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A look into the future: Here are 5 fictitious insurtech startups that might become the real deal by 2025

By Philipp Kristian for e27

2016 was the year of fintech and insurtech in Asia. Over the course of the year, I spent a lot of my time building insurance value propositions in Asia, delving deeply into the potential future of insurtech in this region. (more…)

Analytics, InspirAsia, Insurance

January 31, 2017

379

Bitcoin Core Dev’s Blocksize Reduction Proposal Draws Ire from ViaBTC Founder

By CryptoCoins News

Haipo Yang, ViaBTC’s founder and former employee at the Chinese internet giant Tencent, expressed strong criticism in a brief interview with CCN towards Luke-Jr, a Bitcoin Core developer and Blockstream contractor, regarding his proposal to reduce the blocksize to 300kb or, alternatively, for the network to wait another 7 years before an increase of the current 1MB transaction capacity. Yang says: (more…)

Analytics, Blockchain, China, Fintech news, Global trends, People of fintech

January 31, 2017

351

‘Unified commerce’ can drive user payment experience and merchant sales

By Melissa Gonzalez for PaymentsSource

The payments ecosystem is vast and the complexity is only heightening, but with the right integration of hardware and software solutions providers can empower retailers to not only improve in-store experiences but enhance data collection and the ability to analyze customer behaviors.

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Analytics, Marketing Report, Mobile payments/banking, POS/mPOS and online acquiring, SME

January 29, 2017

458

Making a Difference with FinTech – Three Examples

By Elena Mesropyan for LTP

There is enough said about the scale of the FinTech industry, its inclusive agenda and massive surrounding ecosystem, but the real value of this industry is not in millions that are moving around in funding, expansion and acquisition deals. The value is measured in micro-processes, in the real, everyday difference FinTech startups make for small businesses and individuals. (more…)

Analytics, Government activities, Mobile payments/banking, p2p-payments, RegTech, SME

January 29, 2017

384

LendingClub Chairman Launches New Fintech VC Fund

By PETER RUDEGEAIR for The Wall Street Journal 

Nyca Partners, a venture-capital firm founded by veteran banker and LendingClub Corp. Chairman Hans Morris, announced Friday that it raised a new $125 million fund to invest in financial-technology startups. (more…)

Analytics, Deals, Fintech news, p2p/online lending

January 28, 2017

389

Insurtech, Interview with Sam Evans, Founder of Eos Venture Partners

By FinSMEs

According to CB Insights, vc activity related to insurance startups hit its highest annual total in 2016 with $1.69B invested in 173 deals.
In this space, one of the first cases on thematic investors focused exclusively on investing in insurance startups comes from London with Eos Venture Partners, an independent and specialist InsurTech investment and advisory firm launched by Sam Evans.

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Analytics, Insurance, People of fintech

January 27, 2017

296

Report: China’s Banks are Turning to Blockchain Technology

By CryptoCoins news

As the Chinese government is turning toward researching and exploring possible applications of blockchain technology, the country’s big banks are increasingly hiring experts and developers to keep up with digitization and a technology-driven landscape.

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Analytics, Blockchain, Fintech news, Global trends

January 27, 2017

300

Harvard Business Review: Blockchain Is Foundational, Not Disruptive

By Lester Coleman for CryptoCoinNews

True blockchain-led transformation is still many years away, according to an article, “The Truth About Blockchain” in the Harvard Business Review, because it does not deliver a truly “disruptive” business model which can attack an existing model with a lower cost solution, rather it is a “foundational” model since it can create new foundations for economic and social purposes. (more…)

Analytics, Blockchain

January 25, 2017

372

Emerging market payments requires innovation in regulatory technology

By Tomas Likar for PaymentsSource

Financial technology, which first made its impact in predominantly Western countries such as the U.S. and U.K., stands to bring even greater change to unbanked populations in emerging markets.

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Analytics, Global trends, RegTech

January 25, 2017

299

Devices and Unconventional Channels Are Turning Into Payments Platforms

By LTP

The payments segment was the hottest FinTech segment in 2016 – financial technology companies around the world raised a total of ~$36 billion in financing across over 1500 funding deals from over 1700 unique investors (not taking into account M&A deals). Representing less than a quarter (22%) of the funded pool, the Payments/Loyalty/E-Commerce segment secured almost 40% (over $13.5 billion) of total funds raised, while, with 29% of representation, Banking/Lending companies are responsible for just 26% ($9.3 billion) of raised funds. (more…)

Analytics, Fintech news, Global trends

January 24, 2017

400

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

290

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

256

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

513

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

392

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

240

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

571

Internet-of-Things Poised to Disrupt Banking and Insurance

By

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

467

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

295

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

375

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

275

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

442

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

362

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

433

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

360

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

278

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

383

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

350

Fintech Philippines Infographic

By 

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

391

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

288

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