Year: 2018

  • Money20/20 Asia Day Three snapshot

    March 16, 2018

    For three action-packed days in Singapore, thousands of the most insightful and inventive people in the payments and fintech world have come together to share new ideas and make new connections.   We’ve heard from the leaders of such companies as DBS, BBVA, Ant Financial, WeChat Pay, Grab, Alpha Intelligence Capital Fund, and Google, and we’ve dug deep into disruption, inclusion, innovation and the future of money. With these big themes in mind, here are...

  • Money20/20 Asia Day Two snapshot

    March 15, 2018

    Money20/20, the world’s largest payments and fintech conference, continued in Singapore yesterday, with financial and fintech leaders sharing their insights and sparking discussion. First to India… Fast track to a cashless/less-cash society Thanks to multiple forces, India is fast becoming a data-rich nation, according to Madhivanan Balakrishnan, Chief Technology & Digital Offer, ICICI Bank. Working in tandem, financial institutions, big tech, fintech and government are enabling frictionless banking and AI-enhanced services. Addressing India's currency reform...

  • Money20/20 Asia Day One snapshot

    March 14, 2018

    Money20/20, the world’s largest payments and fintech conference, made its Asian debut in Singapore yesterday with a definite buzz in the air. Thousands of leaders from traditional financial firms, fintech superstars and innovative startups were here, and for the next three days their focus will be on ideas and collaborations that shape the future of money. Staying front and center as banking becomes invisible DBS CEO Piyush Gupta set the tone for the event with...

  • Viewpoints: Hong Kong’s renaissance starts with creativity

    March 6, 2018

    This year’s Davos has been and gone. While the headline act was president Trump’s America first speech, the meeting’s theme of “Creating a shared future in a fractured world” was designed to recapture some of the high ground lost last year. As the WEF warned in the 2018 program, “citizens yearn for responsive leadership; yet, a collective purpose remains elusive.” Not a new message but a timely reminder of the implicit social contract that exists...

  • FinTech in 2018: The Fads, the Fears and the Future

    January 24, 2018

    Last year proved to be another exciting ride on the FinTech rollercoaster. We reached out to over 30 experts from leading brands including Ant Financial, Citi, Ripple, Santander, Starling Bank, Visa and Western Union to share their insights on the biggest fads of 2017, lift the lid on their biggest fears, and unveil the most exciting opportunities for 2018. Our contributors identified Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) as the most over-hyped trend of 2017, closely followed...

  • China Steals the Show at the Asian Financial Forum

    January 17, 2018

    The 2018 Asian Financial Forum (Jan 15-16 in Hong Kong) delivered its usual mix of policy heavyweights and leading voices in the corporate financial world. Much of what was said from behind the podium concerned China — it’s economic policy, growing leadership role, and what companies are doing from and inside China. India stayed away from this year’s conference — reportedly because it is keeping its powder dry for the World Economic Forum in Davos...