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Labuan IBFC secures 50% of all Captive Formations in Asia in 2018

Labuan IBFC Inc CEO, Farah Jaafar-Crossby

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Labuan International Business and Financial Centre’s (Labuan IBFC) position as a market leader in captive insurance is reinforced by the findings of a white paper by Captive Review titled “Driving Captive Transformation in Asia“, which showed the jurisdiction having led by fifty percent in captive formations in Asia last year.

According to the white paper, the total number of captives in Asia grew by ten with Labuan IBFC leading the way with half of these incorporations domiciled in the jurisdiction. Singapore came in second with three formations compared to Labuan IBFC’s five.

The paper also revealed 81% of respondents cited regulatory environment as the most important factor in choosing a domicile, which puts the midshore jurisdiction of Labuan IBFC in good stead. Well-supported by a robust, modern and internationally-recognised legal framework enforced by its regulator, Labuan Financial Services Authority, the jurisdiction strikes an ideal balance between regulatory requirements, compliance with international best standards and practices.

Labuan IBFC is home to close to 200 insurance and insurance related licensed entities, providing an ideal ecosystem for captive formation as well as management, while the strong banking and corporate services industry provides for a seamless one stop jurisdiction for captive insurance entities.

“As a midshore wholesale financial intermediation centre, focused on delivering solutions to the Asian marketplace, Labuan IBFC is in good stead to continue being the captive leader in Asia, especially as the requirements of economic substance demand Asian captive owners seek a well-regulated, cost efficient and facilitative jurisdiction,” said Labuan IBFC Inc CEO, Farah Jaafar-Crossby.

“In fact as of mid-2019, Labuan IBFC already registered six captive formations, compared to the five registered for the whole of 2018, reinforcing the study’s findings, which not only indicated an overall growth in understanding the role of captives but the jurisdiction’s ability to continue to attract these risk management vehicles,” Jaafar-Crossby added.

Fraser Irving, editor of Captive Review, said “Often tipped as the next area of opportunity for captive insurance, Asia has shown steady long-term growth over a number of years. While there is yet to be the ‘boom’ spoken about by various commentators, the industry is becoming increasingly sophisticated in the region and is definitely here to stay.”

The steady overall year-on-year upward trend in Asian captive adoption depicts enhanced maturity and sophistication, demonstrated in the findings indicating 52% of respondents having heard of protected cell companies (PCCs), while 76% of respondents felt that cell captives are suitable for Asian risk management requirements.

“The fact that Labuan IBFC is still the only jurisdiction in Asia with the Protected Cell Company structure is definitely encouraging. In fact, in 2019, we have seen a significant pipeline interest in PCCs which we attribute to enhanced awareness of its benefits as well as overall cost sensitivities arising from the global need for substance creation, whilst in a well-regulated jurisdiction,” Jaafar-Crossby noted.

The white paper entitled “Driving Captive Transformation in Asia“, based on a survey and insights from global captive practitioners carried out in 2018, was shared with regional risk management practitioners at the PARIMA Conference 2019, held in Kuala Lumpur and is downloadable via www.labuanibfc.com.

Labuan IBFC was also awarded the best Asian Domicile category at the recent Asia Captive Review Awards 2019. The Awards recognise and reward service providers, captive owners, jurisdictions and risk management professionals for their exceptional achievements in captive insurance. It is a part of a global series of awards which are also held in Europe and America.

 

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Personetics Empowers Banks With Self-driving Finance™ on Oracle Cloud

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Personetics, the leading provider of AI-powered personalization and customer financial wellness solutions used by the world’s top banks and a Silver level member of Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN), today announced that its Self-Driving Finance™ platform has achieved Powered by Oracle Cloud status and is now available in the Oracle Cloud Marketplace.

Leading banks around the world are using the Personetics Self-Driving Finance engagement platform to provide retail, small business and wealth management customers with varying degrees of guidance in managing their finances – highlighting events that are most important to each person at any moment, recommending next best actions, and invoking automated programs that help customers simplify day-to-day banking and improve their financial wellbeing.

