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LCX Announces Tokenized Bonds

LCX has announced tokenized bond offerings describing the digital asset as transforming the availability of compliant staking. According to a company statement, the bonds are collectively valued at €40 million, consisting of four security tokens, EURt7, BTCt7, ETHt7, and LCXt7, and are documented by a… Read More

ETC Group to Offer Crypto ETP Bassed on an MSCI index

ETC Group says it will list the first crypto ETP [exchange traded product] based on an MSCI index. The ETC Group MSCI Digital Assets Select 20 ETP is expected to list on Germany’s Deutsche Börse XETRA in April. According to ETC Group, the ETP will… Read More

FTX: Okcoin to Return $8.2 Million of Alameda Funds

Crypto exchange Okcoin has issued a brief statement indicating it will return funds related to the FTX and Alameda bankruptcy cases. According to Okcoin, it wil return $8.2 million in frozen assets related to Alameda Research. The company notes that FTX debtors filed a motion… Read More

Australia: MoneyMe Raises $37 Million in Equity Funding

Australian Fintech MoneyMe (ASX:MME) has raised A $37 million in equity capital, according to a statement by the company. MoneyMe is a digital lender serving consumers. It was reported earlier this week that MoneyMe founder and CEO Clayton Howes was seeking to raise capital in… Read More

Republic to Reveal New Approach to Republic Note Product

Republic, the largest securities crowdfunding platform in the world, has announced a webinar next week to review its new approach to Republic Note. Republic Note was originally designed to be a digital asset issued under the Reg A+ securities exemption. The security was designed to… Read More

Crypto Exchange Beaxy Target of SEC Enforcement Action for Operating Unregistered Exchange, Broker, Clearing Firm

The Securities and Exchange Commission has charged the crypto exchange beaxy (beaxy.com) and its executives with operating an unregistered national securities exchange, broker, and clearing agency. The SEC states that it has also charged the founder of the platform, Artak Hamazaspyan, and Beaxy Digital, Ltd.,… Read More

New Fractionalized Art Investment Platform Freeport Plans Launch with Warhol Prints

Freeport, an online investment marketplace for tokenized art, says the Securities and Exchange Commission has completed the review of its offering documents, and it anticipates qualification soon. Freeport will be leveraging the Reg A+ securities exemption to offer investors to participate in art investment. Freeport… Read More

CipherTrace Publishes AML, Crypto Crime Report

CipherTrace, acquired by Mastercard (NYSE: MA) in 2021, has posted a report on money laundering and crypto crime. This report focuses on “dark markets” and “cross-chain bridges” as well as trends in nefarious activities like AML/KYC transgressions, fraud, hacks, and theft. The notes that at… Read More

StellarFi Raises $15 Million Series A

StellarFi has raised $15 million in Series A funding following its $7.2 million Seed round in March 2022, bringing total funding to over $22 million. The funding was led by Acrew Capital with the participation of ATX Venture Partners, Trust Ventures, Dream Ventures, Interplay, Accomplice… Read More

Parting Words. Beaxy Comments on Decision to Cease Operations

Yesterday, crypto exchange beaxy announced that it would cease operations. The notice was provided in advance of the Securities and Exchange Commission announcing an enforcement action against the firm and affiliated entities and individuals. All investors that held assets on the platform were assured they… Read More

Federal Bank Regulators Return to the Hill to Discuss Bank Failures, House Financial Services Committee to Examine Events that Led to Bank Crisis

Federal regulators will return to Capitol Hill today to continue the discussion on the events that led up to the failure of multiple banks at a hearing of the House Financial Services Committee. Yesterday, regulators testified in front of the Senate Banking Committee. While little… Read More

CrowdProperty Tops 3000 Homes Financed

CrowdProperty, a real estate investment platform, reports that it has topped 3000 homes financed. According to the funding platform, it has provided financing for 3010 houses worth £680,000,000, originating over £375,000,000 of financing facilities and lending more than £299,000,000 to date. CrowdProperty is authorized and… Read More

Crowdcube Now Provides Investors with Access to Venture Capital Trusts (VCTs) in Partnership with Octopus

Crowdcube, a top UK and European securities crowdfunding platform, has announced a partnership with Octopus to provide access for investors to Venture Capital Trusts (VCTs). In a company statement, Crowdcube said that the collaboration with Octopus will allow for lower minimum hurdles to invest in… Read More

Opportun Says CFPB Has Decided Not to Pursue Enforcement Action

Opportun (Nasdaq: OPRT), an online lender and neobank, says the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has decided not to pursue an enforcement action against the Fintech. In a corporate statement, Opportun said that it had received a letter from Enforcement staff at the CFPB indicating… Read More

France: Authorities Search Five Big Banks Regarding Allegations of Fraud, Money Laundering

The French national financial prosecutor’s office (Parquet Financier National – PFN) announced today that it has engaged in multiple search operations at five banking and financial services firms located in Paris and La Defense (a suburb of Paris). According to the prosecutor, the actions are… Read More

Affirm Shares Sink on Apple Pay Later News, Affirm Responds – We are well positioned to win

Shares in Affirm (NASDAQ:AFRM) to a bit of a bruising today on the news that Apple had finally released its buy now pay later service (BNPL) into the wild for selected borrowers. At the close of the market, Affirm had lost over 7% but had… Read More

Worthy Property Bonds Increase Rates Paid to Investors

Worthy Financial, an investment platform that offers securities under Reg A+, says that it has increased the yield on its bonds to 5.5% or 5.65% as of April 1, 2023. The company offers  Worthy Property Bonds, an SEC-qualified real-estate-backed debt product that is available to… Read More

Apple’s BNPL Product Goes Live. More Fintech Services Coming

Apple’s buy now – pay later service (BNPL) is finally available. Apple Pay Later was announced quite some time ago – but then Apple tends to make certain everything is perfect (or nearly) before launching anything. In a release, Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) said that starting today,… Read More

Impact as a Service: Spiral Raises $28 Million Series A

Spiral has raised $28 million in Series A funding, according to a statement by the Fintech, bringing the total to date to $42 million. Spiral is a company that offers “impact as a service,” allowing banks, Fintechs, etc., to embed ESG or impact offerings on… Read More

Crypto Council Comments on Binance Enforcement Action: CFTC Goes Straight for the Knockout

This past week, the Commodities Futures Trading Commission filed an enforcement action against Binance and its founder Changpeng Zhao (CZ). The lawsuit comes as no surprise to industry followers as Binance is the largest crypto exchange globally and represents a fat target for regulators. The… Read More

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