Investment Platforms and Marketplaces

Online investment marketplaces including peer to peer lending, investment crowdfunding, security token platforms and more.

Kabbage Forms Partnership With SBA Authorized Lender to Deliver Paycheck Protection Program Loans

Global financial service platform Kabbage announced on Tuesday it has partnered with a technology-enabled bank and authorized lender of the Small Business Administration (SBA) to deliver billions of dollars of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans to American small businesses. Kabbage claims its program has received more… Read More

Lendio Announces New Partnership With Acronis to Help Fund Cyber Protection Service Providers During COVID-19 Pandemic

Online lending platform Lendio announced on Tuesday it has formed a new partnership with cyber protection services platform Acronis to business capital to cyber protection service providers. According to Lendio, Acronis delivers backup, anti-ransomware, disaster recovery, storage and enterprise file sync, and share solutions to… Read More

Biz2Credit Business Lending Index For March 2020 Reveals Small Business Loan Approval Rates Plummeted Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

Biz2Credit announced on Tuesday the release of its latest Business Lending Index revealed that small business approval rate plummeted in March 2020. According to the Index, The approval percentage for small business loan applications at big banks ($10 billion+ in assets) plummeted to just 15.4%… Read More

Online Lender TWINO Applies for Investment Brokerage License

Peer to peer lending platform TWINO is the latest online lender planning to expand its portfolio of services offered to its customers. According to a release, TWINO has applied for an investment brokerage license in Latvia. It was not immediately clear which additional services the… Read More

Digital Banking: Online Lender Mintos Pursues European Investment and e-Money Licenses

Mintos, a global loan marketplace claiming over a quarter of a million investors, is pursuing both a investment firm license and an e-money institution license, according to a release from the company. Mintos has applied to the Financial and Capital Market Commission (FCMC) in Latvia… Read More

Funding Circle Launches Pre-Application System for Paycheck Protection Program Loans

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Marketplace lending company Funding Circle (LSE: FCH) announced on Friday it launched a pre-application system for small business owners interested in funds from the Paycheck Protection Program, which is offered by the U.S. Department of Treasury and Small Business Administration (SBA). Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)… Read More

Lendio Announces Paycheck Protection Program Loan Application For Small Businesses During COVID-19 Pandemic

Online lending platform Lendio recently announced it has launched an application for small businesses to access the $349 billion in government funds set aside for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Lendio reported that the Paycheck Protection Program is part of the $2 trillion CARES Act… Read More

Grupeer: After Halting P2P Lending Operations, Management Complains that Investors are Going Straight to Borrowers

Last week, Crowdfund Insider reported on Latvia-based peer to peer lender Grupeer’s decision to halt all lending due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. CI quoted the company’s decision: “Regretfully, we are forced to inform you that in the current circumstances it is not… Read More

RateSetter Up For Sale? P2P Lender Says All Options Under Review

Last week, it was reported that RateSetter, a leading UK peer to peer lender, was considering a merger or sale of the business. A report in SkyNews said the COVID-19 pandemic had exacerbated a “funding squeeze” compelling the Fintech to approach potential acquirers. RateSetter has… Read More

Tokenize Malaysia Receives Full Regulatory Approval

Tokenize Malaysia, one of a handful of digital asset exchanges that was recognized as a conditional market operator by Securities Commission Malaysia in 2019, has received full regulatory approval according to multiple reports. The approval was delivered on April 1, 2020. The approval qualifies the… Read More

Coinfield – Sologenic Connects Traditional Assets Like Stocks with Crypto

Coinfield, a smaller crypto exchange operating out of Estonia, is working with Solegenic to “connect traditional financial markets with crypto assets,” according to a release. Sologenics, an entity that is affiliated with Coinfield, says it facilitates users with investing, trading, and on-demand tokenization of over… Read More

SMBX Announces First Two Issuers For the Small Business Rebuild Bond Program

SMBX, a marketplace for buying and selling small-business bonds, announced on Thursday the first two issuers for its small business rebuild bond program, which is running in tandem with the company’s regular Small Business Bond Program. SMBX reported that through the program offers small business… Read More

SEC Small Business Advocate to Host Virtual Coffee Breaks. First Meeting to Include NextSeed, Republic and Honeycomb Credit

Earlier this week the SEC Office of the Advocate for Small Business Capital Formation announced a series of  “virtual coffee breaks” to engage with the public to discuss updates, trends, and perspectives on how COVID-19 is impacting raising capital. The very first virtual gather is… Read More

What is the Impact of COVID-19 on Peer to Peer Lending?

Peer to peer lending research firm 4thWay is out with a short note on the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on the P2P industry.  According to 4thWay, a minority of investors are selling their loans due to the affiliated risk of the outbreak. The… Read More

It’s Official: Binance Buys CoinMarketCap for Undisclosed Amount

Binance has officially announced its acquisition of CoinMarketCap. It was reported earlier this week that an announcement of the purchase was pending. The rumored purchase price placed the acquisition at around $400 million making it one of the biggest crypto-focused acquisitions to date. Binance did not… Read More

Coinbase Claims Retail Investors Purchased Large Amounts of Bitcoin (BTC) During Last Month’s Crypto Market Crash

San Francisco-based digital asset exchange Coinbase claims that retail customers purchased Bitcoin (BTC), the flagship cryptocurrency, the most during the March 2020 market crash. As noted in a report from Coinbase (released on March 31, 2020), customers usually purchase about 60% more than they sell…. Read More

Atomic Asset Exchange, a New Crypto Trading Platform, Is Launching its Native Token, AAB

The Atomic Asset Exchange (AAX), a newly developed digital currency exchange that offers over-the-counter, spot, and futures trading, confirmed on March 31, 2020, that it will be introducing its native exchange token, called AAB. AAX aims to connect crypto to the larger, traditional financial system…. Read More

Estonia: P2P Lender Monethera Suspends All Activities Due to COVID-19

Earlier this week, Monethera issued a rather brief statement via Twitter that it was ceasing all activities due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Details of the decision were said to be forwarded in an email to investors. Sorry to tweet this, but we are forced to… Read More

Latvian Peer to Peer Lender Grupeer Ceases Operations

Grupeer is the latest European peer to peer lender to shut down operations. Grupeer operates out of Latvia but also claims an office in Ireland. In a message posted on the site this week, Grupeer management claimed that the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic made… Read More

Lendio Plans to Hire Up to 200 Full-Time Small Business Loan Agents to Meet Demands for Emergency Capital During COVID-19 Pandemic

Online lending platform Lendio announced on Tuesday it is planning to hire up to 200 full-time small business loan agents to help meet the demand for emergency capital during the COVID-19. Lendio reported that with the recent passing of the CARES Act and the inclusions… Read More

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