Hungary’s MKB restructures around digital

Hungary’s MKB restructures around digital

By LUCY FITZGEORGE-PARKER

Can the combination of core banking system replacement and a pioneering fintech programme help re-privatized lender MKB Bank leapfrog its rivals in the Hungarian market in the race for technological supremacy?

How digital is transforming CEE banking

How digital is transforming CEE banking

By LUCY FITZGEORGE-PARKER

Banks in emerging Europe have long outperformed many of their western peers in the race for digitalization – now a handful of pioneers are taking it to the next level and using technology to transform the banking landscape across the region.

Trade finance: Banks’ digital deficit

Trade finance: Banks’ digital deficit

By KANIKA SAIGAL

Digital innovation has the potential to transform international trade, yet many argue that banks are lagging in replacing antiquated systems for trade with smart solutions. What is behind the delays?

India’s wealth managers find profit in the provinces

India’s wealth managers find profit in the provinces

By ELLIOT WILSON

The face of wealth management in India is changing, as vast fortunes are made by young digital disruptors and as private banks venture out of the main commercial hubs in search of untapped profit and potential in second-tier cities.

FX credit management: Keeping up with the bots

FX credit management: Keeping up with the bots

By PAUL GOLDEN

The operators of FX platforms deny that credit management has failed to keep pace with the development of automated trading – but they do acknowledge that the process could be more efficient.

Payments: The march of tech

Payments: The march of tech

By KANIKA SAIGAL

From payments to full retail banking services, tech companies are encroaching on the banking space.

Trade Finance Survey 2019: Asia finds a block in blockchain

Trade Finance Survey 2019: Asia finds a block in blockchain

By CHRIS WRIGHT

After much talk and little action, the use of blockchain in trade finance is picking up, and Asia-Pacific is at the heart of that change – but despite progress, the many different consortia need to agree on some common ground to get things moving.

China's leaders in fintech: 2018

China's leaders in fintech: 2018

In Chinese banking, government-owned doesn’t always mean stodgy and slow to innovate. State-owned banks across the country are absorbing fintech into traditional models to meet surging consumer demand for sharper financial tools. Here’s a few that we've liked this year.

Mongolia’s digital disruptor takes on Asia

Mongolia’s digital disruptor takes on Asia

By ELLIOT WILSON

Anar Chinbaatar is wreaking havoc: local banks are running scared of LendMN, a digital payday lender that has disbursed 600,000 loans in just 18 months. The serial tech entrepreneur now plans to transform LendMN into a real digital bank – and take on Asia. Few would bet against him.

Inside Australia’s roaring fintechs

Inside Australia’s roaring fintechs

By ERIC ELLIS

Their numbers have soared from 100 in 2014 to more than 700 today – some firms will consolidate or be taken over, but most of them will fail; Asiamoney meets three startups that seem likely to stay the course.

Korea’s digital banks have two speeds: fast and faster

Korea’s digital banks have two speeds: fast and faster

By ELLIOT WILSON

Dark memories of the Asian financial crisis inform South Korea’s fear of chaos and wariness of financial technology, but the success of two online banks gives the country what it needs: fintech leaders it can respect and disruption it can embrace.

Private equity sponsors face big changes

Private equity sponsors face big changes

By under-investing the vast funds raised at big expense to their end clients and then delivering shrinking returns, private equity sponsors are prompting customers to demand new approaches.

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Blythe Masters: Special focus

Blythe Masters: Special focus

Blythe Masters became CEO of Digital Asset Holdings in 2015 after 27 years at JPMorgan, where she was credited as the creator of the credit default swap (CDS).

Fintech and innovation: special focus

Fintech and innovation: special focus

From cloud technology to cashless payments, digital currencies to P2P networks, mobile banking to FX robots… financial institutions worldwide are looking to lead technological advances while also trying to keep up with them.