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

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

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

Should The Bank of England Bite The Bullet & Finally Hike Interest Rates?

It’s amazing to think that the Bank of England has not raised interest rates for more than a decade, but then nobody expected the credit crunch, quantitative easing, or indeed the “age of austerity” that George Osborne introduced during his time as chancellor.

That’s a lot of jargon to digest, but digest it we have, with the result that most of us have tightened the purse strings and tried to take a more frugal approach to our finances.

The big question now is, how much longer will we have to endure this financial stasis? Read more

Travelling Malaysia Part IV: Getting To Know The Local Entrepreneurs

I began my last post in this travelling Malaysia series by saying that the more time I spent in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the more I liked it.

Well, forgive me for sounding like a broken record, but a few days on that rings even truer!

I think that the first week to ten days in any city is not enough time to really get to know a new place – which is a shame because a week to ten days is all most of us get when we spend time abroad. Read more

10 Of The Hottest Destinations To Buy Property Overseas

In our recent series of articles we have looked at how to open a bank account overseas, how to arrange an overseas mortgage, and how to calculate tax on an overseas property.

So, with the hard work done, let’s indulge ourselves a bit and take a look at some of the best overseas destinations for property buyers, and some of the hottest properties on these markets. Of course, we cannot cover all of the best properties or give you all the facts in just one article, and we would urge you, wherever you do decide to buy, to take good advice and complete as much research as you can before you make a purchasing decision. But that said, this could be a great place to start your search!

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How Can I Secure A Mortgage On An Overseas Property? An Overview By The Money Cloud

Most of us have been tempted, or even given serious consideration to buying a property overseas at one stage in our lives, and rightly so!

For some of us the temptation is just a passing fancy; but for an increasing number what can seem like a wild and exotic decision at first can be, provided you do your research thoroughly, rooted in good sense, and not nearly as hard to achieve as some people will try to convince you it is.

If you are committed, sensible, realistic about what is achievable and know who you are dealing with, you may be surprised by how straightforward it can be to acquire a wonderful property abroad using a mortgage product. Read more

I’m Moving Abroad – Should I Open A Local Bank Account?

A local bank account can be a lifesaver when relocating abroad.

Relocating abroad is something that many people will do at least once in their lives, and generally speaking, it is a valuable life experience that allows you to experience a new culture, enhance your career prospects and even make you a more well-rounded person.

Even in today’s modern, digitalised world, however, there are certain hurdles that you must jump through and rules to comply with that you must understand if your stay abroad is to be a success. Read more

Is Santander’s 100% Digital Openbank A Template For The Bank Of The Future?

Santander launched its latest product, the “100% digital” OpenBank last week amidst much fanfare and some bold new features and promises. Currently it is only available in Spain, but is expected to be rolled out internationally soon.

So, after 15 months in the making, and having been re-built from scratch, can this re-launched product of Santander’s be seen as a blueprint for the way the bank accounts of the future will operate? Read more

A Goldman Sachs-backed Digital Payments Startup Just Launched A Fee-Free Money Transfer Service

It seems we may well be heading towards a world where, when sending money internationally, the only thing we need to concern ourselves with is the exchange rate – because transaction fees are rapidly being consigned to history.

Starting from today, Circle, a money transfer service and app that allows its users to ping money to one another using a mobile messaging service, is introducing fee-free person-to-person (P2P) money transfer services for users in the UK, Spain, and the US. Read more

The 5 Best New Services For Sending Money Abroad

Over the past few years, thanks to the rise of a number of disruptive Financial Technology, otherwise known as FinTech businesses, it has become far easier, and cheaper to send money overseas.

Until recently most of us would have used either a wire transfer agency, such as Western Union or Ria Money Transfer, or a high street bank to send money internationally, but there were 3 major drawbacks to this approach. Read more