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China: WeiyangX Fintech Review

Alibaba’s Yuebao Reduces Credit Limit for Personal Balance to RMB 100,000 Alibaba’s Yuebao is now the nation’s largest money market fund with assets hitting RMB 1.43 trillion (US$210.18 billion) as of the end of July, up sharply from the end of last year. On August… Read More

China: WeiyangX Fintech Review

China Sets up Centralized Clearing Platform for Online Payments The People’s Bank of China, the country’s central bank, has required all banks and third-party payment institutions to connect to a unified platform by June 30 of 2018 to ensure effective regulation and transaction security. The… Read More

China: WeiyangX Fintech Review

Baidu Partners With PayPal to Tap Cross-border Payments On July 28, Baidu annouced a strategic agreement with PayPal to tap oversea merchants as Chinese tech companies ramp up the fight for overseas payment partnerships. The partnership allows Baidu Wallet users to make online purchases outside… Read More

Wirecard Partners with WeChat Pay to Allow European Retailers Access to 938 Million Users

Wirecard has announced an agreement with Tencent’s WeChat Pay, one of the leading mobile payment solutions in China. WeChat or Weixin are deeply integrated into Chinese people’s daily life with a combined monthly active users of over 938 million. The mobile payment solution, WeChat Pay, has… Read More

Did Know that 80% of Wealth Managers in China Use WeChat?

This is kind of interesting. A report provided by MyPrivateBanking in Switzerland entitled Digital Wealth Management in Asia: Focus on China and India, states that 80% of leading wealth managers in China use WeChat. In India, 40% of leading Indian wealth managers connect clients to advisors through mobile… Read More

Alibaba Must Acquire Starbucks, WeWork, Airbnb, Uber, Tesla & PayPal

During July 2016, I was part of a delegation of US Fintech executives visiting our counterparts in Hong Kong, Shenzhen, and Shanghai, China. We toured and visited some of the most exciting Fintech platforms in China such as LuFax, CreditEase, Tencent (the creator of WeChat),… Read More

3 Takeaways from Mary Meeker’s 2017 Internet Trends Report

This article highlights three takeaways for Fintech firms from Mary Meeker’s 355-page-long report: 1) The Internet’s center of gravity shifts to Asia; 2) The biggest get bigger; 3) Fintechs must use gamification to improve customer engagement. Since 2001, Mary Meeker, a Partner at venture capital… Read More

Fintech Australia Says Major Funding Buttresses Strength of Aussie-Asian Fintech Links

FinTech Australia is pointing to payments company Airwallex securing $13 Million USD in a Series A funding round as indicative of the strength of Australian-Asian Fintech links. FinTech Australian CEO Danielle Szetho said the announcement illustrated the strong and growing links between the two regions…. Read More

Huge: Alipay & WeChat Payments Have Risen from $81 Billion in 2012 to $2.9 Trillion in 2016

The UN sponsored Better than Cash Alliance is out with an interesting report on Fintech and payments in China. The Alliance partners with governments, companies, and international organizations that are the key drivers behind the transition to make digital payments widely available around the globe…. Read More

China: WeiyangX Fintech Review

Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference Highlights Fintech: How will it Change Finance? Related: Boao Forum for Asia publishes “2016 Fintech Report” The four-day Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) Annual Conference 2017, themed with “Globalization & Free Trade: The Asian Perspectives”, was held from March… Read More

Australian Delegation Visits China Pitching Fintech Innovation

Austrade, the Australian government trade commission for exporters and information for companies wanting to do business with Australia, is in China this week. A delegation of Aussie representatives are in Shenzhen and Shanghai sizing up Fintech opportunites.. Austrade says the emergence of China’s vibrant Fintech… Read More

China: WeiyangX Fintech Review

PBOC Becomes the First Central Bank to Issue Digital Currency Just at the start of 2017, People’s Bank of China (PBOC) took a big step in the area of digital currency. According to its announcement, PBOC has managed to test digital bill trading with beta-digital… Read More

Nigeria Fintech Startup Paystack Secures $1.3M During Seed Funding Round

On Monday, Nigeria-based fintech startup, Paystack, announced it raised $1.3 million during its seed funding round. Those who participated in the round included Tencent, Comcast Ventures, and Singularity Investments. The company, which was founded by Shola Akinlade and Ezra Olubi, is a Y Combinator-backed startup,… Read More

China Fintech Round-Up

Auto financing P2P platform Weidai.com received RMB 1 billion Series C Investment Founded in 2011, Weidai.com is China’s first and largest specialty P2P platform that focuses on providing secured automobile loans. It also provides used car financing services through partnerships with used car marketplaces. The company… Read More

Regulations Galore Part I: Online Payments in China

A flurry of internet finance-related regulatory documents were issued in China last week just before the New Year. On December 28th, the People’s Bank of China (“PBOC”) issued the final rules on online payments while the China Banking Regulatory Commission (“CBRC”) issued the draft rules… Read More

Are Chinese Platforms Abandoning the Peer-to-Peer Model?

Following in the footsteps of Chinese internet giants such as Alibaba, Tencent, and JD.com, leading Chinese P2P platforms have begun evolving into one-stop wealth management platforms. Alibaba’s Ant Financial, Tencent’s WeBank, and JD.com’s JD Finance (for some background on these platforms, please refer to a… Read More

In China, Baidu + Citic Bank To Launch New Online Bank

China’s Internet search giant Baidu will partner with China Citic Bank, part of state-owned conglomerate Citic Group, to launch an online bank, according to the Financial Times. The FT notes that Citic Bank, suspended its shares in Shanghai and Hong Kong on Monday pending announcement… Read More

China Banks Choice: Stand Back & Watch Market Share Be Eroded or Recognize the Threat & Decide that Digital Has to Be a Priority

The financial sector in China is changing perhaps more radically, and more quickly, than in any other sovereign nation in the world.  The industry is being compelled to adjust to the realities of slowing economy and a banking sector that was not created to provide… Read More

Boost Your Credit Score By Playing Online Games? China Rapid Finance, P2P lender, Rates Creditworthiness Based On Social Media Use

    Boost your credit score by social networking and playing online games? Don’t hit the “Back” button–this isn’t clickbait. Instead, it’s what China Rapid Finance, one of China’s largest peer-to-peer lending sites, believes–they’ve just rated 50 million Chinese consumers for creditworthiness using social networking and… Read More

China Central Bank Defends Online Payment Rules, Critics See Rules Stifling Industry Innovation

“China’s central bank has moved to defend draft rules that would force online payment processors to channel large payments through traditional bank accounts, a requirement that industry observers say will stifle innovation while protecting the interests of incumbent banks,” reported FT’s Gabriel Wildau. “The People’s Bank of China… Read More