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05 Sep. 2018 Brazil gets 1,000 multi-crypto point of sales terminals [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The crypto revolution coming to Latin America as well and people in Brazil and Colombia may soon be able to pay for their groceries in cryptocurrency. Blockchain service provider Pundi X is planning to launch its point-of-sale (POS) devices and to capture this fast
05 Sep. 2018 Belgium's watchdog to crack the whip on cryptocurrency platforms, adds 28 sites to fraud blacklist [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Belgium's financial watchdog, the Financial Services and Markets Authority (FSMA) said it continues to receive multiple complaints from investors about fraudulent offerings related to investing in cryptocurrencies. Hence the investor watchdog has updated its w
05 Sep. 2018 IBM debuts Stellar powered 'Blockchain World Wire' payments system [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The tech giant International Business Machines (IBM) has silently developed 'Blockchain World Wire' (BWW), a product that is set to compete with Ripple's xRapid. According to a post on IBM's website, it describes BWW as "the new financial rail that can simul
04 Sep. 2018 Europeans can now buy cryptocurrencies quickly and easily in single euro payment area (SEPA) [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The cryptocurrency wallet and exchange Abra is introducing a new channel for deposits: European bank accounts. Residents in the Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA), as well as additional nations in the European Union, can now initiate direct transfers from European b
04 Sep. 2018 Former Estonian PM Taavi Rõivas joins blockchain startup Lympo as chairman [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Former Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas, who currently serves as a member of parliament, has joined cryptocurrency and blockchain startup Lympo as the new chairman of the company's supervisory board. Rõivas, who served as Estonia's Prime Minister between 2014
04 Sep. 2018 CTAs excel in the hedge fund space in August 2018: Lyxor [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Commodity trading advisors (CTAs) outperformed in the hedge fund space and delivered positive returns in the range of 2-3% depending on the benchmark. Lyxor Asset Management in its weekly brief said that CTAs' long exposures to bonds and equities were both rew
04 Sep. 2018 Australia's Link Group rolls out third-party 'Super ManCo' in Luxembourg [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Luxembourg financial regulator Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier (CSSF) has granted Link Fund Solutions a license to act as UCITS management company and authorised alternative investment fund manager. According to a press release, the Link Fund Solut
31 Aug. 2018 New research bullish on Bitcoin: $96,000 in five years, $144,000 in 10 Years [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Research firm Satis Group has released a new report making bold price prediction about Bitcoin (BTC) and projected that it will be priced at $96,000 by the year 2023, and could reach nearly $144,000 before the end of the next decade. The report, written by research
31 Aug. 2018 India mulls central bank digital currency for payments [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: India's central bank, the Reserve Bank of India's (RBI), is planning to create an inter-departmental group tasked with analyzing the feasibility of issuing a rupee-backed central bank digital currency (CBDC). This is RBI's first take on the possible use of crypto or di
31 Aug. 2018 Preqin: Hedge fund investors are optimistic on near-term returns [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Though approximately a third (34%) of surveyed investors reported that hedge funds had not met expectations over the past 12 months, they are upbeat about the prospects for the asset class going forwards, said Preqin's latest survey of alternative assets investors.
31 Aug. 2018 Global investor confidence falls by 7.4 points in August to 94.3: State Street [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: State Street Investor Confidence Index (ICI) for August 2018 decreased to 94.3, down 7.4 points from July's revised reading of 101.7, according to the results released by State Street Global Exchange. Confidence among North American investors declined, with the No
31 Aug. 2018 UK: Trade bodies PIMFA and FCI pact to launch Intelligence platform to fight financial crime [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: As the UK lost GBP193bn ($252bn) to financial crime in 2017, the Personal Investment Management & Financial Advice Association (PIMFA) and Financial Crime Intelligence (FCI) have launched an intelligence-sharing platform to help combat financial crime. PIMFA, whic
31 Aug. 2018 Coinbase survey shows 42% of the top 50 universities provide crypto education [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Coinbase reported that 42% of the world's top 50 universities now offer at least one course on cryptocurrency or blockchain. University students are clamoring for more courses about cryptocurrency and blockchain technology. According to the Coinbase survey co
30 Aug. 2018 Leaseum Partners rolls-out ground-breaking tokenized real estate fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Leaseum Partners, the first institutional-grade tokenized real estate fund, has introduced a new model of blockchain-backed real estate investments. The New York City commercial real estate income fund on blockchain is raising a $250m fund to make core-plus acquisi
30 Aug. 2018 California state legislature passes bill to establish blockchain working group [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The California state legislature has passed a bill aiming to establish a blockchain working group to develop recommendations on the deployment of blockchain technology. According to an official release from the California Legislative Information desk, the legislat
30 Aug. 2018 Partners Group announces succession plan [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: $78 billion, global investment firm Partners Group has announced its succession plan. David Layton, Partner and Head of Private Equity, will replace Christoph Rubeli as Co-CEO from 1 January 2019. He will join André Frei, who has been Co-CEO since 2013. Christop
30 Aug. 2018 Värde Partners forms strategic partnership with Aditya Birla Capital [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Värde Partners, has announced a strategic partnership with Aditya Birla Capital, to pursue the acquisitions, restructurings and resolutions of accumulated nonperforming loan assets in India. This joint-venture is a key component to the Värde's long-term stra
29 Aug. 2018 PwC: 84% of executives say blockchain initiatives underway, to be $3tn business annually by 2030 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Big Four auditing firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) released its 2018 Global Blockchain Survey which found that 84% of executives surveyed say their organisations are involved with blockchain technology; 15% state they are fully live. The new research released by
29 Aug. 2018 Deloitte survey highlights rampant optimism for blockchain adoption [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Blockchain technology has increased in popularity during the last 18 months, according to Deloitte's 2018 Blockchain Survey, 74% of the executives who took part see themselves as either "Excellent," or as "Experts," when it comes to blockchain. 40% of 1.050 execut
29 Aug. 2018 US regulator NASAA cracking down on ICO fraud in 'Operation Cryptosweep' [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) announced that its ongoing initiative "Operation Cryptosweep" has resulted in over 200 investigations of Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) and crypto-related investment products. First launched in May by
29 Aug. 2018 Pictet Asset Management launches SmartCity thematic fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Swiss investment group Pictet Asset Management has launched a new fund, Pictet-SmartCity, to invest in new technologies aimed at meeting the challenges posed by rapid global urbanisation. The new strategy added to its $42bn actively managed thematic franchise will
28 Aug. 2018 Hedge funds launched in 'hot market' underperform: Research [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: New hedge funds incepted in hot markets or amid highest investor interest continue to underperform investable peer funds, revealed a new research paper titled "Strategic timing of hedge fund starts". What's more, hedge funds opened in hot markets exhibit poor s
28 Aug. 2018 Monetary Authority of Singapore and Singapore Exchange push for blockchain in finance [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) in collaboration with the Singapore Exchange (SGX) is developing new Delivery versus Payment (DvP) features for the settlement of tokenized resources based on different blockchain platforms. Part of its ongoing 'Proje
28 Aug. 2018 JCE Capital Management launches $100m crypto hedge fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Denver-Based JCE Capital Management has announced the launch of its crypto-focused hedge fund JCE-CM2. The crypto-asset hedge fund firm said in a press release that the fund is an actively managed portfolio of concentrated, high-conviction positions, focused on acti
27 Aug. 2018 World's first blockchain bond receives overwhelming response [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The world's first public bond - bond-i (blockchain operated new debt instrument) - created and managed using only blockchain exceeds market expectations, said Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA). The biggest bank in Australia said that it has received support
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