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String of Legal Victories Puts CBD and Cannabis into International Spotlights

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Over the past couple of years, cannabis has become a major topic in many countries’ agendas due to its therapeutic benefits. Regulators worldwide are now exploring opportunities within the cannabis market as it can be used as an alternative to certain traditional medical treatments. In particular, the U.S. marketplace is expected to be one of the most explosive markets. Despite cannabis still being federally illegal within the U.S., certain states, such as California and Colorado, which have legalized recreational cannabis contribute billions of dollars in revenue annually. Moreover, cannabidiol or CBD-based products have become increasingly common across the U.S. In late 2018, U.S. President Donald Trump signed the U.S. Farm Bill into effect, allowing the production of hemp. Shortly after, convenience stores and pharmacies began carrying hemp-derived CBD products. Even major pharmaceutical chains have begun to carry CBD products, promoting their healthcare benefits such as treating medical conditions and pain relieving properties. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration also approved the first cannabis-derived drug, Epidiolex, which is already being used to treat epilepsy in children. Overall, the combination of all of these recent events has exponentially accelerated the CBD marketplace. Moving forward, the CBD market is expected to continually grow as more countries began to adopt cannabis legalizations. According to data compiled by Brightfield Group, the U.S. CBD market is expected to reach USD 22 Billion by 2022. SinglePoint Inc. (OTC: SING), PotNetwork Holdings, Inc. (OTC: POTN), MassRoots, Inc. (OTC: MSRT) mCig, Inc. (OTC: MCIG), Medical Marijuana, Inc. (OTC: MJNA)

CBD is primarily being advertised as a medical supplement, however, some companies have taken the opportunity to integrate CBD into other products. Consumers can now find CBD in products such as beauty products, beverages, and even pet treats. Consumers can also take CBD purely for recreational purposes, to relax, as well as use it for medical applications. The wide range use of CBD creates a versatile market and expands outwards to many consumers. “A few years ago almost no one knew what hemp-derived CBD was, it was sold by mostly small brands of tinctures online and through head shops. All of a sudden, CBD is everywhere – it is both a trendy, new ingredient in drinks, face creams and pet treats and an answer to the prayers of so many people suffering from medical conditions ranging from epilepsy to anxiety and chronic pain. It rides the waves of so many global food and health trends, as a substitute for opioids, towards more natural health alternatives and functional ingredients,” said Bethany Gomez, Managing Director at Brightfield Group.

SinglePoint Inc. (OTCQB: SING) today announced, “the filing with the SEC of the Company’s first annual report as a fully reporting issuer. SinglePoint ended 2018 with total sales of $1,154,671 an increase of 344% compared to the previous year. The increase is largely due to the success of SinglePoint executing on its acquisition strategy. Over the last year the Company has solidified its’ financial position as well as become a fully reporting, audited issuer.

SinglePoint plans to continue its momentous growth with its latest Asset Purchase Agreement with Direct Solar. Direct Solar has seen tremendous growth over the past few months. SinglePoints’ auditing firm is currently reviewing the financial statements and upon completion will finalize the acquisition.

“We have spent a lot of time and effort to put the Company in a position to turn a profit in the very near future. With the anticipated acquisition of Direct Solar and the explosive growth we are seeing that goal could become a reality. We are excited about the future of SinglePoint and are in a stronger position now than we have ever been,” states Greg Lambrecht CEO.

About SinglePoint Inc: SinglePoint Inc (SING) is a technology and investment company with a focus on acquiring companies that will benefit from the injection of growth capital and technology integration. The Company portfolio includes mobile payments, ancillary cannabis services and renewable energy solutions. Through acquisitions into horizontal markets, SinglePoint is building its portfolio by acquiring an interest in undervalued companies, thereby providing a rich, diversified holding base.”

PotNetwork Holdings, Inc. (OTC: POTN) is a publicly traded company that acts as a holding company for its principal subsidiaries, First Capital Venture Co., the owner of Diamond CBD, Inc., the maker of Diamond CBD products. Diamond CBD Inc., wholly owned subsidiary of PotNetwork Holdings, Inc. recently announced that it is presenting its popular line of Diamond CBD oils, edibles, and creams to several large pharmacy chains. Recently passed federal legislation that legalizes industrial hemp production in the United States has generated increased mainstream acceptance of CBD-based products and drawn interest from retailers looking to capitalize on the public’s desire for products that reduce stress and anxiety. “Our array of CBD products already play an active role in the wellness routine of thousands of Americans,” said Kevin Hagen, Chief Executive Officer of Diamond CBD parent company PotNetwork Holdings, Inc. “That’s why we are happy to present the benefits of CBD and our popular oils, edibles and beauty products to several large pharmacy chains in the days ahead.”

