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Andrew Brown AKA Doctor Troller Becomes Top 3 Richest NFT Artist With Net Worth Of £280 Million GBP

Doctor Troller

Chelsea-based digital artist "Doctor Troller" is the alter ego of a creative street troller and prankster borne from the streets of London. Doctor Troller is currently one of the world's top 3 richest NFT artists, with a net worth valued at £280 million GBP in 2023. The crypto artist made headlines in April 2021 when he sold £20,000 GBP worth of NFTs in 20 seconds after launching his digital artwork online. What's Doctor Troller's Real Name? Doctor Troller's real name is Andrew Brown. Doctor Troller's Bio & Background Born and raised in London, digital artist and prankster Andrew "Doctor Troller" Brown is known for his disruptive visual and multimedia art style. Based in Chelsea, his inflammatory videos and surreal digital art pieces are designed to ignite controversy and spark debate. A troller from birth, the artist had a strong affinity for art as a child. Although he didn't draw or paint, his dyslexia drove him to innovate beyond traditional art forms, bridging art and body together. Doctor Troller has described his creative drive as "a passion of expression through physical action to trigger controversy" - in other words, he creates controversial art specifically to enjoy its reactions. Doctor Troller's Net Worth Doctor Troller's net worth rose to £200 million GBP in 2021 due to the boom in NFT (Non-Fungible Token) popularity. Although it isn't known exactly how much Doctor Troller was making before, we know that his source of wealth stems primarily from being an avid Cryptocurrency investor and NFT artist. Despite the recent drop in Bitcoin valuations, Doctor Troller has become one of the top 3 richest NFT artists in the world. Doctor Troller's Crypto Art Doctor Troller's NFT crypto art is typically sold via NFT marketplaces, like OpenSea. However, as the recent record-breaking £69.3 million GBP NFT sale for Beeple's crypto art at Christie's Auction House proves, an appetite for crypto art exists in the traditional art world. Doctor Troller's art pieces are usually conceived as a video before developing into varying forms of digital art. The digital artist often depicts real life interactions between himself and female characters in startling, controversial forms within unusual settings that provoke powerful emotional reactions and kindle debate. Often these forms are sexually provocative and explicit. Some of Doctor Troller's recent crypto art pieces include 'Booty Shot', a unique piece of risqué, tongue-in-cheek animated NFT art designed in London. This piece deconstructs its title: the urban slang and filmmaking term 'Booty Shot'. In typical self-portraiture style, 'Booty Shot' sees Doctor Troller himself appear in the image, as in the majority of his other NFT art works. Another recent piece is 'Lightzilla', a suggestive moving-image work presents a comic-book style scene featuring the artist voyeuristically spectating from behind an unknown woman as she — either in pain or pleasure — massages her leg calves with an electric gun. 'Leather's Babe' is another unique NFT art piece by Doctor Troller, is a controversial moving image artwork. As per Brown's typical surreal, inflammatory artistic style, the piece is intended to spark debate as to whether the woman in question is being empowered or degraded. Doctor Troller and Global Press Coverage Andrew "Doctor Troller" Brown has been featured in a number of leading world media websites and news publications including the Evening Standard, The Daily Mail and Yahoo! Finance, among others. Doctor Troller made headlines in May 2021 after an "experiment in human nature" led to thousands of pounds of art being stolen from his open-air 'Honest Gallery'. Brown, who set up the Honest Gallery in Soho's Berwick Street, left four works of art hanging beside a collection box asking art lovers to pay what they could for pieces they wanted. CCTV footage from the London venue showed the first piece was stolen within an hour and all four pieces were gone by the end of the afternoon. Even the gallery signs were taken. All proceeds from the box were set to go to charity: the organisers honoured the promise and made a donation. Brown also made headlines in April 2021 when he sold £20,000 GBP of NFTs in 20 seconds after launching his animated artwork online. He released his new collection of 40 works for £500 GBP each on doctortroller.com, with items from each pool getting snapped up in seconds. With bold stylised images and sexual caricatures, Brown has gained nearly 1m social media followers, with his net worth steadily growing in value week to week. His vibrant digital art pieces have almost 100k views apiece. Artist Andrew Brown said: "The future of art is digital, and the lockdown has certainly sped up the transition away from physical artworks. This has been a great experience for me and should open up new opportunities for artists to be able to monetise their content outside of the traditional gallery model." Doctor Troller and NFTs We all witnessed Bitcoin suddenly plunge 30% to near £30,000 GBP in May 2021, which was an all time low in the midst of a major sell-off in the cryptocurrency market. However, this significant drop in Bitcoin value did not make a dent in Doctor Troller's net worth. Even though Brown's exact net worth isn't known, the skyrocketing popularity of NFTs gives us a pretty good picture. Even before 2021, Doctor Troller was already a wealthy NFT and cryptocurrency investor. But now, with Brown's net worth valued at over £280million GBP, he has become one of the top 3 wealthiest NFT artists inexistence. History in the making. Doctor Troller recently released his latest series of digital art videos entitled 'A Troller's Parable'. Contact Details Doctor Troller Ltd Andrew Brown +44 333 355 3548 money@moneysource.com

May 22, 2024 11:21 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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TRON DAO at DC Blockchain Summit

