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Smartlands Claims to be First UK Real Estate Crowdfunding Platform to Tokenize Property

Blockchain-based Smartlands is claiming to be the first crowdfunding platform in the UK to tokenize property investments. Based in London, Smartlands describes itself as a “worldwide security token issuance platform.” Smartlands is regulated by the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). A quick visit to the… Read More

Factoring Fintech Finexkap Raises €39 Million. Targets €1 Billion of Invoice Financing in 2 Years

Factoring platform Finexkap has closed on a €39 million funding round, according to a release from the firm. Strategic investor Chenavari Investment Managers led the round which included the participation of existing investors. Finexkap said their goal is to finance €1 billion of invoices by… Read More

Abundance Now Offers “Ethical Investment” that Pays 7%

Mission-driven crowdfunding platform Abundance is now offering an “ethical investment project” offering a 7% return over a 19 month term. The new project is helping build a new social housing project in Liverpool. This is Abundance’s second investment in the social and affordable housing sector,… Read More

Competition and Markets Authority Clears PayPal’s Purchase of iZettle

The UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has cleared the acquisition by PayPal of competitor iZettle. In April, the CMA provisionally found the deal should be cleared. After an initial investigation (Phase 1), CMA raised concerns regarding competition reduction if the acquisition went through. The… Read More

Money Shoots Out of Bitcoin ATM Near London Bond Street Tube Station

A user of the Reddit forum r/Bitcoin posted a video last week showing British pounds shooting out of a Bitcoin ATM located near London’s Bond Street train station. The video shows a security guard trying to keep nervous spectators away from a cash-filled duffle placed… Read More

Demica Launches New Receivables Platform

During the Global ABS Conference in Barcelona, Spain, Demica, an independent provider of working capital solutions, has announced the launch of its new Receivables Finance Platform. The Fintech reports that it is currently growing at 40% a year. Today, Demica works with over 400 corporate… Read More

Crypto Friendly Digital Bank Arival Accepting Investment Reservations on SeedInvest for Upcoming Crowdfunding Round

Digital challenger bank Arival is now accepting reservations for preferred stock on SeedInvest. Arival will be a crypto-friendly bank – unlike most traditional banks in the United States which tend to be crypto-averse. The bank was founded on the notion that banks in many places… Read More

OurCrowd and Partners Win Tender to Operate Israeli Foodtech Incubator

Following the outsized success of BeyondMeat’s (NASDAQ:BYND) initial public offering, OurCrowd and its partners have received government approval to operate Israel’s Foodtech incubator. OurCrowd, along with Finistere Ventures, a global agrifood investment leader, Tnuva, Israel’s food manufacturer, and Tempo Beverages, the leading Israeli beverage company,… Read More

Digital Asset Exchange Beaxy Now Available in 43 US States and 185 countries

Following an $8 million funding round, Beaxy has launched a full-service cryptocurrency exchange. Beaxy is currently available in 185 different countries and 43 US states. In a blog post, Beaxy added some insight into the tiered roll-out explaining that “certain aspects of the exchange may… Read More

Insurtech Lemonade Expands into Germany in Advance of IPO

Lemonade has crossed the Atlantic and invaded Europe. The Insurtech announced the news in a blog post and email to followers reporting that Lemonade’s insurance services will now be available in Germany. The move was originally forecasted in 2018 when Lemonade announced its intent to… Read More

CrowdProperty Funds 600th Home, Tops £40 Million in Lending

Peer to peer property lender CrowdProperty has funded its 92nd project. In doing so, CrowdProperty funded its 600th home having lent over £40 million. In total, CrowdProperty pegs the aggregate value of the property at over £100 million CrowdProperty highlights the fact that, to date,… Read More

Nasdaq to Offer Cryptocurrency Pricing Product in Partnership with CryptoCompare

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Nasdaq has partnered with CryptoCompare to launch a new cryptocurrency pricing product: the Nasdaq/CryptoCompare Aggregate Crypto Reference Prices. The new product will be available on the Quandl platform, a wholly owned subsidiary of Nasdaq, headquartered in Toronto, that provides alternative data for financial professionals. Quandl… Read More

BDO Australia Offers Audit Services to Blockchain Sector in a Move that May Attract More Institutional Investors

BDO Australia has formed a partnership with Decentralised Capital to provide auditing and assurance services to the blockchain and crypto asset sector. The move was described as likely to boost institutional interest in the emerging sector of Fintech. Decentralised Capital is a specialist blockchain firm… Read More

Bitcoins Stolen from Bitfinex and Dormant Since 2016 Start to Move

160 Bitcoins stolen in a massive hack on the Bitfinex cryptocurrency exchange in 2016 started moving across the blockchain late last week after being dormant for more than 2 years, Hard Fork reports. The cryptocurrency is part of a stash of 744 408 Bitcoins taken… Read More

Australian Online Lender Prospa Trades on ASX Following Successful IPO

Online lender Prospa has been admitted to the official list of the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) following the successful completion of the IPO. According to a note from Prospa, the Fintech sold 29 million shares at $3.78/share raising $109.6 million. Following settlement, Prospa will have… Read More

Report: Iran’s Deputy Energy Minister Says Country Should End Energy Subsidies to Crypto Miners

Iran Deputy Energy Minister Homayoun Haeri told an audience in Tehran over the weekend that cryptocurrency miners in his country should have to pay the same rates for power as firms purchasing electricity exports, Iranian news site Financial Tribune reports. So far, Iran has had a… Read More

PrimeTrust Announces Free IRA Service for Crowdfunding, Crypto & More

According to an email circulated by PrimeTrust, the custody platform is now offering a free IRA service (individual investment accounts) to their platform partners. This means that crowdfunding platforms, broker-dealers, investment advisers, real estate platforms and cryptocurrency exchanges that are PrimeTrust partners may offer this… Read More

An Update on France’s Emerging Initial Coin Offering Regime

France is moving forward to embrace blockchain technology and the issuance of digital assets. While security tokens will be regulated just like the securities they are, France has crafted a regulatory regime that supports the issuance of utility tokens. Last December, the French Government issued… Read More

TokenMarket Receives Approval From FCA to Run Security Token Offering in Regulatory Sandbox

TokenMarket, a UK-based global investment platform, announced on Monday it has received approval from the FCA to run its Security Token Offering (STO) in the regulatory sandbox. According to TokenMarket, the offering is being conducted under existing UK crowdfunding rules, allow for up to €8 million… Read More

Coinbase Update: Customers May Now Earn DAI By Watching Lessons/Completing Quizzes About DAI & Features

Cryptocurrency exchange platform Coinbase announced on Monday that customers around the world can start earning DAI by watching lessons and completing quizzes about DAI and its features. According to Coinbase, DAI is the first stablecoin to be made available through Coinbase Earn. “According to the DAI whitepaper, DAI is… Read More

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