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BBVA Switzerland Adding BTC Trading Service for Private Clients Isn’t Good bec Banks’ Settlement Is Too Slow, Wall Street Veteran Argues

BBVA Switzerland has opened its Bitcoin trading service to all private banking customers. After six months of in-house testing with a certain group of users, BBVA Switzerland has decided to make its first digital asset trading and custody service accessible to all its private banking… Read More

UK’s P2P Lender Blend Network Explains how their Secondary Market Is Designed to Help Investors

The team at UK-based peer-to-peer lender Blend Network notes that many investors on their platform will know or are aware that they have a secondary market feature that lets lenders sell their loan parts “prior to the loan maturity.” The Blend Network team recently answered… Read More

Online Lender EstateGuru Reports that Estonia and Germany were its Most Active Markets in May 2021

The team at Estateguru, an online lending platform that offers retail investors the ability to back loans secured by property, reveals that it financed €16.8M worth of loans last month. As mentioned in EstateGuru‘s loan portfolio overview report, the most active markets were Estonia and… Read More

Berlin’s Deposit Marketplace Raisin Is Expanding Business Operations into the US with MapleMark Bank Partnership

Berlin-headquartered deposit marketplace Raisin has officially launched its operations in the US by teaming up with its first partner bank. MapleMark Bank has reportedly become the first US-based banking institution to integrate Raisin’s Savings-as-a-Service software on its digital platform. By leveraging the technology, MapleMark customers… Read More

Dutch Banking Challenger Bunq to Acquire €160M in Capital at €1.65B Valuation, Deal Includes SME Lending Platform Purchase

Dutch banking challenger Bunq has reportedly committed to a €160 million round at a €1.65 billion valuation. Bunq will also be acquiring a small business lender as part of the transaction. Bunq’s latest investment round was joined by an unnamed UK-based private equity company. As… Read More

Fintech Shrap, Provider of Change Card and App for Replacing Coins, Launches Pilots in the UK

A newly launched change card and app developed to replace coins by Fintech firm Shrap has introduced its pilot program – with the first two testing initiatives currently underway in Rochford in Essex and Denny in Scotland as part of the United Kingdom’s Community Access… Read More

European P2P Lender Bondora Reports that Cash Recoveries on Platform Continue to Climb

The team at European peer-to-peer lender Bondora reveals that their cash recoveries continue to climb. As noted in a blog post by Bondora (published on June 18, 2021), the month of May was another period of growth for the platform’s recoveries. Although the cumulative cash… Read More

Financial Software Provider Kynetix Introduces Cloud based Solution to Support Reconciliation of Listed Derivatives

Financial software provider Kynetix has introduced a Cloud-powered solution to assist FCMs and brokers with addressing the challenges in reconciling listed derivatives. As noted by the company’s management: “For over 20 years, Kynetix has been forefront of building trust in the physical economy. Recognized as… Read More

Insurtech: Hellas Direct, a Tech-Driven Insurance Firm with Offices in Greece, Acquires €32M in Capital

Hellas Direct, a technology-driven insurance firm with business offices in Greece and Cyprus, reveals that it has acquired €32 million in capital as part of its latest funding round, bringing the total raised by the company to €56 million. Hellas Direct also welcomed the European… Read More

Remittance and Wallet App SendSpend Acquires E-Money Institution License from UK’s FCA

SendSpend, the remittance and wallet app, reveals that it has acquired the Electronic Money Institution (EMI) license from the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). The company will now be able to issue digital money and offer cross-border remittance services from its UK head offices. SendSpend… Read More

London based Open Payments Fintech Volt Secures $23.5M via Series A led by EQT Ventures

London-headquartered Volt, an open payments gateway provider, has secured $23.5 million in capital through a Series A round that was led by EQT Ventures. Augmentum Fintech, Fuel Ventures, and angel investors including Adyen co-founder Robert Kraal and FIS non-executive director Gabriel de Montessus took part… Read More

Fintech VALK, which Offers Corda based Digital Transaction Platform, Secures Place in UK FCA Regulatory Sandbox

UK-based VALK, the end-to-end digital transaction solution for private markets developed on Corda, has managed to secure a place in the UK Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA) regulatory sandbox. Established in 2016, the FCA regulatory sandbox is being offered to assist the financial services sector and… Read More

Regtech: European Regulatory, Risk Tech Provider BearingPoint Acquires Dublin’s Vizor Software

Regtech firm BearingPoint, a European provider of regulatory, risk, and supervisory tech solutions, has reportedly acquired Ireland’s Vizor Software, a regulatory and supervisory technology provider. The amount paid for the acquisition has not been shared publicly. The management at Vizor will continue to lead the… Read More

UK Payments Fintech Paysend, the Card-to-Card Pioneer, Introduces New Digital Money App

UK’s Paysend, the card-to-card pioneer and global payments platform, has introduced Paysend 4.0, which is described as a new digital money app designed to manage all payments requirements from a single location. As noted in the announcement, the latest version offers global transfers, a multicurrency… Read More

UK’s Invoice Financing Platform MarketFinance Shares how they Helped Bantham Technologies Access Affordable Financing

UK-based MarketFinance, one of the world’s largest peer-to-peer (P2P) invoice finance platforms, notes that at their company, the whole team connects every week for their (presently virtual) Townhall. But now that COVID-related restrictions are gradually easing and businesses can “take stock” of this past year,… Read More

UK’s Investment Platform easyMoney Explains Differences between IFISA and P2P Lending Options

UK’s easyMoney, the investment platform from Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou’s easy family of brands that claims that it has “never lost a penny on its loans,” notes that sometimes, the world of finance can appear to be quite complicated. In their opinion, this can also be… Read More

EstateGuru Board Member Gabriella Kindert Shares Why She Became Interested in Debt Markets

Gabriella Kindert, who is considered an expert in private debt markets and has reportedly managed billions (currently serving as a Board member at EstateGuru), says that she encourages investors to check out different lending platforms. In a recent interview, Kindert talked about  how they should… Read More

Analysts at Robo.cash Expect a Small Number of New Lending Platforms to Enter Peer to Peer Market: Report

Analysts of the European investment platform Robo.cash say that they’ve predicted that in the next year or two “a small number” of new lending platforms should enter the peer to peer (P2P) market. According to a blog post published by the Robo.cash team, most of… Read More

Billionaire Hedge Fund Manager Paul Tudor Jones Recommends 5% Bitcoin Allocation but CoinShares Suggests Only 4%

Meltem Demirors, the Chief Strategy Officer at CoinShares, one of the largest digital asset managers in the world, notes that billionaire hedge fund manager Paul Tudor Jones recommends a 5% allocation to Bitcoin (BTC) as an “effective portfolio diversifier.” 1/ paul tudor jones suggests a… Read More

European P2P Lending Platform Mintos Reports that Investors with a Long-Term Investment Strategy Earn More Consistently

The team at Mintos, a peer to peer lending marketplace, notes that goals are proven to have an “energizing” role in our lives, and the higher or greater the goal, the more effort we are likely to put into achieving it. Mintos adds that by… Read More

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