Asia’s Fintech Hub: A Long, Long Way to Go


By John Brazier for Waters Technology

John reflects on one of this month’s articles on the race between Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong and Malaysia to be the go-to destination for financial technology investment and development in Asia. (more…)

About, Banks, Fintech news, Global trends, Government activities, Hotnews, InspirAsia

August 12, 2016


It’s game on as Mondo, the UK banking startup, finally becomes a licensed bank

By Steve O’Hear for

Mondo, the U.K. mobile banking startup and probably the noisiest of the new breed of British challenger banks, is now officially, well, a bank. (more…)

Banks, Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews

August 12, 2016


Citi Bolsters Healthcare Banking Team

By Reuters

Citi is following in the footsteps of Leerink Partners and Barclays. (more…)

Banks, Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews

August 12, 2016


Competition watchdogs to enforce smartphone banking revolution

Britain’s biggest banks are will be forced to offer customers a revolution in mobile banking with the same services available on smartphones as can be found in high street branches, competition watchdogs have said today.


Banks, Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews

August 9, 2016


Tilt dives into one-to-one payments

By Mathew Lynley for

Here’s a sentence you might not have expected to read: a service built around crowdfunding is building in a one-to-one payments option in what might be one of the most increasingly crowded spaces in the U.S. (more…)

Cashless, Global trends, Hotnews, Mobile payments/banking, p2p-payments

August 9, 2016


US government to auction $1.6 million in Bitcoin from cases like Silk Road this month

By Nate Swanner for the Next Web

The US government has announced it will look to auction 2,719 Bitcoin it seized during cases like Silk Road. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Global trends, Hotnews

August 9, 2016


Watchdog’s banking tech reform ‘not enough’

By Brian Miligan for BBC

A shake-up in UK retail banking has been criticised by consumer groups and economists as not going far enough. (more…)

Banks, Government activities, Hotnews

August 9, 2016

Is Alibaba’s Finance Cloud the future of banking in China?

by Zennon Kapron for Kapron Asia

Over the past few months Alibaba’s ‘Finance Cloud’ has gained significant traction with an estimated 40+ banks subscribing to some, if not all, of the services available on the financial platform. Far from just a cloud platform, Ali Finance Cloud is the closest we have seen to ‘Bank in the Cloud.’


Cashless, China, Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews, InspirAsia

August 8, 2016


Trading Tech Accelerates Toward Speed of Light

By Vera Sprothen for WSJ

Financial-technology startups are arming traders with devices that shave precious nanoseconds off stock-market bets (more…)

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

August 8, 2016


Britain’s fintech sector seeks light at end of Brexit tunnel

By Jemima Kelly for Reuters

Six weeks after Britain’s vote to leave the European Union threw London’s future as a leading global fintech hub into doubt, there are tentative signs the country’s reputation for innovation in financial services will survive. (more…)

Global trends, Government activities, Hotnews

August 8, 2016


What can happen when mortgage lenders become VCs

By John Mannes for

Buying a home in Silicon Valley is no joke. (more…)

Global trends, Government activities, Hotnews

August 6, 2016


Blockchain Reaches a Tipping Point


Blockchain is bringing the ledger to the internet age


Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Global trends, Hotnews

August 6, 2016


What Asian Banks Can Learn From Amazon About Working For Fintech

By Vladislav Solodkiy for Forbes

Last Friday, a very interesting deal remained almost unnoticed in the market – and how wrong that was! French banking group BCPE is acquiring German online-bank Fidor. Earlier this quarter, there were two similar news items – Chinese Ant Financial (owner of AliPay e-wallet) was considering taking a 25% stake in German Wirecard (Alibaba denied this information later), while the German fintech-holding FinLeap has launched solarisBank company. (more…)


August 4, 2016


UOB partners with cloud accounting firm Xero to ease SMEs’ bookkeeping woes

By Yong Heong Tung for E27

Xero’s small business customers under UOB can now automatically send transactions to cloud, and do away with downloading statements manually (more…)

Analytics, Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews, InspirAsia

August 4, 2016



The Great FinTech Robo Advisor Race

By Falguni Deaai for Forbes

Perhaps no other sub sector of the fintech arena has received as much institutional and retail interest as the robo advisors. The business of financial planning and personal investment affects large pools of capital and large investor segments. Innovation in the investment technology space is creating a fierce race among startups, brokerages, wealth management firms and insurance companies to serve a shifting and evolving account base. But there are many factors to consider as competition heats up. (more…)

Banks, Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews

August 2, 2016


Looking beyond the hype at fintech in Southeast Asia

by  for

From the offices of Venture Capital firms to the financial services districts, you may not be able to escape the promising whispers of fintech startups. Take a structural shift to mobile, an ever decreasing cost of computing power, the availability of lots of (big!) data, mix in one part artificial intelligence, one part distributed ledgers and we have the perfect recipe for how technology will change the face of banking and insurance forever. (more…)

Banks, Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews, InspirAsia

August 2, 2016


This Is Your Life, Brought to You by Private Equity

hugely influential. Here’s how it plays out in your daily life.


