We Need More Investor Protection in Crypto Assets, SEC Chair Gary Gensler States: “It’s best not to wait for a big spill on aisle three”

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During the opening comments at the Securities and Exchange Commission’s meeting of the Investor Advisory Committee, SEC Chair Gary Gensler once again rang the warning bell on the need for greater oversight of the fast-growing digital asset/crypto sector. Gensler stated in prepared remarks: “… with… Read More

Ritholtz Wealth Management, WisdomTree, Debut Crypto Investment Product

Ritholtz Wealth Management and WisdomTree today announced the launch of the RWM WisdomTree Crypto Index designed to provide retail investors, via a financial advisor, access and diversified exposure to cryptoassets. The index has been licensed to Onramp Invest and is available for financial advisors using… Read More

Decentralized Layer 2 Oracle Solution Umbrella Network Launches on Avalanche

Umbrella Network, a decentralized Layer-2 oracle solution, today announced its launch on Avalanche, providing the ecosystem access to high-scale and low-cost oracles. Avalanche is designed as a highly scalable ecosystem, with the aim of delivering near-instant transaction finality while levying low transaction fees. It has… Read More

H&R Block Selects Xero as Cloud Accounting Solution Provider for Assisted Bookkeeping

Xero, the international small business platform, has announced that H&R Block chose Xero as its preferred Cloud accounting solution provider for assisted bookkeeping. A Xero partner since 2014, with a base of millions of small business clients, H&R Block will “use the Xero platform as… Read More

Transaction Network Services (TNS) Offers Essential Trading Services Connectivity to Asia

Transaction Network Services (TNS), a key service provider supporting capital markets client and counterpart connectivity and reportedly the first to market with a Layer 1 network solution, has invested considerably in its backbone to offer high-performance international connectivity for customers “tapping the plethora of opportunities… Read More

CFPB on Overdraft Fees: Shift to Open Banking Will Make it Harder for Banks to Trap Customers Plagued by Fee Harvesting

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As was reported earlier this week, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has published a report on overdraft fees. These usurious fees generate billions on revenue for traditional banks. Almost like a drug addict, old banks struggle to eliminate these fees that end up harming… Read More

“Split Payments” Debuts on Facebook the Week of Dec. 6

Facebook – Meta (NASDAQ:FB) announced today it will begin testing Split Payments on Messenger next week. They tout it as a method to improve the ability to split bills like dinners or rent. To begin, users should click “Get Started” in a group chat or… Read More

Fintech Dwolla and Infinicept Team Up to Complement Core Payments Offerings

Dwolla, a Fintech offering advanced account-to-account payment solutions for businesses, has announced a partnership with Infinicept to offer software firms with “the maximum flexibility and benefit in payment processing.” Brady Harris, CEO of Dwolla, stated: “The goal of any fintech partnership is to create a… Read More

Development Firm DAI Acquires Global Asset Management Company, MicroVest

DAI confirms that it has acquired MicroVest Capital Management, one of the major lenders to “responsible” finance institutions—an acquisition that will “expand the capabilities of DAI’s investment management arm, DAI Capital.” Established in 2003, MicroVest is a registered investment adviser that “allocates private investments to… Read More

State of Ohio’s HB 177 Approves Blockchain Use

The State of Ohio this week passed five bills into law, including the Business Fairness Act, and one authorizing the state to use blockchain and distributed ledger technology. Governor Mike DeWine signed the bills into law including House Bill 177, sponsored by Representatives Rick Carfagna… Read More

AI enhanced Lending Software from Zest AI Chosen by Blue Federal Credit Union

Zest AI, a key provider of software for AI-driven lending, has announced that Blue Federal Credit Union has selected Zest in order to help it deliver faster and more accurate loan decisions “across the credit union’s auto, credit card, and personal loan portfolios.” As mentioned… Read More


Mexico’s Online Lending and BNPL Service Provider, Kueski, Secures $202M in Debt and Equity

Mexico’s online lending platform and Buy Now, Pay Later or BNPL service provider Kueski has secured $202 million in capital via a debt and equity round that has been led by StepStone Group. Kueski claims to be the largest online consumer lender in Mexico. It… Read More

Tinkoff Awarded Bank of the Year Recognition in Russia

Tinkoff has been named Bank of the Year in Russia at the Bank of the Year Awards 2021, according to a statement distributed by the bank. The  recognition was delivered by The Banker, a publication that is part of the Financial Times Group. Tinkoff says… Read More

Moody’s to Aquire Two Regtechs: PassFort and kompany

Moody’s, the global research and securities rating firm, has acquired or agreed to acquire two separate Regtechs. According to Moody’s it has acquired PassFort Limited and entered into an agreement to acquire 360kompany AG (kompany). These two firms are both European providers of KYC, AML,… Read More

Insurtech: Demex Group Secures $9 Million via Series A Led by Anthemis Group, Others

The Demex Group, the tech firm behind a platform for analyzing, pricing, and transferring climate-linked risks at scale, has announced that it has secured $9 million in a Series A round led by financial services and technology investors, Anthemis Group, Blue Bear Capital, and QBE… Read More

JUMP Technology Reinforces Existing Partnership with SIX, Switzerland’s Stock Exchange

JUMP Technology claims that it provides one of the most advanced connectors to the SIX data feed in the world on its software platform, which enables users to “automatically plug in and collect the wide variety of financial data provided by SIX (securities characteristics, daily… Read More

Coinbase has Over $30B in Digital Assets Staked Across 25 Protocols As of Nov 2021: Report

Aaron Henshaw, Head of Coinbase Cloud Engineering, says that it’s no secret that crypto is gaining mainstream appeal, with the international cryptocurrency market cap reaching an all-time high of $3 trillion for the first time, the total value locked in DeFi reaching $250 billion, and… Read More

DeFi Hack Report: Blockchain Ecosystem Security Firm SlowMist Shares Detailed Analysis of MonoX Exploit

SlowMist, which focuses on Blockchain Ecosystem Security and have served more than 1,000 customers, notes that on November 30, 2021, their team at SlowMist was “notified of an attack on the Defi protocol MonoX.” More than $18 million in WETH and $10.5 million in MATIC… Read More

BNP Paribas Asset Management Announces New Appointments for Enhancing Sustainability Investment Offering

BNP Paribas Asset Management (BNPP AM) has reportedly announced several appointments within its Sustainability Centre in order to accelerate and strengthen its sustainable investment offering. As mentioned in an update shared with CI: “At the core of BNPP AM’s approach to sustainability, the Sustainability Centre… Read More

Fintech Platform Goalsetter Acquires $15M via Series A to Expand and Transform Access to Financial Education

Goalsetter, a Fintech platform dedicated to offering families and K-12 youth with access to banking, savings, investing, and financial education tools, has announced the closing of a $15 million Series A round that was led by Seae Ventures. Seae Ventures has reportedly been joined by… Read More

Digital Banking Provider Bankjoy Introduces Powerful Business Banking Platform

Digital banking provider Bankjoy has announced the launch of its business banking platform, empowering its customers with the best tools to “help attract and drive loyalty among small businesses within their communities.” Recently surpassing 1 million members with access to its platform, Bankjoy’s virtual banking… Read More

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