Trade Finance Survey 2019: Asia finds a block in blockchain

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.

Inside Australia’s roaring fintechs

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.

The fight to run Australia’s finances

With five prime ministers and five treasurers in six years, Australia’s top two political offices have been likened to an AirBnB short-let, but with an election looming, can the new treasurer Josh Frydenberg keep his surging opponent Chris Bowen from again becoming the country’s top economic policymaker?

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

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.

Citi goes for yin and Jan in Asia

Citi’s network banking model can sometimes sound rather old-fashioned; Jan Metzger, Citi’s CIB head in Asia Pacific, is a tech geek who can talk for hours about whatever is new – you know what they say about opposites…

Mongolia fends off Chinese bank suitors

China’s big lenders, led by Bank of China, want full access to Mongolia’s resource-rich market, but local regulators are desperate to keep them out, wary of Beijing’s rising power and influence, and keen to avoid a repeat of past mistakes.

Africa eyes moment of free-trade transformation

The continent is implementing the African Continental Free Trade Agreement to boost intra-regional trade, economic growth and industrialization, but can 54 countries overcome so many obstacles and ratify the agreement?