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Amazon is offering customers loans — and high street retailers should be worried

By Max Slater-Robins for Business insider magazine,

Amazon UK is now offering a monthly pay-back option on items worth over £400 ($590),according to the company’s website. (more…)

Analytics, Cashless

January 4, 2016

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Singapore’s true way to a cashless society

Vladislav Solodkiy, Managing Partner, Life.SREDA VC:

These days many countries are talking about the importance of innovations in the financial sector. Many of those are claiming that they will soon become the first to go completely cashless. They may be saying so, but what if they don’t really know how to do it? (more…)

Analytics, Banks, Cashless, Columns, Global trends, Government activities, Influences FinTech

August 17, 2015

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ZestFinance Launches Basix Online Loans For People With ‘Near-Prime’ Credit History

VentureBeat: Startup ZestFinance today announced Basix, a new program for giving loans online to people with what it calls “near-prime” credit history – those who are ineligible for a loan from a bank by just a little bit. (more…)

Analytics, Fintech news, news, p2p/online lending

July 14, 2015

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Innovation in banks: Barklays, RBS, Citi, Standard Chartered

BLOOMBERGVIEW: What kind of chief executive does a big modern bank need? Apparently not a traditionally hypercompetitive investment banker like Anshu Jain, who lost his co-CEO job at Deutsche Bank last month — but evidently not a quiet retail banker like Antony Jenkins, Barclay’s freshly ousted chief, either.

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

July 8, 2015

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Crisis in China

THE ECONOMIST: China is certainly not the first country to try to prop up a falling stockmarket. The central banks of America, Europe and Japan have all shown form in buying shares after crashes and cutting interest rates to cheer up bloodied investors. But the circumstances and the manner of China’s intervention of the past ten days make it an outlier, worryingly so.

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Analytics, China, Global trends, Hong Kong, InspirAsia

July 8, 2015

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Measuring Your Financial Health Beyond The Credit Score

TechCrunch: The credit score has become a ubiquitous way to assess someone’s credit-worthiness. It is used in a host of underwriting decisions and background checks, from mortgages to auto to business loans, apartment rentals and even employment candidacy. (more…)

Analytics, Global trends

July 5, 2015

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The Future of Financial Services

World Economic Forum “The Future of Financial Services” report. How disruptive innovations are reshaping the way financial services are structured, provisioned and consumed

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Analytics, Fintech news

July 1, 2015

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Fintech: Rebooting Financial Services

FINEXTRA: Having occupied relatively safe niches, such as payments and P2P-lending, fintech companies are now moving toward the core banking business. For them it is a multi-billion dollar opportunity to reinvent the financial services, but they won’t cope without the support of the current banking industry, according to the report by Santander InnoVentures, Oliver Wyman and Anthemis Group. Read the report  (more…)

Analytics, Global trends

June 18, 2015

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The Unbundling Of Finance

TECHCRUNCH: While remittances open the door for growth, that possibility pales in comparison to the larger opportunity for Facebook — offering a way for people who don’t use banks now to do e-commerce. According to McKinsey, there are 2.5 billion people globally who do not use formal banks or finance institutions. Their economies are almost entirely cash-based and suffer from the chicken-and-egg problem: Since no one is willing to convert cash into digital form, there is no incentive for merchants to accept electronic payments. With nothing to sustain a system of electronic money, the cycle continues. (more…)

Analytics, Fintech news, Global trends, news

May 30, 2015

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Fintech Can Be The Unbanked’s Best Hope For Financial Inclusion

TECHINASIA: If you had asked anyone in the region about fintech just a couple of years ago, you would have been met with blank stares – and not the eyes-glazing-over kind that some people get when someone mentions finance. Today, it’s the fancy, shiny sports car that just pulled up in the town square; it’s all everyone seems to be talking about, and they’re all wondering if they can hitch a ride. (more…)

Analytics, Global trends

May 23, 2015

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It’s official: cash is dying

WIRED: Cashless payment has overtaken hard cash for the first time. The UK Payments Council reports that 52 percent of transactions were made with notes and coins in 2014, but says it believes the figure will fall below 50 percent for 2015. (more…)

Analytics, Global trends, news

May 21, 2015

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The Fintech Revolution

THE ECONOMIST: Fintech has made inroads, but the incumbents still dominate day-to-day banking. For how long? THE VIEW FROM the 39th floor of One Canada Square, the pyramid-capped central tower of London’s Canary Wharf financial centre, is one most bankers would envy.

