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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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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Controlling your shares on Upstream versus other blockchain exchanges

Maintaining control of your assets on Upstream’s exchange and trading app using blockchain technology By Vanessa Malone Upstream, the Horizon-powered exchange and trading app for digital securities, is built using Ethereum blockchain technology. On the surface, Upstream offers global investors a real-time, secure, and intuitive trading app. Under the hood, Upstream introduces what we believe […]Continue Reading

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How Ethereum is bringing blockchain to mainstream finance

Ethereum-powered markets are driving mainstream acceptance and adoption for blockchain technology Bitcoin and Ether continue to hold their places as the top two cryptocurrencies by market cap.  Hovering around $723.4 billion and $324 billion, respectively, these digital currencies are ushering in a new way to transfer money outside the control of a centralized entity.  This […]Continue Reading

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The chicken and the egg problem for digital securities exchanges

What’s the current state of digital securities exchanges and how to increase adoption By Vanessa Malone Security Token Market recently put out a report discussing the current state of security token trading, also known as digital securities. In their research, they identified 60 digital securities exchanges around the world. Of those 60, only 3 regulated exchanges […]Continue Reading

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Horizon’s biggest milestones of 2019

2019 was a big year for us! We launched our one-stop-shop for digital securities technology, powered the first secondary trading venue for blockchain bonds in Brazil, launched our Series A, and more. As we kick off 2020, we want to first look back at our biggest accomplishments from 2019. January 2019- Launched CustodyWare to enable […]Continue Reading

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Horizon’s technology powers first tokenized bond with secondary trading for its subscribers on Ethereum public blockchain

By Vanessa Malone This week we announced that our client Piemonte Holding, an A-rated Brazilian bank which develops and manages tailor-made investment products, has closed its R$ 66m (US$ 16.2m) private bond issuance and successfully completed the launch of a secondary market for the Piemonte “Smart Bond” on Ethereum using Horizon’s compliance, custody, and blockchain […]Continue Reading

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Is the future of securities trading on the blockchain?

By Vanessa Malone If you’re a regular on our weekly blog, you’ll know that Horizon’s vision is to deliver our blockchain issuance, compliance, and trading software to regulated entities around the world in order to power a global network of digital securities exchanges.  We, like many others, believe that blockchain technology is at the forefront […]Continue Reading

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5 Myths About Conducting a Security Token Offering

By Vanessa Malone A series of events led to the emergence of digital securities, from the rise of equity crowdfunding to the fall of the ICO-era. While the majority of issuers thus far have been utilizing Rule 506(c) of Regulation D to conduct a digital securities offering, a new industry milestone was reached in August […]Continue Reading

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