Singapore-based SpaceChain has expanded its operations to the United Kingdom to leverage Europe’s advanced space technologies and to drive economic development through SpaceChain’s satellite infrastructure and blockchain technology.
SpaceChain UK Limited will be based in Harwell, Oxfordshire at the Satellite Applications Catapult (SAC), an independent innovation and technology company created by Innovate UK.
To kick off its new business venture, SpaceChain collaborated with SAC to host a workshop that explored the benefits of blockchain technologies and its applications for the commercial space industry. Attended by more than 60 professionals from all over the UK, the workshop introduced the potential of a community-based space platform.
“Last year, I travelled to the UK about six to seven times. During those visits, I met a lot of potential partners from various UK-based space companies and learned more about the ecosystem there. From tracking satellites to building new rockets, the UK has played a vital role in the development of the space industry and we see more opportunities on the horizon,” said Zee Zheng, Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of SpaceChain.
SpaceChain has already partnered with several UK-based companies, including: Open Cosmos, a microsatellite platform designed to manage the process of bringing satellite services to businesses; NanoAvionics, a nanosatellite mission integrator that delivers new generation satellite buses and propulsion systems; and Alba Orbital, a pioneer in the development of PocketQube satellites.
Heading the new UK office as Director is SpaceChain’s Chief Commercial Officer Nick Trudgen. A native of the UK, Trudgen speaks fluent Mandarin and specializes in UK-China trade and investment, with a focus on space, satellite, and telecommunications.
“We are very excited to explore the UK space ecosystem and bring the next generation of institutional grade blockchain services to existing and future satellite infrastructure. We have also received positive feedback from the entities we have met and we’re looking forward to working more closely with our partners in the UK,” said Trudgen.
Koinly Launches Cryptocurrency Tax Calculator for UK Traders
Koinly is a fast growing crypto tax startup that promises to help bitcoin investors prepare their crypto tax reports in a fast and efficient manner. By linking exchange accounts and public wallet addresses with Koinly, investors can get a detailed capital gains report within a matter of minutes.
“UK’s capital gains system is one of the most complex and with the thousands of transactions that crypto investors can quickly rake up – there is simply no way to manually do all the calculations. Our aim with Koinly is to make it easy for both crypto traders and accountants to generate their capital gains tax forms,” said Robin Singh, founder of Koinly.
Taxes are an integral part of any financial system and it is a good sign that tax authorities are coming out with clear guidance around cryptocurrencies instead of blanket banning them. However, added tax liabilities may become a deterrent to the mainstream adoption of Bitcoin so tax solutions such as Koinly are likely to play a crucial role in overcoming this.
The platform currently supports some 400 crypto exchanges and wallets as well as 6000 cryptocurrencies. It also comes with tax-planning features that can help investors preview and plan their trades in a tax-efficient manner. Some other features:
– Income reports for Mining, Staking and DeFi interest.
– Capital gains summary form that can be submitted to the HMRC
– Full support for crypto taxes in UK including Share Pooling
HMRC quietly preparing for a clampdown
In August of 2019, the HMRC requested information about cryptocurrency investors from various UK based exchanges such as eToro, CEX.io and Coinbase. This is clearly an attempt to locate investors that have avoided paying tax on their trades. A similar move was also made by the US tax authorities which led to the identification of some 10000 traders, all of whom received letters from the tax agency last year.
Broadridge Brings Together Wealth Business Under Michael Alexander
Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: BR), a global Fintech leader and part of the S&P 500® Index, today announced that Michael Alexander has been appointed President, Wealth Management. In this newly created position, he will be responsible for bringing together Broadridge’s Wealth solutions into an integrated, market-leading Wealth Management business that will uniquely address Wealth Management firms’ need to transform their technology and business models. Mr. Alexander will report directly to Tom Carey, President of Global Technology and Operations.
“Mike is a recognized leader in the financial services industry and has a passion for creating leading-edge, SaaS-based wealth management solutions,” said Mr. Carey. “Mike will drive Broadridge’s efforts to enhance the advisor and client experience through a single platform that will be a foundation for the industry.”
As President of Broadridge’s Wealth Management business, Mr. Alexander will take leadership of the Broadridge Wealth Platform, the next-generation open platform that is creating a modern, best-in-class industry-level wealth management technology solution. This platform, which is at the center of a recently announced sale to UBS, enables wealth managers to drive their business to the next level while mutualizing investments in technology, innovation and security. With the Broadridge Wealth Platform, firms will be able to deploy an integrated front-, middle-, and back-office solution that optimizes Financial Advisor productivity, creates a richer client experience and digitizes enterprise-wide operations. Broadridge Wealth Management also offers market-leading component solutions for Advisor Websites, Data Aggregation, Performance Reporting, Corporate Actions, and back- and middle-office Managed Services, among others.
Since joining Broadridge in 2006, Mr. Alexander has taken on roles of increasing responsibility in both technology platforms and managed services. In these roles, he has led numerous complex client engagements and successful acquisitions.
Prior to joining Broadridge, Mr. Alexander was Senior Vice President of Operations at Charles Schwab. He is a member of the SIFMA Operations and Technology Steering Committee.
SOURCE Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc.
Bajaj Housing Finance Limited Bags the BFSI Digital Innovation Awards 2020 for Cloud Solutions
Bajaj Housing Finance Limited (BHFL), a 100% subsidiary of Bajaj Finance Limited, has won the ‘BFSI Digital Innovation Award’ for Cloud Solutions at the recently held Express BFSI Technology Conclave and Awards 2020.
Organised by the Express Computer, an IT business magazine from the Indian Express Group, the BFSI Technology Conclave and Awards, is one of the largest congregation of IT decision-makers, senior executives and partners in India. The event, held in Pune from January 24th-25th, 2020 witnessed the best from the BFSI sector participate as speakers and share their views on the way ahead for one of the biggest financial markets in the world.
The conclave ended with the BFSI Digital Innovation Awards which were given away to Indian Banks or Indian subsidiaries of MNC BFSI institutions in the BFSI industry that demonstrate the innovative use of a particular technology or a combination of technologies for distinct business benefit. There were 13 distinct categories – like Big Data, Enterprise Mobility, Data Center, Cloud, Artificial Intelligence, Enterprise Security, Blockchain and Enterprise Application among others.
The participants were judged on their effectiveness of deploying a completely new solution or innovative use of existing technology to gain a competitive edge, improve operations, become more responsive to customers and partners or, simply, to add to the top or bottom line.
Sharing his delight at the occasion of winning the award for excellence in Cloud, Atul Jain, Chief Executive Officer- Bajaj Housing Finance Limited said, “It is indeed a proud moment for all of us at BHFL and would like to congratulate the entire team for helping us achieve this prestigious recognition at the Express BFSI Digital Innovation Awards 2020. Since inception, our core mission has always revolved around providing the best experience for our customers through innovation and customer engagement.”
SOURCE Bajaj Housing Finance Limited
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