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ARTEIA launches its utility token, ARTK, and a peer-to-peer platform

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Arteia announces the launch of its ICO (Initial Coin Offering). Arteia offers the first comprehensive, advanced technology platform set to empower art collectors by linking a collection management system to a matching platform supported by a provenance tracker. Arteia Collect, launched in October 2018, is the ultimate cataloguing solution to manage any kind of collections and was created by collectors for collectors.

Arteia will open at the end of the ICO it’s decentralized platform allowing art market’s actors to interact around a provenance ledger, to share, study, inventorize, lend and trade artworks through matching marketplaces, in a tokenized ecosystem.

Founded in 2016 in Brussels, and with its first product, Arteia Collect, launched in October 2018, Arteia’s project stems from the desire to bring more transparency and more security to the art world, the project is led by a mix of experts from the art, business and tech field. Its founders, Philippe Gellman (CEO), Marek Zabicki (CTO) and Olivier Marian (CSO),are entrepreneurs and experienced collectors.

Unlike any other known project, the Arteia platform’s MVP will be fully functional at the end of the ICO and will already offer the 5 use cases described in the white paper to the token holders.

We raised already EUR 3 million since the creation of the company to develop our working platform and we are onboarding new collectors every week. Now it’s time to rocket our project on an international basis and an ICO seemed the mos accurate way to get the necessary means and develop a whole tokenized eco-system. We will bring more efficiency and liquidity on the secondary market with much lower fees than on the actual Art market and more transparency creating a universal ledger by anchoring in the Blockchain the provenance of Art pieces.

The Arteia solution powered by our ICO is a promise of greater transparency and more equal distribution for the art market,” comments Philippe Gellman, the CEO of Arteia.

Arteia: the solution for an art market looking for innovation

The art market is one of the last still barely touched by the digital revolution. Art is a very profitable asset class, and art sales have been booming in the past years, partly due to the gradual introduction of online sales and online-only auctions.

However, the market lacks transparency related to artwork provenance, price-setting and commission fees. These problems pave the way for blockchain technology to make a critical and long-lasting impact on the industry by bringing more trust and liquidity to the art market.

Arteia has developed an innovative decentralized peer-to-peer service for artists, collectors, and professionals of the fine art ecosystem: a comprehensive platform to serve the needs of all the actors in the art market.

In this sense, we are proud to have already been able to develop partnerships and solutions with key respected actors in the sector, such as our joint venture with Cahiers d’Art, RAISONLINE, that will be the first  digital catalogue Raisonnesolution anchored to the blockchain.

We create the art world of tomorrow

The total pool of token for this operation is fixed at 400,000,000 (four hundred million) ARTK, the Soft cap for this operation is settled at US $3.5 millioand the Hard cap is at US $15 million. 50% of the tokens will be sold during the ICO.

Token prices will be fixed shortly before the pre-sale and the main sale according to BTC and ETH volatily.

This ICO will be one of the first offering where all 5 use cases described in the Whitepaper will be running and available for token buyers at the end of the fundraising sale period when the toekens are issued.

What use for the ARTK token?

The ARTK token will allow its owner to subscribe to and access the platform’s services directly after the ICO. It will also manage the access to the provenance tracker where artists and estates will be able to store publicly and securely the provenance of their artworks.

The five use cases that will be available for token holders will be:

  1. Subscription to the cataloging solution.
  2. Provenance: adding provenance details of an artwork by the users and consulting the provenance of an artwork.
  3. Matching and allowing both parties to agree on the details of a transaction in a secure and trusted environment provided by smart-contracts powered by the ARTK token.
  4. Lending: allowing collectors to safely lend his artworks to museums and exhibitions.
  5. Showcase: creating a public or private showcase and gain recognition or just share the passion.

In the long run, Arteia’s goal is to become a global platform for the art market actors, with a marketplace supported by our provenance ledger, to trade art works in fiat or crypto currencies. Such a platform will help the digital world of token and crypto to connect with the physical field of art.

Cofounded by collectors and engineers, Arteia uses the finest and latest technologies  including blockchain  to suit the needs of all the actors of the art worldOur teams have been working for three years to develop this product, which is already used by artists and galleries. More than 30 000 artworks are already onboarded, explains Philippe Gellman, CEO Arteia

Blockchain technologies for the highest possible level of trust, security and confidentiality

Created by collectors to meet their needs, Arteia knows the extent to which the security and confidentiality of art collections are foremost. This is why Arteia’s access is protected by Two-Factor Authentication and allows the user to decide where the data is stored (on various hosted servers around the world, or on a personal server disconnected from the Internet).

