Posts From Ellia Pikri

FundMyHome is Fine, It’s Just Mismarketed

Of all of Budget 2019’s announcements, its peer-to-peer homeownership section has been the product of biggest contention. The FundMyHome scheme, which came surprisingly quickly following the budget’s announcement seems to be a very specific and very convenient extension of the budget announcement—raising the hackles and

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StashAway is The First Robo-Advisor The SC Has Approved for The Malaysian Market

Singaporean company StashAway has arrived in Malaysia, bringing their artificial intelligence-enabled investing platform here. Basically, instead of having to pay high fees to get a human portfolio manager to plan your next investments, StashAway leaves the brunt of this work

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5 Misunderstandings About PayNet’s DuitNow—Answered

Here’s where we stand on this DuitNow function that was launched by PayNet, and will be adopted by 44 banks by 6th December 2018—honestly this should have happened much sooner, and it is a step in the right direction towards

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44 Banks Want to Free You From The Hassle of Memorising Account Numbers

Last friday, some of you may have gotten a potentially questionable text from your banks—that your phone number might be integrated with something called ‘DuitNow’, and that you’re given a specific amount of time to opt out. Many Malaysians were

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How Malaysia Measures Up To Southeast Asia’s Payments Landscape

According to SKMM, Malaysia’s smartphone penetration grew from 68.7% in 2016 to 75.9% in 2017, and by all measures, will most likely show an upwards trend this year too. This puts our smartphone penetration at a slightly higher value than

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OCBC Cardholders Lacking Impulse Control Can Now Limit Purchases At Specific Merchants

Individuals with an OCBC credit card and a lack of impulse control have become the bank’s latest market in their newly minted offering. Through a collaboration with Silicon Valley company Ondot, OCBC Bank is allowing its customers the ability to

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7 Cool Blockchain Projects Made Right Here in Malaysia

Besides ‘big data’ and ‘artificial intelligence’, the trendy buzzword in tech now is also blockchain, which the collective industry has finally realised can do more than just back cryptocurrency coins. And it is always interesting to see blockchain applications that

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13 Industry Leaders’ Predictions About Where Malaysian Fintech is Headed

SuperCharger, a fintech-focused accelerator operating in KL and Hong Kong have come out with the first of their first Malaysian Fintech Ecosystem report outlining the uniquely Malaysian situations that shape the ecosystem here–particularly regarding trends and potential in the space.

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PolicyStreet Buddies Up With MDEC to Curate Affordable Insurance for Freelancers

KK Fund recipient PolicyStreet announced that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with MDEC in a bid to provide affordable and customisable insurance to gig workers, like freelancers and those who make their living on the sharing economy–ride-sharing drivers

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90% of Affordable Home Loans Are Rejected, So Here’s How Loanplus Aims to Help

There’s a housing crisis in Malaysia, and as of recent years has only grown worse. A contentious study released by Bank Negara Malaysia revealed that from 2016 to early 2017, only 24% of new property launches were in the range

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