Personal Finance Mgt (PFM)

DBS Bank’s Chief Innovation Officer Backs Wealthtech Company as Co-Founder

DBS Bank’s managing director and chief innovation officer (CIO) Neal Cross has joined Australian fintech startup PictureWealth as co-founder, a startup in which he also is an investor. Cross is known as one of the top innovation thought leaders across

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Smartkarma Raises Series B Round Led by Sequoia

Smartkarma, Asia’s largest provider of independent investment research, today announced it has closed a Series B round of financing led by Sequoia India, which brings the company’s total funding to US $21 million. Smartkarma is disrupting the traditional model of

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World’s First Full-Featured Virtual Banking Assistant On Facebook Messenger?

ATB Financial officially launches a virtual banking assistant to the company’s nearly 700,000 personal banking customers, working with FinTech Finn.ai to make access to secure, day-to-day personal banking as easy as initiating a conversation in Facebook Messenger. “At ATB we’re

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Algorithmic Trading Platform Tradeworks Eyes China Markets

Copenhagen and Singapore-based trade automation platform Tradeworks is about to launch Tradeworks 3.0, a new upgraded platform intended to take the company to the next level. Built from the ground up, the new platform will include many improvements including a

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Get an Advantedj in making Investments with Financial Influencers

Advantedj, a P2P online platform for investment insights specifically for PMETs launched this week. Unlike B2B startups, B2C robo-advisors, banks, online forums, and personal financial advisors, Advantedj levels the playing field with financial influencers for the disadvantaged amateur investors. Through

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How the world can learn from Indonesia’s microfinance scene

Microfinance disasters have made the news in recent years and the industry has drawn some flak for being unregulated. Indonesia has had relative success. What lessons can we draw from them?  Stories of microloan borrowers in impoverished parts of India

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Southeast Asia’s Forex Social Trading Scene

Social trading is a new way of trading which involves the use of financial social networks as the major information source for making financial decisions. On these platforms, users can compare and copy trades, techniques and strategies of advanced or

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OCBC Bank Launches First A.I. Powered Home Renovation Loan Specialist Chat Bot

With more than 20,000 enquiries logged since its launch in January, OCBC Bank announced today the success of the first-of- its-kind specialised home and renovation loan chatbot service in Singapore. More than 10% of the chat sessions have been converted

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Two Online-Pawnshops: For Rich and for Poor

Pawnshops that moved online has also shown interesting business strategies. And it can be observed with two extremely different types of audiences. British Borro, who attracted £5,6M provides online secured loans through a customer’s luxury assets, targeting the top 10%

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