MassRoots, Inc. (OTCQB: MSRT) is a leading technology platform for the regulated cannabis industry. Marijuana Company of America recently announced that the Company’s wholly-owned subsidiary hempSMART™ has entered into a strategic marketing agreement with MassRoots, Inc. to promote its hemp CBD formulated product line. Under the terms of the agreement, MassRoots agreed to participate as an associate in the Company’s associate marketing platform, to help promote and sell hempSMART™ products on www.massroots.com, as well as MassRoots’ app and other social media outlets. “We’re excited to begin educating MassRoots’ community of over a million cannabis consumers about hempSMART’s™ innovative line of CBD products,” stated MassRoots’ Chief Executive Officer Isaac Dietrich. “We look forward to driving our audience to a company that focuses on providing consumers with the highest-quality of ingredients and products, which is ultimately why we’re partnering with MCOA.”

mCig, Inc. (OTCQB: MCIG), headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, is a diversified company servicing the legal cannabis, hemp and CBD markets via its lifestyle brands. mCig, Inc. recently announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, CBJ Distributing, is expanding its sales reach by introducing to its clients in Nevada and California a new in-house developed product line of hemp pre-rolled cigarettes and CBD vape pens with a proprietary terpene rich formula. CBJ Distributing saw its sales increase dramatically during the last year. The company distributes its line of cannabis supply items, such as: labels, jars, childproof envelopes, vape pens, to almost all dispensaries in Nevada, while enlarging its market share in southern and central California. After carefully analyzing the CBD market, CBJ Distributing decided to expand its product line by joining this huge opportunity of selling hemp products to smoke shops and dispensaries around the Country. “We have a strong team of professionals with boots to the ground, following the trends, growth, and needs of the market through client-based communication and customer service. Since its acquisition in May 2018, CBJ Distributing has consistently been the strongest division of MCIG, with a constant and continued growth in sales and profits. Our management team at CBJ Distributing gets results!” said Paul Rosenberg, Chief Executive Officer of MCIG. Mr. Rosenberg went on to say, “During the past month, the MCIG officers and Board of Directors have had multiple meetings in our Las Vegas office with the CBJ management team where we have identified the direction MCIG must take in order to be a top cannabis company going forward.”

Medical Marijuana, Inc. (OTC: MJNA) mission is to be the premier cannabis and hemp industry innovators, leveraging our team of professionals to source, evaluate and purchase value-added companies and products, while allowing them to keep their integrity and entrepreneurial spirit. Medical Marijuana, Inc. recently announced that its subsidiaries Kannaway®, HempMeds® and Dixie Botanicals all received Certification Seals from the U.S. Hemp Authority. To receive this seal, companies must have met several stringent industry standards laid out for quality and safety. The certification is intended to educate hemp farmers and producers about Food and Drug Administration Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) and Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) to guarantee that consistent quality is achieved. The U.S. Hemp Authority Certification Program is administered by experienced quality assurance and verification professionals from industry-leading food and agricultural companies. “We are honored to have received these Certification Seals for several of our subsidiaries,” said Medical Marijuana, Inc. Chief Executive Officer Dr. Stuart Titus. “Our customers’ safety is our priority and we are proud to have our high-quality manufacturing processes confirmed so that consumers understand that buying from us means that they have access to safe and accurately labeled hemp-derived products, including fiber, seed and extracts, such as cannabidiol (CBD).”

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Suning Finance Receives AAA Rating for Domestic Credit

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On February 14th, Suning Finance entered the ranks of the highest domestic credit rating for the first time. Its long-term credit rating was determined as AAA, and its rating outlook was “stable”. Currently, only 52 private enterprises nationwide have received AAA ratings. It means that Suning Finance has obtained the same credit rating as large state-owned commercial banks and national joint-stock commercial banks.

