U.S. crude futures turn positive after historic plunge, Brent falls

Investing.com | April 21, 2020

U.S. oil prices hobbled back into positive territory on Tuesday after sinking below $0 for the first time ever, but international benchmark Brent dipped as the global coronavirus crisis severely reduces demand for crude.
U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude for May delivery (CLc1) was up $38.99 in thin trade at $1.36 a barrel by 0622 GMT after settling down at a discount of $37.63 a barrel in the previous session.
The May contract expires on Tuesday and the more-active June contract rose 94 cents, or 4.6%, to $21.37 a barrel.
Global benchmark Brent crude for June delivery was down 48 cents, or 1.9%, at $25.09 per barrel.
"Demand destruction from COVID-19 will see a slower than expected reopening of the U.S. economy," said Edward Moya, senior market analyst at broker OANDA, predicting a weak period for oil prices. "The WTI crude June contract was able to hold the $20 a barrel level and is seeing a modest gain following the painful rollover of the May contract."

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ZIL MONEY CORPORATION PARTNERS WITH FISERV

ZIL MONEY | March 11, 2022

Zil Money Corporation announces its partnership with Fiserv, a global technology provider of financial service solutions. Zil Money, the parent company of onlinecheckwriter.com, will now offer the lowest cost credit card processing in the industry using Clover Connect. CEO and Founder of Zil Money, Sabeer Nelli states "We will meet or beat any price" when it comes to customers receiving payments using Fiserv solutions. Clover Connect is Fiserv's integration portal that will enable Zil Money customers to transform their software into an ultimate business management tool. Point of Sale systems will be made available to Zil customers to accept payments at lower costs to the business owner and seamlessly track sales with integration to their existing reports all in one place. Clover Connect cleverly uses its slogan "Powerful alone, better together" to emphasize the streamlined businesses' successes with their partners. This integrated payments approach as a solution to better serve Zil Money's current customers creates a more powerful union. Fiserv is one of the largest payments processors worldwide, moving money and information for thousands of financial institutions and millions of individuals and businesses, the company says. Fiserv helps more than 12,000 banks, credit unions, mortgage lenders and leasing companies, investment firms, and other business clients deliver financial services. According to their website, they have 1.4 billion accounts on file, working with six million merchant locations, and enable 100 million digital banking users. ZilMoney.com is a B2B account payable and receivable platform that offers integration with your bank or to open a FDIC insured bank account using their cloud banking options or through their zilbank.com platform. Zil Money offers expense cards, vendor management, cloud-based approval flow, auto reconcile, positive pay, and more. Since 2019, Zil Money has acquired more than 390,000 customers into their platform and processed over $27 billion in transactions. One million beneficiaries of their system stand to gain from their new credit card processing partnership. The partnership between Zil Money and Fiserv will strengthen the platform enabling businesses to process payments using credit solutions that drive sales faster and more efficiently. By adding this new tool, the Company's flagship platform, Online Check Writer, continues to underscore its all-in-one approach for small to medium-sized businesses.

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CapIntel Partners with Canadian Financial Services Leader Equitable Life® to Enhance Experience for Financial Advisors and Customers

CapIntel | January 25, 2022

CapIntel, a financial technology (Fintech) company that supports wholesalers and financial advisors in their day-to-day workflow to deliver top-tier client service, today announced a partnership with Equitable Life. Leading companies are constantly evaluating how to remain relevant and thrive as the world evolves, and this partnership demonstrates Equitable Life’s commitment to constantly push what best-practice looks like in the financial services industry. For more than 100 years Equitable Life has worked with advisors to support Canadians with their financial goals. As a mutual company, with no other competing interests, Equitable Life’s duty and priority rests only with clients. CapIntel’s intuitive platform is helping Equitable Life meet this commitment by enabling wholesalers and financial advisors to build, analyze, and compare portfolios and deliver personalized recommendations. The CapIntel platform streamlines these processes helping wholesalers and financial advisors have stronger, more transparent conversations with clients leading to the best client results. “We are committed to continuously finding ways to leverage technology for the benefit of our clients and partners,” said Cam Crosbie VP, Savings and Retirement at Equitable Life of Canada. “CapIntel provides an intuitive, powerful platform that our wholesalers and advisor partners can use to grow their business by focusing on the client experience and cultivating meaningful relationships.” The Equitable Life partnership comes at the heels of CapIntel’s partnership with IG Wealth Management and a strategic relationship with The Canada Life Assurance Company (Canada Life). This momentum signals accelerated movement among Canadian financial services leaders increasing their work with fintech companies to enhance advisor and client experience. “Having a Canadian mutual financial services leader, like Equitable Life, use CapIntel to boost wholesaler and financial advisor effectiveness is a testament to our platform’s value,” said James Rockwood, Founder and CEO of CapIntel. “In this digital age, there is an increased desire amongst financial services companies to work more effectively using technology. Established financial services companies are advancing their capabilities through partnerships with fintechs, and we are proud to support these companies and accelerate their digital evolution.” With over 10,000 financial advisors and 500 wholesalers now using the CapIntel platform, Canadians are experiencing the benefits of working with financial advisors who provide an efficient, personalized, and transparent experience. As this momentum in the financial services industry continues, CapIntel will continue to develop the platform to meet the needs of wholesalers and financial advisors. Most recently, this included the addition of a client focused reforms (CFR) module released in Q4 of 2021 to support financial advisors with new compliance regulations. About CapIntel CapIntel is a Toronto-based financial technology company leading the way in developing intuitive, web-based applications for financial professionals. Founded in 2017, CapIntel has been on a mission to elevate personal finance, and a significant part of this means growing wealth through investments. CapIntel's platform helps financial advisors provide better service to their clients so they can get a better understanding of their investments and feel at ease knowing their future is secured. With over 10,000 advisors and 3 of the 5 Big Banks in Canada on their platform, CapIntel is transforming the advisor-client experience. About Equitable Life Canadians have turned to Equitable Life since 1920 to protect what matters most. We work with independent advisors across Canada to offer individual insurance, savings & retirement, and group benefits solutions to meet your needs. Equitable Life is not your typical financial services company. We have the knowledge, experience and ability to find solutions that work for you. We’re friendly, caring and interested in helping. As a mutual company, we are not driven by shareholder pressures for quarterly results. This allows us to focus on management strategies that foster prudent long-term growth, continuity and stability. We are dedicated to meeting our commitments to clients – now and in the future.

