Open Banking

Big Tech, Super Apps Redefining the Status Quo in APAC’s Banking Space

A major paradigm shift is taking over Asia Pacific’s (APAC) banking sector, driven by a changing regulatory landscape, the onset of open banking, and rising competition from big techs and super apps. By leveraging data and ecosystem partnerships, these new

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Three Reasons Why APIs Are Driving Fintech’s Stellar Growth

Startup funding is currently flowing at an unprecedented rate, and fintech is turning out to be one of the biggest beneficiaries. In the first quarter of 2021, Singaporean fintech startups saw a surge in funding of over 350% compared to

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Southeast Asia Gears up for Open Finance Movement

Open finance, the next step in the open banking movement that broadens the scope to a wider range of products and services, offers new growth and distribution opportunities for banks, fintechs and other financial services providers. In Southeast Asia, regulators

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AFIN Leverages Data Center Giant Equinix To Offer Enhanced Open Banking Infrastructure

Data center giant Equinix announced that the ASEAN Financial Innovation Network (AFIN) would leverage its platform to accelerate financial services innovation in Singapore and the global fintech ecosystem. The collaboration will provide a dedicated on-premise API Exchange (APIX) sandbox on

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Banking-as-a-Service: A Promising Sector in Southeast Asia

In Southeast Asia, banking-as-a-service (BaaS) can help financial institutions reach a greater number of customers and improve financial inclusion. But for BaaS to reach its full potential, the sharing of data is critical, Arvind Swami, director of business development for

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OCBC First to Integrate With IRAS to Enable Direct Payment of Taxes

OCBC Bank is the first in Singapore to collaborate with the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS) to enable customers to have a seamless review and payment of their income and property taxes within a single digital platform, according to

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What Does Singapore’s Open Banking Landscape Look Like in 2021?

Amid a rapidly changing financial landscape, incumbent banks must be open to innovation and explore opportunities to partner with non-banking partners for the benefit of their customers. One such way this can be accomplished is through the open banking system.

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Brankas Surpassed 10 Million Monthly API Calls With Over 80 Network Partners

Brankas, an Indonesian open banking solution provider, announced that it has recently surpassed 10 million monthly API calls with over 80 network partners. The platform now operates in more than six countries and has partnered with more than 30 financial

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Open Finance Startup Finantier Raises Undisclosed 7-Figure Seed Funding

Finantier, an Indonesian open finance API platform, has raised an undisclosed 7-figure sum in a seed funding round led by Global Founders Capital and East Ventures. The round was oversubscribed, and funds were raised at a post-money valuation of more

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AFIN and R3 to Launch New Digital Currency Sandbox to Test CBDC Apps

The ASEAN Financial Innovation Network (AFIN) has partnered with R3, an enterprise blockchain software provider, to enable banks and fintechs to build and test Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) applications and drive its innovation and adoption globally. AFIN is a

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