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🦉🏆 Tweets of the Week
📰 Market Updates
- Sovereign Gold Bond (SGB's) investments went up sharply during covid years (2020-2022) accounting for 75% of the scheme since inception in 2015.
- The Indian government has declared HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank and NPCI's technology resources as "critical information infrastructure".
- The Rajya Sabha Parliamentary Committee for Commerce, in its report on Promotion and Regulation of Ecommerce in India, suggested that the MDR for UPI payments should be re looked at.
- India's GST council is expected to introduce a 28% GST on sale of cryptocurrencies. A survey done by the council, says "most are OK with the tax".
- HDFC Bank is planning to move its payments module out of core banking to avoid system failures.
- CoinDCX, a cryptocurrency exchange, is halting deposits and withdrawals.
🚀 Product Launches
- Freo, a retail neobanking startup, partnered with Equitas Small Finance Bank to launch FreoSave, a retail digital savings account.
- Card91* partnered with YES Bank and RuPay to launch its card infrastructure product.
- ICICI Bank launched Campus Power, a banking platform for students and schools.
📝 Regulatory Updates
- RBI (central bank): Released a notification disallowing non-bank prepaid payment instrument (PPI) license holders from loading prepaid wallets with credit lines. Extended the deadline for implementation of new card issuance guidelines to 01st Oct, 2022.
- SEBI (securities): Stopped AMC's from offering bundled insurance products with mutual funds. Allowed AMC's to resume investing in global stocks.
💰 Financing Announcements
- Leap, a fintech startup for overseas education, raised $75mm.
- Annapurna Finance, a microfinance startup, raised $15mm.
- Finbox, a credit infrastructure startup, raised $15mm.
- Castler, a treasury management startup, raised $1mm.
- Pine Labs acquired Setu, a financial infrastructure startup, for $70-75mm.
📰 Market Updates
- AirAsia launched AirAsia Pocket, a closed loop wallet, in Malaysia.
- Three Arrows Capital, a Singaporean crypto hedge fund, is looking for a bailout.
- A report by Experian claims that 25% of APAC online consumers have been a victim of fraud.
- China's digital yuan wallet was downloaded by 261mm people - about a fifth of the country's population - and used for transactions worth $13.8 billion.
- Huobi, a Chinese crypto exchange, received licenses to operate in Dubai and New Zealand.
- HBL Bank in Pakistan became the country's first bank to launch WhatsApp banking.
- BigPay, AirAsia owned payments startup, launched cash collection services in Indonesia and Philippines.
- Crypto.com received in principle approval for its Major Payment Institution license and Sparrow received approval for Digital Payment Token Services.
- Mojaloop Foundation, a global open source payments company, launched a Centre of Excellence for CBDC's in Singapore.
- MAS Fintech head said that the regulator will be “brutal and unrelentingly hard” on bad behaviour in the crypto industry.
💰 Financing Announcements
- StashFin, a Singaporean neobanking startup, raised $70mm at a $800mm valuation.
- FinHay, a Vietnamese stock investment startup, raised $25mm.
- Helicap, a Singaporean alternate lending startup, raised $5mm.
- AnFin, a Vietnamese stock trading startup, raised $4.8mm.
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- US and Global, written by Nik Milanovic published on Friday’s and Saturday’s.
- Europe and UK, written by Michael Jenkins published on Monday’s.
- Latin America, written by Christine Chang.
- Africa, written by Benjamin Dada.
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