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The center of the tech revolution in finance couldn’t be further from Silicon Valley

By Ian Kar for Qz.com

Silicon Valley is on a mission to disrupt finance. Even Jamie Dimon is worried about it. US venture capital funding for fintech startups reached $7.4 billion in 2015, up from $4.3 billion in 2014. But while the money’s flowing, the real action is in China.

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Banks, Fintech news, Global trends

April 2, 2016

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Forget How Blockchain Works, Talk About What It Does

By Martin Hagelstrom for coindesk

In this opinion piece, Hagelstrom analyzes CoinDesk articles from 2015 and 2016 to showcase the seismic shift in language used in the bitcoin and blockchain space and discusses how the community should react to this change. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends

April 2, 2016

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Are payments necessary?

By  for techcrunch.com

For years, payments has been one of the hottest areas in fintech, and everyone has been lining up to join the party. Now, hands-free innovations are paving the way for a new generation of payment innovations. (more…)

Cashless, Fintech news, Global trends, InspirAsia, p2p-payments

April 1, 2016

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Debt market opens to P2P loans

By Sara Toth Stub for Tradestreaming

Last week British investor Fintex Capital issued the first Euro-denominated bond backed by marketplace loans. Like traditional bonds, it can trade through Euroclear and carries an International Securities Identification Number, but it is backed by a bundle of unsecured online loans to consumers, part of a rising phenomenon known as peer-to-peer, or marketplace lending. (more…)

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

April 1, 2016

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The top-country early-adopters of the Internet of Things, ranked

By Ian Kar for Quartz.com

The internet is infiltrating all of our devices, from thermostats to stoves. Yet, the technology seems to be more popular in other countries than in the US.

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Cashless, Fintech news, Global trends

April 1, 2016

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Are Industry-Wide Micropayments The Weapon Against Ad Blocking?

By Anurag Harsh for Forbes

Anurag Harsh is Senior Vice President & Founding Executive of Ziff Davis, the world’s largest tech & gaming digital publisher. (more…)

Cashless, Fintech news, Global trends

April 1, 2016

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Square Has a New Growth Hack to Increase Its Payment Processing Volume

By Jason Del Rey for Re/code

Square has long generated the vast majority of its payments processing revenue from merchants that use free Square software to manage and track their sales. Now, Square is trying to make it easier to convert businesses that use non-Square software into Square payments customers, too. (more…)

Cashless, Fintech news, Global trends

March 31, 2016

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Could fintech make travelling safer?

Written by Ramón Martín, Global Head, Merchant Sales and Solutions, Visa Inc

Travel is an increasingly important driver of global economic growth. International tourism has grown faster than global GDP for the past several years, and is expected to continue on a positive trajectory.

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Cashless, Fintech news, Global trends, Government activities, InspirAsia

March 31, 2016

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The UK’s online financial marketplaces attracted $253m in VC money last year

By Helen Cahil for City AM

Financial marketplaces – crowdfunding platforms and other fintech sites – have proven irresistible to the City, it turns out, after figures released today showed venture capital funding for the sector has shot up five-fold in the last two years. (more…)

Cashless, Deals, Fintech news, Global trends

March 31, 2016

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Here’s Why the Blockchain Would Have Saved Lehman Brothers

By  for Fortune magazine

CFTC commissioner is on board with the bitcoin-related technology. Bitcoins could have saved Lehman Brothers, sort of. (more…)

Banks, Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends, Government activities

March 31, 2016

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Money of the Future 2015/2016

15 Major Fintech Trends in 2015/2016

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Analytics, Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews, InspirAsia

March 31, 2016

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The definitive ranking of Wall Street investment banks in every business line

By Portia Crowe for Business Insider,

We have new data on how Wall Street banks stack up in every business line, and there is one clear winner. JPMorgan led the pack in 2015 for revenue across fixed income, equities, and banking, according todata-analytics company Coalition. That bank made $22.7 billion. (more…)

Banks, Global trends

March 30, 2016

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AI, Blockchain-Based Startups Selected For BNP Paribas’ FinTech Accelerator

By Econotimes,

BNP Paribas, a leading bank in Europe, has announced the names of eight startup companies that have been selected for its FinTech accelerator programme, run by the tech innovation specialist L’Atelier BNP Paribas. These startups are from diverse background that includes blockchain, artificial intelligence, insurance and more. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends

March 30, 2016

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Deals: Robo-advisor Betterment raises $100m

By Finextra.com

Betterment has raised $100 million in a funding round led by Swedish investment firm Kinnevik which values the American robo-advisor at $700 million. (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, Global trends

March 30, 2016

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Nearly 75% US companies targets of payment fraud in 2015, says AFP survey

By Sarah Gill for Paymenteye

The threat of payments fraud is on the rise and while continued reliance on cheques makes businesses vulnerable to attack, business emails are getting increasingly popular for fraudsters.