TRON DAO

Geneva, Switzerland, May 22, 2024 – TRON DAO, a leading innovator in blockchain technology, showcased its prowess as a Silver Sponsor at the prestigious DC Blockchain Summit held in Washington DC on May 15, 2024. This pivotal event gathered the most influential figures in blockchain and digital assets to engage with top policymakers and regulators, shaping the discourse on the future of blockchain technology. Engagement and Advocacy in the Capital The DC Blockchain Summit is renowned for its focus on connecting leaders within the blockchain space with key policymakers to advocate for the technology’s potential and address regulatory challenges. As a Silver Sponsor, TRON DAO played a crucial role in these discussions, emphasizing the need for a regulatory framework that supports innovation and growth within the blockchain sector. Panel Discussion on Blockchain for Social Good Highlighting the conference was a panel discussion featuring Dave Uhryniak, Ecosystem Development Leader at TRON DAO, who spoke on the topic "Blockchain for Social Good" on May 15th from 3:20-3:40 PM. Moderated by Jackie Price, Marketing and Communications Advisor at The Digital Chamber, the discussion provided a platform to explore how blockchain technology can drive social impact globally. Dave Uhryniak began by defining "social good" to set the stage for the discussion. He then shared several use cases and stories of companies leveraging blockchain technology to enhance social welfare: Uhryniak emphasized the global impact of blockchain technology, steering the conversation away from US-centric political issues and focusing on how blockchain fulfills its original purpose of improving lives worldwide. Networking and Strategic Collaborations A significant aspect of the event was the successful networking opportunities with various projects and leaders in the blockchain community. These interactions fostered discussions about potential collaborations, reinforcing TRON DAO’s strategic position within the global blockchain landscape. Future Commitments and Outlook Looking ahead, TRON DAO remains dedicated to playing a significant role in shaping the blockchain landscape through ongoing dialogue with policymakers and continued participation in key industry events. The insights gained and relationships forged at the DC Blockchain Summit will aid TRON DAO in its efforts to advance blockchain technology and advocate for policies that benefit the wider digital asset community. For more updates on TRON DAO’s initiatives and future engagements, please follow our social media platforms and stay connected with the evolving blockchain ecosystem. About TRON DAO TRON DAO is a community-governed DAO dedicated to accelerating the decentralization of the internet via blockchain technology and dApps. Founded in September 2017 by H.E. Justin Sun, the TRON network has continued to deliver impressive achievements since MainNet launch in May 2018. July 2018 also marked the ecosystem integration of BitTorrent, a pioneer in decentralized Web3 services boasting over 100 million monthly active users. The TRON network has gained incredible traction in recent years. As of May 2024, it has over 230.22 million total user accounts on the blockchain, more than 7.64 billion total transactions, and over $22.12 billion in total value locked (TVL), as reported on TRONSCAN. In addition, TRON hosts the largest circulating supply of USD Tether (USDT) stablecoin across the globe, overtaking USDT on Ethereum since April 2021. The TRON network completed full decentralization in December 2021 and is now a community-governed DAO. Most recently in October 2022, TRON was designated as the national blockchain for the Commonwealth of Dominica, which marks the first time a major public blockchain partnered with a sovereign nation to develop its national blockchain infrastructure. On top of the government’s endorsement to issue Dominica Coin (“DMC”), a blockchain-based fan token to help promote Dominica’s global fanfare, seven existing TRON-based tokens - TRX, BTT, NFT, JST, USDD, USDT, TUSD, have been granted statutory status as authorized digital currency and medium of exchange in the country. TRONNetwork | TRONDAO | Twitter | YouTube | Telegram | Discord | Reddit | GitHub | Medium | Forum Media Contact Hayward Wong press@tron.network Contact Details Hayward Wong press@tron.network Company Website https://trondao.org/

May 22, 2024 09:34 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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BenevolentAI and AstraZeneca Advance Heart Failure Treatment Discovery

BenevolentAI

BenevolentAI Co-Founder Dr. Ivan Griffin shared exciting news with Proactive's Steve Darling regarding the company's collaboration with AstraZeneca. Through this partnership, AstraZeneca has incorporated a novel target for Heart Failure into its discovery portfolio, thanks to BenevolentAI's AI-driven drug discovery platform. Dr. Griffin emphasized that this achievement marks a significant milestone, as it represents the first target selected from the extended collaboration with AstraZeneca. This underscores the positive progress in Target Identification within the field of Heart Failure treatment. The collaboration between BenevolentAI and AstraZeneca began in 2019, initially focusing on discovering potential treatments for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and chronic kidney disease. Building on this success, the collaboration expanded in January 2022 to include Heart Failure and Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, showcasing the versatility of BenevolentAI's platform across multiple therapeutic areas. One of the key strengths of this collaboration is its innovative structure, which brings together scientists and technologists from both companies to work collaboratively. By combining BenevolentAI's AI-driven platform and biomedical knowledge with AstraZeneca's scientific expertise, the collaboration has yielded novel and robust Target Identification strategies. Overall, the advancement in Heart Failure treatment discovery reflects the commitment of BenevolentAI and AstraZeneca to leveraging cutting-edge technology and collaborative efforts to address unmet medical needs and improve patient outcomes. Contact Details Proactive North America +1 604-688-8158 NA-editorial@proactiveinvestors.com

May 22, 2024 09:25 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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NAVEX Releases 2024 Regional Whistleblowing & Incident Management Benchmark Report

