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Canadian Banking Challenger EQ Bank Surpasses $4 Billion in Total Deposits, but Still Dwarfed by Incumbents

EQ Bank, which is a digital, branchless platform offered by Equitable Bank, a Canadian banking challenger, recently surpassed $4 billion in total deposits, which has come about three months after it reached the $3 billion mark. Although the demand for digital banking services has been… 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: Singapore May be Ideal for Virtual Banks Offering Modern Financial Services as 40% of its Nearly 6 Million Residents are Underbanked

It’s now possible to open a new bank account or apply for a credit card or loan with just a few taps on our smartphones. Many people now have access to modern financial services, such as instantly transferring funds, from the comfort of their home… Read More

Razer Fintech in Malaysia Reportedly Planning to Launch Another Digital Bank in Overseas Markets, after Applying for Local License

Malaysia’s Razer Fintech, the Fintech division of Razer (a multinational financial service provider), has revealed that it plans to launch a digital banking platform in overseas markets. Razer, which is also (mainly) a gaming company, has applied for a virtual banking permit in Malaysia but… Read More

Hong Kong based InvestHK’s Fintech Executive Says City-State should Recover from COVID-19, as New Digital Banks are Launched

Hong Kong’s future economy is set to be supported by the latest Fintech platforms and services, as the city-state will be home to at least eight virtual banks. Hong Kong serves as the primary gateway for (mainland) Chinese businesses to expand their operations, globally. It… Read More

Australian Digital Bank Startup Parpera Plans for $800,000 Funding Goal via Securities Offer on Equitise

Australia based Parpera, a Fintech firm that’s focused on developing a digital ​banking solution for business owners and freelance or gig economy workers, has opened shares for trading with Equitise, an equity crowdfunding platform. Established by former EY management consultant Daniel Cannizzaro, Parpera shares are… Read More

Hong Kong based Digital Bank WeLab Opens 10,000 New Customer Accounts Just 10 days After Launch

WeLab Bank recently confirmed the public launch of its digital banking services. It’s notably the only stand-alone firm to acquire a virtual bank license from the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA), the city-state’s de facto central bank that’s also responsible for promoting the efficiency, integrity… Read More

Challenger Banks See Declining Number of App Downloads, as Consumers Go to Incumbents for their Stability, Familiarity, Fintech Exec Explains

Ian Bradbury, CTO for Financial Services, Fujitsu UK, has surprisingly claimed that the COVID-19 outbreak has “changed very little” when it comes to the Fintech and the larger financial sector, in general. He argues that the financial industry’s digital and systemic transformation had already begun,… Read More

WeLab Bank Introduces its Digital Banking Platform in Hong Kong’s Competitive Fintech Sector

WeLab Bank has confirmed the public launch of its digital banking services. WeLab Bank is notably the only stand-alone firm to acquire a virtual bank license from the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA), the city-state’s de facto central bank that’s also responsible for promoting the… Read More

The Eight Virtual Banks of Hong Kong

Hong Kong as jurisdiction was slow out of the gate when it came to Fintech innovation. But this initial hesitancy was soon made up by a dedicated public-private partnership determined to establish Hong Kong as a top Fintech hub – a successful move. InvestHK, a… Read More

Digital Banking: Swiss Financial Giant UBS has Applied for a Virtual Bank License in Mainland China

Switzerland-based UBS Group AG (SWX: UBSG), a global investment bank and financial services firm with around $1 trillion in assets, recently confirmed that it is planning to launch a digital banking platform that would reduce operational costs and stimulate growth. However, UBS said its plan… Read More

Digital Banks: Over 10 Million Filipino Adults are Using Online-Only Banks, Consumers in Other Areas Increasingly Using Neobanks

Digital banks or neobanks have now been around for several years. There are many challenger banks that aim to compete with and provide better financial services than traditional banks and institutions. Conducting transactions online has become more popular due to the deadly Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak…. Read More

Digital Banking: Standard Chartered-backed Neobank Mox Opens App to Selected Customers in Hong Kong

Standard Chartered, a British multinational banking and financial services company with over $700 billion in total assets, has confirmed that its new Hong Kong-based digital bank Mox is opening its app and platform to a select group of external clients, following its brand name and… Read More

Monetary Authority of Singapore Postpones Decisions Regarding Digital Banking Applications, Due to Coronavirus Outbreak

Companies and institutions that may have applied for a digital banking license in Singapore will now have to wait longer in order to find out if their application was approved. The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), the nation’s central bank and financial regulator, has confirmed… Read More

Indian Neobank Amica Technologies Secures $2 Million in Funding from Bedrock Capital, Hummingbird Ventures

Neobank Amica Technologies, which is managed by Jitendra Gupta, the former PayU India’s chief executive, has acquired $2 million in capital through an investment round led by two major VC firms, including UK-based Hummingbird Ventures and US-headquartered Bedrock Capital. Gupta said his company is planning… Read More

Digital Banking: AMTD International Confirms its Secondary Listing on the Mainboard of the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Ltd

AMTD International (NYSE: HKIB; SGX: HKB), which is part of the AMTD Group, an established Asian financial services conglomerate, has confirmed its secondary listing on the Mainboard of the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Ltd (the “SGX-ST”) under the ticker “HKB.” AMTD International’s listing notably marks… Read More

Australian Digital Bank Up Slashes its Savings Interest Rate, Following Reserve Bank’s Recent Cuts

Up is the latest digital banking service provider to slash its savings rates following the Reserve Bank of Australia’s recent cut to the nation’s official interest rates. The Melbourne-headquartered neobank has adjusted the maximum rate on its Saver Account. The new rate has been marked… Read More

China: WeiyangX Fintech Review

Risk Alert against the Hype of Overseas Virtual Currency Exchanges Back in 2017, the People’s Bank of China (PBC), Cyberspace Administration of China and other 5 ministries published the “Notice on Guarding against Risks of ICOs”, stipulating that virtual currency trading and ICOs are illegal… Read More

Digital Bank Chime to Test Out New Way to Instantly Send $1,200 in Federal Stimulus Payments to US Customers, Following COVID-19 Outbreak

Chime, one of the largest US-based digital banking startups, is testing out a new way for its customers to instantly receive their $1,200 in federal stimulus checks. The neobank’s clients would be able to receive their cheques weeks before the American government plans to begin… Read More

Virtual Bank: Airstar Bank Launches Pilot in Hong Kong

Airstar Bank Limited, a licensed virtual bank in Hong Kong, has announced the launch of a pilot trial. The pilot is being conducted under the watchful eye of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority’s Fintech Supervisory Sandbox. Airstar is a joint venture between Xiaomi Corporation (1810.HK)… Read More

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