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Visa Travelcard, Wirex Brings Borderless Payments to APAC

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Leading borderless payment platform Wirex announced the launch of a brand new next-generation Wirex Visa Travelcard at the Singapore FinTech Festival today. The multicurrency travel card will empower customers across the APAC region to seamlessly spend multiple crypto and fiat currencies, and earn crypto rewards wherever they travel. All cryptocurrency exchanges to legal tender fiat currency takes place before users transact on the Visa network.

Compatible with more than 150 currencies, the Wirex Visa Travelcard enables customers to link multiple fiat currencies, avoiding costly exchange fees during travel. Wirex card holders can pay their way at 54 million outlets around the world – anywhere Visa is accepted and free international ATM withdrawals. It also offers rewards customers with up to 1.5% back in Bitcoin on all in-store purchases through its first in the world Cryptoback™ programme.

Pavel Matveev, Wirex co-founder and CEO, said, “We’re delighted to be able to offer the full Wirex experience and empower customers across APAC to take control of their crypto and traditional currency. This unparalleled functionality and versatility makes the Wirex Visa Travelcard the perfect travel companion, whether customers are travelling abroad for business or leisure.”

The launch of the Wirex Visa Travelcard is part of a general expansion of Wirex services for customers in the region, which includes 19 secure, cold-storage traditional and cryptocurrency accounts, including USD, SGD, AUD, JPY, EUR, GBP, BTC and ETH among many others and access to industry-best OTC and interbank rates for crypto and traditional currency exchange. To allow as many people as possible to experience the Wirex Visa Travelcard and gain exposure to its innovative services, Wirex is removing fees, including account management and traditional currency exchange fees, for a limited period.

“We have witnessed an explosion in demand for hybrid fiat and crypto-enabled banking alternatives in APAC, where people need payments redesigned for the future, allowing them to unlock the value of their different currencies,” Pavel added. “The evolution of Wirex’s offering in APAC represents more than just the next stage in the platform’s growth strategy; it is a tangible example of our mission to provide a genuine alternative to conventional financial services by connecting traditional and digital ecosystems on one borderless payment platform.”

Since its creation in 2015, Wirex has established itself as a true pioneer in the payments industry with a number of innovative, world-first products to its name. It launched the first Visa card that allowed customers to convert and spend their cryptocurrency in the real world, and will soon release a revolutionary selection of fiat-backed stablecoins. Wirex is also known for its track record in business integrity and consumer protection, as it is one of only three cryptocurrency-enabled companies in the world to be granted a UK FCA e-money licence (No: 902025).

The Singapore FinTech Festival runs from the 11th to the 13th of November – you can find Wirex in Hall 4 at booth 4F29. The booth will include live registration for card services, and the first 2000 people to register with Wirex, order and activate their card will receive 20 Nano, one of the most popular altcoins in the APAC region.

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2020 Crypto World Summit “The Future of Security Tokens” to Address Latest Blockchain Developments with Leading Industry Experts

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New York, NY, Jan. 23, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — (via Blockchain Wire) Leading experts in the digital money sector will gather at the Crypto World Summit in New York on February 20, 2020 to discuss the latest developments in security token offerings and digital assets, amongst other rising blockchain and alternative financing topics.

The most current SEC laws, rules, regulations, and compliance will be addressed at this 4th International Conference and Workshop streamed live on Fintech World Media.

This premier event features speakers and attendees from a wide range of sectors, attracting a who’s who of the industry.  Other top discussions include: The Future of Bitcoin, The Digital Banking Industry, Blockchain and Real Estate, The ETF Cryptocurrency Market, DAO, Ethereum Investment, and Cannabis Banking Solutions. 

Additionally, a special workshop will give participants a step-by-step walkthrough for creating a security token and running a security token offering (STO).

Crypto World Summit will also offer private VIP networking opportunities. For speaking, sponsorship, tickets, and group discounts contact 2020Fintech at +1 (888) 580-6610 or www.2020fintech.com

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BitPay Taps Simplex to Make BitPay App an All-In-One Solution

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Atlanta, Jan. 23, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — BitPay, the world’s largest provider of Bitcoin and cryptocurrency payment services, today announced a partnership with Simplex, the best-in-class processor of fiat-to-crypto transactions, that gives BitPay app users the ability to buy Bitcoin and other supported cryptocurrencies directly in app with a credit card. Users can now buy cryptocurrency, transfer funds, make purchases, buy gift cards and pay friends around the world all from a single app.   

With the addition of Simplex’s credit card purchasing, BitPay aims to improve the overall user experience of the BitPay app. By eliminating the need to navigate a cryptocurrency exchange to fund payments, the company anticipates increased value to users, especially for new users unfamiliar with the space.