NAVEX Global

NAVEX, the global leader in integrated risk and compliance management software, has released its 2024 Regional Whistleblowing & Incident Management Benchmark Report. A deeper dive into the global data, it offers valuable insights into workplace culture by analysing 1.86 million global reports spanning 3,784 organisations that together employ more than 50 million employees. NAVEX analysed its global 2023 data by four main regions: Europe, North America, South America, and Asia Pacific (APAC). “Understanding how regional differences may impact the level and types of incident reporting is a key component of evaluating the effectiveness of a whistleblower program. Consistent analysis and benchmarking of whistleblowing hotline data empowers organisations to take action and evaluate their risk and compliance programs,” says Carrie Penman, Chief Risk and Compliance Officer at NAVEX. “NAVEX remains the gold standard in risk and compliance data analytics, continually innovating our benchmarks to enhance corporate compliance programs and offer insights into the trending risk areas. New this year, we analysed critical third-party reporting trends in our research to involve a group that represents a diverse and distinct view. In this way, business leaders will better understand how to nurture ethical culture throughout the business including the supply chain.” Europe-based organisations saw a larger share of reports from third parties In a first for this report, NAVEX analysed its database by both employees and third-party reporters. Europe-based organisations appear to have received a larger share of their reports from third parties than peers based elsewhere in 2023 (apart from South America, where some metrics in this analysis are subject to greater swings). This may be related to a greater focus on third-party due diligence in Europe driven by regulations such as the German Supply Chain Due Diligence Act (commonly referred to as LkSG), the European Union’s Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive, and sanctions regimes. Third-party reporters are less likely to be anonymous than employees across almost all measures, but some nuances remain. For example, organisations based in Europe and APAC have roughly the same anonymity rate for employees, but third parties were more likely to stay anonymous when reporting to an organisation based in APAC. The Substantiation Rate (the rate of reports that when investigated prove to be correct or partially correct) for third-party reports made to organisations based in Europe was actually better than the rate for employees in 2023 – a surprising finding given the decreased proximity third-party reporters have to the organisation, its policies, and training. European headquartered organisations received the greatest share of reports of Bribery and Corruption The greatest share of reports pertaining to Bribery and Corruption by headquarters were for those based in Europe, which also showed a 10% year-over-year increase; 1.78% of reports in 2023 compared to 1.62% in 2022. Conversely, when looking at this category by report origination, reports in North America and Europe were far less likely than in APAC and especially South America to involve this Risk Type. March and October are peak months Interestingly, report volume is typically lower in the summer months. This appears true when looking at reporting by company headquarter location and by the region in which a report originated. Reporting shows two peaks across regions and measures – March and October. Europe shows increase in reporting…except the UK There were expectations that the implementation of the European Union Whistleblower Protection Directive would increase internal reporting activity across Europe, given that the regulation requires a wide swath of organisations to implement internal reporting systems. Data shows median Reports per 100 Employees is indeed increasing across mainland Europe. However, for the UK – notably not an EU member state and thus not subject to the Directive – report volumes fell. Comparing 2022 to 2023, organisations based in Europe saw median Reports per 100 Employees increase from 0.53 to 0.63, while in the UK, those values decreased from 0.53 to 0.43. This trend may change as the nation considers updates to its own internal reporting regulations, a process still under discussion in Parliament. Workplace Civility reports for European-based organisations more than doubled Workplace Civility issues (bad behaviour, bullying or abuse of power) experienced a major increase in frequency for organisations based in Europe; reports jumped 123% (2022 versus 2023). This trend was also evident in Europe by region of report origination, which experienced an 83% increase. By both measures, all regions saw this Risk Type grow year-over-year, yet Europe was particularly notable. Retaliation reports still low but are on the rise Finally, although always relatively low, retaliation reports represented a greater share of reports made for all four geographies in 2023 than in 2022, both in terms of headquarters and report origination region. Among the greatest increases were for organisations based in Europe, which saw a noticeable rise in frequency. Individuals who experience retaliation are much less likely to report again to the same channel, and this is likely a factor in the low overall volume of these types of reports. When reporters feel they cannot safely speak up internally, they may turn to an external regulator, revealing the need to address misconduct directly and for organisational change. Noting the protections provided to whistleblowers in various regulatory regimes, and that the EU Directive places the burden of proof on the organisation - not the reporter - proactive retaliation prevention processes are becoming more important than ever. Join our webinar for more insights on the 2024 Regional Whistleblowing & Incident Management Benchmark Report. NAVEX is trusted by thousands of customers worldwide to help them achieve the business outcomes that matter most. As the global leader in integrated risk and compliance management software and services, we deliver solutions through the NAVEX One platform, the industry’s most comprehensive governance, risk, and compliance (GRC) information system. For more information, visit NAVEX.com and our blog. Follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn. Contact Details NAVEX anita.lo@navex.com Company Website https://navex.com

May 22, 2024 09:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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UnifyApps secures $11Mn to transform enterprise integrations with generative AI

