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ByteDance To Downsize Fintech Business, Sell Stock Broking Units

Chinese officials have been tightening scrutiny on the fintech sector, while ByteDance has focused on e-commerce and gaming as its new sources of growth

Bytedance sold its stake in VerSe, which operates Dailyhunt, to Canadian investors during a fundraising round last month.
The Chinese company sold its stake to Canadian investors during VerSe's fundraising round last month. File photo: Reuters.


Beijing-based ByteDance, the owner of TikTok, said on Wednesday it will shrink its financial services unit and that it plans to sell its stock broking operations amid China‘s tightening grip on the financial technology sector.

ByteDance operates Songshu Zhengquan, which translates to Squirrel Securities, in Hong Kong, and Haitun Gupiao, or Dolphin Stocks, in mainland China.

China recently has been tightening its scrutiny of the fintech sector, requiring companies to set up financial holding companies if they meet requirements to do so, as Alibaba’s fintech affiliate Ant Group was forced to do earlier this year, a move that tightens capital requirements.

Sources have said that ByteDance has never prioritised fintech expansion, and that it has focused on sectors including e-commerce and gaming as its new sources of growth.

ByteDance also operates Douyin Pay, its own third-party mobile payment service, to facilitate users on e-commerce transactions on short video app Douyin, the Chinese version of TikTok.

China‘s two ubiquitous third-party mobile payment channels, Ant’s Alipay and Tencent Holdings’ WeChat Pay, are also available on Douyin.


• Reuters and Jim Pollard



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Jim Pollard

Jim Pollard is an Australian journalist based in Thailand since 1999. He worked for News Ltd papers in Sydney, Perth, London and Melbourne before travelling through SE Asia in the late 90s. He was a senior editor at The Nation for 17+ years.


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