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DeFi Technologies Inc. Announces Record AUM of C$590 Million, Launch of Valour Inc.’s Ripple (XRP) and Binance (BNB) ETPs

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DeFi Technologies Inc. (the “Company” or “DeFi Technologies”) (NEO: DEFI) (GR: RB9) (OTC: DEFTF), a crypto native technology company that pioneers the convergence of traditional capital markets with the world of decentralised finance (“DeFi”), is pleased to announce that its subsidiary Valour Inc. (“Valour”), a leading issuer of exchange traded products (“ETPs”) that provide simplified access to digital assets, has achieved a record assets under management (“AUM”) of C$590 million. Additionally, Valour has launched Ripple (“XRP”) and Binance (“BNB”) ETPs on the Nordic Growth Market (“NGM”) exchange.

Valour has achieved a new record with its AUM reaching C$590 million, up from the previously announced figure of C$497 million as of January 31, 2024. This increase to C$590 million represents a notable growth of 18.7%, reflecting Valour’s solid trajectory in the market and the growing investor trust in its digital asset products. This progress emphasizes the sustained interest and confidence in digital assets among investors, positioning Valour as a key player in offering simplified access to the evolving landscape of digital investments.

Additionally, Valour has launched Ripple (XRP) and Binance (BNB) ETPs on the NGM exchange. Trading of the ETPs began on February 21, 2024. The Valour Ripple (XRP) SEK (ISIN: CH1161139584) and Binance (BNB) SEK (ISIN: CH1149139698) ETPs will enable investors to gain exposure to XRP and BNB, simply and securely, via their bank or broker.

XRP has a market cap of US$29.57 Billion and ranks sixth among all cryptocurrencies globally. Ripple XRP is a key player in the digital currency space, known for its use in facilitating rapid and low-cost international money transfers. Operating on RippleNet, XRP serves as a bridge currency in Ripple’s payment network, allowing for seamless currency exchanges worldwide. This has positioned XRP as a preferred choice for financial institutions seeking efficient alternatives to traditional cross-border payment methods.

BNB has a market cap of US$54.64 Billion and ranks fourth among all cryptocurrencies globally. BNB, previously also known as Binance Coin, is a cryptocurrency coin created and issued by the cryptocurrency exchange Binance. BNB can be used to pay for fees when trading on Binance, and usually at a discounted rate. Due to the primary utility, BNB has seen significant growth in interest throughout the years. Several rounds of token burn events have appreciated BNB price and pushed it up as one of the top 5 cryptocurrencies by market capitalization.

“The introduction of the Ripple (XRP) and Binance (BNB) ETPs by Valour marks a significant expansion of our product offerings,” said Olivier Roussy Newton, CEO of DeFi Technologies. “These products underscore our commitment to making digital asset investment accessible and seamless for investors across Europe. This initiative goes beyond merely expanding our product line; it represents a strategic move towards democratizing finance and providing our clients with diversified investment opportunities in the world’s leading cryptocurrencies, amidst the evolving digital asset landscape.”

“We’re thrilled to announce the arrival of Valour BNB and Valour XRP to the vibrant investor community in the Nordics. With these additions, we proudly claim the title of the most comprehensive provider of crypto ETPs listed in the Nordics, presenting options both as singular assets and bundled within our VDAB10 product,” said Johanna Belitz, Valour Head of Nordics. “This places us in a unique position to accommodate investors keen on navigating the cryptoverse conveniently, securely, and with ease.”

Valour continues to prioritize product innovation and development, and it has plans to list additional traditional and physically backed ETPs in the coming months.

Q4 2023 Financials

The company would also like to announce that its Q4 2023 Financials will be released towards the end of March 2024. When the exact date is known the company will issue an announcement.

In addition to its novel digital asset platform, which includes 1Valour Ethereum Physical Staking ETP and 1Valour Bitcoin Physical Carbon Neutral ETP, Valour offers fully hedged digital asset ETPs with low to zero management fees, with product listings across European exchanges, banks and broker platforms. Valour’s existing product range includes Valour Uniswap (UNI), Cardano (ADA), Polkadot (DOT), Solana (SOL), Avalanche (AVAX), Cosmos (ATOM), Binance (BNB), Enjin (ENJ), Bitcoin Carbon Neutral (BTCN) and Valour Digital Asset Basket 10 (VDAB10) ETPs with low management fees. Valour’s flagship products are Bitcoin Zero and Ethereum Zero, the first fully hedged, passive investment products with Bitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum (ETH) as underlyings which are completely fee free.

About DeFi Technologies
DeFi Technologies Inc. (NEO: DEFI) (GR: RB9) (OTC: DEFTF) is a crypto native technology company that pioneers the convergence of traditional capital markets with the world of decentralised finance (DeFi).

With a dedicated focus on industry-leading Web3 technologies, DeFi Technologies aims to provide widespread investor access to the future of finance. Backed by an esteemed team of professionals with extensive experience in financial markets and digital assets, we are committed to revolutionising the way individuals and institutions interact with the evolving financial ecosystem.

