Tagged: financial inclusion

P2P Bitcoin Exchange Paxful Claims 5M Users Globally, May Introduce Support for More Digital Currencies and Crypto Debit Card

The team at Paxful, a leading peer to peer Bitcoin (BTC) exchange, acknowledges that 2020 was quite rough. They claim that even though it may have been the hardest year of many peoples’ lives, there were still some positive developments. In January 2020, Bitcoin was… Read More

Asian Countries like Bahrain and India Continue to Develop Financial Infrastructure to Support Payments Processing and other Fintech Services

Dalal Buhejji, the Director of Business Development, Financial Services at the Bahrain Economic Development Board, has noted that there are currently around 400 financial institutions based in Bahrain. Buhejji pointed out that these companies are offered a “stable, predictable and proven” regulatory and business environment… Read More

US Consumer Fintech Varo Money Aims to Enable Financial Inclusion, According to Chief Risk Officer Philippa Girling

Varo Money, Inc., the first consumer Fintech in the US to become a chartered national bank, recently explained how they’re building a better banking platform. Philippa Girling, Chief Risk Officer at Varo Money, noted that she’d been working in the banking industry for the past… Read More

Gig Economy Is Growing Rapidly in Malaysia but More Inclusive Financial Services are Needed, According to Industry Professionals

The gig economy has been growing steadily in Asian countries like Malaysia, particularly at a time when the COVID-19 outbreak is forcing residents to pick up side jobs to supplement their earnings during these uncertain times. Although the gig economy or temp work opportunities are… Read More

Fintech Lending Apps are Increasingly Using AI and Machine Learning to Accurately Determine Borrower’s Creditworthiness, According to Researchers

The financial sector is undergoing major technological advancements and changes. Traditional banking institutions now face a lot of competition from online or digital startups that have no physical branches. Social media and other online platforms are branching out into payments and credit. The rise in… Read More

Fintech Fairbanc, which Offers Credit to Southeast Asia’s Unbanked, Is Now Backed by Columbia Business School

Fairbanc, the Silicon Valley-based Fintech firm that provides credit to the unbanked or financially underserved in Southeast Asia, has received financial backing from Columbia Business School’s student-run impact fund, Microlumbia. According to a release, this financial backing has come shortly after an investment from 500… Read More

Mexico based Digital Bank albo Secures $45 Million in Capital to Expand Operations into Lending and Insurance Services

Mexico-based digital bank albo has secured $45 million in capital through an investment round in order to expand its operations into lending and insurance services. Several investors took part in albo’s latest round, including Valar Ventures, Greyhound Capital, Mountain Nazca and Flourish Ventures. The digital… Read More

Vikas Raj from Accion Venture Lab and Suwatchai Songwanich, EVP at Bangkok Bank, Discuss Fintech Trends in Post COVID World

Vikas Raj, the Managing Director at Accion Venture Lab, a global non-profit firm focused on creating a “financially inclusive” world, with a “pioneering legacy” in microfinance and Fintech impact investing, notes that we’ve now entered a new age of Fintech and financial inclusion. Raj, an… Read More

Coinbase CEO Expresses Concerns About Potential New Regulations for Self-Hosted Crypto Wallets

Brian Armstrong, Co-founder and CEO at Coinbase, the leading US-based digital asset exchange, notes that this past week, the company heard rumors that the U.S. Treasury and Secretary Mnuchin had been planning to “rush out” some new regulations for self-hosted cryptocurrency wallets  – which would… Read More

Digital Finance: MAS MD Explains How Fintech Can Boost Financial Inclusion

In an interview as part of the Fintech Abu Dhabi Festival taking place this week, Ravi Menon, Managing Director of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), discussed how Fintech or digital finance has been boosted by the COVID health crisis. Digital Transformation Menon shared that… Read More

Ride Hailing Firm Grab, a Diversified Business that Includes Financial Services, Leads $100 Million Round for Indonesia’s LinkAja

Ride-hailing service Grab, which has diversified its business and includes Grab Financial Services, has reportedly led a $100 million Series B investment round in Indonesia-based e-money institution LinkAja. LinkAja’s digital wallet and merchant services businesses are notably the flagship product of PT Fintek Karya Nusantara… Read More

Ray Youssef: CEO at P2P Bitcoin (BTC) Exchange Paxful Says Platform Aims to Onboard 2 Million Users by End of 2020

We recently connected with Ray Youssef, the CEO at Paxful, a leading peer to peer Bitcoin exchange, which reported a 274% increase in new registrations in Turkey, during the past year, on its platform. There was also an average of $65,000+ in monthly trade volume… Read More

UAE’s Fintech Galaxy to Focus on Financial Inclusion via Hackathon for Implementing Digital Lending and Other Financial Tech Solutions

UAE based Fintech Galaxy, a Fintech marketplace and innovation platform, has teamed up with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in order to launch a virtual hackathon – which focuses on supporting financial inclusion and encourages regulatory collaboration in the MENA region. According to… Read More

Egyptian Central Bank Provides New Guidelines for Opening Bank Accounts for Individuals and SMEs, Aimed at Enabling Financial Inclusion

The Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) has reportedly issued updated guidelines and instructions that will allow local residents and small businesses to open certain types of bank accounts under various terms and conditions. The CBE sent a letter to local banks in which it noted… Read More

Dubai based Fintech Rise Launches New Platform for Affordable Remittance or Cross-Border Payments

Dubai-based Fintech firm Rise has launched a new platform that allows expatriate workers to make low-cost or affordable remittance payments. The platform’s users are able to send payments in real-time to friends and family members living abroad. At present, the remittance service is in its… Read More

Financial Inclusion Rate in Indonesia Reaches Record Highs, but Over 2,500 Illegal Fintech Businesses have been Shut Down

The role of Fintech platforms and services in supporting public services in Indonesia has become more prominent and relevant due to the global COVID-19 outbreak. Fintech service providers are now offering more digital payments options which allow Indonesians to pay for everyday expenses, instead of… Read More

Commonwealth Secretariat Develops Fintech Toolkit, Partners University of Cambridge and Oxford to Provide Training

Commonwealth countries are planning to further tap into the potential of Fintech applications. A new toolkit has been introduced to help countries with harnessing the potential of financial technology in order to achieve inclusive economic progress. The toolkit has reportedly been developed as a response… Read More

CBDCs Might Help Reduce Fraud, Streamline Auditing Processes, and Enable Financial Inclusion, NEM Group Executive Explains

Antony Welfare, Chief Commercial Officer at NEM Group, an organization supporting the development of NEM, a blockchain or distributed ledger technology (DLT) based platform for building enterprise-grade applications, states that blockchain tech is now more than 10 years old (as far as its application is… Read More

Global ID Verification Provider, Onfido, to Offer Authentication Services to Malaysia’s MyCash Money

Onfido, a global ID verification provider, will be offering its user authentication services to Malaysia’s MyCash Money. Onfido has also been providing similar services to other Fintech firms in the region, including BigPay and MoneyMatch. MyCash Money is a digital marketplace that’s focused on serving… Read More

UK based Minted, a Shariah-Compliant Gold Trading Platform, Is Planning to Launch Services this Month

UK-based Minted, a Shariah-compliant platform for trading gold, is planning to launch its services this month. Gold has served as a safe haven asset during times of economic uncertainty, but mostly wealthy people have invested in the precious metal. Minted aims to change this trend… Read More

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