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 Brickken Partners with Veritas, Digital Gold Capital, Hillstone Finance to Expand Digital Securities Operation

Brickken has partnered with Hillstone Finance, Veritas, and Digital Gold Capital to expand its network to three new countries, according to a company release. Brikken is a company that was founded in Spain in 2020 that aims to leverage blockchain technology to tokenize or turn… Read More

Coin Center Defends Tornado Cash: A Smart Contract is a Robot Not a Person

As was earlier covered, the US Department of Treasury, via the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has sanctioned crypto mixer Tornado Cash.  Mixers are used to boost the privacy of crypto transacts but may also be used to obfuscate nefarious activity. Coin Center, a… Read More

US Department of Treasury Targets Another Crypto Mixer as Tornado Cash Gets Sanctioned

The US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has targeted another crypto mixer by sanctioning Tornado Cash. Most recently, in May, OFAC sanctioned Blender.io, a mixer that is said to be utilized by North Korea  for its “malicious cyber activities and… Read More

Sixth Consecutive Week of Digital Asset Inflows: Report

Digital assets experienced their sixth consecutive week of inflows as 2022 continues to provide a choppy market for crypto. According to CoinShares, a mere $3 million moved into crypto last week, but the total for the month and a half stands at over half a… Read More

Canada Real Estate: Properly Raises $36 Million

Properly, a Canada-based Proptech, has raised CAD $36 million according to a blog post. The funding round brings Properly’s total raised to CAD $192 million. A valuation was not immediately available. Properly claims to be the “best funded and fastest growing real estate startup in… Read More

Next: Hodlnaut Suspends Withdrawals, Cancels Application for License

Hodlnaut, a Singapore-based crypto platform, has halted all withdrawals, token swaps, and deposits – effective immediately. Holdlnaut is a crypto lending and borrowing platform that was founded in 2019 by Bitcoin maximalists Juntao Zhu and Simon Lee. Hodlnaut supported seven different digital assets: BTC, WBTC,… Read More

Digital Banking: ZA Bank Offers Investment Fund Service

ZA Bank, one of the few approved digital-only banks in Hong Kong, has announced the launch of a new investment fund service. In a company statement, Rockson Hsu, CEO of ZA Bank, stated: “Virtual banks are playing an increasingly important role under the new normal,… Read More

Ethereum Proof of Work (ETHPOW), a Fork of ETH, Trading to be Available on BitMEX

Fork

As Ethereum migrates to a proof of stake (PoS) ecosystem (called the Merge), a group has decided to maintain a proof of work iteration or Ethereum Proof of Work (ETHPOW). While not making Vitalik Buterin very happy, this is the way of the blockchain world…. Read More

Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council Opposes Inflation Reduction Act Due to Negative Impact on Small Businesses

The Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council) has publicly posted a letter criticizing the Inflation Reduction Act that was approved by the US Senate in a party-line vote. While the name claims to reduce inflation, some analysts have stated there is nothing or very… Read More

AxiaFunder Reports HDR Portfolio on Track to Deliver 25% IRR to Investors

AxiaFunder, one of the few litigation financing platforms that enables smaller investors access to a unique asset class, is reporting that its first AxiaFunder Housing Disrepair (HDR) £300,000 investment portfolio is progressing well. AxiaFunder, a platform aimed at sophisticated and high-net-worth individuals, provides funding to… Read More

Estateguru had a Solid Q2

Estateguru, an Estonia-based Fintech that offers a marketplace for investors to back secured loans, recently reported its Q2 numbers, and they were pretty solid. According to a blog post, Estateguru saw its assets under management (AUM) rise to a portfolio of €268 million while attracting… Read More

After $77 Million Hack, Beanstalk Re-Animates

Beanstalk, a crypto project that encountered a breach earlier this year that led to a $77 million hack, has “unpaused” today. Today, Beanstalk Farms is thrilled to announce that Beanstalk has been Unpaused on the one year anniversary of its initial deployment.https://t.co/HxZmwWksZe — Beanstalk Farms… Read More

Revolut on Crypto Hiring Spree: Report

Neobank Revolut is on a crypto hiring spree, according to a report by Bloomberg. While many firms, and Fintechs specifically, a cutting headcount or slowing things down, Revolut appears to be bucking the trend. Recently, Robinhood revealed it was slashing employee headcount by 23% –… Read More

The Financial Technology Association Comments on Potential Changes to the Community Reinvestment Act

The Financial Technology Association (FTA) has issued a statement regarding potential changes to the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA). The CRA is a law that seeks to encourage financial institutions to serve diverse communities, including low and moderate-income neighborhoods. Recently, several federal institutions, including the FDIC,… Read More

Here is the FDIC Advisory on Insured Firms that Deal with Crypto

Following the Voyager Digital (TSX: VOYG) (OTCQX: VYGVF) debacle that ended in bankruptcy after a loan from Three Arrow Capital (3AC) was not repaid, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) was compelled to make a statement on certain holdings at the Metropolitan Commercial Bank. As was… Read More

As Originally Drafted, Reg A+ and Reg CF Got it Wrong: SEC Commissioner Peirce

Last week during the meeting of the SEC Small Business Capital Formation Advisory Committee (SBCFAC), members voted to support improvements to secondary trading of crowdfunded securities – more specifically, to exempt state laws when it comes to the trading of securities under Tier 2 of… Read More

Lolli Co-Founder Says New Crypto Legislation May Create Innovation Friendly Federal Oversight

Earlier this week, it was reported that a bipartisan group of US Senators had developed legislation aimed at providing greater regulatory clarity regarding crypto in the US. Senators from the Senate Agriculture Committee joined to craft a bill that gave the Commodity Futures Trading Commission… Read More

Roofstock Acquires Screening Firm RentPrep

Roofstock has acquired RentPrep, a firm that offers tenant screening solutions that are said to be currently in use by over 100,000 landlords. Roofstock recently raised $240 million at an almost $2 billion valuation, thus providing capital for more M&A activity. The terms of the… Read More

Do You Really Need a CBDC? Bank of Japan Said Not to Pursue Digital Yen

Are central bank digital currencies a solution looking for a problem? That seems to be what the Japanese believe, as it has been widely reported that the Bank of Japan has halted its potential pursuit of a digital yen. The Bank of Japan announced that… Read More

CFTC Commissioners Welcome Bipartisan Digital Asset Legislation

Yesterday, a bipartisan group of US Senators announced legislation designed to give certain digital assets better regulatory clarity. Senators Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and John Boozman, Ranking Member, along with Senators Cory Booker and John Thune, have joined to craft the language of… Read More