Joyce Sun

Joyce Sun is Strategic Communications and Research Intern at DesFran. Joyce enjoys learning as she writes financial news blurbs and editorials involving financial regulatory developments due to her keen interests in equities and finance-related topics. She is a final year honours student at the National Univers

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Guide to Singapore's FinTech Sandboxes for Financial Service Providers

SINGAPORE – Financial technology (FinTech) can be the key in pushing a country’s banking industry to the forefront of innovation. The government recognizes that and is readying Singapore in its metamorphosis into a smart financial centre. Considering Singapore’s incessant pursuit of new heights in the financial services industry, relevant regulatory authorities frequently updates its policies …

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Global Trade War: Economy of Thailand and FinTech

The Thai baht has been one of the top-performing currencies amongst emerging countries in Asia. The baht surged to 8.3% versus the dollar last year, and has seen the best growth globally in 2019. Given the incessant strengthening of the currency and Thailand’s strong economy backed by current account surpluses, many investors view it as …

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Understanding FCA’s Authorisation: The Power of Familiarity in UK

London – a fabulously wealthy city dominated by a thriving financial services industry. Ambitious firms seeking to enter the highly regulated sector often find their business plans thwarted by a stagering amount of paperwork for authorisation. As the conduct regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority of the UK, or FCA, demands a high level of commitment …

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Offshore Labuan Licensing: Advantages and Options

Victoria of Labuan, the Pearl of Borneo, is best known as a financial centre and for its duty-free shopping in the otherwise reserved federal territory of Malaysia. Patronised by offshore investors and banking businesses seeking financial licensing, as well as savvy bargain-hunters alike, this is a guide for those interested in setting up a money-broking …

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Digital Bank Licensing in Singapore

The banking and finance industry of Singapore is amongst the most innovative sectors in the world-renowned for its espousal of cutting-edge financial technologies while sustaining robust legislative policies. Working towards the country-wide initiative of a Smart Nation, Singapore’s finance industry stands its ground as a resolute contender in the technological arena. Digital bank licensing is …

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Cryptocurrencies in Thailand: From Regulation to Application

Bitcoin, the first decentralised cryptocurrency, was introduced a decade ago with the promise of delivering an alternative currency that is more secure, transparent, as well as better controlled than the extensively used fiat money. Despite the throng of benefits that cryptocurrency may have over physical money, there has been but mere cautious and meagre adoptions …

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