BitPay CEO and Co-Founder Stephen Pair said, “Cryptocurrency exchanges can be intimidating for new users. The Simplex integration, however, makes the blockchain payment experience seamless.” Pair added, “Whether converting fiat to crypto to make crypto payments, or converting crypto to fiat to pay with the BitPay card, the BitPay app is an all-in-one solution.”

“A real breakthrough in usability can only be achieved when the leading crypto payment app meets the leader in fiat infrastructure for crypto. We are proud to launch this partnership with BitPay and will work together to add more innovative solutions in the future,” added Nimrod Lehavi, Simplex founder and CEO.  

Simplex, an EU licensed fintech company, is the industry choice for providing fraud-free cryptocurrency purchases via credit card. They list among their many clients industry leaders such as Binance, Bithumb, Xapo and Changelly. Their processing services eliminate fraud and ensure regulatory compliance, in part, by using AI technology to analyze each transaction with proprietary machine-learning algorithms. The Tel Aviv-based company was founded in 2014.

About BitPay

Founded in 2011, BitPay pioneered blockchain payment processing with the mission of transforming how businesses and people send, receive, and store money. Its business solutions eliminate transaction fraud, reduce the cost of payment processing, and enable borderless payments in cryptocurrency and fiat, among other services. BitPay offers consumers a complete digital asset management solution that includes the BitPay Wallet and BitPay Prepaid Visa® Card, enabling them to turn digital assets into dollars for spending at tens of thousands of businesses. The company has offices in North America, Europe, and South America and has raised more than $70 million in funding from leading investment firms including Founders Fund, Index Ventures, Virgin Group, and Aquiline Technology Growth. For more information visit bitpay.com.

The BitPay Visa® Prepaid Card is issued by Metropolitan Commercial Bank, member FDIC, pursuant to a license from Visa, U.S.A. Inc. “Metropolitan” and “Metropolitan Commercial Bank” are registered trademarks of Metropolitan Commercial Bank © 2014. Use of the Card is subject to the terms and conditions of the applicable Cardholder Agreement and fee schedule if any.

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Digital wealth manager Kristal.AI raises 6 million in Series A funding

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Kristal.AI is a 4-year old invest-tech startup which uses a bionic approach to personalize investments. The company started its business in Hong Kong since 2016 and now it is planning to use its Series A funding, to bring its AI-driven personalized wealth platform to more countries in APAC regions.

Artificial Intelligence has long been hailed as the future of fintech, and Singapore-based digital wealth management platform Kristal.AI is proving that maxim true. The company, started by Indian entrepreneurs, has offices in Hong KongSingapore, and India. Kristal.AI is celebrating its 4-year anniversary in January 2020, after closing last year with a sizable Series A round of USD 6 million (upsized from an initial target of USD 4 million).

The funding round is led by long-term partners Chiratae Ventures (formerly IDG Ventures India) and influential names such as Desai Family Office, which has interests ranging from fintech to boutique investments. Other investors include HNWI names well known in the financial industry. This round brings the total Kristal.AI has raised till date to USD 11 million.

Financial technology has been evolving rapidly over the past decade. Despite the relatively small Hong Kong market, innovative technology companies have continued to emerge with the vigorous promotion of the government. Kristal.AI has also benefitted from the support provided by the Cyberport Incubation program and SFC Fintech Unit when commencing business here.

Hong Kong-based Co-founder of Kristal.AI Vivek Mohindra said, “Kristal.AI fulfils a much-needed gap in the HK market for the beginner and smaller investors who really don’t have much choices at present. We provide a digital mobile friendly solution that is educational and free of cost till HKD 400,000.” Hong Kong customers are now looking for smart investment platforms with higher transparency, lower fees, and other value-added services. The HKMA has recently released a report on the application of artificial intelligence in the banking industry, showing that nearly 90% of retail banks have used or plan to use artificial intelligence in their businesses.

Kristal.AI’s CEO and founder Asheesh Chanda added, “The aspirational class today does not live in boxes. We don’t work at the same job until retirement, we don’t all marry and buy houses at thirty, and most of us have a very different way of living than the generation before. However, the way we invest has not evolved with our evolving lifestyles. The new-gen investor needs strategies personalized for their individual risk profile, lifestyle, and expectations. Traditional banks offer such hyper-personalization only to high-profile clients, but we are bringing it to the everyman. Kristal.AI’s strategies are made for the new-age global investor.

Kristal.AI will use the Series A funds towards bolstering its technology backend, crafting more curated strategies (called Kristals), and expanding further into the APAC and Middle-East market. The company is also poised to launch a new offering for its Indian market very soon.

Since officially launching in February 2016, Kristal.AI has experienced consistent growth and currently handles overUSD 100 million in AUM, with 10,000 users on its platform. The company’s custom-crafted strategies have provided consistent returns to investors even in volatile markets, with both its Leveraged Bond Kristal and Singapore REITs Kristal achieving around 14% returns historically.

 

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