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OCC Issues Letter Clarifying Banks Ability to Provide Cryptocurrency Custody Services

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) has posted a letter clarifying national banks’ and federal savings associations’ authority to provide cryptocurrency custody services for customers. The OCC is the lead bank regulator in the US. Recently, the OCC has issued several forwarding… Read More

36H Group and the Future of Fintech: We should leverage the innovation in financial services and use it to enable economic recovery

The 36H Group launched in January of 2020 as the unified voice for lending platforms that accept retail investments. 36H replaced the UK Peer to Peer Finance Association, a group that had long been a prominent advocate for the emerging P2P lending sector – a… Read More

Update: Republic Note Tops $10 Million, Funding Cap Increased [u]

Republic Note, a profit-sharing digital asset launched by the crowdfunding ecosystem Republic, has reportedly generated solid interest – apparently in excess of its stated $8 million goal. According to reports, Republic Not has surpassed $10 million after launching live last week.   Republic Note, The… Read More

HM Treasury Issues Consultations on Promotions of Cryptoassets as Well as Broader Regulatory Framework

HM Treasury has issued two public consultations today. One is a review of the current requirement for an authorized firm to approve the financial promotion of an unauthorized firm that may not operate as a strong enough safeguard to ensure such financial promotions are compliant… Read More

Hot SPAC Sector Meets Hot Fintech Sector in Fusion Acquisition Corp IPO

SPACs or special acquisition companies have emerged as a hot sector of finance. Recently, Bill Ackman’s Pershing Square announced a $4 billion initial public offering for a SPAC making it the largest ever for a blank check company. The SPAC is anticipated to have a… Read More

Twitter Hack – Security Researcher Points to Notorious Sim Swap Fraudsters

Twitter continues to dig through the rubble following the epic Twitter hack that saw approximately 130 high profile Twitter accounts hijacked with Tweets distributing a Bitcoin trap for the unsuspecting. Thank you for your continued patience and understanding while we investigate this incident. We’ll continue… Read More

Plaid on Open Banking: Every company is a Fintech company

Plaid is a Fintech that jumped to the top of the news cycle when Visa (NYSE: V) announced in January that it was acquiring the Fintech for $5.3 billion. Plaid’s services enable consumers the ability to share their financial information with thousands of apps and… Read More

Former Fintech Lead at Milken Institute, Jackson Mueller Takes New Role at Digital Asset Firm Securrency

Jackson Mueller has long been a key voice and industry participant in the policy realm in regards to the Fintech ecosystem. Until recently, Mueller was the Associate Director, Fintech Program at the Milken Institute, Center for Financial Markets. Mueller’s reports have long been a solid… Read More

World Economic Forum: Fintech has been able to lower transaction and service costs and reach populations otherwise unable to participate in the formal financial system

The World Economic Forum (WEF) is a highly influential global organization that engages with top political leaders, business executives and other prominent members of global society to demonstrate that combined with integrity and high standards of governance, entrepreneurship is in the global public interest. Among… Read More

Pankaj Balani, CEO at Delta Exchange, Explains how We Can Evaluate the Economic Value and Fair Price of Compound’s COMP Token which Surged Dramatically in June 2020

Pankaj Balani, CEO and Co-Founder at Delta, a derivatives exchange for cryptocurrencies, recently shared his views and insights with Crowdfund Insider about the dramatic surge in DeFi (decentralized finance) protocol Compound’s COMP token. Balani noted that we can begin to assess the value of COMP… Read More

Fintech Insider Says Online Lenders are Struggling Due to US Government Programs Supporting Businesses During COVID-19

Yesterday, Crowdfund Insider reported on layoffs at OnDeck (NYSE:ONDK) – an SME focused online lender. Like many online lenders, COVID-19 has hit this sector of Fintech hard. Looking for additional insight into the challenges the industry CI reached out to an industry insider for their perspective… Read More

6 Ways UK Start Ups Can Access Funding

Almost every startup company will need some sort of external funding source to get going, but navigating the UK funding world can be quite difficult. Not only are there a lot of options that can seem almost identical, but there are many requirements and rules… Read More

Coinbase Reportedly Planning IPO, Crypto Industry Comments on Possibility of First Digital Asset Exchange to Go Public in the US

Coinbase is reportedly planning an initial public offering (IPO) at some point later this year or early next. First reported by Reuters, the news really comes as no surprise as its valuation has risen dramatically and the digital asset sector of Fintech continues to gain… Read More

Renaud Laplanche Plans Upgrade Banking, Comments on Fintech’s Performance During COVID-19 Challenge

Upgrade is a consumer online lender and emerging digital bank that recently announced a significant funding round that gave the Fintech a $1 billion valuation. Founded by Renaud Laplanche, this is the second Fintech he has founded that moved into the unicorn realm the first… Read More

Stealth Bank Transferwise Sees Valuation Hit $5 Billion – Report

Transferwise, a UK based global payments and transfer platform that has emerged as a leading stealth bank, will see its valuation hit $5 billion in a funding round that is said to be nearing completion. According to a report in SkyNews, Transferwise is set to… Read More

Real Estate Crowdfunding Platform KlickOwn Completes First Security Token Offering in Partnership with Bitbond

KlickOwn, a real estate crowdfunding platform based in Germany, has completed its first security token offering (STO) for a property. As was reported last March, KlickOwn had listed a digital bond for a building located in Lüneburg, Germany – called “Historisches Lüneburg“. The digital security… Read More

Insurtech: Getsafe CEO Christian Wiens Comments on Lemonade IPO, European Insurance Market

Last week, well-known Insurtech Lemonade (NYSE:LMND) launched an initial public offering (IPO) on the New York Stock Exchange. Shares listed at $29 but quickly moved higher closing over $60/share – a significant move. Today, Lemonade traded at around $80 a share giving the young firm… Read More

Wirecard Insolvency Administrator Says there are Over 100 Interested Parties for Core Business and Associated Companies

Last week it was announced that Dr. Michael Jaffé had been appointed to oversee the bankruptcy process of Wirecard AG (WDI:DE). The once prominent Fintech dove into ignominy following the revelation of €1.9 billion in missing funds. The financial scandal saw the CEO, Markus Braun,… Read More

Exempt Offering Ecosystem Update: What Online Investment Platforms are Telling the SEC

Not too long ago, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) concluded the comments phase of a proposal to update, and hopefully improve, rules pertaining to the exempt offering ecosystem. This includes Reg A+, Reg CF, and Reg D (506c), each a variant of online capital… Read More

The Eight Virtual Banks of Hong Kong

Hong Kong as jurisdiction was slow out of the gate when it came to Fintech innovation. But this initial hesitancy was soon made up by a dedicated public-private partnership determined to establish Hong Kong as a top Fintech hub – a successful move. InvestHK, a… Read More

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