Virtual Banking

TONIK Raises US$6 Million, Eyeing to Launch Digital Bank in Philippines by 2020

TONIK announced today that it closed a US$ 6 Million round of equity funding led by regional VC investors Insignia Ventures Partners and Credence partners. The funds raised will be used to launch its digital bank in the Philippines, targetting

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E-Commerce Firms May Be in The Forefront of South East Asia’s Digital Banking Revolution

In a new report released by S&P Global Market Intelligence earlier this month, the financial information services provider says that for both new digital banks and incumbent banks, affiliation with technology platforms serving large pools of consumers and small businesses

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Here Are The Contenders to Singapore’s Digital Banking Race

Singapore’s digital banking license was perhaps one of the most widely discussed topic in 2019 within fintech circles and we suspect 2020 will not be too different with MAS anticipated to issue licenses by mid-2020. There were many speculations as

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RCBC’s New Digital Bank to Focus on Philippines’ Underserved Markets

The Board of Directors of the Rizal Commercial Banking Corp. (RCBC) has approved the creation of cloud-based digital bank with a rural bank license as disclosed with the Philippine Stock Exchange on Tuesday. Once regulatory approvals are secured, RCBC’s virtual

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Philippines Digital Bank TONIK Picks Finastra to Power Its Core Banking

Finastra announced today that TONIK, a licensed digital-only bank in Philippines, has selected Fusion Essence in the cloud to power its end-to-end core banking capabilities. According to the parties involved, the move will support TONIK as it launches its retail

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Singapore Receives 21 Applications for Digital Bank Licences

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) announced that it has received 21 applications for digital bank licences as at the close of application on 31 December 2019. This comprises 7 applications for the digital full bank (DFB) licences, and 14

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Philippines’ Lawmaker Pushes for Virtual Banking Regulation

Albay Representative Joey Salceda on Monday filed a measure providing a regulatory framework for virtual banking to boost the financial inclusion thrust pursued by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas. Salceda, chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means, filed

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Digital-First, Challenger Banks in Asia

Asia’s banking landscape is on the verge of a major transformation as regulators introduce new rules to open up the market and welcome new digital-only, challenger banks. The following list aims to provide a comprehensive overview of Asia’s challenger banks

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Who Will Be the Ultimate Winner of Asia Pacific’s Virtual Banking Race?

Ever since Hong Kong issued 8 virtual banking licenses earlier this year, regulators around Asia are clamoring to come up with their own framework to facilitate this new breed of banks. While Hong Kong has reinvigorated Asia’s interest in virtual

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Singapore’s Digital Banking License Race Intensifies With Deadline Looming in Weeks

In Singapore, the end-of-year deadline to apply for a digital banking license is coming up, and tech companies, banks and brokerages are racing to form partnerships to meet regulators’ stiff requirements. Singapore will be issuing up to two retail and

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