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Singapore Exchange & Monetary Authority of Singapore Move Forward on Tokenized Assets Across Different Blockchains

Singapore Exchange (SGX) and the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) have announced a successful blockchain pilot of “Payment (DvP) capabilities for the settlement of tokenized assets across different blockchain platforms.” The two entities have a goal of simplifying back-office operations, post-trade processes while shortening trade settlement… Read More

Fake Blockchain: Report Says EOS is not Really Blockchain but a “Distributed Homogeneous Database Management System” [u]

Last week, a report was circulating about EOS that slammed the ecosystem saying it was not even a true blockchain. There are other people in the blockchain world who would agree with at least some of the statements from the report. According to Whiteblock, the “world’s… Read More

Patch of Land Adds Voice of Support for Real Estate Crowdfunding Sector Following RealtyShares News

Patch of Land, another early entrant in the real estate crowdfunding sector, has joined the growing chorus of platforms commenting on the demise of RealtyShares while expressing its confidence in the industry. Patch, one of the very first online property finance platforms, started as a… Read More

Arca Funds Files Registration Statement with SEC for US Treasury Fund Issued as Digital Security Using Stablecoins

This is a first. Arca Funds, an institutional/high net worth investor  – asset manager and fund creator for digital assets, has filed a registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for the Arca US Treasury Fund. The goal is to trade the security… Read More

Marshall Islands President Hilda Heine Points Finger at China as Opponents Attempt to Oust Her Along with Her Sovereign Crypto Plan

Dr. Hilda Cathy Heine, President of the Marshall Islands, is taking some heat from her plan to convert the Marshall Island’s currency from the US dollar to their own cryptocurrency. The Blockchain based “SOV” currency was approved and signed into law back in February. The… Read More

Legion M Reg A+ Crowdfunding Offer Tops 5000 Reservations

Legion M, the fan-owned media and entertainment company, is in the midst of its 4th securities crowdfunding round having raised approximately $5 million in total. According to a note from the company, Legion M has now topped 5,000 reservations for the securities offer which will begin… Read More

Chatter: Brian Biglin Out as Chief Credit Officer at Elevate Credit

According to an industry insider, Brian Biglin has departed Elevate Credit (NYSE: ELVT). Biglin had been Chief Credit Officer at the online lender. According to a release from earlier this year, Biglin has previously held executive positions at PayPal, loanDepot and intuit. Biglin was with… Read More

Blockstack Token Fund Raises $26.2 Million

According to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Blockstack Token Fund has raised $26,248,475 in a Reg D 506c offering. The money raised was separated into two different vehicles: Blockstack Token Fund QP, LP raised $17,783,394.88 and Blockstack Token Fund AI, LP raised $8,465,080.20…. Read More

As RealtyShares Shuts Down, the Real Estate Crowdfunding Industry Ponders the Future

Earlier this week it was revealed that RealtyShares, a respected real estate crowdfunding platform that has originated just under $900 million in investment capital, was winding down operations. The turn of events was driven by the lack of available risk capital to keep the real… Read More

Germany: Blockchain Industry Representatives Meet with Bundestag to Work on Common Sense Regulation

It has been a few choppy weeks in Germany for the blockchain / digital asset industry. Last month, a German court ruled that Bitcoin was not a financial instrument. The case centered around an enterprising teenager who launched a Bitcoin exchange five years ago. He was… Read More

Crypto Exchange Trade.io Announces Acquisition of FCA Regulated Primus Capital Markets

Crypto exchange and ICO service platform trade.io has announced the acquisition of Primus Capital Markets UK Ltd, an FCA regulated entity that holds an “IFPRU 125K Matched Principal License.” The strategic acquisition is said to bolster trade.io’s position in Europe. Primus will be rebranded as TIO Markets and… Read More

Ethis Wins Two Awards at Islamic Fintech Awards

Fintech Ethis, via its two online crowdfunding platforms, EthisCrowd and GlobalSadaqah, topped 135 nominees at the recent World Islamic Fintech Awards to win The Best Islamic Peer-to-Peer Finance Platform and The Best Social Impact Islamic Fintech Firm respectively. Ethis states that both platforms were established to cater… Read More

DESICO Security Token Kicks Off Public Offering

DESICO, a company that is building a security token platform, launched its own security token offering (STO) this week. As was previously announced, DESICO is issuing the STO under EU law. Operating in both Paris and Vilnius, Lithuania, DESICO is said to be compliant with… Read More

Overstock Earnings Report: It’s Really All About Blockchain

Overstock (NASDAQ: OSTK) reported Q3 earnings today after the market closed. While the company is best known for its e-commerce expertise, most of the earnings call was about crypto, blockchain, and the future according to Patrick Byrne. As for Overstock,  top-line revenue came in at… Read More

Overstock Sub Bitsy Exchange & Wallet Starts Service on Monday

Bitsy, a “user-friendly bridge” between the US dollar and Bitcoin will be publicly available this Monday (November 12, 2018). Bitsy is a portfolio company of Medici Ventures – Overstocks (NASDAQ: OSTK) – blockchain accelerator. According to a release, Bitsy users will be able to download the… Read More

Congressman Patrick McHenry Seeks Ranking Republican Spot on House Financial Services Committee

Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry, an ardent supporter of small business and Fintech innovation, has announced his intent to become the ranking Republican on the House Financial Services Committee. Following the loss of the US House of Representatives to the Democrats, all Committee Chairs migrate to… Read More

Attorney on SEC Crypto Exchange Enforcement Action: “Settlement May Be Only the First”

Today, the first enforcement action was taken by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) against a cryptocurrency exchange; EtherDelta. Prior to this, the SEC had only targeted issuers and promoters of crypto – largely for fraud and selling unregistered securities.  While the action against EtherData is… Read More

Small US Banks Join to Fight Fintech Challenge: Alloy Labs Alliance Targets Innovation

Yesterday, a consortium of smaller banks announced their intent to better manage the Fintech challenge with the creation of the Alloy Labs Alliance. Twelve community and regional banks have joined in the Alliance as the banking sector fights to adapt to profound sector disruption and relevance… Read More

CoinList Adds Back Office Feature to Easily Manage Token Sales

Securities token offering platform CoinList has released a new feature to complement their growing portfolio of services for digital asset offerings. Today, the platform has announced “Token Sale Manager” – an integrated and compliant white label tool that aids issuers with payments, document signing, and… Read More

Insurtech yulife Raises £3 Million with Participation from OurCrowd. Will Reward Users by Issuing “yucoin”

The “world’s first lifestyle insurance” firm, yulife, has raised £3 million. The funding round was led by LocalGlobe with participation from leading crowdfunding platform OurCrowd and AIG. yulife is scheduled to launch in the UK this week. yulife says it wants to make British companies… Read More

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