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1157

Deloitte Predicts Rise in Blockchain-Based Payments

By Charles Small for Bitcoinmagazine.com

Deloitte’s Center for Financial Services has released a report forecasting transformation of the banking industry over the coming decade due to disruptive technology. (more…)

Banks, Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends, Mobile payments/banking, p2p-payments

March 23, 2016

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How China is pioneering alternative finance and P2P lending

By Hariett Green for City AM,

The Asia-Pacific alternative finance market grew 323 per cent last year, to $102.8bn. China was responsible for 99 per cent of that, with four-fold growth to $101.7bn in 2015. (more…)

Banks, Cashless, China, Fintech news, Global trends, p2p-payments, p2p/online lending

March 18, 2016

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Deals: Fintech startup Momo raises $28m from Standard Chartered’s VC arm, Goldman Sachs

By Judith Balea for Techinasia.com

Vietnam-based fintech startup Momo today announced it obtained US$28 million in series B funding from Standard Chartered Private Equity and global investment bank Goldman Sachs, which is an existing backer. (more…)

Cashless, Deals, eWallets, InspirAsia, p2p-payments, Vietnam

March 18, 2016

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LendingClub and the limits of FinTech disruption

By Aaron Back for wsj.com

LendingClub’s new arrangement with its partner bank is a reminder that FinTech can’t disrupt everything. (more…)

Banks, Deals, Fintech news, p2p-payments, p2p/online lending

February 29, 2016

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Deals: HNA Capital Leads $46M Series A Round In P2P Lender Weijinsuo

Beijing-based P2P (peer-to-peer) lending start-up Weijinsuo has completed a RMB300 million (US$46 million) series A round of financing led by HNA Capital Group Co., Ltd., the financial services arm of Chinese conglomerate HNA Group, according to an announcement (in Chinese). (more…)

China, Deals, Fintech news, p2p-payments, p2p/online lending

February 24, 2016

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Mobile Payments on the rise

By Rani Molla for Bloomberg,
Back in 2012, the prospect of consumers paying for things using their phones seemed close at hand.  Analysts predicted explosive growth — to the tune of $60 billion in in-store “mobile proximity transactions” in the U.S. by 2016.

(more…)

Analytics, Cashless, Fintech news, Global trends, Mobile payments/banking, p2p-payments

February 22, 2016

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The State Of P2P Lending

by  for techcrunch.com

Peer-to-peer (P2P) lending became one of the hottest industries in fintech — or any other any industry — in 2015. Companies raised large venture rounds, investors found unicorns and there were even a couple of IPOs. (more…)

Cashless, Fintech news, p2p-payments, p2p/online lending

February 22, 2016

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More P2P trouble as Chinese online lender accused of impersonating Jack Ma

By C.Custer for Techinasia.com

Before the lunar new year holiday, China’s massive online P2P lending market was somewhat in disarray. A cloud of doubts were crystallized when a police investigation of Ezubao, previously one of the scene’s top companies, discovered it was a Ponzi scheme. Banks started cutting off ties to the sector, and regulators were circling. The holiday offered a brief respite, but the return to business in China has brought with it more bad news for the sector. (more…)

Cashless, China, Fintech news, p2p-payments, p2p/online lending

February 16, 2016

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China’s P2P lending crisis: second major bank pulls support for payment to P2P lending sites

By C.Custer for TechinAsia.com

On Monday, I wrote that the high-profile Ezubao Ponzi scheme case was likely to have a negative impact on China’s entire P2P lending industry. It looks like that’s already happening. On Wednesday, Sina Tech reported China Merchants Bank has notified third-party e-payment platforms that starting Friday, it will no longer support payments to P2P lending services. (more…)

China, Fintech news, InspirAsia, p2p-payments, p2p/online lending

February 4, 2016

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Nigerian Fintech company Interswitch is the African first public startup unicorn

Africa’s first billion-dollar tech IPO on a major exchange may be imminent. Nigerian digital payments company Interswitch will likely go public on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) in 2016, sources confirm.

