FinTech Weekly - Fintech News Issue #358

Issue #358 - Fintech Around The World

2022-04-05

FinTech Weekly covers the latest news in the fintech space, and this newsletter shows how fintech is able to conquer people – no matter the country: from the U.K. to India, financial technology meets the needs of users. It’s not just about finance and economic inclusivity, but also about issues like climate change: discover what are the answers and solutions found by fintech companies and the most important fintech conferences around the world with FinTech Weekly.

Top Stories

15 Tech Leaders On The ‘Next Big Thing’ In Cybersecurity
15 Tech Leaders On The ‘Next Big Thing’ In Cybersecurity
via Forbes

The Forbes Technology Council discusses the latest developments in the cybersecurity space: from blockchain vulnerabilities to data sovereignty, in today’s business it is fundamental to know and understand all the tools available to protect data.

Crypto

UK government moves forward with regulatory framework on stablecoins for payments

Cryptos Regulation

UK government moves forward with regulatory framework on stablecoins for payments
via Cointelegraph

John Glen, the Economic Secretary of the Treasury of the U.K., said that the country is taking all the necessary steps to regulate the crypto space: the government wants to focus on stablecoins to allow the crypto market to flourish in the country – but within regulatory boundaries.

Green oasis' for Bitcoin mining: Norway has almost 1% of global BTC hash rate

Bitcoin Cryptos

Green oasis' for Bitcoin mining: Norway has almost 1% of global BTC hash rate
via Cointelegraph

Even if Bitcoin is the first cryptocurrency by market capitalization, one of the main concerns around this crypto is energy consumption – BTC is not considered environment-friendly. But Norway, the country that hosts almost 1% of BTC’s hash rate, manages to mine this crypto with renewable energy.

Former Binance CFO Wei Zhou Buys Coins.ph: Report

Cryptos Investments

Former Binance CFO Wei Zhou Buys Coins.ph: Report
via CoinDesk

Wei Zhou, former CFO of Binance, bought Coins.ph. The crypto exchange and wallet provider was bought by Gojek, an Indonesian tech company, for $95 million. Now, Zhou wants to steer Coins back to its roots in the crypto space.

Banking

Banks need an answer to the pervasiveness of fintech in India

Banks Opinions Payments

Banks need an answer to the pervasiveness of fintech in India
via Taipei Times

Fintech companies are replacing traditional banks and payment methods in India: some of the reasons that led to this new system can be found in the high cost of the pieces of hardware needed to read traditional cards – hard to afford, especially for small businesses in emerging countries; the knowledge needed to manage these kinds of tools; the lack of viable options for smartphones.

IEEFA: China’s central bank is leading the way with bold green finance policies

Financing Investments

IEEFA: China’s central bank is leading the way with bold green finance policies
via IEEFA

Even if financial institutions recognize that climate change is a serious issue, they don’t agree on solutions. The People’s Bank of China is working on specific solutions: one of this solutions is to finance all those sectors that contribute to greening the Chinese financial system.

Innovation

Sustainable Fintech CarbonPay Launches Prepaid Business Payment Card

Financial Instruments Payments

Sustainable Fintech CarbonPay Launches Prepaid Business Payment Card
via Fintech&Finance News

CarbonPay launches CarbonPay Business Ctrl: with this prepaid card – available in the U.S. and the U.K. – the green fintech company allows its users to offset 1kg of CO2 for every dollar spent.

Podcasts and Videos

UK's open banking regulator faces shake-up, ArK Kapital creates 'ageing filter' for startups

Financing Interviews Opinions Regulation

UK's open banking regulator faces shake-up, ArK Kapital creates 'ageing filter' for startups
via Fintech Insider

David M. Brear and Sim Rai are joined by Alan Ainsworth (OBIE), Axel Bruzelius (ArK Kapital) and Shaun Port (Chase UK) to discuss the latest funding rounds, regulatory frameworks and innovation in the fintech space.

Fintech

IFGS 2022: Taking the pulse of UK fintech

Interviews Opinions

IFGS 2022: Taking the pulse of UK fintech
via Finextra

Interesting article about the reasons why the U.K. is so successful in fintech: from the importance of talent to the pivotal role of infrastructure, panelists led by Cristopher Woolard discuss the fundamental role of this country in financial technology.

Marijuana Fintech Players Are Vying to Replace Cashless ATMs

Payments Regulation

Marijuana Fintech Players Are Vying to Replace Cashless ATMs
via Bloomberg

Tiffany Kary talks about the interesting developments in the cannabis industry, and the role of fintech players: “cannabis fintech” is what the industry needs to avoid compliance concerns, thanks to the use of alternative payment methods.

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