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Hong Kong based Virtual Banking Platform WeLab Bank Reports Solid Growth and Adoption of Digital Financial Services

WeLab Bank, a digital bank that’s licensed by the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA), is celebrating its first anniversary with solid results. Since it began offering services in July 2020, WeLab Bank claims that it has raised “public expectations” of banking services with the launch… Read More

Nasdaq Acquires Significant Minority Stake in LeveL ATS, an Independently Operated US Equity Dark Pool Trading Venue

Nasdaq (Nasdaq: NDAQ) and LeveL ATS have revealed that Nasdaq has acquired a significant minority stake in LeveL ATS, an independently operated US Equity Dark Pool trading portal. Through this strategic investment, Nasdaq has reportedly joined owners such as Bank of America, Citi, as well… Read More

Insurtech Hippo Now Valued at $5B after Going Public via SPAC, Company to Focus on Tech, Data, Engineering

Hippo Holdings Inc (HIPO.WS) says it aims to improve homeowners’ insurance by leveraging customer data in order to make it quicker and simpler to obtain coverage. This, according to the Insurtech firm’s CEO. As reported by Reuters, Hippo is valued at $5 billion and went… Read More

Netherlands based ABN Amro to Offer Sustainability Discount on Mortgage Interest Rates for Energy-Efficient Homes

ABN Amro (AMS: ABN), a Dutch bank with headquarters in Amsterdam and currently the third-largest bank in the Netherlands, will be offering clients a sustainability discount on mortgage interest rates for energy-efficient homes. ABN Amro‘s management noted that they will be using the EU’s Energy Label… Read More

Allied Properties REIT Launches $500M Green Bond Series

Allied Properties REIT has launched a $500 million series of green bonds. They are being offered by Scotia Capital, BMO Nesbitt Burns and CIBC World Markets. The debentures are Allied’s second green bond issuance under its previously announced Green Financing Framework. “This second green bond… Read More

Quant Strategies on Rise as Post-Pandemic Optimism Grows

New research with 100 leading hedge fund managers reveals widespread enthusiasm for quant strategies, SIGTech COO Andrew Little said. Collectively, the hedge fund managers surveyed manage over $231 billion in AUM across European, Asian and North American markets. Eighty per cent expect institutional investors to… Read More

LendingClub Financial Health Officer Anuk Nayar Reports that No US Region Is Immune to Falling into Paycheck-to-Paycheck Cycle

LendingClub Corporation (NYSE: LC), the parent firm of LendingClub Bank, the leading digital marketplace bank in the US, has shared key findings from its second Reality Check: Paycheck-To-Paycheck research series. The first report revealed that most US residents (54%) are living paycheck-to-paycheck; this second August… Read More

DEIP Raises $2M to Drive Web 3.0 Adoption

DEIP, a Web 3.0 protocol for the tokenization of high-value assets, has raised $2 million to drive Web 3.0 adoption with the help of a modular constructor, technology that allows both engineers and business leaders to create applications. The latest round follows one that included… Read More

Microbusiness Financial Challenges Outlined in Wave Study

Microbusiness owners are hurt by the delay in receiving payments, results of a survey by small business money management solution Wave suggest. The company surveyed more than 1,000 owners of companies with fewer than 10 employees. One in four respondents have waited more than a… Read More

Reg CF Update: Sherwood Neiss of Crowdfund Capital Advisors Discusses H1 Performance, Expectations Going Forward for Investment Crowdfunding

Sherwood “Woodie” Neiss is one of the creators of Title III of the JOBS Act of 2012 – the legislation that legalized Regulation Crowdfunding (Reg CF) and launched a new sector of financial innovation. Neiss also co-founded Crowdfund Capital Advisors along with Jason Best –… Read More

Malaysia based Telecom Service U Mobile’s Digital Wallet GoPayz and ACE Capital Growth to Offer Digital Gold Purchase Options

Malaysia-based telecommunications service provider U Mobile’s standalone digital wallet GoPayz has teamed up with gold bullion trader ACE Capital Growth (ACE), which operates as a subsidiary of Ace Innovate Asia. Through their partnership, the companies are introducing  GoGold. As noted on its official website, GoPayz… Read More

Infrastructure Bill: Here is the Legislation that May Impact Digital Asset Innovation in the US

As has been previously reported, the spending bill that has been in the works for some time now is closer to become law. The ‘Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act” lands at 2700 pages of government expenditure that aims to improve infrastructure like roads, airports, transportation… Read More

London based Infinity Maritime, an Alternative Finance Digital Platform, Partners Lloyd’s Register to Support Maritime Sustainability

Infinity Maritime has announced a partnership with Lloyd’s Register in order to enhance maritime sustainability As noted in a release shared with CI: “Following on from the announcement of collaboration with … international ship brokers, Infinity Maritime reflects the maritime ecosystem by announcing its partnership… Read More

Brett McLain from Kraken Explains how Digital Asset Firm Extensively Tests Products Before Offering them to Clients

Brett McLain, Director of Engineering – Crypto, Fiat, Staking at digital assets firm Kraken, notes that if you’re interested in digital currencies, payments, or staking and want to help create the financial system of the future, then you may be glad to know that the… Read More

Digital Banking: Hong Kong’s Mox Bank Introduces Buy Now Pay Later Service via its Max Credit Product

Hong Kong-based digital bank Mox has introduced a new Buy Now, Pay Later (BNPL) service via its Mox Credit product, called “Split purchase.” Mox Credit clients are able to split their eligible or qualified transactions of HKD 400 or more into more manageable, equal monthly… Read More

Open Earth Foundation has Been Awarded a Chainlink Grant to Develop Open-Source, Planetary CO2 Concentration Oracle

The Open Earth Foundation has reportedly been awarded a Chainlink Grant to develop am open-source, planetary CO2 concentration Oracle. As mentioned in the announcement, Climate impacts everyone, from multinational corporations overseeing complex supply chains to individual farmers “managing unpredictable crop yields.” While the totality of… Read More

StartEngine Claims Top Spot in Reg CF & Reg A+ Raises During Q2 2021

StartEngine, a full-stack investment crowdfunding platform, is claiming the title as the top Reg CF / Reg A+ funding during Q2 in regards to the amount of capital raised for firms using these securities exemptions. In March of 2021, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)… Read More

ASEAN Financial Innovation Network Confirms Appointment of H.E. Serey Chea, Others as Advisors, Board Members

The ASEAN Financial Innovation Network (AFIN) recently confirmed the appointment of H.E Serey Chea, Prof. Olayinka David-West as advisors and Latha Ayyar as an independent director to its board. The ASEAN Financial Innovation Network (AFIN) has been established in order to facilitate innovation and cooperation… Read More

Low Code App Development Platform Mendix Teams Up with CLEVR to Support Software Development

Mendix, a low-code app development platform, reveals that it has partnered with CLEVR. CLEVR employs the world’s largest team of Mendix experts, according to a release shared with CI. The company is on a mission to use low-code and no-code tools “to raise the bar… Read More

AI Conversational Chatbot Creator, Kasisto, Secures $15.5M via Series C led by Naples Technology Ventures, NCR Corporation

Kasisto, the developer of a conversational AI chatbot, has finalized a $15.5 million Series C round that has been co-led by new investors Naples Technology Vendors and NCR Corporation. Kasisto’s KAI digital experience platform is currently being used by major financial institutions such as JPMorgan,… Read More

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