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Southeast Asian Fintech Deals Rise 29%

In 2016, Southeast Asia saw the greatest number of fintech deals, a trend driven largely by seed and angel stage investments in countries...

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Tandem Bank to Lose License as House of Fraser Halts Investment

Tandem Bank, a financial startup vying to crack the dominance of Britain’s biggest lenders, is to lose its status as a bank -- for now. 

The lender surrendered its deposit-taking license won from the Prudential Regulation Authority little more than a year ago after House of...…

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Nested, a London startup that guarantees to sell your house within 90 days, raises £8M

Nested, the London ‘proptech’ startup that guarantees to sell your house within 90 days or offer you a cash advance instead, has raised a...

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Insuring the Future

Nice summary of the insurance landscape and opportunity to disrupt

STATE OF PLAY Global insurance premiums surpassed an estimated $4.6 trillion in 2016, with the United States representing over $1.4...…

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The future of AI: 10 scenarios IBM is already working on

Nice read on AI scenarios

While there's fear about artificial intelligence taking jobs or wiping out humanity, IBM sees the future in far more practical terms....…

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Plug And Play selects 25 startups to join its insurtech batch

PnP Insurtech program announced its second cohort, see below the 25 start-ups with a short description

(1) Abaris: platform for longevity insurance. (2) Atidot: predictive analytics platform for actuarial and risk management (3) Aureus...…

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PayPal's Venmo Faces Google, Banks

As millennials continue to adopt alternative payment methods, PayPal's competition is mounting a response.Investors of PayPal (PYPL) ,...

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SEC shoots down Winklevii bitcoin ETF

The ETF pioneered by the Winklevoss twins could have increased liquidity for the bitcoin market and made exposure to the currency easier...

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German fintech startup solarisBank raises €26.3 million and lands Deutsche Bank exec as CEO

Berlin based digital financial platform solarisBank has raised £22.9m in Series A funding led by Arvato financial solutions. solarisBank...

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UK terrorism reinsurance fund hopes to include cyber: CEO

Pool Re, Britain's $7.3 billion terrorism reinsurance fund hopes to extend its coverage to include cyber threats on property. The fund is...

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Berlin based insurtech startup Simplesurance has secured €30m in venture funding led by Japan's Raku

Simplesurance provides software that lets online shops offer insurance at the checkout for whatever products people are buying.

Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten has invested in Berlin-based "InsurTech" — insurance technology — company Simplesurance, amid a flurry...…

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Zenefits' controversial cofounder has launched a new startup ... and investors were 'thrilled' to he

Having been forced to resign from his founder position at Zenefits last year, Parker Conrad has founded a new venture named Ripple....

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Ultra-rich protect wealth with spread of 'family offices'

A recent study from the London School of Economics explores the emerging trend of the 'family office,': the name given to private, full...

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3 Gaps in Banking That Fintech Firms Have Filled

Here are three areas where consumer needs have been effectively addressed by fintech, ensuring that consumer requirements serve as huge...

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IFC invests $2 mln in SeedPlus

Singapore-based SeedPlus, a seed-stage venture fund, has raised $2 million. The investor was IFC, a member of the World Bank Group....

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BinckBank acquires FinTech firm Pritle

Second acquisition in our OGC Fund I portfolio. The combination makes a lot of sense. With the acquisition of the business activities of...

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Experts: A Bitcoin ETF Is Coming — But Maybe Not Just Yet

BitCoin comes and goes, when prices go up, at least the Financial Investors get appetite again...BitCoin EtF back in the mix

Probably the most discussed topic in the Bitcoin community in the last few weeks has been the upcoming decision of the U.S. Securities...…

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Fintech, the Buzzword Finance Loves and Hates: QuickTake Q&A

You’ve heard it at conferences, in meetings and maybe even bandied about at dinner parties. Ever since a wave of financial technology...

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$175M Acquisition Turns Community Bank Into Fintech Player

Community banks can also play the fintech game.BankMobile — the digital bank, formerly a division of Customers Bancorp Inc. — was...

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The day of reckoning is nigh for fintech startups Few will survive the shakeup, and even fewer will

Shake up happening in certain sectors, like in any sector. Collectively they move innovation forward and all contribute to the collective...

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Brokerages' race to zero fees points to a bigger war to come

With players like Robin Hood and  BUX making trading more fund and lower cost a trend was already started. Fidelity Investments Inc and...

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JPMorgan, Microsoft, BP, UBS, Credit Suisse, Intel, and more are forming a new blockchain alliance

JPMorgan Chase & Co, Microsoft, Intel, and more than two dozen other companies have teamed up to develop standards and technology to make...

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Online property platform BrickVest has raised £2 million in funding and is seeking another £2 millio

London based property investment platform BrickVest has raised £2m in Series A funding from investors including Jean Romain Lhomme....

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Online Lenders Turn a Corner

In advance of the Lendit conference in NYC next week, two deals put Prosper and SoFi on firmer footing after a rough patch for broader...

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Atom Bank raises £83m, says more to come

UK based banking app Atom Bank has raised another £83m from existing investors, led by BBVA. Woodford Investment Management, Toscafund...

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Bahrain in talks with Singapore on blockchain pilot

Singapore is getting more attention from the Arab world, with Arab money pouring in from all sides.

Now, it is the tiny Kingdom of Bahrain...

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More Evidence of Asia’s Obsession With Fintech Firms

Global investment in financial technology venture firms grew 10% last year to $23.2 billion, consultancy firm Accenture said on Tuesday,...…

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Fintech investment in Asia surpasses the U.S., report finds

Financial technology in the Asia-Pacific surpassed the U.S. as investments in the area doubled to $11.2bn in 2016 from $5.2bn in 2015, a...

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