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MAS to reboot e-KYC project

via The Business Times

THE Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) will have a second go at its failed electronic know-your customer (e-KYC) project, said MAS managing director Ravi Menon on Wednesday.

The centralised KYC utility idea was first proposed in 2017, and was meant to allow financial institutions to identify and verify potential customers’ details in a seamless way. (more…)

InspirAsia, Security, Singapore

November 13, 2019

165

Australian neo bank 86 400 rolls out digital mortgage offering

via Finextra 

Just nine weeks after going live to the general public, Australian neo bank 86 400 has entered the mortgage business, offering entirely digital home loans through a network of brokers. (more…)

Banks, InspirAsia, Mobile-first banks

November 12, 2019

275

Tandem starts global expansion with Hong Kong launch

via AltFi

Digital challenger bank Tandem is expanding to Hong Kong as it begins an international expansion strategy.

The firm launched in the UK in 2016 and then swiftly, and somewhat unexpectedly, bought Harrods bank. 

Now it says it offers a full-service digital bank, offering a suite of financial products in the UK, including savings accounts, mortgages, credit cards and loans but has kept quiet on plans to launch in other geographies unlike other digital banks such as Revolut and Monzo. (more…)

Banks, Hong Kong, InspirAsia, Mobile-first banks

November 8, 2019

275

Queensland neobank preps 2020 launch

via Finextra 

A new Australian fintech, DayTek Capital, is due to launch “Infinity” in the first half of 2020 with a vision to becoming the first “product-disruptive” bank in Australia.

Initially starting with a prepaid card, the business is already working towards its Restricted Authorised Deposit-Taking Institution Licence, with an aim for it to be completed later that year.

Infinity has already generated great interest in Australia, with the federal government offering assistance in support of the venture. Trade & Investment Queensland, the Queensland Government’s dedicated global business promotion agency, is also supporting Infinity and its potential to create skilled jobs in Queensland.

(more…)

Banks, Global trends, InspirAsia

November 7, 2019

313

The future of neo-banks and inside Revolut’s Singaporean launch

via Sifted

It was widely reported last week that Revolut launched its travel card in Singapore, its first move in Asia. But there are few obstacles ahead.

Last week Sifted welcomed two guests to our first remote roundtable to discuss the fate of challenger banks. The panellists were Roxane Sanguinetti, a former Bank of America Merrill Lynch trader who now runs a capital markets fintech, and George Davies, a managing partner at European venture capital fund Hambro Perks.

The conversation centred on neobanks’ need for niches, the fragility of young brands and their survival prospects. (more…)

Analytics, Banks, InspirAsia, Mobile-first banks, Singapore

October 28, 2019

279

Digital bank Up strikes TransferWise deal for overseas payments

via Startup Daily

App-based neobank Up is partnering with fellow fintech TransferWise to offer international payments in 52 currencies.

More than 130,000 Up users will be able to make overseas payments from their transaction account under the deal.

Up co-founder Dom Pym said the integration with TransferWise makes them the first Australian bank offering international money transfers with no exchange rate markups. (more…)

Banks, InspirAsia, Mobile-first banks, Remittances

October 15, 2019

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Neo Bank Juno Raises $3Mn Seed Funding From Sequoia, Polychain

via Inc42 Media

Founded in July 2019, Juno  has been built using Ethereum blockchain and Nuo protocol. The platform aims to decentralise lending and borrowing of digital assets. With the new funding the company wants to expand its team in Singapore and India and apply for a license in select markets. (more…)

Banks, Blockchain, Deals, India, InspirAsia

October 10, 2019

860

5 Trends That Will Dominate at Singapore FinTech Festival 2019

The Singapore FinTech Festival 2019 is fast approaching with just under two months remaining until the week-long program, which promises to provide groundbreaking innovations to promote growth and development in the financial sector.

The third edition of the festival, held last November, had about 45,000 participants and exhibitors from all over the world. The event attracts a large number of different attendees including; executives, corporate and financial institution representatives, innovators, start-ups and investors.