The Oracle Cloud Marketplace is a one-stop-shop for Oracle customers seeking trusted business applications and service providers offering unique business solutions, including those that extend Oracle Cloud Applications. Oracle Cloud is a Generation 2 enterprise cloud that delivers massive, non-variable performance and next-generation security across a comprehensive portfolio of services including SaaS, application development, application hosting, and business analytics. Customers get access to leading compute, storage, data management, integration, security, HPC, artificial intelligence (AI), and blockchain services to augment and modernize their critical workloads. Oracle Cloud runs Oracle Autonomous Database, the industry’s first and only self-driving database.

The integration of Personetics Self-Driving Finance with Oracle Open Banking APIs allows any bank to leverage Oracle’s extensive platform and open banking capabilities to deliver tailored insights, advice, and automated programs that differentiate the way they engage and serve customers.

Self-Driving Finance-as-a-Service is now available on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, providing additional benefits to banks:

  • Built-in security: Fully contained solution available in bank-owned private cloud with built-in security, data encryption, client data isolation, key vault, and auditing that adheres to financial services security and compliance requirements
  • Enabling quicker time-to-market: Ready-to-deploy solution with easy setup and upgrades using Kubernetes
  • On-demand scalability and pricing: On-demand resource provisioning to scale out from market pilot to millions of customers and extend across geographies while optimizing price to performance metrics
  • Agility to innovate: Ability to quickly test and iterate on new product offerings and new functionality

“Delivering Self-Driving Finance-as-a-Service on Oracle Cloud accelerates the transformation towards a new standard of banking experience which is highly personalized, proactively engaging the customer, and focused on the customer’s financial wellbeing,” said Dorel Blitz, Personetics’ VP Strategy and Business Development. “We look forward to leveraging the power of Oracle Cloud to help additional banks move faster in this direction. Beyond using Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, this relationship lays the foundation for future integration with Oracle’s large portfolio of retail banking and customer experience (Oracle CX) solutions, SME finance (NetSuite) applications and comprehensive PaaS stack – allowing us to continuously enhance our offering and innovate with Oracle to provide mutual value to our joint customer base.”

Personetics is also a participant in Oracle’s Fintech Innovation Initiative, a collaborative effort that brings together major financial services providers and innovative Fintechs to work on pressing digital innovation challenges facing the world’s largest banks.

Powered by Oracle Cloud status recognizes OPN member solutions that have been tested or verified to run on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. This achievement offers customers confidence that the partner’s application is supported by the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure SLA, enabling full access and control over their cloud infrastructure services as well as consistent performance.

The Oracle Cloud Marketplace offers an intuitive user interface to browse and search for available applications and services, as well as user ratings and reviews to help customers determine the best business solutions for their organization. With its new automated application installation features, customers can easily deploy provider business applications from a centralized cloud interface.

 

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Prime Minister of the Republic of Singapore Intrigued by WeBank’s Fintech-powered Services at SFF x SWITCH

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WeBank showcased a series of new generation fintech capabilities at the Singapore Fintech Festival. On Nov. 12, Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister of the Republic of Singapore, visited WeBank’s booth and communicated with Henry Ma, Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer of WeBank. Henry introduced how WeBank adopted fintech capabilities in the areas of ABCD (AI, blockchain, cloud computing and big data) to promote financial inclusion as China’s first digital bank. He suggested that by leveraging these technologies, WeBank was enabled to increase operational efficiency, reduce costs, and scale faster. Then Henry intrigued the Prime Minister with a demonstration of real user journey of WeBank’s fintech-powered microloan service.

As a world’s leading digital bank, WeBank reaches out for international collaborations on promoting financial inclusion through fintech. Alan Ko, Head of Fintech Innovation (international) at WeBank, addressed WeBank’s open mindset towards promoting digital financial inclusion at the festival. “Fintech holds the potential to revolutionize future financial services, that is why our fintech solutions have garnered so much attention here at the event, especially our showcases in fields like AI, blockchain, cloud computing and big data. As a technology innovator in the world’s leading digital bank league, we are actively looking for partnership and collaboration to take a step further in promoting financial inclusion through new technologies.

