Opinion

Editorial opinions and perspective on Fintech.

Reality Check Before Take-Off: Why a $9 Billion IPO Target Downsizing Won’t Impact Nubank’s Path to the Pinnacle of Fintech

Brazil’s Fintech decacorn, Nubank is all set for a blockbuster IPO on the 8th of December that’s certain to resonate across the world of finance. Whilst the company has been forced to cut its valuation target by around $9 billion to a total of around… Read More

Amazon’s 2022 Visa UK Lockout Has Clear Motivations: Forter Exec

While Amazon’s (NASDAQ:AMZN) recent decision to stop accepting Visa (NYSE:V) credit card payments in January is causing some short-term disruption, it’s a calculated move, Forter’s head of strategic partnerships for EMEA and APAC Neil Smith said recently. Beginning Jan. 19, 2022, Amazon will no longer… Read More

UK FCA Hopes to Boost Exchange Listings with New Rules

The UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) issued a statement last week announcing rule changes designed to boost share listings on UK exchanges. At the beginning of 2021, the Kalifa Review of Fintech was published providing a roadmap for the UK to maintain and improve the… Read More

CFPB on Overdraft Fees: Shift to Open Banking Will Make it Harder for Banks to Trap Customers Plagued by Fee Harvesting

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As was reported earlier this week, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has published a report on overdraft fees. These usurious fees generate billions on revenue for traditional banks. Almost like a drug addict, old banks struggle to eliminate these fees that end up harming… Read More

CFPB Slams Traditional Banks for Reliance on Overdraft Fees

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is out with a note that hammers traditional banks and their reliance on overdraft fees. Frequently the target of neobanks and other Fintechs, the overdraft fee has been criticized as the $30 cup of coffee when someone inadvertently makes… Read More

David Marcus, Diem / Libra Leader at Facebook Plans Exit: Report

David Marcus, the lead executive at Facebook / Meta (NASDAQ:FB) heading the charge for Facebook’s botched attempt to create a digital currency is exiting the firm to “pursue other projects,” according to a report in Bloomberg. Marcus joined Facebook from PayPal in 2014. According to… Read More

Robocash Shares High-Yield Investment Strategies for UK Investors: Report

The Robo.cash team has published an update that covers (what they claim to be) high-yield investments in the United Kingdom. Robo.cash aims to introduce people to different “safe, high yield investments, what they offer and how to go about them.” As mentioned in the update,… Read More

Joe Biden’s Radical Selection to Head the OCC Appears to be Doomed as Multiple Democrats Will Not Support Nominee

The confirmation of Saule Omarova, President Joe Biden’s selection to head the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) – the top bank regulator, appears to be doomed as multiple Democrat Senators have expressed to the Whitehouse they will not support the nominee. Omarova,… Read More

Hatu Sheikh of DAO Maker Says Blockchain Can Power the New Dawn of Venture Capital

Blockchain or distributed ledger technology (DLT) has disrupted many industries since its launch and now it could be the turn for venture capital. We recently had the chance to connect with Hatu Sheikh, a founding member at DAO Maker — a platform opening up the… Read More

El Salvador Connects Volcanoes to Blockstream Satellites, Fidelity Now Canada’s First Institution Focused on Bitcoin Custody: Report

The team at Blockstream notes in a report that Bitcoin is on track for its worst weekly drop in over 6 months. Blocktream writes in a blog post that declines this past week looked to be driven by “continued deleveraging and perhaps also exacerbated by… Read More

Senate Hearing for Saule Omarova as Comptroller of the Currency Shows Challenging Path to Approval

  Saule Omarova testified in front of the Senate Banking Committee today and the challenging questions did not just come from Republican members as several Democrats queried the aspiring bank regulator with difficult queries as well. Omarova, a Cornell Law professor born in the former… Read More

Saule Omarova: Approval of Biden Administration’s Pick for Comptroller of the Currency is Looking Dicey

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), an independent bureau under the US Department of Treasury, is the lead bank regulator in the US. Managed by the Comptroller of the Currency, it is a key federal agency in approving or denying national bank… Read More

Crypto.com is Everywhere. Gains Naming Rights to LA Arena Staples Center

If you have not encountered Crypto.com you are off-grid. From the ubiquitous television commercials starring Matt Damon to widespread promotions, the digital asset marketplace is everywhere. Today, crypto.com is entering a different realm by purchasing the naming rights of the Los Angeles Staples Center – soon… Read More

Roxana Mohammadian-Molina from Blend Network Says Specialist Lenders Must Play Key Role in Deploying More Funding into Housing Market

The team at UK-based Blend Network has noted that we should focus on getting Britain moving again by improving lending services. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s pledge (a commitment to “Get Britain moving again”) had been made following the end of the first lockdown in… Read More

Taproot: Noelle Acheson of Genesis Comments on Bitcoin Upgrade

Bitcoin has just completed a soft fork upgrade to the network labeled Taproot. As has been widely reported, Bitcoin will now benefit from an improved ability to incorporate smart contracts and improved privacy of transactions (Schnorr Signatures). Bitcoin, which is pushing new all-time highs (probably… Read More

Head of Product at Composable Finance Explains How to Address Potential Vulnerabilities with Blockchain based Smart Contracts

We recently caught up with Brainjar, Head of Product at Composable Finance, which is described as a “hyper liquidity” infrastructure layer for decentralized finance (DeFi) assets that are being powered by Layer-2 Ethereum and Polkadot. Brainjar talked about issues with existing smart contracts and how… Read More

Policy Expert Comments on Removal of IRA Clause from Social Spending Bill that May Have Impacted Securities Crowdfunding

Last week, CI reported that a damaging clause included in pending legislation had been pulled from the language of the bill. The portion of the legislation was ostensibly designed to halt IRA investors (investment retirement accounts) from holding private securities in these tax-sheltered, retirement vehicles…. Read More

Lessons From StartEngine’s 1st Successful $5 Million Reg CF Campaign

When it comes to small businesses and startups, funding is crucial. It’s also one of the most difficult steps in the entrepreneurial journey. Why? Because nine out of 10 startups fail within a decade of forming, and financial problems are one of the main culprits…. Read More

Comptroller of the Currency Michael Hsu Says Regulation is Too Fragmented When it Comes to Fintech, Crypto Firms

Acting Comptroller of the Currency Michael Hsu delivered a compelling speech today during a presentation at the American Fintech Council, Fintech Policy Summit. The AFC largely represents digital and neo-banks as well as non-bank lenders. Hsu recently spoke at a Blockchain Association event where he… Read More

Three Trends that We predict Will Shape Investment Crowdfunding in 2022

Investment crowdfunding took off when the JOBS Act regulation went into effect back in 2016 and has become a booming industry in short order. We saw some significant regulatory changes in March of this year, with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) confirming capital formation… Read More

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