Mara launches academy to scale up digital financial literacy

Technology Mara launches academy to scale up digital financial literacy Tuesday September 20 2022 Financial technology concept. PHOTO | SHUTTERSTOCK Pan-African digital finance ecosystem Mara has launched the Mara Academy, a new, free pioneering educational online platform that will drive blockchain and digital finance capacity building in Africa. The Academy, designed and built with Africa-centric … Read more

Ethereum’s massive software upgrade just went live — here’s what it does

Ethereum’s biggest-ever upgrade just took effect, in what industry experts are calling a game changer for the entire crypto sector. Thus far, all signs suggest the so-called merge — which is designed to cut the cryptocurrency’s energy consumption by more than 99% — was a success. The very first proof-of-stake block of transactions has finalized … Read more

The crypto graduates are coming — and they want your finance jobs

Veterans of traditional finance watch out: An ever-growing horde of graduates armed with crypto skills will soon enter the workforce as universities ramp up efforts to teach the subject. The number of students enrolling in courses teaching crypto and blockchain is growing by hundreds each year, British universities tell Financial News. While major cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin have … Read more

We have M&A in our DNA, will look every transaction in financial sector: Piramal Capital MD

Almost three years of spearheading the retail finance arm at Piramal group, Jairam Sridharan, MD, Piramal Capital & Housing Finance says the job is well begun and half done. With the demerger of Piramal’s pharma and financial services business coming through, Jairam talks about what next for the company. He’s certain to play by Piramal … Read more

Crypto crash? It’s ‘just a blip’ says BTCS boss Charles Allen

The crypto winter is upon us, hammering institutional and retail investors alike. In a Barron’s Live webinar on 21 July, Financial News talked to Charles Allen, chief executive of blockchain infrastructure firm BTCS, to discuss the lasting consequences of the crash, the role of regulators, and what’s next for digital assets. This excerpt has been edited for clarity and … Read more

Abrdn boss Stephen Bird plots digital assets push: ‘Expect to hear more from me on this’

Abrdn is on the cusp of making its first foray into digital assets — a segment of the non-traditional finance market that is fast becoming an attractive target for the global fund management sector. “You can expect more from me very shortly on this,” Abrdn CEO Stephen Bird told Financial News when asked about plans … Read more

Hackers find new ways to access your secret accounts

Technology Hackers find new ways to access your secret accounts Thursday August 11 2022 Hacking attacks on Kenya’s financial systems, including mobile banking, rose nearly three-fold to 444 million in the year ending June 2022. PHOTO | PHOTOS.COM Hacking attacks on Kenya’s financial systems, including mobile banking, rose nearly three-fold to 444 million in the … Read more

Sam Bankman-Fried’s Alameda, Voyager Digital spar in bankruptcy court

Sam Bankman-Fried, co-founder and chief executive officer of FTX, in Hong Kong, China, on Tuesday, May 11, 2021. Lam Yik | Bloomberg | Getty Images Sam Bankman-Fried became a crypto billionaire and one of the most famous players in the industry by building cryptocurrency exchange FTX into a top site used by traders and investors. … Read more

Fintech lobby joins regulator’s push for remittance players to get licences

Technology Fintech lobby joins regulator’s push for remittance players to get licences Friday August 05 2022 Association of Fintechs in Kenya Chairman Ali Hussein Kassim. FILE PHOTO | NMG A fintech lobby group in Kenya has joined the push to have companies operating in the remittance and payment services space acquire licences following an onslaught … Read more

London Stock Exchange boss: ‘It shouldn’t be easier to invest in crypto than capital markets’

Traditional equity markets need to cut the red tape if they want to lure retail investors away from crypto, the chief executive of the London Stock Exchange has said. “If we want to protect consumers we should absolutely be making it easier for them to purchase regulated assets rather than having them go into the … Read more