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Online Fundraising Platform, Classy, Launches Crypto Giving Powered by Coinbase Commerce

Classy | June 20, 2022

Today, Classy, an online fundraising platform that provides easy and intuitive technology for nonprofits, announces the launch of Crypto Giving. Through an integration with Coinbase Commerce, nonprofit organizations on Classy's platform can receive donations for multiple types of cryptocurrency, as easily as they can accept donations through credit cards, ACH, PayPal or Venmo. Classy's Crypto Giving product allows nonprofits to tap into a new cohort of philanthropic supporters looking to make a difference by donating their cryptocurrency. Crypto Giving makes it easy for them to donate and equally as easy for a nonprofit to accept the donation. Unlike other cryptocurrency offerings for the nonprofit sector, Classy's offering is built directly into the core giving platform, meaning the option to give in cryptocurrency like Bitcoin or Ethereum, lives right on the organization's donation page and is available across multiple campaign types. And because Crypto Giving is built directly into Classy Pay, Classy's nonprofit payment processing tool, transaction reporting happens directly in-product, alongside all other donations. This offering for Classy's customers comes at a time when cryptocurrency donations have seen an uptick in mainstream activity, such as $60M in cryptocurrency donated as a result of the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine. While the world of cryptocurrency is evolving quickly, Crypto Giving positions nonprofits to tap into this network of donors as it becomes increasingly ubiquitous. The addition of cryptocurrency to our portfolio of payment options is representative of Classy's continued efforts to develop the most impactful and purposeful fundraising technology, No other nonprofit fundraising solution has this type of functionality, across multiple campaigns, built natively into their platform. Nonprofits can now tap into new networks of donors and drive higher conversion rates, all with an easy back-end experience that provides almost immediate data." Christopher Himes, CEO of Classy. At launch, cryptocurrency donors will also be given the option to help offset the environmental impact of their donation by making a one-off individual environmental offset donation via Offset Alliance. Offset Alliance is a certified B Corp that helps make it simple to take measurable and meaningful climate action. Crypto donations have become an increasingly popular and effective way for nonprofits to raise funds. Accepting crypto as an additional donation option allows nonprofits to reach a wider base of donors, and offers consumers more flexibility when donating to causes they care about. We're thrilled that Coinbase Commerce is powering Classy's Crypto Giving solution and we're excited to see more donors drive positive impact through crypto." Coinbase Commerce Product Manager Roy Zhang. About Classy Classy, an affiliate of GoFundMe, is a Public Benefit Corporation and giving platform that enables nonprofits to connect supporters with the causes they care about. Classy's platform provides powerful and intuitive fundraising tools to convert and retain donors. Since 2011, Classy has helped nonprofits mobilize and empower the world for good by helping them raise nearly $4 billion. Classy also hosts the Collaborative conference and the Classy Awards to spotlight the innovative work nonprofits are implementing around the globe.

