Global trends


Startup Airwallex to take on the banks, Western Union and Paypal

By Sally Rose for Financial Review

Having raised $5 million, from backers such as Gobi Partners, Melbourne payments technology start-up Airwallex is ready to launch. There are also plans in train to raise up to another $20 million before the end of the year.  (more…)

Banks, Fintech news, Global trends

July 4, 2016

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Sir Tim Berners-Lee on the need to ‘re-decentralize the web’

Fintech news, Global trends

July 3, 2016


#Brexit + #fintech: What happens now?

By Shefali Roy for

The British public recently voted to leave the European Union. Only history will tell whether it was a good decision or not. The immediate issue is… what happens now? Those in financial services and technology firms will have to grapple with the unraveling of treaties that will have a direct impact on their business. But first… what happens next? (more…)

Analytics, Global trends, Hotnews

July 3, 2016


JPMorgan to Adopt Fintech Startups With In-House Incubator

By Melissa Mittelman for Bloomberg

JPMorgan Chase & Co. is the latest bank to take on financial technology startups, starting a new program to foster these companies in-house as they try to find ways to operate faster, with more security at a lower cost. (more…)

Banks, Fintech news, Global trends, InspirAsia, Mobile payments/banking

July 1, 2016


The Future Of Trust As Blockchain Reimagines Entire Business Ecosystems

By Arvind Krishna, Ph.D., IBM Research

Experience teaches us that those who move quickly to embrace disruptive technologies benefit the most from them. The same will be true for the emergent technology called blockchain. (more…)

Blockchain, Fintech news, Global trends

July 1, 2016


How To Break Open The Web


The Internet’s designers and a new generation of hackers are unraveling the knots keeping the web from living up to its original promise.


Fintech news, Global trends, InspirAsia

July 1, 2016

The Pains of Starting a Fintech Bank

By Brian Yurcan for American Banker

Ever since the financial crisis, starting a bank from scratch has been hard. But opening a digital-only de novo bank is an especially tall order. (more…)

Banks, Fintech news, Global trends

July 1, 2016


Will Fintech Make The World A Better Place?

By London Business School review and Chris Higson for Forbes

It is striking how quickly we have become reconciled to the disruptive power of information technology. We saw what Amazon did to record shops and booksellers. We are seeing Uber decimate the cab industry. This fate, presumably, awaits every industry and every occupation, and we are resigned to a future in which disruption rather than stability is the new normality. (more…)

Banks, Fintech news, Global trends

July 1, 2016


Fintech Startup Aims To Help Boomers Manage Retirement Income

By Janet Novack for Forbes

How much can you spend each year in retirement if you don’t want to outlive your money? Should you delay claiming Social Security benefits if doing so requires you to take money from your 401(k) or IRA before required payouts begin? What’s the most tax efficient way to draw down various pots of money? Should you annuitize some of your wealth? Tap home equity with a reverse mortgage? If Brexit or some other event slams your portfolio, how much should you cut back on discretionary spending? Will you need additional help managing your finances as you age? (more…)

Analytics, Columns, Fintech news, Global trends

June 29, 2016

How Bank of America’s Billion-Dollar Tech Cuts Could Fuel Startups

By Penny Crosman for the American Banker

Like other big banks, Bank of America wants to get nimbler and more innovative. But it is weighed down by the same problem they all are: a vast worldwide technological architecture that costs billions of dollars a year to run. (more…)

Banks, Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews

June 29, 2016


Can IBM Really Make a Business Out of Blockchain?

By Jeff John Roberts for Fortune

The company is saying all the right things.
You can mark 2016 as the year “blockchain” became a buzzword. It’s not as hollow as “cloud,” which marketers have rendered almost meaningless. But “blockchain” is now at the point where everyone and their dogs want a piece of it. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends

June 29, 2016


A New Chatbot Would Like to Help You With Your Bank Account

By Cade Metz for Wired

I JUST ASKED a bot to tell me how much I spent on coffee this past month. And a few moments later, it replied. “Let’s see,” it said. “You spent $199.83.” (more…)

Analytics, Columns, Fintech news, Global trends

June 29, 2016


Three Big Trends In Fintech You Should Be Using In Your Business Today

By Paul Armstrong for Forbes

It was a strange day at Wired Money last week.  Brexit was looming and a decidedly uneasy feeling was in the air amongst both speakers and delegates alike.  Several of the startups speaking and in attendance were sad due to being forced to suspend business and trading because of the financial uncertainty the next 24 hours was going to bring.  The mood fluctuated between speakers to either extreme concern or coolness because their technology was made for uncertainty like this or because it could be crushed by it.  A stark reminder while we are seeing a new day in the finance industry, we haven’t even finished breakfast yet. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Global trends, Hotnews

June 29, 2016

Here’s How Citigroup Is Embracing the ‘Fintech’ Revolution

By Fortune

The mega-bank needs to counter a new wave of financial technology startups. (more…)

Analytics, Banks, Global trends

June 29, 2016


You Just Stole $50 Million In Cryptocurrency — Now How The Hell Do You Spend It?

