The stars are aligning for crypto to go mainstream as Facebook has announced the launch of Libra, a new digital currency that could revolutionise the way payments work -- and have a huge impact on the developing...
Following a series of privacy and misinformation scandals and increasing regulatory probes, Facebook is keen to improve its image as a force for good. Facebook will leverage its unparalleled global network of 2.4...
Global brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev has a new way to ensure that the African farmers who grow cassava for its burgeoning business in locally brewed beer get a fair price and deliver a reliable supply of the root,...
Morgan Stanley doesn’t want to be left behind, as socially responsible investing is gaining momentum in the United States and beyond. Morgan Stanley is offering customers a handful of impact investing options as...
Blockchain not only opens doors for people who don’t have access to banks, it can help improve the environment, healthcare and trust in the media, said Joseph Lubin, CEO of ConsenSys, at the Blockchain For Social Impact...
VC firms may vow to support diversity, but the numbers don’t bear that out. Only about 9% of venture capital flowed into companies that women entrepreneurs run; a minuscule 1% and 2%, respectively, to...
U.K. mobile-first bank Monzo sent a warning shot across the bow of the financial industry in 2016 when it needed just 96 seconds to raise more than $1.2 million through crowdfunding for its prepaid card.
Financing of international trade is such a complex and cumbersome business that by some estimates there’s a gap of more than $1.5 trillion between demand and supply. A new wave of startups, many using blockchain-based technology are...
KEY TAKEAWAYS Telco companies have helped mobile payments find a near $2.1 billion market in Africa. However, as the market is maturing, traditional banks and fintechs are catching up to telcos to provide functions past purely convenience for mobile...
KEY TAKEAWAYS New financial technologies, such as digital wallets and commission-free investment platforms, are bring financial services to new, previously underserved demographics. Key Market Movements ICICI Bank, India’s largest private sector bank, reached a definitive agreement with ePayLater to acquire a...
KEY TAKEAWAYS New financial technologies, such as digital wallets and commission-free investment platforms, are bring financial services to new, previously underserved demographics. Key Market Movements ICICI Bank, India’s largest private sector bank, reached a definitive agreement with ePayLater to acquire a...
KEY TAKEAWAYS The mobile money revolution is just getting started. Some 1.7 billion people and 200 million businesses worldwide still lack access to savings and credit services at formal institutions, but the World Bank is pushing to get them...
KEY TAKEAWAYS Impact investing is growing in popularity and a growing body of evidence suggests that the sector can deliver strong financial and social returns. The impact sector lacks universally accepted definitions, criteria and models to help investors achieve...
KEY TAKEAWAYS The mobile money revolution is just getting started. Some 1.7 billion people and 200 million businesses worldwide still lack access to savings and credit services at formal institutions, but the World Bank is pushing to get them...
KEY TAKEAWAYS Asia is shaping up to be the largest ultra-high net worth growth opportunity. Seven of the top 10 countries with the fastest growth of super-rich populations are in the continent, and Hong Kong recently overtook New York...
KEY TAKEAWAYS The rise of independent robo-advisors that rely on a a combination of passive investment strategies, algorithmic risk assessment and low fees has shaken up the wealth management business. The large incumbents in the space have taken note...
KEY TAKEAWAYS DLT could radically transform economies and societies, provided crypto bubbles and ICO scams don’t undermine mass uptake of DLT disruptive technologies. Talk of regulating crypto markets is on the rise, but DLT platforms like blockchain were designed...
KEY TAKEAWAYS Impact investing is growing in popularity and a growing body of evidence suggests that the sector can deliver strong financial and social returns. The impact sector lacks universally accepted definitions, criteria and models to help investors achieve...
KEY TAKEAWAYS Impact investing is growing in popularity and a growing body of evidence suggests that the sector can deliver strong financial and social returns. The impact sector lacks universally accepted definitions, criteria and models to help investors achieve...
KEY TAKEAWAYS DLT could radically transform economies and societies, provided crypto bubbles and ICO scams don’t undermine mass uptake of DLT disruptive technologies. Talk of regulating crypto markets is on the rise, but DLT platforms like blockchain were designed...
KEY TAKEAWAYS High levels of risk at all stages of the process make trade finance an especially precarious endeavor for the parties involved. New approaches designed to ameliorate the burden of managing excessive risk on the financiers by sharing...
KEY TAKEAWAYS The world of trade finance is hampered by outmoded technologies that weaken the security of the systems and increase investor risk. New firms leveraging emerging technologies like blockchain could offer solutions to a number of these entrenched...
KEY TAKEAWAYS DLT could radically transform economies and societies, provided crypto bubbles and ICO scams don’t undermine mass uptake of DLT disruptive technologies. Talk of regulating crypto markets is on the rise, but DLT platforms like blockchain were designed...
KEY TAKEAWAYS As incumbent banks and insurance companies struggle to compete using legacy IT systems and infrastructure, disruptive new banking and financial services platforms are taking market share. Global fintech investment in 2017 remains historically strong, matching the $31B...
KEY TAKEAWAYS African fintechs are growing in popularity due to high necessity for their services in the region. One leader is Paga, an African digital payment platform with over 6 million customers. Though African fintechs are on the rise,...
KEY TAKEAWAYS New financial technologies, such as digital wallets and commission-free investment platforms, are bring financial services to new, previously underserved demographics. Key Market Movements ICICI Bank, India’s largest private sector bank, reached a definitive agreement with ePayLater to acquire a...
KEY TAKEAWAYS New financial technologies, such as digital wallets and commission-free investment platforms, are bring financial services to new, previously underserved demographics. Key Market Movements ICICI Bank, India’s largest private sector bank, reached a definitive agreement with ePayLater to acquire a...
KEY TAKEAWAYS Two billion people remain outside the banking system, though that figure is now falling fast thanks to new mobile technologies. Savvy government policies are also helping to usher in the “cash-less” era. A pair of up-and-coming firms...
KEY TAKEAWAYS The mobile money revolution is just getting started. Some 1.7 billion people and 200 million businesses worldwide still lack access to savings and credit services at formal institutions, but the World Bank is pushing to get them...
KEY TAKEAWAYS The mobile money revolution is just getting started. Some 1.7 billion people and 200 million businesses worldwide still lack access to savings and credit services at formal institutions, but the World Bank is pushing to get them...
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