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Here is the OECD Report on Initial Coin Offerings to Support SMEs

Just about every international organization that touches finance has postulated on initial coin offerings (ICOs) and what should be done with this new form of access to capital. Last week, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) had their say. Last fall, the OECD… Read More

Robocash Partners with Inditrade to Provide Micro-Loans in India

Following a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which was signed last year, Inditrade Capital and Robocash Group have launched a new short-term consumer lending service in India. Robocash Group says the start of microlending operations by its subsidiary JRG FinCorp. Ltd in India is operating the service… Read More

Blockchain: State of Wyoming Introduces Bill to Better Define Digital Assets

This past week, the state of Wyoming introduced legislation designed to clarify the taxable status of digital assets. The bill (SF 0125), is being sponsored by state Senators Nethercott, Driskill, Perkins and Rothfuss, along with Representatives Harshman, Lindholm, Loucks, Olsen and Wilson. Wyoming has positioned… Read More

Medtech Firm Verseon Uses in House STO Platform Blockrules to “Transform Access to Investment Opportunities”

Verseon (AIM: VSN), a company that provides a “computer-driven approach to drug discovery” says it is trying to change the capital markets landscape by bringing regulatory certainty to the blockchain with the goal of connecting a global investor community with innovative companies in biotech and more. Last… Read More

OurCrowd Portfolio Company Hailo Extends Series A Funding as Chinese VC Glory Ventures Leads increase to $21 Million

OurCrowd portfolio company Hailo has extended its Series A funding round as additional investors gained interest in the firm. Hailo is a developing a “deep learning processor,” that seeks to empower intelligent devices with the performance of a data center-class computer, operating in real time at… Read More

Fintech Payments Platform heidelpay Acquires Universum Group

AnaCap-backed payment services provider heidelpay has announced the acquisition of Universum Group in Germany. heidelpay reports that this is their 5th acquisition since 2017. Details of the acquisition were not disclosed. Based in Heidelberg, the heidelpay Group is a fintech service provider in the international payment… Read More

creditshelf Report: German SMEs are Looking for Larger Loans & Longer Maturities in Preparation for More Challenges Ahead

Online lender creditshelf has shared the results of their “Financing Monitor 2019.” According to their research, Germany-based SMEs are feeling the consequences of international trade conflicts and questions. “Every second company reports that access to credit has deteriorated compared to the previous year.” creditshelf states… Read More

IBM Wants to Lead on Blockchain Innovation, Announces 10 Blockchain Startups Joining Their Accelerator

Yes, there has been too much hype in the blockchain / distributed ledger technology (DLT) sector but there remains a lot of promise. Cut through the noise and different sectors of industry (not just finance) are starting to see some promising traction. Big tech is… Read More

Fintech Focused Analytics Firm MaxDecisions Appoints Nicole Houston as CEO

Nicole Houston has been promoted to Chief Executive Officer of MaxDecisions, Inc. Founded by Timothy Li and Henry Wang, MaxDecisions is a Fintech focused analytics, marketing, and risk management firm advising the online lending industry. According to a note from the firm, Houston has been with MaxDecisions since… Read More

Hedera Hashgraph Has Raised $124 Million. It’s All Held in Fiat too.

The collapse of the crypto market (bear market, crypto winter, whatever you want to call it) has kneecapped a lot of aspiring blockchain based projects that were not savvy enough to hedge their own crypto bets. Hedera Hashgraph is not one of them though. Hedera… Read More

Switzerland: Falcon Private Bank Offers Direct Transfers to Crypto

Falcon Private Bank says it is the first Swiss private bank to enable direct transfers of several cryptocurrencies for both private and institutional clients. According to a release from the firm, clients may now transfer to and from segregated Falcon wallets, Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ether,… Read More

Fintech Sandboxes & Innovation Hubs: European Report Outlines What’s Working Now

A joint report by the European Securities Markets Authority (ESMA), the European Banking Authority (EBA), and the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA), addresses the topic of Fintech Sandboxes, the approach by regulators to partner with emerging Fintech firms by creating a safe place… Read More

Japan: Financial Services Authority Approves Crypto Garage for Fintech Sandbox, the First Blockchain and Finance Project Authorized

Crypto Garage has accepted into the Japanese Financial Services Authority (FSA) Fintech Sandbox program. This is the first blockchain and finance project authorized by the Sandbox. The FSA announced the news in a release which was followed by a post by the parent company of… Read More

Property Partner Launches “Opportunistic Fund” to Pursue Motivated Sellers in Cooling UK Housing Market

The once red-hot UK property market has cooled a bit. As Brexit fears persist, London property prices have declined dramatically from their peak more than a year ago. Headlines have done little to assuage concerns with one recent publication claiming housing sales are facing the worst… Read More

Revolut Experiences Embarrassing App Failure that Leaves Some Customers Hanging

Digital bank Revolut experienced an App failure yesterday that left some customers hanging, according to a thread on Twitter. The embarrassing fail comes a bit over a month after Revolut announced the company had received a long-anticipated banking license. Revolut took to Twitter to respond… Read More

Going in Hot: Michael Terpin to Use RICO Act in Pursuit of Justice against Alleged SIM Swap Crypto Fraudster Nicholas Truglia

SIM Swap fraud is a pressing problem not only in the crypto world but identity fraud in general. A fairly new scam, the con is hatched when a criminal takes over an individual’s mobile phone by cloning the hardware. Once the perpetrator controls the mobile… Read More

Digital Brands Group: DSTLD Transatlantic Crowdfunding Round Closes at $3.2 Million , Plans IPO on AIM for March

Digital Brands Group (DGB), a “digital-first clothing & lifestyle brands” best known for DSTLD, has closed on its most recent securities crowdfunding round. DSTLD / DGB raised $2.234 million in a transatlantic investment offering. US based SeedInvest leveraged its ongoing relationship with UK based Crowdcube to… Read More

Reg CF Closes the Year at $161.5 Million in Crowdfunding. Total for 2018 was Flat versus Year Prior

The StartEngine Index tracking Reg CF crowdfunding issuers was published a few days ago. According to StartEngine, total successful offerings since the securities exemption was launched in May of 2016 now stands at $161.5 million. So how does 2018 compare to the year prior? Excellent question…. Read More

Realty Mogul’s Most Recent Reg A+ Filing Provides Insight into Platform Operations

RealtyMogul has filed an updated form 1-A for their MogulREIT I offering which was launched more than two years ago. A non traded REIT, MogulREIT I has an investment objective of generating passive income for investors. As the offering is issued using Reg A+ both… Read More

In France, SME “Crowdlending” Delivered 18% Growth in 2018

According to a report from Mathieu George of Crowdlending.fr, the SME peer to peer lending market in France delivered decent growth during 2018. Overall, the market grew by 18% led by October – €59.6m (formerly known as Lendix) followed by Credit.fr – € 20.1m  and then… Read More

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