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Is the End Nigh? The Bell is Tolling for Banks!!

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The Internet age has forced old school businesses to come online, and banks are no exception to this rule. Today you may be able to check your balance, transfer money or even pay for goods and services on your laptop, your mobile or even your fancy new smart watch but let’s be honest, banks still do not extend their full services through online channels. As an example, lending, which is a core banking activity, is usually never delivered through the Internet and this means that you invariably have to drag yourself to a bank branch just like you would have done in the 19th century and complete some good old fashioned paperwork to get a loan approved. Banks are the same but things are changing Accenture recently published a report titled “2016 Accenture Technology Vision for Banking.” In the report, they carried out a poll on bankers who surprisingly seem to be critically aware that the world around them is not the same. The report states: “Eighty-five percent of bankers agree that bank industry boundaries are being erased and new paradigms are emerging with every industry being significantly impacted.” Today we are increasingly using a variety of non-banking companies and …

Bitsquare on LocalBitcoins’ Trail in Global Weekly Transaction Volumes

Bitsquare on LocalBitcoins’ Trail in Global Weekly Transaction Volumes

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Global weekly transaction volume on Bitsquare’s decentralized platform is gradually picking up, as the latest figures from Coin.Dance show. However, there is still a long way to go when compared to Bitcoin’s largest online trading marketplace, LocalBitcoins. LocalBitcoins is an open-source desktop application that allows the trading of Bitcoins for national or alternative cryptocurrencies, which recently hit a global average of $32,000 weekly volume in the week of Dec. 10. The weekly volume in Europe has the record for the highest amount of transactions – about €40,000. This did not come as a surprise to the platform, according to a statement made to Cointelegraph, because people are uncovering the potential of its app and they want to support it as an open-source project with huge potential. OpenBazaar and BitMarkets mirror Bitsquare’s principles, however, BitSquare maintains that no other project fits its definition of a decentralized Bitcoin exchange. Decentralized Bitcoin exchanges Regarding what has changed or is changing in the user’s perspective that is drawing their interest to the platform, Bitsquare’s Ken Shishido says: “We are seeing more hacks on centralized exchanges and regulatory environments in some parts of the world are forcing exchanges to turn some of their customers away. …

Blockchain-based BitLendingClub Shuts Down, Cites Regulatory Pressure

Blockchain-based BitLendingClub Shuts Down, Cites Regulatory Pressure

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The world’s largest Blockchain lending marketplace, BitLendingClub, has announced its sudden shutdown due to what it describes as regulatory pressure. The Bulgarian-registered startup has operated since 2014 and has funded almost 10 thousand loans worth in excess of $7 mln. Now, its operations are ceasing, with existing users retaining minimal functionality in order to move funds out. “We’ve worked extremely hard to build a platform and a community which is uniquely positioned to provide the Bitcoin ecosystem with a greatly needed service,” a blog post released today states. The company adds: “However, over the last year or so, the regulatory pressures has been increasing to the point that it is no longer feasible to maintain the operation of the platform. We are regretfully announcing that we will have to begin (sic) terminating the services effective immediately.” The functionality will begin to be reduced from next week. The burden of compliance The move reflects the continued difficulties faced by cryptocurrency-based finance startups with regards to legislation. While the EU has been fairly accommodating to disruptive finance overall, as witnessed in activity in the Netherlands, ensuring businesses conform to the requirements can overbearingly restrict functionality. BitLendingClub said the shutdown was part of the …

P2P Bitcoin Lending Platform Review – BTCpop Review

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QUICK TAKE BTCpop offers the best default protection in the market – insurance up to 50% of the loan, a borrower’s collateral mechanism, and partnership with an international debt collection agency.   Acquisition of Ardeva allows the outsourcing (insourcing?) of account verification, which is thoroughly done, while protecting borrower privacy. Internal flotation of shares allows for collateralization of debt APRs are very high for borrowers, which discourages the most quality profiles from using the platform. Third higest loan volume in the market and growing. Try BTC-POP Today Summary BTCpop has hit the bitcoin lending ground running, introducing a number of novel concepts that will must likely become standard in the wider market.  Debt collateral, which had not made an appearance in the p2p bitcoin lending, is introduced utilizing a clever method of crowdfunding directly through the btcpop platform.  And despite some of their previous controversies, the acquistion of Ardeva, a company that has been solely focused on account verifications, lends more professional airs to the process, though it does also make it a bit more intensive.  We are also fond of the loan insurance concept, but its current form – in which this is a small premium added as a …

Bitcoin Lending Platform Bitbond Rakes in 600K Euro Investment

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Global Bitcoin P2P lending platform Bitbond has raised 600,000 euros in second tranche of angel funding. The platform’s total funding for the round has now reached 800,000 euros. The prominent angel investors this time included Florian Heinemann and Uwe Horstmann (Project A), Christian Vollmann (early investor in ResearchGate), and Felix Jahn (co-founder of Home24). Bitbond will utilize the funding to expand its customer base and make a highly pronounced impact on emerging markets. Bitbond, which was introduced in 2013, has processed over 600 loans with the number of registered customers touching 10,000 from over 120 countries. Radoslav Albrecht, founder & CEO of Bitbond said: “The additional resources will help us to continue realizing our mission which is to make lending and borrowing globally accessible. We are happy to have such experienced investors supporting us on this exciting journey.” On the development, angel investor Christian Vollmann commented that, “Currently over 50% of small businesses are underserved by banks and don’t have access to credit. Bitbond provides a technological solution to this problem. It’s great to see such an innovative approach being developed in the Berlin startup scene.” The International Finance Corporation of the World Bank estimates that the global credit gap …

P2P Lending Market Growth By The Numbers 2015

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Ever since the financial crisis in the U.S. happened, potential borrowers have been desperately trying to find better access to credit and at lower interest rates, in the meantime, retail investors have been seeking ways to grow their money more efficiently and receive higher returns on their investments. Banking institutions, who’ve been saddled with regulatory burdens, haven’t been able to fully meet the needs of either. Because of this gap in the market, much room was left open for the rapid growth of a new financial sector — peer-to-peer lending. Peer-to-peer lending platforms like Lending Club and Prosper Marketplace run online lending services that can quickly and automatically match borrowers seeking a loan to an investor willing to provide the funds for that loan at an attractive interest rate.         P2P Lending Market Numbers Infographic   Infographic credit to: www.LendingRobot.com   P2P Lending Growth Facts For 2015   The Peer-to-Peer lending industry is seeing significant growth, especially in developed countries with strong financial markets. P2P lenders in the US generated $6.6 billion in loans last year, up 128%. The US has one of the largest P2P lending markets in the world by loan volume, but the UK’s loan volume 72% larger on a per capita basis. Caused by low …