SPAC Industry Expanding Beyond the US to Europe & Asia

Why SPACs are here to stay as a global opportunity By Vanessa Malone The Special Purpose Acquisition Company (“SPAC”) industry; made up of companies formed solely to raise capital, acquire existing private companies, and take them public, grew at an unprecedented rate over the last two years. In 2020, already a record year for SPACs, […]Continue Reading

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The future of global stock exchanges

Real-time trading, instant settlement, & direct exchange access using blockchain technology Stock trading has greatly evolved over the last few decades. Gone are the movie-esque trading floor scenes with hordes of men in suits loudly executing trades. In the 1980s, exchanges began replacing floor trading with automated trading systems and transactions started to be executed […]Continue Reading

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Why we’re choosing USDC stablecoin for traders to use on Upstream over other digital currencies

Why Upstream is accepting both digital currency and traditional bank payments By Vanessa Malone We’re getting close to the official launch of Upstream, our next generation exchange and trading app for digital securities.  On the surface, Upstream offers investors of all levels direct access to a regulated stock exchange through a userfriendly trading app. Under the […]Continue Reading

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Horizon’s latest milestones & upcoming projects

A mid-year look at our latest milestones & what to look forward to By Vanessa Malone At the end of 2020, Horizon announced the launch of two key marketplaces we built and are powering: Upstream, the digital stock exchange and trading app; and the fan engagement platform, Global Fan Exchange “GFX”. As we reach mid-year, we’d […]Continue Reading

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Horizon adds new feature to KYC/AML onboarding app ‘KYCware’

New geotagging feature enabled to simplify identity verification process for users Horizon’s exceptional team of software engineers is continually working to enhance our next generation compliance solutions for our global client base.  We are happy to announce a new geotagging feature added to our white-label identity verification app, KYCware, which works in conjunction with a listed […]Continue Reading

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How Upstream plans to disrupt the SPAC industry

The benefits of tokenized SPACs versus traditional SPACs for issuers and investors A few weeks ago, we announced that Horizon and MERJ Exchange are launching tokenized Special Purpose Acquisition Companies “SPACs” that will list on our joint venture ‘Upstream,’ the revolutionary stock exchange and trading app for digital securities. Upstream offers the world’s first blockchain-based […]Continue Reading

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Coinbase’s direct listing points to appeal of investor-driven markets

How Coinbase’s direct listing points to larger opportunity for markets priced by investors rather than market makers This week was big for the crypto community.  Bitcoin surged to over $60,000 on Wednesday, March 14th right before Coinbase (NASDAQ:COIN) became the largest crypto firm to go public on Nasdaq through a direct listing.¹ Coinbase ended its first […]Continue Reading

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What are NFTs?

What are non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and why you should pay attention to the latest blockchain craze  Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) are the latest blockchain trend and acronym to flood headlines. Recently, British auction house Christie’s closed the sale of an NFT by digital artist Beeple for $69 million (£50 million)¹ which set a record for digital […]Continue Reading

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Debenture trading platform launches in Brazil using Horizon’s blockchain technology

First of its kind asset trading platform in Brazil and Latin America by Horizon’s client Piemonte Holding  By Vanessa Malone We’re thrilled to announce that our client Piemonte Holding, the global financial group, has launched a fund and debenture trading platform using Horizon’s proprietary blockchain trading technology. The trading venue is the first of its kind […]Continue Reading

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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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