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Analytics, Fintech news, Global trends, news

May 9, 2015

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7 Ways Mobile Money Will Help Latin America

World Economic Forum: This week, the World Economic Forum comes to Latin America. From financial innovation to women’s empowerment to reducing poverty, the ambitious agenda looks to set the region on a course to deliver economic growth, poverty alleviation and more. (more…)

Analytics, Global trends

May 8, 2015

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Industry Convergence In Financial Services Is Accelerating

TECHCRUNCH: These days everyone wants to create the next Uber for anything, and the word “disruption” is mentioned across boardrooms and management meetings in nearly all industries. But while discussing the true meaning of disruption and which fintech startups are worth keeping an eye on, incumbents are at risk of overlooking players that once were customers and partners that can quickly become new digital competitors. (more…)

Analytics, Global trends, Mobile payments/banking

April 27, 2015

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FinServ 25: The Most Influential Voices In Banking

THE FINANCIAL BRAND: Determining the most influential people in banking is not just about social media scores. With this in mind, more than 100 global leaders in the financial services industry were asked to identify the top ‘influencers’ who are leading the charge in an industry being disrupted. The influencers selected are considered thought leaders on critical topics such as mobile and online delivery, digital transformation, innovation, payments, customer experience and and multichannel marketing. (more…)

Analytics, Fintech news, Global trends, news

April 27, 2015

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Why This CEO Believes An MBA Is Worthless

FORTUNE:  We’re going through a once-in-a-century transformation in business that is throwing out all the existing rules. The Leadership Insider network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in business contribute answers to timely questions about careers and leadership. Today’s answer to the question “What advice would you give someone looking to start their own business?” is by Tien Tzuo, CEO of Zuora.

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Analytics, Fintech news, Influences FinTech

April 27, 2015

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It’s Too Late, Banking Is Already Being Disrupted

BankNXTBankers may be taking undue solace in Chris Skinner’s 10 April American Banker BankThink post, ‘Like Airlines and Pharma, Banking’s Too Big to Disrupt’. I was party to ‘The Great Digital Banking Debate’ he cites in his article over whether financial technology startups will overthrow the banking industry. Although I agree with many of Mr Skinner’s points, he discusses several ideas that merit further exploration. (more…)

Analytics, Global trends

April 24, 2015

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Infographic: Global Findex 2014 – Financial Inclusion

World Bank: Financial inclusion is critical in reducing poverty and achieving inclusive economic growth. When people can participate in the financial system, they are better able to start and expand businesses, invest in their children’s education, and absorb financial shocks. In 2011 the World Bank launched the Global Findex database, the world’s most comprehensive set of data on how people save, borrow, make payments, and manage risks. The updated 2014 Global Findex database shows great progress in expanding financial inclusion – and great opportunities to expand it further.

Analytics, Global trends

April 24, 2015

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Scaling Globally From Singapore

TECHINASIA: Building a startup into a billion-dollar company is still a dream for most.  While it is easier than ever to start a business, it’s harder than ever to scale one. In the tech industry, many companies are “born global” by nature, but successfully scaling globally takes a special mix.  Over the past few years there has been a lot of valuable information and focus on starting lean, but little information as to how to cross the chasm and successfully scale into a profitable, global business.  So, what’s the magic recipe? I have assembled a short list based on my experiences of working with successful startups in the US, Europe, and Asia, and also asked local experts for their opinions. (more…)

Analytics, Global trends, InspirAsia, Singapore

April 17, 2015

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Jamie Dimon’s Annual Letter To Shareholders

In his annual letter to shareholders this week, JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon warned investors and those in the banking industry that “Silicon Valley is coming.” (more…)