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Cashless, Fintech news, Global trends

March 30, 2016

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Report: Facebook Is Turning Messenger Into A Mobile Wallet

By Parmy Olson for Forbes,

Facebook has big plans to turn Messenger into an “Everything App” that will replace many others found on your smartphone, but one of the most important shifts will be turning it into an app that pays for things. (more…)

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

March 29, 2016

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Slice Labs raises $3.9M to insure on-demand workers when they’re on the job

By Anthony Ha for techcrunch.com

Tim Attia, co-founder and CEO of Slice Labs, said there’s “a ticking time bomb” threatening the on-demand economy — namely, insurance and liability. (more…)

Global trends, Insurance

March 29, 2016

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Samsung Pay launches in China and Singapore

By Viktoria Ho for Mashable

SINGAPORE — Samsung has announced a spate of mobile payments services in Asia, with the most fanfare given to its tap-to-pay Samsung Pay service opening in China.

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Cashless, Deals, Fintech news, Global trends, InspirAsia

March 29, 2016

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Bitcoin, RIP. Blockchain is Sexy

2015 was still a busy year for blockchain. Venture capital investments topped $1 billion for the first time. People are finding it easier to invest in the digital currency, thanks to the debut of firms such as Bitcoin Investment Trust. Big financial companies—Nasdaq, American Express and Visa— invested in blockchain startups, “a game changer in terms of attitude towards the technology”.

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Blockchain, Cashless, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews

March 29, 2016

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Apps are getting millennials interested in money – but can they be trusted?

By Suzanne McGee for the Guardian

Young people are using fintech for financial help, but shunning big banks and embracing new businesses doesn’t mean you’re removing risk from the equation (more…)

Banks, Cashless, Fintech news, Global trends

March 28, 2016

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Cashless society and Fintech hubs

The world dreams of a cashless society. And as it acquires a multitude of non-cash payment options, this dream only comes closer. The progress of economies varies, though. In Hong Kong, one can purchase tickets or eat in fast food outlets using the Octopus value card. In Sweden, the homeless no longer ask passers-by for loose change; they have card readers instead.

Read our full research “Money of the Future”. Download PDF (20MB)
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Cashless, Fintech news, Global trends, Government activities, Hotnews, InspirAsia

March 28, 2016

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Blockchain is essential to the fintech revolution

By Brett King for BankNXT,

Brett King explores the growth of bitcoin and blockchain, along with Michael J Casey, Chris Skinner, Brock Pierce, Bart Stephens, Jeremy Allaire and Jim Marous.

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Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends, Interviews

March 28, 2016

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Internet of random things: Fridges, doorbells, beds, and ovens are your connected future. Right?

By Paul Sawers for VentureBeat.com

The year 2016 could go down in history as the year the Internet of Things (IoT)really came to fruition. (more…)

Fintech news, Global trends, InspirAsia

March 28, 2016

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Banking industry primed for a pocket-sized revolution

By 

ondo, the latest challenger bank aiming to take a chunk of business from the established high street lenders, is unlike any UK financial institution that has come before it.

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Banks, Fintech news, Global trends, InspirAsia, Mobile-first banks

March 28, 2016

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Bitcoin, Blockchain and the Central Planning of Digital Money

By  for Coindesk.com

In this opinion piece, Atlas discusses bitcoin’s ongoing block size debate, arguing that the economic analysis of potential changes to the system has been largely ignored by network developers. (more…)

Blockchain, Cashless, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends

March 28, 2016

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E-Wallets: Game of giants

By 2019, eMarketer estimates that the total value of transactions made by tapping a phone on an in-store terminal will reach $210 billion, up from $8.7 billion in 2015. For banks and retailers, that presents an opportunity to take on Apple Pay and Google’s Android Pay – and maybe save on transaction fees to boot.

Read our full research “Money of the Future”. Download PDF (20MB) (more…)

Banks, Cashless, eWallets, Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews, InspirAsia

March 28, 2016

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A tree grows in Ross Ulbricht’s prison cell

By  for Fortune magazine

One year into a double life sentence, Ross Ulbricht planted an apple seed in a sun-lit corner of his prison cell. It came to life in a damp towel before a guard took the sapling away. Instead of throwing it out, someone placed the small plant in the counselor’s office. (more…)

Global trends, news

March 28, 2016

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Japan Looks to Kickstart ‘Fintech’ Revolution

By Reuters

Strict regulation has been choking out financial innovation in the world’s third-biggest economy. (more…)

Fintech news, Global trends, Government activities, InspirAsia

March 28, 2016

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O2O and IoT in Retail and Fintech

Technology is killing the traditional retailer. Victims will include those selling commodity brand-name-type products like consumer electronics, appliances, sporting equipment and furniture, and may even include those selling consumable goods.

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Cashless, Deals, Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews, InspirAsia

March 26, 2016

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Online-Remittances

The World Bank estimates that by 2016 there will be more than $700 billion sent overseas between family and friends, with $646 billion sent in 2015.

Read our full research “Money of the Future”. Download PDF (20MB) (more…)

Cashless, Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews, InspirAsia, Remittances

March 26, 2016