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Online Lender October Financed 100 Projects during July and August 2020, On Track to Finance 1000th Project by Next Month

October, a leading European online lender, notes that in the past 5 years, it has issued over 450 million euros in loans to different companies. The marketplace lender reveals that 100 projects, or 10% of all projects that have received loans through its platform, were… Read More

Spanish Financial Giant BBVA’s US Division Recognized as one of the Best Corporate Digital Banks in North America

The US division of the BBVA (NYSE:BBVA), a Spanish multinational financial services company based in Madrid and Bilbao, Spain with nearly €700 billion in assets, was recently recognized as one of the world’s best corporate and institutional digital banks in North America by Global Finance…. Read More

Google Temporarily Removes Paytm Mobile App from Play Store Due to Supposedly Being in Violation For Gambling

Mobile wallet service provider Paytm announced on Friday its Android mobile app was temporarily removed from the Google Play Store. The company reassured its uses that their account balances are 100% safe and its services are fully functional. Paytm reported that it recently launched “Paytm… Read More

AI and Machine Learning Technologies Are On the Rise Globally, with Governments Launching Initiatives to Support Adoption: Report

Kate MacDonald, New Zealand Government Fellow at the World Economic Forum, and Lofred Madzou, Project Lead, AI and Machine Learning at the World Economic Forum have published a report that explains how AI can benefit everyone. According to MacDonald and Madzou, artificial intelligence can improve… Read More

BitMEX Installs Blockstream’s Bitcoin (BTC) Satellite System, As Number of Cryptocurrency ATMs to Pass 10,000 Globally

The research division at the Bitcoin Mercantile Exchange (BitMEX) confirms that they’ve installed the Blockstream Bitcoin Satellite system, which offers a way to download and verify Bitcoin’s (BTC) blockchain through satellite, without requiring an Internet connection. The BitMEX team said they were able to set up… Read More

Blockchain, Cryptography, Smart Contracts are All Technologies that Allow Us to Effectively Manage Our Data, According to John Izaguirre from Ontology

John Izaguirre, the Business Director, Europe at Ontology, a high-performance or high-throughput blockchain platform, believes that privacy is a basic human right. Izaguiree notes that data is becoming a very important topic for both individuals and companies. However, he believes that the Internet is still… Read More

Russia and Ukraine have “Disproportionately High” Cryptocurrency Usage with Many Locals Shifting Financial Activity to Digital Assets: Report

Eastern Europe has the fourth-largest cryptocurrency market in terms of total transaction volume, according to Chainalysis’ research. Ukraine and Russia, which are also part of the Eastern European region, have been ranked quite high on Chainalysis’ Global Crypto Adoption Index. It takes into consideration a… Read More

Wyoming’s Digital Asset Strategy Should Inspire Scotland to Emulate its Success: Report

This past week Kraken, a leading US-based digital asset exchange, was approved by the state of Wyoming for a bank charter. The first of its kind in the state, the Special Purpose Depository Institution (SPDI) means that Kraken Financial will operate pretty much just like… Read More

Dana Farrugia from Tech.mt in Malta Says Company Is Focused on Establishing a Global Financial Hub for Integrating Digital Technologies

Dana Farrugia, CEO at Tech.mt, a Żejtun, Malta-based IT company that was established last year by the Southern European island nation’s government, notes that her organization aims to help Malta with attracting foreign direct investment (FDI). It also aims to support international business development projects. Farrugia… Read More

Over 60% of Insurtech Firms are Now Interested in Working with BigTech Companies: Report

Insurance technology (Insurtech) has been evolving rapidly since the past few years. The COVID-19 outbreak has forced the sector to take a serious look at how it communicates with other industry professionals. A new Insurtech report questions and looks into whether agents can work effectively… Read More

SMEs in Fintech Scored Highest in terms of “Readiness” for Blockchain or DLT Adoption and Integration: Report

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Fintech solutions, retail focused platforms, and information communication technology or ICT software programs are expected to lead the blockchain or distributed ledger tech (DLT) revolution, according to a new report. The findings of CIVITTA’s report reveal that finance, retail, and ICT solutions are the “most… Read More

U.S. Fintech Affirm Secures $500 Million Through Series G Funding Round Led By GIC & Durable Capital Partners

U.S. fintech Affirm announced on Thursday it secured $500 million through its Series G investment round, which was led by GIC and Durable Capital Partners LP. Other returning investors include Lightspeed Venture Partners, Wellington Management Company, Baillie Gifford, Spark Capital, Founders Fund, and Fidelity Management… Read More

Fundnel Supported Private Securities Marketplace HG Exchange Commences Trading. Will Include Digital Assets Too

Hg Exchange (HGX), Southeast Asia’s first private securities exchange, has kicked off trading. Founding members of the exchange include PhillipCapital, Prime Partners, and Fundnel – a leading securities crowdfunding platform serving sophisticated investors across Asia. Richard Teng, formerly an executive at the Monetary Authority of… Read More

Singapore Fintech 360F Plans to Accelerate Digital Transformation for Insurance Service Providers in the Middle East

Singapore based Fintech firm 360F aims to accelerate digital transformation for insurance service providers in the Middle East. As mentioned in a release shared with Crowdfund Insider, 360F is financial technology company that provides various solutions and implementation services to banks to enable “digital multi-channel… Read More

Gibraltar Updates DLT Regulation to “Capture a Natural Evolution” of Digital Assets

The Gibraltar Financial Services Commission (GFSC) reports that it is updating its regulatory approach pertaining to Distributed Ledger Technology Providers (DLT). Gibraltar describes the update as a “natural evolution of the defined regulatory principles.” Gibraltar was quick to embrace digital assets – both securities and cryptocurrencies…. Read More

Challenger Allica Bank Looks to Raise £100 Million Following £26 Million Funding led by Warwick Capital Partners

Newly minted SME focused bank, Allica Bank, has closed on a £26 million funding round led by Warwick Capital Partners – the majority shareholder in the firm. This announcement included the news that Allica intends on raising a further £100 million to pursue its vision… Read More

Cornerstone Receives FCA Approval to Acquire FXPress Payment Services

Following final approval from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) Cornerstone has completed the acquisition of FXPress Payment Services – a regulated Authorised Payment Institution providing cross-border payment services. Cornerstone will now operate as Cornerstone FS plc. Additionally, Cornerstone says it has received the consent of… Read More

Ping An becomes First Chinese Institution to Win Euromoney’s Best Digital Bank Award, Now Over 30,000 Company Employees Working Remotely

Ping An Bank recently became the first Chinese financial institution to be named the world’s “best” digital bank at the Euromoney Awards. As mentioned in a release, Ping An Bank, which is a subsidiary of the Ping An Insurance Company of China, was named the… Read More

$1.3 Trillion was Spent on Digital Transformation in 2018, About $900 Billion “Went to Waste,” Fintech Exec Reveals

Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, recently noted that we’ve experienced two years of digital transformation in just two months due to the acceleration of the shift towards all-digital platforms and services following the COVID-19 outbreak. Business ideas that may have been considered unthinkable or inconceivable… Read More

Cross-Border Payments Remain Inefficient with $48 Billion Lost in Fees Each Year, but Bitcoin (BTC) Might Solve Problem, According to OpenNode

Bitcoin (BTC), the world’s leading cryptocurrency, could potentially solve the global remittances problem, according to OpenNode, which focuses on supporting payments for businesses throughout the world. As explained by the OpenNode team, they aim to “empower” consumers and connect the world via “trusted” digital payment… Read More

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