Expected “Record Breaking” UK Inheritance Tax Receipts Demonstrate Need for Financial Planning – Report

HMRC recently announced the latest Inheritance Tax (IHT) receipts. (HMRC tax receipts and National Insurance contributions for the UK (monthly bulletin) – GOV.UK.) For April 2023 to October 2023 these “are £4.6 billion, which is £0.5 billion higher than the same period last year.” This… Read More

Real Estate Report: Rental Concessions are at Highest Level in 2+ Years, Despite Strong Renter Demand

Rental concessions—offers meant to entice tenants, such “as free months of rent or free parking—are at their highest level in more than two years despite strong renter demand,” Zillow‘s (NASDAQ: Z and ZG) data shows. That’s because property managers are now “likely competing for tenants,… Read More

Manulife Investment Management to Acquire London’s Alternative Credit Manager CQS

Manulife Investment Management has signed an agreement to acquire multi-sector alternative credit manager CQS. Upon completion of the transaction, Manulife Investment Management will “acquire the CQS credit platform and the CQS brand.” The acquisition of London-based CQS will “give the clients of both Manulife Investment… Read More

Good News: Securities Issuances Predicted to Rebound Even with High Interest Rate Environment

Securities issuances are predicted to rebound in 2024 – even while interest rates remain elevated due to the ongoing battle by the US Federal Reserve to crush sticky inflation. This is according to a report from S&P Global Market Intelligence. The report states that global… Read More

Bakkt to Expand Digital Asset Capabilities into Global Markets including Asia, Europe, LatAm

Bakkt Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: BKKT) announced today its planned expansion of crypto capabilities into numerous international markets “with both existing and newly-signed clients by year end.” Latin America: Bakkt and long-standing client Hapi, a stock trading platform, recently furthered their Latin American crypto trading capabilities,… Read More

Insurtech Acquisition: Travelers to Acquire Corvus Insurance

The Travelers Companies, Inc. (NYSE: TRV) announced that it has agreed to acquire Corvus Insurance Holdings, Inc. for approximately $435 million. Founded in 2017, Corvus is an industry-leading cyber insurance managing general underwriter, “powered by proprietary technology.” Alan Schnitzer, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of… Read More

Primer, the Infrastructure for Payments and Commerce, Secures Investment from Tencent

Primer, the unified infrastructure for global payments and commerce, has secured investment from the internet company Tencent. Primer claims that it has experienced rapid growth “across Europe, Asia Pacific and the US markets including significant customer wins across retail, fashion, travel and mobility industries with… Read More

Canada: CSA Cautions Investors to Only Buy Crypto from Registered Crypto Trading Platforms

As part of a broader warning, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) has cautioned investors to only buy digital assets, or crypto, via registered crypto trading platforms or “CTPs”. Canada has instituted a registration regime for crypto exchanges to provide a level of diligence and security… Read More

Understanding Down Rounds in Venture Capital Financing: Pay-to-Play Structures

Venture capital markets showed signs of improvement in the second quarter of 2023. According to Carta, early-stage companies using its platform raised $15.4 billion in funding during the second quarter of 2023, which was up 26 percent from the first quarter. Despite these recent improvements,… Read More

Digital Assets: Rising Optimism Leads to Largest Crypto-Asset Inflows in Past 18 Months – CoinShares Report

James Butterfill from CoinShares notes that rising optimism has “prompted largest inflows for 1 & ½ years at $326 million.” The team at CoinShares notes in their weekly update that digital asset investment products reportedly “saw inflows of US$326m, the largest single week of inflows… Read More

Injective DeFi Report: Majority of Crypto Trading Activity Focused on Long-Term Holding Strategy

Injective, the blockchain built for finance, published its DeFi Trader Survey 2023. The research draws from various cryptocurrency trading communities, “aiming to provide a comprehensive understanding of how professionals and amateurs approach cryptocurrency trading, their motivations, and valuable lessons for the wider trading community.” Most… Read More

To Simplify EIS – SEIS Tax Benefits, Crowdcube Partners with TaxScouts

The Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) and Seed Investment Enterprise Scheme (SEIS) provide materially important tax benefits for investors in early-stage firms in the UK. Designed to encourage the support of entrepreneurs and younger firms, EIS and SEIS mitigate risk for investors while possibly generating tax-free… Read More

Bitcoin Tops $33,000 as Expectations Rise a BTC ETF is Coming Soon

Bitcoin has increased by over 18% today, now trading at over $33,000. Just yesterday, Bitcoin was trading under $30,000. Bitcoin has always been a volatile digital asset that gyrated quickly in price – sometimes without an apparent catalyst. The most popular crypto in the world… Read More

Australia’s Digital Banking Platform Ubank to Focus on Serving Tech-Savvy 18-35 Age Group

Ubank’s CEO Philippa Watson and Head of Product for Everyday Banking, Andy Wright recently shared key insights at the 10th annual Australian FinTech Summit. In a discussion during the 10th annual FinTech Summit, ubank’s CEO Philippa Watson shed light on how ubank is “redefining customer… Read More

Blockchain Firm Ava Labs to Expand Operations in India with Key Senior Appointments

Ava Labs is accelerating its push in India with key strategic hires: Devika Mittal and Kamakshi Arjun, who will focus on the firm’s growth in the Indian market. Before joining Ava Labs, Devika was “the Head of Token Listings for Okcoin (in the OKX umbrella),… Read More

UK’s PensionBee Comments on Long-Term Benefits of Saving Extra Income

Analysis by PensionBee, an online pension provider, has found that putting a pay rise in a pension now can “lead to a bigger rise in annual retirement income later on.” Regular pay including bonuses in the UK “rose 8.5% in the year to July 2023,… Read More

Digital Asset Investment Products Saw Inflows for 3rd Consecutive Week Totaling $15M – CoinShares Report

Digital asset investment products saw inflows for the 3rd consecutive week totaling US $15m, although trading volumes remain 27% below the 2023 average, according to an update from CoinShares. CoinShares also revealed in its report that Bitcoin saw $16 million inflows last week, “bringing the… Read More

Investors May Consider Rebalancing Investment Portfolios, As High-Interest Rates are Expected to Continue, Industry Professional Says

US Consumer Price Index (CPI) data published Thursday supports the case that the Federal Reserve will likely “implement one more interest rate hike,” says the CEO of one of a financial advisory, asset management and fintech organization. The prediction from Nigel Green of deVere Group… Read More

Bitcoin Adoption: Long-Term BTC Holders Increase as Market to Closely Watch Inflation Data – Report

Matteo Greco, Research Analyst at the publicly listed digital asset and fintech investment business Fineqia International, has shared insights on the latest developments in the Bitcoin (BTC) and digital assets markets. Analyzing BTC supply, Greco notes that approximately 68.5% of “the total circulating supply has… Read More

Squaring the Circle: Exclusivity in Regulation Crowdfunding (Reg CF)

There’s no question that by allowing entrepreneurs to raise capital from a broad investor base, Regulation Crowdfunding (Reg CF) has transformed the landscape of small business financing. But recently, some in the industry, including several prominent crowdfunding platforms, have started to question exactly how broad… Read More

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