By Joseph Bernstein for

Imagine that you are a master thief, a real Danny Ocean. In your latest caper, you discover a way into the vault of a brand-new bank, one thought to be pretty much uncrackable. And then, using the bank’s own state-of-the-art systems against it, you steal about $60 million dollars. Finally, you escape — and no one knows who you are. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends

June 29, 2016


Brexit probably won’t kill London’s booming fintech scene

By Chris Skinner for

London is the fintech capital of Europe—and, many would argue, the world. But in the aftermath of the UK’s vote to leave the European Union, many are wondering whether it’s about to lose that title. If the world’s largest banks pack up and relocate to the likes of Frankfurt, Paris or Dublin, the fintech startups that rely on their business would likely follow. (more…)

Analytics, Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews

June 29, 2016


Decentralizing IoT networks through blockchain

By Ben Dickson for Techcrunch

magine a washer that autonomously contacts suppliers and places orders when it’s low on detergent, performs self-service and maintenance, downloads new washing programs from outside sources, schedules its cycles to take advantage of electricity prices and negotiates with peer devices to optimize its environment; a connected car, smart enough to find and choose the best deal for parts and services; a manufacturing plant where the machinery knows when to order repairs for some of its parts without the need of human intervention. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends

June 29, 2016

China’s Fintech Party Crasher

By Tim CulpanNisha Gopalan for Bloomberg

It looks like China’s central bank chief just rained on Alibaba’s banking parade. (more…)

Analytics, China, Global trends, Government activities, InspirAsia

June 29, 2016

Fintechs say high ASX standards are vital

By James Eyers for the Financial Review

The chief executives of two fintech companies preparing to list on the ASX say the Australian public market remains an attractive funding option for young technology companies despite the botched float of music streaming service Guvera.  (more…)

Fintech news, Global trends

June 27, 2016


50 years on: How credit cards changed our relationship with money

By Simon Read for BBC

Fifty years ago this week Barclaycard issued the first credit cards in the UK. (more…)

Banks, Global trends, Hotnews

June 27, 2016


Europe’s Startups Reassess Britain After ‘Brexit’

Britain’s vote to leave the European Union is already forcing Europe’s nimble, tech startup community to reassess operations there—a potential early warning for the kind of dramatic action bigger companies may have to take. (more…)

Banks, Fintech news, Global trends

June 27, 2016


‘Powerful storm’ set to hit Asian banking industry: McKinsey

By Yasmine Yahya for Straits Times

Slowing global growth, the emergence of innovative finance start-ups and an increasing volume of bad loans are combining to create a “powerful storm” for the Asia Pacific banking industry, consulting firm McKinsey & Company has said in its latest annual banking review on Wednesday (June 22). (more…)

Banks, Global trends, Hotnews, InspirAsia

June 23, 2016


Inside Fidor, the fintech bank run by its customers

By Wired Money

Since its rise in 2008, fintech has been touted as a major threat to the traditional banking processes, and one of the disruptive tech’s pioneers has been Fidor. (more…)

Banks, Fintech news, Global trends, Mobile payments/banking

June 23, 2016

Fintech companies emerge triumphant, with little sympathy for LendingClub

By Anita Balakrishnah for CNBC

Some financial technology start-ups have emerged as bright spots in the industry, scoring big bucks and saving themselves from the carnage in the fintech space. Part of the strategy? They’ve aggressively distanced themselves from fallen star LendingClub and the markets affected by it.  (more…)

Deals, Global trends

June 23, 2016

Intel chips in with blockchain code for Hyperledger

By Richard Chirgwin for the Register

The Linux Foundation’s Hyperledger Project has another big name on board: Intel. (more…)

Blockchain, Fintech news, Global trends

June 22, 2016


Biggest developments in fintech in 2016

By Wired Insider

To get to grips with one of the 21st century’s biggest changes in digital – especially in regards to finance and investment – is no easy task for any business. Startups, SMEs and even multi-national corporations have discovered that it (literally) pays to explore these new methods of acquiring business and boosting revenue. (more…)

Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews

June 22, 2016


The Rise of FinTech in Supply Chains

By Dale Rogers for HBR

A new type of services company could transform global supply chains: Financial technology companies that act as intermediaries in facilitating transactions between a company and its suppliers. They enable both the buyer and supplier to improve their working capital by making it possible for the former to extend its payables and at the same time accelerate payment to the latter. This provides both sides with benefits, including greater liquidity and less variability in the timing of payments. (more…)

Analytics, Fintech news, Global trends, Government activities

June 22, 2016

How Barclays Aims to Bring a Billion Unbanked into the Fold

By Brian Eha for American Banker

Barclays Africa Group has a market penetration problem. (more…)

Banks, Fintech news, Global trends, InspirAsia

June 21, 2016