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Real Estate Investment Platform Fundrise Reports Investing Over $110M into 846 Rental Units during Q1 2021

Fundrise, a real estate investment platform using Reg A+ to provide access to “eREITs and eFunds,” notes that their annual letter to investors (released in January 2021) had revealed that they rang in 2021 with an updated version of their proprietary fund infrastructure, “enabling the… Read More

UK’s MarketFinance Explains how Fintech Ebury Can Help SMEs Deal with Price Hikes from Chinese Suppliers

UK-based MarketFinance, one of the world’s largest peer-to-peer (P2P) invoice finance platforms, notes in a blog post that Brexit and the COVID-19 outbreak have had “dramatic effects on the price of shipping.” MarketFinance adds that if your business uses suppliers that are based in other… Read More

Fintech Wealthfront Is Now Offering Carefully Vetted ETFs, Socially-Responsible Investing Options, Company Now Exploring Crypto

California-based Fintech firm Wealthfront revealed on Wednesday (April 28, 2021) that it’s now offering new features for its investment portfolios that will allow its clients to make investments in a wider range of “carefully-vetted” exchange-traded-funds or ETFs and Socially Responsible Investing (SRI) options. According to… Read More

London’s Moneyfarm, a Wealth Management Fintech, Reveals Q1 2021 Saw Slow Return to Economic Normality

London-based Moneyfarm, a company providing wealth management services “designed around you,” notes that at the end of every quarter, their investors are provided a complete report outlining the performance of their portfolios. Moneyfarm writes in a blog post update that these reports come with comprehensive… Read More

UK Fintech Pollinate Says Financial Tech Firms Aren’t a Niche Market, as They Underpin Digital Financial Services

The United Kingdom has been touted as a world leader in Fintech, and it also has the “accolades” to back this position, according to a blog post by London-based Pollinate, a global software business that teams up with banks to assist them with deepening and… Read More

Digital Asset Firm Coinbase Introduces Project 10 Percent, which will Build “A Culture of Repeatable Innovation” at the Company

Digital assets firm Coinbase (NASDAQ:COIN) is introducing Project 10 Percent: “Building a culture of repeatable innovation at Coinbase.” Surojit Chatterjee, Chief Product Officer, noted that innovation is “a lot like exercise,” because you need to “approach it with discipline, or you can easily fall out… Read More

London based Currencycloud Reveals how Clients Transition from BaaS to Embedded Finance Providers

London-based Currencycloud, a provider of B2B embedded cross-border solutions, published a blog post earlier this month that explained how embedded finance works and integrates with the financial system. The Co-founders of HUBUC (CEO Hasan Nawaz and COO Ignacio Javierre), which reportedly uses Currencycloud APIs, provided… Read More

Keith Grose from Plaid Says UK has Taken the Lead in Fintech related Developments like Open Banking, PSD2

While attending a recently-held panel session for this year’s UK Fintech Week , moderator Kristy Duncan, CEO at Women in Payments, acknowledged that the United Kingdom and the European Union could potentially benefit from an updated regulatory framework that supports innovative projects and competition. As… Read More

UK’s Digital Banking Unicorn Starling May Acquire Another Lender, CEO Anne Boden Reveals During UK Fintech Week

UK-based digital banking challenger Starling‘s CEO Anne Boden has revealed that the Fintech Unicorn is now well-positioned to acquire another lender. Boden also noted that there’s not a significant requirement for technology visas since the UK has the required talent. Starling, which has strategic funding… Read More

Cathie Wood’s ARK Funds have Acquired Additional Shares of Digital Assets Firm Coinbase (COIN), while Selling Tesla Shares

Cathie Wood’s ARK funds has reportedly acquired additional shares of digital assets firm Coinbase Global Inc (NASDAQ:COIN). ARK reportedly made the purchase on Friday (April 16, 2021). The company also sold some of its Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA) shares. ARK acquired 187,078 shares of Coinbase, which… Read More

Nitin Gaur, Director of IBM Digital Asset Labs, Says NFTs are Natural Progression in “Explosion” of Asset Tokenization

Nitin Gaur, Founder and Director of IBM Digital Asset Labs, recently looked into how businesses may be able to absorb “disruptive” impact and start integrating new business models (NFTs) in existing and “new streams” of business opportunity. Gaur writes in a blog post that non-fungible… Read More

Financial Institutions are at Forefront of Embracing Cloud Native Architecture to Lower Costs, Remain Competitive: Report

Financial Services TechnoVision, currently in its third year of publication, aims to offer businesses with a “robust” and “proven” foundation for technology adoption. It provides thought leadership to assist firms with navigating the “complex yet critical technology environment.” As noted in the report, “agility” and… Read More

Are NFTs Securities? OMG!

On March 11th, Beeple became the third highest-paid living artist with a $69M sale of one of his works as an NFT, a non-fungible token on the blockchain. This sale is one of many at the front of NFTs, blockchain’s latest hype machine of digital… Read More

Kris Vaivods: CEO at Vorto Gaming, a Blockchain Company Planning to Go Public on Swedish Stock Exchange, Shares Key Insights

We recently caught up with Kris Vaivods, CEO at Vorto Gaming, a blockchain startup planning to carry out an initial public offering (IPO) on the Swedish stock exchange later this year. Kris is the Founder of the Vorto Games subsidiary vz games and is part… Read More

Malaysia based Telecom Axiata Group and Norway’s Telenor to Merge Malaysian Mobile Businesses

Axiata Group and Telenor Asia revealed on Thursday (April 8, 2021) that they’ve revisted and confirmed their merger plans involving Celcom and Digi. At present, the deal is in advanced discussions. Malaysian telecoms company Axiata Group Bhd and Norway-based Telenor ASA will be focused on… Read More

NFT Art: Your Top 40 Legal Questions Answered

Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) were minted and sold under the radar until a relatively obscure artist sold an NFT for an immense sum. That seminal event invigorated interest in NFTs by artists, sales platforms, and collectors. In this column, we undertake to identify and answer, in… Read More

P2P Investor Explains why we Should Still Consider Investing in Peer to Peer Loans Offered by Bondora, Others

European P2P lending platform Bondora recently looked into whether there are any arguments in favor of “still investing” in loans offered via peer to peer platforms this year. As stated in a blog post on the Bondora website, we should still consider investing in P2P… Read More

Elaine Sun, Compliance Director of Digital Assets Firm Huobi Technology, Discusses Importance of Proper Regulations for Crypto

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Elaine Sun, Compliance Director of digital assets firm Huobi Technology, recently noted that the traditional financial infrastructure and the idea or concept of money are “changing before our eyes.” Sun adds that the concept of “store of value” has mostly been associated or tied to… Read More

Blend Network Says its Strategy of Funding £100-200k Flats or £200-400k Houses has Been Effective, and Might Be Even More Relevant Now

The team at UK-based Blend Network, an online P2P lender, notes that after a “short-lived” slowdown, the United Kingdom annual house price growth managed to recover with “renewed vigor” in February 2021. Blend Network writes in a blog post that January 2021 saw price growth… Read More

Leading Gaming Hardware Firm Razer Reports $1B in Annual Revenue, with Fintech Services Now a Significant Contributor

Razer, a leading gaming hardware producer, has managed to diversify its business operations during the past few years. Razer CEO and Co-founder Min-Liang Tan first launched the company in 2005 with the goal to develop a computer mouse that would be ideal for avid gamers…. Read More

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