Kiffmeister’s #Fintech Daily Digest (20230914)*

Franklin Templeton files for Bitcoin ETF

Asset manager Franklin Templeton, which is one of the world’s largest asset managers, filed an application for a spot Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on September 12, 2023. The product would be called “The Franklin Bitcoin ETF” and its shares would be listed and traded on the CBOE BZX Exchange. Coinbase would be the fund’s custodian and surveillance-sharing partner. [Read more at Decrypt]

Fintech funding in Europe stumbles 70% YoY

According to Finch Capital’s 8th Annual State of European Fintech Report, European fintech companies secured only EUR 4.6 billion in funding in H1 2023, versus the EUR 15.8 billion raised during the same period in 2022. The deal count in H1 2023 dropped 48% to 463. The massive drop was mainly driven by a decreased number of mega rounds, a retreat in activity from American investors, and a return to investment fundamentals. [Read more at Finch Capital]

Vanuatu launches VANKLIA, a new national payment system

The Reserve Bank of Vanuatu launched a new national digital payment platform, VANKLIA, to strengthen its digital economy and promote financial inclusion. The VANKLIA system is comprised of a real-time gross settlement (RTGS) component and an automated clearing house (ACH) component which facilitates the clearing of low value, high volume electronic fund transfers for batch payments. [Read more at the International Finance Corporation]

*For those interested in intra-day updates, check out my searchable Diigo Fintech developments database, which is also a good place to go to query for past developments:

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