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 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...
KEY TAKEAWAYS Financial empowerment technology in Africa is now taking root in India and is poised to boost living standards and GDP growth. A range of mobile banking apps are now flourishing, paving the way for the next wave...
KEY TAKEAWAYS As China’s economic footprint has grown in Africa, so too have Cold War-esque warnings that the opaque nature of China’s financial dealings on the continent mask an effort to exert control over politics and resources. Cold war...
Sound Businesses: Profiles of companies and business models we are keeping an eye on. Over the past decade, mobile phone technology has provided access to banking services like credit, payments and wealth management to tens of millions in poor areas...
Strategic Investors: Profiles of investors with strategies to consider. Chiratae Ventures has made a name for itself in India’s fast-growing venture capital scene with investments focused on innovative consumer tech, health and online retail. But the fund, part of the...
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...
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...
On Our Radar: Deals we are paying attention to for their impact on industry. There are hundreds of fintech offerings that are aiming to solve different challenges, from how consumers save money to how employers reimburse workers. But this latest wave of fintech...
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...
On Our Radar: Deals we are paying attention to for their impact on industry. Rewire, an Amsterdam-based startup that’s developed an international banking platform for expatriate workers, raised $12 million in Series A financing, led by venture fund Viola Fintech, which is...
Sound Businesses: Profiles of companies and business models we are keeping an eye on. The lack of financial infrastructure in some of the world’s poorest regions — sub-Saharan Africa and parts of South and Southeast Asia, Latin America and the...
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...
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