Fintech News #368 - Investors At A Crossroads

Issue #368 - Investors At A Crossroads

2022-06-16

While the crypto space is in chaos and the downtrend still affects investors dramatically, banks show an unusual interest for digital assets. As reported by Bank of America, people still trust cryptos and think it’s time to invest: actually, when such downturns occur, savvy investors find themselves at a crossroads. These times may either represent a good occasion to clean positions in anticipation of more aggressive regulatory frameworks, or an opportunity for accumulation. This and much more in this number of FinTech Weekly: follow FinTech Weekly on LinkedInto stay on top of developments in the crypto industry, FinTech and model your financial freedom.

Top Stories

Bank of America Survey Shows Consumers Aren’t Done With Crypto Yet
Bank of America Survey Shows Consumers Aren’t Done With Crypto Yet
via CoinDesk

Despite the market downturn, people are more interested in cryptocurrencies, a recent survey conducted by Bank of America found: people want to buy, and don’t want to sell.

Top Events

Fintech Islands Barbados 2022
Fintech Islands Barbados 2022
via FinTech Islands

The Fintech Islands Experience (FIX) will be an important catalyst for fintech innovation and transformation across the Caribbean. The three-day conference will focus on bringing global thought leadership, best practices and best-in class solutions to the Caribbean’s banking and financial industry, while introducing this largely untapped market to the fintech world.

Chief Data & Analytics Officers, Fall
Chief Data & Analytics Officers, Fall
via FinTech Weekly

Attend the premier conference for data & analytics leaders in North America – Chief Data & Analytics Officers, Fall on October 10-12, 2022 in Boston, MA. New this year is a personalized learning and networking track for data & analytics executives serving the Financial Services industry. Join your peers who understand your challenges and celebrate your successes when it comes to the nuanced intricacies of data & analytics. Qualified data & analytics folks can attend at no cost with a VIP pass.

Crypto

Binance Clarifies What Caused Earlier Bitcoin Withdrawal Issues

Bitcoin Blockchain Cryptos

Binance Clarifies What Caused Earlier Bitcoin Withdrawal Issues
via CoinDesk

Binance and its CEO, Changpeng Zhao, addressed the issue with Bitcoin (BTC) withdrawals on Monday. Some minor hardware problems simply delayed transactions, which were broadcasted to the network after the issues with some nodes were solved.

Crypto.com, BlockFi to Cut Over 400 Jobs Amid Market Rout

Cryptos

Crypto.com, BlockFi to Cut Over 400 Jobs Amid Market Rout
via CoinDesk

The crypto market downturn also affects crypto-related companies – and their employees. Crypto.com and BlockFi join the list of those companies that plan to cut hundreds of jobs.

Over $521,000,000 in Crypto Liquidated in Just 24 Hours As Ethereum (ETH) Plummets to 14-Month Low

Cryptos Ethereum Investments

Over $521,000,000 in Crypto Liquidated in Just 24 Hours As Ethereum (ETH) Plummets to 14-Month Low
via The Daily Hodl

Thousands of traders are getting their positions liquidated. This is the result of the drop in ETH prices, which reach a 14-month low. In just 24 hours, over $521 million worth of open positions were simply liquidated.

Banking

Almost $100M exits US crypto funds in anticipation of hawkish monetary policy

Cryptos Regulation

Almost $100M exits US crypto funds in anticipation of hawkish monetary policy
via CoinTelegraph

According to CoinShares, the crypto market crash could be explained by looking at the Federal Reserve's rhetoric. The report by the investment company shows that over $100 million worth of cryptos exited the US market during the past week: investors may have closed their positions in anticipation of an aggressive monetary policy designed to combat the impressive levels of inflation.

Goldman Sachs Begins Trading Ethereum-Linked Derivative Product

Banks Cryptos Ethereum Financial Instruments Investments

Goldman Sachs Begins Trading Ethereum-Linked Derivative Product
via Bitcoinist

During these chaotic times for finance and markets, Goldman Sachs launches a new derivative product. Its underlying asset? Ether (ETH).

Innovation

JPMorgan Wants to Bring Trillions of Dollars of Tokenized Assets to DeFi

Banks Blockchain Cryptos Financial Instruments

JPMorgan Wants to Bring Trillions of Dollars of Tokenized Assets to DeFi
via CoinDesk

JPMorgan wants to enter DeFi protocols – but in an institutional way. As Tyrone Lobban, head of Onyx Digital Assets, said during the Consensus 2022 conference, the company is planning to tokenize trillions of dollars to make them available for DeFi pools.

Podcasts and Videos

Why money in the metaverse is a huge opportunity for banks

Blockchain Metaverse NFT

Why money in the metaverse is a huge opportunity for banks
via Accenture

According to Michael Aboott, “the metaverse is the next frontier for banking”. Banks should put money into the metaverse to exploit the opportunities offered by the digital world and blockchain technology.

Fintech

Scroll Finance and Modulr partners

Financial Instruments New business models

Scroll Finance and Modulr partners
via The Paypers

Scroll wants to revolutionize homeowners’ finances: the fintech firm has built its own lending platform, and its partnership with Modulr will allow homeowners to get real-time decisions on loans and payments in a few days.

HSBC to run fintech education course for employees

Banks Blockchain Cryptos

HSBC to run fintech education course for employees
via Finextra

HSBC, the popular financial service institution, partners with Oxford to create a FinTech course for employees: the program will be based on the Oxford Fintech Program, and will help employees to better understand the fintech space – including cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology.

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