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Alternative Credit Solution Provider FinScore Partners UnionBank to Provide Online Lending Services

UnionBank in the Philippines has teamed up with FinScore, an alternative credit scoring solution provider that’s powered by advanced analytics and the latest telco data. Through the partnership, both organizations will aim to promote market efficiencies and help consumers access a wide range of digital… Read More

Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation’s Digital Banking Solution, DiskarTech, Is Now Number 1 Fintech App in the Philippines

DiskarTech, which is Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation’s (RCBC) digital banking platform, has become the number 1 finance or Fintech app in the Philippines to have launched services in 2020 across distribution platforms in terms of total downloads, according to App Annie (a provider of analytics… 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

Philippines based Digital Wallet GCash Reaches PHP 1 Trillion in Total Transactions During the Past Year

Philippines-based digital wallet GCash reportedly reached PHP 1 trillion (appr. $20.8 billion) in total transactions for the year 2020, which represents a 254% year-over-year (YoY) increase in transfers. Globe Fintech Innovations Inc. (Mynt), which manages GCash, is part of the portfolio firms of 917Ventures (one… Read More

Digital Payments Wallet GCash Chosen by Technical Education and Skills Development Authority in Philippines to Distribute Training Subsidies

Mobile payments wallet provider GCash has reportedly been chosen by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) in the Philippines to distribute funding for training to local residents. TESDA has joined many other businesses and organizations that are using the GCash platform to carry… Read More

Fintech Sector in the Philippines can Play a Key Role in Collecting Data for Climate-related Issues, Industry Professional Says

The Fintech industry could leverage its tools and capabilities to gather climate-related data in the Philippines, which would be in line with the nation’s goal of supporting sustainable financing, according to FintechAlliance.ph Chairperson Angelito M. Villanueva. In statements shared with local news outlet, the BusinessMirror,… Read More

Fintech Firm SquidPay to Facilitate Convenient and Efficient Contactless Payments in the Philippines

Philippines based Fintech firm SquidPay Technology Inc. has acquired Php 100 million (appr. $2.08 million) in funding through a Series A round and Php 100 Million (appr. $1.04 million) line of credit – which was arranged by the Eastern Securities Development Corporation (for the company’s… Read More

Amsterdam based Backbase, a Fintech Software Provider, Chosen by UNOBank to Offer Engagement Banking Platform

Amsterdam-based Backbase, a Fintech software provider that “empowers” financial institutions to accelerate their digital transformation strategies in order to compete in a digital-first world, has been chosen by DigiBankASIA to provide its “full-stack” online engagement banking platform solution for its virtual bank UNO. Backbase will… Read More

New Digital Banking Framework Approved by Regulators in the Philippines

​The Monetary Board in the Philippines has reportedly approved the recognition of digital banking platforms as a new bank category that’s separate and distinct from the traditional bank classifications. Regulators in the country have defined digital banks as an institution or entity that provides financial… Read More

ATM Withdrawals and Check Payments in the Philippines have Declined as Digital Transactions Rise Significantly following COVID-19 Outbreak

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the shift towards all-digital platforms which includes the increased usage of digital financial services by consumers in the Philippines (and globally). Laura Ignacio, Director at the Center for Monetary and Financial Policy of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), confirmed… Read More

ING Bank and UNICEF to Support Fintechs in the Philippines that Aim to Improve Financial Lives of Underprivileged Children and Local Residents

ING Bank, which is part of the ING Group (AMS: INGA), a Dutch multinational banking and financial services corporation headquartered in Amsterdam, has confirmed that it will continue supporting startups focused on Fintech solutions. ING and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) will be working… Read More

Philippine National Bank May Consider Launching a Digital Bank as a Standalone Business or Subsidiary

The Philippine National Bank (PNB), one of the largest financial institutions in the country, is reportedly considering the possibility of launching a digital bank as one of its subsidiaries. Jose Arnulfo “Wick” Veloso, president and CEO at PNB, stated: “We’re discussing internally with the principals…. Read More

Philippines based Fintech PayMongo, an Online Payments Platform, Secures $12 Million via Round led by Stripe

Philippines-based PayMongo, an online payments platform, has secured $12 million in capital through a Series A investment round led by payments processor Stripe PayMongo provides an online payments API for businesses in the Philippines. The Fintech firm has taken part in Y Combinator’s Accelerator program…. Read More

Reserve Bank of the Philippines to Continue Working on its Central Bank Digital Currency which Might Streamline Financial Services

Benjamin Diokno, the Governor of the Reserve Bank of the Philippines, recently noted that the underlying technology behind digital tokens may streamline or enhance existing financial services. The nation’s central bank is looking into the feasibility of issuing its own virtual currency. Diokno believes that… Read More

Online P2P Lender Robo.cash Claims it’s Still Profitable, Despite COVID-19 related Issues, and Is Preparing for IPO in Dec 2020 in Australia

Online peer to peer (P2P) lender Robo.cash is reportedly getting ready to conduct its initial public offering (IPO) in Australia in December of this year. Robocash Group, which is the parent company of Europe based P2P lender Robo.cash, will be the next Fintech service provider… Read More

Asian Fintech GoBear Reportedly Lays Off 22 Employees, after Securing $17 Million in Capital in May 2020

Asian Fintech firm GoBear, which secured $17 million in capital in May 2020 to expand operations, has reportedly decided to lay off 22 staff members – which includes 6 workers based in Singapore. GoBear’s management has also laid off employees based in Ukraine, Vietnam, and… Read More

Digital Banking: Central Bank of the Philippines Is Open to Exploring Investment Opportunities from Qatar to Streamline its Financial Sector

Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), the central bank of the Philippines, is reportedly open to exploring potential investment deals from Qatar. According to a BSP representative, these deals will focus on digital banking and Fintech projects. Arifa A Ala, the MD at BSP, noted that… Read More

Asian Finance Service GoBear Teams Up With UnionBank to launch Lending As A Service Offering in the Philippines

GoBear, a Singapore-based finance services and data platform, announced on Thursday it has formed a partnership with Southeast Asian digital bank UnionBank to launch a lending as a service offering in the Philippines. The launch of the partnership comes just a few months after GoBear… Read More

CBDCs: Bank of Japan and the Central Bank in the Philippines Continue to Conduct Research to Determine Feasibility of Digital Currencies

The Bank of Japan or BOJ (JASDAQ: 8301), the nation’s central bank that’s headquartered in Chūō, Tokyo, has reportedly appointed Kazushige Kamiyama, a prominent economist, as its head of a department that’s tasked with conducting research on central bank digital currencies (CBDCs). Reuters reports that… Read More

Fintech Ripple Southeast Asia Head Kelvin Lee Explains how PayID Serves as an Effective Solution for Cross-Border Payments

Kelvin Lee, the Southeast (SE) Asia head for Fintech firm Ripple, notes that the more businesses that begin supporting and integrating PayID into their platforms, the better off the digital payments ecosystem will be. Ripple, which is leading the Open Payments Coalition (OPC), is reportedly… Read More

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