This year’s festival will feature a host of events ranging from The Global FinTech Accelerator Demo Day to conferences, exhibitions and an awards ceremony. (more…)

Fintech news, Global trends, Influences FinTech, InspirAsia, Singapore

October 9, 2019

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Cybersecurity company Acronis hits unicorn status after raising $147 million led by Goldman Sachs

via TechCrunch

Cybersecurity solutions provider Acronis announced today that it has raised $147 million in funding led by Goldman Sachs, bringing it to unicorn status. The company did not disclose its valuation, but founder and CEO Serguei Beloussov told TechCrunch that it is between $1 billion and $2 billion.

Founded in Singapore as a data backup and recovery company in 2003 and now headquartered in Switzerland, Acronis currently has more than 1,400 employees in 18 countries. Its cyber protection technology is used by 5 million consumers and 500,000 businesses. (more…)

Deals, InspirAsia, Security, Singapore

September 18, 2019

515

New bank in town: Xinja the latest ‘neobank’ to get its full licence

Via The Sydney Morning Herald

Xinja, the latest “neobank” to be given a full banking licence in Australia, is looking to raise more than $50 million from big investors as part of its plan to disrupt the lucrative retail banking sector. In a key milestone that allows the bank to take deposits from the public, Xinja was on Monday granted an unrestricted licence from the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA). (more…)

Banks, InspirAsia

September 9, 2019

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Namaste Credit becomes neobank

via FinTech Futures 

Indian online lending marketplace Namaste Credit announced it is becoming a “fully-fledged digital-only bank” for micro small and medium businesses (MSMEs).

The neobank will have a “foundational software-as-a-service (SaaS) play” and aims to offer the first one-stop-shop for MSMEs. It will include automated credit, banking and accounting solutions.

Soon-to-be-launched app ‘Namaste Biz’ will centralise MSME’s cash flow and banking and credit management. (more…)

Banks, India, InspirAsia, SME

September 5, 2019

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Neobank Yelo raises funding from Matrix Partners, Omidyar, others

via DEALSTREETASIA

Personalized neobanking service Yelo said on Wednesday it has raised seed round funding from Matrix Partners India, Omidyar Network India, Flourish and current investor, Better Capital.

Yelo describes itself as a digital-only mobile-first neobank with a custom-made suite of financial products for remittance, healthcare, education, e-commerce, and day-to-day cash flow management. (more…)

Banks, Deals, India, InspirAsia, Mobile-first banks

September 5, 2019

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Neobank Arival surpasses crowdfund target

via FinTech Futures

Singapore-based neobank, Arival, has surpassed its £700,000 crowdfunding target on Crowdcube following its announcement in June to become the first licensed digital bank in the US this year.

The three-year-old bank has raised £1,214,136 so far, before it closes the round at midnight on 6 September. Currently Arival has a pre-money valuation of £12,012,061.

Targeted users for the neobank are those rejected by other banks, including E-Residency businesses, expats and refugees, cryptocurrency and blockchain-related businesses, politically exposed persons, and digital influencers. (more…)

Banks, Crowdfunding/investing, Hotnews, InspirAsia, Mobile-first banks, Singapore

September 2, 2019

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Singapore Begins Accepting Applications for New Digital Bank Licenses for Non Bank Players

via Crowdfund Insider 

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has commenced accepting applications for digital bank licenses. The new licenses are for aspiring non-bank Fintechs. MAS seeks to ensure that Singapore’s banking sector continues to be resilient, competitive and vibrant. Applicants must have their paperwork in by December 31, 2019. (more…)

Banks, Government activities, InspirAsia, Singapore

August 29, 2019

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Neobank Joust Raises $2.6M To Bank Freelancer Wages

via PYMNTS

The funding round was led by PTB Ventures, with help from Accion Venture Lab, Financial Venture Studio and Techstars.

Founded by Lamine Zarrad and George Kurtyka in 2017, Joust aims to help independent professionals find more financial stability and avoid late payments amid the irregular payment system for freelance work. The bank guarantees invoice payments and has a “PayArmour” feature for same-day funding, which is available as an app in Google Play and the Apple App Store. (more…)

Banks, InspirAsia, Mobile-first banks

August 12, 2019

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Ex-Lazada CMO’s neobanking platform for SMEs, Aspire, raises US$32.5M to grow in Southeast Asia

via e27

Aspire provides SMEs with a 60-day, interest free credit line of up to S$100,000 to solve their working capital needs (more…)

Banks, Deals, InspirAsia, Singapore, SME

August 1, 2019

753

Challenger bank Judo raises $400 million

via The Sydney Morning Herald

Challenger bank Judo has raised $400 million in the biggest individual private funding round by an Australian start-up, making its founders multimillionaires on paper.