Arteia also leverages on blockchain technologies to develop its artwork provenance tracker, creating an immutable history of each artwork life. This provenance database will serve as a tool to verify the authenticity of an artwork and to establish the value of the piece. Dealing with artworks with a veritable digital identity will also bring higher trust in the platform. Furthermore, blockchain technologies will enable the creation of immutable digital “catalogues raisonnes” by contemporary artists, creating a complete list of all their works in a simple and secure manner.

Arteia’s blockchain infrastructure will allow peer-to-peer connections between art collectors allowing direct sales,and we are looking forward implementing price predictions and trends analysis to help them make better decisions. In this sense Arteia is a real use case for blockchain technologies: offering transparency and liquidity on the market, it will allow people, to use art as an investment in a rapidly changing digital age, points out Marek Zabicki, CTO Arteia.

 

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Chinese fintech attracted investments of USD 962.2 million in 2H 2019

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Fintech companies in China attracted USD 962.2 million in investments from venture capital, private equity and M&A in 2H 2019, resulting in a total of USD 4,479 million in investments for the whole of 2019, according to KPMG’s Pulse of Fintech H2’19 bi-annual report on global fintech investment trends.

Fintech investment in China took a breather after a massive 2018, but the country’s fintech market continued to see substantial activity and Chinese companies still ranked among the largest fintech deals in Asia Pacific for the whole of 2019. China’s large technology giants continued to focus on growing their reach geographically, making investments or plays well outside of Greater China. Ant Financial, for example, submitted an application for a digital banking license in Singapore in late 2019, while Tencent made a number of significant investments in fintech companies in other regions throughout the year, including Ualá in Argentina.

Investors in China also began to turn their attention to up-and-coming areas of fintech. These include regtech, which has appeal among VC investors because of its ability to leverage artificial intelligence and machine learning to assess risk and identify fraud. China-based investors are also interested in fintech companies that use these technologies more broadly to improve the operations of banks and financial institutions, such as improving operational efficiencies, generate and analyse data, as well as support wealth management.

The third quarter of 2019 saw the People’s Bank of China unveiled a three-year plan to support the development of the fintech industry. Since then, there has already been a number of moves focused on implementation. For example, a fintech sandbox is in development, with testing currently being concluded in Beijing. It is expected that this plan will help fuel future investment in fintech, particularly in key areas like risk management, cybersecurity, big data, artificial intelligence, distributed databases and authentication.

Chris Wang, Partner, Head of Fintech, KPMG China, commented, “China’s central bank and other authority bodies are working to move fintech in the country to ‘2nd half’ as part of their three-year fintech development plan. We anticipate an increased regulation and guidance for the industry and an enhanced infrastructure to support fintech development. For example, sandbox mechanism is being designed and may soon roll out to test the concept of different fintech to make sure they comply with regulations and will achieve the desired results before they enter the market.”

The fintech market in Hong Kong saw some resilience in the fourth quarter of 2019, particularly on the back of Alibaba’s decision to do a secondary listing on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, which raised USD 11.2 billion, making it the largest listing of the year globally.

Earlier in 2019, Hong Kong issued the first batch of eight digital banking licenses. ZhongAn was the first to launch a digital bank pilot, with others expected to follow suit in 2020. As the licensees continue to formulate their digital bank offerings, Hong Kong could see an upswing in investments in related areas, like KYC, regtech, digital onboarding and communications, and digital banking infrastructure. The issuance of digital banking licences has also spurred traditional banks to improve their own digital offerings and experience.

Avril Rae, Director, Head of Fintech, Hong Kong, KPMG China, said, “We’re starting to see ecosystems evolving with respect to digital banks. Partners are coming together to get digital banking licenses. Once they have their pilot projects underway, and they have proven their technology both internally and to the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, we’ll start to see them leveraging those partnerships more deeply – integrating banking services with other offerings like travel bookings or insurance to provide their customers with a seamless experience.”

 

SOURCE KPMG China

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Chinese fintech attracted investments of USD 962.2 million in 2H 2019

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Fintech companies in China attracted USD 962.2 million in investments from venture capital, private equity and M&A in 2H 2019, resulting in a total of USD 4,479 million in investments for the whole of 2019, according to KPMG’s Pulse of Fintech H2’19 bi-annual report on global fintech investment trends.

Fintech investment in China took a breather after a massive 2018, but the country’s fintech market continued to see substantial activity and Chinese companies still ranked among the largest fintech deals in Asia Pacific for the whole of 2019. China’s large technology giants continued to focus on growing their reach geographically, making investments or plays well outside of Greater China. Ant Financial, for example, submitted an application for a digital banking license in Singapore in late 2019, while Tencent made a number of significant investments in fintech companies in other regions throughout the year, including Ualá in Argentina.

