In an opinion article, one investor shares emails that have been leaked at Chinese marketplace lender Yirendai (NYSE: YRD); leaked emails show the company's chairman requiring parent company employees at CreditEase to invest in a fund to purchase undisclosed US equities; the author states the fund is likely purchasing shares of YRD and presents his case for shorting the stock; the stock recently saw volatility following China's new regulatory guidance for P2P lenders. Source
An article in Hacker Noon digs into crypto platform NEO, exploring the company's background, website and white paper; what makes NEO different is that it doesn't have a crypto coin and NEO uses fiat as its internal currency; the NEO coin is similar to a traditional security, functioning as shares in the company that runs the platform. Source
Starting on April 14th consumers in India will be able to use their Aadhaar ID number to make payments; in theory this could replace payment services like PayTM and debit and credit cards; the Aadhaar Payments System (APS) will allow consumers to use their fingerprints to complete a transaction so long as they have an APS linked bank account; the system is not without drawbacks as there are privacy concerns and the entire system is based around data protection; this does fit in with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's move to a cashless society, though it remains to be seen how everyday consumers will utilize it. Source
Accion Venture Lab, a seed stage investment vehicle for financial inclusion firm Accion, has sold its stake in Varthana; Varthana provides specialized loans and services so people in India can afford to attend private schools; Accion Venture Lab's first investment into Varthana was in 2013; Varthana recently raised $14 million in the spring of 2016. Source
A study by Ernst and Young and DBS Bank finds Chinese fintech companies are advanced in their financial innovation services which they are developing for a strong consumer demand; this demand is being driven by minimal access to credit, increased internet users and few regulatory barriers; success is occurring in numerous fintech markets with an increased focus on the payments industry. Source
As most companies were trying to figure out how to handle the economic downturn Airwallex was able to raise $160mn;...
Koubei was founded in 2015 with investment from Alibaba and Ant Financial; the firm offers online e-commerce services for merchants and is part of a diversified group of Alibaba affiliates; in January the firm reported new capital of $1.1 billion from external investors; investors now supporting the firm include Silver Lake, CDH Investments, Yunfeng Capital and Primavera Capital. Source
Fintech is expected to generate $65 billion in sales by 2020 and Alibaba and Tencent are projected to capture half of the market; this would significantly increase valuations for both large e-commerce firms; online payments growth is also projected to be significant, supporting further value increases for both firms. Source