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Malaysian government-backed MDEC launches digital hub and entrepreneur initiatives; aims to help startups scale globally

By Yon Heong Tung for e27

Government-backed innovation agency Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) has announced two new initiatives that will bolster the country’s digitalisation efforts. (more…)

Government activities, Hotnews

April 20, 2017

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Steve Ballmer Spends Millions To Redesign Government Information

By Mark Wilson for Co.Design

The former Microsoft CEO and current Clippers owner wants to give back through a powerful data visualization tool.

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Government activities, Hotnews

April 20, 2017

Nomura sets up Indian fintech programme; creates $92 million startup investment fund

Japanese investment bank Nomura has set up a fintech programme in India, inviting entrepreneurs to join it at a Mumbai base to build new tools for capital markets. (more…)

Fintech news, Government activities, Hotnews, InspirAsia

April 20, 2017

Japanese Government Unveils Evaluation Process for Blockchain Platforms

By Samburaj Das for CCN.la
In a month where bitcoin gains prominence in Japan’s mainstream after the cryptocurrency saw recognition as a legal method of payment, the Japanese government has revealed a method to evaluate blockchain platforms that are widely expected to transform a number of industries. (more…)

Government activities, InspirAsia, Marketing Report, Payment processors/providers/gateways

April 19, 2017

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CHINA: THE WORLD’S NEW FINTECH LEADER

By Alexander Jones, International Banker

The centre of financial technology (or fintech) is migrating eastwards. (more…)

Fintech news, Government activities, InspirAsia

April 16, 2017

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Zenefits fined $1.2 million by NY regulator for unlicensed insurance sales

By Reuters

Health benefits broker Zenefits was fined $1.2 million with New York’s financial services regulator on Tuesday for letting unlicensed employees solicit, negotiate and sell insurance policies, the latest regulatory blow for the software startup. (more…)

Government activities, Hotnews

April 12, 2017

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Digital hubs take center stage as the Malaysian startup ecosystem leans into developing the digital economy

By Lyra Reyes for e27.com

Situated at the heart of SEA, Malaysia’s strategic location affords it the capability of easily connecting to a regional market of over 625 million people as it shares land and maritime borders with 6 countries. (more…)

Fintech news, Global trends, Government activities, InspirAsia, Payment processors/providers/gateways

April 10, 2017

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WhatsApp makes P2P payments play in India

Facebook-owned messaging service WhatsApp is advertising for a digital transaction lead with experience of UPI, Aadhaar and BHIM, in a move which is seen as the precursor to the launch of a peer-to-peer payments service in India. (more…)

Fintech news, Global trends, Government activities, Hotnews, InspirAsia, p2p-payments

April 5, 2017

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Ma’s MoneyGram deal threatened as lawmakers cite China risks

Chinese billionaire Jack Ma’s latest U.S. expansion plan is facing rising political obstacles. (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, Global trends, Government activities, Hotnews

April 1, 2017

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Singapore Exchange said to mull tie-ups as deals grow harder

By Bloomberg

Even as regulators crack down on yet another round of consolidation among exchange operators – at least one major bourse is still keen to pursue deals. (more…)

Global trends, Government activities, InspirAsia

March 30, 2017

UK financial fraud data for 2016 published

By Financial Fraud Action

Financial fraud losses across payment cards, remote banking and cheques totalled £768.8 million in 2016, an increase of 2 per cent on the previous year, figures from Financial Fraud Action UK show. (more…)

Government activities, Security

March 30, 2017

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How banks use investment funds to spread CRA risk

By Allison Prang for American Banker,

Banks of all sizes — from Bank of America to the $1 billion-asset Howard Bank near Baltimore — are investing in small-business loan funds to promote economic development while sharing risk. (more…)

Banks, Deals, Government activities, Hotnews

March 28, 2017

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Singapore Exchange boosts tech sector, investor interest and support driving the next wave in technology disruption

Tech stocks listed in Singapore outperformed the benchmark in average return and valuations over the past five years, reflecting investor interest against the backdrop of a new wave in technology disruption. (more…)

Government activities

March 27, 2017

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MAS to roll out national KYC utility for Singapore

By Finextra

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) is piloting a national know-your-customer (KYC) utility for financial services, based on the MyInfo digital identity service, jointly developed by the Ministry of Finance and GovTech, the lead agency for digital and data strategy in Singapore. (more…)

Government activities, Hotnews, Singapore

March 24, 2017

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Central bank of Singapore wants to set up new framework for investment funds

By  for TechinAsia

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) continues to make it easier for investors to set up new funds and operate in the city-state. Today it announced it has opened a public consultation on a new corporate structure for investment funds. People can submit their comments on a number of questions posed in the consultation paper. (more…)

Global trends, Government activities, Hotnews, Payment processors/providers/gateways, Singapore

March 23, 2017

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MAS Conclusion about Distributed Ledger Technology in Securities Settlement and Cross Border Payments

By FintechNews.Sg

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) today announced the successful conclusion of the proof-of-concept project to conduct domestic inter-bank payments using distributed ledger technology (DLT). The project, in partnership with R3 and a consortium of financial institutions, was first announced on 16 November 2016 by MAS. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Government activities, InspirAsia

