Fintech News: March 17th, 2017

This week: the Bitcoin ETF was rejected last Friday, and alternative cryptocurrencies are rallying, China’s winner-takes-all fintech market, and $SNAP’s IPO could encourage private unicorns to make the jump and go public.

Ethereum Price Tear Continues Setting All Time Highs (CoinDesk)

Ethereum, a bitcoin alternative, rallied 230% this week. The cryptocurrency’s main feature is “Smart Contracts,” which automatically execute when the conditions are met. That’s obviously useful for businesses, and JP Morgan, Intel, and Microsoft are experimenting with it. This week, it rallied from $15 to a peak of $50 as speculators questioned Bitcoin’s ability to remain the dominant cryptocurrency.

Alibaba, Tencent to Get Most of China Fintech (Investopedia)

The Chinese fintech market is predicted to grow to $67 Billion by 2020, and it appears the giant tech companies are going to reap most of the profits.

Snapchat Means IPO Ice Age is About to End (Forbes)

The most valuable private tech companies in the country – Airbnb, Uber, etc – have avoided IPOs at all costs for the past few years. Now, Snapchat’s (relative) success could encourage them to change course and go public.

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