Investors in China also began to turn their attention to up-and-coming areas of fintech. These include regtech, which has appeal among VC investors because of its ability to leverage artificial intelligence and machine learning to assess risk and identify fraud. China-based investors are also interested in fintech companies that use these technologies more broadly to improve the operations of banks and financial institutions, such as improving operational efficiencies, generate and analyse data, as well as support wealth management.

The third quarter of 2019 saw the People’s Bank of China unveiled a three-year plan to support the development of the fintech industry. Since then, there has already been a number of moves focused on implementation. For example, a fintech sandbox is in development, with testing currently being concluded in Beijing. It is expected that this plan will help fuel future investment in fintech, particularly in key areas like risk management, cybersecurity, big data, artificial intelligence, distributed databases and authentication.

Chris Wang, Partner, Head of Fintech, KPMG China, commented, “China’s central bank and other authority bodies are working to move fintech in the country to ‘2nd half’ as part of their three-year fintech development plan. We anticipate an increased regulation and guidance for the industry and an enhanced infrastructure to support fintech development. For example, sandbox mechanism is being designed and may soon roll out to test the concept of different fintech to make sure they comply with regulations and will achieve the desired results before they enter the market.”

The fintech market in Hong Kong saw some resilience in the fourth quarter of 2019, particularly on the back of Alibaba’s decision to do a secondary listing on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, which raised USD 11.2 billion, making it the largest listing of the year globally.

Earlier in 2019, Hong Kong issued the first batch of eight digital banking licenses. ZhongAn was the first to launch a digital bank pilot, with others expected to follow suit in 2020. As the licensees continue to formulate their digital bank offerings, Hong Kong could see an upswing in investments in related areas, like KYC, regtech, digital onboarding and communications, and digital banking infrastructure. The issuance of digital banking licences has also spurred traditional banks to improve their own digital offerings and experience.

Avril Rae, Director, Head of Fintech, Hong Kong, KPMG China, said, “We’re starting to see ecosystems evolving with respect to digital banks. Partners are coming together to get digital banking licenses. Once they have their pilot projects underway, and they have proven their technology both internally and to the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, we’ll start to see them leveraging those partnerships more deeply – integrating banking services with other offerings like travel bookings or insurance to provide their customers with a seamless experience.”

 

SOURCE KPMG China

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CFP Board Center for Financial Planning Announces Best Paper Winners for 2020 Academic Research Colloquium

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The CFP Board Center for Financial Planning is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2020 Best Paper Awards that were presented last week in Arlington, Va., during the Center’s fourth annual Academic Research Colloquium for Financial Planning and Related Disciplines.

  • The TD Ameritrade Best Paper Award in Behavioral Finance – Sung Lee of Stern School of Business, New York University, for “Fintech Nudges: Overspending Messages and Personal Finance Management”
  • The Northwestern Mutual Best Paper Award in Insurance/Risk Management – Hossein Salehi, CFP® of California Lutheran University, and Charlene Kalenkoski, CFP® of Texas Tech University, for “The Relationship Between Ownership of Insurance Products and Retirement Satisfaction”
  • The Emerging Scholar Best Paper Award – Derek Tharp, CFP® of University of Southern Maine, for “Consumer Perceptions of Financial Advisory Titles and Implications for Title Regulation”
  • The Best Paper Award in Investments – Da Ke of University of South Carolina, for “Left Behind: Partisan Identity and Wealth Inequality”
  • The Best Paper Award in Household Finance – Nick PretnarAlan Montgomery, and Christopher Olivola of Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University, for “A Structural Model of Mental Accounting”

A full list of 2020 accepted papers is available here.

“We received many compelling paper submissions this year, but the committee selected those that they felt demonstrated the highest research standards,” said Charles R. Chaffin, Ed.D., director of Academic Initiatives, CFP Board Center for Financial Planning. “We congratulate the winners for their contributions to knowledge and innovation in the financial planning industry.”

The Best Paper series of awards recognizes authors from a variety of disciplines and sub-disciplines that relate to financial planning. The award carries a $2,500 cash prize for the author(s) of each winning paper.

The colloquium gathers the global academic community to showcase rigorous and relevant research within financial planning and related disciplines that directly or indirectly relates to the global financial planning practice and the body of knowledge. The CFP Board Center for Financial Planning hosts the colloquium in collaboration with FP Canada and the Financial Planning Standards Board Ltd., owner of the international CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER certification program outside the United States.

The colloquium is made possible with support from the Center’s Lead Founding Sponsor, TD Ameritrade Institutional, and Founding Sponsors Northwestern Mutual, Envestnet and Charles Schwab Foundation, in partnership with Schwab Advisor Services.

 

SOURCE Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc.

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