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“Fintech unicorn” WB21 faces securities fraud enforcement action from SEC

Michael Gastauer, CEO of WB21 digital bank, is facing a lawsuit for selling $165 million worth of fraudulent microcap stocks.

On October 2nd, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) revealed a lawsuit against Michael Gastauer and Roger Knox for “intentionally defrauding investors by secretly dumping large quantities of stock.”

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Banks, Fintech news, Hotnews

October 11, 2018

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A single point of trade across digital assets and multiple exchanges – One token is all you need

Throughout history, the world has undergone multiple stages of economic and technological evolutions and our world is at the cusp of another revolution just around the corner. The prevailing generation is well versed with the growth and expansion of internet and technologies alike. (more…)

Fintech news

October 10, 2018

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Release Token to be Listed on LATOKEN on 20th November

The team behind the RELEASE ICO Project has officially announced that the RELEASE Coin (REL) tokens powering the project will be available on the popular LATOKEN crypto exchange platform on 20th of November 2018. (more…)

Blockchain

October 10, 2018

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Financial Planning – the Cost of College

Planning for children’s college expenses can be very stressful. Not only do we not always know which college they will go to, but the costs of college have been increasing for over 20 years. From 2003 through the year 2013, the cost of a college education nearly doubled. (more…)

Fintech news, Wealth management

October 9, 2018

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Should I create my own payment app?

One of the hottest niches in tech right now is payments. If it’s big enough for Google, Apple and Paypal to pursue – it’s BIG. If the Bitcoin, a currency built specifically for instant (de-centralized) online transactions, increase in value 100-fold over a period of several years, it is another very solid indication the world is moving towards digitized transactions. In fact more than 50% of all transactions taking place in the USA are cash-free.

Building a money transfer application has more than a few hurdles. Many have tried and failed, and the others are sitting on the fence waiting for the industry to boom to make substantial profits. The top money transfer apps in 2018 are composed of large companies who have been in the domain of online payments from way before mobile apps even existed.

The difficulties of creating money transfer apps

Regulation

The biggest hurdle in creating a money transfer app is definitely NOT the programming you need to put in, nor the UI, no anything else you would traditionally say is the sticking point of creating app. It’s regulation.

When you handle people’s money, you need to be carefully inspected and show beyond any reasonable doubt you are eligible to be in this position. It goes way further than just the regulator, by the way – banks are very reluctant to deal with you, and so us other providers. So, you need to be approved by a regulator (or SEVERAL regulators if you are going to accept people from different regions in the world), be in excellent relations with at least one bank, and prove one or more tax authorities people are not using your platform to evade taxation.

All of the above is far more complex than it sounds and it will require serious resources to accommodate all of the above, and particular as a startup.

Liquidity pool

If you are going to handle people money you need a line of credit to enable real-time transactions. That means that you need to cover the deficiency in cash inside your system between the time that someone pays, and until you actually receive the money. That is a significant issue and you need to have significant reserve pools just in any case. What happens if your security is breached and some money is stolen off the system? What happens if you have a an unusually high number of feedbacks in one certain month? You need a few millions of dollars to be sitting aside to facilitate a real money transfer network.

Product

Although this aspect only comes third on our list, to compete in the payment business you have to come up with a very slick app that appears trustworthy, maintains the highest level of security (super important), and is easy to use as your target audience is very broad. In essence, you need to out-do companies which have been in the market since before the 2000 high-tech bubble like Paypal. It is obtainable, but it will require high level of expertise and yet again – a sizeable investment.

Foreign exchange – liquidity and capability

If you intend to accept clients from overseas who are paying via multiple currency, you need to be able to exchange foreign exchange through your application. This requires connecting with a source of liquidity provider who is also able to facilitate currency exchange, and a lot of additional hurdles when it comes to product development and regulation. Cross border transfers tend to be more sensitive and difficult to execute.

Finding partners / Marketing

Payment applications is a very saturated market, and thus, you will need to be able to compete through not only better offering than your competitors, but in fact have powerful business partners who are able to integrate your payment app into their systems. Apple and Google don’t need such a partner, being of such immense size and influence, but you would need them.

