Hong Kong


ITF to become “the world’s first fintech bank”

A new bank, Into the Future (ITF), is gearing up for launch in Hong Kong and Singapore. Among its investors is Jim Rogers, an American businessman based in Singapore and the co-founder of the Quantum Group of Funds (which he started with George Soros).

Hong Kong’s SFC unveils regtech sandbox

Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) has launched its SFC Regulatory Sandbox to provide a place for firms to test out their ideas. Like other regulators, the SFC says: “For the sake of market integrity and better investor protection, the reliability of the delivery of such financial services as well as the firms’ internal […]

Hong Kong regulator’s no phoney for banking plans

The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) has unveiled a number of initiatives as it looks to improve the region’s use of payments, APIs and innovation. In a speech delivered during the Annual Banking Conference of the Hong Kong Institute of Bankers, Norman Chan, chief executive of the HKMA, outlined its grand ambitions. Chan says: “The […]

CK Hutchison and Ant Financial form JV for Hong Kong payments plan

Conglomerate CK Hutchison and Ant Financial have formed a joint venture (JV) to offer a digital wallet under the AlipayHK brand, with the aim to integrate online and offline payments in Hong Kong. Ant Financial says AlipayHK got over 100,000 active users in the first two weeks after its launch last May. The mobile app […]

HSBC and friends team up for integrated SME accounting

HSBC is expanding its existing bank feed services with the launch of a new online tool that enables SMEs to establish a data feed from their bank account to their accounting software. Its customers can now connect their bank accounts to their choice of accounting package – namely Xero, Sage and Intuit. Nadya Hijazi, global […]

Swift’s gpi powers DBS cross-border payments tracking debut

Corporates and SMEs in Singapore and Hong Kong can now track their cross-border payments via DBS, using Swift’s global payments innovation (gpi). DBS says it is the first bank in the two countries to execute cross-border payments with end-to-end tracking, “helping corporates and SMEs become more efficient in their cash management”. In the past, DBS […]

Dubai and Hong Kong hug for fintech innovation

The Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) and the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) in Hong Kong have entered an agreement to establish a framework of co-operation for fintech innovation. Both authorities will share information on developments and the agreement “also intends to encourage both regulators to refer innovative firms to one another’s markets and to […]

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