Investment Platforms and Marketplaces

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

Crowdcube Investing Metrics Continue to Show Resilience During Coronavirus Crisis

Crowdcube, a top European investment crowdfunding platform based in the UK, is reporting that even during the COVID-19 crisis investment metrics remain strong. In a blog post today, Crowdcube stated: “May [2020] saw an increase in investment activity at Crowdcube, with it reaching a lockdown… Read More

Invesdor Completes First Austrian Securities Offering for Biogena

  Invesdor, an equity crowdfunding platform that merged with an Austrian debt-funding platform Finnest in 2019, has completed its first equity round in the DACH region (Germany-Austria-Switzerland). Biogena Group GmbH raised almost €2 million, according to reports by Invesdor. Biogena, founded by CEO Albert Schmidbauer,… Read More

First Security Token Trading Marketplace Openfinance Network May Be in Transition

Security token trading platform Openfinance Network may be in the midst of an executive transition. While the company has not issued any public statements, LinkedIn profiles of founder and co-CEO Juan Hernandez and co-CEO James Stonebridge have recently changed. Stonebridge’s LinkedIn profile has been updated… Read More

P2P Lender Assetz Capital Now Seeking £500,000 Through Fourth Seedrs Campaign

UK-based peer-to-peer lending platform Assetz Capital announced on Wednesday it is returning to the Seedrs equity crowdfunding platform for the fourth time to raise a minimum of £500,000. As previously reported, Assetz Capital is described as a provider of alternative funding sources to SMEs and Property… Read More

Bitcoin Mercantile Exchange (BitMEX) Says COVID-19 Is Accelerating Digital Technology Adoption, Benefiting BigTech while SMEs Struggle

Bitcoin Mercantile Exchange (BitMEX), one of the largest cryptocurrency derivatives exchanges in the world, says that they “no longer think that dated volatility-related bets are an effective way to protect portfolios because they are now too expensive.” THe BitMEX team stated: “We believe that inflation… Read More

New $100 Million Pandemic Innovation Fund Launched by OurCrowd

  OurCrowd, the world’s largest investment crowdfunding platform, has announced the launch of a $100 million Pandemic Innovation Fund. OurCrowd has long held an interest in Medtech/Biotech, today OurCrowd is focusing more energy on healthcare and digital transformation as it seeks to raise $100 million… Read More

RateSetter’s CEO Rhydian Lewis Says COVID-19 Is the P2P Lending Sector’s First “Major” Crisis, Its Focus Is “Entirely” on Customers

UK-based peer to peer (P2P) lender RateSetter recently revealed that fewer consumer borrowers are asking for more time to pay back their loans. RateSetter said that its loan performance is now consistent with what it had predicted or expected during April 2020 and it claims… Read More

As Lockdown Eases, LendInvest Loosens Bridge Finance Lending

LendInvest, a top Fintech providing property finance in the UK, has updated its bridge financing product suite with higher LTVs [loan to value] of up to 75% as the UK’s national lockdown eases.  In a release, LendInvest said residential bridging rates are starting at 0.55%… Read More

5G Predicted to Boost Financial Inclusion in Asia

The new 5G mobile technology stands to boost financial inclusion in Asia, according to a prediction distributed by Robocash Group. The online lender says that about 3 million of the unbanked and underbanked will gain access to financial services in both Vietnam and the Philippines… Read More

Binance to Reportedly Launch its Stablecoin BUSD on Harmony Protocol’s Blockchain Network

Binance, the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange, will reportedly launch its stablecoin, Binance USD (BUSD) on Harmony protocol’s blockchain network. Stephen Tse, founder at Harmony, noted via Twitter that the launch is “just in time for Harmony’s Binance Launchpad anniversary.”   BREAKING: @binance USD (BUSD) will… Read More

Funding Circle Updates on COVID-19 Impact, Hires More Collections Employees, Strikes Positive Note

Funding Circle (LSE:FCH) Global Chief Risk Officer Jerome Le Luel has posted on update on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on platform operations. Le Luel said that while the full economic impact of the virus remains unknown and it is too early to predict… Read More

Wallis Bank Provided $347.5 Million in PPP Loans to More Than 3,500 Small Businesses

U.S. banking group Wallis Bank recently announced it has provided $347.5 million in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans to more than 3,500 small businesses throughout the country that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. As previously reported, The PPP was established by Congress under… Read More

In Midst of Seedrs Funding Round, EstateGuru Announces 50,000 Investor Milestone

EstateGuru is reporting that since January 2020 the investment crowdfunding platform has signed-up 12,952 new investors from 111 different countries. These investors are sufficient for the company to surpass 50,000 investors. Estonia based EstateGuru states that many of the new investors are based in Germany…. Read More

Binance-owned CoinMarketCap Updates its Cryptocurrency Pair Rankings System

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Digital asset market data aggregator CoinMarketCap recently revealed that it has introduced a different type of ranking system for cryptocurrency market pairs. CoinMarketCap said it would begin using a new ranking system that takes several factors into consideration. The leading crypto data site operator noted… Read More

Coinbase Adds Maker (MKR) Governance Token, Will Support MKR-BTC, MKR-USD Trading, but No ETH

San Francisco-based crypto exchange Coinbase has confirmed that on June 8, 2020, it will begin taking inbound transfers of Maker (MKR) to Coinbase Pro, the platform for professional digital asset traders. The exchange operator said that users may start trading MKR via Coinbase “on or… Read More

UK’s P2P Lender RateSetter’s Chief Credit Officer, Michael Hoare, Explains how the Platform’s Provision Fund Aims to Buffer Against Credit Losses

UK-based RateSetter, a peer to peer (P2P) lender, notes that its Provision Fund has been designed to assist investors with managing credit risk and to simplify the investment process. As explained by Jonathan Hodge, the chief operating officer at RateSetter, the Provision Fund aims to… Read More

Coinbase Introduces Tezos (XTZ) Staking to Earn Rewards by Passively Holding Crypto on the Exchange in the UK, certain EU Countries

San Francisco-based cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase is focused on providing more ways for users to earn financial rewards by simply holding digital assets. Coinbase recently introduced Tezos (XTZ) staking rewards for its US-based customers. The exchange will now be offering this option to its UK clients… Read More

What’s Going on with Peer to Peer Lender Grupeer?

  A couple of months ago Grupeer, a peer to peer lender ostensibly based in Latvia, shut-down all lending and allegedly halted all investor redemptions. In multiple statements, Grupeer management claimed the COVID-19 pandemic had harmed its ability to operate. At the end of March,… Read More

Student Loan Refinance Marketplace Splash Financial Raises $12.3 Million Through Series A Funding Round Led By CMFG Ventures & Northwestern Mutual Future Ventures

Splash Financial, a U.S.-based student loan refinance marketplace, announced earlier this week it secured $12.3 million through its Series A investment round, which was co-led by CMFG Ventures, LLC, the venture capital entity of CUNA Mutual Group, and Northwestern Mutual Future Ventures. Founded in 2015,… Read More

P2P Lender Archover to Begin Offering New Secured Lending Again, According to Charlotte Marsh, MD at ArchOver

Charlotte Marsh, managing director at ArchOver, a peer-to-peer (P2P) lending platform supporting SMEs business borrowing, has argued that the COVID-19 outbreak can be viewed as a key opportunity for P2P lenders to provide long-term funding to businesses struggling to cope with the economic challenges created… Read More

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