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Venture Unit of Thailand’s SCB Announces New DeFi Investment through Aggregator, Portfolio Dashboard, Ape Board

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SCB 10X, the venture division of Thailand’s Siam Commercial Bank or SCB (BKK: SCB), has confirmed its most-recent investment into the decentralized finance (DeFi) space through asset aggregator and portfolio dashboard provider, Ape Board.

The firm, which currently has over 350,000 users, acquired within 4 months of its launch, says that it intends to address poor user experience (UX), various complexities in generating yield as well as trying to deal with fragmentation issues in the nascent DeFi ecosystem.

Ape Board says it plans to offer a holistic or comprehensive view of clients’ DeFi portfolios while providing actionable insights, which allows users to seamlessly link investments across various DeFi protocols via a single, easy-to-use dashboard.

At present, the dashboard supports over 79 different protocols across five major chains, including the Binance Smart Chain (BSC), Solana (SOL), Ethereum (ETH), Terra as well as Polygon.

Soon, the team will be working towards integrating Arbitrum, with additional projects to be revealed.

Mukaya (Tai) Panich, Chief Venture and Investment Officer of SCB 10X, stated:

“This investment will further our goal of integrating traditional finance and decentralised finance by championing projects that resolve complexity and fragmentation issues in DeFi to bring a truly user-friendly experience. Ape Board will enable users, both crypto natives and newcomers, to track all their cross-chain assets and manage portfolios in one place with features like monitoring impermanent loss.”

Mike Phulsuksombati, CEO and Co-Founder of Ape Board, remarked:

“We wanted to create a dashboard that makes it easier for DeFi users to see their balances, calculate yield projections, as well as manage risk & impermanent loss. DeFi offers yield opportunities never seen before in traditional finance, and we are thrilled that SCB 10X is supporting this project to make simplifying yield generation a reality,”

As reported in February 2021, SCB 10X, a subsidiary of Thailand’s Siam Commercial Bank or SCB, has launched a $50 million VC fund that will make strategic investments in early and growth stage startups globally. SCB is looking for initiatives that are focused on blockchain, decentralized finance (DeFi), and digital assets.

The announcement from SCB 10X is meant to support its Moonshot Mission, which aims to push forward a new growth engine for the development of digital technologies.

SCB 10X had stated that it will be closely watching the high-potential tech firms and other startups worldwide in order to develop new capabilities. These initiatives and investments are mainly focused on integrating emerging technologies (Emtech) in order to support SCB’s growth and expansion efforts.

Mukaya (Tai) Panich, Chief Venture and Investment Officer of SCB 10X, stated (in February of this year):

“Blockchain technology can reduce transaction costs, facilitate distributed trust, enhance security, and potentially become the new foundation for centralized and decentralized business models and platforms. In the financial industry, blockchain-enabled financial services have the potential to broaden financial inclusion, facilitate open access, and encourage innovation.”

Panich had also mentioned:

“We see strong parallels between traditional finance and blockchain-enabled financial services businesses. Blockchain technology can make financial services more innovative, interoperable, traceable, borderless, and transparent.”

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Source: https://www.crowdfundinsider.com/2021/07/177932-venture-unit-of-thailands-scb-announces-new-defi-investment-through-aggregator-portfolio-dashboard-ape-board/

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Japanese Engineers Shatter Record for Internet Speed — Are You Ready for a Revolution?

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Your Chance to Say “I QUIT!”

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Imagine walking into work tomorrow, looking your boss in the eye, and saying…

“I QUIT!”

Then you could head home, kick up your feet, and start enjoying retirement!

And here’s the best part:

Your bills are paid, and you could care less whether the market is going up or down.

Well, thanks to an extraordinary investment strategy I’m about to show you, this dream scenario could become your reality as early as next year.

This is a game-changer. It’s a way to earn six figures each year — even if you have no money to invest at all.

How is this possible? Let me explain…

“It Takes Money to Make Money”

Many Crowdability readers love our research on the private markets, but a big hurdle is preventing them from taking advantage of it:

Before they can start investing, they need some seed capital!

In other words, if they only have a tiny nest-egg, or no nest-egg at all, even the most powerful investment strategies can’t help them achieve their financial goals.

Which is why we’ve spent years researching alternative strategies…

Strategies that can help investors build up a nest-egg with little upfront capital…

Or even better, no upfront capital at all.

“The No-Money Down” Strategy

Matt and I focus most of our time and capital on early-stage startups…

But we make other types of investments, too.

And recently, while we were searching for non-traditional investments that could deliver big returns, we identified dozens of under-the-radar strategies…

The types of strategies that could add thousands of dollars to your nest-egg each month.

To be clear, these strategies have nothing to do with startups or early-stage investing…

But they can be just as beneficial to your portfolio.

Furthermore, you don’t need any special experience to use these strategies — and in many cases, you don’t need any upfront capital, either.

Matt used one of these strategies to add $13,326 to his bank account in a single month.

But there are other people — folks like our friend Ben Schott (who isn’t an experienced or wealthy investor) — who’ve been using another of these strategies to consistently earn about $4,264 per month.

