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Digital Assets: Tokeny CEO Envisions Bright Future for Asset Tokenization in 2022 and Beyond

  Like many Fintech entrepreneurs, Tokeny CEO Luc Falempin, was immediately excited when he read the Bitcoin whitepaper, so much that he devoted his career to using blockchain technology to make financial markets available to everyone. A few years later, Falempin is well on his… Read More

Perspective: Will Our Response to Rising Inflation Define 2022?

Surging global inflation is the number one concern for many households in 2022. With living costs continuing to rise much faster than wages, household budgets are increasingly stretched. Let’s take a closer look at how inflation is changing the game. In the UK, inflation has… Read More

Valentin Mihov: Co-founder at Finexify Explains How they Provide DeFi Services to Tech-Savvy Investors

We recently connected with Valentin Mihov, Co-founder, and Chief Investment Officer at Finexify, a boutique investment company that offers an opportunity to gain exposure to the decentralized finance (DeFi) space. The team at Finexify thinks that limited access to DeFi means “extraordinary” alpha with limited… Read More

China: WeiyangX Fintech Review

Tencent Releases Metaverse-Rate Scoring System On January 12th, Tencent News and the School of Journalism, Fudan University jointly released the “2021-2022 Metaverse Annual Report”. For the first time, the report proposed the concept of “Metaverse-Rate” which will become the scoring standard for the development of… Read More

Fed Chair Jerome Powell Sees No Problem with Private Stablecoins Existing Alongside CBDCs

Chairman of the Federal Reserve Jerome Powell spent much of yesterday testifying in front of the US Senate Banking Committee as part of his nomination process. It is anticipated that Powell will easily be approved by the Committee as well as the full Senate for… Read More

Digital Assets: ADDX Makes Private Markets Available to More Investors, and They’re Just Getting Started

ADDX, a Singapore-based firm, is making private market investing available to many wealthy investors who were previously excluded from the opportunity. There is strong demand for the service, Oi-Yee Choo ADDX chief commercial officer said. Choo brings two decades of capital raising and mergers and… Read More

Ben Waterman: Co-founder at UK’s Strabo App Explains How their Cross-Border Personal Finance Platform Streamlines Money Management

We recently connected with Ben Waterman, COO and Co-founder, Strabo App, a cloud-based platform that helps you link multiple accounts from around the world in one dashboard. The Strabo App reportedly tracks all the money you own and owe, while providing you with a holistic… Read More

Seedrs Shares 2021 Retrospective: Record Levels of Funding

Seedrs, a leading UK-based securities crowdfunding platform that is merging with Republic, has provided a retrospective of 2021 performance. According to Seedrs, 2021 was a year that delivered record-level funding. The top-line numbers are as follows: £696 million invested into securities offerings 310 funded deals… Read More

Former SEC Official Predicts End of Businesses Accepting Cryptocurrency, Labels Crypto a “Menacing Cancer”

At least one former enforcement executive from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is predicting the demise of crypto – or at least a significant setback for digital assets. John Reed Stark, former head of the SEC’s Internet Enforcement team says that new rules from… Read More

SPACs Have Big Year in 2021. What’s Next for 2022?

Doug Ellenoff of Ellenoff, Grossman and Schole Shares Insight into Booming SPAC Market. Special purpose Acquisition Companies or SPACs had a blowout year in 2021.  While the financing vehicle has been around for decades, in recent years SPACs have rocketed in popularity. SPACs are an… Read More

UK MPs Create New Crypto and Digital Assets APPG as Parliament Aims to Enable Digital Asset Innovation

The UK Parliament has created a cross-party group of MPs and Lords for “Crypto and Digital Assets.” The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) aims to act as a forum for parliamentarians, policymakers and the UK crypto sector to discuss policy and regulation of the industry. According… Read More

Fintech: Research Indicates that 9% of Teens Have Traded Crypto, PayPal is Top BNPL Option, Cash is King for Payments

Piper Sandler, a financial services firm based in Minneapolis, has surveyed teens for more than 20 years. The company researches trends regarding brand purchases and activities that may aid in discerning the rising or declining popularity of the firms that provide these products. CI recently… Read More

Top 10 Fintech Predictions for 2022

6 years is an eternity in Fintech and this is my 6th annual Top 10 Fintech Predictions for 2022. 2021 was a great year for Fintech, billion-dollar IPOs, Crypto, NFTs, and the evolution of blockchain technology has taken over the globe. BigTech are all basically… Read More

Journalist Says He Has Been Banned by PayPal for Political Beliefs

Ian Miles Cheong, an independent journalist who is active on Twitter and writes for the Post Millennial, has been banned by PayPal (NASDAQ:PYPL), allegedly due to his political beliefs. Cheong currently has almost 300,000 Twitter followers and frequently comments on current events in the political… Read More

CoinShares Reports Digital Asset Inflows of $9.3B in 2021, Compared to $6.8B in 2020

James Butterfill, Investment Strategist at London-based CoinShares, a digital asset manager focused on expanding access to the cryptocurrency ecosystem while serving as a “trusted partner” for its clients, notes that for the week ending December 31, 2021, the firm saw yearly inflows of “US$9.3bn in… Read More

FINRA Regulated Funding Portals Hit 70, What’s Next for Reg CF in 2022

Periodically, CI takes a tally of the Reg CF (Regulation Crowdfunding) sector to capture a measure of both platforms and activity. The last time we reviewed FINRA regulated funding portals was mid-2021 and as you can understand things have changed since then. At that time,… Read More

Community Banks: Payments Service Chuck Looks to Emulate Zelle, Alloy Labs Aims to Provide More Digital Banking Services Going Forward

Zelle is a peer-to-peer payments service that is now utilized by over 1000 banking apps across the US. As services like Venmo gained in popularity, traditional banks were compelled to compete and Zelle has emerged as a viable alternative for real-time transfers. Originally founded by… Read More

CoinSmart CEO Comments on Binance Predicament in Canada

CoinSmart Financial Inc., one of the first digital asset trading platforms to be registered as a restricted dealer under securities laws across Canada, has shared some perspective on the Binance Canada predicament. Earlier today, it was reported that Binance Canada had been registered as a… Read More

Reg CF: Investment Crowdfunding Tops $1.1 Billion in 2021, Predicted to Double in 2022

Crowdfund Capital Advisors (CCA), a research and advisory group tracking online capital formation under Regulation Crowdfunding (Reg CF) in the US, is reporting that since the industry launched over $1.1 billion has been invested for firms issuing securities under the exemption. The information is being… Read More

Wefunder Reports Blowout Year of Investment Crowdfunding, Plans European Expansion

Wefunder is one of the leading investment crowdfunding platforms in the United States. A FINRA regulated funding portal, Wefunder is frequently the top offering platform when it comes to Reg CF offerings in any given month. In 2021, Wefunder published an “Impact Report” that highlighted… Read More

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