Australia: Investment Crowdfunding Raises $72 Million in 2022

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Investment crowdfunding, or crowd-sourced funding (CSF) as it is called down under, generated $72 million in online capital formation, according to an industry report. The information is compiled by Birchal, the largest online investment platform in Australia. Birchals has been providing this report for several… Read More

 

 


 


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MENA Region Fintech Firm Wafeq Raises $3M via Seed Round Led by Raed Ventures

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Fundrise Looks to Raise More Money in $20 Million Reg A+ Offering

Fundrise, a real estate investment platform that recently entered the early-stage investment sector, has filed to raise $19.7 million in a sale of Class B Common shares. Fundrise has raised growth capital for itself in the past using the Reg A+ securities exemption. The $19.7… Read More

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Twitter Wants to Provide Payments and it Should

Multiple reports today indicate that Elon Musk wants to incorporate payments as a service within Twitter. The initial source of information was an article published in the FT today that indicated Musk would start with fiat currencies and perhaps add cryptocurrency in the future. Twitter… Read More

Digital Securities Exchange ADDX Lists Hedge Fund Asia Genesis

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House Passes Bi-Partisan Legislation Requiring SEC to Report on Capital Challenges for Rural Small Businesses

The Expanding Access to Capital for Rural Job Creators Act, (HR 298) has passed the House of Representatives. The legislation has both Democrat and Republican sponsors. The legislation would require the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to submit an annual report on the challenges rural… Read More

Commonwealth, JPMorgan Chase to Examine Effect of Emerging Tech on Financially Vulnerable Americans

Commonwealth and JPMorgan Chase (NYSE:JPM) announced the next phase of their collaboration to address “the challenges and opportunities that emerging technologies present for advancing the financial lives of US workers earning low and moderate incomes, who are disproportionately Black, Latinx, and women-led households.” This project… Read More

Credit Cards Expected to Account for Nearly $10 Trillion in Spend Globally by 2027: Report

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SEC Small Business Capital Formation Advisory Committee Schedules First Meeting of 2023

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Small Business Capital Formation Advisory Committee (SBCFAC), has scheduled its first meeting of 2023. The meeting, set for February 7, 2023, at 10 AM, does not yet have a posted agenda with the notice indicating that the “meeting includes… Read More

Renewed Interest in Digital Assets as Largest Inflows Occur Since Last July Driven by Bitcoin

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