Omar Faridi

Binance Launches Innovation Zone where Certain Traders will be Allowed to Trade Risky Cryptocurrencies including DeFi Tokens

Binance, the world’s largest digital asset exchange, has launched what it calls the “Innovation Zone,” which will permit certain users to trade newer cryptocurrency token offerings directly from their Binance account, while protecting “less suited” traders from being exposed to the potential risks that come… Read More

Israel based Fintech Fintica Teams Up with UAE-headquartered CEO of Barker and Booth

Mohammed Al Beloushi, CEO at Barker and Booth Commercial Agency LLC, has confirmed that his company will make a strategic investment into the operations of Israel-based Fintech firm Fintica AI LLC, a deal made after the signing of the Abraham Accords – which is the… Read More

Mastercard Teams Up with Pakistan’s Silk Bank to Promote Credit Card and Digital Payments Adoption

Payments technology giant MasterCard has teamed up with Pakistan-based Silk bank to expand credit card issuance options in the country. This could help increase the purchasing power of local residents and promote digital payment adoption as well. Through the partnership, Silk Bank customers in Pakistan… Read More

Sam Bankman-Fried, CEO at FTX, Claims Blockchain Project Avalanche has a “Real Team” and are “Building Real Products”

Sam Bankman-Fried, CEO at FTX, a cryptocurrency derivatives exchange and Alameda Research, has commented on some blockchain projects that he thinks are worth talking about and appear to be making some progress. While confirming that he’s not offering investment advice, Sam said that Solana (SOL)… Read More

P2P Lender MarketFinance Reveals that Many Small Businesses in the UK Could Run Out of Cash Soon

MarketFinance, one of the world’s largest peer-to-peer (P2P) invoice finance platforms, has cautioned that many UK-based SMEs could soon run out of cash. This, as the government-backed funding schemes are scheduled to end soon. The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) will end on September… Read More

Triterras, a Blockchain based Fintech for Trade Finance, Reports $5 Billion in Transaction Volume on its Kratos Platform during H1 2020

Triterras, a blockchain-based Fintech solution provider for trade finance, has revealed that its Kratos marketplace has handled approximately $5 billion of trade finance volume during the past six months ending on August 31, 2020. Kratos is a large commodity trading and trade finance platform that… Read More

India’s National Security Adviser Warns that Fraudulent Activities have Increased as More Consumers are Conducting Online Payments

Ajit Doval, the National Security Adviser (NSA) to the Prime Minister of India, recently warned that financial crime and fraudulent activities have increased significantly and could continue to rise, because more consumers are conducting transactions online following the COVID-19 outbreak. Doval said that the country… Read More

Kava Blockchain Devs Propose a New Project, Harvest, the First Cross-Chain Money Market for Earning More Returns on Digital Assets

Brian Kerr, CEO at Kava Labs, which is focused on the ongoing development of Kava (KAVA), a blockchain-based platform that aims to offer a foundation for various open financial services, recently announced that they’re proposing a new initiative, called Harvest, the “world’s first cross-chain money… Read More

Ocean Protocol Team Introduces Program for Web 3.0 Startups that Will “Unlock” AI and Innovative Data Management Apps

The team at Ocean Protocol, which allows software engineers to build marketplaces and other apps to privately and securely publish, exchange, and consume data, have introduced an initiative, called Ocean Shipyard, which is an early-stage program for Web 3.0 focused startups and projects that aim… Read More

Binance Visa Cards Are Now Being Offered in Europe with Up to 8% Cashback

Binance, the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange, will be offering Visa Cards in Europe. They will allow users to earn up to 8% cashback. The exchange said that Binance Visa Cardholders will be able to get highly competitive cashback rates, but it’s only offered to consumers… Read More

US Banking Challenger Chime to Focus on Transaction Processing based Business Model, After Reaching $14.5 Billion Valuation with Additional Funding

US-based banking challenger Chime Financial Inc. is now valued at $14.5 billion, which is significantly more than Robinhood, another fast-growing Fintech Unicorn that recently reached a valuation of $11.2 billion after securing $200 million in additional funding last month. Chime has now become the most… Read More

Fintech Plaid CEO: There’s Been a “Meaningful Increase” in Number of Consumers Using Digital Financial Apps during COVID-19 Crisis

Zachary Perret, CEO at Plaid, a San Francisco-based Fintech firm, says that there have been significant changes in the digital financial services sector during the past 6 months. He confirms that there’s been a major shift in consumer behavior with more consumers preferring to use… Read More

US State of Wyoming Partners with Chainalysis to Prevent Money Laundering and Illicit Activities Involving Cryptocurrencies

Chainalysis, the leading blockchain analysis firm, has teamed up with the State of Wyoming’s Division of Banking, the banking regulator that’s tasked with the chartering and supervision of Wyoming state banks, trust companies, mortgage firms, money transmitters and other non-bank financial service providers. The State… Read More

Rise of Fintech May be Small Business Ecosystem’s Biggest Game-Changer, According to Industry Veteran

Sadie Williamson, founder of Williamson Fintech Consulting, notes that the rise of Fintech may be considered the small business ecosystem’s “biggest game-changing” developments of the past several years. Williamson acknowledges that Fintech products aren’t yet mature enough to fully replace legacy banking systems. However, she… Read More

Egypt’s Financial Regulatory Authority Approves Draft of Laws to Regulate Fintech in Non-Banking Financial Sector

The Financial Regulatory Authority’s (FRA) Board of Directors in Egypt has reportedly approved a draft law that aims to regulate and support the use of Fintech services in the non-banking financial sector. Mohamed Omran, Chairman at the FRA, noted that the approval will aim to… Read More

Authorities Order Latvian P2P Lender Grupeer to Stop Issuing Statements About Its Business, After it Paused Activity in April due to COVID

Latvia-based peer to peer (P2P) lender Grupeer noted on August 31, 2020, that it had provided an update regarding the current status with the repayments and debt collection processes on its platform. The Grupeer team had confirmed that, as its clients already know, since April… Read More

Reserve Bank of the Philippines to Continue Working on its Central Bank Digital Currency which Might Streamline Financial Services

Benjamin Diokno, the Governor of the Reserve Bank of the Philippines, recently noted that the underlying technology behind digital tokens may streamline or enhance existing financial services. The nation’s central bank is looking into the feasibility of issuing its own virtual currency. Diokno believes that… Read More

China CITIC Bank International to Use Refinitiv Electronic Trading Platform to Streamline FX Workflow

Refinitiv, one of the largest providers of financial markets data and infrastructure, has revealed that China CITIC Bank International will be using the Refinitiv Electronic Trading platform to streamline its foreign exchange (FX) trading and distribution workflow. Banks and other financial service providers are looking… Read More

Payment Providers Must Re-evaluate Business Strategy as Consumer Expectations Made a “U-turn” due to COVID-19: Report

  The global COVID-19 outbreak has led to major socioeconomic changes and uncertainty. It has also led to changes in consumer behavior and preferences, especially when buying and paying for products and services. Individuals and organizations across the globe are increasingly using all-digital platforms and… Read More

DeFi Platform MANTRA DAO to Serve As a Masternode Operator for TomoChain, a Blockchain Claiming to Scale to 100x Ethereum’s Capacity

MANTRA DAO (distributed autonomous organization), a community-governed decentralized finance (DeFi) platform that aims to make staking, lending, and governance more accessible to traders and investors, is teaming up with the developers of TomoChain, which describes itself as a “diversified and robust” DeFi ecosystem. MANTRA DAO… Read More

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