Regarding the above decision, United Credit believes that Suning Finance has a strong shareholder background and capital strength. After years of development, it has now established a diversified financial main business structure, relying on the resource advantages of the Suning ecosystem and the omni-channel layout of O2O integration. The financial business scale and income continued to grow rapidly.

As a pioneer of online-to-offline (O2O) finance in China, Suning Finance is positioned as a fintech company featuring O2O integration and development. It has always adhered to and practiced the development model of “scenario finance + fintech = inclusive finance”, focusing on supply chain finance, commercial finance, consumer finance, payments, wealth management, and fintech export “5 + 1” core businesses.

In 2019, Suning Finance successfully completed the C round of tens of billions of financing, the post-investment valuation reached 56 billion, the transaction volume exceeded the trillion marks for three consecutive years, and the number of active customers exceeded 70 million. Suning Pay daily offline scan code breakthrough 100,000 transactions, the supply chain financial investment exceeded 100 billion. And has successfully obtained 2 international syndicated loans, and successively issued 6 phases of supply chain finance ABS and 1 phase of consumer finance ABS, which fully demonstrates that Suning Finance’s business capabilities, asset quality, and market reputation have been highly recognized by domestic and foreign financial institutions.

Based on the root ‘innovative financial technology leads the development’, Suning Finance keeps enhancing its technological capabilities, especially the block chain techs to apply in many scenarios, such as data sharing, payment, mortgage and BaaS. In the future, Suning Finance will continue to provide premium financial services and operate under the concept of integrity, stable and discretion to become a reliable and widely influential comprehensive financial service company.

 

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SHAREHOLDER ALERT: Pomerantz Law Firm Reminds Shareholders with Losses on their Investment in Opera Limited of Class Action Lawsuit and Upcoming Deadline – OPRA

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Pomerantz LLP announces that a class action lawsuit has been filed against Opera Limited (“Opera” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ:  OPRA) and certain of its officers.  The class action, filed in United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, and indexed under 20-cv-00674, is on behalf of a class consisting of all persons and entities other than Defendants who purchased or otherwise acquired: (a) Opera American depositary shares (“ADSs”) pursuant and/or traceable to the Company’s initial public offering commenced on or about July 27, 2018 (the “IPO” or “Offering”); and/or (b) Opera securities between July 27, 2018 and January 15, 2020, both dates inclusive (the “Class Period”).  Plaintiff pursues claims against the Defendants under the Securities Act of 1933 (the “Securities Act”) and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”).

If you are a shareholder who purchased Opera securities pursuant and/or traceable to the IPO and/or during the Class Period, you have until March 24, 2020, to ask the Court to appoint you as Lead Plaintiff for the class.  A copy of the Complaint can be obtained at www.pomerantzlaw.com.   To discuss this action, contact Robert S. Willoughby at rswilloughby@pomlaw.com or 888.476.6529 (or 888.4-POMLAW), toll-free, Ext. 9980. Those who inquire by e-mail are encouraged to include their mailing address, telephone number, and the number of shares purchased.

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Opera was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Oslo, Norway.  The Company, through its subsidiaries, provides mobile and Personal Computer web browser applications in IrelandRussia, and internationally, under the Opera Mini, Opera for Android, Opera Touch, and Opera for Computers brand names. 

Opera has also increasingly invested in its fintech businesses, providing mobile loan and financing applications marketed to KenyaNigeria, and India, under the OKash, OPesa, CashBean, and OPay brand names, which are offered on Google LLC’s (“Google”) Play Store marketplace, as downloadable applications.

On August 9, 2018, Opera completed its IPO, issuing 9,600,000 ADSs priced at $12.00 per share, raising approximately $115.2 million in proceeds before underwriting discounts and commissions, and other expenses.

The Complaint alleges that the offering documents were negligently prepared and, as a result, contained untrue statements of material fact or omitted to state other facts necessary to make the statements made not misleading and were not prepared in accordance with the rules and regulations governing their preparation.  Additionally, throughout the Class Period, Defendants made materially false and misleading statements regarding the Company’s business, operational and compliance policies.  Specifically, the Offering Documents and Defendants made false and/or misleading statements and/or failed to disclose that: (i) Opera’s sustainable growth and market opportunity for its browser applications was significantly overstated; (ii) Defendants’ funded, owned, or otherwise controlled loan services applications and/or businesses relied on predatory lending practices; (iii) all the foregoing, once revealed, were reasonably likely to have a material negative impact on Opera’s financial prospects, especially with respect to its lending applications’ continued availability on the Google Play Store; and (iv) as a result, the Offering Documents and Defendants’ statements were materially false and/or misleading and failed to state information required to be stated therein.

