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Why Risk-Averse Southeast Asian Banks Should Embrace a ‘Multicore’ Approach

The banking industry is in the midst of a period of intense transformation in Southeast Asia, and indeed the world, driven in part by the pandemic, but also influenced heavily by changing consumer demand and fast-moving technological innovation. Predicting the

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B2B Platform GrowSari Bags US$45 Million in Ongoing Series C Fundraise From KKR

GrowSari, a Philippines’ B2B e-commerce platform serving micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs), has secured US$45 million in a Series C funding round from global investment firm KKR. According to GrowSari, the ongoing Series C round is significantly oversubscribed as

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BSP Issues New Guidelines on E-Payments Settlements

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) has issued guidelines on the settlement of electronic payments under the National Retail Payment System (NRPS) Framework. The settlement guidelines provide the responsibilities and minimum requirements to be adhered to by BSP-supervised financial institutions

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Are You Protecting Your Digital Wallet Users From Fraud?

As more users adopt them, fully digital payment methods like e-wallets are becoming increasingly vulnerable: fraud can creep in before and during transactions. More than 140 million people adopted digital wallets in 2019 globally. This number is only projected to increase in

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CIMB Philippines Selects Zoloz’s eKYC Solution for Frictionless Onboarding

CIMB Philippines announced that it has collaborated with Zoloz, an eKYC technology provider, to further strengthen its digital banking services. The bank will leverage Zoloz’s eKYC solution for frictionless user onboarding and enhanced payment experience, making financial services more accessible

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UnionBank Picks METACO and IBM to Set Up Its Digital Asset Custody Operations

The Union Bank of the Philippines has selected METACO, a provider of security-critical software and infrastructure to the digital asset ecosystem, to implement its digital asset management services. The bank will leverage METACO Harmonize which is its digital asset orchestration

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Philippines’ BNPL Platform BillEase Closes US$11 Million Series B

Philippines’ Buy Now Pay Later (BNPL) platform BillEase announced that it has closed its Series B funding round with US$ 11 million in fresh equity. The round was led by BurdaPrincipal Investments, the growth capital arm of German media and

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The Bank Branch of the Future: Consumers Prefer Hybrid Experiences

Digital banking has been displacing many branch interactions in the move towards digital. As consumers increasingly engage with their banks remotely and circumstances such as the pandemic as well as new digitally-focused strategies continue to play out, there are ongoing

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SEC Greenlights Investree Philippines for Permanent Crowdfunding License

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has granted Investree Philippines a permanent license to operate as a crowdfunding platform following a review of the company’s operations since the issuance of its provisional license in January 2021. Investree Philippines is a

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Tonik Taps Google Cloud to Build its Digital Bank

Philippines’ neobank Tonik announced that it is has built on Google Cloud’s advanced platform to deliver its financial services in just 10 months. The bank had leveraged Google Cloud’s expertise in scalable infrastructure, application programming interface (API) management, machine learning (ML)

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