UnifyApps

The average enterprise uses nearly 400 SaaS applications that are not connected to each other, leading to data silos and scattered insights across the organization. In a significant move to streamline this process, UnifyApps has announced an $11 million seed funding round to build a unified integration platform that will allow enterprises to create custom applications 10x faster, build workflow automations and sync data between applications in real-time. The funding, led by Elevation Capital, along with participation from the founders and angel investors, underscores the growing demand for real-time connectivity between applications in the enterprise technology landscape. UnifyApps was co-founded by Pavitar Singh (CEO), who served as the CTO at NYSE-listed enterprise software company Sprinklr, along with Sumeet Nandal (COO), Abhishek Kurana (CPO), Rachit Mittal (CTO), Abhinav Singi (VP Engineering), Rahul Anishetty (VP Engineering), Kavish Manubolu (VP Engineering) and Shivam Satrawal (VP Product Management). The idea for UnifyApps was born after the founders realized that enterprise companies lacked a solution for seamless app integration, leaving tremendous untapped value from cost optimizations and efficiency gains. Pavitar Singh, CEO of UnifyApps, said, "The rapid adoption of SaaS applications has led to building silos within the organization with each team using their own set of tools which are not connected to the rest of the organization. Our vision is to change this by making integration simple and accessible, enhancing experiences for both customers and employees". What sets UnifyApps apart is its comprehensive approach to integration, addressing four critical areas: data sync, workflow automation, no-code application development, and the creation of generative AI agents. While competitors may focus on individual areas, UnifyApps offers a holistic solution that delivers a better return on investment (ROI) and lower total cost of ownership (TCO) for customers. Currently, UnifyApps is targeting large, forward-thinking enterprises globally. The platform is designed to be ready for enterprise scale and complexity. Looking ahead, UnifyApps plans to expand its platform to support over 5,000 applications and give organizations the flexibility to build their own custom integrations in less than a day. The company is also committed to advancing the capabilities of generative AI and building fine-tuned, purpose-built LLM-powered agents that will leverage these integrations. "Our goal is to deliver value first products and obsess over customer satisfaction. We want enterprises to truly unlock the full potential of their technology investments. By using UnifyApps, they can unlock a lot of hidden value from their current SaaS ecosystem and propel the next level of growth.” added Pavitar Singh. Mukul Arora, Co-managing Partner, Elevation Capital, said, “We are really excited to partner with Pavitar, who has deep experience in building a large enterprise-focused SaaS business, and was instrumental in growing Sprinklr to a multi-100mn dollar revenue company. With UnifyApps, he wants to build a future where seamless unification across applications and data can help large enterprises automate complex business processes and bring unparalleled efficiency. We believe this can be a massive opportunity and are thrilled to be a part of this journey.” The announcement of UnifyApps' seed funding marks a significant milestone in the company's journey to redefine the SaaS unification landscape. With a strong foundation and a clear vision, UnifyApps is poised to reduce fragmented systems & bridge data silos by enabling teams to build complex applications, automate workflows and unify data across multiple applications. About UnifyApps Unifyapps is a cutting-edge ‘Unified Integration Platform’ powered by generative AI, revolutionizing how enterprises connect disparate applications. Founded in 2023 by Pavitar Singh, along with a team of visionary Co-founders, Unifyapps operates globally with headquarters in India, Dubai, and the US. In its seed round, the company raised $11 million, with funding from Elevation Capital, co-founders, and angel investors. Unifyapps empowers enterprises to create sophisticated applications, automate business workflows, and construct robust data pipelines, catering to the needs of forward-thinking organizations worldwide. Designed for enterprise scalability and complexity, Unifyapps is at the forefront of innovation, transforming the digital landscape with its cutting-edge solutions. About Elevation Capital Elevation Capital is a leading venture capital firm that provides seed and early-stage capital for emerging companies in India. Having invested in India since 2002, Elevation has deployed over $2.6 Bn of capital in 190+ companies. The firm announced its eighth pool of capital of $670 million in April 2022. Co-led by Managing Partners Ravi Adusumalli and Mukul Arora, along with Partners Mridul Arora and Mayank Khanduja, the firm has invested across Consumer Internet, SaaS, Fintech, Consumer Brands, Edtech, Healthtech and Deeptech. Elevation Capital has offices in Bengaluru and Gurgaon. Contact Details UnifyApps Bilal Mahmood +44 7714 007257 b.mahmood@stockwoodstrategy.com Company Website https://www.unifyapps.com/

May 22, 2024 09:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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JustiFi Raises New Capital to Help Platforms Reach Their Fintech Potential

Rally Ventures

JustiFi, the fintech platform for platforms, today announced it raised $10 Million in a funding round co-led by existing investors Rally Ventures, Emergence Capital and Crosslink Capital and a debt facility from Silicon Valley Bank. This infusion of capital underscores JustiFi's dedication to enhancing the fintech capabilities of its expanding roster of platform customers. By seamlessly integrating payments, insurance, and Buy Now, Pay Later (BNPL) solutions into a single, user-friendly Unified Fintech Checkout, JustiFi empowers its clients to streamline their operations and unlock their full fintech potential. With the Unified Fintech Checkout (UFC), platform companies gain access to a comprehensive suite of white-label fintech products ready for deployment to their existing customer base. This empowers platforms to tap into new revenue streams while offering essential fintech solutions to both their customers and the businesses they serve. The UFC's implementation is seamless, utilizing a web component that enables platforms to launch embedded payments, insurance, and BNPL in a single sprint, significantly reducing deployment time from months or even years to just a few weeks. According to a recent Goldman Sachs report, achieving transformative fintech results hinges not only on cutting-edge technology but also on widespread adoption. While an embedded fintech infrastructure lays a solid foundation, for platforms, true success and customer satisfaction stem from comprehensive fintech integration. Recognizing this, JustiFi's Engage™ fintech team works closely with its platform customers to drive fintech activation from onboarding and beyond. Offering a range of services including fintech goal setting, UI and UX design, technical implementation, and go-to-market strategy, JustiFi aims for nothing short of 100% payments adoption for each and every one of their customers. "This new investment underlines the confidence of our investors in JustiFi and our belief that vertical platforms should not only facilitate seamless financial transactions for their customers but also retain the majority of the benefits derived from them," said JustiFi Co-Founder and CEO Joe Keeley. "In a world where fintech integration is a strategic imperative for platforms, JustiFi makes it easy to seamlessly integrate payments and other valuable fintech products." “JustiFi has made huge strides since our initial investment in 2021,” said Justin Kaufenberg, Managing Director at Rally Ventures. “They’ve built an unparalleled fintech platform, put together a world-class team of fintech and SaaS+ veterans and onboarded over 40 platform customers who bring more than $10.6 Billion in annual processing volume. We believe JustiFi represents the future of fintech for platforms and we look forward to the journey ahead.” In other recent news, JustiFi announced the release of 11 cutting-edge web components, providing platforms with an even easier and more customizable method to embed fintech products into their existing ecosystems. Additionally, in November of 2023, JustiFi entered into a new partnership with Sezzle, enabling hundreds of platform companies to offer Buy Now, Pay Later (BNPL) services easier than ever before. For more information about the JustiFi platform, please visit www.justifi.tech. About JustiFi: JustiFi, the fintech platform for platforms, enables software companies to monetize white-label fintech products like embedded payments, Buy Now, Pay Later, lending, and insurance faster than ever before. As a registered payment facilitator, JustiFi offers world-class support, assisting our platform partners in achieving 100% customer activation, while guaranteeing seamless fintech experiences for their end users. Contact Details Rachel Subasic rachel@rallyventures.com Company Website https://justifi.tech/

May 22, 2024 08:03 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Technology Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLK) Continues to be a Mainstay in Technology Investing

