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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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AllocateRite’s AI-Powered Autonomous Wealth Management Strategies Are Now Available Via iOS and Android Mobile Apps

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AllocateRite, the New York FinTech and data science company that provides wealth managers with ETF-based dynamic asset allocation strategies and risk analytics, is excited to announce that its proprietary portfolio management and asset allocation strategies are now available to iOS and Android mobile devices via our mobile app.

AllocateRite’s AI-powered strategies use sophisticated portfolio construction and risk management techniques to offer superior risk-adjusted returns over time.

Additionally, our strategies are highly diversified and liquid, utilizing benchmark ETFs that represent the most liquid sectors of the stock market. Until now, these strategies were previously available only to institutional clients.

Using our mobile app, you can easily link your brokerage account to use one of our strategies. Also, you have the flexibility to allocate either a partial amount or the entire amount of your account to our strategies while maintaining full custody and control of your account at your brokerage firm.

Our strategies are suitable for retirement accounts, as they are focused on capital preservation, capital appreciation and income, enabling you to reduce your management fees by having your money flow out of pricey mutual funds into low cost ETFs.

AllocateRite’s strategies are automatically rebalanced monthly to maintain an optimal risk / reward ratio. Furthermore, they are GIPS-verified and have a confirmed track record of success stretching back four years.

 

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TONIK Selects Finastra’s Core Banking Solution to Power Southeast Asia’s First Pure-play Licensed Digital Bank

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Finastra announced today that TONIK, the first licensed digital-only bank in Southeast Asia, has selected Fusion Essence in the cloud to power its end-to-end core banking capabilities. The move will support TONIK as it launches its retail deposit and customer loans services in the Philippines, giving it agility and the ability to scale quickly.

Greg Krasnov, Founder & CEO at TONIK, said, “The banking sector in the Philippines is ripe for digital disruption. The country has high internet usage, the majority of Filipinos are unbanked and research shows half of the people who do have bank accounts would be interested in switching to a neobank.

“We want to create a hyper-compelling consumer proposition that will revolutionize the way money works in the region. Finastra’s Fusion Essence Cloud – powered by Microsoft Azure – will give us the agility to get these services to market quickly and efficiently. We are also impressed by the modern, open and scalable capabilities of the solution, particularly the in-built analytics, which will help us to better understand our customers’ smart digital banking needs.”

The key proposition for digital banks is providing a customer experience that traditional banks struggle to offer. This requires modern, cloud-native technology that facilitates innovation whilst future-proofing investment. For TONIK, Fusion Essence Cloud will be deployed out of the Microsoft Azure Southeast Asia Region (Singapore Data Center), which will allow for both low latency and data residency. TONIK will benefit from a low cost of entry into the market, ease and speed of deployment, and the ability to increase business volumes and diversify its product set cost-effectively. It will also benefit from ongoing software updates and, in time, access to further innovation via FusionFabric.cloud, Finastra’s platform for open innovation and the development of applications.

European neobanks, including revverbank and Gravity, are already being powered by Fusion Essence Cloud, and this deployment in Southeast Asia will help bring the benefits of innovative digital banking to the Philippines.

Anand Subbaraman, General Manager, Retail Banking at Finastra, said, “TONIK is well positioned to replicate the disruption that has taken place in Europe, where digital banks have quickly attracted millions of customers and billions of dollars in investor funding. Using digital technologies and a lower-cost operating model, TONIK will be able to offer customers the products and services they need, delivered in a convenient way, as well as increasing opportunities for financial inclusion in Asia. Fusion Essence Cloud is ideally suited to help TONIK achieve these goals, as well as see a fast return on its investment. We are extremely proud to be TONIK’s partner in bringing digital banking to the Philippines for the first time.”

 

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Telepin Selected to Power Economic Development and Humanitarian Initiative in Yemen

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Yemen’s National Wallet Company seeks Canadian fin-tech’s help to launch financial inclusion project.

Yemen is facing the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, according to the United Nations.

For the 24 million people displaced by escalating hostilities, access to humanitarian aid is their only protection against deadly famine. Telepin and ONE, the go-to-market brand by the National Wallet Company (NWC), hope to improve that access and give Yemenis more control over their daily lives.

ONE will soon launch the country’s first mobile money platform, designed to provide cashless e-wallet services to the Yemeni population. In a country where more than 90 percent of the population don’t have a bank account, this platform will give users an alternative to the instability of cash. The GSMA notes the potential impacts of such an initiative in a 2017 report, which explains how mobile money deployments “support financial inclusion, help to build resilience, and most importantly, can better serve displaced populations worldwide.”

The platform, developed by ONE and Telepin, will allow customers to load and withdraw cash, send money to their friends and family, receive salaries, pay bills and most importantly transact with local merchants — all through an innovative platform accessible on both basic mobile devices or smartphones without the need for internet access. The platform’s key partners are Yemen’s largest private companies, who have committed their network of more than 100,000 direct and indirect retailers and distributors in Yemen to support this initiative. Yemen’s 11 major banks also support the initiative and will ensure the widest possible reach across the country, even amongst the most remote communities. This aims to support the financial needs of millions of Yemenis suffering the consequences of this crisis.

As ONE’s CMO Mohamed Hayel Saeed explains, “Working with domestic and international partners, ONE will help bring Yemen’s economy into the 21st century by delivering sustainable, long-term positive outcomes for today’s Yemeni population and for generations to come. We have been working to create an innovative solution to give Yemenis back control over their daily financial activities and to secure their future. We want to reach the last mile and broaden access to financial services to as many of Yemen’s 20 million ‘unbanked’ people as possible.”

Telepin CEO Vincent Kadar is equally optimistic. “The National Wallet Company has built a robust plan to give families reliable financial options in an unreliable world,” he says. “With their vast merchant network and Telepin’s experience developing complex and customized integrations, we’re well on our way towards launching a tool that will have a meaningful and immediate impact on the lives of its users.”

ONE and Telepin expect the mobile e-wallet platform to launch in 2020.

 

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