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10 High-Potential Fintech Firms Chosen for 11th Annual Fintech Innovation Lab New York

Ten high-potential technology firms have reportedly been chosen for 11th Annual Fintech Innovation Lab New York. As noted in the announcement (published on April 7, 2021), Fintech solutions aim to leverage AI and advanced data analytics to “address key industry challenges including sustainability.” As mentioned… Read More

Cross-Border Payments Provider CurrencyFair to Merge with Assembly Payments after Standard Chartered Investment

CurrencyFair, a cross-border payments solution provider, and Assembly Payments, whose platform aims to fully automate complex payment workflows, recently revealed that they’ve merged operations as part of a strategic investment from Standard Chartered (which is subject to shareholder approval and regulatory clearance). As noted by… Read More

ZA Tech Global, the Technology Initiative Backed by Softbank Vision Fund I, Launches Asia Fintech Center

ZA Tech Global Limited, the technology venture established by ZA International and supported by Softbank’s Vision Fund 1, revealed on Friday (April 9, 2021) that it’s launching its Asia Fintech Center (AFC) in Singapore. The new center will focus on financial services innovation projects and… Read More

Cardless ATM Withdrawal Services to be Offered in Hong Kong by Ping An OneConnect Bank and JETCO

Ping An OneConnect Bank (PAOB) recently revealed that it has teamed up with JETCO in order to provide cardless ATM withdrawal services. PAOB clients will now have the option to make cash withdrawals from over 1,700 JETCO ATM machines based in Hong Kong. Customers may… Read More

Digital Wealth Management Platform StashAway to Offer Services to Hong Kong Consumers after Obtaining License from SFC

StashAway, a digital wealth management solution provider, recently revealed that it will be offering services to Hong Kong consumers. The firm’s management confirmed that it’s now licensed by the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC). StashAway is a digital investment platform that offers “intelligent” asset allocation… Read More

Huobi Group’s Charity Division Commits $1 Million in Bitcoin (BTC) and Fiat Currency to UNICEF

Huobi Group, a leading blockchain firm, recently announced that its “philanthropic” division Huobi Charity Limited (regulated by the Charity Commissioners of Gibraltar – registration no. 324) is committing $1 million in Bitcoin (BTC) and fiat currency to UNICEF. The funds will be used to “help… Read More

Global Fintech Funding Remains Steady with Many Asian Fintechs Raising Massive Mega-Rounds: Report

Fintech funding has really picked up in 2021. It’s estimated to have already reached $15 billion during the first quarter, according to CB Insights data. In Asia, Fintech-related investments are on track to exceed $2.6 billion, which is notably the continent’s highest quarterly total since… Read More

Fintech Qudian Reports $109.4M in Q4 2020 Revenue, a 63.1% Decrease from Same Period Last Year, but Net Income Increased

Qudian Inc. (NYSE: QD), an established technology platform that aims to improve the online consumer finance experience for Chinese consumers, recently revealed its “unaudited” financial results for the quarter and full year that ended on December 31, 2020. As noted in a release by the… Read More

Real-Time Account Payout Features Now Supported by Pakistan’s Faysal Bank via Western Union Partnership

Western Union, a leading provider of cross-border, cross-currency money transfer services, is teaming up with Pakistan’s Faysal Bank in order to improve its real-time bank account transaction network. Receivers of global money transfers in Pakistan can take advantage of Western Union’s real-time account payout feature… Read More

iSTOX Tokenizes Another Fund: Mapletree MERIT Fund

Digital security platform iSTOX has acquired a stake in the Mapletree MERIT Fund and turned them into digital securities that provide individual accredited investors partial access to the fund or Mapletree Europe Income Trust. Last month, iSTOX announced it had tokenized Astrea VI private equity… Read More

Hong Kong Virtual Bank ZA Bank Offers Personal Loans For Just 1.99% APR

In a move to boost clients, ZA Bank has launched a personal loan with a fixed rate of 1.99% APR. Additionally, new users can get HKD 400 cash rewards upon successful application at the virtual bank. ZA Bank says the program is part of its… Read More

Malaysia based Telecom Axiata Group and Norway’s Telenor to Merge Malaysian Mobile Businesses

Axiata Group and Telenor Asia revealed on Thursday (April 8, 2021) that they’ve revisted and confirmed their merger plans involving Celcom and Digi. At present, the deal is in advanced discussions. Malaysian telecoms company Axiata Group Bhd and Norway-based Telenor ASA will be focused on… Read More

Australian Comparison Site Finder Confirms Acquisition of the GoBear Brand as Part of Global Expansion Strategy

Finder, a Fintech firm established in Australia back in 2006, has reportedy acquired the GoBear brand as it focuses on its international expansion plans. Now live in many different countries and serving over 10 million consumers globally each month, Finder is one of the world’s… Read More

Binance Smart Chain Reaches All-Time High Transaction Volume, Binance Launchpad Announces Support for Tokocrypto

The blockchain-based decentralized applications (dApp) industry has seen “tremendous” growth, according to a report from DappRadar. There’s been a 639% increase in active wallets across all blockchain or distributed ledger technology (DLT)-enabled platforms during Q1 2020. The report reveals that there were around 458,000 daily… Read More

Visa Announces 5 High-Potential Fintech Startups to Participate in its Accelerator Program for APAC Region

Payments giant Visa (NYSE:V) has announced that it has chosen five high-potential startups to participate in its very first Accelerator Program for the Asia Pacific (APAC) region. During the next 4-6 months, the startups will be focused on developing various commercial initiatives such as new… Read More

Indian Fintech Cred Secures $215M via Series D Round led by Falcon Edge Capital

India-based Cred, a fast-growing Fintech firm that lets clients pay off their credit card bills and gives them rewards in return, has managed to reach a $2.2 billion valuation after its $215 million Series D round that was led by Falcon Edge Capital. Coatue Management… Read More

Future Fintech Completes $35 Million Registered Direct Offering

  Future FinTech Group Inc. (NASDAQ: FTFT), a blockchain-based e-commerce company and a service provider for financial technology. announced on Tuesday it closed the registered direct offering of 5,737,706 shares of its common stock at a purchase price of $6.10 per share on April 6, 2021. The gross… Read More

Digital Asset Custody Provider Hex Trust Finalizes $6M Round led by QBN Capital

Hong Kong-headquartered crypto-asset custody service provider Hex Trust reveals that it has secured $6 million in capital via a Series A round that was led by QBN Capital. As part of its latest investment round, Hex Trust also received contributions from Cell Rising, Radiant Tech… Read More

Vietnam based BNPL Fintech Fundiin Secures Strategic Investment to Further Expand Business Operations

Vietnam-based Fundiin, a Buy Now, Pay Later (BNPL) service provider, has acquired an undisclosed amount of funds as part of its latest venture round that was reportedly led by 1982 Ventures and Zone Startups Ventures. The funds acquired from Fundiin‘s investment round will be used… Read More

Neobanking Fintech StashFin Secures $40M via Series B Extension led by Prominent Global Investros

Singapore-headquartered neo-banking platform StashFin has finalized a Series B extension equity financing valued at $40 million from several international investors. New investors taking part in StashFin‘s investment round included Altara Ventures and Uncorrelated Ventures along with contributions from investors such as Integrated Capital, Kravis Investment… Read More

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