Tagged: Philippines

Reserve Bank of the Philippines to Continue Working on its Central Bank Digital Currency which Might Streamline Financial Services

Benjamin Diokno, the Governor of the Reserve Bank of the Philippines, recently noted that the underlying technology behind digital tokens may streamline or enhance existing financial services. The nation’s central bank is looking into the feasibility of issuing its own virtual currency. Diokno believes that… Read More

AML Authorities in Philippines Identify People of Interest Affiliated with Wirecard, Meanwhile Sale of Subsidiaries Show Progress

Wirecard (WDI:DE) and bankruptcy proceedings are inching forward for a Fintech that was once valued in the billions of dollars. Meanwhile, anti-money laundering authorities in the Philippines have uncovered 57 individuals of interest affiliated with the firm, according to a report. Bloomberg states that the Executive… Read More

Online P2P Lender Robo.cash Claims it’s Still Profitable, Despite COVID-19 related Issues, and Is Preparing for IPO in Dec 2020 in Australia

Online peer to peer (P2P) lender Robo.cash is reportedly getting ready to conduct its initial public offering (IPO) in Australia in December of this year. Robocash Group, which is the parent company of Europe based P2P lender Robo.cash, will be the next Fintech service provider… Read More

Digital Banking Competition in Southeast Asia Should Intensify as there’s been a Boom in Fintech Investments: Report

Southeast (SE) Asia is home to an unbanked population of around 290 million, according to a recent report from Fitch Ratings. Fintech solutions can enable more widespread financial inclusion, and could potentially increase the GDP of emerging markets by $3.7 trillion, according to an updated… Read More

Digital Banking: Central Bank of the Philippines Is Open to Exploring Investment Opportunities from Qatar to Streamline its Financial Sector

Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), the central bank of the Philippines, is reportedly open to exploring potential investment deals from Qatar. According to a BSP representative, these deals will focus on digital banking and Fintech projects. Arifa A Ala, the MD at BSP, noted that… Read More

Fintech Ripple Southeast Asia Head Kelvin Lee Explains how PayID Serves as an Effective Solution for Cross-Border Payments

Kelvin Lee, the Southeast (SE) Asia head for Fintech firm Ripple, notes that the more businesses that begin supporting and integrating PayID into their platforms, the better off the digital payments ecosystem will be. Ripple, which is leading the Open Payments Coalition (OPC), is reportedly… Read More

Fintech has Emerged as a “Game Changer” during COVID-19 for Consumers in the Philippines, Traditional Businesses Must Catch Up, Industry Exec Argues

Ney Villasenor, the VP and chief corporate affairs officer at GCash, a Fintech company that facilitates fast and secure mobile payments, has noted that there’s no doubt that COVID-19 has made Fintech services essential for people residing in the Philippines. Villasenor pointed out that cash… Read More

Fintech Alliance in the Philippines Releases Handbook that Outlines Best Pratices, Standards for Financial Technology Businesses

FintechAlliance.ph, an organization that aims to encourage collaboration and cooperation among digital finance sector participants in the Philippines, has published a handbook that outlines various standards for the Fintech industry in order to help regulators, policymakers and stakeholders understand what’s expected of them. FintechAlliance.ph noted… Read More

Fintech Is Emerging as a “Crucial Means of Support” for MSMEs during COVID-19, According to the First Circle Growth Finance Team

Benedict Carandang and Lee-Anne Tobias from First Circle Growth Finance, a company that offers financing services to qualified SMEs in the Philippines that sell to other businesses or government agencies, note in a blog post published on the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) official website that… Read More

Malaysia’s GHL Group Berhad, a Payment Service Provider, Approved to Launch Lending Business in the Philippines

The GHL Group Berhad, a payment service provider and one of the top merchant acquirers in the ASEAN region, recently revealed that its Philippines division has been approved by the Philippines Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to conduct its lending business through its new unit,… Read More

SEC and CFTC Charge Abra for Sale of Unregistered Digital Asset Swaps to Retail Investors

In simultaneous announcements, the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) have charged Plutus Financial, Inc.,  doing business as Abra in California, and Plutus Technologies Philippines Corp. dba as Abra International in the Philippines for entering into illegal off-exchange swaps in… Read More

Digital Bank Tonik, which Plans to Launch in the Philippines, chooses Mastercard as Payments Partner

Tonik, the very first all-digital banking platform in the Philippines, has reportedly chosen Mastercard as its payments partner as the company gets ready to officially launch its operations later this year. Through the partnership, Mastercard will be supporting Tonik by acting as its Fintech accelerator…. Read More

Central Bank in the Philippines is Working on Digital Banking Guidelines including Minimal Capital Requirements

The BSP (Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas), the central bank of the Philippines, is working on a new set of guidelines for digital banks that plan on establishing operations in the country. The BSP confirmed that foreign individuals or business entities will be able to own… Read More

Naveen Surya, Chairman at Fintech Convergence Council, Wants Indian Businesses to Identify Key Opportunities and Challenges Created Due to COVID-19

Naveen Surya, Chairman, Fintech Convergence Council & Chairman Emeritus, Payments Council of India, has noted that it’s important to understand the key challenges and opportunities created by the global COVID-19 outbreak. Surya added that we must identify opportunities across the Banking, Financial Services, and Insurance… Read More

Manila in the Philippines Ranked Among Top Global Startup Ecosystems, with Fintech and Digital Commerce Leading the Way: Report

Manila has been ranked among the top 40 emerging startup ecosystems in the world, according to a new report. While neighboring Southeast Asian countries such as Malaysia and Indonesia are higher up on the list, the Philippines has seen steady growth and development in its… Read More

Open Banking and Regtech Firm Railsbank Gains Hong Kong Fintech Statrys as New Client

UK-based Railsbank, an Open Banking and Regtech solution provider, revealed on June 29, 2020, that it has gained Hong Kong Fintech Statrys as a new client. Statrys offers digital business accounts, advanced payment options, and forex solutions for SMEs based in Asia. It provides convenient… Read More

Robocash Initiates Pre-IPO Funding Round to Help Launch a Digital Bank in the Philippines, Also Preparing for $100 Million IPO in December 2020

The Robocash Group, a multinational financial group that offers consumer alternative lending and marketplace funding in European and Asian markets, has reportedly initiated a pre-IPO funding round to help finance the planned launch of its digital bank in the Philippines. Founded in 2013 in Russia… Read More

Digital Banking Platform Tonik Acquires $21 Million in Capital for Q3 2020 Launch in the Philippines

Tonik Financial Pte Ltd, a company planning to launch a digital bank in the Philippines, has reportedly secured $21 million in capital through a Series A equity funding round.  The round was led by major blue-chip venture capital investors, including Sequoia India and Point72 Ventures…. Read More

Philippines based Digital Financial Services Firm Ayannah Merges with Indian Payments Company Equity Capital Advisors

Philippines based Ayannah, an online financial services provider, and India’s payments firm Equity Capital Advisors (ECAPS) have merged their operations in order to provide cost-effective and more accessible financial services to South Asia and Southeast Asia’s growing middle-class population. The merged entity will aim to… Read More

Another Digital Bank to Launch in the Philippines, as Government Aims to Offer Virtual Banking Services to Filipinos Working Abroad

An increasing number of transactions are being conducted online by the residents of the Philippines due to COVID-19. The nation’s government has confirmed that it will launch a branchless bank that will offer services to Filipinos working and living abroad. The digital bank will also… Read More

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