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Paytm to open new Payments Bank next week

Indian mobile wallet giant Paytm is to open its new Payments Bank on 23 March, joining telco Bharti Airtel as one of the first non-banks to take advantage of the Government’s relaxing of restrictions on bank licensing in an effort to boost financial exlusion. (more…)

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

May 19, 2017

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Asian fintech: Expansion, expansion and yet more expansion

By the Fintech Times

Fintech is strong in Asia.

  • The region retains 40% of all global capital invested in the sector.
  • Six out of seven of the largest fintech companies worldwide come from Asia.
  • The biggest Asian hubs (Singapore, India and China) are becoming the centres of global fintech innovation and adoption.

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Hotnews, InspirAsia

May 18, 2017

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WeChat just launched a search engine. Baidu should worry.

By TIA

Chinese search giant Baidu has had it good. For years, the tech firm has enjoyed a near monopoly of the country’s multi-billion dollar search market. Domestic competitors Sogou and Easou trail behind, each with less than 10 percent market share. Google, its most threatening rival overseas, withdrew from China in 2010, citing hacks by the Chinese government. (more…)

eWallets, Global trends, Influences FinTech, InspirAsia

May 18, 2017

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Facebook just got hit with a $122 million fine over WhatsApp

By MD for Fast Company

The €110 million fine was levied by the European Commission over Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp in 2014. The EC said Facebook had provided “incorrect or misleading information” when it said it wouldn’t be able to link the profiles of users on WhatsApp and Facebook. (more…)

Deals, Global trends, Hotnews, Influences FinTech

May 18, 2017

Indian Bank Kotak Mahindra Implements Blockchain in Trade Finance

By CCN,

Kotak Mahindra Bank, one of India’s largest private banks, has successfully completed an end-to-end trade finance transaction with a client over a blockchain. (more…)

Banks, Blockchain, Government activities, Hotnews

May 18, 2017

Ex-Tandem CTO onboard for Dubai-based digital bank

The former CTO of UK challenger Tandem has joined forces with experienced execs from the more traditional banking sector to build a digital-only bank in Dubai. (more…)

Banks, InspirAsia, Mobile payments/banking, Mobile-first banks

May 18, 2017

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PayPal partners with Android Pay for mobile payments

In news from the Google I/O the tech giant announced that they will partner Android Pay and PayPal for a mobile payments platform, the companies announced this morning. (more…)

Global trends, Hotnews, Mobile payments/banking

May 18, 2017

US merchants paid $88.39 billion in card fees in 2016

Credit, debit, and prepaid general purpose and private label cards issued in the United States generated $5.936 trillion in payments for goods and services in 2016. (more…)

Credit/Debit/Prepaid cards, Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews

May 18, 2017

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Insurtech Report: Hype or the Next Fintech Frontier?

Oliver Wyman is out with a report on the emerging Insurtech sector. Oliver Wyman is a global management consultancy operating in 30 different countries. For this specific report, they partnered with Policen Direkt Group in Germany, an insurance technology firm. (more…)

Hotnews, Insurance

May 18, 2017

LendUp launches a better credit card for people looking to improve their credit

By Ryan Lawler for Techcrunch

LendUp has spent the last several years helping people who couldn’t get a loan build their credit and improve their financial well-being. Now the company is looking to empower those with little or no credit by giving them access to a credit card with low fees, financial education built in and incentives to spend less and pay off their balance. (more…)

Credit scoring, Credit/Debit/Prepaid cards, Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews

May 18, 2017

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Verse grabs $20.5M to take its p2p payments play beyond Europe

By Natasha Lomas for Techcrunch

Social payments app Verse has closed a $20.5 million Series B round of funding from its existing investors. The round is led by Spark Capital, with eVentures and Greycroft Partners also participating. It raised its Series A in October last year, when it took in $8.3M. (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, Global trends, p2p-payments

May 18, 2017

SoFi moves into wealth management

By SoFi

Today, SoFi announced the general availability of SoFi Wealth, the first low-cost online wealth management platform to combine an easy-to-use online and mobile interface with unlimited access to live, licensed financial advisors, giving people the guidance they need to understand, define, and then work toward achieving their investing goals. (more…)

Deals, Global trends, Hotnews

May 17, 2017

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Fintech unicorn Transferwise moves into the black

Fintech unicorn Transferwise says the company has reached operational profitability six years after launch. (more…)

eWallets, Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews, news, p2p-payments, Remittances

May 17, 2017

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Open APIs – Leveraging Banking As a Service to Compete and Collaborate

By David Donovan for Finextra

“Rolling in my Uber, that’s just how I use my time” – Travis Scott, Uber Everywhere Remix.  (more…)

Hotnews, Open Source/ API

May 17, 2017

Online Lender Earnest Said to Be For Sale

According to a report by Bloomberg,Earnest is up for sale. The San Francisco based online lender is said to have an asking price of $100 million. Founded in 2013, Crunchbase reports Earnest has raised over $99 million not including an undisclosed sum in a VC round in January 2016 and $200 million of debt financing.

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Deals, Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews, p2p/online lending

May 17, 2017