• Uphold kick over banking
    Cryptocurrencies,  Innovators,  Technology

    J.P. Thieriot wants to kick over finance as you know it

    Digital money platform Uphold lets users trade everything from bitcoins and stock to gold and carbon emission credits—and put them on a debit card

    It’s an ambitious—to say the least—goal for the trading app company, which in September added the ability to trade fractional shares of 50 U.S.-based stocks to its list of 36 cryptocurrencies, 27 fiat currencies, four precious metals and—as of Dec. 1—tokenized carbon offset credits.

  • Cryptocurrencies,  United States

    Millennial favorite Robinhood tries to lure crypto traders with no fees

    Will zero-fee crypto-transactions be enough to win the exchange wars?

    Financial services company Robinhood is sailing a rising tide of hype after announcing that it will implement zero-fee cryptocurrency trading. Whether it’s to the tune of huge gains or crushing losses, account holders can use their platform to speculate on bitcoin starting next month, and won’t pay any fees to do so. Just as cryptocurrency traders might have their preferred coins, they also have their favorite exchanges for buying them. Robinhood is a five-year-old smartphone-based no-fee platform for trading stocks and ETFs. It boasts mainstream street cred as a member of the Securities Investor Protection Corporation that’s registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Last year 2 million people…