Opinion

Editorial opinions and perspective on Fintech.

Controlling What You Reveal: How Zero Knowledge Proofs are Changing How We Spend the Currency We Now Call Data

When you go to a bar and give your ID to the bartender, do you ever think about how much you’re giving away? Let’s say you use your driving license as your ID; you’re letting the bartender know that you’re not underage, but you’re also… Read More

Fintech: Redefining Responsible Business Practice in Payments

The last few years have seen a revolution in how business thinks about itself. A business doesn’t just serve its shareholders, it serves a community. It has responsibilities to its employees and its customers but also its suppliers and even the environment. Recent events have… Read More

Fintech Adoption in Latin and South America Is on the Rise, with Mexico and Brazil Leading the Charge

Although Latin America (LatAm) may have introduced Fintech services after they had been established in more advanced economies like the US and in Europe, the region is growing fast because of the launch of several financial technology initiatives. While it may be difficult to accurately… Read More

What’s Going on with Peer to Peer Lender Grupeer?

  A couple of months ago Grupeer, a peer to peer lender ostensibly based in Latvia, shut-down all lending and allegedly halted all investor redemptions. In multiple statements, Grupeer management claimed the COVID-19 pandemic had harmed its ability to operate. At the end of March,… Read More

Four Reasons Why Digital Security (Security Token) Liquidity Has Lagged

How fundamental misunderstandings about the function, behavior, and purpose of digital securities have stymied the path to liquidity — but there is hope… We’re nearly 18 months into the digital security (security token) market and it’s fair to say that meaningful liquidity hasn’t yet materialized…. Read More

Consultancy Kearney Says a Quarter of All Bank Branches to Close in Europe in Next 3 Years, an Increase in an Ongoing Trend

Global consulting group Kearney has distributed a report predicting that 1 in 4 European bank branches will close in the next three yeas as the shift away from brick and mortar bank branches ups the pace. Kearney states the obvious that new customer habits, boosted… Read More

SIM Swap Traps BlockFi Too in “Temporary Data Breach”

SIM Swaps, the nefarious act when criminals surreptitiously take over your mobile phone with a different SIM card, hit crypto lending platform BlockFi earlier this month. BlockFi quickly posted an “incident report” outlining the scam: “From approximately 07:17 UTC to 08:43 UTC on May 14,… Read More

Report Wags Finger at Insider Share Sales at Digital Bank Monzo

Monzo is one of the top digital banks in the UK that is seeking to challenge old brick and mortar banks in Europe and elsewhere including the USA. The past few months of operations have not been without a few bumps as Monzo has seen… Read More

Lex Sokolin: Global Fintech Co-Head and CMO at ConsenSys Predicts Greater Convergence Between Fintechs and Incumbents in Coming Years

We recently talked to Lex Sokolin, the Global Fintech Co-Head and CMO at ConsenSys, a leading Ethereum (ETH) development studio based in New York. Before joining ConsenSys, Sokolin was the Global Director of Fintech Strategy at Autonomous Research, a firm that was eventually acquired by… Read More

Sector-Wide Attitudes are Shifting as Crypto Moves into Mainstream Acceptance

  Last week it was reported that JPMorgan (NYSE:JPM), one of the largest banks in the world and the doyenne of Wall Street big banks, is providing banking services to both Coinbase and Gemini. More specifically, JPMorgan is providing cash management services like wire transfers,… Read More

Will UK Government Deliver on Its Promise with CBILS 2.0 Stalled and the Bounce Back Loan Bubble Now Burst?

Some people in government here are talking as if the crisis is over, and that they’ve done all they can for businesses. There are worrying signs that the initial good intentions are fading and that the temptation to manage the numbers and the messages rather… Read More

Lendit Fintech Digital – First Impressions

Hello everyone, my last series on the Latin American Fintech revolution was inspired by LendIt Latam conference hosted in Miami back at the beginning of 2020. The Fintech world was abuzz with new ideas, innovation, and of course new territories to explore. Fast forward four… Read More

SEC Announces New Investor Advisory Committee Members, Still No Fintechs

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has added six new members to its Investor Advisory Committee. The Committee is required under law and it seeks to advise the Commission on regulatory priorities regarding securities, trading and investment, disclosure, and investor protection issues. The new members… Read More

Former SEC Enforcement Attorney Philip Moustakis Comments on Telegram Decision to Abandon Token Offering: Facts & Circumstances Rule

Earlier this week, it was reported that Telegram has decided to abandon its initiative to launch a blockchain platform called TON (Telegram Open Network) and a cryptocurrency named Gram. The decision was the direct result of an ongoing enforcement action launched by the US Securities… Read More

How Fintechs are Helping Businesses in Latin America Deal with COVID-19

The first case of Covid-19 in Latin America was diagnosed in Brazil at the end of February. Since then, the number of cases has soared into the thousands in at least 20 countries. In response, many countries have implemented strict social distancing policies, requiring businesses… Read More

Transparency, Interoperability and Systemic Risk Considerations for CBDCs

In the wake of the announcements of Facebook’s Libra and the Chinese government’s intention to have a Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC), the topic of CBDCs as a new component of a country’s legal tender has become popular with governments and commentators. The basic idea… Read More

Will COVID-19 Push More Companies to Exit San Francisco?

San Francisco has earned a bit of a bad rap the past couple of years. Questionable leadership has led long-time inhabitants to complain about the rising level of crime and the increasing squalor of the city. The high cost of living/rent and California’s reputation as… Read More

Paul Tudor Jones Buys Bitcoin as an Inflation Hedge. Should You?

It has been widely reported that Paul Tudor Jones is buying Bitcoin as a hedge against inflation apparently picking crypto over the more plebian gold. Jones is a well-known investor and hedge fund manager Tudor Management Corporation that is worth a reported $5 billion or… Read More

Retroactive Pay-to-Play Coming to a Venture Theater Near You

  Buried in the model Series A Certificate of Incorporation of the National Venture Capital Association is the following notation: This Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation includes a sample “pay-to-play” provision, pursuant to which Preferred Stock investors are penalized if they fail to invest… Read More

Deep Dive: Is the Upcoming Bitcoin (BTC) Halving Priced In?

The Bitcoin (BTC) halving event, when the pseudonymous cryptocurrency’s supply will be cut in half, is approaching. It should take place on May 11, 2020, which is when 210,000 blocks of BTC transactions will have been processed since the last halving event that took place… Read More

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