With the global economic outlook not showing any signs of recovery, there are increasingly many people who are looking to diversify their investment portfolios to protect their money from the painful bite of inflation.
Despite the risks associated with them, cryptocurrencies can provide a better return on investment than the stock market, but getting started with them can be a challenge.
Now, Sarwa, a personal finance and investment platform, is making crypto trading more accessible with the launch of Sarwa Crypto, a commission-free trading platform with support for Bitcoin, Ether, Litecoin, and Bitcoin Cash.
By launching Sarwa Crypto, Sarwa Digital Wealth (Capital) Limited, the company behind the platform, gives its users even more options to invest their money.
“Having access to investing in a simple, regulated, and low-cost environment should be a priority and available for all in the region,” said Mark Chahwan, co-founder and CEO of Sarwa. “There is a significant amount of interest around cryptocurrency in the GCC, even with the recent market development. Yet you didn’t have a platform that offered a centralized view of stocks, ETFs, and crypto in one safe, innovative and easy-to-use app. You do now.”
In addition to making it easy to buy and sell cryptocurrencies, Sarwa comes with a number of useful features to help its users trade more comfortably, including daily and weekly investing news, watchlists, as well as limit and stop orders.
The platform has been designed from the ground up with security in mind, and it protects user data with 256-bit encryption. What’s also reassuring is that Sarwa is regulated by both the Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) and the Financial Regulatory Services Authority (FSRA).
For its services, Sarwa charges its users a flat fee of 0.85%, 0.7%, or 0.5% per year, depending on how much they trade, and there are no hidden surprise fees or lock-in periods to worry about.
Abu Dhabi’s Hub71 To Help Climate Technology Startups
The initiative was announced at the COP28 summit and will help selected startups with a $200,000 cash injection and further incentives.
Hub71, Abu Dhabi’s global technology system, has launched a new initiative to support climate technology startups backed by several of the UAE’s largest public and private sector organizations.
A total of 342 startups have submitted applications so far, with the top companies being added to a shortlist that will be revealed shortly. Selected startups will receive Dh250,000 ($68,000) in incentives and an upfront cash support package of Dh250,000. In addition, the top performers of Hub71’s new initiative will also receive a top-up of up to Dh250,000 in exchange for additional equity.
Ahmad Alwan, deputy chief executive of Hub71, said: “This initiative aims to bring in different entities that have a shared mission towards climate tech […] Throughout the journey, we will support these companies, not only from being startups to becoming mature companies but also to facilitate their engagement with entities that would support them with access to capital, market, and talent”.
The Hub71+ ClimateTech ecosystem is backed by the Abu Dhabi National Energy Company and the National Central Cooling Company, who have each pledged Dh500,000 to the initiative as anchor partners.
They are joined by corporate partners, including Abu Dhabi holding company ADQ, Aldar Properties, sovereign wealth fund Mubadala, First Abu Dhabi Bank, Masdar City, and Dubai’s Emirates NBD. In addition, Siemens Energy is also onboard as an anchor partner.
So far, Hub71 has helped 260 member startups and created over 1,000 jobs, according to the organization’s website. In addition, it has collectively raised around Dh5 billion since its foundation in 2019.