Understanding the CFTC’s Proposed Interpretation of “Actual Delivery” for Cryptocurrency Retail Commodity Transactions

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The recent and rapid proliferation of cryptocurrency transactions involving retail or “Main Street” customers has left some — including many cryptocurrency platforms serving retail customers — grappling conceptually with the answer to a fundamental question: what constitutes “actual delivery” of cryptocurrency in the eyes of… Read More

John Mack Purchases Shares in LendingClub

John Mack, a member of the Board of Directors of LendingClub (NYSE:LC), has purchased additional shares in the marketplace lending platform, according to a Form 4 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. According to the document, 50,000 shares were purchased in multiple trades during… Read More

Heritage: Congress Must Remove Anti-Competitive Barriers to Cryptocurrency

Here is an interesting write up that should make cryptocurrency advocates happy. The Heritage Foundation, a leading policy think tank in Washington, DC, published a report at the end last year telling Congress and other public authorities they need to back off of Bitcoin and… Read More

Commonwealth Bank of Australia Completes RegTech Pilot With ING

Earlier this week, Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) announced it has completed a regtech pilot with ING to simplify processing of information and implementation of regulation using the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive II (MiFID II) as a test case. According to CBA, the project… Read More

Fit Pay Now Taking Pre-Orders For Contactless Payment Device for Cryptocurrencies “Flip”

Fit Pay, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of NXT-ID, Inc. (NASDAQ), announced on Thursday it is now accepting pre-orders for Flip, a new contactless payment device that will enable cryptocurrency holders to use the value of their currency to make purchases at millions of retail locations…. Read More

BNP Paribas Launches New Investment Fund For Financial Services & Insurance

BNP Paribas, the global Top-10 bank headquartered in France, announced this week it is launching its very own investment fund that dedicated to financial services and insurance. The company reported that the new fund will be managed by BNP Paribas Capital Partners, an arm of BNP Paribas Asset… Read More

Insurtech Startup TicketGuardian Announces Partnership With Food & Wine Ticket Sales Company EzTix

TicketGuardian, the insurtech startup shaking up the ‘no refunds’ standard of live events ticketing, announced on Thursday it has formed a partnership with food and wine ticket sales company, EzTix, to provide customers with a way to insure their experience and get their money back… Read More

Specialist Property Peer-to-Peer Lender CrowdProperty Launches Innovative Finance ISA

Specialist property peer-to-peer lender, CrowdProperty announced on Friday it is launching its Innovative Finance ISA (IFISA). According to CrowdProperty, the tax-free product will be open initially to existing registered lenders who will be able to take advantage of this year’s ISA allowance of up to £20,000… Read More

Sweden Startup Cubimo Now Seeking €350,000 on Seedrs For Entrepreneur Platform

Cubimo, a Sweden-based startup that helps people become entrepreneurs, has launched an equity crowdfunding campaign on Seedrs to raise €350,000. Founded in 2015, Cubimo describes itself as an online platform that aims to help anyone our an idea into a business, regardless of previous experience…. Read More

Parent Company of the Toronto Stock Exchange, TMX Posts Series of Webinars on Blockchain, Cryptocurrency & Initial Coin Offerings

TMX Group, the parent company of the Toronto Stock Exchange, TSX Ventures and several other entities, has posted a series of webinars in response to the growing interest in digital currencies, initial coin offerings and Blockchain in general. TMX states: “While the sector appears to… Read More

PayJoy Teams Up With Allied Mobile to Bring More Smartphones to Africans

PayJoy, a San Francisco fintech startup, announced on Friday it has teamed up with mobile distributor Allied Mobile to bring affordable smartphone payment plans to markets across the continent of Africa. According to the duo, Allied Mobile will use PayJoy Checkout, an instant paperless finance… Read More


Brazilian Mobile Payments Platform RecargaPay Secures $22 million Through Series B Investment Round

On Thursday, Brazil-based mobile payments platform RecargaPay announced it secured $22 million through its Series B investment round. According to the company, New investors include IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, TheVentureCity, and Ventech.  Reportedly, entrepreneurs Fabrice Grinda and Martin Varsavsky and more than 100 angel… Read More

OurCrowd, Along with Three of its Portfolio Companies, Recognized as World’s Most Innovative Companies

OurCrowd, a leading global equity crowdfunding platform, and three of its portfolio companies that have raised capital on the OurCrowd platform, have been recognized as the World’s Most Innovative Companies as part of the annual Fast Company list for 2018. The top ten companies in… Read More

Overfunding: Education Tech TeachPitch Returns to Crowdcube & Quickly Secures £300,000 Funding Target

TeachPitch, a UK-based education technology company, has launched an equity crowdfunding round on Crowdcube seeking to raise £300,000, which has already been secured thanks to nearly 40 investors. The company previously raised £303,180 through its first funding round on the equity crowdfunding platform. Founded in 2014,… Read More

ArborCrowd Now Offering Investors Equity in New Multifamily Real Estate Deal in Mobile, Alabama

Commercial real estate crowdfunding platform ArborCrowd announced its latest offering for investors to own an equity interest in a multifamily property with tremendous upside potential. Tower on Ryan Park (the Property) is a 141-unit, high-rise property located in downtown Mobile, AL. According to ArborCrowd, the total capitalization of the… Read More

What’s Different About BrewDog’s New Reg A+ Crowdfunding Offer?

BrewDog, the UK based craft brewer that wrote the book on independent crowdfunding campaigns with their Equity for Punks project, is prepping for a new Reg A+ crowdfunding offer in the US. This follows last years security offer when the US subsidiary of BrewDog filed… Read More

December Minutes of Financial Stability Oversight Council Includes Discussion on Bitcoin by CFTC Chair J. Christopher Giancarlo

The Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) includes every top financial regulator in the US government representing various agencies and a handful of state regulators. Chaired by the Secretary of the Treasury, Steve Mnuchin, FSOC has statutory mandate that creates for identifying risks and responding to… Read More

Autorité Des Marchés Financiers in France Receives 82 Responses on Initial Coin Offering Consultation

The Autorité Des Marchés Financiers (AMF) in France has just published the results of a consultation regarding initial coin offerings (ICOs). According to the AMF, a large majority of respondents expressed support for the establishment of an appropriate legal framework for this new type of fundraising. The… Read More

Arrêter! French Autorité Des Marchés Financiers Says No Advertising for Cryptocurrency Offers, Requires Authorization

The Autorité Des Marchés Financiers in France has concluded that platforms which offer these products must abide by the authorisation and business conduct rules, and that these products must not be advertised via electronic means which pretty much shuts down any and all promotion in France…. Read More

Cyber-Defense Software Multiven Offers MultiCoins during Chaineum ICO

Multiven, a provider of independent and politically-neutral software integrity maintenance and cyber-defense services, opened its ICO on Chaineum.  The ICO aims at distributing Multiven Coin tokens (MultiCoins) which will serve as the medium of exchange for the soon-to-be-launched Multiven Open Marketplace (MOM) – a blockchain-based marketplace that aims… Read More