What trading opportunities will Upstream support?

What types of assets are we targeting for our digital stock exchange and trading app By Vanessa Malone We are getting closer to the launch of Upstream, a MERJ Exchange Market, and revolutionary digital stock exchange and trading app for digital securities powered by Horizon’s blockchain technology. Here are the trading opportunities that we aim to […]Continue Reading

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OpenSea NFT insider trading scandal shines light on the dangers of an unregulated NFT market

Can NFTs have insider trading when they aren’t under any legal jurisdiction? By Vanessa Malone Yesterday leading NFT marketplace OpenSea addressed the news that one of their employees participated in an NFT insider trading scheme.  OpenSea Co-founder and CEO Devin Finzer shared the details in a company blog post saying an employee used private company […]Continue Reading

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What will it take for NFTs to go fully mainstream?

NFTs are here to stay, what will it take for the market to expand outside the crypto realm By Vanessa Malone Non-fungible tokens, or NFTs, are digital tokens that represent ownership of a unique digital item. Think of NFTs like the digital counterparts of one-of-a-kind trading cards. NFTs can be tied to any digital asset including […]Continue Reading

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How we’re building the ultimate fan-investor community on Global Fan Exchange & Upstream

Building GFX & Upstream into a global hub for unique fan engagement & trading opportunities By Vanessa Malone Over the last few weeks we’ve announced some incredible strategic partners that have joined our team. A recap of our latest strategic partnerships: July 7, 2021-Grammy-winning, international superstar Armando Christian Pérez, aka Pitbull, joins Global Fan Exchange’s […]Continue Reading

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‘Props’ to shut down two years after historic Reg A+ approval

Are loose regulations for security token offerings blocking growth in the US? By Vanessa Malone Last week, Props, a token protocol giving its owners benefits within the YouNow influencer live-streaming network, announced it will shut down its loyalty rewards program and cease maintaining the Props protocol at the end of the year. The news puts the […]Continue Reading

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Are KYC, AML and other regulations coming to the NFT market?

Incoming regulations could be coming for the $2.5B NFT market Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) make up a $2.5 billion market and growing, up from $13.7 million in the first half of 2020.¹  Many of the leading NFT platforms, including OpenSea, Axie Infinity, CryptoPunks and Rarible have seen record volume in the last few weeks. OpenSea’s transaction volume […]Continue Reading

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SEC Chair Gary Gensler calls for more investor protection in crypto realm

SEC Chair Gary Gensler’s recent comments on crypto and the implications By Vanessa Malone Last week, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chair Gary Gensler gave a speech before the Aspen Security Forum and an exclusive interview with CNBC surrounding regulation in the crypto space. Some were optimistic that the new SEC Chair, whose background includes teaching a blockchain course […]Continue Reading

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Horizon partners with Timbaland’s ‘Beatclub’

Details on the partnership aiming to give fans the ability to own & trade music shares & NFTs from award-winning producers & songwriters “Beatclub connects our growing music creator community with industry-leading producers. Our partnership with Horizon and Global Fan Exchange adds another key component in driving artists’ success by mobilizing fans and allowing them […]Continue Reading

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What the 2021 Olympics are showing us about the future of fan engagement

The digitization of fan engagement and opportunities to come The 2021 summer Olympics look a little different than past years. Due to a recent COVID-19 spike in Tokyo, the majority of events have banned fans from filling the stands. What we’ve learned after over a year of disruption to live sporting events is that the energy […]Continue Reading

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Horizon & SME 360 to bring sports & entertainment investment opportunities from Asia Pacific to Global Fan Exchange

Horizon partners with SME 360 to expand GFX to sports teams and celebrities across Asia Pacific “The possibility of not only generating but maintaining viral fan engagement is built into Global Fan Exchange. Our partnership with Horizon and GFX creates an innovative value add for our talent looking to leverage their personal brands and generate new […]Continue Reading

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