Select Sector SPDR

The Technology Select Sector SPDR Fund ( XLK ), with its comprehensive coverage of U.S. technology, remains a pillar in investment strategies for individuals and institutions alike. With its focus on the components of the S&P 500 in technology industries, XLK offers an efficient way to gain exposure to this dynamic sector. The ETF is carefully structured, featuring a roster of technology giants that have shown resilience. The fund's composition reflects substantial holdings in some of the most influential and innovative companies in the U.S. Key Holdings* of the Technology Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLK) Include: Microsoft Corporation (22.59%) Apple Inc (20.41%) Broadcom Inc (4.72%) Nvidia Corporation (4.58%) Salesforce Inc (2.92%) Advanced Micro Devices Inc (2.87%) Adobe Inc (2.35%) Cisco Systems Inc (2.14%) Accenture (2.12%) Qualcomm Incorporated (2.08%) The XLK ETF's large market position is reflective of the sector's ongoing importance and innovation, with total assets surpassing $62 billion and an expense ratio of 0.09%**. Investors looking for diversified exposure to the tech sector will find XLK's concentrated yet comprehensive portfolio alignment appealing. The Technology Select Sector SPDR Fund allows for participation in the exciting XLK ETF composed of these tech behemoths, while offering diversification across multiple technology industries. DISCLAIMER: This is a work of research and should not be taken as investment or financial advice. Therefore, Select Sector SPDRs or the publisher is not liable for any decision made based on the publication. About the Company: Select Sector SPDR ETFs offer flexibility and customization opportunities. Many investors have similar outlooks, but no two are exactly alike. Select Sector SPDR ETFs let investors select the sectors that best meet their investment goals. *Holdings, Weightings & Assets as of 4/30/24 subject to change **Ordinary brokerage fees apply DISCLOSURES The S&P 500 Index is an unmanaged index of 500 common stocks that is generally considered representative of the U.S. stock market. The index is heavily weighted toward stocks with large market capitalizations and represents approximately two-thirds of the total market value of all domestic common stocks. The S&P 500 Index figures do not reflect any fees, expenses or taxes. An investor should consider investment objectives, risks, fees and expenses before investing. One may not invest directly in an index. Transparent ETFs provide daily disclosure of portfolio holdings and weightings All ETFs are subject to risk, including loss of principal. Sector ETF products are also subject to sector risk and nondiversification risk, which generally will result in greater price fluctuations than the overall market. Diversification does not eliminate risk. An investor should consider investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses carefully before investing. To obtain a prospectus, which contains this and other information, call 1-866-SECTOR-ETF (732-8673) or visit www.sectorspdrs.com. Read the prospectus carefully before investing. ALPS Portfolio Solutions Distributor, Inc., a registered broker-dealer, is distributor for the Select Sector SPDR Trust. Media Contact: Company: Select Sector SPDRs Contact: Dan Dolan* Address: 1290 Broadway, Suite 1000, Denver, CO 80203 Country: United States Email: dan.dolan@sectorspdrs.com Website: https://www.sectorspdrs.com/ *Dan Dolan is a Registered Representative of ALPS Portfolio Solutions Distributor, Inc. ALPS Portfolio Solutions Distributor, Inc., a registered broker-dealer, is the distributor for the Select Sector SPDR Trust. SEL007521 EXP 7/31/24 Contact Details Dan Dolan +1 203-935-8103 dan.dolan@sectorspdrs.com Company Website https://www.sectorspdrs.com/

May 22, 2024 05:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Electronic Credit Trading Approaching Inflection Point in IG

