Investment Platforms and Marketplaces

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

College Ave Student Loans Completes $300 Million Securitization of Private Student Loans

Student loan marketplace, College Ave Student Loans, announced on Tuesday it has completed a $300 million securitization of private student loans, its third securitization and largest to date. According to College Ave, the transaction was oversubscribed attracting a broad and diverse group of repeat investors and… Read More

Hexindai Announces Support For Regulators’ Decision to Include P2P Platforms in Central Bank’s Credit System

Chinese peer-to-peer lending platform Hexindai (NASDAQ: HX) announced on Tuesday its support for the decision by industry regulators to include the country’s P2P platforms in the central bank’s credit system. The online lender reported that it believes this as a positive move for the P2P… Read More

National Exchange of Seychelles MERJ Opens Initial Public Offering of Tokenized Equity, STO Available to International Investors

MERJ, the national stock exchange of Seychelles, has kicked off its initial public offering (IPO) of tokenized equity. The digital asset is the first security token offering (STO) of a regulated stock exchange anywhere. The IPO values the 8-year old exchange at USD $25 million…. Read More

BitMEX Hires Derek Gobel as General Counsel

HDR Global Trading Limited (dba BitMEX) has appointed Derek Gobel as the group’s General Counsel, according to a release. BitMEX is a large crypto derivatives trading platform that is licensed in the Seychelles. Arthur Hayes, BitMEX co-founder and CEO issued the following statement: “Derek brings… Read More

Schwab: Crypto a “Purely Speculative Instrument” That Won’t Be Added to RIA Platform

Investing giant Charles Schwab has no intention of adding cryptocurrencies to its platform for registered investment advisors (RIAs) “at this time,” Rob Farmer, Schwab’s managing director for corporate communications, has told RIAbiz. “Investors should view these currencies as a purely speculative instrument,” he added. Crypto-reticence… Read More

COO for Cryptocurrency Trading Platform BitMEX, Angelina Kwan, Departs

Angelina Kwan, a prominent Hong Kong advocate for women in STEM, has left her position as COO at the crypto derivatives platform, BitMEX, The Block reports. “We can confirm that Angelina Kwan is leaving the company and is on gardening leave now. That’s all we… Read More

CrowdStreet Debuts Diversified Opportunity Zone Fund

Real estate crowdfunding platform CrowdStreet announced on Monday the launch of its new Diversified Opportunity Zone Fund. According to CrowdStreet, the fund will focus on new development and redevelopment in small and mid-market U.S. Opportunity Zone communities with high growth potential. “A Qualified Opportunity Fund… Read More

U.S. Investment & Tech Firm PEAK6 Announces Acquisition of Electronic Transaction Clearing

PEAK6, a U.S.-based investment and technology firm, announced on Monday it has acquired Electronic Transaction Clearing, a custodian and clearing provider. According to PEAK6, ETC’s institutional orientation will “expand” the company’s footprint in custody and clearing and is a direct complement to one of its… Read More

Buenos Aires-based Crowdfunding Platform SeSocio Launches in Chile

Buenos Aires-based startup SeSocio is establishing operations in Chile. The Argentine crowdfunding company will be offering its collective financing platform, which does not require a minimum investment. Co-founder and CEO of SeSocio Guido Quaranta explains how the platform can be used to invest in a… Read More

Online Investment Firm PrimaryBid Secures £7 Million Through Latest Investment Round Led By Pentech & Outward VC

PrimaryBid, an online funding platform that enables investors to gain access to placings of AIM-listed companies, reportedly secured £7 million through its latest investment round, which was led by Pentech and Outward VC.  Founded in 2012, PrimaryBid describes itself as a platform that allows private… Read More

Crypto Consumer Lending Firm Celsius Has $1 Billion in Digital Assets Deposited with BitGo

The initial coin offering (ICO) craze of 2017 and early 2018 helped generate billions of dollars for blockchain startups throughout the world. However, many ICO projects were scams or did not lead to the development of useful products. London-based Celsius is among the very few… Read More

Bakkt Now Accepting Customer Bitcoin Deposits & Withdrawals, Futures to Launch September 23

Digital asset exchange and ecosystem Bakkt is nearing complete launch. Bakkt, part of the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) – a group that also owns the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), received the necessary regulatory approvals earlier this year. Bakkt proves a compliant platform that expects to… Read More

tZERO CEO Addresses Patrick Byrne’s Departure in Open Letter, “No Impact” on Operations, as Board is Committed to Company’s Long Term Success

Overstock (NASDAQ:OSTK) has been rattled in recent weeks as founder Patrick Byrne departed from the firm he created as both an executive and a board member. Byrne left Overstock and multiple blockchain-focused projects following revelations of a long time relationship with alleged Russian agent Maria… Read More

Dutch Medtech Firm is First Pan European Crowdfunding Offering on aescuvest

Germany based investment crowdfunding platform aescuvest has kicked off pan-European securities offerings with Surge On Medical. The Dutch Medtech has developed technology aimed at setting new standards in precision and robotic surgery. Surge-On seeks to raise up to €5 million on aescuvest. A launch event,… Read More

Following the Tokenization of a Property Investment, Smartlands Plans Tokenized “Disruptive Fund” Investing in Fintechs & More

This past June, Smartlands announced the first UK property to be tokenized and offered to investors. The crowdfunding platform now reports that the project has closed fully funded. The student accommodation in the UK sought £1 million for a 30% equity stake in a property… Read More

CrowdBureau Secures $1.1 Million Through Series A Funding Round Led By Clydagh Limited, Estuary Holdings, & Alpama Limited

CrowdBureau, an information technology platform that offers asset and risk management tools for market players seeking more transparency in marketplace peer-to-peer lending and securities crowdfunding, announced this week it raised $1.1 million through its Series A funding round, which was led by Clydagh Limited, Estuary Holdings… Read More

Robo.Cash Says it Not Just About Euros as Loans in Rubles Garner Interest from European Investors

Peer to peer lender Robo.Cash says that beyond loans denominated in Euros, European investors are expressing interest in Ruble denominated loans. This comes at a time when the Ruble has risen against the Euro by 9%. Robo.Cash states that in a survey conducted on the… Read More

Leading Southeast Asian Peer to Peer Lender Funding Societies Revamps with New Executive Team

Funding Societies, one of the largest peer-to-peer (P2P) lending platforms in Southeast Asia, has revamped its executive team with new hires. Funding Societies provides access to capital to SMEs crowdfunded by both institutional and individual investors. To date, Funding Societies reports over S$ 800 million… Read More

Japanese Crypto Exchange Coincheck Suspends New Orders for Margin Trades, Will Cut Existing Margin Trades by 20%

Japanese cryptocurrency trading platform Coincheck has suspended new orders for margin trading and will reduce margins on pending trades from 5X to 4X on October 31st, 2019. The company also warns (according to an automated translation): “The amount of margin required will change constantly, so… Read More

Fundrise Opportunity Zone Fund Has Raised Over $22 Million

Real estate investment platform Fundrise has raised over $22 million for their Opportunity Fund. The information was revealed in a recent Form D 5o6c filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The Fundrise Opportunity Fund benefits from the newly minted “Opportunity Zone” designation created… Read More

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