This Bank’s App Has 25 Million Active Users

By John Maxfield for

Which bank has the most monthly active users of its mobile application? The answer is JPMorgan Chase, followed by Bank of America and Wells Fargo. For these banks, the widespread adoption of mobile banking couldn’t come soon enough. (more…)

Banks, Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews

July 25, 2016



Banks switch from phone menus to robot advice

Few household chores are as infuriating as spending an age on the phone to complain to your bank, recover a lost password or answer some minor financial query. (more…)

Banks, Deals, Global trends, Hotnews, InspirAsia

July 25, 2016



BNL Growth Partners joins Banking on Blockchain fund

By Finextra

The ’smartmoney’ company of former IND Group founders has partnered up with the Banking on Blockchain Fund to fuel investments and facilitate banking use cases in the CEE blockchain space. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Deals, Hotnews

July 23, 2016



Maturing FinTech Startups Find Paths into Established Financial Firms

By Kom Nash For WSJ

NEW YORK — Ten startups gathered on Manhattan’s far west side Wednesday for what now has become a familiar exercise: Demo day at the local FinTech accelerator. At the event, hosted by Startupbootcamp, participants touted products and shared stories about the challenges of getting banks to incorporate new technology. (more…)

Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews, news

July 23, 2016



Peer-To-Peer Lending In China – 30% Interest, Pays Monthly…

Peer-To-Peer Lending In China by Henry Zhang, CFA – Matthew Asia

While I was on a recent research trip in China, I overheard something in an elevator that was quite worrisome. Two young office workers, who happened to be sharing the same elevator with me, were discussing an investment product that one of them had purchased a few months back. “The product offers30% interest and pays interest monthly,” she told her friend. “I’ve already received several monthly payments. And I think it is trustworthy…” (more…)

Global trends, Hotnews, InspirAsia, Mobile payments/banking, p2p/online lending

July 23, 2016



What’s Fintech? Nasdaq and KBW Offer an Answer With a New Index

Here is Exhibit A for those who think “fintech” is overhyped and for those who think it is just getting started: A new stock index. (more…)

Fintech news, Global trends, Government activities, Hotnews

July 23, 2016

Asia Attracts Record Venture Capital Investment In Q2 2016

Asia Attracts Record Venture Capital Investment in Q2 2016 by Preqin (more…)

Analytics, Deals, Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews

July 20, 2016

People look at items on sale during the annual Braderie de Lille (Lille Fleamarket) on September 1, 2012 in Lille, northern France. At least two million visitors are expected over the weekend at the Braderie, one of Europe's largest fleamarket, gathering about ten thousands professional salesmen and Lille residents who want to sell or exchange their unwanted good. AFP PHOTO PHILIPPE HUGUEN        (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/GettyImages)


Can Blockchains Disrupt the Internet’s Monopolies?

By Brady Dale for the Observer 

A German journalist argues at TEDxHamburg that decentralized databases could deliver on the internet’s unmet promise (more…)

Analytics, Banks, Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews

July 20, 2016



The Central Bankers’ Bold New Idea: Print Bitcoins

When it comes to bitcoin and digital currencies, central banks might be considering the adage: “If you can’t beat them, join them.” (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Deals, Global trends, Hotnews

July 20, 2016



What’s Fintech? Nasdaq and KBW Offer an Answer With a New Index

By Telis Demos for WSJ

Investment bank Keefe, Bruyette & Woods and exchange operator offer KBW Nasdaq Financial Technology Index


Analytics, Banks, Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews

July 20, 2016

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SoftBank to acquire UK’s Arm Holdings for £24.3bn

By Arash Massoudi, James Fontanella-Khan and Richard Waters ifor Financial Times 

Japan’s SoftBank has agreed to buy the UK’s Arm Holdings for £24.3bn in a big bet that the British smartphone chip designer can help it become a leader in one of the next big technology markets, the “internet of things”. (more…)

Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews, InspirAsia

July 19, 2016

Fortune Brainstorm TECH 2016 

2:00 PM
From digital currencies like Bitcoin to decentralized real estate ownership records, the blockchain continues to be one of the tech world’s most promising and perplexing technologies. Join a group of entrepreneurs and investors to discuss whether blockchain technologies will spark a revolution—or end up on the coding room floor.
Brian Armstrong, CEO, Coinbase
Jim Breyer, CEO, Breyer Capital
Adam Ludwin, CEO, Chain
Justin Newton, CEO and CTO, Netki
Moderator: Robert Hackett, Reporter, Fortune
Finance Track hosted by RBC Capital Markets

PHOTOGRAPH BY Kevin Moloney/Fortune Brainstorm TECH


Here’s What You Missed About the Blockchain and Pokémon at Brainstorm Tech

By Robert Hackett for Fortune

The hope and hype

Back at sea level, I’ve finally kicked the dizzying, dehydrating bout of altitude sickness that took hold in Aspen, where Fortune held its annual Brainstorm Tech conference this week. (Maybe it was just the excitement?) For those not in attendance, here’s a quick recap of the roundtables I had the pleasure of moderating.


Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews

July 19, 2016



MarketInvoice, the UK invoice finance platform, raises another £7.2M

By Steve O’Hear for

MarketInvoice, which plays in the peer-to-peer lending space by enabling U.K. businesses to raise money from institutional investors and high net worth individuals by ‘selling’ outstanding invoices, has raised a further £7.2 million. (more…)

Global trends, Hotnews, p2p-payments, SME

July 19, 2016



Who’ll Be The ‘Netflix’ Of Payments?

By Karen Webster for Pymnts

If you’re like most people, at some point over the weekend, you probably watched something onNetflix. Eighty-one million people consume more than 100 million hours of programming every day via this wildly popular app. I am one of those 81 million people who, this month, is hooked on the drama of the Rayburn family in “Bloodline.” That Danny Rayburn is one bad dude. (more…)

Analytics, Hotnews, InspirAsia, Mobile payments/banking

July 19, 2016



Baidu invests in ZestFinance to develop search-powered credit scoring for China

By Jon Russel for

Baidu has made its second investment in a U.S. fintech company inside a month after it put an undisclosed sum of money into ZestFinance, a big data firm specializing in credit scoring. Baidu, which operates China’s dominant search platform, took part in a $60 million round for payments firm Circle in June. (more…)

Banks, China, Deals, Fintech news, Government activities, Hotnews, InspirAsia, SME

July 19, 2016

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The 16 hottest Nordic fintech startups

By Oscar Williams Grut for Business Insider

Financial technology, better known as fintech, is absolutely exploding around the world right now, with new businesses springing up doing everything from online lending to handling cryptocurrencies. (more…)

Global trends, Government activities, Hotnews, Mobile payments/banking, p2p-payments

July 19, 2016



You can’t have financial inclusion without digital inclusion

by  for

One of the most exciting aspects of fintech is the promise of delivering financial services to the unbanked and underbanked population of the world. According to the World Bank, 2 billion people are still unbanked in the world today. (more…)

Analytics, Banks, Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews, Influences FinTech

July 15, 2016



How artificial intelligence, peer-to-peer technology and blockchain are changing the insurance industry forever

By Harriet Green for City AM

Just as fintech is transforming the banking world, “insurtech” has set its sights on the insurance industry. (more…)

Analytics, Global trends, Hotnews, InspirAsia

July 15, 2016



Android Pay launches in Australia

By Jon Russel for

Google is continuing the expansion of Android Pay in Asia Pacific after the mobile payments service went live in Australia today, its most significant launch in the region to date. (more…)

Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews, Mobile payments/banking

July 14, 2016

Lessons from a Long-Forgotten ‘Fintech Bank’

By Bryan Yurkan for American Banker

Sometimes pioneers are forgotten by the time their idea comes into vogue. (more…)

Banks, Columns, Global trends, Government activities, Hotnews

July 14, 2016



Blockchain and benefits – a dangerous mix?