And here’s the crazy part:

He’s able to earn those kinds of returns even though he didn’t risk a penny in upfront investment capital!

That’s why we call this our “No-Money Down” Strategy…

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Then click the link below to immediately register for an upcoming Strategy Briefing we’re hosting next week.

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Upgrade Adds Bitcoin Rewards Card

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Upgrade, an online lender, has announced the launch of the Upgrade Bitcoin Rewards Card a new version of Upgrade Card featuring Bitcoin rewards. Under Upgrade’s new program, users may earn unlimited 1.5% Bitcoin rewards on every purchase as they make payments.  The custody and trading platform for holding and selling Bitcoin is provided by NYDIG.

Upgrade has facilitated more than $7 billion in credit to consumers through cards and loans since its inception in 2017. It also offers rewards checking accounts with debit cards that pay 2% rewards on transactions and monthly subscriptions.

Founder and CEO Renaud Laplanche says Upgrade Card is already providing $3 billion in credit to consumers.

“Starting today, anyone can apply for an Upgrade Bitcoin Rewards Card and enjoy the same affordable and responsible credit as with any Upgrade Card, plus the potential upside and fun of owning Bitcoin,” says Laplanche.

As with every Upgrade Card, the Fintech promotes “responsible credit” by turning every balance into a fixed-rate installment plan, and by paying rewards to cardholders as they pay down their balance.

The Upgrade Bitcoin Rewards card is leveraging the growing popularity of crypto by providing a simple path to holding Bitcoin.  Cardholders must hold their Bitcoin rewards for at least 90 days and then may sell at any time subject to a 1.5% transaction fee.

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Source: https://www.crowdfundinsider.com/2021/07/178147-upgrade-adds-bitcoin-rewards-card/

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Fidelity Digital Assets Survey Reveals Growing Number of Institutions Plan to Gain Exposure to Crypto-Assets

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Seven in 10 institutional investors are now expecting to purchase or invest in digital assets in the future, and over 90% of those interested in these financial instruments expect to have an allocation in their institution’s or clients’ portfolios “within the next five years.” This, according to new research from Fidelity Digital Assets’ 2021 Institutional Investor Digital Assets Study.

This forecast confirms a steady acceleration in adoption of digital assets over the next several years as over half (52%) of institutions surveyed across Asia, Europe and the U.S. “currently invest in digital assets.”

Although adoption rates remain fairly high across Asia (71%) when compared to Europe and the U.S., participation “increased in both markets as 56% of European institutions and 33% of U.S. institutions now hold investments in the asset class, up from 45% and 27%, respectively, the prior year.”

Tom Jessop, President at Fidelity Digital Assets, stated:

“The increased interest and adoption we’re seeing is a reflection of the growing sophistication and institutionalization of the digital assets ecosystem/ The pandemic – and fiscal and monetary measures in response to it – has been a catalyst for many institutional investors to define their investment thesis and operationalize it.”

According to the study, nearly 9 in 10 investors find characteristics of digital assets “appealing, with increases in both U.S. and Europe.” Digital assets’ high potential upside and relatively low correlation to other assets have “grown in appeal to institutional investors in recent years, with the potential upside gaining 16 points among U.S. investors since 2019 and 13 points among European investors since 2020.”

Price volatility is still the primary obstacle or barrier to adoption, “followed by lack of fundamentals to gauge value and concerns around market manipulation; however, investors cited less concern about complexity for institutions and market infrastructure than previously.”

Jessop added:

“The expectation that the vast majority of institutions will have some exposure to digital assets by 2026 shows that investors have a deeper understanding of the asset class and have progressed in the three-phase journey from education to adoption.”

Today, almost 8 in 10 institutional investors think that crypto-assets should be part of a portfolio. This belief is “strongest in Asia, where adoption rates are highest; however, European and U.S. institutions are increasingly in agreement”:

  • More than three-quarters (77%) of European investors share this belief, up from two-thirds the prior year
  • 69% of U.S. investors share this belief, compared to 64% the prior year.

Fidelity Digital Assets says they will be exploring the investment outlook and institutions’ investment preferences in another report this fall, “featuring deeper insights from the 2021 Institutional Investor Digital Assets Study.”

As stated in the update:

“As adoption increases, institutional investors are expecting more services from digital asset custodians. Investors want a custodian that offers electronic trading (63%) and market data and analytics (56%), with a greater emphasis on these services among U.S. institutions. Still, security and safety remain the most important features of a custodial relationship, having grown in importance in both Europe and the U.S.”

You may learn more about the institutional market for digital assets and Fidelity Digital Assets’ custody and trade execution platform here.

As noted in the announcement, the blind survey was “executed in association with Coalition Greenwich on behalf of Fidelity Digital Assets and the Fidelity Center for Applied Technology between December 2, 2020 and April 2, 2021.”

The survey included 1,100 institutional investors in the U.S. (408), Europe (393) and Asia (299), “including high net worth investors, family offices, digital and traditional hedge funds, institutional investors, financial advisors and endowment and foundations.”

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Source: https://www.crowdfundinsider.com/2021/07/178139-fidelity-digital-assets-survey-reveals-growing-number-of-institutions-plan-to-gain-exposure-to-crypto-assets/

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