WorldRemit Make Move Into Lucrative Far East Remittance Market After Joining Malaysia Bank Negara’s Exclusive Sandbox Programme

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We may have returned from Malaysia nearly two weeks ago now, but relations between the Far Eastern Fintech hub of Kuala Lumpur and London are clearly getting even stronger!

World Remit, the London-based money transfer company that says it is handling more than 700,000 transfers to 140 receiving destinations every month, has announced that it is launching in Malaysia. Read more

Fintech In Asia – 2 New “Regulatory Sandboxes” Announced in Hong Kong, Whilst A Third Gets An Upgrade. Good News For Customers Worldwide?

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As anybody who regularly reads our blog posts and breaking news updates will probably know, we have recently been travelling in Asia, visiting Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand, and exploring the countries’ fintech and international money transfer ecosystems.

Fintech in Asia is booming; along with London, New York, and parts of Africa, places like Singapore, and, not to be underestimated, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur are forging ahead with truly disruptive services and products that will change the face of banking forever.

But in this post we are going to look at some news from Hong Kong, courtesy of Open Gov Asia; last week, not one, not two, but three financial regulators announced plans to introduce “sandboxes” to aid the development of disruptive startup fintech firms. Read more

In London, Even IMF Chief Christine Lagarde Is Suggesting Digital Currencies Could Be The Future!

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When it comes to debating digital currencies, increasingly it seems to be the case that we must ask “whose side are you on?”

Are you a sceptic, like JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon, or billionaire hedge fund veteran Ray Dalio, or Nobel prize winning economist Robert Shiller, all of whom have bashed bitcoin recently, calling it a “a fraud”, and “a bubble”?

Or are you a “believer”, like Fidelity CEO Abigail Johnson, or even International Monetary Fund chief and economist Christine Lagarde? Read more

Safaricom Mobile Money Vehicle M-Pesa Rolls Out “1-Tap” Mobile Payments System After 90,000 Sign Up During Trial Period

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Near Field Communications (NFC) technology is the driving force behind M-Pesa 1Tap, which is making it possible for Safaricom’s customers in Kenya to pay for goods and services with their mobiles in a single step. Read more

Thailand’s TrueMoney Continues South East Asian Fintech Firms Push Towards The Unbanked With Move Into Myanmar

TrueMoney, the Thai Fintech company, is to enter the market for mobile money in Myanmar, adding the country to an impressive cross-border network that includes Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia.

TrueMoney allows its users to deposit cash in mobile accounts or at point of sale outlets and transfer cash via a network of agents either domestically or overseas. Read more

“Top 10” Remittance Receiver & Sender UK Targeted By Hong-Kong Based TNG After Record Raise As Governments Sign Agreement

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As expected, and following a raise of a record $115 million dollars completed in Hong Kong where the business is headquartered, fintech startup TNG is extending its strategic global money transfer partnership with Tranglo Europe Ltd, the cross-border gateway specialists, into the UK.

At the same time TNG will invest $20 million US dollars in the launch of an accompanying e-wallet service. Read more

The Money Cloud Awarded Best International Money Transfer Comparison Platform 2017 by Wealth & Finance Magazine

London, August 22nd

The Money Cloud, the disruptive fintech search, compare and discover platform for anybody looking to find the best deals and brokers when sending money overseas, has been awarded Best International Money Transfer Comparison Platform 2017 by Wealth & Finance Magazine as part of the Magazine’s Fintech Awards. Read more

PSD2 Coming, But British Open Banking Regulation Already Ahead of the Game (So Long As It Stays Compliant) Says Payments Expert

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As always, this month’s European Payments Council (EPC) newsletter contains some essential reading.

As anybody who works within the payments or indeed the wider fintech industry surely knows, PSD2, the much-anticipated update to the first set of Payments Services Directives, is nearly here. Read more

The Money Cloud To Provide FX Comparison To 140 Countries Worldwide In Partnership With Mobile & Cross Border Payments Firm First Global Data

press release first published May 9th 2017.

The Money Cloud, a trusted leading provider of overseas money transfer comparison services founded by Emmanuel Addy and Huw Jenkins in 2014, announce today that they have agreed to partner with First Global Data Corp. (FGD) to provide their FX comparison engine and overseas money purchasing services to FDG’s Global Wallets across 140 countries around the world. Read more

The Money Cloud Joins The French Chamber of Great Britain – A Good Time To Reflect On How Far We & The Industry Have Come

We’re delighted to have become members of the French Chamber of Great Britain. As a fintech startup that specialises in providing the best overseas money transfer price comparison, we look forward to exploring synergies with businesses in both Britain and France, building long lasting relationships, and taking advantage of the excellent events and resources on offer. 

