Fintech

In Response to Bitcoin, Central Bank of Brazil Presents Instant Payment System Pix

</header> <strong>Banco Central do Brasil has started testing a new payment network with the promise to offer Brazilians near instant transactions and many new services. Portrayed as a response to Bitcoin, the Pix system will be mandatory for major financial institutions to ensure wide coverage. The project aims to limit the use of paper money …

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Governments Begin to Roll Out FATF’s Travel Rule Around the Globe

It’s been nearly eight months since the Financial Action Task Force issued its divisive crypto directives, establishing traditional banking regulations within the crypto sector. With the year-long adoption deadline fast approaching, how have the world’s regulatory authorities responded to the guidelines so far? The FATF — an intergovernmental organization tasked with combating money laundering — …

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Digital Remittances Reach Record High of $96 Billion, Fees Charged by Traditional Providers Open Door for Cryptocurrencies

</header> <strong>In a globalized world where labor follows capital, the remittance industry has been growing constantly in both volume and users. Traditional providers like banks and money transfer companies have been charging high fees for their services which creates opportunities for alternative digital platforms and decentralized cryptocurrencies. </strong> Also read: Russians Can Use Qiwi, Sberbank, …

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CFTC’s Fintech Research Unit to Hold Office Hours for Innovators

The United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s fintech lab will host office hours during New York Fintech Week. In April, the CFTC’s fintech research unit, LabCFTC, will host office hours during New York Fintech Week to engage with innovators in the field, according to a recently published announcement. LabCFTC’s objective is to promote market-enhancing fintech …

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Companies Keep Flocking to Swiss Crypto Valley, Over 1,000 Jobs Added in a Year

</header> <strong>Crypto Valley, a fintech-friendly region centered on the canton of Zug, has been expanding to other parts of Switzerland and neighboring Liechtenstein. Despite all the challenges facing the blockchain industry, favorable regulations and improving access to banking and legal services are attracting more and more crypto companies. Their number has increased for a third …

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Millennial and Male: 3 Crypto Card Issuers Profile Their Average User

</header> <strong>Platforms offering debit cards that can be topped up with cryptocurrency have enjoyed growing popularity in the crypto community. They provide a payment solution for those who earn and own digital coins, enabling in-store and online crypto payments. Their expanding user base provides a snapshot of the kind of people who spend crypto on …

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Blockchain Developer Ant Financial Ranks Fifth Largest Private Firm in China

Fintech and blockchain developer Ant Financial, an affiliate of e-commerce giant Alibaba, has been ranked the fifth most valuable private firm in China. In an inaugural rankings report by Hurun, which is best known for compiling a rich list for China, Ant Financial is the top firm in its field and fifth largest in a …

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Longfin CEO Reaches $400,000 Settlement With SEC Over Fraud Charges

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has reached a settlement with fintech firm Longfin’s CEO, Venkata S. Meenavalli, on charges of fraud. According to an SEC press release Friday, Meenavalli has agreed to pay $400,000 in both disgorgement and penalties related to a 2017 Regulation A+ offering the SEC deemed fraudulent. Longfin delisted from …

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Hong Kong Institute of Bankers Onboards Six Virtual Banks as Members

The Hong Kong Institute of Bankers (HKIB) has onboarded six virtual banks as corporate members, according to a Jan. 2 press release. The HKIB is a non-profit institution that provides training and certification to the banking organizations in Hong Kong. The last banks joining the HKIB are Airstar Bank Limited, Fusion Bank Limited, Livi VB …

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Wifi Sharing Platform Wicrypt Gets Government Grant in Nigeria

</header> <strong>A crypto startup providing wifi hotspot sharing services in Nigeria has won funding from the country’s telecom regulator. Wicrypt placed second among 25 tech companies participating in an innovation competition organized by the Nigeria Communication Commission and it’s going to receive a grant worth 2 million naira to finance its project. </strong> Also read: …

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