The government has quietly launched a bold experiment using the technology behind the virtual currency Bitcoin – and, if anybody notices, it could prove hugely controversial. That is because the trial involves the payment of benefits and could conceivably involve very sensitive data being made public – or at least that’s the concern of some critics. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews

July 14, 2016



Opening the gates on Indian financial data

by  for

India’s digital landscape is changing faster than we can imagine, and it could mean huge improvements in financial access for many. As we speak, three key factors are converging to create a new, more robust digital ecosystem in India, permanently changing the way we do business. (more…)

Analytics, Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews, India, InspirAsia

July 13, 2016



Pokémon Go is everything that is wrong with late capitalism

By Timothy B.Lee for Vox

Last week, two things happened that will have long-lasting impact on American society and the global economy. First, the yield on the 10-year Treasury fell to a record low of 1.366 percent. Second, Nintendo released Pokémon Go, a mobile game that in a matter of days has become a viral sensation. (more…)

Global trends, Hotnews

July 13, 2016

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The Digital Economy Rewards Speed

By Falguni Desai for Forbes

Large companies have amazing brands. They have global armies of salespeople, service teams and staff. Their balance sheets are flush with cash.  But despite their largess, they lack speed. The rise of certain startups is exposing this issue. Employee engagement surveys also point out this weakness. (more…)

Analytics, Global trends, Government activities, Hotnews

July 13, 2016



Insurance is ready for an upgrade

By Sam Friedman for

Insurance may be widely perceived as a sleepy backwater when it comes to innovation in technology, but that’s about to change. (more…)

Analytics, Global trends, Government activities, Hotnews

July 11, 2016

A demonstrator for the "Leave" campaign holds a placard outside Houses of Parliament in London, U.K., on Wednesday, June 15, 2016. The Brexit battle took to London's River Thames as boats supporting the "Leave" and "Remain" campaigns jostled for space, while Irish rock star Bob Geldof harangued U.K. Independence Party leader Nigel Farage using a sound system. Photographer: Luke MacGregor/Bloomberg via Getty Images


Why FinTech Could Be a Casualty of Brexit

By Aaron Klein for Fortune

But London may remain a finance hub. (more…)

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

July 11, 2016

The Stephansplatz is a square at the geographical centre of Vienna. It is named after its most prominent building, the Stephansdom, Vienna's cathedral and one of the tallest churches in the world.


Austria: The up-and-coming early-stage investment capital of europe

by ,  for

To many, Austria can seem like a country of the past, one whose very charm lies in the fact that its best days are behind it. The Austro-Hungarian Empire collapsed almost 100 years ago, and, with it, the aspirations this landlocked, Central European nation of 8.5 million had to control the global stage. (more…)

Banks, Global trends, Hotnews

July 9, 2016


Google is already fighting hackers from the future with post-quantum cryptography


For years, experts have warned users to use secure browser communications whenever possible. If you visit a site and the URL in your browser’s address bar starts with “https://”, you know the communication between your computer and the server is encrypted.  (more…)

Analytics, Cryptocurrencies, Hotnews

July 9, 2016



In Mobile Payments War, Big Banks Strike Back

By Aaron Back for WSJ

For years, nimble technology companies like PayPal and Apple have been disrupting the staid world of payments. But now, old-fashioned banks are getting serious about catching up. Given their inherent advantages, they shouldn’t be counted out. (more…)

Hotnews, Mobile payments/banking

July 9, 2016

The Best Global Cities For Working In Tech

By Lydia Dishman for Fast company

Silicon Valley is known across the globe as the cradle of tech innovation. Currently, it’s home to startups and the establishment, from Apple and Google to Uber and Slack. More hopefuls beat a path to this locus in the hopes that thecluster effect will bolster their chances of success. (more…)

Global trends, Hotnews

July 9, 2016