Tagged: southeast asia

Fintech Alliance in the Philippines and Private Business Entities are Supporting Corporate Recovery and Tax Incentives for Enterprises Bill

The Fintech Alliance in the Philippines, which aims to support the nation’s economic and social development goals, has teamed up with 43 other private business organizations in the country in order to express their support for the Corporate Recovery and Tax Incentives for Enterprises (CREATE)… Read More

Vietnam’s Digital Wallet MoMo Acquires $100 Million in Capital via Series D Round led by Goodwater, Warburg Fincus

Vietnam’s digital wallet provider MoMo reveals that it has secured $100 million in capital via its Series D funding round, which was co-led by Goodwater, a Silicon Valley-based fund, and Warburg Pincus. New investors also made contributions to MoMo’s investment round, including Kora Management and… Read More

New Digital Banking Services to be Offered by Standard Chartered and Indonesia’s Bukalapak via the Nexus Platform

Standard Chartered has teamed up with Indonesia’s Bukalapak in order to offer digital banking services which will be hosted via the Nexus platform, an established Banking-as-a-Service (BaaS) solution by SC Ventures. Standard Chartered and Bukalapak will be working closely so that they can provide innovation… Read More

Fintech Firms in Indonesia Attracted Substantial Funding throughout 2020 Along with Digital Commerce and SaaS Platforms: Report

Indonesia-based Fintech platforms and services have continued to receive substantial investments despite the COVID outbreak. These Fintechs have acquired a significant portion of the total funds invested in Indonesian startups throughout 2020. According to reports, Fintechs in the country have acquired more capital than software-as-a-service… Read More

Fintech Division of Grab Secures $300 Million in Capital via Round led by Hanwha Asset Management

Grab Financial Group (GFG), the Fintech services division of Grab, has revealed that it has secured more than $300 million in capital through its Series A investment round – which was led by Hanwha Asset Management Co. Ltd., a South Korea based asset management firm…. Read More

Alternative Credit Solution Provider FinScore Partners UnionBank to Provide Online Lending Services

UnionBank in the Philippines has teamed up with FinScore, an alternative credit scoring solution provider that’s powered by advanced analytics and the latest telco data. Through the partnership, both organizations will aim to promote market efficiencies and help consumers access a wide range of digital… Read More

Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation’s Digital Banking Solution, DiskarTech, Is Now Number 1 Fintech App in the Philippines

DiskarTech, which is Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation’s (RCBC) digital banking platform, has become the number 1 finance or Fintech app in the Philippines to have launched services in 2020 across distribution platforms in terms of total downloads, according to App Annie (a provider of analytics… Read More

Malaysia based P2P Financing Platform microLEAP Acquires $800,000 in Capital to Expand Business Operations

Malaysia-based microLEAP, a platform that provides conventional and Islamic or Shariah-compliant peer-to-peer (P2P) financing options, has acquired RM 3.25 million (appr. $800,000) in capital. The platform’s investment round consists of RM 1.25 million in equity and a RM 2 million advance. The funds raised will… Read More

Indonesia based Fintech Firm BukuKas Secures $10 Million in Funding via Series A led by Sequoia Capital India

A major part of Indonesia’s economy is supported by SMEs, which represent approximately 60% of the nation’s GDP. Many of the small businesses depend on a lot of manual processes and bookkeeping, however, the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic has led to SMBs becoming more… Read More

Southeast Asia Region Experienced Significant Digital Commerce Growth and Online Payments Adoption by Consumers: Report

The economies of Southeast Asian countries performed quite well in 2020 despite the COVID-19 outbreak and related challenges. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has projected a contraction of 3.8% for the region during 2020, which doesn’t seem too bad when compared to the Eurozone’s at… Read More

Citi and Grab Financial Services Introduce API enabled Consumer Lending Solution for Singapore and Wider APAC Region

Citi and Grab, which is Southeast Asia’s super app, have extended their partnership in consumer lending with the introduction of the bank’s API-powered lending solution for consumers in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region. Starting off in Singapore with additional markets in the APAC region to… Read More

Deutsche Bank Securities Services and STACS to Work on ESG Fintech, Structured Products, and Projects Involving Digital Assets

Deutsche Bank Securities Services and Hashstacs Pte Ltd (STACS) are reportedly working on a proof-of-concept (PoC) that will involve exploring the technological and practical feasibility of digital assets. The PoC will take into consideration factors like the level of interoperability, liquidity, cross-border connectivity, and various… Read More

How the Regulatory Framework for Crowdfunding Platforms in Southeast Asia will Benefit SMEs and Investors

Peer-to-peer (P2P) lending has come a long way since its early days as a casual crowdfunding platform. Today, individual borrowers and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can access loans without the hassle of going through banks and lengthy financial assessments. Still, P2P lending is a… Read More

Philippines based Digital Wallet GCash Reaches PHP 1 Trillion in Total Transactions During the Past Year

Philippines-based digital wallet GCash reportedly reached PHP 1 trillion (appr. $20.8 billion) in total transactions for the year 2020, which represents a 254% year-over-year (YoY) increase in transfers. Globe Fintech Innovations Inc. (Mynt), which manages GCash, is part of the portfolio firms of 917Ventures (one… Read More

Singapore’s Digital Wealth Management Firm, Syfe, Introduces Cash Management Solution, Syfe Cash+

Syfe, a digital wealth management firm that’s licensed by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), has introduced the Syfe Cash+ portfolio which is the company’s cash management product. Syfe Cash+ aims to help all Singapore based consumers with growing their savings while being able to… Read More

Big Tech Firms are Now Offering Fintech and Wealthtech Services in Singapore, but Startups are Also Launching Innovative Services

Singapore’s fast-growing 1,000+ Fintech sector includes a thriving Wealthtech segment which is on track to continue growing and maturing. It’s being supported by an increased interest from local investors, strategic acquisition deals, and the growing demand for automated financial advisory services (or Robo-advisors). Many younger… Read More

Digital Travel Platform Agoda Partners with Buy Now, Pay Later Fintech Atome to Offer Instalment Plans to Malaysia and Singapore Consumers

Agoda, a fast-growing online travel platform, has teamed up with Singapore-based Buy Now, Pay Later (BNPL) platform Atome in order to provide flexible instalment plans for accommodation bookings. These payment options will first be offered in Singapore and Malaysia, and then rolled out to several… Read More

Digital Banking: Malaysia’s Reserve Bank Issues New Policy Document for Virtual Banks, Up to Five Licenses Anticipated

Malaysia’s reserve bank, Bank Negara, has released its policy document on digital banks. The Malaysian central bank’s new document on the licensing framework for all-digital banks has been published after completing a 6-month public consultation. Bank Negara officials stated on December 31, 2020, that the… Read More

Y Combinator backed Indonesian Fintech Finantier to Expand Operations into Emerging Markets

Indonesia-based Fintech firm Finantier has revealed that it has acquired an undisclosed amount of capital from US-based startup accelerator Y Combinator. Finantier will be joining Y Combinator’s Winter 2021 funding cycle, which is scheduled to begin in January 2021. Finantier is planning to expand its… 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

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