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Fintech in France: Lemon Way is Experiencing Rapid Growth, Tops 5.7 Million European Accounts

Payments platform Lemon Way is reporting solid growth. The France-based Fintech says it has experienced “astounding growth in Europe with major increases to turnover and new payment accounts for 2018.” Founded in 2012, Lemon Way is a payments provider that has targeted the digital industry… Read More

Community Capital: Raised from, by and for, the Community

Democratizing capital for small business and citizen investors The mission of NC3 is to help move a significant portion of the estimated $65+ trillion that Americans have in long-term savings from Wall Street to local and social entrepreneurs, and to inspire similar shifts worldwide. We are… Read More

NASDAQ Partners with Brave New Coin on Bitcoin and Ethereum Index

Nasdaq is moving up the crypto ladder with a new “data dissemination relationship” with Brave New Coin (BNC). The partnership will send real-time Bitcoin and Ethereum index level information on the Nasdaq Global Index Data ServiceSM (GIDS) starting on Monday, February 25th. The Bitcoin Liquid Index (BLX)… Read More

CME Ranked Top Exchange Brand Helped by Bitcoin, HKEX Second with NYSE Third

Valuation and strategy consultancy Brand Finance has published its annual report on the top brands for the world’s most valuable exchange brands. According to their numbers, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) is the top regulated exchange in the world. CME held the top spot last… Read More

Insurtech Socotra Raises $5.2 Million. Total Raised Hits $18 Million

An extended Series A funding round has seen Insurtech Socotra raise an additional $5.2 Million. Last September, Socotra closed on a $5.5 million funding round. Total funding now stands at $18 million. This newest funding was led by 8VC with Insurers Nationwide and MS&AD Ventures… Read More

Property Partner Easily Tops £2 Million for First Opportunistic Fund

Property Partner announced its first “Opportunistic Fund” at the end of January. The new Fund is being launched to take advantage of the UK property market which has hit pause for the moment due to Brexit concerns. The Fund will “move fast as a cash… Read More

Hacktopia: Report Indicates Cryptopia May Re-Open as High Tech Crime Group Gives Permission

Hacked cryptocurrency exchange Cryptopioa has been given a green light to re-open its platform, according to a report in The New Zealand Herald. Authorities of the local Police’s High Tech Crime Group are quoted on the permission. Detective Inspector Greg Murton stated: “We have finished the… Read More

Insurtech Inshur Raises $7 Million Series A, Gains $2 Million Credit Facility

Insurtech Inshur has closed on a $7 million Series A investment round alongside a $2 million credit facility, according to a release from the company.  The investment was led by Munich Re Ventures with participation from MTech Capital – a venture fund focused on Insurtech. … Read More

LoanStreet Adds Commercial Lending Features for Financial Institutions

LoanStreet, an online platform that enables traditional finance like banks credit unions and other direct lenders to streamline the process of sharing, managing, and originating loans, has added new features. The SaaS platform now offers commercial loan origination and administration solution for any size financial… Read More

Globex Signs Agreement with First Growth Funds to Power Compliant Security Tokens in Australia and New Zealand

GlobexUS Holdings, parent of Horizon Globex US, has inked an agreement with First Growth Funds Limited (ASX:FGF) to power regulatory compliant security tokens in both Australia and New Zealand. First Growth Funds trades on the Australian Stock Exchange and is a micro-cap with a market… Read More

5th Crypto Trading: Gibraltar Digital Asset Exchange Lists Crypto Investment Ecosystem Asset Iconiq Token ICNQ

The Gibraltar Blockchain Exchange (GBX) has listed the Iconiq token “ICNQ” to its Digital Asset Exchange (GBX-DAX). Since the beginning of 2019, GBX-DAX has listed XRP, EOS, TRON, XLM, and now ICNQ. In 2018, GBX-DAX received a full “Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) Licence” from the Gibraltar… Read More

Hong Kong and Ireland Look to Forge Closer Financial Co-Operation Including Fintech

The Hong Kong Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury, James Lau, is visiting Ireland to foster closer financial co-operation between the two countries. According to a release, Lau met with the Minister of State at the Department of Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform of… Read More

Will 2019 be the Year of the Security Token? A Discussion with Juan Hernandez of OpenFinance Network

The initial coin offering (ICO) industry has morphed into the security token offering (STO) industry. This sector shift is due largely to the recognition, alongside the many regulatory enforcement actions, that have compelled digital assets to become compliant within existing securities law. For all intents… Read More

ICOx Innovations Uplists to OTCQB on OTC Markets

ICOx Innovations Inc., (OTCQB: ICOX) (TSXV: ICOX) has been approved for trading on the OTCQB Marketplace under the symbol “ICOX” effective today. OTC Markets provides three levels of trading. OTCCX is the “Best Market” and OTCQB is described as the “Venture Market.” There is also… Read More

Regtech: Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance Launches New Regulatory Benchmarking Survey

The Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF), the leading research institute for all things Fintech,  has launched its first survey of Regtech (regulatory technology) and Suptech (supervisory technology) firms. The new report is being completed in partnership with EY Japan. CCAF states that fieldwork is… Read More

Ripple Continues to Roll Out University Partners in Blockchain Research

Ripple’s University Blockchain Research Initiative (UBRI) continues to grow. Launched in June of 2018, Ripple’s global initiative now supports 29 academic partners to further accelerate academic research and development in blockchain, cryptocurrency, and digital payments. Ripple has committed $50 million to the project. The Newest UBRI… Read More

ASX-listed Company, Byte Power Group, Pays Fine to ASIC Following Launch of Crypto Exchange

The Australia Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) has issued a statement regarding payment of a fine by Byte Power Group Limited. Byte Power, a company that is engaged in diverse businesses such as food and wine and power management, paid ASIC $33,000 after the regulator issued an… Read More

Cannabis and Banking: House Committee to Discuss Access to Financial Services for Marijuana based Businesses

The House Subcommittee on Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Financial Institutions, part of the Financial Services Committee, has scheduled a hearing for Wednesday, February 13th to discuss the Cannabis industry and access to financial services. The Hearing, entitled Challenges and Solutions: Access to Banking Services for Cannabis-Related… Read More

Marketplace Lending Association Backs World Bank Group Guidelines for Responsible Digital Services

The Marketplace Lending Association (MLA) has announced that it is backing the “Guidelines for Investing in Responsible Digital Financial Services.” These guidelines are the creation of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) which is part of the World Bank Group. The MLA represents some of the… Read More

TransferWise Lowers their Rates. Can Banks Ever Compete?

Fintech unicorn and stealth bank TransferWise is dropping their rates even lower. According to an email distributed by the UK based Fintech, fees for transfering currency are going down. Using the process of transferring dollars to euros, TransferWise cited the following example: Transfer USD $700 via bank ACH:… Read More

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