We cater for all types of money transfer, but what may be of particular interest to our fellow members of the French Chamber of Great Britain is our ability to offer best in class money transfer solutions to businesses and high net worth clients looking to make international transfers of a significant size. Read more

MoneyCorp’s Latest Savings Account Allows Customers To Deposit Sterling & Euros

Expats living in the Eurozone, businesses trading in the region and Europeans holding excess Sterling may be intrigued to hear that MoneyCorp have just launched a savings account which supports both currencies.

The MoneyCorp account, which requires 90-day notice for all withdrawals, offers a handsome interest rate of 1.3% too – provided you are depositing Sterling – the rate on Euro deposits is just 0.05%. Read more

Google Launches Tez: A New Digital Payments App For India With A Host Of New Technologies

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Google says it is trying to help India to become a cashless society, by mimicking the ubiquity of notes and coins in the country through a new all singing, all dancing app called Tez. Tez is a Hindi word, meaning “fast”.

The company hopes that, by providing multiple use-cases through its new service, customers will seamlessly adopt it without missing the versatility of hard currencies. Read more

Ooredoo Launches Mobile Money Service In Qatar, Partners With Aldar Exchange For International Money Transfers

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Ooredoo is majority owned by the state of Qatar and one of the largest mobile telecommunications providers in the world with more than 100 million customers worldwide.

The company announced its partnership with Aldar Exchange last Tuesday. It will enable Ooredoo Mobile Money customers to send money directly to international bank accounts, leveraging Aldar’s remittance channels. Read more

Escape To The Chateau Returns To TV. Are The “Experts” Right About The Risks Of Buying Overseas?

Dick Strawbridge, from Essex, his partner Angel and their two children are returning to our TV screens this autumn for a new series of Escape to the Chateau on Channel 4. 

In the first series, the couple risked it all by swapping their two-bedroom flat in Essex for a fairy-tale French Chateau, at a cost of £345,000 pounds. Around €390,000 euros based on current exchange rates. Read more

National Bank Of Pakistan Launches Awareness Campaign To Promote Modern Remittance Services Over Insecure Hundi / Hawala Transfers System

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The Deputy Governor of The National Bank of Pakistan, Jamil Ahmed has pleaded with banks to reduce charges related to remittance payments and overseas money transfers, to encourage more Pakistanis to use their services. Read more

The Money Cloud Travel Blog: From Singapore To Bangkok: Organisation To Organised Chaos!

Our PR and Content Manager at The Money Cloud, where you compare the latest and best rates being offered to send money overseas, writes about his experiences travelling and working around SE Asia. This week, Bangkok!

When I try to think about the differences between the 3 major South East Asian cities I have spent time in over the past 3 months; Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Bangkok, the best description I can come up with is that they are like 3 close-knit but very different brothers.

Bear with me here and I will try to explain myself. Read more

Reserve Bank of India Approves Singapore Fintech Startup Instarem For Outward Remittance Services

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Instarem, the Singapore based fintech startup that specialises in fast, convenient and cost-effective cross-border money transfer has won approval from the Reserve Bank of India to start facilitating overseas remittance from India.

The company say that they will start processing payments as early as November 2017, in partnership with a leading Category I Authorised Dealer (AD-I) as per RBI’s governing conditions. Read more

Mobile Money In Africa Is Bucking The Trend For Gender Imbalance Around Tech Products

According to the World Bank, women are 50 percent less likely than men use the internet in Africa, and significantly less likely than men to own or use a cell phone. And yet recent findings, cited in a fascinating article by Susan Johnson, a Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Development Studies at the University of Bath, suggest that when it comes to mobile money, the gender gap is closing to the point of equality. Read more

TNG Raises Hong Kong’s Largest Ever Fintech Funding Round To Develop Blockchain e-Wallet & Overseas Money Transfer Services

Hong Kong’s fintech community are celebrating the biggest Series A funding round in the city-state’s history, and one of the largest to have been completed anywhere in the world.

TNG Fintech Group raised a “record breaking” $115 million-dollar round which values the company at $565 million. The company, which specialises in disruptive technologies such as AI, blockchain, and cashless payments and money transfers, was founded in 2013 and employs around 300 people according to a company spokesperson. Read more