Trends in Indian Fintech and Digital Ecosystem

According to the KPMG/NASSCOM report on Fintech in India – powering a digital economy, the Asian fintech market is currently dominated by two growing economies:  China and India. Fintech investments strengthened in H1 of 2018 in China compared to the end of 2017, while the Indian market experienced large investments in fintech with 31 deals…

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Demand drives Brazil’s biggest independent brokerage to launch a cryptocurrency exchange

Brazil’s biggest independent brokerage, Grupo XP, the owner of XP Investimentos SA is going to make inroads into the cryptocurrency market.  Bloomberg reported that the brokerage’s CEO, Guilherme Benchimol, made an announcement at an event held in Sao Paulo, confirming that the brokerage will be launching an exchange for Bitcoin and Ethereum in the upcoming…

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The turning point in India's EV industry

India’s electric vehicle market saw sales double in 2017. Inspired by the FAME India Scheme  – Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid &) Electric Vehicles (FAME) India which was launched under the management of the Heavy Industry Ministry. The scheme which aimed to support hybrid or electric vehicles market development and its ecosystem initially formed…

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Brazil’s Action Plan for the IoT

the Internet of Things (IoT) has economic implications allowing smaller businesses and individuals to participate in the economy.  IoT impacts on many other sectors, providing real time data for business and industries which translates into greater efficiency through addressing issues timeously which enables more cost-effective solutions.  Together with the added advantage of automating processes the…

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IoT ecosystem in Brazil

While only 7 per cent of Latin American companies use IoT, with many more only just starting to embrace digital technology, Brazil is focussing on “The Internet of Things: an action plan for Brazil.” In fact, IoT related projects in the country are expected to bring an additional 132 billion USD by 2025. Brazil has…

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Brazil sees Upturn in economy for the first time since 2015

The first three months of 2017 saw Brazil emerging from its longest recession in the country’s history with a GDP increase of 1 per cent after two consecutive years of negative growth, during which the Brazilian economy shrank by almost 8%.(6) 2017 saw inflation falling to its lowest level since 1998, which together with lower…

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Fintech opportunities in Brazil attract venture capital investment

While Brazil’s political environment is mired in instability and allegations of corruption, the fintech industry has emerged strong, with the number of Fintech start-ups in Brazil surging in recent years, making it the largest financial technology market in Latin America(1).  Fintech firms are capitalising on some 210 million adults who remain unbanked, in the country…

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Top industries in Sub-Saharan Africa in which to invest

As Sub-Saharan Africa navigates the aftershock of the impact of El Nino on crops and food produce, together with external factors of China’s slowdown, the drop in oil and commodity prices, Africa is called to rise to the challenge with increased focus and investments in infrastructure, fiscal institutions, fortifying human capital and diversifying non-commodity revenues.…

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A look at the top 5 Sub-Saharan African countries

With prospects for the Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) region as a whole being subdued amid the slump in commodity prices and the Chinese slowdown, SSA struggled with growth at 3.7% in 2015 and a projected growth figure of 4.3% in 2016, still below 2014’s 4.8%. However, despite these difficulties, SSA still offers some exciting investment opportunities,…

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