Largest Bank of Japan to Create Own Stablecoin

Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group's stablecoin will tied 1:1 to Japanese yen and users will be able to exchange fiat for MUFG Coin instantly through the app
10 April 2019   512

The fifth largest in the world and the largest bank in Japan, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG), announced plans to launch its own cryptocurrency by the end of this year. Thus, MUFG will be the first Japanese bank to issue its own stablecoin, according to Cointelegraph.

The coin will be tied to 1: 1 Japanese yen. The main focus of the developers made on the practical use of cryptocurrency and its functionality - users can exchange Fiat for MUFG Coin instantly through the application.

It is also reported that about 1,500 bank employees have already taken part in testing the new cryptocurrency. The beginning of the pilot tests of the coin became known in 2017, but then it was positioned as a digital currency for the company's internal operations.

In February MUFG announced the launch of the payment blockchain platform Global Open Network

Robinhood to Raise $323M During Financial Round

So, the company's capitalization reached $ 7.6 billion
23 July 2019   76

The operator of the mobile application for trading stocks and cryptocurrency Robinhood company Robinhood Markets Inc. announced the closure of a round of financing for the E-Series, which resulted in an impressive $ 323 million. The company's capitalization reached $ 7.6 billion.

The financing round was led by investment company DST Global, and Ribbit Capital, NEA, Sequoia and Thrive Capital also contributed.

The company intends to direct the raised funds to business expansion and the creation of new financial services, calling this process "democratization of finance for all."

Recall that the ability to trade cryptocurrencies through the Robinhood app was first implemented in February 2018. Today, the company supports leading assets such as Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, Bitcoin Cash, Dogecoin and Ethereum Classic.

In January of this year, Robinhood received BitLicense - a license to work with virtual currencies from the Financial Services Authority of New York (NYDFS), and the official launch of the application in the state took place on May 23.

It is noteworthy that in 2017 Robinhood was estimated at only $ 1.3 billion. The introduction of cryptocurrency, however, accelerated the growth of the user base and fueled interest from venture investors. So, last year, the Robinhood managed to attract $ 363 million, with which the company's capitalization was $ 5.6 billion.