(more…)

Fintech news, Mobile payments/banking, p2p-payments, p2p/online lending

January 28, 2016

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Social Investing Startup SprinkleBit Raises $10M

By Anthony Ha for Techcrunch.com

SprinkleBit, a startup that helps you invest with guidance from friends and experts, has raised $10 million in new funding from GTC. (more…)

Cashless, Fintech news, p2p-payments

January 27, 2016

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PayPal Shares Up 6% On Earnings; Revenue Rises 17%

By Katie Roof for Techcrunch.com,

PayPal reported earnings after the bell Wednesday, and the stock quickly ticked up 6% in after hours trading. (more…)

Cashless, eWallets, Fintech news, news, p2p-payments

January 27, 2016

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UK is the fourth most digital-ready country, according to Citigroup and Imperial College London

Report highlights progress in digital money adoption, explores the role of culture and human behaviour as drivers to change (more…)

About, Banks, Cashless, Fintech news, news, p2p-payments

January 26, 2016

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Lydia Becomes A Serious Alternative To Cash To Pay Back Your Friends In France

By Romain Dillet for techcrunch.com

French startup Lydia has come a long way. When I first covered it two years ago, it wanted to become a sort of Venmo for France. Now, Lydia tries to cover a wide array of use cases when it comes to sending or requesting money. Today’s update goes one step further. (more…)

Cashless, Fintech news, p2p-payments, Remittances

January 25, 2016

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The Evolving Nature Of P2P Lending Marketplaces

By Matt Heiman for Techcrunch.com,

In March 2014, The Economist publishedBanking without banks, declaring that peer-to-peer (P2P) lending platforms were set to disrupt banks and other traditional sources of capital by directly connecting borrowers to individual lenders. (more…)

Fintech news, Global trends, p2p-payments, p2p/online lending

January 24, 2016

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Portal lets maid take control of earnings sent home to Philippines

By Joanna Seow,

Remitting money home is sometimes a frustrating exercise for Filipino maid Nilda Sesaldo, 37.

(more…)

Fintech news, p2p-payments, Philippines

January 24, 2016

Lufax Completes Fundraising, Valuing Company at $18.5 Billion

By Bloomberg News,

Lufax, a Chinese peer-to-peer lender and broker, has secured its position as the world’s most valuable financial technology startup by completing a fundraising that it said values the company at $18.5 billion. (more…)

Cashless, China, Fintech news, Mobile payments/banking, p2p-payments, p2p/online lending

January 18, 2016

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Deals: P2P mobile payments app Kashmi rakes in US$500k seed round

Kashmi, a Singapore- and Sri Lanka-based startup that facilitates peer-to-peer payments, announced today that it has locked in funding of S$700,000 (US$497,000). (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, news, p2p-payments, Singapore

January 15, 2016

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TransferWise and YouGov report: “How Tech is democratizing the Financial services sector”

By  for Crowdfundinsider.com

Almost one third of Americans are likely to be using a technology provider and not a bank for the majority of their financial services activity in just five years time, according to a new report launched by TransferWise, the peer-to-peer international money transfer platform. (more…)

Analytics, Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews, p2p-payments, p2p/online lending

January 13, 2016

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The Peer-to-Peer Loan Industry Has Been Getting Slammed

By Tracy Alloway for Bloomberg.com

So far, 2016 has not been a good year for peer-to-peer, or marketplace, lenders. (more…)

Analytics, Fintech news, p2p-payments, p2p/online lending

January 13, 2016

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Deals: P2P Start-Up Duanrong Completes $59M Series B Round

Chinese P2P (peer-to-peer) lending start-up Duanrong has completed RMB390 million (US$59 million) series B round of financing from pharmaceutical company Furen Group, according to announcements (in Chinese) posted on the company’s Weibo account. (more…)

China, Deals, Fintech news, Mobile payments/banking, p2p-payments, p2p/online lending

January 12, 2016

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CurrenSeek helps travellers find the best currency exchange rates

