Individual Investors

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Cryptocurrencies have been some of the most exciting recent technological developments. Cryptos promise a revolution in financial services, threatening to shake up everything from payments, to auditing, to trading. Yet when most investors think of cryptos, their minds tend to think of buying bitcoins directly. However, there are many fintech companies that help provide crypto products, services and innovation. Below we discuss our top five. The companies listed below are all found in the ETFS Fintech & Blockchain ETF (Exchange Code: FTEC). Galaxy Digital Holdings Galaxy is something like an investment bank for crypto and one of the biggest crypto pure-plays in the world. Its founder Mike Novogratz is something of a Wall St celebrity. Galaxy has fingers in many crypto operations include crypto mining, where it mines bitcoin. Crypto venture capital, where it invests both its own and other peoples’ money in promising blockchain businesses, and crypto trading, where it trades cryptocurrencies outright. ...
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Fintech is a portmanteau of the words finance and technology. A fintech is just a business that helps bring better technology to financial services. The ATM is a historical example; smartphone apps are a current example. In so doing, fintech makes banking, insurance, and wealth management cheaper and more efficient. But what are some fintech companies? The companies listed below are all found in the ETFS Fintech & Blockchain ETF (Exchange Code: FTEC). PayPal PayPal has been one of the biggest winners of online shopping. The company started out (with Elon Musk) helping consumers buy and sell on eBay but has since grown and now offers many products under sub-brands. These products include Venmo, which allows friends and family to transfer cash between each other, Honey, which is one of the largest coupon websites connecting businesses to consumers, and Braintree, who helps companies with their ecommerce setup. These diverse sub-brands enable PayPal to become something of a fintech super app. It now has more than 392 million users as of 31 March 2021, data from their quarterly reports indicates. ...