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FinTech in the UK amidst Brexit

LONDON — In 2016, the British public voted for a divorce from the European Union (EU) with more than 17.4 million opting for Brexit. Backers of Brexit believed that the EU failed to address the economic problems that had been developing since 2008, including the 20% unemployment rate in southern Europe. There is also a …

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The US-China Trade Deal: Why it Matters for Businesses

The ongoing trade tensions between US and China, two of the world’s most powerful economies,  have affected the global trade landscape and changed the way businesses operate. The tariffs on goods have affected business owners as profits dwindled and losses extended with the diversion of trade to other countries in the absence of Chinese exports to …

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Singapore’s Tax Incentives for Foreign Tech Companies

The trade conflict between the United States (US) and China caused headwinds in the global market. Companies have been shifting production from China to Southeast Asia to avoid high tariffs. Import duties on products can even go up to 42.6% [BBC]. Despite the fluctuations in the global economy, Singapore remains resilient from the adverse effects …

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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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Top 3 Startup Business Ideas for Thailand’s Cashless Economy

Thailand 4.0 is one of the most lucrative ventures in the country. This large-scale government project aims to transform the nation into the centre of trade and technological development in the ASEAN. And, one of the primary points of the project is to implement a nation-wide cashless payment system [Nation Multimedia].

Are Neobanks Threatening Australia’s Traditional Banking System?

Mobile-only challenger banks – Neobanks – will fundamentally disrupt Australia’s traditional banking oligopoly if the four pillars remain status quo It is likely that the four pillars policy (includes Commonwealth Bank of Australia, ANZ, National Australia Bank and Westpac) has contributed to the problem of an overly-concentrated banking system in Australia, which is also attested …

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Enhancement to Tax Incentives for Funds in Singapore 

SINGAPORE – Building on the momentum from the Singapore government’s announcement on the Singapore Variable Capital Company (S-VACC) framework to further strengthen the country as an asset management and funds domicile hub in the previous year, the recent boost to tax incentives for funds has been viewed as the country’s concerted efforts to support its …

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China’s Economic Slowdown Effect: Rising Indonesian Markets

For over three decades, China has boasted a robust and upwards economy. It is currently the second largest economy next to the United States of America [CNBC]. Its economy was primarily supported by the country’s competitive labour, production and, manufacturing costs. But, In recent years, the country’s economic growth has slowed down. What contributed the …

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How the Presidential Elections Can Affect Indonesia's Economy

Indonesia’s financial sector and the political landscape have always been closely linked. In fact, their government’s executive branch requires the approval of several financial institutions before executing changes regarding the country’s economic focus. One example of which is the influence held by the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) and the Indonesian Employers Association …

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