consumers

Agoda, a fast-growing online travel platform, has teamed up with Singapore-based Buy Now, Pay Later (BNPL) platform Atome in order to provide flexible instalment plans for accommodation bookings. These payment options will first be offered in Singapore and Malaysia, and then rolled out to several… Read More

MAS: Singapore Updates Fintech Sandbox Express Guidelines

Singapore is a jurisdiction that has worked to enable innovation in financial services. A collaborative government that encourages the financial regulator, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), to enable change has created a robust Fintech ecosystem. MAS has long operated a regulatory Sandbox to help… Read More

Singapore’s iSTOX, a Blockchain enabled Digitized Securities Platform, Lists New Unicorn Fund

Singapore-based iSTOX, a blockchain-powered digitized securities platform, has revealed that it has listed a unicorn fund in digitized securities form, enabling the issuance of security tokens where manual processes may be automated and minimum investment ticket sizes to be reduced to $20,000. This move should… Read More

CoAssets to Shut Down

CoAssets, now operating as CA Funding, is shutting down according to a post on the company’s website. In the post, CoAssets stated: “We regret to inform you that CA Funding Pte Ltd (CAFPL) is in the process of gradually winding down. For members who do… Read More

CoAssets in Trouble, May Be Investigated by Regulators – Report

CoAssets, once an early entrant in the investment crowdfunding sector and previously traded on the ASX, the Fintech is now deep in trouble according to several reports. CoAssets started its existence as a crowdfunding platform and migrated to debt financing over time. In 2016, the… Read More

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