Jack Ma’s Ant to Apply for Key License as Soon as This Month

The People’s Bank of China intends to accept Ant’s application to become a financial holding company once it’s submitted and will then start a review process, which could take months, said the people, asking not to be identified discussing a private matter. Officials will examine Ant’s capital strength and business plans, as well as the … Read more

Ex-Bankers’ Study-Abroad Startup Nears $ 1 Billion Unicorn Status

Owl Ventures led the round, with Steadview Capital and Paramark Ventures as well as existing investors Jungle Ventures and Sequoia Capital India participating, the company, known by its brand name Leap, said Wednesday in a statement. Its valuation has doubled since a September fundraising and is nearing $ 1 billion, co-founder Vaibhav Singh, 37, said … Read more

Bitcoin Holds Above $ 20,000 After Week of Forced Crypto Selling

Marcus Sotiriou, an analyst at GlobalBlock, pointed to the Glassnode data to say that “a macro bottom, or temporary bottom, could be close,” according to a note on Monday. Altcoins have not suffered the same “cascade in liquidations” as Bitcoin and Ether, which are the tokens primarily used as collateral for leveraged positions, he said.

Biden Says US Recession Avoidable After Call With Ex-Treasury Secretary Summers

(Bloomberg) – President Joe Biden reiterated that a US recession is not “inevitable” following a conversation with former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers, who sees a significant chance the country will find itself battling stagflation. “I was talking to Larry Summers this morning, and there’s nothing inevitable about a recession,” Biden told reporters Monday at Rehoboth … Read more