Payments is a great business to be in — in China, that is. The Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com announced it is considering the sale of its internet finance unit, JD Finance, “in order to facilitate its development in certain licensed financial service businesses in China, and to take advantage of theRead More
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Financing for blockchain and bitcoin startups slid 16% in the first nine months of 2016 to $429 million, putting the sector on pace for its first annual drop since 2012, CB Insights reported. Deal activity fell 7% to 92 equity financings. CB Insights first began reporting on blockchain and bitcoinRead More
It would seem that numbers are making Shanghai the new world capital of fintech. One number is 1.3 billion, which is the population of China. Another number is $2.4 billion, which is the amount of funding that poured into China’s fintech sector in the first quarter. But a closer look reveals some cracks in the facade.Read More
China’s recent financial instability has provided a boon for the safe returns offered investors by P2P lending. And China Rapid Finance is a beneficiary. The renminbi was weakened in early August, and the Shanghai stock market dove nearly 10% later this month. But P2P lending is going strong, returns are steady, and defaults are low,Read More