Retail investor surge here to stay with trading app valuations and interest on the rise

Are retail trading apps like Robinhood and Coinbase a stepping stone to the next generation of trading? By Vanessa Malone The attention surrounding the GameStop stock frenzy has pushed retail investing interest to an all-time-high. Over the past few weeks, investing and finance apps like Robinhood, Webull, TD Ameritrade, and others have reached record-breaking daily users […]Continue Reading

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Horizon authorizes SEC-regulated transfer agent Vertalo to list issuers on the Upstream global stock exchange

Partnership to offer U.S. issuers secondary trading liquidity on the next generation digital exchange & trading app By Vanessa Malone Yesterday, we announced that Horizon has partnered with SEC-registered transfer agent Vertalo!¹ The partnership authorizes Vertalo to list U.S. issuers on the Upstream global stock exchange, giving issuers a seamless path to secondary trading on […]Continue Reading

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GameStop stock frenzy re-ignites call for the democratization of finance

How “Reddit Investors” put the spotlight on capital market access By Vanessa Malone For the last month, in true Main Street versus Wall Street fashion, the world witnessed Reddit community wallstreetbets take a stand against Wall Street by pumping the stock prices of GameStop (GME) and various others to counter Wall Street hedge funds that were […]Continue Reading

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Upcoming Webinar: Liquidity for the crowdfunding market

Hosted by Horizon, the Crowdfunding Professional Association CfPA and Crowdie Advisors 2/23 @ 3:30pm EST By Vanessa Malone We are excited to announce an upcoming webinar Tuesday, February 23rd from 3:30 to 4:30pm EST hosted by Horizon, the Crowdfunding Professionals Association “CfPA” and Crowdie Advisors to discuss the state of liquidity in the rapidly growing crowdfunding […]Continue Reading

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What makes Global Fan Exchange different from Fantex and other sports platforms?

Global Fan Exchange (GFX) is a global hub for fans to invest in and ultimately trade shares tied to the income streams of their favorite professional athletes, musicians, and entertainers. Our sports division is led by former NFL executives and players Ryan McNeil, Ray Farmer, and Garrick Jones. We are actively recruiting U.S. and international athletes to offer their branded […]Continue Reading

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AML compliance updates for 2021

Anti-Money Laundering Act “AMLA” of 2020 and the implications  By Vanessa Malone AML compliance updates for 2021 are off to a strong start and regulated entities would do well to prepare for the scope of these changes.  On January 1, 2021, Congress passed the National Defense Authorization Act. In this included the Anti-Money Laundering Act […]Continue Reading

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Fintech trends Horizon aims to fuel in 2021

By Vanessa Malone The global fintech industry is expected to reach $305 billion by 2025. ¹ This growth is reportedly due to the large investments being made into technology-based solutions by banks and firms. Moreover, fintech is rapidly reshaping how we bank, invest, and perform financial transactions. Technology is gradually moving control away from institutions […]Continue Reading

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Horizon’s biggest milestones of 2020

By Vanessa Malone Despite the unforeseen circumstances of 2020, Horizon reached some incredible milestones enhancing our securities technology ecosystem and establishing joint ventures to begin building and powering global exchanges. As we approach 2021, we want to first look back at our biggest accomplishments from 2020.  February 7 — Horizon receives a strategic investment from Element ASA In […]Continue Reading

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How Upstream fits into the world of decentralized finance

By Vanessa Malone Decentralized Finance, or DeFi, refers to financial smart contracts and applications (dApps) deployed on a blockchain, most commonly on Ethereum. The goals of these dApps are to flip traditional financial applications on their heads and “defy” the current infrastructure by developing their decentralized and non-custodial counterparts.  Instead of relying on a central […]Continue Reading

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Horizon & MERJ announce ‘Upstream,’ an exchange built to unlock liquidity in the global crowdfunding market

How Upstream plans to unlock liquidity in the $5bn crowdfunding market By Vanessa Malone This week we announced that Horizon has signed a joint venture and licensing agreement with MERJ Exchange, an affiliate of the World Federation of Exchanges, to launch “Upstream,” a revolutionary app-based market for crowdfunded securities. Over the last few years, billions […]Continue Reading

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