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Leverage Moving the Needle on Bitcoin, Not New Money, Traders Say

Several professional cryptocurrency traders are claiming that leverage and “whales” are behind Bitcoin’s recent massive price fluctuations and not coveted “new money.” According to Jeff Dorman, chief investment officer at ArcaFunds: “The Bitcoin price ascent from $4k-$10k was based on a confluence of real factors (depreciating… Read More

European Crowdfunding Network Announces 2019-2021 Non-Executive Board

The European Crowdfunding Network (ECN) recently announced it has welcomed its new non-executive Board for the period 2019-2021. The organization revealed that after the 4th ECN CrowdCamp: Exploring Blockchain for Alternative Finance, the ECN General Assembly of members convened in Berlin to explore strategic options for… Read More

Seedrs Launches Fast-Moving Consumer Goods Accelerator Program

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Investment crowdfunding platform Seedrs has added a new program to boost the food and beverage sector of crowdfunding.  Noting that consumer-facing companies in the food and beverage sector have been a popular category for retail investment, Seedrs has launched the FMCG Accelerator program (Fast-Moving Consumer… Read More

Free Crowdfunding Guidebook Available Now

The “(Almost) Complete Guidebook to Crowdfunding for SMEs” is a free publication that provides over 200 pages of tools for launching and managing a crowdfunding campaign. Supported by Interreg Central Europe, the guidebook is authored by Karsten Wenzlaff and Wolfgang Gumpelmaier-Mach. Gumpelmaier-Mach and Wenzlaff have… Read More

Why P2P Lending is a Primary Investment Opportunity

The Fintech space has seen significant investment growth in recent years. Out of 310 private companies valued at over US$1 billion globally, 10 percent are in the Fintech sector, according to CB Insights. Only two other sectors claim a larger share of the unicorn pie,… 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

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

Perspective: Why it’s Time to Ask Your Wealth Manager About P2P Lending

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Peer-to-peer (P2P) lending is a form of crowdfunding, a method of raising capital that is nowadays often facilitated via the internet. Rather than rely on large amounts of funding from a handful of entities, crowdfunding uses small investments from a large pool of individuals. For… Read More

Gartner: 90% of Blockchain Tech Will Be Obsolete by 2021, Sector Will Continue to Be Fragmented

90% of the blockchains so far implemented by companies trying to stay current will be obsolete by 2021, global business advisory company Gartner claims in a recent news release: “By 2021, 90% of current enterprise blockchain platform implementations will require replacement within 18 months to… Read More

EY Releases Research on Nightfall, Experimental Tools to Enable Privacy Transactions on Ethereum

Global consulting firm EY (Ernst & Young) has released its research into  the creation of “…a set of smart contracts and microservices,…(using the) ZoKrates zk-snark toolkit, to enable standard ERC-20 and ERC-721 tokens to be transacted on the Ethereum blockchain with complete privacy.” Software for… Read More

Standard Tokenization Protocol Raises $7 Million in Funding

Standard Tokenization Protocol (STP) has raised $7 million in funding, according to a release. The STP-Standard is said to be an open source standard that defines how tokenized assets are created, issued, transmitted, and received in compliance with all necessary regulations. STP states that their… Read More

CrowdEngine Partners with Polymath Adding Security Token Issuance to List of Crowdfunding Services

CrowdEngine, a leading software provider in the online capital formation sector, has formed a new partnership with Polymath to facilitate the issuance of security tokens. CrowdEngine, a white label platform that already supports Reg D, Reg A+ and Reg CF, is now a full stack… Read More

3 Challenges of Scaling a Fintech Company Across Borders

Investments in Fintech surged in 2018, reaching US $55 billion worldwide and doubling that of the year before, according to Accenture. Fintech companies are also getting bigger. Currently, 19 out of Forbes’ 50 Most Innovative Fintech Companies in 2019 have valuations of US$1 billion or… Read More

Blockstream Announces Imminent Launch of Securities Platform on the “Liquid” Bitcoin Sidechain

Blockstream, builder of Bitcoin satellites and financial contributor to Bitcoin Core, the project committing the majority of support for Bitcoin, announced at Consensus last week that it is launching a digital securities platform on the company’s “Liquid” sidechain. According to a company press release, “The… Read More

Fitch Report: Declining Credit Enhancement in US MPL ABS is Unwarranted

Fitch is out with a report on marketplace lending (MPL) asset-backed securities (ABS) stating declining credit enhancement is unwarranted. Fitch states that credit enhancement (CE) levels of ‘Asf’ category rated US MPL ABS have meaningfully declined since 2017, while asset quality remained relatively steady. As… Read More

When Does A “Digital Asset” Qualify As A Security? A Deeper Dive Into Recent SEC Guidance.

Here’s a question for all of you. Between coins, tokens, stamps, tickets, vouchers, and chips, which of these qualifies as a “security” under U.S. Securities laws? It’s actually a trick question, they all do! Well, technically speaking, they all could potentially qualify as securities. The… Read More

Scaling a Startup: Tips from Someone Who is Doing It

Find a business partner who’s your skills opposite Building a business is hard. The plan for my company had been in my head for some time, But I didn’t want to build it alone. Whilst I knew my target markets, clients, partners, users, and the… Read More

Cryptocurrency Forensics Firm Chainalysis Adds Tracking of Four “Stable Coins”

Chainalysis, an American company at the forefront of cryptoforensics (cryptocurrency transaction investigation), says it has added tracking of four “stable coins” to the suite of coins its “KYT” software can monitor. Chainalysis says its KYT (Know Your Transaction) software has already been being used by,… Read More

Nasdaq CEO Adena Friedman Says Smaller IPO Market Needs to be Fixed

Last week, Nasdaq CEO Adena Friedman sat down with CNBC to discuss the initial public offering market. Recently, multiple high profile issuers have completed an IPO or have indicated their intent to do so in the not so distant future. On the day Friedman was… Read More

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