About, Analytics, Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews

August 2, 2016


Personal finance bot Trim says it’s saved users $6 million — and counting

By Khari Johnson for Centure Beat

Since Thomas Smyth and Daniel Petkevich created the chatbot Trim to rid their personal bank accounts of forgotten but costly subscription fees seven months ago, it has helped more than 50,000 people save $6.3 million. (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews, PFM/PFP services

August 1, 2016


The Nepalese guide to a bank-free savings account

By John Dennehy for

In Kagbeni, Nepal, a village of fewer than 1,000 people nestled high in the Himalayas, rupees change hands inside shops and barley is traded for buckwheat in the streets, but there is no modern way to store wealth. The nearest bank is a three-hour hike away; while most villagers have a drawer or plastic bag filled with badly worn rupees, few bother making routine deposits or withdrawals. (more…)

Banks, Deals, Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews

August 1, 2016


Pact With Visa Puts PayPal on Defensive


Two months ago, Visa Inc. Chief Executive Officer Charles Scharf told analysts that Visa and PayPal Holdings Inc. could go through one of two doors. One was a partnership. “The other door is where we go full steam and compete with them in ways that people have never seen.” (more…)

Banks, eWallets, Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews

August 1, 2016


A Q&A with DFJ Partner, Bill Bryant, on “unicorn” valuations and startup investing

By ,  for

Pundits are painting a picture of doom and gloom for startups, saying it will be harder to raise money. What do you think? (more…)

Columns, Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews, Influences FinTech

August 1, 2016


One Berlin startup wants to make sharing your data as easy as sharing your money

By Oscar Lopez for

When digital currency bitcoin took the world by storm a few years ago, blockchain, the technology behind it, was heralded as the future of financial transactions. By removing the middle-man, in bitcoin’s case a bank, blockchain transactions occur peer-to-peer. The open, decentralized network means every transaction is recorded, and must be approved by every other node in the network. That makes transactions more transparent, and more secure. It’s sort of like playing Monopoly, but instead of choosing one person to be the banker, everyone is, and no property can be bought or sold without all players agreeing on the validity and terms of the sale. Plus, all sales are recorded and cannot be amended or deleted. (more…)

Analytics, Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews

August 1, 2016

Jack Ma Takes on Murky Chinese Charities in Blockchain Foray

By  for Bloomberg

Chinese billionaire Jack Ma wants to pry the lid off China’s opaque charities. Ant Financial, the affiliate of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. he controls, is using the technology behind bitcoin to record transactions and improve the accountability of the country’s philanthropic organizations. (more…)

Analytics, Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews, InspirAsia

August 1, 2016

Groupe BPCE agrees to buy Fidor


German digital challenger bank Fidor is being bought by France’s Groupe BPCE. Fidor will continue to operate as an independent business following the acquisition, terms of which have not been disclosed. (more…)

Banks, Hotnews

July 29, 2016


The rise and rise of Mexican fintech

By Frederico Antoni for

Nothing tells the story of how the Mexican tech ecosystem is steaming ahead in Latin America quite like the rise of fintech. (more…)

Banks, Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews, InspirAsia

July 29, 2016


Amazon debuts a dedicated shop for Kickstarter products

By Sarah Perez for

Funding a project on Kickstarter is like placing a bet – will the project ever work? Will it ship? Or will you just be out a chunk of change? That said, the crowdfunding platform has enabled a number of companies to get off the ground, including those that range from gadgets and electronics to toys and home goods, among other things. Today, Amazon announced it’s teaming up with Kickstarter to offer those successful Kickstarter products a way to reach more customers through a dedicated section on Amazon’s website. (more…)

Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews, InspirAsia

July 29, 2016


Google (and Facebook) are getting almost all digital ad money

By Harriett Taylor for CNBC 

With Alphabet and Facebook crushing analyst estimates in the second quarter — while Twitter delivered a mixed quarter — it is a tale of two cities when it comes to the three biggest independent U.S. tech companies whose businesses rely on ads.

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

July 29, 2016


Takeaways From the Bank of Japan’s Policy Decision

By WSJ Staff

The Bank of Japan disappointed investors with its limited expansion of monetary stimulus Friday. Here are five takeaways from the central bank’s policy decision.


Banks, Deals, Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews, InspirAsia, Japan

July 29, 2016


Monese, the UK banking app for immigrants and expats, finally lands on iOS

By Steve O’Hear for

For all the hype around fintech, not least in London, Monese is a startup that has pragmatism at its heart. It’s not trying to be an actual bank — in the technical, banking license sense — but does enable immigrants and expats, who might otherwise find it hard to open a bank account outside of their home country, to access core banking services. (more…)

Banks, Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews

July 29, 2016