Tradeweb

The share of U.S. investment-grade (IG) bonds traded electronically is closing in on 50% this year. The mark is significant – it’s a measure of the success of market makers, venues, and investors in bringing transparency, liquidity, and diverse electronic execution options to the world of corporate credit trading. So, how did we get here? This shift was anything but accidental and did not happen overnight. Behavioral changes by market participants willing to embrace more electronification, the rise of automation and algorithmic trading, the introduction of new trading protocols, and even how these bonds trade have all contributed to this milestone. While voice execution is still the primary choice for larger or more complex trades, we’re witnessing the creative uptake of diverse tools and emergent liquidity pools to manage an increasingly heavy load of credit trading volumes. As I noted in this December blog, a host of market players have, in their own ways, challenged traditional manual trading conventions to establish a vital role for electronic trading in the credit market. Now, as more and more market participants continue to embrace the benefits of electronification, we’ve reached an inflection point in investment-grade markets. Growth of IG electronic trading Consider this – In 2013, just 8% of high-grade bonds and 2% of high-yield bonds outstanding traded electronically. Over the course of the next six years, electronic volume of high-grade bonds persistently edged higher, at an average of about 3% a year. With the onset of Covid and remote work – a digitization accelerant of sorts for fixed income - the share of electronic trading in high-grade bonds increased more rapidly, from 25% in 2019 to about 45% today, according to data provided by Coalition Greenwich. In the past year alone, the share has jumped by 8%. Tradeweb, for our part, has been a strong contributor to this increased adoption, reporting a record 19.7% share of fully electronic U.S. high-grade TRACE in April 2024. The overall volume of investment-grade trading, too, has reached record highs. In April, market-wide U.S. high-grade TRACE average daily volumes were up 50% year-over-year (YoY). The volume we see across IG has played out on our platform, too; in the first quarter of 2024, Tradeweb saw fully electronic U.S. high-grade average daily volumes rise 62% to $6.7 billion from the same period last year. Some of this, of course, is situational. In the current interest rate climate, investment-grade bonds offer attractive relative value to high-yield and some other fixed income products. With the path of interest rates becoming less clear as the year progresses, institutional investors are trying to stay ahead of the Fed by repositioning their IG portfolios for whatever they believe lies ahead. A paradigm shift Still, something more fundamental is happening in terms of electronification. First, institutional investors have grown to rely on electronic trading for improved liquidity, price transparency, and efficiency. Instead of calling every dealer to trade, they can send out a request-for-quote (RFQ) and almost instantaneously get back multiple quotes. They’re also exploring how to electronically trade large baskets of risk in a more efficient manner through Portfolio Trading. Second, dealers right now are applying automation and algorithmic techniques to respond to trade requests and execute specific trades. The buyside is catching on to use of the technology, too. That’s increasing both the volume and velocity of high-grade trading. Third, many firms have been slower to add resources to trade this asset class, despite the uptick in volumes. In response, organizations are taking a harder look at electronic trading for even their more complex trades and portioning some of their business out to electronic trading venues. Lastly, – and this is where Tradeweb comes in – the protocols, platforms, and functionality we use to trade corporate credit are quickly expanding as automation and AI become more embedded in the electronic trading process and we innovate alongside clients to deliver increasingly advanced features. The shifts we’ve seen play out in corporate bond markets – both in terms of behavioral and structural market shifts – wouldn’t have been possible without the introduction of electronic protocols and tools, which have laid the foundation for these changes, and, therefore, have been vital to this progression. Trading protocols – the fundamentals From the launch of the Trade Reporting and Compliance Engine (TRACE) more than two decades ago, to the development of sophisticated modeling techniques for pricing bonds in near real-time, greater price transparency and the increased diversification of electronic protocols have been leading electronic trading to this point. To further illustrate this, we can look at RTX 3.03 03/52 as an example. Through April 2024, this bond went through several different electronic trading protocols on Tradeweb, such as portfolio trades, anonymous RFQs, dealer-to-dealer session-based trading and Rematch. By utilizing multiple different trading protocols, this bond, which only had a liquidity score of 7 on our platform (the maximum being 10), gained exposure to more potential bids and different pools of investors. This example illustrates how using different electronic protocols can encourage increased liquidity, velocity and trading efficiency in the corporate bond space at a pace unheard of a decade ago. While corporate bond traders regularly favor the phone when doing a larger trade, they send out smaller trade sizes electronically because they can do this more efficiently. This trend of electronification and workflow automation of smaller trades – similar to what we saw happen in equity markets – has resulted in more participation, and, thus, more liquidity in IG markets. We’re seeing this in our data on a global scale, too; in the first quarter of 2024, global credit Automated Intelligent Execution (AiEX) average daily trades increased by 70% year-over-year. Tracking high-yield’s progression Meanwhile, the share of high-yield bonds trading electronically remains stuck at about 30%. We can assume that some of the challenges associated with trading high-yield bonds are due to the characteristics of the bonds themselves. High-yield bond deals are often smaller and less liquid than those in the high-grade market, which creates challenges in price discovery/valuation. And credits are often “stories” requiring specialized knowledge of the issuer and a thorough understanding of their operations, which narrows the market of prospective trade partners. Another key consideration for trading high-yield bonds is how they trade. High-yield bonds trade on price as compared to investment-grade bonds which trade on spread to a benchmark U.S. Treasury bond. Therefore, because of this tie-in to the U.S. Treasury market, investment-grade bonds are exposed to a number of intelligent hedging innovations and capabilities that foster more transparency and growth. For example, a significant driver of IG growth on the platform has been Tradeweb’s Net Spotting technology, which nets hedging activity across Tradeweb clients spotting simultaneously. For high-yield bond trading to reach new heights in electronification, markets must continue to embrace electronic tools and protocols in different ways. While the rise of algorithmic trading and portfolio trading have been catalysts for the electronification of IG markets, we have yet to see this play out the same way in HY – a more niche, opaque market. Moreover, an illiquid marketplace poses challenges for market makers who may be less inclined toward price transparency. Still, this market is ripe for more electronification, as advancements in data, algo pricing and technology encourage more efficiency. Room to run While the market is unlikely to abandon voice trading altogether, it will come to depend on technology more and more, in part because it allows those trading credit to offload quotidian trades to electronic venues and focus on those trades requiring a human’s market guile and discretion. In the past five years alone, our markets have seen incredible growth and innovation in the IG markets, with HY following closely behind. I am optimistic about the opportunities that lie ahead in credit markets and look forward to the next five years. About Tradeweb Markets Tradeweb Markets Inc. (Nasdaq: TW) is a leading, global operator of electronic marketplaces for rates, credit, equities and money markets. Founded in 1996, Tradeweb provides access to markets, data and analytics, electronic trading, straight-through-processing and reporting for more than 50 products to clients in the institutional, wholesale and retail markets. Advanced technologies developed by Tradeweb enhance price discovery, order execution and trade workflows while allowing for greater scale and helping to reduce risks in client trading operations. Tradeweb serves more than 2,500 clients in more than 70 countries. On average, Tradeweb facilitated more than $1.5 trillion in notional value traded per day over the past four fiscal quarters. For more information, please go to www.tradeweb.com. Forward-Looking Statements This blog contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Statements related to, among other things, our outlook and future performance, the industry and markets in which we operate, our expectations, beliefs, plans, strategies, objectives, prospects and assumptions and future events are forwardlooking statements. We have based these forward-looking statements on our current expectations, assumptions, estimates and projections. While we believe these expectations, assumptions, estimates and projections are reasonable, such forward-looking statements are only predictions and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond our control. These and other important factors, including those discussed under the heading “Risk Factors” in documents of Tradeweb Markets Inc. on file with or furnished to the SEC, may cause our actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. Given these risks and uncertainties, you are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements contained in this blog are not guarantees of future events or performance and future events, our actual results of operations, financial condition or liquidity, and the development of the industry and markets in which we operate, may differ materially from the forward-looking statements contained in this blog. In addition, even if future events, our results of operations, financial condition or liquidity, and events in the industry and markets in which we operate, are consistent with the forward-looking statements contained in this blog, they may not be predictive of events, results or developments in future periods. Any forward-looking statement that we make in this blog speaks only as of the date of such statement. Except as required by law, we do not undertake any obligation to update or revise, or to publicly announce any update or revision to, any of the forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, after the date of this blog. Contact Details Tradeweb Media Contact Savannah Steele +1 631-655-4225 Savannah.Steele@Tradeweb.com Company Website https://www.tradeweb.com/

