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Chinese fintech startup Wecash makes foray into Indonesia through joint venture

By Kevin McSpadden for e27

The goal is to be a go-to place for SME loans as Indonesia’s middle class continues to boom. (more…)

China, Credit scoring, Fintech news, Indonesia, p2p/online lending, Security

January 23, 2017

China’s fintech is leaving the rest of the world behind

By  for TechNode

China is emerging as a leading fintech market on a global scale. Half of the global investment in financial technology is happening in Asia, especially China, according to the World Economic Forum. (more…)

Analytics, China, Fintech news, Global trends, Marketing Report

January 23, 2017

Deeper into China: CoAssets invests US$145K in a Chinese product crowdfunding platform

By Anisa Menur A. Maulani for e27

Australian Stock Exchange (ASX)-listed startup CoAssets today announced that it has made a RMB1 million (US$145,000) strategic investment in Fujian-based crowdfunding startup Da Xian Bing, for 10 per cent of the company, with 60 per cent to be recouped from CoAssets’ joint venture partner Fujian Yaosheng. (more…)

China, Crowdfunding/investing, Deals, Fintech news, SME

January 23, 2017

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China’s fintech industry shows where the rest of the world is heading

By  for TechInAsia

“We need banking but we don’t need banks anymore,” said Bill Gates two decades ago, predicting the explosion in startups creating web and app-based financial services that we’re seeing right now. With nearly US$11 billion last year invested into so-called fintech startups across Asia, the sector is rivaling online shopping and ride-hailing among the hottest tech arenas. (more…)

About, China, Credit scoring, Fintech news, Insurance, Marketing Report, Mobile payments/banking, Mobile-first banks, p2p/online lending

January 21, 2017

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Five Reasons Why PayTM Is Miles Ahead Of Its Rivals

By Ketharaman Swaminathan for Finextra

With over 100 million users a year ago, PayTM was already ahead of its digital payment competitors before the Nov. 2016 demonetization of high value currency notes in India. (more…)

Analytics, Cashless, eWallets, India

January 21, 2017

Myanmar’s CB Bank to double size of ATM network

By Finextra

Co-Operative Bank Limited (CB Bank) in Myanmar has awarded Diebold Nixdorf an extensive contract for systems, software and services to expand its self-service cash offerings beyond the country’s main commercial hub Yangon.  (more…)

Banks, Fintech news, Myanmar, Security

January 20, 2017

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Bank of Korea: FinTech Companies Will Reshape Financial Industry

By CryptoCoins News

Non-financial technology companies with a growing expertise in FinTech (financial technology) will play a bigger role in shaping South Korea’s financial industry, according to the country’s central bank. (more…)

Banks, Blockchain, Fintech news, Government activities, Korea

January 20, 2017

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Relationship of Indian Banks and FinTech Startups Strengthening in 2017

By LTP

The digital revolution currently underway in financial services –colloquially called FinTech – has raised some questions on the nimbleness and relevance of the banking fraternity in India. There have been apprehensions about banks being able to create faster, cheaper and better services to become an omnipresent part of their customer’s daily lives. (more…)

About, Banks, Fintech news, India

January 18, 2017

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Malaysian Firm Belfrics Launches Bitcoin Exchange in India

By CryptoCoins News

Belfrics, which refers to itself as a Malaysian ‘blockchain technology’ firm, has announced the launch of its bitcoin exchange operations in India.

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Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, India, Malaysia

January 17, 2017

Opportunities for Financial Inclusion in Asia

By LTP

Financial inclusion is one of the most complex problems equally damaging for economies and populations in every corner of the world. While the scale may vary in developing and developed countries, for every government, it remains one of the top issues standing in the way of society’s resilience to hardships and opportunities. (more…)

Analytics, Global trends, InspirAsia, Mobile payments/banking

January 16, 2017

This Taiwanese talent crowdfunding platform just raised funding to accelerate expansion

By Edison Chen for e27

hahow, an online talent crowdfunding platform based in Taiwan, announced the completion of a NTD10 million (US$316,000) angel funding from Cherubic Ventures, an early stage technology-focused venture capital firm. (more…)

Crowdfunding/investing, Deals, Fintech news, Taiwan

January 15, 2017

Qtum wants to unify Bitcoin and Ethereum blockchain applications

By  for TechNode

Qtum a Shanghai-based blockchain company, announced on Wednesday a more than 1 million USD angel round from top blockchain evangelists, academics, venture capitalists, and technology enthusiasts on Wednesday. The company claims they have the world’s first digital currency that can execute smart contracts with a proof-of-stake consensus mechanism, and are now working on a project called Qhola to circulate its currency on top of WeChat mini program. (more…)

Blockchain, China, Cryptocurrencies, Deals, Fintech news

January 14, 2017

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Top 10 Fintech (Startups) in Malaysia

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Striving to establish itself as a prominent fintech player, Malaysia has committed to provide clear guidance and regulation to the new, innovative products and business models entering the financial services industry. (more…)

About, Blockchain, Crowdfunding/investing, Fintech news, Malaysia, Mobile payments/banking, Payment processors/providers/gateways

January 14, 2017

Miss Kaya Launches Robo-Advisor for Women in Asia

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Miss Kaya claims to the first licensed roboadvisor in Singapore (really true?), with Marvelstone Capital as its fund management company. Currently available to high net worth individuals, the plan is to be accessible to retail investors in the near term. (more…)

Fintech news, InspirAsia, People of fintech, PFM/PFP services, Singapore

January 13, 2017

HSBC to stir up local rivalry with launch of P2P payments app in Hong Kong

By Finextra

HSBC is to launch a P2P mobile payment app in Hong Kong in early 2017, taking on established market operator Jetco. (more…)