By Yon Heong Tung for e27

Malaysia-based startup Intuitive Asset says that it works by bypassing wholesale bank rates and allowing users to crowdsource updated rates (more…)

Cashless, Fintech news, p2p-payments, Remittances

January 7, 2016

Alibaba’s Finance Arm Said to Seek at Least $1.5 Billion

By Bloomberg news,

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.’s finance affiliate is seeking at least 10 billion yuan ($1.5 billion) in a second round of fundraising ahead of a planned initial public offering, a person familiar with the matter said. (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, p2p-payments

January 4, 2016

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PayPal IPO Vs Stripe Future

VentureBeat: PayPal started trading on the Nasdaq this morning at $41.46 per share. As an independently traded company, Paypal is already valued at roughly $50B. Compare that with eBay’s market cap of about $33.64B. After spinning off PayPal, eBay’s stock was trading down at $26.89 this morning. (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, Mobile payments/banking, news, p2p-payments, POS/mPOS and online acquiring

July 21, 2015

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Singapore’s Fintech Startup Fastacash Raises US$15M in Series B

Fastacash, a Singapore-based fintech startup, yesterday announced a $15 million Series B funding round by Life.SREDA VC, Rising Dragon, UOB Venture Investments, and others. The company previously raised $8.5 million.

(more…)

Deals, Fintech news, Hotnews, InspirAsia, p2p-payments, Singapore

July 14, 2015

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The hottest European fintech startups in 2015

EU-STARTUPS: In the last decade, there were a bunch of really successful fintech companies that started in Europe. Companies like Klarna, Adyen or Transferwise (to name just a few) changed the way we do payments or the way we transfer money overseas. By pursuing radical new concepts, these fintech startups became some of Europe’s most valuable companies within just a few years.

(more…)

eWallets, Fintech news, Mobile payments/banking, Mobile-first banks, news, p2p-payments, p2p/online lending, POS/mPOS and online acquiring, Remittances

July 10, 2015

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Bank of Apple Moves Closer With New Patent To Kill PayPal, Square

FORBES: Apple has quietly filed for a new patent which details a person-to-person money transmission method which could potentially grab market share from PayPal and Square, and hit the already beleaguered banking sector struggling to keep up with FinTech. Apple is already banking on consumers using the wallet in Apple Pay as their central source for general payments, (more…)

eWallets, Fintech news, news, p2p-payments

July 4, 2015

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Mobile-Money Systems: M-PESA And Monese

The Economist: Paying for a taxi ride using your mobile phone is easier in Nairobi than it is in New York, thanks to Kenya’s world-leading mobile-money system, M-PESA. Launched in 2007 by Safaricom, the country’s largest mobile-network operator, it is now used by over 17m Kenyans, equivalent to more than two-thirds of the adult population; around 25% of the country’s gross national product flows through it. M-PESA lets people transfer cash using their phones, and is by far the most successful scheme of its type on earth. Why does Kenya lead the world in mobile money? (more…)

Fintech news, Mobile payments/banking, news, p2p-payments

May 27, 2015

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The Remittance Market: Bitcoin and MasterCard Send

TECHCRUNCH: Bitcoin’s most disrupting feature is its decentralized architecture. Indeed, bitcoin relies on a P2P network of computers to proceed money transfers. Each part of the network works to create new bitcoins (‘mining’), keep the network alive and validate transactions. All the transactions are registered in the blockchain that is used to validate a transaction using cryptography technology: it ensures that you can’t use a bitcoin you don’t own or you don’t use the same bitcoin more than once. This last action previously required a third party, but with bitcoin this is not the case anymore: the network replaces financial institutions and banks. (more…)

Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, news, p2p-payments, Remittances

May 25, 2015

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Square $Cashtags now let you set payment amounts right in the URL

The Next Web: Square Cash now lets you send a direct payment of a specific amount to a person or organization using a ‘$Cashtag’. (more…)

Fintech news, news, p2p-payments

May 9, 2015