As projected by JP Morgan, e-payments in Hong Kong are touted to grow at a compound annual rate of 32% by 2021 from an already sizeable base. With low taxation, legislation favouring free trade, strong capital inflow and progressive regulators the city offers FinTechs a host of rich financial opportunities to set up shop. As the momentum continues, here are 3 FinTechs in Hong Kong to watch out for-
Aqumon: Founded in 2015, AQUMON is a Robo-Advisory firm based in Hong Kong. The platform utilises an algorithmic, data and machine learning approach to enable clients with access to diversified global asset allocation.
In the span of about 4 years, AQUMON has grown out of an incubator in Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and into a fully licensed financial service firm. AQUMON is backed by Alibaba Entrepreneur Fund and in 2019 partners with CMB Wing Lung Bank to launch Wealth-Tech, a retail bank based robo-advisory in Hong Kong.
Diginex: Diginex is a digital assets financial services company focused on delivering a cryptocurrency and digital assets ecosystem offering several products and services. In order to make digital assets more accessible to a wider audience, the start-up partners with institutional investors, corporations and governments.
Diginex provides institutional-grade investment tools for management of digital assets, insured custody, capital markets, exchange and markets. Furthermore, the start-up makes available end-to-end blockchain solutions for corporations and governments.
The group encompasses cryptocurrency exchange EQUOS.io as well as an over-the-counter trading platform. It also offers a front-to-back integrated trading platform Diginex Access, a securitization advisory service Diginex Capital, market-leading hot and cold custodian, Digivault, and funds business Bletchley Park Asset Management. Also, in April 2020, Diginex partnered with Itiviti to provide NYFIX connectivity for digital asset investors.
ZA Bank: ZA Bank, established by ZhongAn Technologies International, was Hong Kong’s first digital-only bank. The bank aims to provide 24/7 services through an account that can be opened in minutes with just a Hong Kong identity card.
In May 2020, the bank launched new products known as ZA Life and ZA Insure. The bank was able to do this by obtaining a digital-only insurer license from the Hong Kong Insurance Authority.
In addition, ZA Bank also started offering 6% for three-month deposits up to US$25,000, which includes a 4% top up. The bank has gone on to partner with Fiserv to deploy its VisionPLUS global payment software, which supports the entire card payment lifecycle.