Banks, Cashless, Fintech news, Hong Kong, p2p-payments

January 13, 2017

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YES Bank introduces chat bot for instant loan offering

By Finextra

India’s YES Bank has partnered with Silicon valley-based Gupshup to develop a banking chat bot for its loan product. (more…)

Banks, Bots, Fintech news, India, Mobile payments/banking

January 13, 2017

Blockchain Remittance Platform Enters Vietnam

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OKLink, a next generation global settlement platform, announced today the launch of real-time transfers to Vietnam. (more…)

Blockchain, Fintech news, Remittances, Vietnam

January 13, 2017

Report: Chinese Authorities Considering Bitcoin Regulation; Price Falls

By Samburaj Das for CryptocoinsNews

Bitcoin price struck a low of $845 (at the time of publishing) from a high of $918.4 on the Bitstamp Price Index for the day as China’s financial regulators are reportedly seeking opinions on how to regulate the trading of bitcoin. (more…)

China, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Government activities

January 12, 2017

Rakuten moves into European banking market

By Finextra

Japanese e-commerce conglomerate and prominent fintech investor Rakuten is to launch a commercial banking operation in Europe from its Luxembourg headquarters. (more…)

Blockchain, Deals, Fintech news, Japan, Payment processors/providers/gateways

January 12, 2017

Retail Bank Partners IBM for First Case of Blockchain Deployment in China

By Samburaj Das for CryptocoinsNews

The Postal Savings Bank of China (PSBC) has announced the launch of its blockchain-based asset custody system, in partnership with IBM, today. IBM claims this to be the first case of blockchain technology to asset custody in China. (more…)

Banks, Blockchain, China, Fintech news

January 11, 2017

PhonePe digital wallet has big goals beyond parent Flipkart

By  for TechInAsia

Mobile payments startup PhonePe, which Flipkart bought last year, has set its sights high this year.

In the process of launching the country’s first Unified Payments Interface-supported wallet for iOS, the startup is already aiming for a 100 million downloads by the end of 2017. (more…)

eWallets, Fintech news, India, Mobile payments/banking

January 11, 2017

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FinTech Story: Hits and Misses From 2013 to 2016 and the Way Forward

By Amit for LTP

We have watched 35+ FinTech segments through the ups and downs every single day in the last 3.5 years at LTP. We developed a lot of listening tools and an army of analysts to catch everything in FinTech like a radar. Somebody told us that we have one of the biggest team of FinTech market analysts and that could very well be true. In 2016, we developed MEDICI from the data that we collect, and that contains 6000+ FinTech startup profiles and research across segments. It’s my pleasure to share what we learned about FinTech shift by analyzing some of the data and also talking to hundreds of entrepreneurs and FIs in-person in the last couple of years.  (more…)

China, Cryptocurrencies, India, Mobile payments/banking, RegTech, Security

January 10, 2017

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Crowdfunding platform CoAssets incorporates real estate subsidiary

By JACQUELYN CHEOK for The Business Times

COASSETS, a Singapore-founded startup listed on the Australian Stock Exchange, said on Tuesday that it has incorporated a wholly owned subsidiary, CoAssets Real Estate (Care), as part of the company’s growth strategy. (more…)

Crowdfunding/investing, Fintech news, Singapore

January 10, 2017

China Launches a $1.5 Bln FinTech Fund and Adopts to Consumers Going Cashless

By Joseph Young for CoinTelegraph

Chinese consumers are rapidly moving towards non-bank and cashless alternatives, such as Alibaba’s $60 bln financial application Alipay. To cope with the rapid growth rate of its FinTech industry, Chinese state-owned companies launched a $1.5 bln fund to support emerging FinTech startups and technologies. (more…)

Cashless, China, Deals, Fintech news

January 9, 2017

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P2P Fintech Firms see Regulation in Indonesia

By CryptoCoinsNews

Indonesian Fintech companies that facilitate peer-to-peer (P2P) lending in the country have seen new regulation imposed by the Financial Services Authority. Known as the Otoritas Jasa Keuangan (OJK) locally, the government agency regulates and supervises the financial services sector in the country. (more…)

Fintech news, Government activities, Indonesia, p2p-payments

January 9, 2017

China Cracking Down On P2P Lending

The first nationwide crackdown on P2P lending in China is underway — and expected to eliminate many of the 2,400 or so leading platforms in the nation. (more…)

China, Fintech news, Government activities, p2p/online lending

January 9, 2017

Southeast Asia gets its first Bitcoin startup incubator

By Sainul Abudheen K for e27

At the beginning of the three-month programme, each startup will receive US$50,000 in funding in return for 8 to 15 per cent equity from Satoshi Studios. (more…)

Accelerators/Incubators/Labs, Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, InspirAsia

January 9, 2017

CashlessIndia – Why Putting Cart Before Horse Will Work

By Ketharaman Swaminathan for Finextra

On the back of the demonetization of high value currency notes in India, the government has been aggressively pushing cashless payments. Trending on Twitter under the hashtag #CashlessIndia, the initiative has attracted criticism from the blogosphere and mainstream media on the grounds that India is not yet ready for digital payments. (more…)

Analytics, Cashless, Government activities, India

January 9, 2017

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Indian Central Bank’s Research Arm Explores Blockchain Applications

By Lester Coleman for CryptocoinsNews

Financial institutions worldwide are exploring the benefits promised by blockchain technology. The research is moving beyond the hypothetical stage to proof of concept and planning. (more…)

Blockchain, Fintech news, Government activities, India

January 8, 2017