World funding in blockchain and cryptocurrencies leapt within the first half of 2021, with US$8.7 billion raised and 548 offers sealed, based on consulting agency KMPG’s newest Pulse of Fintech H1’21 report.
- World fintech funding in H1 2021 reached US$98 billion in 2,456 offers, in comparison with US$121.5 billion for the entire of 2020, based on KMPG.
- KMPG stated the investor base for the crypto trade had broadened, with substantial sums of institutional cash flowing into the sector. VC funding was significantly sturdy, with a number of firms elevating greater than US$100 million in funding rounds. The businesses embody BlockFi (US$350 million), Paxos (US$300 million), Blockchain.com (US$300 million) and Bitso (US$250 million).
- In Asia, a number of crypto unicorns have been born this yr. Hong Kong-based cryptocurrency change FTX raised US$900 million in a series-B funding spherical to succeed in a valuation of US$18 billion. Different Hong Kong unicorns included blockchain gaming firm Animoca Brands and crypto finance agency Amber Group, which raised US$138.88 million and US$100 million respectively.
- For the remainder of 2021, KPMG predicts that the crypto trade will proceed to mature, that the excellence between cryptocurrencies and the usage of blockchain applied sciences will grow to be stronger, that regulatory scrutiny will improve, and that cryptocurrency exchanges will evolve to deal with areas akin to non-fungible tokens.
- China, which has clamped down on cryptocurrencies this yr, is leading the central bank digital currency race. “Between its digital currency and Belt and Road Initiative, China may create an actual different to the supremacy of the U.S. greenback over time. Whereas the digital foreign money initiative is comparatively small scale now — nonetheless within the testing section — it has quite a lot of potential,” stated Laszlo Peter, head of blockchain companies, Asia-Pacific at KPMG Australia within the report. “With nations from areas akin to Africa and Southeast Asia signing commerce agreements with China and doubtlessly accepting the digital yuan as a mode of clearing commerce, it may achieve traction rapidly. It’s going to be a vital space to observe over the subsequent few years.”
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