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ixFintech Group Limited Announces Launch of ixWallet 2.0 and Plans to Launch New Asset-backed TeaCoin

ixFintech | December 22, 2021

IX Fintech Group Limited (ixFintech) is honoured to announce the successful integration of privacy identity authentication and post quantum computing security into ixWallet to safeguard users' identity against cybersecurity risk. In Q1 2022, the company also aims to launch ixPoint, the company's first-ever reward point scheme, as well as the first asset-backed TeaCoin. The new version of ixWallet comes with two new indexes: ixBitcoin and ixEthereum. These indexes in combination with ixCrypto Index facilitate easy comparison of the performance of the whole Crypto market versus the performance of Bitcoin and Ethereum. ixWallet 2.0 offers more efficient and flexible KYC (Know Your Customer) processes depending on the users’ needs and usage. “The ixWallet 2.0 marks a momentous milestone in our development journey to provide enhanced protection for our customers’ valuable digital assets. In addition to serving users who want anonymity while satisfying regulators’ requirements on KYC and security, ixWallet 2.0 allows users to choose whether they want to conduct full KYC for regulated activities through its settings,” said Irene Wong, the founder and CEO of ixFintech. This launching event also records a successful collaboration with Polydigi Tech Ltd for its pending patent on the world’s first Anti-Authorised Push Payment (Anti-App) scams and phishing Digital ID authentication s-Factr™ solution and IronCAP, a code-based cryptographic technology by 01 Communique Laboratory Inc as announced in Q2 2021. These technologies are likely to make ixWallet 2.0 the safest digital wallet in the world. The company is also excited to announce the successful completion of the Proof-Of-Concept Project (PoC Project) on the world’s first audited Tea Cake Tokenisation. The Financial Services and the Treasury Bureau (FSTB) launched the Fintech Proof-of-Concept Subsidy Scheme (the “PoC Scheme”) aiming to encourage traditional financial institutions (the “FIs”) to partner up with Fintech companies to conduct the PoC Project on innovative financial service products. An asset-backed token is a digital token based on blockchain technology that derives its value based on the underlying asset. Coin holders may benefit from the liquidity and price performance of the token in the secondary market. The TeaCoin was designed with the traditional tea cake in mind and is available on ixWallet 2.0 for users to understand asset tokenisation. In the future, investors can store TeaCoins on ixWallet and this will allow them to safeguard their assets until they need to transfer such assets to another party or use them to redeem a real physical tea cake from the tea company. About IX Fintech IX Fintech Group is a Hong Kong based digital assets award winning company, including HK FinTech Awards, HK FinTech Impetus Awards, IFTA Awards and TADS Awards. The company’s mission is to bridge the traditional finance and new digital finance in a secured and compliant way. In the past 3 years, the Group won awards in different areas including cross boarder payment solution, blockchain technology, wealth management and trading platform etc. IX Fintech Group created a DEFI machine, DAEM (Digital Asset Exchange Machine) and ixWallet both installed with post quantum computing security, and the Bitcoin Lei see, all world’s first in the market. The whole system is truly decentralized, to provide users an “instant trading- instant settled” into clients’ unique wallet new and better experience, eliminating all middle parties default risk. ixWallet 2.0 newly released is a truly distributed ledger wallet that enables users to manage not only cryptos but other kinds of digital assets. Transactions are transparent and can be checked from public proven websites. ixWallet2.0 is protected from phishing. It is equipped with the next generation OTP solution. IX Asia Indexes Company Limited (“IX Asia Indexes”) is a wholly owned subsidiary of the IX Fintech Group. Aiming to become one of the leading index compilers in Asia, its services in the areas of both real and digital assets cover index consultancy, index design, index calculation and dissemination, and index education. It is missioned to bring transparency and standardization to the digital asset and tokenisation world through building an investment-grade and rules-based benchmarks. IX Asia Indexes launched the award winning ixCrypto Index (IXCI) in 2018, followed by two new Indexes ixBitcoin (IXBI) and ixEthereum (IXEI) Index to complete the ixCrypto Index Series in early 2021. They are currently available in 85 countries via Nasdaq and IX Asia Indexes Company data feed to Bloomberg, Reuters, banks institutions and information vendors. Real time index is disseminated every 15 second interval from Hong Kong Time 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.. An index advisory committee with representation from different industries to ensure the professionality and impartiality of the index methodologies and operations. About Polydigi Tech Following an invitation from the United Kingdom Department of International Trade, Polydigi Tech established its Headquarter in Edinburgh, Scotland in 2019. Polydigi Tech is an innovative cybersecurity company that specialises in cutting-edge identity verification technologies. To counter the ever-growing risk of cyber-threats, Polydigi Tech has developed various patented and patent-pending innovative solutions including mobile phone based multi-factor authentication, biometric authentication, and hardware protection for IoT devices and networks. About 01 Communique Established in 1992, 01 Communique (TSX-V: ONE; OTCQB: OONEF) has always been at the forefront of technology. The Company’s cyber security business unit focuses on post-quantum cybersecurity with the development of its IronCAP™ technology. IronCAP™’s patent-pending cryptographic system is an advanced Goppa code-based post-quantum cryptographic technology that can be implemented on classical computer systems as we know them today while at the same time can also safeguard against attacks in the future post-quantum world of computing. The Company’s remote access business unit provides its customers with a suite of secure remote access services and products under its I’m InTouch and I’m OnCall product offerings.

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