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Forget Melbourne v Sydney, Australian fintech must take a global view

By Simon Lee for Financial Review

In 1901 there was such a massive spat between Sydneysiders and Melburnians over which city should be capital of the newly federated Australia that a whole new city (and territory) was formed.

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Fintech news, Global trends, Government activities

April 18, 2016

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Singapore to Regulate Fintech Firms Only When They Pose Risk

By  and  for Bloomberg

Singapore will start to regulate its financial technology companies only when they grow to a sufficient size to pose risks to the wider financial system, the managing director of the country’s central bank said. (more…)

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

April 13, 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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Big banks shift fintech strategy

By Jon Marino for CNBC

Wall Street is looking for M&A or partners, and fewer investments, as fintech funding grows. (more…)

Banks, Fintech news, Global trends, InspirAsia

April 12, 2016

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India’s Audacious Plan to Bring Digital Banking to 1.2 Billion People

By Saritha Rai for Bloomberg Business

A biometrics-backed ID system will make it easier for everyone—from rural villagers to urban dwellers—to ditch cash.

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Analytics, Cashless, Global trends, Government activities, India, InspirAsia

April 11, 2016

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From Wall Street Banking, a New Wave of Fintech Investors

By Liz Moyer for the New York Times

Finance is where they built their careers. Now some of banking’s former stars are pouring millions of dollars — and in some cases staking their careers — into new technologies that are shaking up everything from lending to payments to investing. (more…)

Banks, Blockchain, Global trends

April 7, 2016

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Fintech’s $138 billion opportunity

By Ryan Falvey for Techcrunch.com

Fintech is in the midst of a golden age of investment and innovation. According to KPMG and CB Insights, investments in fintech startups doubled between 2014 and 2015, to $14 billion. However, comparatively little of this money has been focused on the $138 billion market opportunity to disrupt alternative financial services in the United States. This lack of focus is damaging America’s financial health. So why hasn’t fintech done more to meet this vast market need? (more…)

Banks, Fintech news, Global trends

April 7, 2016

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What’s trending in the IoT space

By Bernard Moon for techcrunch.com

Our team has been active as investors in theInternet of Things and hardware space over the past two years. We have read pitches from hundreds of companies, met with dozens, read hundreds of research reports and spoken with various experts. We have invested in six IoT/hardware companies from our global seed fund and seven from our startup accelerator. (more…)

Global trends

April 5, 2016

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RobinHood’s chief executive on the importance of design in fintech

By Harry Stebbings for Techcrunch.com

RobinHood, the no-fee stock trading mobile phone app, was able to attract 1 million people to their waiting list before a product was even launched.

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Fintech news, Global trends

April 4, 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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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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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, InspirAsia

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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“Uber moment” for financial industry

Serguei Netessine is Timken Chaired Professor of Global Technology and Innovation at INSEAD (Singapore campus), and Research Director of INSEAD-Wharton Alliance. He is angel investor, startup advisor, industry consultant and speaker on entrepreneurship and innovation. His recent book “The Risk-Driven Business Model: Four Questions that will Define your Company” was published by Harvard Business Press in 2014. (more…)

Columns, Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews, InspirAsia

March 24, 2016

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UBS and Credit Suisse launch fintech accelerator

By Finextra

The two largest Swiss banks UBS and Credit Suisse, are partnering with Swisscom, Swiss Life and Ernst & Young to launch a fintech accelerator with an international target audience. (more…)

Banks, Deals, Fintech news, Global trends

March 24, 2016

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Fintech for Millenials

The biggest issue with “fintech for millennials” that you have to understand millennials more, than fintech.

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

Banks, Fintech news, Global trends, InspirAsia

March 23, 2016

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Infographic: How much are Asia’s biggest tech companies really worth?

By Eric Crouch for techinasia.com

Once you get into the realm of tens of billions of dollars, things stop making sense. The numbers are just so mind bogglingly huge that any sense of scale goes out the window. (more…)

Fintech news, Global trends, InspirAsia

March 18, 2016

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Why fintech is the hottest place to be right now

by Life.SREDA

In APAC alone, fintech is already a multibillion dollar industry

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

Analytics, Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews, InspirAsia

March 17, 2016

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A Typical Day in a Blockchain-Enabled World Circa 2030

by Mark Frauenfelder,

Let’s follow Crowley the Crocodile as he goes about his day in the year 2030, from the moment his bitcoin-powered bioalarm clock wakes him, until he eats his late night pizza ordered using a rating service that runs without human owners. (more…)

Blockchain, Cashless, Fintech news, Global trends

March 16, 2016

Could Australia be a serious fintech innovator?

By James Eyers for the Financial Review,

Australia’s transition to an innovative, technologically savvy economy and how corporate leaders are coping with the forces of disruption will be a major issue debated at The Australian Financial Review Business Summit this week.

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Cashless, Fintech news, Global trends, news, SME

March 14, 2016

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Startupbootcamp unveils new Singapore cohort

By Startupbootcamp FinTech,

Startupbootcamp FinTech, accelerator focused on financial innovation, has announced the 10 international startups selected to join its Singapore program. (more…)

Fintech news, InspirAsia, news, SME

March 14, 2016

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Banks and FinTech: date the nerds or be the nerd?

Key findings from the banking industry and its shifting landscape.  

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

Banks, Fintech news, Global trends

March 13, 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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Mckinsey & Co : Cutting through the noise around financial technology

By Miklos Dietz, Somesh Khanna, Tunde Olanrewaju, and Kausik Rajgopal for Mckinsey & Company 
We estimate there are today more than 2,000 start-ups offering traditional and new financial services. Here’s how banks should respond.

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

March 10, 2016

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Here’s why fintech companies are opting to stay private: funding just hit a record

By Julie Verhage for Bloomberg.com

Record number of deals for fintech in 2015. Some fintech companies that have recently entered the public market have had a tough time of late. (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, SME

March 9, 2016

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Financial accelerators to wind down as digital ecosystem evolves – Forrester

In five years time most corporate accelerators and incubators will have disappeared in favour of more nuanced partnerships between banks and startups in a maturing digital ecosystem according to an analysis by Forrester. (more…)

Banks, Fintech news, Global trends

March 9, 2016

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Google and Accel see huge potential for Indian SaaS startups

By Malavika Velayanikal for TechinAsia.com

Cloud-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) products are seeing hyper growth as small and medium businesses (SMBs) take to them in a big way. And Indian SaaS startups are well-placed to capitalize on it, says a joint report by Google and Accel Partners released today. (more…)

Fintech news, India, SME

March 6, 2016

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Coworking spaces are on the rise — here’s why

By Vladislav Solodkiy, Managing partner of Life.SREDA

I remember, when I was first starting out, the whole concept of a coworking space seemed strange. (more…)

Fintech news, Global trends, Singapore, SME

March 6, 2016

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This is how Australia is changing to become startup friendly

In interviews with the Australian Ambassador to Israel and StartupAUS’ Acting CEO, Geektime learned how Australia is making big changes to grow their ecosystem (more…)

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

March 4, 2016