Creditas recently closed one of the largest rounds in Latin American history and has originated more than $100mn in loans since 2011; they company offers loans backed by collateral, charging 17 to 25 percent for their home equity loan and 23 to 50 percent for auto equity loans; this is unique as banks typically charge 120 percent APR on unsecured loans and 480 percent APR on revolving credit cards; having a lower cost, more secure loan has seen them keep defaults around 1 percent and grow the company workforce threefold in the past year alone. Source.
According to UK research firm Autonomous NEXT there are now 68 crypto hedge funds which is a significant jump since the start of the year; while calling themselves hedge funds many of these new entities are not structured like a typical hedge fund and they don't have institutional backing; as the interest in cryptocurrencies grows, the market will continue seeing new entrants trying to capitalize on the rising value. Source.
Deloitte is the newest name to come under cyber attack where hackers accessed data on an email platform; the accounting firm said the cyber breach had affected “only very few clients” and that “no disruption had occurred to client businesses"; they notified government authorities of the hack when it occurred and have put a team together to figure out what happened. Source.
Canadian securities regulators released what they call a staff notice on "cryptocurrency offerings"; Coindesk reports on the notice, "With the offerings that we have reviewed to date, we have in many instances found that the coins/tokens in question constitute securities for the purposes of securities laws, including because they are investment contracts."; this has now become a trend in the market as the US SEC released a report and Chinese regulators released a statement about how they view this emerging capital raising method; the statement also covers companies looking to set up funds and encourages a regulatory sandbox to be created. Source