Why identity verification isn’t ready for complete automation…yet

The limitations of AI and fully automated solutions for identity verification in the financial services industry By Vanessa Malone Artificial Intelligence (AI) and other automated solutions are actively being deployed in the financial services industry to remove friction, increase efficiency, and reduce costs. Especially in today’s remote environment, financial institutions are being forced to transition services […]Continue Reading

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The importance of KYC technology for financial institutions amidst COVID-19

Why now is the time for companies to bring their onboarding processes into the digital age By Vanessa Malone While many companies have been making steps to create flexible options for their clients to interact with their business online for quite some time, those in heavily regulated environments like financial institutions, have been slower to adopt […]Continue Reading

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What is Anti-Money Laundering (AML)?

What is anti-money laundering “AML” and how can you stay compliant in 2020?( By Vanessa Malone What is anti-money laundering, or AML? Anti-money laundering refers to a set of rules and regulations financial institutions must adhere to in order to help detect and prevent money laundering, fraud, and terrorist financing. The legislative framework these rules come from […]Continue Reading

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Why emerging technology is positioned to pull through the economic downturn

By Vanessa Malone The COVID-19 pandemic has rapidly escalated around the globe, creating economic impacts on top of health impacts that everyone is attempting to navigate. The stock market is now deep into a bear market. The Dow Jones Industrial Average experienced the biggest one-day drop since 1987, falling nearly 10% last Thursday. Investors are […]Continue Reading

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Why financial institutions should look to the blockchain for customer onboarding

How blockchain can help enhance KYC/AML requirements By Vanessa Malone With the ever-increasing Know Your Customer (KYC) and Anti-Money Laundering (AML) compliance requirements companies are facing in the financial services arena, deploying technology solutions to keep up has become more of a mandate than a recommendation. Global penalties for financial institutions have reached $36 billion […]Continue Reading

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Cost Benefits of Tokenization vs. Traditional Private Placement (updated for 2020)

By Horizon & Entoro Key discussion points: How Entoro’s offerings analysis shows savings may be 40% less expensive using tokenization versus a traditional method of raising capital What the true tangible and intangible benefits digital securities have over traditional private placement How existing capital market participants are integrating blockchain technology to support the new age of […]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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What is SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce’s safe harbor proposal and the implications surrounding it. By Vanessa Malone In a speech last week, SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce announced a proposal for a three-year “safe harbor” for tokens offerings which would exempt the sale of tokens or cryptocurrencies from certain federal securities law requirements. Token project issuers […]Continue Reading

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Horizon receives strategic investment & welcomes new Chief Strategy Officer, what’s next?

By Vanessa Malone This week, we announced that Horizon has received a strategic investment from Element ASA, an innovative investment company with a growing interest in blockchain technology projects with defensible IP.  In addition, we also welcomed James Haft, founder and CEO of PALcapital, LLC who will be providing services to Horizon as the Chief […]Continue Reading

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Dialogue with the Regulators: Navigating Blockchain & Fintech Across Europe

What our blockchain compliance forum is about and why it should be on your list of blockchain conferences to attend in 2020 By Vanessa Malone Worldwide annual spending on blockchain solutions has nearly tripled since 2017. Forecasts suggest that spending will continue to grow to an estimated $16 billion by 2023. The biggest sector accounting for […]Continue Reading

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