The Number of FINRA Regulated Funding Portals Continues to Inch Higher

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The number of FINRA-regulated Funding Portals continues to increase. These are broker-light platforms that may issue securities under Regulation Crowdfunding (Reg CF), a new exemption created by the JOBS Act of 2012. The Funding Portal sector received a bit of a boost last year as… Read More

 


Affirm, Amazon Introduce Pay-Over-Time Option to Customers in Canada

Affirm (NASDAQ: AFRM), the payment network that empowers consumers and helps merchants drive growth, announced the expansion of its relationship with Amazon to Canada, bringing “increased payment flexibility and transparency to customers shopping on Amazon.ca.” This payment option will be “available during checkout to all… Read More

Digital Asset Firm Nexo Acquires Stake in Chartered Bank – Summit National Bank

Nexo, a digital asset firm that describes itself as the “world’s leading regulated institution for digital assets,” has acquired an ownership stake in Hulett Bancorp (DBA Mode Eleven), the parent company of Summit National Bank. Summit National Bank is a federally chartered financial institution. Terms… Read More

Fintech Galaxy Brings Open Finance Experience to MENA region

Fintech Galaxy, which claims to be one of the industry-leading financial innovation companies, has announced the addition of a team of global Open Banking/Finance experts “as it looks to ramp up its product offering and presence across the MENA region.” Appointments reportedly “include Salt Edge’s… Read More

DBS Introduces Crypto Trading Function for Accredited Wealth Clients

DBS (SGX:D05) recently announced that it has rolled out self-directed crypto trading via DBS digibank, enabling wealth clients who are accredited investors “to trade cryptocurrencies on DDEx at their convenience.” This latest move “provides more seamless and hassle-free access to DDEx, one of the world’s… Read More

Quantum Computing Software Firm Classiq Expands Series B to $49M, Announces Japan, Europe Offices

Classiq, which claims to be the leader in quantum computing software, announced another significant expansion of its series B round to $49M by Canadian-Israeli VC Awz Ventures, from “an initial closing of $36M by strategic investors—in the largest quantum software round to date.” Awz Ventures… Read More

NY AG Joins 7 Other States to Sue Digital Asset Platform Nexo

New York Attorney General Letitia James has sued Nexo, a large digital asset platform. James is joining 7 other states in pursuing the crypto firm. New Y0rk is being joined in the action by the following states: California, Kentucky, Maryland, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Washington, and Vermont…. Read More

Nubank Reaches 70M Customers in Latin America

Nubank (NYSE: NU) reached the mark of 70 million customers in Latin America, “with 66.4 million users in the Brazilian operation, 3.2 million in Mexico, and more than 400 thousand in Colombia.” The company, the fifth largest financial institution in Brazil in number of customers,… Read More

PNC Financial Services Group Acquires Linga, a Payments Solution Firm

The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: PNC) announced it has acquired Linga, a point of sale (POS) and payments solutions firm “providing an industry-leading, cloud-based restaurant operating system.” The acquisition of Linga and its technology “will further expand PNC’s digital resources and enhance the… Read More

Alex Mashinsky, Celsius CEO, Resigns

In a brief corporate statement, Alex Mashinsky, founder and CEO of Celsius Network, has resigned from the firm, effective immediately. Celsius is one of the crypto firms that grew rapidly providing incredible returns to investors via its crypto lending/yield platform, only to collapse in the… Read More

Vyne, BR-DGE Partner on “Account to Account Payments Platform”

BR-DGE , a merchants payments provider that aims to offer a simple and affordable “payment orchestration platform,” has announced a partnership with Vyne. Vyne uses Open Banking to enable account-to-account payments for online businesses. In a company statement, BR-DGE explained that the partnership with Vyne… Read More


TokenScript Raises $6 Million at $200 Million Valuation, Big Names Back Tokenization Framework

TokenScript, a project created by  Smart Token Labs, is reporting a funding round of $6 million at a pre-money valuation of $200 million, according to a company statement. TokenSoft is raising the growth capital in a SAFT that has the support of some well-known names,… Read More

EML’s Nuapay Signs Contract Bringing Open Banking to Government Sectors in the UK

Nuapay‘s innovative and “fully customizable” open banking and real-time account-to-account payment capabilities will “give Pay360‘s customers access to cutting-edge payment technologies across all of its gateway connections.” Pay360 claims it is “a market leader for public sector payments – used by more than 60% of… Read More

Voyager Completes Auction, Announces Agreement for FTX to Acquire Its Assets

Voyager Digital Ltd. (FRA: UCD2) announced that “after multiple rounds of bidding in a highly competitive auction process that lasted two weeks, its operating company Voyager Digital LLC, selected West Realm Shires Inc. (FTX US) as the highest and best bid for its assets.” The… Read More

UK’s Aviva plc Invests $10M in Female Innovators Lab Fund

Aviva, which claims to be one of the UK’s leading insurers, announced an investment of $10 million into the Anthemis Female Innovators Lab Fund. The fund was “founded in September 2019 and backs female entrepreneurs in the fintech industry across the UK, Europe, Canada and… Read More

CBDCs: Iran Begins Pilot Launch of Crypto-Rial

The Central Bank of Iran (CBI) said this past Wednesday that it will “begin the pilot launch of crypto-rial as the bank’s digital currency as of Thursday.” The CBI has said that “the aim of designing the crypto-rial is to turn banknotes into a programmable… Read More

Opinion: An Open Letter to Kwasi Kwarteng and Liz Truss

It’s Time for a Safe Pair of Hands – Before It’s Too Late The first thing that Kwasi Kwarteng did as Chancellor injected so much risk into the British economy that the investors he was seeking to attract had, quite predictably, the opposite reaction. Any… Read More

Everimpact, STACS to Bring Transparency to Carbon Credits Market

Everimpact are partnering with STACS, a Singapore-based ESG fintech “to provide banks and corporates involved in the carbon market with greater trust and transparency.” Their partnership will “promote data-backed carbon credits with end-to-end traceability.” In the first phase of the project, Everimpact’s Digital carbon tracking… Read More

Malaysia: CIMB Group Increases Sustainable Finance Target to RM60 Billion by 2024

CIMB Group Holdings Berhad strengthened its sustainability commitment by doubling its sustainable finance target to RM60 billion by 2024 “under the Group’s Green, Social, Sustainable Impact Products and Services (GSSIPS) Framework.” The increased target was announced during the opening of CIMB’s flagship The Cooler Earth… Read More

Southeast Asia’s Superapp Grab Appoints Suthen Thomas Paradatheth as Group CTO

Grab Holdings Limited (NASDAQ: GRAB), Southeast Asia’s superapp, announced that it has promoted Suthen Thomas Paradatheth to Group Chief Technology Officer (GCTO), “effective October 1, 2022.” As Grab’s GCTO, Suthen will be “responsible for driving Grab’s technology vision, strategy and execution across its Deliveries, Mobility,… Read More

Allianz Malaysia Joins Gobi Partners’ SuperSeed II Fund

Pan-Asian venture capital firm Gobi Partners announced the closing of its $10 million Gobi SuperSeed II (Gobi SSII) Fund “following the participation of Allianz Malaysia Berhad (Allianz Malaysia) as a Limited Partner (LP).” Other LPs backing the Gobi SSII Fund “are institutional investors Malaysia Venture… Read More

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