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Fintech Top Five: 28 July

Fintech Top Five: 28 July

Investment in fintech firms reached $8bn in 496 deals worldwide in the first half of the year, putting the sector on track to exceed its annual funding record set in 2015, according to CB Insights. More than $5bn was raised in the second quarter alone, led by $2.7bn worth of deals in Asia, with 26 fintech companies around the world now considered "unicorns" with valuations of $1bn or more. read more
Fintech Top Five: 21 July

Fintech Top Five: 21 July

After two years of fraught negotiations, rival factions of developers who play key roles in maintaining the bitcoin blockchain are poised to adopt competing software updates at the end of this month. With each faction vying for support for different approaches to help the blockchain scale, the so-called bitcoin civil war has raised the likelihood that the crypto-currency will split in two - an unprecedented event that could cause turmoil in the $40bn market. read more