F|T: The FinTech Times – The merits of digital currencies

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University of Toronto launches financial innovation hub for its students(BETAKIT)

The Rotman FinHub will develop opportunities for students to learn about machine learning and blockchain.


Singapore’s community-led crypto-FinTech startup Change raises US$17.5M via tokens sale(E27)

The startup will use the funds to develop its upcoming digital wallet, banking card and mobile app.


Sweden’s Nordea Bank launches venture fund for FinTechs(CROWDFUNDINSIDER)

Nordea Ventures will focus on investments offering mutual strategic value, scalable business models, and unique solutions. Investments are mainly, but not exclusively, expected to be in companies that have a Nordic focus.


Credit Suisse acquires majority stake in automated lender Tradeplus24(FINEXTRA)

Founded in March 2016, Tradeplus24 has developed a product that offers a way for SMEs and mid-market companies to increase their working capital and lend against account receivables.


Bitcoin Bubble Burst will warn you if the bitcoin dream is about to crash down(TECHCRUNCH)

Whether you’re a bitcoin believer or a vulture waiting to have your bubble predictions proved right, you’re probably keeping one nervous eye on the charts in anticipation of the crash everyone seems to expect any second now.


Bank of Canada releases white paper on merits of creating digital currency (THE STAR)

As society starts to move away from cash, it may be time to create a central bank digital currency, report says.


First Data acquires BluePay Holding (PYMNTS)

A provider of technology-enabled payment processing for merchants in the U.S. and Canada, BluePay was one of First Data’s largest distribution partners with a strong focus on software-enabled payments and card-not-present transactions.


Canadian Payments Innovation Forum says collaboration continues to drive FinTech innovation(BETAKIT)

“A lot of payment strategies are coming out of these partnerships.”


Deposit Solutions closes $20 million investment round(FINEXTRA)

Deposit Solutions, an open banking platform for deposits, raised the funds from existing shareholders e.ventures and Greycroft.


How AI is changing FinTech (HUFFPOST)

AI has taken the tech world by storm, allowing companies to cut costs, automate a variety of their processes, as well as boost their bottom line.


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Amira Zubairi

Amira Zubairi is a staff writer and content creator at BetaKit with a strong interest in Canadian startup, business, and legal tech news. In her free time, Amira indulges in baking desserts, working out, and watching legal shows.

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