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Hong Kong needs engineering talent to reclaim role as digital asset hub
Hong Kong’s latest FinTech policies indicate it wants to reclaim its position as a hub for cryptocurrencies and digital assets, but that means finding the right people for the job.
Curiosity ‘always’ fuels innovation, says blockchain co-creator Stuart Haber
U.S. computer scientist Stuart Haber, recognized with Scott Stornetta as the co-inventor of blockchain, says he is excited to see the evolution of the technology, not only in the financial sector, but also in entertainment, business, and technology industries.
Singapore fintech fest raises profile of industry that wants to ‘disappear’
Digital asset and blockchain highlights of event draw huge crowds, even as industry figures say they want the technology behind them to become just a normal component of the finance system.
Hong Kong to boost funding, investor pool for fintech startups
Hong Kong will increase funding for startups, including fintech companies, Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Algernon Yau said on Tuesday.
Hong Kong Rethinks Crypto
Hong Kong reconsidering crypto’s retail investor ban.
Hong Kong announces policies to win back role as digital asset hub
Hong Kong reveals digital asset policies to distinguish itself from China, where cryptocurrency trading was banned in September last year.
Mastercard to let banks offer crypto services to clients
Global payments company Mastercard intends to enable financial institutions to offer crypto services to customers with its new Crypto Source program. See related article: Binance partners Mastercard to launch card in Argentina for bill payment, everyday purchases Fast facts The program will allow financial institutions to tap into Mastercard’s partners to buy, hold and sell […]
Fintech Cooling Ahead?
Fintech’s growth in the EU has been described as “unprecedented”, but a report warns of consolidation in the years to come.
Ripple to invest US$100 mln for carbon removal in race to zero emissions
Blockchain-based payments network Ripple announced its plans to invest US$100 million in climate-focused fintechs and carbon removal technology for the modernization of carbon markets, the company said in a press release. See related article: How blockchain is solving the climate crisis Fast facts The funding will also continue to support new functionality and developer tools […]
Warren Buffett invests $1B in Bitcoin-friendly Nubank
Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway purchased US$1 billion of Brazilian neobank Nubank Class A stock in Q4 2021 while selling billions of dollars of stock in Mastercard and Visa. Fast facts Buffett’s holding company dumped US$1.3 billion and US$1.8 billion from Mastercard and Visa, respectively, according to a Feb. 14 filing with the U.S. Securities and […]
FTX to buy Asian fintech Liquid for undisclosed sum
Fresh off a US$32 billion valuation, crypto derivatives exchange FTX Trading said Wednesday it will acquire its Japanese competitor Liquid Group and all its subsidiaries. Fast facts The deal is expected to close in March, according to a Liquid release. “Following FTX’s acquisition of Liquid, Quoine will gradually integrate FTX’s products and services into its […]
Race to be crypto hotspot heats up in Miami, New York
What’s behind the crypto cheerleading by U.S. mayors? Are their city coins savvy moves — or will the bespoke crypto end up worthless?
China fintech pilot projects include e-CNY, blockchain
The Beijing Securities Regulatory Bureau released a list of a first batch of 16 fintech pilot projects. Among the listed projects, four are based on blockchain and one uses e-CNY, the central bank digital currency. The projects are for exploring regulatory frameworks and tools for fintech. Fast facts The e-CNY-based fintech project will allow users […]
Funding in crypto firms in Southeast Asia surges over 400% in 2021
Amid rising retail and institutional investor interest in cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum, investments poured into crypto firms in Southeast Asia in the first nine months of 2021 surged by over 400% compared with full year 2020 to US$356 million, according to the FinTech in ASEAN 2021 report by UOB, PwC Singapore and the Singapore […]
New Hong Kong youth association hopes to nurture ‘patriotic fintech talents’
The city’s disaffected post-protest youth and recent statistics suggest a brain drain in the city’s future.
Hong Kong Fintech Week’s live comeback talks digital renminbi and DeFi
One of Asia’s largest fintech events returns for its sixth year with a hybrid format of live and virtual sessions. Regulators, corporations and experts share what’s important now in crypto.
