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China’s fintech is leaving the rest of the world behind

By  for TechNode

China is emerging as a leading fintech market on a global scale. Half of the global investment in financial technology is happening in Asia, especially China, according to the World Economic Forum. (more…)

Analytics, China, Fintech news, Global trends, Marketing Report

January 23, 2017

Is blockchain necessary?

By Mohan Krishnan for Finextra

There is no dearth of material to tell us what is blockchain, how it is going to transform our lives in the years to come, where it could be applied, etc and the list is endless. That it is the next big thing after all, since the invention of steam engine, the electricity and the internet itself! World Economic Forum predicts that by 2025, 10% of global GDP will be on blockchain technology.

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Analytics, Blockchain, Global trends, Marketing Report

January 23, 2017

Corporates need a ‘consumer style’ invoice experience

By Prabhat Vira for PaymentsSource

 Any CFO with a smartphone has grown accustomed to the ways in which fintech has removed the friction from their daily lives.

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Analytics, Marketing Report, SME

January 21, 2017

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Five Reasons Why PayTM Is Miles Ahead Of Its Rivals

By Ketharaman Swaminathan for Finextra

With over 100 million users a year ago, PayTM was already ahead of its digital payment competitors before the Nov. 2016 demonetization of high value currency notes in India. (more…)

Analytics, Cashless, eWallets, India

January 21, 2017

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Where Insurers and Reinsurers Invested in Tech Startups in 2016

By CB insights

Thematic areas that attracted strategic investment in 2016 included cybersecurity, property management software, IoT, and digital insurance distribution. (more…)

Analytics, Deals, Fintech news, Global trends, Insurance

January 20, 2017

Mastercard ‘preying on millions,’ says $17 billion fee lawsuit

A movement by countries around the globe to embrace a cashless future is resulting in plastic payments (think credit and debit cards) to erode cash’s market share. (more…)

Analytics, Cashless, Fintech news, Marketing Report, Payment systems

January 20, 2017

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Internet-of-Things Poised to Disrupt Banking and Insurance

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The Internet-of-Things (IoT) is set to be one of the biggest technological transformations on the horizon, promising to radically change the way we live and how we conduct business. (more…)

Analytics, Banks, Global trends, Insurance, Marketing Report

January 18, 2017

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Could Fintech Be in a Bubble?

By Amy Bell For Investopedia

While skeptics claim the fintech bubble will soon burst, many experts believe this innovative sector will keep on booming. Fintech, short for financial technology, became a major buzzword in 2015. That’s when a herd of fintech startups emerged and pronounced they would disrupt the financial industry – from established banks to payment firms. In 2015 financing for fintech startups surpassed $20 billion, a 66% increase over 2014. (more…)

Analytics, Banks, Deals, Fintech news, Global trends, p2p/online lending

January 18, 2017

Remitly Now Operating In All 50 States

Remitly, the digital remittance company based in the U.S., has expanded its services to Massachusetts. (more…)

Analytics, Fintech news, Remittances

January 17, 2017

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Banks face big profit loss to digitisation – McKinsey

By Finextra

European banks stand to lose half their profits from digital disruption trends shaking the banking industry, according to a report from McKinsey. (more…)

Analytics, Banks, Fintech news, Global trends, Marketing Report

January 16, 2017

Opportunities for Financial Inclusion in Asia

By LTP

Financial inclusion is one of the most complex problems equally damaging for economies and populations in every corner of the world. While the scale may vary in developing and developed countries, for every government, it remains one of the top issues standing in the way of society’s resilience to hardships and opportunities. (more…)

Analytics, Global trends, InspirAsia, Mobile payments/banking

January 16, 2017

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Innovation under the hood will rev the engines of a fintech revolution

By  for TechCrunch

When the internet was first created in the 1970’s and 1980’s with the introduction of the ARPANET its early years were focused on the development of infrastructure and protocol — beyond the knowledge and far away from the consciousnesses of the general public. (more…)

Analytics, Banks, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends, Insurance, p2p-payments, PFM/PFP services

January 15, 2017

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Bots are not killing apps — bad apps are killing apps

By  for VentureBeat

According to bot evangelists, today’s apps are going to be replaced by bots, so why bother with fanciness? Goodbye, delicious Uber UI animations. So long, stickers and filters on Snapchat. Farewell, swiping on Tinder. Will the last app standing be Facebook Messenger? (more…)

About, Analytics, Bots, Global trends

January 15, 2017

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Insurance Tech Startups Raise $1.7B Across 173 Deals in 2016

By CB Insights

Two of every three insurance tech deals in 2016 took place at the early-stage. (more…)

Analytics, Deals, Fintech news, Insurance

January 15, 2017

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Is Alternative Lending a Perishable FinTech Segment?

By Elena Mesropyan for LTP

Despite competitive propositions and momentary advantages that alternative lenders may have over incumbents, it is likely that banks will eventually drive this particular FinTech segment out of business. That moment, however, will come after a brief time of mutually beneficial collaborative work that we will witness in the years ahead. (more…)

Analytics, Banks, Fintech news, p2p/online lending

January 14, 2017

Could Regulators perform AML in a Blockchain World?

