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Crypto Lender BlockFi Removes Minimums and Fees for Crypto Interest Account

Cryptoasset-to-USD lender BlockFi announced on Friday it has removed minimums and fees for its BlockFi Interest Account (BIA). According to BlockFi, BIA clients will no longer have to meet a minimum deposit amount in their Bitcoin, Ether, or GUSD balances in order to earn interest…. Read More

New York Regtech Trade Mission: UK Department of International Trade Seeks Applicants to Participate in Regtech Focused Trip to US

The Department for International Trade (DIT) is seeking applications from the UK Regtech sector to participate in a Regtech Mission to New York. The DIT Mission is scheduled to take place from November 13 to 15th. DIT states that the Mission offers UK firms the… Read More

Report: Fintech Ping An May Pursue Singapore Digital Bank License After Receipt of Hong Kong Virtual Bank Approval

Late last month, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) announced it has begun accepting applications for digital bank licenses. The new banking licenses are only for aspiring non-bank Fintechs. MAS leadership explained that virtual banks will help assure the banking sector remains resilient and competitive… Read More

Lendio Franchising Facilitates $50 Million to Small Businesses

Lendio Franchising, Lendio’s marketplace lending franchise program, announced on Tuesday it has facilitated $50 million in loans to over 1,800 small businesses around the U.S. According to Lendio, the  loans through the franchise provide a boost to small businesses in industries ranging from healthcare to… Read More

Plug and Play Announces New Partnership With Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank

Global innovation platform Plug and Play announced on Monday it has formed a new partnership with Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank (ADCB). ADCB will notably join Plug and Play’s global ecosystem, using the platform to support its comprehensive digital transformation strategy. While sharing more details about… Read More

Stashbee Closes Crowdfunding Round at £2.5 Million, Initially Raised £1.6 Million in Hours

Stashbee has closed its 2nd crowdfunding round at £2.5 million on Seedrs. The company offered equity in the firm at a pre-money valuation of £9 million. The company received the backing of 886 individual investors. Stashbee, an online sharing-economy platform for storage space, raised £1.6… Read More

Bitcoin Norway Shuts Down Due to Theft via SIM Swap Hack and “Sophisticated Spear-phishing Techniques”

Bitcoin Norway has shut down all operations according to its website and posts on Facebook. Bitcoin Norway is a cryptocurrency exchange that claims to have served over 25,000 Norwegians since 2013. Last week, via Twitter, the exchange said they are dealing with extraordinary problems: Hei… Read More

Fed Chair Powell Peppered with Questions on Facebook’s Libra at House Financial Services Committee Hearing

The House Financial Services Committee welcomed Fed Chair Jerome Powell today to share his perspective on the state of the US economy and his opinion on the effectiveness of monetary policy. While Powell’s prepared remarks kicked off a bit of a rally on Wall Street… Read More

UK Financial Conduct Authority Addresses Topic of Stablecoins Providing Insight into Regulatory Approach

In a speech presented today by Christopher Woolard, Executive Director of Strategy and Competition at the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), the regulator addressed the hot topic of “stablecoins.” The speech was delivered at the annual Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance conference which saw regulators… Read More

Klara Expansion: Announces Second UK Office in Central Manchester

Payment processing brand Klarna announced on Wednesday the expansion of its UK operations with a new office located in Manchester. According to Klarna, the new office will open in Summer 2019 and will be located at the Old Granada Studios, which is a payments and… Read More

Forthcoming European Alternative Finance Research Conference Issues Call for Papers

The 3rd European Alternative Finance Research Conference is scheduled to take place this October. In advance of the event, organizers have issued a call for academic papers on Fintech/alternative finance. The conference is organised by the European Centre for Alternative Finance (ECAF) based at Utrecht… Read More

London Tech on Track for Record Year of VC Investment

This is London Tech Week and the city is doing a bit of well-deserved chest pounding touting its innovation cred. In data compiled by London & Partners, the Mayor of London’s inward investment agency, venture capital investment into London is booming. In fact even while… Read More

Rwandan Central Bank Issues Warning Against “Pyramid Schemes, Network Marketing Programs and Scam Coins”

John Rwangombwa, Governor National Bank of Rwanda (BNR), has issued a notice alerting Rwandan citizens, “to the existence of investments scam(s)…operating in Rwanda (through locally-registered businesses or from abroad through online platforms).” The warning also states that pyramid, multi-level marketing and fake initial coin offering… Read More

Switzerland’s SIX Exchange Planning Stablecoin Digital Currency Pegged to the Swiss Franc

A spokesperson for Switzerland’s largest stock exchange, the Zurich-based SIX Exchange, has confirmed in an email to Coindesk that SIX is developing a “stablecoin” pegged to the Swiss franc for use on the company’s forthcoming digital asset exchange: “Yes, we are currently working on a… Read More

Bithumb Announces Launch of New Global Cryptocurrency Exchange

Bithumb announced on Monday the launch of its new global cryptocurrency exchange. According to Bithumb, the exchange will be incorporating multiple fiat currency trading pairs, as well as perpetual futures trading, with leverage up to 100 times. Bithumb explained: “The Open Beta version allows users… Read More

$10 Million in 80 Minutes: CrowdStreet Quickly Raises Equity in $60 Million Real Estate Project

Real estate crowdfunding platform CrowdStreet has shared some interesting news. According to the platform, sponsor J.Jeffers & Co. raised $10 million on CrowdStreet in just 80 minutes. In total, $14 million was raised in a day ($16.7 million in total offers were submitted). This is… Read More

TrueLayer Forms New Partnership With ANNA Money For Small Business Open Banking Benefits

TrueLayer, a computer software company that enables companies to capitalize on new open banking initiatives in the UK, announced on Wednesday it has formed a new partnership with ANNA Money. According to TrueLayer, the partnership will enable ANNA to provide its customers with enhanced open… Read More

Medford Brewing Company Taps Wefunder for Crowdfunding Campaign: Ready for Expansion

Last week, when Crowdfund Insider covered Crate Brewery’s Crowdcube campaign,  several successful beer crowdfunding campaigns were highlighted, including BrewDog, Garage Beer, Sly Fox, BeerBods, The Bottle Shop. On Crowdcube alone, Chadlington Brewery, Crowns and Hops Brewing Co, Redwell Brewery and Crate Brewery are currently raising funds. Lots of… Read More

Fitbit Teams Up With KBC Bank to Launch Fitbit Pay in Belgium

KBC Banking Group announced on Tuesday it has partnered with Fitbit to launch Fitbit Pay services in Belgium. According to KBC, all KBC, CBC and KBC Brussels customers who have a Fitbit smartwatch or activity tracker may now use it to pay in shops that… Read More

Preventing and Overcoming Ransomware Attacks

A number of high-profile ransomware attacks in the early months of this year have put a spotlight on the importance of firms working to prevent them. In March, operations at Norwegian aluminum producer Norsk Hydro and American chemical companies Hexion and Momentive were interrupted by… Read More

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