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Ping An Completes First Venture Investment in India

Ping An Insurance Group announced on Thursday that Ping An Global Voyager Fund, its overseas investment arm, has led a $70 million Series D in Indian auto technology company CarDekho, alongside Sequoia Capital and Hillhouse Capital. Ping An reported that this is its first venture investment… Read More

Huobi Crypto Exchange Hosting China Government-Sanctioned Blockchain Event

Huobi, one of a few cryptocurrency and online lending businesses in China to have survived a recent “rectification” spree, will be hosting an International Cooperation Forum on Digital Economy and Blockchain on the island of Hainan December 5th and 6th. The “state-sanctioned event,” says Huobi,… Read More

Cryptocurrency Exchange bitFlyer Debuts Instant Buy Feature in Europe to Make Digital Currency More Accessible

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Japan-based cryptocurrency exchange bitFlyer announced on Thursday the launch of Instant Buy on its Buy/Sell exchange platform in Europe. The exchange reported that the feature, which is available on desktop and smartphone, allows users to buy cryptocurrency directly from bitFlyer, using a credit card, debit… Read More

Singapore-based OCBC Bank Now Lets Companies Open Business Accounts Right After Incorporation

Companies based in Singapore are now able to instantly open a business banking account with the Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation, Limited (OCBC) Bank (SGX: O39), a multinational banking and financial services corporation. According to the announcement, local startups are now able to open an OCBC account… Read More

Former Morgan Stanley Executives Plan Launch of Crypto Derivatives Exchange Phemex

A group of former Morgan Stanley executives is launching a crypto derivatives exchange in a move to rival the CME. Phemex, a trading platform that claims to be able to manage 300,000 TPS, is said to be on par with the technical capabilities of the… Read More

Crypto.com Announcement: Exchange Public Beta Is Now Live

Hong Kong cryptocurrency exchange Crypto.com announced on Wednesday it has opened its platform to the public after launching in private beta this past month. Crypto.com claims that its platform enables users to trade digital assets on the “most liquid and secure platform” in the market… Read More

Seneca College Launches New Fintech Center in Mumbai, India in Collaboration with the Thakur Institute of Management Studies and Research

Seneca College, a provider of polytechnic education to around 30,000 full-time and 60,000 part-time students, has launched a new Fintech Centre in Mumbai, India via a collaboration with the Thakur Institute of Management Studies and Research (TIMSR). According to a release: “The Seneca-TIMSR Fintech Centre… Read More

Singapore-based Proptech Firm Fraxtor Aims to Democratize Investment in Real Estate

Property investment for the average person usually involves making investments in projects that have already been completed. However, there’s now an opportunity to invest in property projects before they’re actually completed. This has been made possible by leveraging blockchain technology. It can take several years… Read More

Singapore-based Fintech Firm FinAccel Raises $90 Million via Series C Round Led By Asia Growth Fund, Square Peg

Singapore-based FinAccel, a Fintech firm that allows Indonesian consumers to purchase items online and make payments later under the Kredivo brand, has secured $90 million via a Series C equity funding round. The funds will be used to expand the firm’s operations in Indonesia. According… Read More

China: WeiyangX Fintech Review

The People’s Bank of China Releases Financial Stability Report with Special Focus on Online Lending The People’s Bank of China (PBC) released the 2019 China Financial Stability Report lately, which gives a comprehensive review of the soundness of China’s financial system since 2018. While incremental… Read More

China Central Bank Claims to Have Closed Majority of Lending Platforms and 173 Cryptocurrency Entities

Following reports of multiple “rectification” incidents executed against cryptocurrency businesses in China last week, including alleged raids on a Binance office in Beijing, the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) announced November 25th that it has closed two-thirds of the country’s online lending institutions and 173… Read More

Insurtech Firm Acko General Insurance Raises $36 Million via Investment Round Led by Ascent Capital, Binny Bansal

Insurtech firm Acko General Insurance Ltd has recently raised $36 million via an investment round led by Ascent Capital. This, according to Acko’s filings with the registrar of companies (RoC). The Mumbai-headquartered insurtech company acquired allotments of “10 equity shares of ₹10 (appr. $0.14) each… Read More

Ethereum Programmer Arrested for Advising North Korea on Cryptocurrency and Sanctions Evasion

An Ethereum programmer who allegedly traveled to North Korea to deliver a presentation and technical advice on using cryptocurrencies to evade sanctions was arrested on Thursday at the Los Angeles airport. Ethereum is the second-largest cryptocurrency network after Bitcoin. Like Bitcoin, Ethereum is maintained and… Read More

Blockchain Network Zilliqa to Use Elliptic’s Risk Management Tools to Enhance Platform Infrastructure Security and Compliance

Zilliqa, a blockchain-based platform that aims to deliver high-throughput and high-security, has teamed up with Elliptic, a provider of digital asset risk management software for crypto firms and financial institutions. According to a press release shared with Crowdfund Insider, the partnership between Zilliqa and Elliptic… Read More

Details Emerge Regarding China’s Cryptocurrency Crackdown

China is cracking down on its “massive” cryptocurrency sector, Japan Times reports, and this time it seems pretty real. Bitcoin was officially banned in China in late 2016 when, according to Morgan Stanley, Chinese yuan was being used in more than 95% of Bitcoin trades…. Read More

CEO of Crypto Exchange IDAX Global Disappears, Exchange Experiences “Impeded Withdrawals”

An opaque cryptocurrency exchange IDAX Global has reported that its CEO has disappeared. The news comes at a time when the exchange was experiencing “channel congestion” for withdrawals.” Several days ago, IDAX Global posted the following note: Dear IDAX users: Recently, the demand for IDAX… Read More

Peer to Peer Lending Firm Amartha Finalizes Series B Funding Round Led by LINE Ventures

Peer to peer lending firm Amartha has finalized a Series B investment round led by LINE Ventures, the venture capital division of giant messaging app LINE. The funds raised will be used to further expand Amartha’s operations to include more women and underprivileged families based… Read More

Securitize, a Compliant Blockchain-based Securities Platform, Acquires Strategic Investment from SBI Holdings

Securitize, a globally accessible solution for developing compliant, blockchain-based digital securities, has reportedly completed another strategic fundraise in order to further develop its technology platform to “modernize the legacy securities industry.” The latest investment comes from SBI Investment, a subsidiary of Tokyo-listed SBI Holdings, Inc.,… Read More

China Fintech Bluebooks: Cyberfraud in China Now a $16 Billion USD Industry

Scams involving new financial technologies comprise a 110 billion yuan ($16 billion USD) industry in China, according to the publishers of three blue books covering the current state of Fintech, Regtech and blockchain in China. While producing some conveniences, new financial technologies like cryptocurrencies are… Read More

Overstock: Buyaladdin Joins Affiliate Program, Aided by tZERO

Buyaladdin Inc. has joined the “Affiliate Program” of Overstock (NASDAQ:OSTK). Buyaladdin will now have access to Overstock’s assortment of new home goods products. Buyaladdin plans to launch this initiative in the first quarter of 2020. According to a release, tZERO – a blockchain subsidiary of… Read More

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