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trueDigital Plans CFTC Regulated Cryptocurrency Derivatives Exchange

Fintech trueDigital says it will launch a fully regulated cryptocurrency derivatives exchange as part of an acquisition. Subject to CFTC approval, trueDigital will gain the Designated Contract Market (DCM) and Swaps Execution Facility (SEF) registrations held by trueEX LLC. Once trueDigital holds these registrations, the… Read More

Working Capital Fintech Demica Forms Partnership with Bank of Montreal

Demica, a working capital Fintech, has announced an alliance with Bank of Montreal (BMO) to provide supply chain finance solutions for their clients. The partnership with BMO is the first with a bank in North America. BMO is the 8th largest bank, by assets, in… Read More

Challenger Bank Tandem Recognized as “Best Credit Card Provider” at Consumer Credit Awards

Challenger bank Tandem Bank has been recognized as “Best Credit Card Provider” and “Innovation of the Year” at the Consumer Credit Awards, according to a release. The Consumer Credit Awards are run by Smart Money People. Tandem CEO Ricky Knox said the Consumer Credit Awards… Read More

A Global Transformation: Siam Commercial Bank in Thailand Says Online and Digital Services Key to Survival

Digital banking and online lending is a huge portion of the future of finance. The days of brick and mortar dominance is slowly drifting away as the next generation of consumers prefer banking on their iPhone or Android smartphone. Last week, Deutsche Bank announced a… Read More

Here is the FCA Consultation Proposing the Ban of Cryptoasset Derivatives for Retail Investors

Earlier this month as previously reported, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) proposed a ban on the sale of both derivatives and exchange-traded notes (ETNs) based on “certain types of cryptoassets.” The announcement of the proposed ban kicked off a consultation, embedded below, for feedback… Read More

FarmTogether is an Agtech-Fintech that Provides Access to Capital for Farms & Opportunities for Investors

This is an interesting iteration of online capital formation. FarmTogether is a new investment platform that has developed a new model for farmland ownership and investment while reducing barriers for access to capital and liquidity for farmers. While I know little about farming, I know… Read More

Bitcoin Norway Shuts Down Due to Theft via SIM Swap Hack and “Sophisticated Spear-phishing Techniques”

Bitcoin Norway has shut down all operations according to its website and posts on Facebook. Bitcoin Norway is a cryptocurrency exchange that claims to have served over 25,000 Norwegians since 2013. Last week, via Twitter, the exchange said they are dealing with extraordinary problems: Hei… Read More

Republic Update: Over 80 Campaigns Funded + More than 3 Million Note Tokens Distributed

Mission-driven crowdfunding platform Republic has distributed a brief report on the company’s progress. Republic is an interesting Fintech platform that focuses on Reg CF but company is also deep into the crypto sector. An offshoot of AngelList and a sister platform of CoinList, Republic has… Read More

BTG Pactual: REITBZ an STO for a Real Estate Fund, Raises $3.3 Million, Switches to Tezos, Uses Jumio for ID Verification & Plans Secondary Transactions

BTG Pactual, a large South American investment bank, recently launched a successful security token offering for a real estate fund.  REITBZ was the first-ever tokenized investment fund in South America. Until recently BTG Pactual only offered services to high net worth and ultra-high net worth… Read More

Comments on President Trump’s Tweets on Bitcoin & Libra: “Mr. Trump appears confused by what a currency is”

Crowdfund Insider has received multiple comments on President Trump’s latest policy by Twitter approach to governing the US and his thoughts on cryptocurrency. As was previously reported, President Trump is no fan of Facebook’s Libra, as well as other cryptos. Trump believes that Facebook needs… Read More

President Trump Tweets About Bitcoin & Facebook’s Libra: “We only have one real currency in the USA … It is called the United States Dollar!”

President Trump has shared his perspective on crypto, and, more specifically, Bitcoin and Facebook’s stablecoin Libra. In a series of tweets yesterday, Trump professed his commitment to a strong US dollar and his disdain for the virtual currencies. Trump said we only have one real… Read More

2nd Reg A+ Token Offering Qualified by SEC: Props “Loyalty Program on Steroids”

Props Project (or YouNow Inc.) is now the second Reg A+ token issuer to be qualified by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Yesterday it was announced that Blockstack became the first token offering to be blessed by the SEC. Today we have a second…. Read More

tZero CEO Saum Noursalehi Publishes Letter on Platform Roadmap: “We firmly believe that security tokens are the next generation of how the world will trade value”

tZero CEO Saum Noursalehi has sent a letter to the company’s token holders outlining accomplishments while sharing the company’s roadmap for the coming months. tZero is a subsidiary of Overstock (NASDAQ:OSTK) and represents a transition in the company to be more blockchain focused. In the… Read More

Stanford U. Posse Creates Findora Blockchain Platform for Building Financial Applications Including P2P Lending

A group of Stanford academics and entrepreneurs have joined together to launch a new blockchain based ecosystem named Findora. The group includes Charles Lu, Ben Fisch, Benedikt Bünz, and John Powers. Powers is the former CEO of Stanford’s USD $25 billion fund. Fisch and Bünz… Read More

Crowdfunding on VidAngel Studios, the Chosen Claims to be #1 Crowdfunded Media Project Ever

Crowdfunding on VidAngel Studios now, the Chosen is claiming the title as the number one media project ever to be crowdfunded. Back in 2018, Chosen raised $9.99 million using Reg A+. Today, using Reg CF, the Chosen is in the process of seeking a total… Read More

Federal Court Orders Duo to Pay Penalties, Restitution for Bitcoin Fraud

In a case brought by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), two defendants, Morgan Hunt and Kim Hecroft, were ordered to pay almost $400,000 in penalties and restitution regarding Bitcoin-related fraud. The CFTC cautioned that the repayment of funds to victims may not result in… Read More

LendInvest Boosts Loan Cap to £750,000

Online mortgage lender LendInvest has increased its maximum loan amount to £750,000. This cap applies to its five year fixed buy-to-let loans. On standard residential loans, borrowers are now offered a reduced valuation fee of £150, along with free title insurance. Free title insurance is… Read More

Crypto Valley – PwC Report: $3.3 Billion Raised via Token Offerings in 2019

PwC and the Crypto Valley Association have recently published an “ICO/STO Report” covering the first five months of 2019. According to the report, since the beginning of the year 250 token offerings have raised $3.3 billion. The largest funding rounds came from Bitfinex at $1… Read More

Digital Bank N26 Launches in the United States via Partnership with Axos Bank

N26, a European digital-only bank, has launched in the US market. Long anticipated, N26 looks to enter one of the most competitive banking markets in the world that is dominated by global money center banks plus thousands of smaller regional operations. N26 is the first… Read More

Greater London Investment Fund Announces New Board Members

The Greater London Investment Fund (GLIF) has announced its new board of directors. The GLIF was launched at City Hall the Mayor of London in May. The GLIF has been developed specifically to target businesses which have had difficulties in securing crucial investment. The fund… Read More

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