By Hari Subramanian for Finextra

Before you say “that is a crazy idea”, stop and think. It sounded crazy to me as well but after some thinking I have concluded that it has merits. Here’s why.  (more…)

Analytics, Blockchain, Government activities, Security

January 14, 2017

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Blockchain impact timeline speeds up, massive cost savings forecast

By Finextra

Uptake of distributed ledgers will remove $110 billion in costs for the global financial services industry over the next three years, as the technology is applied to critical ‘pain points’ across seven legitimate use cases, according to an analysis by McKinsey. (more…)

Analytics, Blockchain, Fintech news, Global trends

January 13, 2017

Fintech Philippines Infographic

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Check out our newest Fintech Philippines Infographic.  Also check out separate Fintech Philippines Startup Report and our Fintech Philippines Startup List. (more…)

Analytics, Blockchain, Crowdfunding/investing, Fintech news, Mobile payments/banking, p2p/online lending, PFM/PFP services

January 13, 2017

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Banks will suffer for using consumer platforms for small biz bill pay

By Sanjeev Kriplani for PaymentsSource

For banks that serve small and medium-sized businesses, the opportunity is especially great. But to realize it, banks must deploy easy to use, SMB-specific, mobile-friendly business banking experiences – an undertaking that’s not as simple as it may seem.

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Analytics, Banks, Mobile payments/banking, SME

January 13, 2017

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Why User Experience Engineering is a Must in Financial Industry for 2017

By Finextra

The essence of user experience engineering

There are millions of problems customers face every day. Any successful business starts with a solution-to-solve problem, but not every solution is usable enough to help customers. Service interface design ensures digital solution usability by matching solutions with user needs and psychology. (more…)

Analytics, Fintech news, Global trends

January 13, 2017

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A Fintech Filter for Artificial Intelligence in 2017

By Julie (@julieschicktanz) Muhn for Finovate Blog

In what The New York Times is calling The Great AI Awakening and Forbes has dubbed The Year of AI, 2017 is shaping up to be obsessively focused on artificial intelligence, a field that has been around for awhile (remember playing checkers against a computer?) but has finally matured to the point of usefulness. (more…)

AI / Machine Learning / Big Data, Analytics, Fintech news, Global trends

January 12, 2017

Alternative, Traditional SME Finance Spheres See Growth

The past few years have seen some of the largest changes in the history of small business lending, and that evolution hasn’t been stifled by borders. Across the globe this week, new small business lenders emerged, new data on SME lending rates surfaced and new initiatives to provide small business with access to capital launched — in both the traditional and alternative spheres. (more…)

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

January 9, 2017

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The future is a decentralized internet

By  for TechCrunch

Blockchain technology is quickly expanding beyond bitcoin. While many proponents of bitcoin see the blockchain as no more than competition for existing payment methods or gold, I believe blockchain technology is the harbinger of things the world has never before seen. (more…)

Analytics, Blockchain, Fintech news

January 9, 2017

CashlessIndia – Why Putting Cart Before Horse Will Work

By Ketharaman Swaminathan for Finextra

On the back of the demonetization of high value currency notes in India, the government has been aggressively pushing cashless payments. Trending on Twitter under the hashtag #CashlessIndia, the initiative has attracted criticism from the blogosphere and mainstream media on the grounds that India is not yet ready for digital payments. (more…)

Analytics, Cashless, Government activities, India

January 9, 2017

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India: Fintech is no more the new kid on the block

By Vivina Vishwanathan for Deal Street Asia

Year 2016 was not as glamourous as 2015 was for fintech in terms of interest from investors. According to start-up data analytics provider Tracxn, investments in 2016 were $484.79 million, compared with $1.18 billion in 2015. One of the reasons is that the 2015 numbers include money raised by Paytm in 2015. (more…)

Analytics, Cryptocurrencies, Deals, eWallets, India, Payment processors/providers/gateways

December 28, 2016

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Mobile Payments: The Merchants Dilemma

By Arnab Sengupta for Finextra

Where we are today

Things have not really caught up since the launch of Apple Pay and the subsequent introduction of Samsung Pay in the market. (more…)

About, Analytics, Mobile payments/banking, POS/mPOS and online acquiring

December 27, 2016

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Why chatbots will disappoint and messaging will thrive in 2017

By  for VentureBeat

The year 2016 was pretty messy by all accounts — just look at what John Oliver has to say about it. Between Harambe, Brexit, Bowie, the American election, a Syrian refugee crisis, shootings, and, of course, the New York Jets missing the playoffs, it’s safe to say that many of us are looking forward to 2017. (more…)

AI / Machine Learning / Big Data, Analytics, Bots, Global trends

December 27, 2016

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U.S. noncash payments are a $178 trillion market: Fed

By John Adams for Payments Source

A new analysis from the Federal Reserve shows checks as one of the few non-cash payment types to decline, while many others are on the rise. (more…)

Analytics, Cashless

December 24, 2016

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Pay Only What You Use: Trov On Demand Insurance Shaking Up $1.2tr Industry

By Freddie Dawson for Forbes

No one wants to pay for something while they’re not using it. Yet that is exactly what happens with out-of-the-house contents cover. You pay a premium to insure a device but then that device might sit at home covered by home insurance whenever it’s not in transit or use – wasting money through redundancy. (more…)

Analytics, Fintech news, Insurance, Mobile payments/banking

December 21, 2016