Finance tech sees increase in investments across APAC

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Investments in financial technology (fintech) across Asia Pacific skyrocketed in 2015 - from about $880 million in all of 2014 to nearly $3.5 billion in just the first nine months of 2015, according to a new report by Accenture. The largest share of 2015 Asia Pacific fintech investment deals were in payments (40 per cent) and lending (25 per cent), which have traditionally been the sole domain of banks.

"We are seeing the convergence of two trends: venture capitalists are clearly signaling fintech is a growth opportunity and simultaneously financial services companies are waking up to the vast opportunities created by the current wave of fintech," says Jon Allaway, senior managing director of Accenture's Financial Services group in ASEAN and executive sponsor of the FinTech Innovati

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