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Supply Chain Finance Market Forecast to Reach $9.4 Billion by 2029: Increasing Emphasis on Sustainable Sourcing

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Web3 Startups Raise Nearly $1.9B in Q1 2024 Despite Overall Downtrend in Crypto VC Interest

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Venture capital funding for cryptocurrency and blockchain projects has seen a notable resurgence in the first quarter of 2024, marking its first quarterly rise since 2021. Crunchbase data released today indicates that Web3 startups secured nearly $1.9 billion in funding across 346 deals during this period. This represents a substantial 58% increase from the previous quarter, offering a glimmer of hope amidst the ongoing downward trend in overall crypto VC interest.

The recent surge in funding can be attributed to investors adopting a more long-term perspective on Web3, as opposed to the hype-driven “tourist investors” predominant in recent years. Chris Metinko, the author of the report, notes that investors are shifting their focus to the AI sector, indicating a change in investment strategy. There is a growing interest in supporting the foundational infrastructure of the decentralized internet, rather than solely concentrating on crypto wallets and lending platforms, which attracted significant investments during the peak period of 2021 to 2022.

While large funding rounds were relatively uncommon in Q1, several notable investments stood out. Exohood Labs, a company integrating AI, quantum computing, and blockchain, secured a remarkable $112 million seed round at a valuation of $1.4 billion. EigenLabs, an Ether token “restaking” platform, raised $100 million in a Series B round led by a16z crypto. Additionally, Freechat, a decentralized social network leveraging blockchain technology, secured $80 million in a Series A round. These investments, among others, contributed to the increase in valuations and the emergence of four new Web3 unicorns in Q1.

Despite the recent progress, the future trajectory of Web3 remains uncertain. Metinko suggests that the next few quarters will be pivotal in determining the industry’s direction. While investors anticipate a rebound in investment as the decentralized internet evolves, it may take another year for venture capital activity to stabilize after the exuberance of 2021. Factors such as the approval of U.S. spot Bitcoin exchange-traded funds and the upcoming Bitcoin halving could also influence the market, given the rising prices of Bitcoin and Ether.

A noteworthy example of significant funding in the Web3 space is Monad Labs’ recent successful funding round, which secured $225 million led by Paradigm. Monad Labs is a layer-1 blockchain compatible with Ethereum, offering faster transaction processing. This funding round harkens back to the golden era of crypto funding in 2021-2022, when L1 solutions attracted substantial investments.

Earlier this year, Balance, a digital asset custodian based in Canada, announced that it had once again reached $2 billion in assets under custody (AUC) amidst the recent market recovery. Similarly, Korea Digital Asset (KODA), the largest institutional crypto custody service in South Korea, has experienced remarkable growth in crypto assets under its custody, expanding by nearly 248% in the second half of 2023.

Analysts at Bernstein Research project that crypto funds could reach an impressive $500 billion to $650 billion within the next five years, representing a significant leap from the current valuation of approximately $50 billion. This forecast underscores the growing optimism and potential for substantial growth within the crypto industry in the coming years.

Source: cryptonews.com

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ASIC cracks down on blockchain mining firms

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Three blockchain mining companies – NGS Crypto, NGS Digital, and NGS Group – along with their directors, Brett Mendham, Ryan Brown, and Mark Ten Caten, are facing legal action from the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) for allegedly operating without a license, in violation of Australia’s Corporations Act. ASIC initiated legal proceedings against these entities on April 9, citing concerns about their non-compliance with financial regulations and their solicitation of Australian investors.

According to ASIC, the NGS companies promoted blockchain mining packages with fixed-rate returns to Australian investors, encouraging the transfer of funds from regulated superannuation funds to self-managed superannuation funds (SMSFs) for conversion into cryptocurrency. Approximately 450 Australians invested a total of around USD 41 million in these packages, raising concerns about potential financial losses.

The legal action filed by ASIC alleges that the companies violated section 911A of the Corporations Act, which prohibits companies from providing financial services without a valid Australian Financial Services Licence (AFSL). ASIC is seeking interim and final court orders to prohibit the NGS companies from offering financial services in Australia without an AFSL.

ASIC Chair Joe Longo emphasized the importance of investors carefully considering the risks before investing in crypto-related products through their SMSFs. Longo stated that ASIC’s actions send a message to the crypto industry about the regulator’s commitment to ensuring compliance with regulations and protecting consumers.

In a separate development, the Federal Court appointed receivers for the digital currency assets associated with the NGS companies and their directors to safeguard these assets amid concerns about the risk of dissipation. Mendham was also issued a travel restriction order, preventing him from leaving Australia.

While a court date for the proceedings has not been set, ASIC’s investigation is ongoing, with the regulator continuing to gather evidence and build its case. It is worth noting that the investigated companies share a similar name with NGS Super, a legitimate Australian pensions provider, leading to potential confusion among investors. NGS Super clarified that it is not involved in selling cryptocurrency or related products and has taken legal action to protect its trademark and members’ interests.

Source: iclg.com

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