Well Blimey! Bloody Cool, J.P. Morgan

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Better late than never. Looks like that's the thinking over at JPMorgan. For the very first time in its 222 year history, the banking giant has decided to open its first international expansion. So with a big jump "across the pond," JPM is set to launch its new digital bank...... Chase..... in the UK next week. The official announcement is expected next Tuesday (28th).

End of Summer Tidbits and News Follow Ups in Digital Finance

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Bye bye Summer. The end is near. The last two weeks of August are famous for being extremely dull in financial markets and so it is again. So, with a dearth of news (and general malaise of interest) in the financial and fintech markets, here are some follow ups and updates from some "hot" pieces that made headlines the past couple of months.

Did You See the Writing on the Wall? Or the Recruitment Ad?

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Amazon, the fourth largest company in the world, is hiring a digital currency and blockchain expert. And why? Amazon is looking to accept Bitcoin payments most likely by the end of the year. Now this is HUGE news (unless you are short Bitcoin) and the ramifications are enormous.

Remember When We Heard it Would Never Happen? It’s Happened.

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Bitcoin is becoming widely accepted for payment for everyday items. Remember back in the good old days (like, 3-4 years ago) when all you ever heard was Bitcoin is "cute" but it will never catch on as a means of payment. Uh, yeah. It sure didn't take long either.

Latin America is Becoming Central Banker’s Worst Nightmare. No Laser Eyes at The Fed.

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Global central bankers, already extremely anxious about losing monetary control to the likes of Bitcoin, are going to have some very sleepless nights ahead. Nightmare type sleepless nights. Last week El Salvador's President, Nayib Bukele, signed into law legislation declaring Bitcoin to be legal tender in the country.

K1 Makes $120 Million Growth Investment in ComplySci

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Regtech companies with proven products and seasoned leadership teams are well-positioned for further growth, if the latest deal between K1 Investment Management and ComplySci is indicative of what’s ahead in the fintech space.

Advisor Group’s WealthTech Strategy Helps Drive Net New Assets of $4.8 Billion

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This week, as part of its annual W Forum event, a conference focused on women financial advisors and home office staff, Advisor Group reported inflows of more than $1 billion in net new assets for the month of May to the company’s Wealth Management Platform.

El Salvador Rocks Bitcoin World. Pay Attention.

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BITCOIN is about to become legal tender for a sovereign country. Or, as one guy said on the moon, "One small step for Bitcoin, one giant leap for digital currency." Something like that anyway.

Colonial Pipeline Ransomware Bad Guys Unmasked

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Last week a huge portion of the Southeast U.S. found itself out of gas. Why? Because Colonial Pipeline, the largest pipeline system for refined oil products in the U.S, suffered a ransomware cyberattack that impacted computerized equipment managing the pipeline. Simply put - no money for hackers, no gas for you.

The Week in Digital Wealth (5/18/21)

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Fintech firms are hitting on all cylinders lately, making a splash in some of the trendiest deals in the capital markets and helping to shape the financial industry of the future. In fact, one of the mega IPOs of the year so far involves a payment technology unicorn that is about to become a household name. Whether it’s real estate opportunities, SPAC deals or digital currencies, financial technology companies ranging from mobile banking startups to payments platforms are setting the pace.