On January 16, 2020, Hindenburg Research (“Hindenburg”) published a report asserting that Hindenburg had “a 12-month price target of $2.60 on Opera, representing a 70% downside.”  Among other issues, Hindenburg reported that Opera’s “browser market share is declining rapidly, down ~30% since its IPO”; that Opera was involved in “predatory short-term loans in Africa and India, deploying deceptive ‘bait and switch’ tactics to lure in borrowers and charging egregious interest rates ranging from ~365-876%”; that Opera’s lending business applications, many of which are offered on Google’s Play Store—particularly, OKash, OPesa, CashBean, and Opay—were “in black and white violation of numerous Google rules” aimed at “curtail[ing] predatory lending”; and that consequently, Opera’s entire lending business was “at risk of disappearing or being severely curtailed when Google notices” Opera’s alleged violation of its rules.

On this news, Opera’s ADS price fell $1.69 per share, or 18.74%, to close at $7.33 per share on January 16, 2020.

The Pomerantz Firm, with offices in New YorkChicagoLos Angeles, and Paris, is acknowledged as one of the premier firms in the areas of corporate, securities, and antitrust class litigation. Founded by the late Abraham L. Pomerantz, known as the dean of the class action bar, the Pomerantz Firm pioneered the field of securities class actions. Today, more than 80 years later, the Pomerantz Firm continues in the tradition he established, fighting for the rights of the victims of securities fraud, breaches of fiduciary duty, and corporate misconduct. The Firm has recovered numerous multimillion-dollar damages awards on behalf of class members. See www.pomerantzlaw.com

 

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Addepar Broadens Reach with Expanded Offerings for RIAs

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Addepar, Inc., a leading technology platform for wealth management, announced a number of releases aimed at helping RIAs that serve a variety of client types excel in an increasingly competitive market. The new capabilities and features make it easier than ever for firms to adopt Addepar’s modern technology stack, streamline their operations and offer a truly differentiated client experience powered by best in class data, analytics and reporting.

“As the wealth management industry continues to undergo a dramatic transformation, we’re making good on our goal to meet wealth advisors where they are. We’re delivering new functionality in our platform that empowers RIAs to navigate these changes with purpose-built, intuitive solutions so that they can deliver lasting value to clients and grow their business for years to come,” said Addepar CEO Eric Poirier.

Making it easier for RIAs to modernize their tech stack
For established RIAs who want to modernize their reporting technology but find it daunting to make the switch, Addepar is introducing a broader and more flexible set of data migration options to efficiently and precisely fulfill each client’s data onboarding needs. This includes a newly introduced “Advent Converter,” which streamlines migrating data from Advent’s APX and Axys systems into Addepar. Addepar will continue investing in additional data management and conversion solutions to make it easy for any firm to upgrade to Addepar’s technology.

Addressing emerging demand and delivering more client value
Addepar’s strong traction with large RIA firms, banks and broker-dealers has exposed a previously unmet need in the market: the power to use Addepar’s platform for all advisor teams, from those with ultra-high net worth clients to those who serve the mass affluent. Today, the company is introducing AddeparGoSM, an offering that tailors Addepar’s software to the specific needs of these larger firms. AddeparGo is designed with a set of features, capabilities and custodial data feeds that optimize for speedy implementation and make it easy for larger firms who have a range of advisor teams to adopt. The company is making AddeparGo available to key partners and clients now, and will continue shaping this offering based on feedback.

Helping the back-office streamline operations and scale productivity
Many well-established firms have turned to Addepar for its ability to support sizable and complex implementations and provide data aggregation, analytics and reporting at scale. To offer even greater support, the company is pleased to announce the release of Addepar Teams. Teams is a set of advanced controls and permissions to serve firms that need to grant varying access by team, branch, role and functional responsibility. This set of digital capabilities dramatically simplifies the previously time-intensive and error-prone operational process of managing reporting controls, while achieving legal, risk and compliance goals.

 

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