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Bengaluru-based Digital Bank RazorPay Reports “Tremendous Adoption” of Fintech and Virtual Payments Due to COVID-19

Bengaluru-based Digital Bank RazorPay reports that there has been a significant increase in the number of digital payments, following the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. RazorPay notes in its recent report that only a month into the nationwide lockdown in India, there has been a noticeable shift… Read More

Fintech: The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Region May Experience Significant Increase in the Use of Financial Technology Platforms Due to COVID-19

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), an intergovernmental political and economic union consisting of the Arab states of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, is expected to experience a significant increase in the use of Fintech platforms and services. The anticipated… Read More

Bitcoin Bull Run. Is the Halving and Massive Government Stimulus Fueling Bitcoin’s Rise?

May is here meaning spring is emerging for parts of the world. For all of the world, it also means that Bitcoin is on the cusp of the next Halving (or the Halvening). The Bitcoin Halving takes place every four years. This is when the… Read More

Shenzhen-based Tencent Holdings Launches Blockchain Accelerator, will Coach 30 DLT Startups

Tencent Holdings Ltd., a Chinese multinational conglomerate holding company whose subsidiaries offer various Internet-related products and services, has introduced a blockchain accelerator program. Tencent, which is among the world’s most valuable companies and also one of the largest VC firms and investment corporations, says it… Read More

Japan’s Financial Services Agency Recognizes the Nation’s Virtual Currency Exchange and Japan STO as Self-Regulatory Bodies

Japan’s financial regulator, the Financial Services Agency (FSA), has certified two organizations as Certified Financial Instruments and Exchange Associations. As confirmed in an announcement made on April 30, 2020, the FSA has officially recognized the Japan STO (security token offering) Association and the Japan Virtual… Read More

Pakistan’s Largest Transaction Clearing Facilitator, NIFT, Partners with Fintech Haball to Introduce Contexual B2B Payments

The National Institutional Facilitation Technologies (NIFT), the largest transactional clearing facilitator in Pakistan and Haball, a Fintech firm that provides various B2B services, have teamed up, in order to launch contextual payments for local companies. NIFT is a payment system operator and provider. It offers… Read More

Indian Fintech Firm NIRA Secures $2.1 Million in Capital via Round led by UK, Europe, Local Angel Investors

Mumbai-based Fintech firm NIRA, which provides small-ticket loans to low-income workers via its mobile-based app and website, recently revealed that it has secured $2.1 million in funding through its pre-series A investment round. NIRA’s funding round included contributions from new and existing angel investors based… Read More

WhatsApp Payments Plans to Penetrate India’s Lending Sector, Waiting for Regulatory Clearance

WhatsApp Payments, an in-chat payment feature that lets customers perform transfers through the messaging app to anyone in their contact list, has not achieved mainstream adoption in India. The UPI-based payments service lets users send and receive funds. It has been created by the National… Read More

Fireblocks Tops $30 Billion in Digital Assets Transfers, Sees Strong APAC Demand

Fireblocks reports having topped $30 billion in digital asset transfers and over $7 billion in monthly transfers, according to a company release. Fireblocks is an enterprise-grade platform providing the infrastructure for moving, storing, and issuing digital assets. Fireblocks seeks to enable exchanges, custodians, banks, trading… Read More

The Case for Digital Banking Services in Malaysia, and Globally, has Become Stronger Due to COVID-19: Report

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has created major social-economic challenges for individuals and businesses throughout the world. The pandemic has led to an increase in the use of Fintech-focused services, which has helped some companies generate more revenue during these difficult times. However, the crisis has… Read More

Fintech Incomlend Recognized as Best Startup at GTR Leaders in Trade Awards 2020

Incomlend, a global online invoice trading platform, has been recognized at the Global Trade Review (GTR) Leaders in Trade Awards 2020 as the “Best Fintech Startup”. GTR recognizes global top-performing companies in trade, commodity, supply chain, export finance, and fintech markets. Since launching in December… Read More

Hong Kong-based Fintech Firm Oriente Secures $50 Million in Capital via Series B Round

Oriente, a Hong Kong-headquartered Fintech firm, has secured $50 million in capital through its ongoing Series B investment round. Oriente offers critical financial resources to its customers such as cash loans, online credit, offline-to-online consumer finance services, point-of-sale (POS) lending services, and the capital needed… Read More

Pakistani Fintech Firm SadaPay Receives “In-Principle” Approval from Nation’s Central Bank to Faciltate Digital Payments

SadaPay, an Islamabad-based Fintech firm, has reportedly been given in-principle approval by the State Bank of Pakistan, or SBP (the nation’s central bank). for an electronic money institution (EMI) license. SadaPay confirmed that the approval will allow it to provide certain financial services through its… Read More

CoinDCX Lists CRO Token Marking Crypto.com’s Entry into India

CoinDCX, India’s largest crypto exchange, has listed Crypto.com‘s MCO and CRO tokens representing Hong Kong-based Crypto.com’s entrance into the Indian market.  Two trading pairs are now available on CoinDCX: CRO/BTC & CRO/INR. The MCO token is a payment and finance digital asset within the Crypto.com… Read More

Binance-backed Cryptocurrency Derivatives Exchange FTX to Launch Spot Trading in the US

FTX, a digital assets derivatives exchange that primarily caters to Asian traders and investors, will be introducing a spot exchange in the US markets. Sam Bankman-Fried, CEO at FTX, noted that the company’s US-based trading platform is presently in its beta testing phase. The spot… Read More

Fintech: Bank of China to Expand its Financial Tech Regulatory Pilot to Shanghai, Shenzhen, Several Other Chinese Cities

The Bank of China, one of the four largest state-managed commercial banking institutions in the country with over $3 trillion in assets, introduced its very first Fintech-focused regulatory pilot initiative in Beijing in 2019. The bank now says it will further expand its regulatory pilot… Read More

Developers of dForce, a Chinese DeFi Protocol that was Hacked, to Return $24.9 Million to Users After Hacker Gives Back Stolen Funds

dForce, a Chinese decentralized finance (DeFi) platform that recently experienced a hack that led to the loss of around $25 million worth of cryptocurrency, confirmed on April 27, 2020 that it will be compensating all its users for their stolen funds. This, after the digital… Read More

Singaporean Fintech Firm Helicap Secures $10 Million via Series A Round led by Saison Capital

Fintech firm Helicap has secured $10 million in capital through a Series A investment round led by Saison Capital, the corporate venture capital division of Credit Saison, a Japanese consumer finance company. Helicap’s fundraise consisted of equity and redeemable preference share financing. Existing investor East… Read More

Digital Banking: Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, Japan’s Second-Largest Bank, Partners SBI Holdings to Offer Mobile-based Banking Services

The Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group (SMFG), which is Japan’s second-largest financial institution by market cap, will reportedly sign an agreement with SBI Holdings, a Tokyo-based financial services company group, in order to provide digital banking services via mobile devices. As reported by Nikkei on April… Read More

Indian Fintech StockEdge Is Offering “Unbiased” Financial Information to Improve Young Indian Investors’ Decision-Making Process

Kolkata-based Fintech firm StockEdge aims to help India’s residents, particularly the younger generations, with learning more about how to responsibly and effectively invest their money in stocks, bonds, funds, and various other financial instruments. As the world struggles to cope with the economic challenges created… Read More

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