Disruption and Digitalisation

Jack Ma's $398 bil loan machine is changing Chinese banking

(July 29): Jack Ma’s online bank is leading a quiet revolution in the way China lends to small businesses, taking aim at a credit bottleneck that has held back Asia’s largest economy for decades.

Global Economy

Is China the world’s loan shark?

SINGAPORE (July 22): China is not just the world’s largest exporter of goods; it is now the world’s largest exporter of capital, too. Of course, these two facts are linked. China earns so much from being the world’s factory, and the spending of its


Sunvic Chemical racks up $44 mil in corporate loan claims, says cash flow may be affected

SINGAPORE (Jan 11): Sunvic Chemical Holdings says two of its subsidiaries, Yixing Yinyan Import & Export Co and Jiangsu Jurong Chemical, have each received letters of demand regarding corporate loans amounting to about RMB 222.5 million ($44.3 million).

Startups, Entrepreneurs, Digital economy

Temasek-backed Validus Capital raises over $120 mil in business funding

SINGAPORE (Sept 11): Validus Capital, a Singapore-based SME financing platform, has raised more than $120 million in funding for Singapore-based SMEs and businesses through its platform.


OCBC rolls out voice banking service on Google virtual assistant platform

SINGAPORE (Apr 18): OCBC Bank today launched its artificial intelligence (AI) powered voice banking service to serve as a medium for its banking customers’ interaction and engagement via the Google Assistant function on a smartphone or a Google Home dev

Grab launches lending services and insurance products

SINGAPORE (March 13): Ride-hailing operator Grab is growing its share in the competitive Southeast Asian financial market. The start-up today announced a partnership with Credit Saison, Japan’s largest credit card company, to provide loans and lending s

Noble faces key deadlines as default threat looms

SINGAPORE (Dec 8): Noble Group Ltd., the embattled commodities trader, faces several significant deadlines as it wrestles with a US$3.5 billion debt restructuring.

China Focus

Millennials are helping Jack Ma’s financing firm become a debt giant

SHANGHAI (Oct 17): They’ve made billions of dollars helping sell everything from iPhones to hairdryers on China’s burgeoning online shopping platforms. Now, tech giants led by Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.’s finance affiliate are making money off the l


When financial institutions are no longer built to serve

SINGAPORE (Oct 5): A gaping rift between Wall Street and Main Street remains even a decade on from the global financial crisis (GFC) as financial systems around the world continue to function without a core purpose, according to an associate editor and gl
From Google Drive

Singapore June bank lending rises 7.6% on-year

SINGAPORE (July 31): Singapore's total bank lending in June rose 7.6% compared to a year earlier, helped by increases in housing and bridging  loans, central bank data showed on Monday.