Analytics, Fintech news, Global trends, news

April 9, 2015

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Why Fintech Banks Will Rule The World

Philippe Gelis, CEO at KANTOX: Last week, I had the opportunity to present Kantox and my vision of Fintech in front of around 150 bank executives from Northern Europe. After my pitch, we had a Q&A round, and one more time I had proof that bankers are not expecting at all what will happen in the next 10 years. (more…)

Analytics, Global trends, news

April 8, 2015

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The Promise Of Outsourcing To Vietnam

TECHCRUNCH:  It’s no surprise that Vietnam is being talked about as an alternative, amid rising costs and attrition rates in popular offshoring destinations like China and India. The General Statistics Office of Vietnam reports growth of almost 6 percent in GDP during 2014. Tech giants like Samsung, Microsoft, LG and Intel have invested in large operations in Vietnam, and a growing number of technology startups have secured investment. The entrepreneurial spirit on the streets of Ho Chi Minh City is palpable.

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Analytics, Global trends, InspirAsia, Vietnam

April 3, 2015

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Fintech Focus: Disruptors’ $4trn fortune

FINANCIAL NEWS: Goldman Sachs has estimated how much of the revenue and profits can traditional financial institutions lose to new tech players. Over $4 trillion in addressable revenues and $470 billion in profit. (more…)

Analytics, Global trends, news

April 2, 2015

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Yuri Milner’s Unparalleled Global Tech Gold-Mining Machine

FORBES: How a Russian investor Yuri Milner established his “gold-mining machine” (firm DST) and why he believes that the future belongs to Asia. China lifted Milner up from ranked 35 to 20 in the Forbes ranking of the best investors. Investments in Alibaba and smartphone vendor Xiaomi opened Yuri Milner’s way to the Forbes’ top 20 investors. In the past year the entrepreneur preferred China to the US.

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Analytics, China, Fintech news, Global trends, InspirAsia, news

March 25, 2015

Lee Kuan Yew’s Singapore: An Astonishing Record

The Economist: An amazing infographics from the Economist: how Singapore has become the most developed country in the world in the Lee Kuan Yew years

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Analytics, Global trends, InspirAsia, news, Singapore

March 22, 2015

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Disrupting Banking: The FinTech Startups That Are Unbundling Wells Fargo, Citi and Bank of America

CB Insights: Traditional banks are under attack from a number of emerging specialist startups. Here are the FinTech startups unbundling banking. (more…)

Analytics, Fintech news, Global trends

March 22, 2015

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Asia among Top Five Most Funded Regions in Fintech: Life.SREDA

DEALSTREETASIA: Asia joined the world’s most funded regions for the fintech industry in 2014, with startups in this space raising total of $797 million, a report said. This growth was triggered mainly by fintech investments in China, and on a global level, fintech startups have raised about $6.8 billion during this period, according to data compiled by Life.SREDA, a venture capital firm headed in Russia.

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Analytics, Global trends, Hotnews, InspirAsia

March 19, 2015

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Series C crunch will leave hundreds of Chinese startups without funding in 2015, says local VC

TECHINASIA: The lack of venture capital against the background of increased demand for it may lead to a shortage of money for growth-stage (Series C) startups in China
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Analytics, China, Global trends, InspirAsia, news

March 13, 2015

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12 International VC Firms That Have Invested in South Asian Startups

TECHINASIA: As smartphone usage booms across Asia and web services become more commonplace, private equity firms and venture capitalists are exploring the lucrative potential of the region. There are a number of global VC firms, especially in Silicon Valley that are keeping an eye on startups on the other side of the planet. Below we’ve identified some big-name VCs who have backed South Asian startups.

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Analytics, Global trends, InspirAsia

March 12, 2015

UK Financial Inclusion Report Recommends 22 Things For 2020 (Some For Banks)

THE FINANSER: Yesterday the UK’s Financial Inclusion Commission published their report on Financial Inclusion for the UK. Here’s the summary of the report.

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Analytics, Global trends

March 12, 2015