2016 could be the alternative finance industry's first net negative year according to AltFi; uncertainty in capital investment was a substantial factor for the first time causing a renewed focus on retail investment; CEO turnover has been a significant factor with Renaud Laplanche's resignation a catalyst for decreased investor confidence; regulators have also caused market uncertainty with new regulations potentially adding compliance burdens for alternative finance businesses; macroeconomic factors including Brexit and the US presidential election have also increased pressure on alternative finance; despite hardships, sentiment for 2017 is mostly positive with 2016 seen as only a temporary retrenchment. Source
KYCK! is a Singapore fintech startup focused on compliance technology; the company has announced partnership with IBM for blockchain utilization to improve know your customer capabilities; KYCK! will use blockchain for identity verification and monitoring; partnership with IBM will help increase the security of data. Source
The new platform gives startups free access to the suite of security options: what would typically amount to hundreds of thousands of hours of in-house compliance work.