Standard Chartered unveils group’s first-ever digital bank in Africa

Standard Chartered has launched the group’s first digital bank in Africa – opening virtual doors in Côte d’Ivoire. The bank is the first of its kind in the country. (more…)

Banks, Mobile-first banks

March 19, 2018

Experian buys credit checking start-up ClearScore for $385m

Experian is to acquire ClearScore, a two year-old UK firm that offers free credit checks for consumers and has over 6 million customers. It comes with a price tag of £275 million ($385 million), with an additional earnout potential. (more…)


March 19, 2018


JD’s Finance Arm Seeks Fresh Funding

In an effort to deepen its push into securities, banking and insurance,’s finance arm is seeking to raise ¥12 billion — or $1.9 billion — in equity. If successful, the unit could be worth more than $20 billion, CNBC reported. (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, Global trends, InspirAsia

March 19, 2018


Choosing the right PSD2 API standard out of the Berlin Group NextGenPSD2 API framework

By Hakan Eroglu – Accenture,

On 13th January 2018, the second Payment Services Directive (PSD2) came into force. With it – amongst other rules, banks are will be required to open their systems to third-parties and provide interfaces that would allow them to initiate payments, retrieve account information and a conformation of availability of funds.  (more…)

Global trends, Government activities

March 19, 2018


Building A Good Cryptocurrency Model Is Harder Than You Think

By Daniel Chen, Founder at OpenToken, lead engineer at Andreessen Horowitz, Caltech Computer Science, Economics

As cryptocurrencies have exploded in value, so too have the attempts tounderstand them. Even more exciting is a recent uptick in quantitativeanalysis. Spreadsheet models have risen in popularity as a tool for evaluating and predicting trends. (more…)

Analytics, Cryptocurrencies, Global trends

March 19, 2018


Barclays partners seven watch brands for contactless timepieces


Barclays has teamed up with seven watch makers, including Guess and Timex, to bring its bPay wearable contactless payments technology to the masses. (more…)

Banks, Hotnews

March 19, 2018



Abra rolls out support for 20 cryptocurrencies and 50 fiat currencies

By Abra,

Abra, is now the first and only all-in-one app allowing users to buy, sell and hold across 20 cryptocurrencies and 50 fiat currencies. Users can exchange across any currency with no deposit or exchange transaction fees, at any time with no limitations. (more…)

Cryptocurrencies, Global trends, Hotnews

March 16, 2018


Challenger Fiinu goes to Seedrs for £500,000 crowdfund

Fiinu, the new UK fintech bank, has announced its plans to raise £500,000 on Seedrs, part of a £30 million fundraising initiative, with funds released against key milestones including regulatory approval from the Bank of England. (more…)

Banks, Fintech news, Global trends, Mobile-first banks

March 16, 2018


Ayondo to list on Singapore Exchange

By Ayondo,


Global financial technology group ayondo Ltd today announces that it has registered its Offer Document by Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited (“SGX-ST”), acting as agent on behalf of the Monetary Authority of Singapore, for a listing on the Catalist board of the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited. (more…)

Fintech news, Global trends

March 16, 2018

Canadian SMEs want more digital payment options

By Payments Canada,

Small businesses in Canada are ready for more payment options, according to a new Payments Canada survey. Businesses want more choice for their customers at point-of-sale and more options for their back-office payments to suppliers and vendors, such as e-transfers, e-wallets and digital currencies. (more…)

Mobile payments/banking

March 16, 2018


Robinhood to gain $5.6 billion valuation on new funding – WSJ

Fee-free stocktrading app RobinHood is eyeing an incredible $5.6 billion valuation on the back of a forthcoming fund raising round, according to the Wall Street journal. (more…)

Global trends, Hotnews

March 16, 2018

Fundbox addresses SME access to credit with Fundbox Pay

By Fundbox

Today Fundbox, the leading small business growth company, announced the launch of Fundbox Pay, a new payment and credit solution servicing the $4.5 trillion small business-to-business (SMB2B) transactional market in the U.S. (more…)

Fintech news, Global trends, p2p/online lending, SME

March 16, 2018


Adyen launches POS offering in Singapore

By Adyen,

Adyen, the payments platform of choice for the world’s leading companies, today announced the launch of its point of sale (POS) offering in Singapore, extending its unified commerce footprint to 27 countries and more than 4,000 cities. (more…)

Fintech news, Global trends, Payment processors/providers/gateways

March 15, 2018

Calculating Taxes on Cryptocurrency Gains

By Vamshi Vangapally for his Blog

It’s tax season and would like to help all beginners and experienced traders on calculating gains and filing taxes


Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news

March 15, 2018