The equity raise is record-breaking when combined with Judo’s $140 million raise last year and values the bank at $1.5 billion to $2 billion over the next two years. (more…)

Banks, Deals, InspirAsia

July 30, 2019

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Australia just got a new digital bank called 86 400 and its chair has a history of taking on...

via Business Insider Australia

  • A new set of digital banks are arriving in Australia to compete with the big four — NAB, ANZ, Westpac and the Commonwealth Bank — with a new one approved to operate on Thursday.

  • 86 400 — named for the number of seconds in a day — has now been authorised to accept deposits, and promises to be in operation later this year.

  • Anthony Thomson, the chair of 86 400, has a history of founding successful challenger banks, including Metro Bank, which was the UK’s first new high street bank in over 150 years.

  • Competitors Xinja, Digital banks Volt and Judo have already arrived in Australia and are at different stages of approval.

(more…)

Banks, InspirAsia, Mobile-first banks

July 18, 2019

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Customer onboarding and the brand new digital banking licences by MAS

via e27

The announcement from MAS that non-banking fintechs will be eligible to create banks in the digital format, and provide services without any physical branches whatsoever can be considered as the biggest headliner in the financial news of Singapore in July. Altogether, MAS is planning on issuing 5 digital banking licenses in the nearest future.

Applications admission shall begin in August and financial enterprises are, one after another, already announcing their interest in getting the license. As early as today, top managers form Validus, Grab, Razer, Singtel, and InstaReM have already expressed such intentions.

The new licenses issued for digital banking allow the performing of the following services: depositing, lending, and investing for both businesses and natural persons. Customer onboarding therefore, will become essential as the very first step towards utilizing the product. This step has to take into consideration the requirements of the regulations as well as internal risk assessment. This motivates companies to engage in specific partnerships in order to perform the onboarding and KYC. (more…)

Banks, Global trends, InspirAsia, Singapore

July 16, 2019

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Bengaluru-based neo-banking startup NiYO raises $35 million in series B round

via The Indian Wire

NiYO Solutions, a Benglauru-based neo-banking startup has raised $35 million in a Series B funding round. The round was led by Horizons Ventures and Tencent. While, the company’s existing investor JS Capital also participated in the funding round.

The company plans to use the funding to accelerate the development and rollout of new product offerings. It will also use funds to amplify distribution and marketing. (more…)

Banks, Deals, India, InspirAsia

July 10, 2019

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Kyash, a would-be challenger bank in Japan, raises $14M

via TechCrunch

The new era of tech-enabled banks is coming, even in regulation-heavy Japan. Kyash, a fintech company with visions on becoming Japan’s first challenger bank, said today it has raised $14 million to continue its expansion.

To be clear, Kyash isn’t a bank. Yet. But it is currently applying for a host of licenses in Japan that could allow it to offer banking-style features, including checking accounts, ATM withdrawals and money remittance. Right now, it is a payment app that offers a connected Visa card in the style of Monzo, N26, Revolut (which has a Japan license) and others of that ilk.

The startup was founded in 2015 by Shinichi Takatori, a former banker and management consultant who saw the potential to merge tech and finance. (more…)

Banks, Deals, InspirAsia, Japan

July 3, 2019

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First Singapore Startup Says It Will Apply for Digital Banking License

via Bloomberg

Singapore cross-border payments startup Instarem is seeking partners in the lending business as it prepares to apply for a digital banking license in the city state.

The Monetary Authority of Singapore said on Friday it will grant as many as two digital full-bank licenses and up to three digital wholesale bank licenses. Singapore Telecommunications Ltd., Grab and Razer have expressed an interest since the MAS announcement, but Instarem is the first company to say it will apply for a license. (more…)

InspirAsia, Remittances, Singapore

July 1, 2019

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Singapore Advances Digital Only Bank Sector with Five New Digital Bank Licenses

via Crowdfund Insider 

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) will issue five new “digital bank licenses” according to the financial regulator. MAS said this was in addition to any existing Singapore banks which may also offer digital banking under existing rules.

