France: Are ICOs a New Method of Finance? French Regulator AMF Publishes Report on Crypto

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The Autorité des Marches Financiers (AMF) the regulator that has oversight of securities in France, has published a report on initial coin offerings. Entitled ICO Françaises: Un Nouveau Mode de Financement? – the document is a follow up to a year ago launch to the… Read More

Russian Crypto Association Cooperating with Iran to Create “SWIFT Counterpart”

In early November, SWIFT, the Belgium-based company that operates the global payments network of the same name, announced that “certain Iranian banks” would be cut off from using the service: “In keeping with our mission of supporting the resilience and integrity of the global financial… Read More

Aussie Online Lender Prospa Recognized on Leadership List

Prospa, an online small business lender, has been recognized by Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Australia Awards for 2018. Prospa ranked 20th overall and 5th for leadership. The Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Australia Awards rank Australia’s fastest growing public or private technology companies based on their… Read More

World Blockchain Trade Consortium Launches During Singapore Fintech Festival

The World Blockchain Trade Consortium (WBTC) launched this week at the Singapore Fintech Festival, according to a note from one of the founding members. The WBTC has launched with Fintech platforms, insurance providers and trade finance funds, each reportedly utilizing Invoice Check – a blockchain application… Read More

Cobinhood Appoints Jill Shih As New CEO

Cobinhood, a cryptocurrency service platform and zero-fee exchange, announced on Thursday it has appointed Jill Shih as its new CEO. According to Cobinhood, Shih brings more than 18 years of extensive experience in product user experience, project management, and development across mobile internet and software industries. Prior… Read More

U.S. Fintech Self Lender Secures $10 Million Through Series B Financing Round Led By Altos Ventures

Self Lender, a U.S.-based fintech startup that offers Americans a way to build their credit while also saving money, today announced a $10 million round of Series B financing, which was led by Altos Ventures with additional participation from Silverton Partners, Accion Venture Lab, and others. The company… Read More

American Express Launches New Virtual Payments Offering For Business Expenses

American Express (NYSE:AXP) announced on Thursday the launch of American Express Go, a new digital solution to help mid-sized and large companies efficiently handle business expenses for temporary workers, recruits, and employees without Corporate Cards. According to the financial giant, American Express Go features a Virtual Card… Read More

Small Change Leads Industry on Reg CF Real Estate Crowdfunding Offers

Small Change, a mission focused real estate investment platform, is one of a very few platforms offering real estate investments under Reg CF – the smallest securities crowdfunding exemption and the most difficult to work with. Envisioned as a vehicle to boost online capital formation,… Read More

CFTC Enforcement Director Addresses Crypto Fraud in Speech

The Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Enforcement Director James M. McDonald delivered a speech yesterday addressing current trends regarding enforcement actions and, of course, crypto and virtual currencies were on the list. Speaking at the NYU School of Law, McDonald said the Commission is adapting… Read More

Monzo Forms Partnership With Financial Capability Lab to Help Users Save Money

UK challenger bank Monzo announced on Thursday it has formed a partnership with the Financial Capability Lab. According to the Monzo, the Financial Capability Lab was started in 2016 by the Money Advice Service, in partnership with the government’s Behavioural Insights Team. The startup also reported that… Read More

Malware Researcher Finds Four Crypto-Stealing Wallet Apps at Google Play Store

Lukas Stefanko, a Malware researcher and blogger, recently identified four crypto-stealing wallet apps being hosted at the Google Play Store: “These threats imitate legitimate services for NEO, Tether and MetaMask. I reported these apps to the Google security team and they were promptly removed.” Stefanko divided the fraudulent… Read More


Prosper to Add HELOC Product to Lending Platform

Online lender Prosper will be adding a new digital Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC) product in 2019, according to a note from the company. The introduction of the HELOC is described as a new milestone for the marketplace lending platform. Prosper is one of… Read More

KPMG & Crypto Exchange Independent Reserve Launch Crypto Tax Estimator

KPMG Australia and Independent Reserve have joined to manage a pressing issue: taxes for cryptocurrency transactions. The two companies have partnered on a new “Crypto Tax Estimator.” Founded in 2013, Independent Reserve is said to be the largest cryptocurrency exchange in Australia. The crypto exchange… Read More

Overfunding: Lithuanian P2P Lender NEO Finance Surpasses €200,000 Funding Target on Seedrs

NEO Finance, a Lithuania-based peer-to-peer lending platform, has successfully secured its initial €200,000 equity crowdfunding target on Seedrs. The campaign was launched last month and has attracted nearly 340 investors so far. As previously reported, NEO Finance was founded in 2015 and claims to be the largest… Read More

Real Estate Investment Platform EquityMultiple Hires New CFO

EquityMultiple, an online real estate investment platform, has selected Brett Klein ahs their new Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Henry Kwong as Senior Director of Asset Management. Prior to joining EquityMultiple, Klein was a senior member of Colony Northstar – a listed, leading global real estate… Read More

CommonBond Teams Up with Investor Fifth Third Bank on Student Loans

Online lender CommonBond has partnered with Fifth Third Bank to provide students a path to better manage their student loans. Fifth Third Bank is also an investor in the Fintech platform. CommonBond is a platform that finances and refinances student loans. The company will also… Read More

Malaysian MP: Sector Regulations Needed Before Government Approves “World’s First Crypto-Politic ICO”

Fahmi Fadzil, a Malaysian MP and the Communications Director for the Malaysian centre-left coalition party PKR, has urged the government of Malaysia to establish proper regulation of cryptocurrencies before it approves “Harapan Coin- the world’s first crypto-politic ICO,”  The Star Online reports. Fahmi reportedly told reporters… Read More

Lame Duck Congress: Still Time for JOBS Act 3.0

After the first of the year, control of the House of Representatives will move over to the Democrat party following mid-term elections. While the Senate will remain in Republican control, the split Congress means agenda items will frequently be at odds. But in the final… Read More

Pro-Crypto President of Marshall Islands Survives No-Confidence Vote

By a margin of one vote, President Hilda Heine of the Marshall Islands retained her job on Monday following a no-confidence vote initiated by the opposition, Nikkei Asian Review reports. A tie of 16 for and 16 against deprived the opposition of the 17 votes… Read More

Russian Online Payments Platform Yandex.Checkout Announces Integration With WeChat Pay

Yandex.Checkout, an online payments service based in Russia, announced on Thursday it has integrated with WeChat Pay. According to Yandex.Checkout, the new feature will notably be well suited for merchants who are working with Chinese tourists in Russia or looking for an opportunity to start… Read More

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