May 21, 2024 01:58 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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HTX's BTC Pizza Day Carnival: 10,000 Pizza Coupons and 1 Million USDT Up for Grabs

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Back on May 22, 2010, programmer Laszlo Hanyecz made history by purchasing two pizzas with 10,000 bitcoins. Now, fourteen years later, a mere one ten-thousandth of a bitcoin can buy a pizza. Over the past 14 years, each annual BTC Pizza Day has witnessed the remarkable journey of Bitcoin, along with the significant progress and achievements of the broader crypto community. Starting from this initial deal, Bitcoin has evolved into a globally recognized digital asset today. This development has been made possible through the collaborative efforts and support of numerous developers, investors, and users. In honor of this significant occasion in the crypto space, HTX is launching the BTC Pizza Day Carnival, a week-long celebration filled with exciting events from different business lines such as Spot, Futures, Trade to Earn, and PrimePool. HTX is distributing 10,000 pizza coupons, which can be redeemed at physical pizza stores, and offering a million USDT prize pool to mark this historic milestone and celebrate the continuous advancement and creativity of Bitcoin and its community. More details: https://www.htx.com/en-us/support/64970494545203 Event 1: Grab 10,000 Pizza Coupons by Completing Four Simple Tasks As per HTX's official announcement, users can claim a pizza coupon by completing four tasks. Tasks are as below: 1. Publish a post under the topic #HTXTreatsYouToAPizza in the community from May 21 to May 24, until 16:00 (UTC). 2. Hold ≥100,000,000 $HTX for at least 24 hours from May 20 to May 24, until 16:00 (UTC). 3. Reach a total spot trading volume of any crypto with ≥100 USDT during the event. 4. Reach a total futures trading volume of any crypto with ≥1,000 USDT during the event. * Event Details: https://www.htx.com.tl/en-us/mars/2024pizza Event 2: Refer Friends to Unlock Double Rewards in Mystery Boxes and Earn Twice the Commissions! According to HTX's official announcement, from 16:00 (UTC) on May 20, 2024, to 15:59 (UTC) on May 28, 2024, invite friends to sign up and trade on HTX. Both the inviter and the invitee will have the opportunity to unlock Mystery Boxes with double rewards. Additionally, the inviter also stands a chance to earn twice the commissions. See below for details: 1. During the event period, by inviting friends to sign up on HTX, both the inviter and the invitee will have the opportunity to unlock Mystery Boxes with double rewards when the invitee completes tasks, including logging into the HTX App, spot trading, and futures trading. Additionally, they also stand a chance to earn pizza coupons worth 14 USDT. 2. During the event, if the inviter successfully refers at least three new users who sign up and trade on HTX, they will be eligible to earn double commissions based on the trading fees generated by the invitees. This means the inviter's commissions earned during the event period will be twice the usual amount. 3. Existing users who haven't referred anyone since 16:00 on April 20 are eligible for a special benefit. If these existing users had previously invited new users to sign up on HTX, bringing in new users during the event period will qualify them to earn double commissions. This means they will earn twice the commissions based on the trading fees generated by the invitees' trades during the event period. * Event Details: https://www.htx.co.si/support/en-us/detail/24969990677091 Event 3: Share Investment Stories and Split 400 USDT! In accordance with the announcement made by HTX, from May 15 to 24, 2024 (UTC), participants can share their unique stories and experiences related to HTX by posting under the hashtag #Win400USDTBySharingYourStoryWithHTXSquare in the HTX Community. By participating, they have the opportunity to share a portion of the 400 USDT prize pool, with the top prize capped at 120 USDT per winner. * Event Details: https://square.htx.com/2024/05/15/join-htx-square-in-celebrating-bitcoin-pizza-day-win-prizes-by-sharing-your-stories-with-htx/ Event 4: Celebrate the 14th BTC Pizza Day: Trade Futures and Share 1.4 BTC! Based on the official announcement by HTX, from 10:00 (UTC) on May 17, 2024, to 10:00 (UTC) on May 24, 2024, users will be eligible to share in a prize pool of 1.4 bitcoin by funding their futures account and trading futures. See below for details: 1. During the event, HTX will select 52 Lucky Prize winners from participants who trade BTCUSDT perpetual and reach a cumulative trading volume of ≥ 200,000 USDT. Each winner will receive 522 USDT in futures trial bonuses to celebrate BTC Pizza Day. 2. After completing designated deposit and trading tasks during the event, participants stand a chance to share 1.4 bitcoin in futures trial bonuses. 3. Participants engaging in copy trading during the event will enjoy the benefit of having their trading volume doubled. * Event Details: https://www.htx.com/support/en-us/detail/64970181538428 Event 5: HTX's "Trade to Earn" - Pizza Day Edition: Giving Away 200,000 USDT Daily with Nonstop Rewards in 7*24 Hours! As per HTX's official announcement, to celebrate BTC Pizza Day, HTX is launching a new phase of the "Trade to Earn" event from 12:00:00 (UTC) on May 16, 2024, to 11:59:59 (UTC) on May 23, 2024. By trading BTC/USDT in spot and BTCUSDT Perpetual in futures, users will share a daily prize pool of 200,000 USDT and enjoy nonstop rewards distribution in 7*24 hours. The "Trade to Earn" event is on a daily basis. A day is defined from 12:00 (UTC) on Day T to 11:59 (UTC) on Day T+1. The daily prize pool is divided into 24 portions, with a new portion released every hour. Event rewards will be calculated and updated starting on Day T+2 at 04:00 (UTC). Eligible users can claim their rewards of $HTX after the time. A participant stands a chance to earn up to 100 USDT worth of $HTX per hour during the event. They will not be able to receive additional rewards if either the participant's reward limit or the prize pool limit is reached. Participants must have a Rocket count of ≥ 300 and successfully register on the event page. After registration, participants will receive a random airdrop reward ranging from 1 to 88 USDT in futures trial bonuses. Notably, all net fees generated from trading BTC/USDT in spot and BTCUSDT perpetual in futures during the event will be used for $HTX buybacks and burns to support the stable $HTX appreciation. * Event Details: https://www.htx.com/en-us/mars/web/mining Event 6: Trade Spot Daily to Win an iPad Pro 2024 According to HTX's recent announcement, HTX will be rolling out a limited-time daily spot trading event from 16:00 (UTC) on May 17, 2024, to 15:59 (UTC) on May 24, 2024. By participating, users stand a chance to win an iPad Pro 2024. See below for details: 1. During the event, users who register for the event will receive random airdrop rewards ranging from 1 to 66 USDT in the form of copy trading trial bonuses and cashback vouchers. 