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Police and Regulators Convening in Australia to Address “Globalization and Digitization of the Criminal Economy”

More than 200 delegates representing police forces and regulatory bodies in Australia, the US, Singapore, and New Zealand are convening Nov 13-15 in Brisbane at the 2019 National Proceeds of Crime Conference. Present in force will be staff from Australia’s Taxation Office, Securities and Investment Commission,… Read More

New Zealand’s Online Lending Platform Harmoney Raises $29.6 Million to Expand Company’s Operations

Auckland, New Zealand-based Harmoney, an online lending platform that connects borrowers with lenders, recently raised NZ$25 million ($15.8 million) through a Series C investment round led by two Australasia-based investors. Established in 2014, Harmoney has acquired funding from Australia-based private equity company Kirwood Capital and… Read More

DayTek Capital Plans Launch of “Product Disruptive” Digital Bank in Australia: Infinity

DayTek Capital says it expects to launch a new digital bank “Infinity” in Australia by mid-2020. The company describes the forthcomin bank as “product disruptive,” without providing too many details. Additionally, DayTek reports the Australian government is assisting with the Fintech getting established as Trade… Read More

Australian Senate Select Committee on Fintech & Regtech Publishes Issues Paper

The Australian Senate Select Committee on Financial Technology (Fintech) and Regulatory Technology (Regtech) has published an “Issues Paper outlining what it intends to review and report back to the Senate. The Committee was established in September 2019 and consists of six senators. The Fintech and… Read More

Australia’s Westpac Banking Corporation Is Planning to Launch a New Digital Banking Platform

Sydney-based Westpac, one of Australia’s first banks and first companies, is reportedly planning to introduce a new digital banking platform in order to attract younger clients that may otherwise prefer opening accounts at neo banks. Westpac’s decision to launch a new digital brand was announced… Read More

Report: Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) Rival Chi-X Concerned ASX’s New Blockchain Settlement System Could Be Anti-Competitive

Chi-X, an Australian stock exchange that handles about 20% of the country’s trades, is concerned that a new cost-cutting blockchain registry, settlement and clearing system being developed by rival ASX will enhance the ASX’s market dominance over settlement, Reuters reports. Chi-X, a subsidiary of New-York-based… Read More

Q&A with Perth Mint Partner Infinigold, Issuer of Gold-Backed Cryptographic Tokens

InfiniGold, a company “digitizing” gold reserves at the Perth Mint, has responded to Crowdfund Insider’s questions forwarded earlier this month regarding the companies’ plans to issue a Perth Mint Gold Token (PMGT) on the Ethereum blockchain. Andreas Ruf, CEO at Infinigold, began by describing both… Read More

Perth Mint and Infinigold Report Steady Interest in Perth Mint Gold Tokens

The Perth Mint says  its project to offer gold-backed Perth Mint Gold Tokens (PMGT), “is paying early dividends with a surge in investors registering to trade gold on digital platforms.” The mint and partner Infinigold tout the offering as, “the first digital gold token on… Read More

Digital Asset Exchange, Mine Digital, Launches in Australia with Financial Services License

Mine Digital, a digital asset exchange, has launched in Australia. According to the company, the exchange is the first to launch with an Australian Financial Services License. The license allows Mine Digital to create markets in derivatives products including options and more. Mine Digital will… Read More

EY Fintech Australia Census: The Fintech Industry is increasingly profitable and the year on year revenue growth trend continues

For the fourth year in a row, EY Australia has partnered with Fintech Australia to publish a “census” on the status of the Fintech industry. The census is the result of a survey of 120 different Aussie Fintechs. In this year’s report, EY states that… Read More

Australia: Lime Shuts Down “Digital Advice Tools” Following Concerns Raised by ASIC

Lime FS Pty Ltd has agreed to shut down “digital advice tools” following concerns raised by the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC). According to ASIC, Lime has voluntarily shut down two digital advice referenced as robo advice. Lime FS’ corporate authorised representatives, Plenty Wealth… Read More

Aussie-UK Fintech Bridge: Department of International Trade Brings 9 Fintechs to Australia

The previously announced UK-Australia FinTech Bridge Pilot Programme has kicked off with the Department for International Trade (DIT) bringing 9 UK Fintech firms to Australia. The project is part of an ongoing effort to extend the UK’s prominence as a Fintech while building global partnerships…. Read More

Perth Mint Plans to Sell Gold-Backed Crypto Tokens

The Perth Mint, a large “precious metals enterprise” in Australia, has announced it will be issuing, “the first digital gold token on a public blockchain-backed…1:1 by GoldPass certificates issued by The Perth Mint…” The release regarding this product does not state when the tokens will become… Read More

Australian Beverage Brand SOFI Spritz Now Seeking A$400,000 Through Equitise Crowdfunding Round

SOFI Spritz, an Australia-based beverage brand, is now seeking A$400,000 (max A$1 million) through its new crowdfunding campaign on Equitise. The company previously raised $11,410 on funding platform Pozible. SOFI has also been on Shark Tank. SOFI is focused on new product development and marketing… Read More

Report Sees Strengthening Support for Libra

While the political chatter in the US is clearly anti-Libra and both France and Germany have expressed their disfavor for Facebook’s stablecoin, Heath Behncke, a founder of the Australian consortium’s bid for Libra Association membership, claims there is strengthening support for Libra. Behncke has recently… Read More

AUSTRAC: PayPal Is Being Audited for Money Laundering, Counter-Terrorism Laws By Australian Authorities

AUSTRAC, Australia’s financial intelligence agency, ordered an audit on September 24 of international money transfers made by online payment service provider PayPal according to a release. Australia’s authorities suspect that the transactions facilitated by PayPal might be associated with serious crimes such as child exploitation. … Read More

Cryptocurrency-Aided Cybercrimine Syndicate Drained Retirement Accounts in Australia

Australian police have “dismantled” a cybercrime syndicate that used cryptocurrencies to purchase “fraudulently-obtained identities” on Dark Net markets and then use these identities to open bank accounts and drain victims’ retirement savings. According to a release from the Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC), “Investigations have… Read More

Real Estate Institute of Queensland is Launching a Blockchain-based Tenancy Agreement Platform

The Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ) is partnering with local tech firm Igloo, in order to develop a blockchain-powered tenancy agreement platform. The software solution is expected to launch by the end of this year, according to a company release. REIQ general manager Josh… Read More

Australian Senate Creates Standing Committee on Fintech & Regtech

Last week on September 11, the Australian Senate decided to establish a “Select Committee on Financial Technology and Regulatory Technology” or a committee to research and follow Fintech and Regtech. According to the Australian Parliament, the committee will inquire and report on the following matters:… Read More

Australian Neobank Xinja Bank Receives License & Launches Bank Accounts

Xinja Bank, an Australia-based neobank, announced on Monday it has received its full banking license from the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) and has launched its bank accounts.  Founded in 2017, Xinja Bank describes itself as an independent 100% digital neobank for Australians that is… Read More

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