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SEC’s Finhub to Host Public Forum on Blockchain, Digital Assets in May

“United States regulator the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has announced that it is hosting a public forum on distributed ledger technology (DLT) and digital assets this May” writes Olivia Capozzalo for cointelegraph.com. As previously reported, Finhub was created in fall 2018 with the aim of facilitating the agency’s engagement in fintech-related fields, including DLT and digital assets. Source: cointelegraph.com

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Standard Chartered and Naspers are showing interest in India

“Here’s what we know about Standard Chartered’s and Naspers’ plans so far: India’s fintech scene is thriving and we’ll likely see more global companies set up ventures in the region” writes Lea Nonninger for businessinsider.com. This week, US-based bank Standard Chartered and South African multinational internet and media group Naspers announced plans to dip into India’s fintech scene. Source: businessinsider.com

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Five Fintech Payment Start-Ups to Watch in 2019

“Here are 5 impressive FinTech payment start-ups to watch in 2019: Stripe was founded by John and Patrick Collison” writes Finance Magnates Staff for financemagnates.com. The 2008 global crisis was a catalyst in the meteoric growth of alternative FinTech payment start-ups, sometimes referred to as contrarian payment systems.This PayPal subsidiary has substantial backing for its FinTech payments operations and is well positioned for growth in this sector.Launched in 2011, and now boasting 1,500+ employees, this disruptive payment company claims to have millions of registered users. Source: financemagnates.com

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Crypto Foe to Crypto Friend? Massachusettes Forms Fintech Group

“These actions, in addition to other legal issues, earned Massachusettes a reputation for being hostile toward crypto companies” writes Rachel Mcintosh for financemagnates.com. The Massachusettes securities division also ordered the firms to send rescission letters and to refund investors within 45 days.A fintech advisory group has recently been launched by the Commonwealth of Massachusettes, the office that supervises the chief securities regulator in the state.And truly, crypto firms have much to lose if they don’t dance every step of the legal shuffle–in March of last year, Gavin himself issued consent…

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Bahrain Invites Indian Firms to Facilitate Fintech Development in Region

“Bahrain has invited Indian companies to its fintech sandbox in a bid to facilitate the development of blockchain technology in the region, The Economic Times reported on March 3” writes Ana Alexandre for cointelegraph.com. To implement the initiative, the university reportedly employs the Blockcerts open standard in partnership with Learning Machine, a startup providing a system to issue verifiable official records using a blockchain-anchored format.Bahrain has reportedly proposed a range of opportunities to Indian companies as their key market in the fields of blockchain, digital assets, open banking, and remittances…

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Report: Swiss Fintech Market Grew by 62 Percent in 2018

“The Swiss fintech market grew by 62 percent in 2018, according to a recent study by the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences published on Feb. 27” writes Lawrence Marshall for cointelegraph.com. The fintech sector inside the country grew 62 percent over the previous year.The Lucerne University of Applied Sciences undertook an in-depth review of Switzerland’s fintech market for the fourth time.Per the analysis, Switzerland had 356 fintech companies in 2018, compared to 220 companies one year earlier.The report dubbed “IFZ FinTech Study 2019” reveals that on a global scale the…

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New York-Based Signature Bank to Offer Services to Fintech Firms in Bermuda

“New York-based commercial bank Signature Bank will begin offering financial services to fintech firms in the island nation of Bermuda, local news daily the Royal Gazette reports on Feb. 28” writes Aaron Wood for cointelegraph.com. According to the Royal Gazette, banks in Bermuda have mostly avoided dealing with the fintech industry, which is in need of financial services.In July 2018, the government amended the Banks and Deposit Companies Act 1999 to create a new class of bank for blockchain and fintech businesses.Premier Burt then said, “The fintech industry’s success globally…

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Indian Institute Rolls Out Advanced Program on FinTech and Blockchain

“The Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Calcutta and training platform TalentSpirit are jointly offering an advanced programme in fintech and blockchain technology, local news outlet The Asian reported on Feb. 26” writes Ana Alexandre for cointelegraph.com. Earlier this month, Fudan University, China, established the Shanghai Blockchain Engineering Technology Research Center in collaboration with two other establishments in a bid carry out basic research on blockchain technology, demonstrate its application, as well as provide associated talent training.TalentSprint is also going to deploy its platform to supervise the process and offer capstone…

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Fintech Company TrueDigital Appoints Former Bridgewater Associates Executive as CEO

“New York-based fintech company TrueDigital Holdings (TDH) announced the appointment of former Bridgewater Associates chief operating officer Thomas Kim as its new CEO through a post on its website on Feb. 19” writes Adrian Zmudzinski for cointelegraph.com. In January of this year, blockchain platform Qtum also announced that it was introducing Bitcoin atomic swaps to its mainnet infrastructure.The aforementioned payment platform also attracted a “significant number of institutions within the first 30 days of operation,” according to the announcement. Source: cointelegraph.com

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Startups-Focused Law Firm Now Accepts Bitcoin Cash Payments

“The corporate law firm, which has helped over 300 startups raise more than $500 million in venture capital, now accepts direct cryptocurrency payments via Bitpay” reports bitcointoday.club. We speak our clients’ language and now accept payment in their preferred currency.” What do you think about law firms accepting bitcoin payments?. Cryptocurrency ventures that don’t wish to convert their holdings to fiat can now pay for legal services with bitcoin cash (BCH) or bitcoin core (BTC) with Atrium.Also Read: Wikipedia Now Accepts Bitcoin Cash Donations via Bitpay Atrium, a legal services…

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