FinTech Weekly Issue #391 - Messy Times in Wall Street

Issue #391 - Messy Times in Wall Street

2022-11-24

The FTX collapse hasn’t just affected the crypto space, but also the traditional financial market. Of course, the fact that customers might never see their money back has strong repercussions on different markets, but also all the companies that had direct exposures to FTX might file bankruptcy, some are delaying withdrawals. Especially those companies listed on stock exchanges see the price of their shares falling. And FTX’s effect on the opinion that people may have on crypto companies doesn’t help. This and much more on FinTech Weekly, the free weekly newsletter to stay on top of fintech news and conferences. Follow FinTech Weekly on Twitter!

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The fall and fall of Peter Thiel-backed right-wing fintech app GloriFi
The fall and fall of Peter Thiel-backed right-wing fintech app GloriFi
via Quartz

In just a couple of months, the fintech application GloriFi winds down. The startup wanted to celebrate conservative values for conservative customers, but the financial struggles it had to face and poor leadership destroyed an app launched in September.

Fractional Funding - a Model for International Investment
Fractional Funding - a Model for International Investment
via FinTech Weekly

The international banking system is struggling to maintain its relevance. With international transactions taking days and even weeks to happen, it makes a mockery of the digital age. Let me give you my own personal experience.

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Benzinga Global Fintech Deal Day + Awards 2022
Benzinga Global Fintech Deal Day + Awards 2022
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Podcasts and Videos

Why FTX Chose the Bahamas for Its Headquarters | WSJ

Business Cryptocurrency

Why FTX Chose the Bahamas for Its Headquarters | WSJ
via The Wall Street Journal

FTX, the crypto exchange that is making headlines, chose Bahamas as the country for its headquarters over one ago. The country wants to attract crypto companies from around the world, but what are its plans? And will they change after the collapse of FTX?

Crypto

Coinbase shares tumble as bitcoin slide continues, investors fear contagion from FTX collapse

Business Cryptocurrency

Coinbase shares tumble as bitcoin slide continues, investors fear contagion from FTX collapse
via CNBC

FTX collapse seems to affect other crypto companies like Coinbase. The shares of the popular centralized crypto exchange tumble – despite its CEO, Brian Armstrong, assessing that Coinbase has no exposure to FTX.

FTX Crypto Customers Worry They Will Never See Their Money Again

Business Cryptocurrency Investments

FTX Crypto Customers Worry They Will Never See Their Money Again
via The Wall Street Journal

But the most affected by the collapse of FTX are, of course, its customers. The bankruptcy of the exchange is one of the largest ever seen in the crypto space. Court filings are assessing the causes of the collapse, and the customers of the exchange are increasingly losing hope they’ll recover their money.

BlockFi teeters on bankruptcy as Gemini, Genesis units halt redemptions: reports

Business Cryptocurrency

BlockFi teeters on bankruptcy as Gemini, Genesis units halt redemptions: reports
via Banking Dive

What about companies that actually had exposure to FTX? BlockFi is one of them, and the popular crypto company is preparing for bankruptcy. Genesis is pausing redemptions and loan originations, as well as Gemini delays withdrawals.

First Mover Asia: FTX Debacle Might Change Hong Kong’s Approach to Retail Crypto Regulation; Bitcoin Shows Its Mettle

Cryptocurrency Regulation

First Mover Asia: FTX Debacle Might Change Hong Kong’s Approach to Retail Crypto Regulation; Bitcoin Shows Its Mettle
via CoinDesk

Hong Kong has often populated our newsletters for its ambition to become a crypto hub in Asia. But the recent events that involved FTX and other crypto companies could modify the intention of Hong Kong to create a more ‘relaxed’ regulatory framework for cryptocurrencies.

Banking

‘We’re alive and kicking’: CEO of banking app Dave wants to dispel doubts after this year’s 97% stock plunge

Banking Business

‘We’re alive and kicking’: CEO of banking app Dave wants to dispel doubts after this year’s 97% stock plunge
via CNBC

Despite these messy times for the global economy, crypto investors and fintechs, there are some cases more successful than others – despite what the price of shares says. One of these cases is Dave, the mobile banking application, which saw a 97% decline in its share, but the CEO of the fintech firm, Jason Wilk, said that the company has $225 million worth liquidity to face costs until they generate profits.

Innovation

Hong Kong’s Quantifeed Near Deal for UK Fintech Alpima, Sources Say

Business Investments

Hong Kong’s Quantifeed Near Deal for UK Fintech Alpima, Sources Say
via Bloomberg

In the meantime, the Hong Kong based fintech firm Quantifeed, backed by HSBC, has acquired Alpima, the UK based SaaS company, to offer new services and expand across new markets.

Fintech

Why Visa and Mastercard have yet to face their Kodak moment

Business Opinions

Why Visa and Mastercard have yet to face their Kodak moment
via Financial Times

Patrick Jenkins asks an interesting question, we’re paraphrasing: why top players in the payments industry are still not facing their Kodak moment? Kodak was killed by the introduction of digital cameras, but Visa and Marstercard thrive despite the constant launch of new payment-related fintechs. Maybe most fintechs are not so innovative?

Regulatory challenges are top threat to fintech companies right now, Alloy/Gartner Peer Insights report finds

Business Opinions Regulation

Regulatory challenges are top threat to fintech companies right now, Alloy/Gartner Peer Insights report finds
via PR Newswire

Alloy and Gartner Peer Insights released a report that is the result of a survey of 100 fintech personalities. The report shows that the main concerns of fintech leaders shifted from fundraising, hiring and costs to concerns like regulatory frameworks and solutions against frauds.







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