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Tencent Warns of More China Tech Curbs as Growth Sputters

Tencent Holdings Ltd. reported its slowest pace of quarterly revenue growth since early 2019. Photo: Bloomberg (Bloomberg) — Tencent Holdings Ltd. warned investors to brace for more regulatory curbs on China’s tech sector, telegraphing that Beijing plans to expand restrictions…

China Pledges To Rein In Incomes Of The Wealthy And Build Common Prosperity

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London VC leads $15M investment in African fintech Pngme

The financial institutions and fintech companies are offering customised user experiences and financial products tailored to their customers’ needs. At this point in time, US-based fintech Pngme, a financial data infrastructure and machine learning-as-a-service platform has raised funding. It allows…

China Coordinates With U.S. And Russia On Afghan Power Transfer

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Austria’s first unicorn now valued at $4.1B after $263M raise, UK expansion plans on cards

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London fintech Paysafe to acquire SafetyPay in a $440M deal

A leading specialised payments platform from London, Paysafe, has announced that it will acquire a US-based e-commerce payments platform, SafetyPay for $441 million (nearly £320 million) in an all-cash transaction. Paysafe enables businesses and consumers to connect and transact seamlessly…

Interested in investing? 6 stock trading apps for UK users in 2021

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London credit fintech Keebo picks £5M funding ahead of October launch

A challenger credit card fintech from London, Keebo has announced to have closed £5 million in a seed equity funding round. Keebo is the only credit card and app company authorised by the FCA for open banking based underwriting that…

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Reg Watch 5: A Timeline of China’s Latest Regulatory Storm

Chinese regulators have beefed up anti-monopoly measures in a five-year plan unveiled Wednesday. Photo: IC Photo In a five-year plan unveiled Wednesday, Chinese regulators beefed up anti-monopoly measures. The following is a timeline compiled by Caixin Insight about how regulations…

Regulatory Headwinds Take Luster Off Beauty Industry Stocks

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Schwab: Young People Hold the Key to Creating a Better Future

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UK BNPL Zilch gears up for US launch with fintech NepFin acquisition

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China Tech Stocks Rise as Analysts Turn Positive After Sell-Off

Hong Kong’s gauge for tech stocks regained some of the ground lost during its slump to a record low last month (Bloomberg) — Chinese internet stocks rallied Tuesday in Hong Kong after some brokers started turning optimistic on the sector…

NetEase’s Music Service to Delay Hong Kong IPO

The music streaming unit of NetEase is postponing its Hong Kong initial public offering. Photo: Bloomberg (Bloomberg) — Cloud Village Inc., the music streaming arm of Chinese gaming giant NetEase Inc., is postponing the launch of a Hong Kong initial…

JPMorgan Wins Nod to Fully Own Its China Securities Venture

JPMorgan Chase & Co. won approval for 100% control of J.P. Morgan Securities (China) Co. Photo: Bloomberg (Bloomberg) — JPMorgan Chase & Co. won approval from Chinese regulators for registration of full ownership of its China securities venture, a step…

These fintech startups in Wales might have the best tech role for you

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Alibaba Warns of Higher Taxes as China Crackdown Widens

The headquarters of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. in Hangzhou, China, on May 8, 2021. Photo: Bloomberg (Bloomberg) — Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. has warned investors that years-long government tax breaks for the internet industry will start to dwindle, adding billions…

China’s Tech Clampdown Herds Investors Into Hardware Stocks

Photo: Bloomberg (Bloomberg) — Asia’s hardware technology stocks, led by chipmakers, are getting back in the spotlight as China’s regulatory onslaught casts a shadow over some of the region’s biggest and hottest software names. The MSCI Asia Pacific Information Technology…

Bukalapak Shares Soar in Indonesia Stock Exchange Debut

Bukalapak was founded in 2010 as an e-commerce platform but has since branched into other services. Photo: IC Photo (Nikkei Asia) — Shares in Bukalapak, one of Indonesia’s leading e-commerce platforms, surged in their market debut on Friday in Jakarta,…

London-based Tembo Money bags £2.5M funding for helping first time buyers boost their deposits