Square acquires Afterpay for $29B to expand into ‘buy now pay later’
Global payments giant Square — which recently made moves into decentralized finance — is acquiring Australian “buy now pay later” fintech company Afterpay for US$29 billion (AU$39 billion) to expand its range of services, according to a recent company press release. Fast facts The purchase will enable Square’s CashApp and Seller business units to offer […]
Bitcoin’s promise of financial freedom still beckons, academic says
In a special Q&A, Yale-NUS College professor Andrew Bailey says the world’s oldest cryptocurrency has untapped potential to promote liberty, equality and justice around the world.
Chinese blockchain behind financial SOEs to set up new HQ in Chongqing
Yunphant is set to build a second headquarters for its blockchain company in the southwestern Chinese city of Chongqing, according to a report by China News.
Asia-Pacific fintech investment more than doubles in first quarter
Fintech companies in Asia-Pacific pulled in US$2.35 billion in investment during the first three months of 2021, more than the total amount raised in the first half of the previous year.
DeFi has boosted challenger banks. Now it’s their customers’ turn
New and innovative lenders are taking advantage of DeFi’s low costs to offer savings account interest rates that Main Street banks simply can’t match.
Bank on change: DeFi’s challenge to traditional finance and fintech
As mainstream finance embraces decentralized finance, neither it nor its younger challengers are likely to escape the evolutionary forces at work.
FinTech group: ‘digital footprints’ could help underbanked Philippines
Filipino-owned assets management company SAM Digital Technologies says adoption of blockchain could promote ‘digital footprints’ in the island nation. The country’s central bank is also interested in the technology.
Huobi Asset Management launches crypto tracker funds with SFC’s help
Huobi’s institutional-grade crypto funds will invest in Bitcoin, Ether and crypto mining now that Hong Kong’s ‘very friendly’ regulators gave their thumbs up.
How Singapore transformed from fishing village to crypto powerhouse
The Lion City’s status as Asia’s crypto haven was no accident, writes Shaun Djie of Digix. What can other countries learn from Singapore’s fintech success?
China writes blockchain and digital currency into nation’s future
China’s new five-year plan — its blueprint for development — pours resources into ‘new infrastructure’ like blockchain technology and DCEP’s digital yuan.
Why crypto data aggregation will be essential to fintech in 2021
How will the rise in cryptocurrency drive banking and fintech innovation? Decentralized finance may offer a model, writes Christopher Brown of Zabo.
Diginex’s Richard Byworth: Crypto borrowing and lending to increase 10-fold
In this edition of Forkast Forecasts, Diginex’s CEO offers his views on CBDC initiatives, crypto custody, and more growth in borrowing, lending of digital assets in the upcoming year.
ConsenSys’ Charles d’Haussy: The ‘staking capital of the world’ will emerge in Asia in 2021
In this edition of Forkast Forecasts, the director of strategic initiatives at ConsenSys and author of “Block Kong” shares his views on CBDCs, stablecoins and Asia’s blockchain space.
Ep. 38 | What Biden’s victory means for crypto. Bitcoin rides new wave. Ethereum 2.0 revs for launch.
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Why China pulled the rug and Ant Group’s historic IPO stumbled
After regulators intervened, Chinese fintech giant Ant Group will now return billions to investors over its withdrawn IPO. Did Jack Ma say something wrong?
US private equity activity takes a walloping due to Covid-19
Deals in mid-size firms that make up the engine of the economy were down as exits were put on pause — but fintech and broader tech sector still shine bright
Where in the world are the fintech startups?
Global fintech funding is growing in some surprising areas and signals potential for disruption. Which countries top the list?
Vast majority of China’s top fintech startups are exploring blockchain
SCMP’s China Internet Report 2020 shows healthy fundraising and investment activity in tech sector despite ravages of Covid and US-China trade war.
Q&A: How blockchain is disrupting financial services
Mike Cagney, co-founder of Figure Technologies, explains how blockchain and digital assets are transforming consumer loans, banking, and more.
Distribution strategy may be the key to blockchain adoption
How Visa, M-Pesa and Binance became wildly successful — and why even the greatest technology still requires thinking through how to get your product into the hands of your customers.
‘Unsettling limbo’: Covid has paralyzed tech investment. How will startups survive?
Companies are holding off investing in emerging technology not only because of economic turmoil, but also structural biases against meaningful change.
Ep. 8 | Reddit crypto awards, Ripple coupling with BoA, blockchain boozes up in China, and more
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