3 corner fight between Security Tokens, NASDAQ/NYSE and Regional Exchanges

“Going public” used to mean only one venue decision  – NASDAQ or NYSE? Everything else was denigrated as a “regional exchange”. In the past that tended to mean a lower valuation, as you were restricted to only local investors. Or you needed sophisticated investors using tools that could normalise valuations into a single reference currency. That […]

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Stripe: The developer-first payment unicorn

Efi Pylarinou is the founder of Efi Pylarinou Advisory and a Fintech/Blockchain influencer – No.3 influencer in the finance sector by Refinitiv Global Social Media 2019.  Stripe is one of the most well-funded private Fintechs. With a $36billion unicorn valuation in a sector that is in growth mode, it seems unstoppable. Global e-commerce is currently estimated to be a $4trillion sector with huge upside potential, as it currently […]

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If Revolut can learn from Automattic they can give both HSBC and Facebook Libra a run for their money.

Revolut looks like the Neobank that is pulling away from the pack. This has led to predictable anti Revolut backlash focussed on 5 concerns: 1. Revolut are losing money (£107 million in 2019, from £33 million in 2018. Read this from Zennon Kapron for a good analysis of their financials. Revolut’s financial strategy seems to be […]

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Wall Street to Main Street: Drop Dead

After 2008, in the central bank liquidity driven bull market, stock picking went out of fashion. As the market always went up due to stimulus aka money printing, the simple winning mantras were “don’t fight the Fed” and  “buy the dip”. My thesis is that this will change in the not too distant future: if […]

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Will Offshore on Thames (London) become the Fintech capital of the world?

  I am a Brit, but I have lived all over the world and now call Switzerland home. I think Brexit was a mistake; but as an entrepreneur I work with the reality of what is rather than the hope of what could have been. Money goes where it is welcomed and in a world […]

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Stablecoin News for the week ending Wednesday 2nd September.

The rise of Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDC)! Here is our pick of the 3 most important Stablecoin news stories during the week. This week we saw the Central Banks making significant progress on the implementation of CBDC’s. While those Central Banks in the west are largely still at the research stage and in the case […]

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Not all Fintech services are good for society

Efi Pylarinou is the founder of Efi Pylarinou Advisory and a Fintech/Blockchain influencer – No.3 influencer in the finance sector by Refinitiv Global Social Media 2019. The consumer debt levels in the US remain high and Fintech has contributed to this substantially. Q2 2020 was the first quarter that household debt and credit dropped since 2014! However, 2019 closed with nearly $4.2 trillion in consumer debt (a record […]

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A bankers guide to AI Part 5. What are the third-party dependencies? How will this technology affect my operational resiliency?

This is the final in a 5 part series (published weekly) written by guest author Amber Sutherland a banker who understands technology who currently works for Silent Eight an AI-based name, entity and transaction adjudication solution provider to financial institutions.  Click here for Index and Part 1. Operational resiliency and third party due diligence have […]

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Ethereum is holding all the aces

Ethereum is one of the top digital assets in the cryptocurrency ecosystem. It’s the second most famous and the second largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization, second only to Bitcoin. Ethereum’s claim to fame is its smart contracts capabilities. Until recently, it was the first and only general-purpose blockchain, with a Turing complete virtual machine and […]

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A bankers guide to AI Part 4. Is it better than what you have now? 

This is the 4th in a 5 part series (published weekly) written by guest author Amber Sutherland a banker who understands technology who currently works for Silent Eight an AI-based name, entity and transaction adjudication solution provider to financial institutions.  Click here for Index and Part 1. Better can mean different things to different organizations […]

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