Not making money

When you go into an overly competitive market which is currently focused on acquisition and not profit, you would not be able to compete if your prices would be higher than your competitors. Venmo is practically free when it comes to transfers in the U.S, similarly  Google Pay and Apple Pay, and cross-border applications like Transferwise’s charge as little as 0.5% off each transaction, you are not going to be making money in the short and medium term. This is a long term game.

Final words

Looking at all the hurdles expected, you should be entering the payment app industry only if you have a very solid foundation. If you plan on making your mark with your team of 4 out-of-college programmers working in your grandma’s basement, you should at softer and more niche industries.

 

Banks, Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews, Remittances

October 7, 2018

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How to Break Bad Luck During Online Casino Play

Well, it is a known fact that winning in gambling largely depends on luck. But that does not mean you must wait for the destiny to come and change your life. Play smartly, and you will be able to break the bad when enjoying online casino games. (more…)

Fintech news

October 6, 2018

SEC Takes Unprecedented Enforcement Actions Against Two Cryptocurrency Firms

Article by Michael S. Dicke and Alexis I. Caloza

Over the past year, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has ramped up its scrutiny of cryptocurrencies and other digital token offerings. On Sept. 11, 2018, the SEC escalated its crackdown when it announced a pair of settled enforcement actions against non-issuers participating in the offer and sale of cryptocurrencies it deemed unregistered securities. As with prior cryptocurrency cases, the SEC charged the defendants with offering or selling securities without filing a registration statement or having a valid exemption from registration. However, these cases mark the SEC’s first cryptocurrency enforcement actions against non-issuers for failing to register as broker-dealers and investment companies. As such, they highlight the SEC’s continuing efforts to bring the purchase and sale of cryptocurrencies within a regulated framework, including by targeting third parties who facilitate the purchase and sale of such assets.

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Fintech news, Global trends

October 4, 2018

The Aftermath of Bitcoin’s “Crypto Hangover”

Meta Description: Want to know what happened to the tech industry after Bitcoin’s crash? Then keep reading! (more…)

Fintech news

October 4, 2018

Arival meets Revolut at Japan’s largest fintech summit

On September 26, Jeremy Berger presented Arival Bank at Fin/Sum2018, held in Tokyo. Arival was selected as one of the top 30 startups to pitch in front of executives from 500 Startups, SBI, MUFG, and other leading investment & financial institutions.

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Banks, SME

October 2, 2018

Arival Bank’s Jeremy Berger: we are eager to work with SMEs who are involved in STOs

On September 20, second day of Consensus Singapore, Jeremy Berger (Life.SREDA VC Portfolio Director, COO Arival Bank) gave a speech on the digital banking revolution at a meetup dedicated to the future of financial markets.

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Banks, Blockchain, Marketing Report

September 27, 2018

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Machine Learning and Humanising the Digital Experience

The digital revolution has seen a huge number of advantages for every sector and industry in recent years. Businesses have been given the ability to engage more easily and effectively with their customers than ever before. While interaction has increased significantly, a new level of disconnect between the business and the customer is also very apparent. Instead of heading to a physical store, customers are now faced with businesses that hide behind a screen. (more…)

Fintech news

September 25, 2018

GST payment

The government in order to encourage the little taxpayers, who don’t have admittance to internet banking offices, has thought over the GST payment online and offered the choice of tax payment by way of Over the Counter (OTC) installment. (more…)

Fintech news

September 24, 2018

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RippleNet now live in over 40 countries

By Ripple,

Ripple, provider of the leading enterprise blockchain solutions for payments, announced today that its network (RippleNet) is now live in over 40 countries across six continents. (more…)

Fintech news

September 20, 2018

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6 FinTech Startups Taking Advantage of Blockchain in 2018 

If Financial Technology is at the forefront of disrupting traditional banking and financial systems, then it could be argued that Blockchain is at the forefront of FinTech. (more…)

Fintech news

September 19, 2018

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How the IMF and the World Bank’s Fintech Guidelines Could Affect the Trading Industry

On Thursday the IMF and the World Bank released a paper intended to function as a guideline for regulators regarding the fintech industry. The paper contains 12 elements which will definitely affect the trading world as well as the rest of the fintech industry. So what changes can we expect for the fintech industry, and more specifically the trading business? (more…)

Fintech news

September 15, 2018