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US Department of Justice Alleges that President Nicolas Maduro and other Venezuelan Leaders Used Cryptocurrencies to Bypass Political and Economic Sanctions

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) is alleging that several Venezuelan leaders and politicians, including President Nicolas Maduro, took advantage of their positions, financial systems, and virtual currencies to conceal and carry out criminal activity for more than two decades. An indictment released on March… Read More

Fintech Zopa Says Customers May Access their Loan “As Usual” Despite Coronavirus Outbreak

Fintech Zopa, which recently celebrated 15 years of operation, says that its services are up and running, even during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Zopa, which provides online lending services in a fund based fashion, notes in a blog post that customers can access their loan… Read More

China: WeiyangX Fintech Review

How Did the Chinese Fintech Industry Respond to COVID-19? With the outbreak of the COVID-19, more and more people and groups have joined the fight against it. Among the entities, Fintech companies are giving full play to their advantages in providing financial services, contributing technical… Read More

Fintech: Bulgaria-based Payment Companies, Paynetics and phyre, Secure Millions of Euros in Funding

Bulgaria-based payment companies, Paynetics, and phyre, have both finalized investment rounds, which were led by the Bulgarian American Credit Bank and VC New Vision 3. Paynetics, which secured €2.5 million in funding, and phyre, which acquired €1.55 million in capital, were both established by Bulgarian… Read More

Western Union Launches “Digital Location” Feature for Sending and Receiving Money from Users’ Homes to Prevent Further Spread of Coronavirus

Global money transfer service provider, Western Union (NYSE: WU), has launched a new feature called, “Digital Location,” which allows users to send and receive funds from their own homes. Western Union revealed that it’s testing out the combined telephone and video service, which allows users… Read More

Munich-based Regtech Firm DataGuard Secures $20 Million in Funding via Round Led by One Peak Partners

Munich-based Regtech firm DataGuard, which provides what it refers to as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)-as-a-Service, has secured $20 million in capital through a Series A investment round, which was led by One Peak Partners. DataGuard assists firms with ensuring that their business complies… Read More

UK: Why we MUST be Outraged & Why Those Banks, Who Would Steal the Bailout, Mustn’t be Allowed to Kill the Fintech Competition

Why we may not be surprised but we must be outraged! The banks are a danger to our society – and, according to the BIS (the Centralbank’s Central Bank)  an unnecessary one at that. The UK government has over the last two weeks taken unprecedented… Read More

University of Malta Students who are Enrolled in Masters in Blockchain Program are Now Voting for Student Representatives Using a Decentralized Application (dApp)

A decentralized application (dApp) created at the University of Malta is helping Master students in Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies to cast their votes for student representatives, for the very first time, using blockchain or distributed ledger tech (DLT). Dr. Joshua Ellul, director at the… Read More

What Will Change for Startups – and What Won’t – as Digital Natives Only Grow Younger

Do you ever step back and consider how quickly tech has changed, well, everything? Better devices spurred better internet connection and new cultural contexts. It is almost hard to remember a time when people did not always have connected computers in their back pockets. The… Read More

National Bank of Oman Encourages Users to Perform Contactless Payments to Prevent Further Spread of Coronavirus

National Bank of Oman (NBO), one of the largest financial institutions in the country and its first local bank, aims to raise awareness regarding the importance of practicing safe banking during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The NBO has taken several measures to ensure its clients… Read More

Digital Banking: Australia’s Tyro Payments Reports that its Transaction Volumes are Steadily Increasing During Coronavirus Outbreak

Sydney-based Tyro Payments (ASX: TYR), an Australian Fintech institution that specializes in merchant credit, debit and EFTPOS acquiring, reports that its transaction volumes during the past three weeks have been steadily increasing. Tyro Payments notes that from March 1 to March 20, there was a… Read More

LendInvest Joins TMA

LendInvest, an online property financing marketplace, has joined TMA. According to a note from TMA, the addition of LendInvest is the latest in a series of lenders the Club has partnered with, as it continues to develop its lending proposition for brokers with landlord clients. TMA… Read More

GrainChain to Use Symbiont’s Enterprise Blockchain Platform For Global Expansion Efforts

GrainChain, a U.S.-based agricultural transaction platform with blockchain and IoT-powered solutions, recently announced it plans to globally expand and scale its operations by moving to the enterprise blockchain platform, Assembly, which is operated by Symbiont, an enterprise fintech creating the next generation of financial markets… Read More

FCA: Short Term Lender Uncle Buck Enters Administration

Uncle Buck, a short term or payday lender, has gone into administration due to an action taken by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). The FCA posted a notice today that Uncle Buck was “failing to meet the adequate resources Threshold Condition.” The severity of the… Read More

Block.one Invests $150 Million in Voice, a Blockchain-based Social News Platform

Block.one, a Cayman Islands-registered firm that developed EOS, a leading platform for creating decentralized applications (dApps), has been working on a new blockchain-enabled social media platform, called Voice, for more than a year. Block.one reports that it has invested $150 million in Voice, which was… Read More

Plug and Play Accepts 167 Startups For Summer 2020 Batches

Silicon Valley accelerator, Plug and Play, announced on Thursday the 167 startups chosen for their Summer 2020 Batches. Plug and Play reported the startups were selected by its corporate partner network and will enter one of the accelerator’s programs for the next three months, which… Read More

Ultra Secure: Backed by the EU, Mt Pelerin Starts Testing of Digital Asset Custody in Partnership with IDQ

Mt Pelerin, in partnership with ID Quantique (IDQ), has started testing its digital asset custody solution in Switzerland, according to a release The “Quantum Vault” is described as being an ultra-secure digital asset custody solution. In October 2019, IDQ and Mt Pelerin received funding from… Read More

Open Banking: Tink Acquires Eurobits Technologies for €15.5 million

Tink has acquired Eurobits Technologies, a provider of account aggregation services working with various banks and Fintechs. Current clients are said to include BBVA, Santander, La Banque Postale, and others. The purchase of Eurobits is expected to strengthen Tink’s bank connectivity coverage and buttress its… Read More

Fintech: Lanistar, an Alternative Financial Services Company, Officially Launches After Securing £2 Million in Seed Funding

Lanistar, a new challenger bank, has officially launched its platform after acquiring £2 million in seed funding. Based in Hammersmith, Lanistar reportedly has 45 full-time workers on its payroll. The digital bank plans to add 150 more staff members. The neobank has been founded by… Read More

Fintech Raisin Launches its First Cooperation in the Private Banking Sector, with German Financial Service Provider, Hauck & Aufhäuser

Germany’s private banking customers who have an account with Bankhaus Hauck & Aufhäuser will now be able to access various third-party deposit products that are being offered through a partnership with Fintech firm Raisin’s German deposits platform (www.WeltSparen.de). According to a release, Hauck & Aufhäuser… Read More

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