Tembo Money is a London-based fintech company working on the mission to transform consumer lending through the power of family. Now, the company announced that it has closed a £2.5 million funding post its official launch in June 2021. Eyes…

China’s Launch Of World’s Largest Carbon Market Has A Sputtering Start

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Opinion: How the Tech Reg Landslide Will Impact China’s Economy

Ant Group uses big data to analyze the creditworthiness of borrowers and cooperates with commercial banks. Photo: VCG The era of internet platform companies’ freewheeling growth has passed. It is unknown how they will develop and interact with regulators in…

London firm FintechOS secures $10M from IFC, a member of the World Bank

The World Bank claims that 1.7 billion people all over the world are unbanked. To better serve those who are financially excluded, financial institutions are investing in technology as part of more comprehensive digital transformation strategies. This is where London-based…

London’s next-gen banking firm Yobota just hired ex-Lloyds Freddi Rose

Yobota is a London-based next-gen core banking platform that has built a fast, flexible, cloud-native core banking platform, which allows clients to create and run innovative financial products. The company is in the headlines now as it has announced the…

Chinese Auto-Chip Stocks Fall After Official Probe Into Pricing

A 300 millimetre wafer used for semiconductor research at the Interuniversity Microelectronics Centre (Bloomberg) — Chinese automobile-chip maker stocks tumbled after the government launched a probe into possible price manipulation, putting a brake on share surges buoyed by a global…

Charles Li’s Next Act: Investing in Small Businesses

Former Hong Kong stock exchange CEO Charles Li (left) and Zhang Gaobo (right) announcing the launch of Micro Connect. Photo by Wei Yiyang/Caixin Charles Li, the former chief executive of Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Ltd., launched an investment platform…

London’s stock trading app Trading 212 secures £13.75M funding

Trading 212 UK Limited, a London-based FCA-regulated online broker offersing trading services with forex, company shares, and CFDs. Now, the company has secured £13.75 million in capital from its shareholders Borislav Nedialkov and Ivan Ashminov, who are also its co-founders.…

Wang Tao: What’s Behind China’s Regulatory Headwinds?

China’s government will continue to foster digitalization and encourage technology innovation, which have been highlighted as key strategies for long-term development. Photo:VCG The Politburo held a meeting on July 30 to set economic policy priorities for the second half of…

Element Ventures announces $130M fund for future fintech leaders in UK and EU

UK venture capital firm, Element Ventures, has announced a $130 million fund aimed at funding the founders and ideas that will be powering tomorrow’s financial technology. The fund was backed by more than thirty founders and executives from the financial…

Evergrande Offloads Stakes in Internet Unit for $418 Million

The China Evergrande Centre in Hong Kong on July 23. Photo: Bloomberg (Bloomberg) — China Evergrande Group has agreed to sell stakes in its internet unit for a total of HK$3.25 billion ($418 million), in a further bid to ease…

Opinion: The Who, What and Why of China’s Regulatory Campaign

China’s regulatory crackdown has sent shockwaves through global stock markets. Photo: VCG Stocks of offshore-listed Chinese companies have slumped recently amid Beijing’s sweeping regulatory actions targeting a range of industries from fintech and ride-hailing to after-school education. Overseas investors are…

China Orders 25 Tech Giants to Fix Raft of Problems

(Bloomberg) — China ordered 25 technology companies to carry out internal inspections as part of a campaign to root out illegal online activity. The Ministry of Industry Information Technology told its largest internet and hardware companies including Alibaba Group Holding…

SEC Requires Additional Disclosures for Chinese IPOs

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Gary Gensler The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission will require additional disclosures from Chinese companies seeking to sell stock in the U.S. as the Chinese government’s crackdown on foreign listings and enhanced cybersecurity reviews…

Bitcoin crypto evolution: UK’s Britcoin and countries creating their own digital currency

Cryptocurrencies are in the thick of hundreds of controversies, if not thousands! These high-yielding financial assets had a difficult journey right from the start.  The primary reason is the lack of central authority (decentralised payment network), and hence governments globally…

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