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Where Did Kik Go Wrong? Former SEC Attorney Discusses Kik Settlement with SEC

    Recently, Kik settled a long legal battle with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). In the end, Kik must pay a $5 million settlement pertaining to an initial coin offering (ICO) that was deemed to be an unregistered security offering. Additionally, for the… Read More

Dr. Amrit Kumar: President at Zilliqa Explains How Platform’s Scilla Smart Contract Language Is Used to Develop Secure Applications

We recently caught up with Dr. Amrit Kumar, President and Chief Scientific Officer of Zilliqa, an enterprise-grade blockchain development platform. Many of the more popular iterations of blockchain are not sufficiently robust to handle the high transaction rates needed today – not to mention what… Read More

China: WeiyangX Fintech Review

PBC Digital Currency Research Institute and Rural Credit Bank Fund Clearing Center Sign a Strategic Cooperation Agreement On October 20th, the Digital Currency Research Institute of the People’s Bank of China (hereinafter referred to as the Institute of Digital Currency Research) and the Rural Credit… Read More

Mark Smargon: CEO at Israeli Fintech Fuse.io Wants to Offer Non-Custodial, Open-Source Payments Services with WeChat level User Experience

We recently caught up with Mark Smargon, CEO of Fuse.io, a Fintech company that aims to connect everyday payments to the blockchain without compromising on user experience. Fuse.io is focused on leveraging the latest decentralized finance (DeFi) infrastructure to offer a unique platform to businesses… Read More

King of SPACs: Doug Ellenoff of EGS Discusses the Hot SPAC Market – “Not a Fad”

The law firm of Ellenoff, Grossman, and Schole (EGS) has long been a leading Manhattan firm in the SPAC sector (Special Purpose Acquisition Company). This year, SPACs have boomed, including multiple high profile issuers as well as several Fintech focused SPACs. So how did SPACs… Read More

PayPal to Allow Users to Buy, Sell, and Pay in Crypto in Partnership with Paxos

  PayPal (NASDAQ:PYPL) has partnered with Paxos to allow users to buy, hold, sell crypto, and pay in crypto by using the PayPal wallet in a new partnership with Paxos. The decision to incorporate digital assets is another sign of corporate acceptance of digital currency…. Read More

IOUR Foundation Looks to Redefine the Internet with Blockchain based Competitor to Established Standards

While finance may be the first killer app for blockchain, the technology has spawned many other concepts pertaining to decentralization. The IOUR Foundation is seeking to utilize blockchain to re-think and redefine the internet. In brief, IOUR wants to merge TCP/IP and blockchain, launching a… Read More

Oliver Gajda of the European Crowdfunding Network: An 8 Year Journey for Harmonized Crowdfunding Rules

Earlier this month, the European Union approved new crowdfunding rules, including a €5 million funding cap, that will apply to all member states finally creating a pan-European approach to online capital formation. Currently, the securities crowdfunding market in Europe struggles under bespoke national rules that… Read More

Jerome Powell on Central Bank Digital Currency: We are committed to considering a CBDC and its benefits

Jerome Powell, Chairman of the Board of Governors of the US Federal Reserve, participated in a virtual panel today hosted by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on the topic of Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDCs). Powell said the Fed is committed to considering a CBDC… Read More

Eran Noam From Shield Explains How Natural Language Processing and Financial Context Recognition Help with Business Compliance Processes

Israel based Regtech firm Shield was recently chosen to join the IBM Cloud for Financial Services ecosystem. Many financial institutions have been migrating or deploying new applications on Cloud-powered platforms that streamline routine banking and related business processes. We recently caught up with Eran Noam,… Read More

Meltem Demirors: CSO at CoinShares Says Cryptocurrency Is “Inevitable” and We Might See Many Bad Policies from Lawmakers

  We recently spoke to Meltem Demirors, the Chief Strategy Officer at CoinShares, a digital asset treasury management firm that manages over $1 billion in assets. Demirors talked about how financial markets reacted after US President Donald Trump tested positive for COVID-19. She also discussed… Read More

tZERO Chief Legal Officer on Crypto Enforcement Actions: “Cowboy innovation is worse than no innovation at all”

Last week, the US Department of Justice published a white paper, crafted by the Cyber-Digital Task Force, that outlines its approach to enforcement when it comes to digital assets (or cryptoassets). US Attorney General William Barr issued the following statement on the framework: “Cryptocurrency is… Read More

Perspective: Institutional Adoption of STOs and Digital Assets in 2020

Back in December, I wrote a piece for Coindesk’s Year in Review 2019 entitled “Security Token Offerings Are (Finally) Set for Takeoff in 2020”.  This was before word of COVID-19 became widespread and before many of the cataclysmic events of 2020 were even imaginable.  Thus… Read More

Goldman Sachs Crushes Earnings, Consumer Banking and Wealth Management Book Record Net Revenues [u]

Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS) blew the doors of its earnings report this morning as it announced net revenues of $10.78 billion and a record quarterly diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $9.68 and annualized ROE of 17.5%, the highest quarterly ROE since 2010. Wall Street had… Read More

Ray Youssef: CEO at P2P Bitcoin (BTC) Exchange Paxful Says Platform Aims to Onboard 2 Million Users by End of 2020

We recently connected with Ray Youssef, the CEO at Paxful, a leading peer to peer Bitcoin exchange, which reported a 274% increase in new registrations in Turkey, during the past year, on its platform. There was also an average of $65,000+ in monthly trade volume… Read More

P2P Finance in Post COVID-19 France

How did the pandemic impact the P2P crowdfunding sector, the part of alternative fundraising financed exclusively by individual contributors and retail investors? To answer this question, the French crowdfunding association Financement Participatif France (FPF) together with the state bank, Banque des territoires commissioned a study…. Read More

GROUNDFLOOR CEO Brian Dally Comments on LendingClub’s Decision to Stop Allowing Retail Investors to Participate in Marketplace Loans

Last week, LendingClub (NYSE:LC) filed an 8-K with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) indicating its intent to stop offering retail notes by the end of the year. The leading marketplace lender in the US started as a peer to peer lender but over the… Read More

European Crowdfunding Network “Wholeheartedly” Welcomes Harmonized Crowdfunding Rules for Europe

Earlier this week, the European Union approved legislation that will harmonize securities crowdfunding rules for member states. Inclusive in the legislation is a 12-month funding cap of €5 million for issuers leveraging online capital formation. The goal is to facilitate capital formation for entrepreneurs and… Read More

Digital Assets: How the Pandemic Can be a Catalyst for Innovation in Professional Sports

  Tokenization Provides Endless Possibilities for Teams and their Fans. Professional sports have been deeply stitched into the fabric of American society for well over a century, providing a daily source of joy (or pain if you’re a Mets fan), and serving as a refuge… Read More

Monument Bank, a Fintech Targeting the Affluent, Receives Regulatory Approval in the UK

Monument Bank has received regulatory approval this week to operate under a restricted license receiving a green light from the Financial Conduct Authority and Prudential Regulation Authority. Monument Bank seeks to cater to the affluent providing a service that is just a click away as… Read More

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