Investment Platforms and Marketplaces

Online investment marketplaces including peer to peer lending, investment crowdfunding, security token platforms and more.

Report: 97% of Korean Crypto Exchanges Close to Bankruptcy

97% of Korea’s 200 cryptocurrency exchanges are at risk of bankruptcy as low volume and tightening regulations temper what was once one of the world’s busiest crypto-trading markets, Business Korea (BK) reports. Local exchange revenues are also being diminished as Korean crypto-coin projects increasingly seek to… Read More

After 4-Month Fight, Bitfinex Ordered to Provide Business Records

A judge presiding over proceedings in a case of alleged fraud by crypto trading platform Bitfinex (and associated companies) has ordered the companies to provide records compelled under ex parte orders issued in New York in April. Almost immediately after the orders were issued, Bitfinex… Read More

White Label Crowdfunding Provider CrowdEngine Adds InvestReady Accreditation Process to Platform

CrowdEngine, a white-label securities crowdfunding platform, has enlisted InvestReady to provide investor accreditation status and verification service. CrowdEngine will integrate InvestReady’s services as part of its portfolio of offerings. CrowdEngine can power online capital formation, including token offerings, both domestically and internationally. In the US,… Read More

BitMEX, 100x Leveraged-Crypto Trading Platform, Restricts Access in Base Jurisdictions

BitMEX, a platform that allows highly-leveraged trading of cryptocurrency derivatives, has announced that customers residing in Seychelles, Hong Kong, and Bermuda, where the company’s offices are located will be, “restricted from access to BitMEX.” The company claims the change, “will have no financial impact on… Read More

Chatter: Seedrs Agrees to Terms on £4.5 Million Funding Round Led by Big Investors

Last week Crowdfund Insider covered a report where it was revealed that Seedrs is in the midst of a sizable funding round. Today, we are hearing that the leading UK based crowdfunding platform has agreed to terms on a significant £4.5 million round led by institutional… Read More

Better.com Completes Series C Round With $160 Million in Funding

U.S.-based homeownership platform Better.com announced on Monday it closed its Series C funding round at $160 million, bringing its total funding to $254 million in total. According to Better.com, Activant Capital, Ping An Global Voyager Fund, Ally Financial, Citi, AGNC, Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan… Read More

Crypto Exchange Edge Crowdfunds on BnkToTheFuture Led by Bitmex and Fenbushi Capital

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Edge, a “non-custodial cryptocurrency exchange and wallet platform” is raising capital from a group of industry participants as well as smaller investors. According to a release, Edge has launched a “pre-series A” round seeking $2 million hosted on BnkToTheFuture. The round is said to be… Read More

Hexindai-Backed Musketeer Completes Registration For P2P Platform With the Indonesian Financial Services Authority

Chinese peer-to-peer lending platform Hexindai (NASDAQ: HX) announced last week its invested Indonesian online lending platform, Musketeer Group, Inc. (Musketeer) has completed registration for its peer-to-peer lending platform with the Indonesian Financial Services Authority (OJK). Hexindai notably acquired a 20% equity stake in Musketeer in… Read More

ASA: UK Advertising Regulator Sanctions Crypto Derivatives Platform BitMEX for “Misleading” Ad

The UK’s Advertising Standards Authority has upheld complaints against crypto-derivatives trading platform BitMEX claiming the company violated UK advertising standards with an ad it published on the front page of a national newspaper in January. According to the ASA, the “misleading” ad featured a logarithmic… Read More

Bakkt Clears Regulatory Hurdles, Plans to Launch Physically-Settled Bitcoin Futures This Fall

Bakkt, a subsidiary of the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), has announced it has received necessary permissions from the CFTC and the NYDFS to launch its “institution-grade” platform for physically-settled bitcoin futures trades September 23rd. “One year ago, we announced our ambitious vision to bring institutional infrastructure… Read More

Circle’s Crypto Exchange, Poloniex, Delists 23 Trading Pairs Citing Low Volume

Poloniex, the cryptocurrency exchange owned by Circle, a Boston based payments-app-turned-multiplatform-crypto-company, has announced it is “removing 23 trading pairs on August 16, 2019, due to low volume.” The pairs delisted on the 16th of August are: LTC/XMR, DASH/XMR, ZEC/XMR, MAID/XMR, NXT/XMR, BCN/XMR, LSK/ETH, GNT/ETH, MANA/ETH,… Read More

Funding Circle Has Now Lent $10 Billion Since Platform Launch

Marketplace lending company Funding Circle (LSE:FCH) is out with a release announcing the platform has now lent over $10 billion since launch in 2010. Funding Circle operates in the UK, Germany, the Netherlands and the US. The London based company is the first peer to… Read More

Adam Carolla Discusses Crowdfunding on Microventures

Adam Carolla, a comedian/actor etc., visited the studios of CNBC earlier this month to talk about a securities crowdfunding offering which recently closed on Microventures. Carolla has bounced around the rewards space a bit raising funds on Indiegogo and the now-defunct FundAnything site. While on… Read More

SMBX: Small Business Bond Platform Now Available in Apple App Store

SMBX, a regulated Reg CF crowdfunding platform, has had its App approved by Apple. If you are curious, you may download it here. SMBX is a debt focused crowdfunding platform where small businesses may seek financing from a bank alternative. As most people know, small… Read More

Marketplace for P2P Loans Mintos Tops €3 Billion in Loans Financed

Mintos, an online marketplace that aggregates 65 lending companies, is reporting having topped €3 billion in loans financed. The €2 billion hurdle was surpassed in April thus it appears that Mintos is experiencing increasing velocity. Mintos reports that it currently services over 170,000 investors globally…. Read More

Institutional Platform Lendingblock Receives DLT License in Gibraltar as it Preps for Launch

Lendingblock, a platform that enables fully collateralized crypto vs crypto lending agreements, has received a Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) provider license from the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission (GFSC). Lendingblock received an in-principle DLT license in late 2018. By providing collateralized borrowing and lending, Lendingblock can… Read More

Peer to Peer Lender Fincera Targeted by Local Chinese Government in Demand to Cease Lending Operations

Fincera Inc. (OTCQB: YUANF), a China-based peer to peer lending platform providing access to capital for SMEs, has become the target of a local government attempt to shut down P2P lenders. According to a note from Fincera, the Hebei provincial government, where Fincera is based,… Read More

Funding Circle Shares Rise on Positive Report

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Last week, online lender Funding Circle (LSE:FCH) released its 6-month report and the shares have responded positively to the numbers. Six-month Revenue was reported at £81.4 million versus H1 2018 at £63.0 million – up 29%. Loans under management rose 37% to £3.54 billion and… Read More

StartEngine Receives ATS License. So When Will Secondary Trading in Crowdfunded Securities Start?

StartEngine, one of the larger securities crowdfunding platforms in the US, has received an Alternative Trading System license (ATS). StartEngine has long shared its intent to pursue an ATS license as it seeks to provide a liquidity path for crowdfunded securities. Crowdfund Insider reported last… Read More

Crowdcube Rebrands: Declares Crowdfunding 1.0 Dead

Earlier this month, leading UK investment crowdfunding platform Crowdcube rebranded after multi-year stint of a fairly consistent design. Crowdcube explained the move in a blog post declaring “crowdfunding 1.0 is dead.” To quote Crowdcube: “Today’s savvy entrepreneurs want Crowdcube 2.0; they want funding that fuels… Read More

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