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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

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

As Some ICO Issuers Move to Give Money Back, Globex Offers Recision Software

While there have only been a few publicly announced recission requirements for initial coin offerings (ICOs) that have since been deemed unregistered securities, there are apparently quite a few more that have been giving money back under the radar. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)… Read More

Republic Quickly Distributes Note Tokens, Seeks to Issue Under Reg A+ with Holders Possibly Earning Income in the Future

Online investment platform Republic revealed last week that Note, a security token which may be issued under the Reg A+ exemption, has already granted 1.8 Note tokens.  The Note tokens concept was first revealed in March when it was reported that Republic had acquired RenGen… Read More

Are IEOs (Initial Exchange Offerings) Any Better than ICOs?

“Vetted” retail investors are lining up to buy a revamped version of ICOs (initial coin offerings) called IEOs (initial exchange offerings), digital tokens “curated” by trading platforms, Bloomberg reports. After a slew of bad press and bad results over the past few years, ICOs have… Read More

It’s Crypto Tax Season. Careful Records Needed

Careful record-keeping is essential for users and traders of cryptocurrencies and digital tokens. This is the main takeaway from an informational article published recently by digital security-token (DSO) issuance platform Securitize. Digital securities offerings (DSOs) are also commonly referred to as security tokens offerings (STOs) in… Read More

Is the No Action Letter for TurnKey Jet a No-Action Non Event? Doug Ellenoff Comments on SEC Digital Asset Statement and STO Framework

Last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) moved forward on clarifying their position regarding digital assets. First, a No-Action Letter (NAL) was released pertaining to the issuance of a token by TurnKey Jet. In a tightly defined issuance, Turnkey was deemed not to be… Read More

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