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New Indian challenger Payzello launches

via FinTech Futures written by

Payzello is a new challenger bank in India, focusing on the retail market that offers a wide variety of products, with a specific focus on personal finance management.

In its list of offerings, the firm includes a single card for both debit and credit, app-based loans, money transfer and request, end to end expense management, Bharat QR, three minutes’ account opening, among others – and all this with zero paperwork.

A chatbot is included in the app, called Ello. It was made for conversations regarding users’ finances and provides suggestions. (more…)

Banks, India, InspirAsia, Mobile-first banks

June 10, 2019

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Thai banks set for facial and fingerprint biometric verification use in Q3

via Biometric Update

Customers of the Bank of Thailand will be able to use biometrics for identity verification when opening deposit accounts by the third quarter of this year to boost security, build consumer confidence, and improve access to financial services, according to the Bangkok Post.

The central bank is planning to gradually open up biometric technology to financial institutions for electronic know your customer (e-KYC) processes. Technology for facial and fingerprint recognition is being tested in a regulatory sandbox, with the tests scheduled for completion in Q3, according to Siritida Panomwan Na Ayudhya, assistant governor of the bank’s payment systems policy and financial group. (more…)

Banks, InspirAsia, Security, Thailand

June 3, 2019

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InstaRem to deliver cross-border payments for Kasikornbank

via Finextra

InstaReM, a leading digital cross-border money transfer company with a global presence,has announced that it will now power cross-border payments for the clients of KASIKORNBANK(KBank), Thailand’s leading banking group, across select markets.

InstaReM already powers payments for three of the top ten Southeast Asian Banks and leading financial institutions across the globe. This partnership with KASIKORNBANK helps InstaReM further entrench itself as a leading player in the institutional payments space.

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Fintech news, InspirAsia, Remittances, Thailand

May 23, 2019

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Rise of challenger banks in Asia

via The Edge Markets MY

Challenger banks have been a trend in markets such as the UK in the last few years, but activity is ramping up in Asian markets like South Korea, Greater China and Southeast Asia, says James Lloyd, fintech and payments leader for Asia-Pacific at EY, in the recently published Citi GPS: Global Perspectives and Solutions report, titled “Bank X: The New New Bank”. (more…)

Banks, InspirAsia, Mobile-first banks

April 14, 2019

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The challenger bank playbook: A deep dive

via Finextra

Finextra reports on the rise of the challenger bank economy in Asia, as Money20/20 prepares to open its doors to a new wave of disruptors and innovators in Singapore next week.

As challengers – established firms – and neobanks – digital mobile outfits – are not burdened with legacy technology, they are able to disrupt the status quo. These organisations have taken off in the UK because of the traditional industry having adopted digital banking from the late 1990s.

According to KPMG’s global head of banking and capital markets Judd Caplain, this phenomenon has expanded immensely and there are now more than 100 challenger banks operating worldwide. Caplain lists Asian players such as China’s MyBank backed by titan Alibaba, WeBank launched by conglomerate Tencent, Digibank of India, Vietnam’s Timo, Japanese outfit Jibun Bank and South Korea’s K Bank and Kakao Bank as success stories.

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Banks, Global trends, InspirAsia, Mobile-first banks

March 13, 2019

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Why Fintech Is Different In Asia

By Falguni Desai for Forbes

The global fintech sector startup sector has received investments totaling $19 billion in 2015. According to CB Insights and a fintech report published by Citi, this is a tenfold increase from five years ago.  (more…)

Fintech news, Global trends, InspirAsia, news

April 30, 2016

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DBS Bank Takes Stake in the ‘Siri for Banking,’ Kasisto

The Development Bank of Singapore Ltd. has taken a minority stake in Kasisto, a personal assistant that helps customers with their banking. (more…)

Banks, Deals, Fintech news, Global trends, Government activities, InspirAsia, Singapore

April 27, 2016

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China’s Venture-Capital Slowdown Is Less Obvious

By Scott Martin for WSJ Venture Capital

China’s wealthy are seeking places to park capital in the U.S., but that doesn’t mean there’s a shortage of cash for mainland China’s venture-backed companies. (more…)

China, Fintech news, Global trends, InspirAsia

April 27, 2016

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China’s Tencent seeks additional loan worth $2 billion: sources

By Reuters

China’s Tencent Holdings Ltd is seeking a loan of up to $2 billion, part of a flurry of fund-raising by the country’s Internet giants, two people involved in the financing told Thomson Reuters LPC, a loan-focused news service. (more…)

China, Global trends, InspirAsia, p2p-payments

April 15, 2016

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Beware of fintech’s pivot east

By Nancy Hulgrave for CNBC

Ever since former Barclays chief executive Antony Jenkins declared an “Uber moment” for banks, the powers that be from the Square Mile to Canary Wharf have rushed to defend themselves against a herd of ambitious Unicorns.

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

April 12, 2016

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Alibaba pours a total of $1B into Southeast Asia e-commerce platform Lazada

By Catherine Shu for techcrunch.com

Alibaba just took a big step in its Southeast Asian expansion journey. The company said today that it has pumped a total investment of about $1 billion into Lazada, in a deal that makes it the e-commerce platform’s controlling shareholder. (more…)

Deals, Global trends, InspirAsia

April 12, 2016

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Fintech growth accelerates in Asia with record $4.5 billion investments

By Elzio Barreto for Reuters news

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Investors poured a record $4.5 billion into financial start-ups in Asia last year, four times as much as the previous year, data shows, putting the region at the center of the global tech revolution poised to shake up the financial services industry. (more…)

Fintech news, Global trends, Government activities, InspirAsia

March 11, 2016

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How Stripe can win the payments war in Asia

By Karen Mok for TechinAsia.com
Stripe is one of the most beloved startups in Silicon Valley. Stripe has been a definitive success in the US, but it’s looking beyond those borders in its next phase of growth. Asia is a clear contender – it has about half of the world’s smartphone users and is predicted to see the fastest e-commerce growth in the world in the years to come.

(more…)

Analytics, Fintech news, Mobile payments/banking

February 19, 2016

Deals: Khazanah-led group invests $160 mln in HK fintech start-up WeLab

Jan 20 An investment group led by Malaysia’s state fund Khazanah Nasional has invested $160 million in Hong Kong-based financial technology start-up WeLab. (more…)

Deals, Fintech news

January 20, 2016

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4 BEST CASES OF O2O-ECONOMY: BURBERRY, LINE, TESLA, CHEBANCA!

By Igor Pesin, Partner at Life.SREDA

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Columns, Fintech news, news

October 19, 2015

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Marvelstone and Life.SREDA to Co-Invest in S.Korean and Asian Startups

ASIA Outlook: The MoU between Marvelstone and Life.SREDA will strengthen startup capacities across Asia in the finance and technology sectors (more…)

Hotnews, InspirAsia, Korea

July 3, 2015

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The Insider’s View To Payments And Fintech in Asia and Africa

THE COINTELEGRAPH: Analysis of the biennial Payment Innovations Report 2015 from June 17 has described an increasingly successful FinTech sector in Asian and African countries that they say is likely to take the lead in digital payment startups and new businesses, while they criticize NFC payments as a “solution still looking for a problem.” (more…)

InspirAsia

June 17, 2015

How Asia Uses Bitcoin In One Color-Coded Map

TECHINASIABitcoin is a global phenomenon, but not everyone around the world uses it in the same way. Here in Asia, the way a person from the Philippines uses bitcoin is probably very different from how it’s used in Thailand, and both are very different from the typical user in Taiwan. (more…)

Cryptocurrencies, InspirAsia

April 21, 2015