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China: WeiyangX Fintech Review

Insurtech Firm Waterdrop Starts Trading on New York Stock Exchange  On May 7th, Waterdrop Inc., China’s leading insurance and healthcare service technology platform, went public on New York Stock Exchange. Founded in 2016, Waterdrop has built an online insurance marketplace (“Shuidibao”) and a medical crowdfunding… Read More

GameStopped Hearing Part III: What’s Next for Policymakers?

Today was the 3rd, and perhaps final, hearing held by the House Committee on Financial Services regarding the GameStop (NYSE:GME) sage regarding short selling by traders chatting on Reddit. As most people are aware, investors on subreddits like Wallstreetbets, combined to drive the value of… Read More

Kyle Sonlin: CEO at Security Token Market Discusses Potential Impact of Security Tokens on Global Financial System

We recently connected with Kyle Sonlin, CEO at Security Token Market (STM), which is focused on supporting the nascent blockchain-based security tokens space. Sonlin explained how the global financial system is evolving rapidly and how security tokens can help streamline many traditional business processes. Sonlin… Read More

The Bank of Thailand Publishes Paper on Central Bank Digital Currencies: The Way Forward

The Bank of Thailand has published a paper on central bank digital currency (CBDCs) entitle the Way Forward for Retail Central Bank Digital Currency in Thailand. Thailand has been a fairly innovation-friendly nation in regards to Fintech. Several years ago, Thailand participated in Project Inthanon,… Read More

Number of FINRA Regulated Funding Portals Holds Steady as Crowdfunding Industry is Poised for Growth in 2021

Periodically, Crowdfund Insider reviews the number of FINRA regulated funding portals operating in the Regulation Crowdfunding (Reg CF) funding sector. A funding portal is a new entity created by the JOBS Act of 2012 designed specifically to issue securities under Reg CF. The last time… Read More

Bhavik Vasa: CEO at Asian Revenue-based Financing Fintech GetVantage Says Startups Should Focus on Sustainable Growth

We recently caught up with Bhavik Vasa, founder and CEO at GetVantage, which is India and Southeast Asia’s first revenue-based financing Fintech platform. Vasa talked about the different challenges entrepreneurs face as they work on developing new products and services. Vasa explained how GetVantage‘s unique… Read More

Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council: Biden Policy Like Capital Gains Tax Increases Could Derail the Recovery, Harm Entrepreneurs

The Biden administration has just completed its first 100 days in office. Since January, the Administration has proffered a whirlwind of policy changes and legislation from massive spending in the trillions of dollars to profound changes in the tax system. Meanwhile, the economy has already… Read More

European Investment Bank Issues Digital Bond on Ethereum. Will Bond Tokenization Become the Norm?

This past week, the European Investment Bank (EIB) issued a €100 million digital bond offering on the Ethereum blockchain. The EIB worked with Goldman Sachs, Santander, and Societe Generale on the issuance along with the support of the Banque of France. Notably, the payment of… Read More

OurCrowd: Things in Israel are Firing on All Cylinders

Earlier this week, OurCrowd CEO and founder Jon Medved held a virtual press briefing commenting on both the marketplace in Israel and the performance of OurCrowd in a pretty hot investment environment. Recently, it was reported that Israel has broken into the top 20 nations… Read More

Sellers Beware: Can NFTs Be Regulated Securities?

The sudden prevalence of Non-Fungible Tokens has raised important legal considerations for issuers and purchasers alike. While intellectual property rights remain essential, securities laws should not be overlooked. Non-Fungible Tokens, or “NFTs”, are digital assets with unique identifying characteristics that distinguish one from another.  Unlike… Read More

Here is the Letter from the OCC Granting the Preliminary Bank Charter to Paxos

Last week, it was reported that Paxos had received preliminary approval for a national bank charter for Paxos National Trust. The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) stated: “the preliminary conditional approval is granted after a thorough review of the application, other materials… Read More

Simple Answers to Four Questions From Blockchain Skeptics

When you work in the blockchain and cryptoasset space for a while, you hear four particular questions asked over and over by people new to the space and particularly by skeptical people.  These are good and important questions and they deserve simple, straightforward answers, so… Read More

Eric Christopher: CEO at Zylo, an SaaS Management Platform, Reveals Key Trends in Software as a Service Sector

Productiv, a platform that helps manage software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications, recently finalized a $45 million Series C funding round. This happens to be just one of many SaaS funding and acquisition announcements this year. In its recent report, Zylo, an established SaaS management platform that manages… Read More

China: WeiyangX Fintech Review

Fintech Companies Will Face Listing Restrictions on the SSE STAR Market  On April 16th, the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) published the revised edition of “STAR Market Property Evaluation Guidelines”. According to the amendments, Fintech companies will be classified as “restricted” category when it applies… Read More

Policy Proposal to Boost Economic Growth Includes Online Capital Formation, Digital Assets and More

US Capitol Hill Washington DC

Earlier this year, Senator Pat Toomey, the ranking member of the Senate Banking Committee, issued a call for policy proposals that could boost economic growth. Key policy moves designed to generate more jobs and improve prosperity are always needed – even more so on the… Read More

Finders: Is the SEC Finally Ready to Clarify this Cloudy Issue for Startups and Other Private Companies?

  In an effort to address an issue that has frustrated the business community for years, including startups, tech companies, and “finders,” the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published a proposed conditional exemption for finders on October 7, 2020. Under the proposal, people (i.e.,… Read More

Apple Releases the All New “Phantom Credit Score” and it’s All Wrong

Apple CEO, Tim Cook kicked off the Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) “spring-loaded” event and announced the biggest head-scratcher that made no sense. Cook announced a new way to “build credit” for the rest of your family that’s called “Apple Card Family”. Cook said that Apple set out to… Read More

FCA Chief Executive, Nikhil Rathi, Updates on UK Fintech

Nikhil Rathi, Chief Executive of the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), delivered a speech yesterday during a presentation at UK Fintech Week. Entitled, Levelling the playing field – Rathi provided perspective on innovation in financial services. He said that in 2019, Fintech revenue rose to… Read More

Formerly Rich Uncles, Modiv Looks to Redefine Real Estate Investing for Individual Investors

Modiv, formerly operating as Rich Uncles, is seeking to open up real estate investing for smaller investors with unlisted REITS. Recently, the company announced the filing of a registration statement for Modiv Acquisition Corp. or “MAC SPAC” – looking to gain entry into the hot… Read More

Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak Outlines Proposals to Boost the UK’s Fintech Prominence

As UK Fintech week kicks off today, Rishi Sunak, Chancellor of the Exchequer addressed members of the industry outlining proposals designed to “enhance the UK’s competitive advantage in Fintech.”  This includes regulatory support and reforms to help Fintech firms grow. The Chancellor also commented on… Read More

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