Cyberspace and Fintech Borders

By Dr. Rosa Lastra and Dr. Jason Grant Allen Since the 1990s, the Internet has become the communications channel used for an increasing number of commercial and financial transactions, not least because it makes transacting across geographical distances quicker, easier, safer, and more affordable. Already in the 1990s, it became clear that the Internet was … Read more

Lack of ETNs Keeps Wall Street Away From Bitcoin, Says CBOE Analyst Ed Tilly

Ed Tilly, CEO, president and chairman at the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE), declared that there is a need for Bitcoin (BTC) exchange-traded notes (ETNs) in order for Wall Street institutional investors to join the crypto space. Financial newspaper Business Insider reported on Tilly’s comments on Jan.18. According to the aforementioned article, Tilly declared that … Read more

HSBC finds blockchain drastically improves efficiency of internal payments

HSBC announced on Monday that during the past year it has been orchestrating more and more cross-border payments between the various balance sheets within the federation of separately capitalized banks that make up the group using a new technology. This has managed “to drastically increase the efficiency of these internal flows”, according to Richard Bibbey, … Read more

United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia Collaborate on New Cryptocurrency

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia have announced an agreement to cooperate on the creation of a cryptocurrency, UAE official news agency Emirate News Agency reports on Jan. 19. According to the report, the Executive Committee of the Saudi-Emirati Coordination Council has held a meeting in UAE capital Abu Dhabi, with 16 members … Read more

Bitcoin Daily: Bitcoin Kiosks At The Supermarket, tZERO To Launch Next Week

Indonesian ride-hailing company Go-Jek is acquiring a “substantial” number of shares in Philippine-based blockchain services platform Coins.ph. While the details of the transaction were not revealed, it was reported that there will be no impact to Coins.ph customers and that its team “will continue in their existing roles,” according to CoinGeek. “Supporting the success of … Read more

Contextualizing Regulatory Sandboxes in Latin America

Nydia Remolina is the Legal Advisor for Innovation, Grupo Bancolombia Intense competition for technological innovation is informing not only business strategies for participants in financial markets, but also regulatory policy in forward-looking jurisdictions seeking to raise their profile as fintech hubs.  Importantly, this is not just a phenomenon impacting US and EU markets, but also … Read more

Reg CF Closes the Year at $161.5 Million in Crowdfunding. Total for 2018 was Flat versus Year Prior

The StartEngine Index tracking Reg CF crowdfunding issuers was published a few days ago. According to StartEngine, total successful offerings since the securities exemption was launched in May of 2016 now stands at $161.5 million. So how does 2018 compare to the year prior? Excellent question. During 2018, issuers raised $75.8 million. In 2017, issuers raised … Read more

Wyoming Introduces a Bill Aiming to Define Virtual Currencies as Money

A bill meant to clarify the classification of cryptocurrencies has been introduced in the U.S. state of Wyoming Jan. 18, according to the official state legislature website. The bill places crypto assets into three categories: digital consumer assets, digital securities and virtual currencies. The bill defines assets falling in any of those three categories as … Read more