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Tencent/Aviva digital JV in HK gets regulatory nod

By: Helen Burggraf | 14 Feb 2018

A previously-announced joint venture that puts UK insurance giant Aviva together with Chinese internet giant Tencent Holdings, with the involvement of private equity backer Hillhouse Capital, has…

Praemium unveils online account-opening process for UK SIPP biz

By: Helen Burggraf | 12 Feb 2018

Melbourne-based, Australian Securities Exchange-listed platform and technology provider Praemium Ltd has unveiled a new online account-opening process for clients of its UK self-invested personal pension business. In…

Report: Asian fintech market to reach $72bn by 2020

By: Christopher Copper-Ind | 09 Feb 2018

The fintech industry in the Asia-Pacific region is expected to grow at a CAGR of 72.5% from 2015 to 2020, reaching $72bn, according to a report by…

New StanChart entity to invest in fintech, ‘promote innovation’

By: Helen Burggraf | 19 Jan 2018

Standard Chartered, the London-headquartered and listed banking group with a major presence in Asia, has established a new business unit that it says will promote innovation and…

Thailand unveils ‘Smart Visa’ to attract skilled expats

By: Helen Burggraf | 17 Jan 2018

At a time when a number of G20 countries have recently been tightening up on their visa programmes and other avenues used by foreigners seeking to work…

DeVere Group unveils cryptocurrencies app

By: Helen Burggraf | 16 Jan 2018

The deVere Group, well-known for its claim to be the world’s largest independent financial advisory organisation, said today that it is introducing a new, “cryptocurrency app” for…

Praemium seen likely to invest more in UK pensions market after ‘record inflows’

By: Helen Burggraf | 10 Jan 2018

Shares in Praemium, the ASX-listed, Melbourne-based platform services provider, hit a record high today after the company said its fourth-quarter platform inflows were the highest ever, with…

Zurich Life Singapore agrees to sell its run-off city-state biz to newly-authorised Singapore Life

By: Helen Burggraf | 08 Jan 2018

Zurich Life Insurance (Singapore) said on Monday that it will sell its remaining Singapore life insurance portfolio to Singapore Life Pte, which calls itself “Singapore’s newest life…

Schroders’ chatbot launch heralds digital research assistant

By: Christopher Copper-Ind | 05 Jan 2018

Schroders has announced the launch of a pilot version of SchrodersGO, a digital research assistant for advisors and distribution partners. SchrodersGO is an online chatbot operating through Facebook Messenger, which aims to allow…

Australia’s FinoComp launches MiFID II product

By: Helen Burggraf | 02 Jan 2018

FinoComp, an Australian technology business  which provides so-called “micro-services software” to the UK wealth management market, has unveiled a tool for discretionary fund managers and platforms that…

Singapore cafe to take payment in plummeting bitcoin as regulators issue warnings

By: Eugene Costello | 22 Dec 2017

A cafe in Singapore has the distinction of the being the city-state’s first completely cashless outlet, and allows customers to pay in bitcoin as well as credit…

AJ Bell profits up almost a third this year

By: Eugene Costello | 15 Dec 2017

Online investment platform AJ Bell has seen profit before tax increase by 29% to £21.7m, compared with last year’s reported figure of £16.8m. The firm’s results for…

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