2. During the event, participants who complete a daily spot trading of any amount will be considered to have successfully checked in for one day. The more days a participant checks in and the higher their cumulative spot trading volume, the greater rewards they'll receive. 3. Participants who check in for at least four days and reach a cumulative spot trading volume of ≥ 5,000 USDT will be eligible to enter a lucky draw. One lucky winner will be selected to win an iPad Pro 2024, and five participants will each receive one pizza coupon as a prize. To be eligible for rewards, participants need to log into their HTX App at least once and complete Level 3 KYC verification during the event. Additionally, they are also required to click "Register Now" to enroll in the event. * Event Details: https://www.htx.com/en-us/support/84970147760724 Event 7: BTC Pizza Day Benefits for New Spot Traders: Trade Spot to Earn 5 USDT As per HTX's official announcement, HTX will launch the First Trade in May event from 16:00 (UTC) on May 16, 2024, to 15:59 (UTC) on May 23, 2024. During the event, by performing spot trades, new spot traders will earn 5 USDT. In celebration of BTC Pizza Day, HTX will select one new spot trader each day to receive a pizza as a prize. Participants who reach a cumulative spot trading volume of at least 100 USDT will earn a share of a prize pool, distributed based on their rankings. Each participant can earn up to 100 USDT. Additionally, users who register for the event will receive random airdrop rewards ranging from 1 to 66 USDT in the form of copy trading trial bonuses and cashback vouchers. * Event Details: https://www.htx.com/en-us/support/64970146751614 Event 8: Participate in the GME, CTA, BUBBLE Deposit and Trading Contest and Compete for 48,000 USDT! According to HTX's official announcement, in celebration of the 14th BTC Pizza Day, the platform is rolling out a deposit and trading contest featuring multiple cryptocurrencies. By depositing and trading GME, CTA, and BUBBLE, participants stand a chance to split 48,000 USDT! * Event Details: https://www.htx.com/en-us/assetactivity/web Event 9: PrimePool #29: Lock $HTX for a Share in 5,833,333 BUBBLE Rewards! Based on the official announcement by HTX, the platform's PrimePool #29 is scheduled to run from 12:00 (UTC) on May 17 to 12:00 (UTC) on May 24. Participants will have the chance to share in a generous prize pool of 5,833,333 BUBBLE tokens by locking their $HTX. The minimum lock limit per participant is 156,250,000 $HTX. During the event's warm-up period, participants have the option to pre-lock their assets. If they enable pre-locking, participants will receive the reward for the first hour after locking their assets for one hour once the mining period starts. * Event Details: https://www.htx.com/en-us/support/24970151463933 Event 10: BTC Pizza Day Giveaway: Trade on Margin and Share 10,000 USDT In accordance with HTX's announcement, with the 14th anniversary of Bitcoin Pizza Day approaching, HTX will present a special event for margin trading from 12:00 (UTC) on May 17, to 12:00 (UTC) on May 24. Participants who trade on margin and reach a cumulative trading volume of at least 10,000 USDT will be ranked by their trading volume and share 10,000 USDT in 100% Margin Interest Vouchers. * Event Details: https://www.htx.com/en-us/support/74970240444554 Event 11: Deposit via HTX P2P to Split a 1 BTC Prize Pool and Reap Double Rewards As per HTX's official announcement, from 16:00 (UTC) on May 17 to 16:00 (UTC) on May 27, HTX will roll out a special promotion for HTX P2P, offering double rewards for completing P2P deposit tasks. See below for details: 1. Participants from CIS and Dominica who complete level 3 KYC verification can earn 15 USDT upon purchasing 50 USDT worth of crypto via P2P. 2. Participants will be eligible to share in a 1 BTC prize pool by completing P2P deposit tasks. * Event Details: https://www.htx.com/en-us/support/54970248391618 Since its inception, HTX, a world-leading digital asset trading platform, has been committed to fostering the development of Bitcoin and the entire crypto community. Moving forward, HTX will continue to serve as a crucial bridge, connecting crypto enthusiasts and investors worldwide. The platform will further enhance its functionalities, introduce innovative products, and provide secure, convenient, efficient, and diverse trading services to its users. Furthermore, HTX will steadfastly support innovation and advancement, contributing to the broader adoption and real-world application of cryptocurrencies. About HTX Founded in 2013, HTX has evolved over a decade from a simple cryptocurrency exchange to a comprehensive blockchain business ecosystem. This expansion covers a wide range of services including digital asset trading, financial derivatives, wallets, research, investments, incubation, and more. As a world-leading portal to Web 3.0, HTX is committed to a growth strategy focused on global expansion, ecological prosperity, wealth effect, and safety and compliance. This approach enables us to offer comprehensive, safe, and reliable services and value to virtual currency enthusiasts around the world, reinforcing our position as a global gateway to Web3. Contact Details Michael Wang glo-media@htx-inc.com Company Website https://www.htx.com/

May 21, 2024 11:59 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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