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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...
OakNorth, backed by SoftBank, inked a five-year deal with Dutch bank NIBC, as traditional lenders are eager to team up with innovative startups and find AI and data-driven solutions that make the process of borrowing money more...
Strategic Investors: Profiles of investors with strategies to consider. Impact investing doesn’t mean settling for lower profits. Veteran impact investor Stephanie Rupp discussed the importance of authenticity in impact investment with Karma Network and how it can enhance financial performance. Ms....
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...
On Our Radar: Deals we are paying attention to for their impact on industry. AIDA Technologies, a Singapore-based artificial intelligence startup, raised an undisclosed amount of funding in a Series A round from Mastercard, Kuok Ventures, and SGInnovate to expand...
On Our Radar: Deals we are paying attention to for their impact on industry. PayPal, the online payment services giant, made its first investment in blockchain technology, joining a Series A funding round in identity software startup Cambridge Blockchain, Inc. Cambridge...
Australian private equity firm LeapFrog Investment raised $700 million for a new fund aimed at improving “the startup ecosystem” in financial services and healthcare in Asia and Africa. The fund, with a lead investment from New Jersey-based Prudential Financial, takes...
Sound Businesses: Profiles of companies and business models we are keeping an eye on. With apologies to London and regrets to Wall Street, one of the most important developments in finance of the past decade is the product of innovation...
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...
Perspectives: Opinions from our network of advisors, investors, operators and analysts on the risks and opportunities they see. Working in the storied Swiss insurance space, Anivo 360 AG, a leading insurance tech player based in Switzerland, leverages insurtech algorithms to match...
Perspectives: Opinions from our network of advisors, investors, operators and analysts on the risks and opportunities they see. David Garrity, a co-founder of blockchain consulting firm BTblock, is the man helping billion-dollar companies get comfortable with Blockchain and embrace other emerging...
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 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 The scalability of robo-advisors has allowed the market to experience strong growth over the past decade. Though robo-advisors opened up the low-dollar end of the market, the largest opportunity in the robo-advisor market is actually with the...
Kiva, the crowdsourced micro-lending platform, is going bigger to help refugees gain access to larger amounts of capital by launching the Kiva Refugee Investment Fund. Since 2016, Kiva has provided local micro-finance institutions, also...
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...
On Our Radar: Deals we are paying attention to for their impact on industry. April 2 was a big day for investment in the retirement planning and financial services space. Goldman Sachs Principal Strategic Investments led a $30 million Series Bfunding round...
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...
On Our Radar: Deals we are paying attention to for their impact on industry. Expanse, a cybersecurity firm founded by a former CIA tech expert, raised $70 million in a Series C funding led by TPG Growth. The company plans...
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...
Sound Businesses: Profiles of companies and business models we are keeping an eye on. U.K.-based digital bank OakNorth Holdings Ltd. received a total of $440 million last month, including a $390 million investment from the Vision Fund of Japan’s SoftBank Group Corp....
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...
Strategic Investors: Profiles of investors with strategies to consider. Everyone involved in the busy, volatile space of blockchain and crypto can remember where they were when JP Morgan Chase boss Jamie Dimon derided cryptocurrencies as a “fraud” in 2017. And...
Goldman Sachs is expanding its digital asset team, signaling intentions to move “further than ever before” into crypto business, as big tech companies like Facebook enter financial services.  The New York banking and advisory...
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...
Strategic Investors: Profiles of investors with strategies to consider. Finance is a humming factory of confusing terminology, as anyone old enough to remember the damage done by SIVs and RMBSs did to the global economy in 2008-2009 can attest. While...
Perspectives: Opinions from our network of advisors, investors, operators and analysts on the risks and opportunities they see. Two large Sovereign Wealth Funds (SWFs), Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund and Abu Dhabi’s Mubadala Investment Company, have reportedly raised questions about the high...
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...
Strategic Investors: Profiles of investors with strategies to consider. Partech, one of France’s oldest and Europe’s biggest VC firms, didn’t want to miss the boat on Africa’s vast opportunities in the tech space. So even as other investors became skittish about...
Perspectives: Opinions from our network of advisors, investors, operators and analysts on the risks and opportunities they see. The extent to which robo-advisory is either a boon or threat to the traditional wealth management industry has been a major question...
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