10 Feb '18, 12am

Put people first to get fintech right in Asia

As the Year of the Rooster gives way to the Year of the Dog, fintech remains very much in the news and on investor's minds. From blockchain to bitcoin, ethereum and other cryptocurrencies, and initial coin offerings that allocate "tokens" as a new means of crowdfunding capital, the language and disruptions buffeting the mainstream banking and financial services industry can seem overwhelming. But beyond the multimillion-dollar, headline-grabbing investments and acquisitions, what does financial technology actually mean for the people of Asia? Across the region, fintech deals continue to make waves. And while much of the venture capital in Asia has predominantly flowed into China, particularly among a handful of large tech companies, other countries also are seeking to position themselves as fintech hubs, says Mr Jackson Mueller, associate director at the Milken Institute's...

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