Guest Article: The future of peer-to-peer lending in Asia

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By Vikas Jain, Funding Societies The financial services industry has taken huge strides in the last 20-odd years, with path-breaking innovations in the financial system such as the advent of automated teller machines (ATMs), credit cards, online banking, mobile banking and sophisticated loan and deposit products. The speed of innovation has been unprecedented. One new offering that has developed more …

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Interview: Digital Banking, Fintech, Blockchain, IOT and New Normal of Financial Services with Javieer Singh, Head of Innovation @ ACCESS

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The onset of the Lunar New Year is the opportune moment for reconnecting old friends and acquaintances. We took this time to catch up with Jaiveer Singh, the keynote speaker for the Financial Inclusion Summit Asia 2016   Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself, and how you got into the banking industry. Jaiveer: During my school days, I was …


Guest post: Hurdles On The Way To Cashless

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Hurdles On The Way To Cashless By Richard Hartung, Managing Director, Transcarta 1. Protecting payment systems from cyberattacks When all of DBS Bank’s online services and ATMs shut down for about seven hours in 2013, business across the island slowed considerably. A cyberattack could be even more devastating, especially if it hits more than one bank and payment networks such …


Leveraging on the future of alternative financing with Roger Crook, CEO @ Capital Springboard

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Alternative financiers are often regarded as the more appropriate solution for SME’s seeking corporate funding needs than banks in this increasing deleveraged and regulated financial economy. While lacking in scale and infrastructure as compared to global banks, they pride themselves as being imaginative in terms of the security packages and flexible in terms of the solutions they can provide. We sat down …


Microinsurance is InsurTech and there is more to come

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Guest Post: For many years the FinTech buzz was primarily focused on banking. Last year that all changed when 2015 was labelled the year of InsurTech. Last year InsurTech start-up funding exceeded $2.5 billion. This trend continued in the first quarter of 2016, with 45 InsurTech deals generating over $650 million, according to CB Insights data. It’s hard to say …


White Paper: Digital Financial Service Product #1 by USAID

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In 2016, USAID’s Agricultural Extension Support Activity (AESA), implemented by Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM) in partnership with CARE Bangladesh and mPower piloted a new initiative entitled ‘Smallholders’ Access to Microfinance through Bank: A-card’, with the goal to provide smallholder farmers with agricultural lending. AESA is partnering with Bank Asia Limited and local microfinance institutions Society Development Committee (SDC), Grameen Jano Unnayan Sangstha …


Announcing the 2017 Financial Inclusion Summit Asia

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In April 2016, the Financial Inclusion Summit Asia brought together a group of regional stakeholders to discuss critical challenges and best practises on charting inroads into Asian financial inclusion roadmap for e-payments and mobile banking. We welcomed 100 senior delegates and speakers from the Pan-Asian financial services leveraging a regional outlook for greater thought leadership perspectives. In 2017, we are …


Case Study: Innovating for Financial Inclusion, the BIMA way

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  Introduction The mobile financial services revolution has already demonstrated the power that technology has to reach the underserved on an unprecedented scale. But in addition to distributing products farther and wider than ever before, innovative use of technology creates efficiencies that allow providers to service their customers better. Technology can enable the industry to shift towards client centricity, creating …