Virtual Banking

Livi VB’s New Trump Card is a CEO With Experience in China’s First Virtual Bank

Due to the worryingly slow development of digital banking in Hong Kong, regulator Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) granted virtual banking license it to a total of 8 virtual banks.  Since then, these companies have been locked in an intense battle for talent as they

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A Snapshot of Fintech in Hong Kong in 2019

Hong Kong is expected to see a boost in fintech activity after a relatively disappointing year in 2018 as the region saw a sharp dip in the total value of investments. According to Accenture, this was due to new measures

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Meet Hong Kong’s 8 New Virtual Banks

Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) has announced a grand total of eight virtual banking license recipients, in three separate announcements so far. Despite the rumoured 29 hopefuls vying for the license, it’s likely that HKMA will only be granting licenses

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Ant Financial, Tencent, and Xiaomi Are Among HK’s New 4 Virtual Banking Licensees

The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) issued virtual banking rights to 4 more companies: Ant SME Services (Hong Kong) , Infinium, Insight Fintech HK, and Ping An OneConnect. According to their business plans, these four newly licenced virtual banks intend

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Hong Kong’s Virtual Banks May Have to Look Beyond its Borders in Their Battle for Talent

Virtual banks have finally made an inroad into Hong Kong’s financial industry. The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) has begun granting licences for virtual banks to operate in the special administrative area in March this year. To date, the HKMA

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Li Ka-Shing Backed WeLab is the First Homegrown Fintech Granted Virtual Banking License

WeLab has been granted a virtual banking license by the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (“HKMA”), becoming the first homegrown Hong Kong fintech company to establish a virtual bank. This brings the total number of approved virtual banking players in Hong

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Even This Fintech Unicorn Thinks Hong Kong’s Virtual Banking License is Too Restrictive

The virtual banking race is on for different regions across the globe, and the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) has put its hat in that race with the virtual banking license, as part of a larger plan to turn Hong

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Neat Snubs Virtual Banking License and Picks Up The Money Lender License Instead

The fintech startup Neat, a digital banking alternative, has been granted a Money Lender’s License in Hong Kong, which marks their first step in their pursuit of global financial regulation. The move also marks Neat’s full turn away from virtual

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The First 3 Recipients of HKMA’s Virtual Banking License Have Been Announced

The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) announced today that three companies have been granted virtual banking licences: Livi VB, SC Digital, and ZhongAn Virtual Finance. As rumoured in our previous report, some of the companies granted licenses are joint ventures that include

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Neat Reveals One Key Problem With HKMA’s Virtual Banking License and Why They Won’t Bother

The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA)’s decision to set up the virtual license is often seen as a strategic move, if a tad overdue. Reportedly, the regulator saw over 29 applications, which rumour has it, includes companies like Ant Financial,

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