MAS said the new rules extend digital banking to non-bank entrants.

Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Senior Minister and Chairman of MAS, announced the new rules during a meeting of the Association of Banks in Singapore. Shanmugaratnam said the new digital bank licenses “mark the next chapter in Singapore’s banking liberalization journey.” (more…)

Banks, Global trends, Government activities, InspirAsia, Singapore

July 1, 2019

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Singapore’s Ride-Hailing App Grab Mulls Becoming a Bank: Reuters

via Bloomberg 

Leading Southeast Asian ride-sharing provider Grab is considering applying for a digital banking license if Singapore’s banking regulator allows it, Reuters reported citing four people with knowledge of the process.

Grab, which acquired Uber Technologies Inc.’s Southeast Asian business and now carries a valuation of $14 billion, is close to hiring a consultancy firm to advise it on the matter, Reuters said. A company representative declined to comment.

(more…)

Fintech news, InspirAsia, Singapore

June 12, 2019

1074

New Indian challenger Payzello launches

via FinTech Futures written by

Payzello is a new challenger bank in India, focusing on the retail market that offers a wide variety of products, with a specific focus on personal finance management.

In its list of offerings, the firm includes a single card for both debit and credit, app-based loans, money transfer and request, end to end expense management, Bharat QR, three minutes’ account opening, among others – and all this with zero paperwork.

A chatbot is included in the app, called Ello. It was made for conversations regarding users’ finances and provides suggestions. (more…)

Banks, India, InspirAsia, Mobile-first banks

June 10, 2019

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GrabPay Users Can Now Increase Transaction Limit to $SGD 30,000 After KYC Process

via Fintechnews Singapore 

Grab users will now be able to authorise the retrieval of personal data from MyInfo, a digital identity service from GovTech, to complete the verification process easily.

This comes after GrabPay became a relevant stored value facility (SVF), licensed and regulated by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS).

As a regulated e-wallet, Grab is now required to perform customer identity verification on GrabPay users, in a process called KYC (Know Your Customer). (more…)

InspirAsia, Mobile payments/banking, Singapore

June 7, 2019

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What Prevents Full Digital Onboarding Among APAC Banks?

via finews.asia

While digital transformation is underway among financial institutions in Asia, they face several roadblocks, with changing regulations, digital KYC/AML and legacy infrastructure among major barriers to successful implementation. (more…)

Analytics, Banks, InspirAsia

June 6, 2019

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Thai banks set for facial and fingerprint biometric verification use in Q3

via Biometric Update

Customers of the Bank of Thailand will be able to use biometrics for identity verification when opening deposit accounts by the third quarter of this year to boost security, build consumer confidence, and improve access to financial services, according to the Bangkok Post.

The central bank is planning to gradually open up biometric technology to financial institutions for electronic know your customer (e-KYC) processes. Technology for facial and fingerprint recognition is being tested in a regulatory sandbox, with the tests scheduled for completion in Q3, according to Siritida Panomwan Na Ayudhya, assistant governor of the bank’s payment systems policy and financial group. (more…)

Banks, InspirAsia, Security, Thailand

June 3, 2019

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Banks can use Aadhaar for KYC with customer’s consent: RBI

via The Economic Times

Banks can use Aadhaar for KYC verification with the customer’s consent, the Reserve Bank said Wednesday as it updated its list of documents eligible for identification of individuals.

The RBI specifies Know Your Customer (KYC) norms to be followed by banks and other entities regulated by it for various customer services, including opening of bank accounts. (more…)

Banks, India, InspirAsia

May 29, 2019

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InstaRem to deliver cross-border payments for Kasikornbank

via Finextra

InstaReM, a leading digital cross-border money transfer company with a global presence,has announced that it will now power cross-border payments for the clients of KASIKORNBANK(KBank), Thailand’s leading banking group, across select markets.

InstaReM already powers payments for three of the top ten Southeast Asian Banks and leading financial institutions across the globe. This partnership with KASIKORNBANK helps InstaReM further entrench itself as a leading player in the institutional payments space.

(more…)

Fintech news, InspirAsia, Remittances, Thailand

May 23, 2019