March 22, 2017

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State Bank of Vietnam establishes fintech steering committee

Governor of the State Bank of Vietnam (SBV) signed Decision No.328/QĐ-NHNN to establish SBV Steering Committee on Financial Technology (Steering Committee on Fintech). (more…)

Banks, Government activities

March 21, 2017

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How PSD2 Will Change Europe’s Banks For The Better

By Artem Tymoshenko for LTP

Banking has always been a very conservative industry. If liquidity drops too low, entire markets can grind to a halt. Open yourself up too much and you become susceptible to fraud and theft. Striking the perfect balance is difficult. In every economy, one of the government’s primary concerns is securing a steady flow of money in the door, while trying to ensure that it doesn’t fly out the window. (more…)

Government activities

March 21, 2017

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Tandem rocked by £29 million funding halt

Digital challenger bank Tandem has been rocked by news that Sanpower, the Chinese conglomerate which owns House of Fraser, has been forced to cancel a £29 million cash injection intended to help the startup meet regulatory capital requirements. (more…)

Banks, Government activities, Mobile-first banks

March 21, 2017

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Govt-Backed ‘Crypto Valley Association’ Launches in Switzerland

By CryptoCoins News

Fintech-friendly Switzerland sees the launch of a new non-profit blockchain advocacy and development group with the launch of the Crypto Valley Association, backed by the government. (more…)

Blockchain, Fintech news, Global trends, Government activities, Payment processors/providers/gateways

March 3, 2017

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UK & US Fintech Working Group to explore regtech

By Finextra

Innovate Finance, the independent membership association that represents the UK’s global FinTech community, together with its strategic partner Hogan Lovells, is looking at the potentially transformative role that regulatory technology (RegTech) might play in tackling the fragmented US financial environment.  (more…)

Fintech news, Government activities

February 28, 2017

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Payments transformation: How banks can innovate to stay relevant – A Banking Byte event

By Finextra

The payments landscape is changing profoundly and all banks recognise that their payments strategies and technology stacks need to change in response. The drivers for transformation are clear: regulation, notably the revised Payment Services Directive (PSD2), changing customer behaviour, and rapidly evolving technology.  (more…)

Fintech news, Government activities, Open Source/ API, Payment processors/providers/gateways

February 28, 2017

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How Government Organizations Can Set the pace for Blockchain Technology Adoption

By CryptoCoins News

All types of organizations stand to gain new benefits from blockchain technology, but governments are uniquely positioned to not only gain such benefits for themselves, but to help establish blockchain infrastructure that benefits all business and consumer sectors. (more…)

Blockchain, Fintech news, Global trends, Government activities

February 28, 2017

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Korean Central Bank To Deploy R3’s Blockchain Proof Of Concept

By CryptoCoin News

The Bank of Korea plans to execute the R3 consortium proof-of-concept blockchain technology project. Kim Jung-hyuk, head of the e-finance planning team for the bank’s financial supervisory service, announced the project at the Digital Money 2017 conference, according to EconoTimes. (more…)

Blockchain, Fintech news, Government activities, Korea

February 24, 2017

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FinTech Investment in Australia Increased in 2016; Slumps Around the World

By CryptoCoins News

Analysis has found that investment in Australia’s FinTech startups rose last year compared to the rest of the world.

 

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Analytics, Fintech news, Government activities, Marketing Report

February 24, 2017

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British, Canadian regulators agree to assist fintechs

By Reuters

British and Canadian regulators have signed an agreement to make it easier for financial technology companies to expand in each other’s markets, they said on Wednesday. (more…)

Fintech news, Government activities

February 23, 2017

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India wants to make credit and debit cards obsolete for payments

By Mashable

Ever since India invalidated much of its cash, it has been encouraging its citizens to switch to mobile wallets and other epayment solutions. Today, it took another step in pushing its citizens to embark on the cashless payment solutions — but early boomers aren’t going to like it.  (more…)

Cashless, eWallets, Government activities, Mobile payments/banking

February 23, 2017

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EU To End Geoblocking For Digital Currency Users, Blockchain, Bitcoin Wallets Affected

By William Suberg for The CoinTelegraph

The European Union is seeking to end geoblocking of citizens in member states who use digital currencies.

A draft outline by the European Union Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection “aims to lift any unjustified barriers in e-commerce and to be a decisive step towards the completion of the Digital Single Market.” (more…)

Cryptocurrencies, Government activities, news

February 22, 2017

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Tread Carefully, JD Finance

By  for Bloomberg

A week after lauding JD.com Inc.’s finance affiliate for moving into new and growing businesses (auto insurance), I should probably pause to add a caveat: tread carefully. (more…)

About, China, Credit scoring, Crowdfunding/investing, Fintech news, Government activities, p2p/online lending

February 21, 2017

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World Government Not Ready For Blockchain: Deloitte Report

By William Suberg for The CoinTelegraph

The latest report by accounts giant Deloitte suggests world governments are underprepared for disruptive technologies including Blockchain. (more…)

Blockchain, Fintech news, Government activities, Marketing Report

February 19, 2017