Startups Take Aim at Financial Inclusion

On Thursday morning, a batch of startups in a virtual demo day hosted by FinTech Sandbox talked up ways they might address financial gaps that incumbents in the market have not yet tackled. This was one of the events held as part of New York Fintech Week and included some perspectives from the public sector … Read more

How to Identify and Avoid Crypto Pump-and-Dumps

Cryptocurrency is one of the fastest-growing industries in modern history. Fueled by inherently decentralized blockchain technology, cryptocurrency has exemplified its potential to attract entire new markets of investors seeking less restrictive rules and regulations than more traditional trade markets like the NASDAQ or S&P 500 (note the SEC would strongly disagree that existing regulations don’t … Read more

US Regulators Move to Understand Crypto and Explore Guardrails

President Biden’s executive order to establish a government strategy regarding digital assets will open the door for regulatory engagement in the sometimes-volatile world of cryptocurrency. Issued earlier this month, the stated intent of the executive order is to ensure “responsible development of digital assets.” That would include forming a plan to safeguard citizens and national … Read more

Crypto and Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine

As the grim reality of Russia’s armed invasion of Ukraine continues, moves are being made on either side of the conflict to secure access to monetary resources via digital means. Traditional banking and other financial transactions are seeing disruptions in the form of sanctions leveled against Russia and the basic fact that a war is … Read more

Fintech’s Future Through the Eyes of CES

The transformation of the financial sector continues to be accelerated by fintech, bringing the movement front and center at CES. A series of sessions and discussions held last week during the tech trade show hosted by the Consumer Technology Association explored how fintech can drive broader inclusion in access to financial resources, the ways in … Read more

What’s Really Being Done About It?

As evangelists and critics debate whether cryptocurrency represents the future of money or is nothing more than a giant Ponzi scheme and a haven for ransomware, drug dealers, and terrorists, a basic truth is often overlooked: crypto devours massive amounts of energy. According to Digiconomist, a website that tracks bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, just over … Read more