Tuesday, January 31, 2023

MSCI and Google Cloud to build an investment data platform in the cloud

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As part of its commitment to improving the client experience through technology and relentless innovation, MSCI Inc. has announced a strategic alliance with Google Cloud to build a cloud-native investment data acquisition and development platform, aimed at delivering data, insights, and solutions to power better and faster investment decision making.

Capital Prudential taps Apex Group to help with fund and loan administration

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Apex Group Ltd., a financial services provider, announced its appointment by Capital Prudential Manager Pty Ltd to support the Capital Prudential Real Estate Master Trust. Capital Prudential is a non-banking institution, offering attractive returns from pooled investment in diversified property developments delivered as regular predictable income streams.

Samsung announces the expansion of its digital wallet to eight markets

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Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. announced Samsung Wallet will be available in eight new markets, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Singapore, and Taiwan. Samsung Wallet is a secure, goeverywhere app to organise and use daily essentials.

Earning big in 2023: How to make passive income with cryptocurrency

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In such uncertain financial times, passive income can be a strong differentiator for those living their best lives and those barely hanging on. One of the common ways to make passive income in the past few years is cryptocurrency. Cryptocurrency, sometimes called crypto is any currency that exists virtually and uses cryptography to secure the processes involved in generating units, conducting transactions and verifying the exchange of currency ownership.

Big tech leaders predict trends that will influence financial services

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Leading SaaS cloud banking platform Mambu has launched its annual Partner Predictions report, which highlights the top financial trends expected to influence the industry in 2023 as Aussie businesses attempt to survive and thrive in a volatile macroeconomic environment.

Aussies are refinancing bigger home loans as interest rates begin to bite

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The rush to refinance bigger home loans is well and truly underway in Australia, off the back of another +0.25 basis point increase seeing the cash rate target reaching 2.85% in November (and expected to rise further in 2023). Ahead of this week’s RBA cash rate announcement, leading Australian home loans marketplace Joust.com.au has seen an increase in the size of home loans accessed for the purpose of refinancing on its platform.

Whispir announces a partnership with flexible payment platform Everyware®

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Whispir Limited, a global communications intelligence company that supplies a no code, Communications-as-a-Service (“CaaS”) platform, has announced its partnership with Everyware® to provide secure, reliable Pay by Text options to Whispir customers. The partnership will offer faster cash collection and seamless commerce via SMS messaging.

Can mobile wallets overcome the financial inclusion test in APAC?

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The APAC is home to some of the world's most populated countries. Yet, it still faces significant challenges when it comes to financial inclusion. Fortunately, mobile wallets in APAC offer a viable solution to this problem. By leveraging new tech such as AI and blockchain, mobile wallets can provide secure and reliable access to financial services to those in need, helping to bridge the gap between those with and without access to banking services.

Bluestar Energy Capital hires Steve Jackson to lead its energy platform

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Bluestar Energy Capital (Bluestar) announced the appointment of Steve Jackson as Managing Director of its Australian renewable development platform, Bluestar Energy Australia Pty Ltd. Steve Jackson has over 30 years of experience in all facets of the Australian power industry and has held executive positions with leading private and public electricity companies.

Nubank secures $150m from IFC to strengthen its operations in Colombia

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Nubank, one of the largest digital financial services platforms in the world, will strengthen its presence in Colombia with a loan of up to USD$150 million from the International Finance Corporation (IFC). The 3-year local currency loan will be used to boost the growth of Nubank’s local operations and expand access to financial services in the country.