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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.

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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

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Danish Shops To Be Given Right To Refuse Cash

FINEXTRA: Denmark’s government is planning to help usher in the long-awaited cashless society by giving restaurants, gas stations and some shops the option to refuse notes and coins. Read more (more…)

Fintech news, news, p2p-payments

May 7, 2015

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Cheddar Up Makes It Easier To Collect Money From Groups

TECHCRUNCH: Despite the shift away from paying with cash or check in favor of digital transactions in recent years, many smaller organizations, and even schools, still rely on old-school methods when it comes to collecting money from groups. Though it’s a hassle for both the organizer and the payer in the long run, checks are often easier than pointing users to online tools like PayPal or setting up websites with payment mechanisms built-in solely for the purpose of a one-time fundraising campaign, for example. A company called Cheddar Up wants to offer an alternative for group payments, while still making the process as simple for both parties as collecting checks or cash. (more…)

Fintech news, news, p2p-payments

April 23, 2015

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CurrencyFair Raises Further €10 Million

TECHCRUNCH: VCs continue to plough money into money transfer/currency exchange startups in Europe. This time it’s the turn of CurrencyFair, which has raised a further €10 million. The round was led by Octopus Investments, with participation from previous backer Frontline Ventures. (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, news, p2p-payments

April 16, 2015

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Square’s $Cashtags let you pay people and businesses anywhere easily via the Web

THE NEXT WEB: Square introduced Square Cash in 2013 to go against Venmo as an easy payment system anyone can use to send some money over to friends and families. Turns out companies liked the idea too, so Square has now made Cash available for businesses in the US. As with Cash for consumers, payments are deposited directly into bank accounts with an intermediary holding account. Square is charging businesses a 1.5 percent fee (value of transaction being limited to $250 per transaction and $2500 per month) for the service – just over half the 2.75 percent it charges for payments via its hardware devices. Non-business money transfers are still free. (more…)

Fintech news, news, p2p-payments

March 24, 2015

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WeChat Now Has 500 Million Monthly Active Users

TECHINASIA: Messaging app WeChat now has 500 million monthly active users (MAUs), parent company Tencent revealed today. The new figure for Q4 2014 is up from 468 million in Q3 last year, and up from 355 million at the end of 2013. (more…)

China, Fintech news, InspirAsia, news, p2p-payments

March 18, 2015

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Facebook Introduces Free Friend-To-Friend Payments Through Messages

TECHCRUNCH: When you chat with friends about settling debts or splitting the bill, Facebook doesn’t want you to have to open another app like PayPal or Venmo to send them money. So today it unveiled a new payments feature for Facebook Messenger that lets you connect your Visa or Mastercard debit card and tap a “$” button to send friends money on iOSAndroid, and desktop with zero fees. Facebook Messenger payments will roll out first in the U.S. over the coming months.

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Fintech news, Hotnews, Mobile payments/banking, Mobile-first banks, p2p-payments

March 18, 2015

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Watch Alibaba’s Jack Ma Demonstrate Face Recognition-Enabled Payments

TECHINASIA: Yesterday at Cebit in Hanover, Alibaba founder Jack Ma took the stage to wax philosophical on entrepreneurship and the future of technology. While he oozed charisma on stage, the real treat came at the end of his address. After noting how online payments can sometimes be troublesome, the founder took out his smartphone and paid for a set of stamps on Alibaba using face-recognition technology (more…)

China, Fintech news, InspirAsia, news, p2p-payments

March 16, 2015

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Secure Messaging App Wiper Adds Bitcoin Support, Gets Yanked In China

TECHCRUNCH: Wiper, a chat application designed to provide users with control over their sent and received messages, recently rolled out support for bitcoin transactions between its users. The tool is simple, allowing individuals to send cryptocurrency to others inside the app’s main chat interface. But CEO Manlio Carrelli told TechCrunch that Wiper was “removed from the iOS App Store in China due to violating that app store’s policies,” and that “Apple [had] explained to [the company] by phone that this violation was related to Wiper enabling bitcoin payments.” (more…)

China, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, InspirAsia, news, p2p-payments

March 15, 2015

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BeamAndGo Is A Remittance Service For Filipinos That Guards Against Misspent Funds

TECHINASIA: Cash remittances from overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) have proven to be a crucial lifeline for their families back home. Yet BeamAndGo founder Mariliese Tan believes there’s a better way to support these families other than cash: digital gift certificates.

(more…)

Fintech news, InspirAsia, news, p2p-payments, Philippines, Remittances

March 13, 2015

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Indian Business Baron Ratan Tata Invests In Paytm

E27.CO: Chairman Emeritus of Tata Sons Ratan Tata has made an undisclosed amount of investment in mobile payments and commerce company Paytm. With this investment, Tata will pick up a small stake in One97 Communications, the company that owns and operates Paytm. He will also take on the role of an advisor at the company.

(more…)

Deals, Fintech news, India, InspirAsia, news, p2p-payments

March 13, 2015

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Why We Started Abra

RRE: US startup Abra has launched its mobile app for remittances (available on iPhone and Android), which bypasses the middle men by using the blockchain and a network of “human ATMs” (more…)

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

March 5, 2015