To provide partners more effective and low-cost approaches to tackle fintech problems in their businesses, WeBank’s professionals presented solutions from four major areas-AI, blockchain, cloud computing and big data:

In terms of AI, WeBank is building a series of advanced AI applications for financial inclusion scale-up and technology-driven financial ecosystem. One of them is Federated AI Technology Enabler (FATE), China’s first industrial level federated learning platform open sourced by WeBank. FATE helps businesses and organizations build AI models effectively and collaboratively, by using data in accordance with user privacy protection, data security, data confidentiality and government regulations. So far, it has already been applied in credit, insurance, supervision and retails.

WeBank also provides comprehensive blockchain solutions including the infra platform FISCO BCOS, middleware kits WeBase, and applications including WeIdentity and WeEvent:

  • FISCO BCOS (Be Credible, Open & Secure) is an open consortium chain platform, built with an aim to facilitate partnerships and inspire collaboration amongst businesses. It is the largest open source consortium chain ecosystem in China with 10,000+ members (500+ enterprise members). And it has launched more than 60 applications in interbank reconciliation, tourism finance, supply chain finance, judiciary services, copyright protection, entertainment & gaming, and social management & public services.
  • WeBASE (WeBank Blockchain Application Software Extension) is a bridge connecting applications with the blockchain infrastructure.
  • WeIdentity is an open source solution which offers a safe and efficient solution for identity authentication and data cooperation based on blockchain.
  • WeEvent is a distributed event-driven architecture developed for cross-institutional and cross-platform event notifications in loosely coupled systems that support the Collaborative Business models.

WeBank adopted and reinvented many cloud-based technologies including Fintech Sandbox and WeCube. WeBank FinTech Sandbox is a virtual innovation lab designed for individual developers, as well as technology and business partners. It provides a testing ground to build, demonstrate, share, augment and test cutting edge financial technologies, reference implementations as well as various other business applications and solutions. We encourage fintech innovators to build their own disruptive business models based on technologies which have been tested and proven at scale and applicable for a multitude of use cases including virtual banking, supply chain finance, mobile payment, smart retail, and others.

WeCube tackles the challenges of managing a fully distributed architecture require smart ops & maintenance tools for higher efficiency. It is the all-in-one tool to address the issue as being an open-sourced and self-evolving working platform.

In the big data area, WeBank extracts the essence of its financial-grade data technologies and designed WeDataSphere. It is a platform with financial grade computing, data storage and exchange, and machine learning capabilities developed based on various open-source components like Hadoop, spark, HBase, KubeFlow and FFDL. Enormous enhancements and reinforcement efforts were made by WeBank on top of the open-source components to tackle financial application issues related to security, performance, high availability, and traceability.

To find more WeBank Fintech solutions, follow their official website at fintech.webank.com/en.

 

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Crypto.com Partners With Xfers

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Users can buy and sell crypto in SGD instantly with Xfers Wallet

 

Crypto.com, the pioneering payments and cryptocurrency platform, announced today at the Singapore Fintech Festival that it is partnering with Xfers, the Singapore-based payment processing gateway, to enable Crypto.com users to buy and sell crypto in SGD by December 2019.

With this Xfers partnership, Crypto.com users will be able to instantly buy crypto (including BTC, ETH, LTC, XRP, MCO, CRO) in SGD. By facilitating the purchase and selling of cryptocurrencies with fiat currencies, the partnership further accelerates the adoption of cryptocurrencies in Singapore.

Crypto.com also plans to support StraitsX, Xfers’ pilot stablecoin initiative, and XSGD, its Singapore Dollar-backed stablecoin. Crypto.com will offer XSGD as part of Crypto.com Pay, its mobile payment solution enabling instant and zero fees settlement between customers and merchants.

Tianwei Liu, Co-founder and CEO of Xfers said: “Partnering with a leading platform such as Crypto.com is essential to driving our vision of building an open payments infrastructure for the region. This combined pilot to adopt XSGD for MCO Card top-up and for Crypto.com spend adds to our strong foundation for the initiative, as StraitsX aims to be the common ledger for digital assets and payments- enabling transparency for payments.”

Kris Marszalek, Co-founder and CEO of Crypto.com said: “We are pleased to partner with Xfers first to enable crypto purchases in SGD and then on the strategic stablecoin initiatives surrounding StraitsX and XSGD. Both solutions will increase the utility of the Crypto.com platform for our Singapore community.”

SOURCE Crypto.com

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