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Government Minister: Fintech is a Critical Differentiator for Singapore

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Last week S. Iswaran, Minister for Trade & Industry, made the statement; “FinTech is … a critical differentiator for Singapore to remain a leading financial hub in the region. Our finance and insurance sector has been a key growth contributor in recent years, and the… Read More

Will CFPB Move to Limit Arbitration Undermine Alternative Finance?

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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)recently proposed banning arbitration regarding certain  consumer financial agreements and to allow the legal process to take hold in the case of a dispute. The CFPB posted the proposal this past May, outlined as follows: First, the proposed rule would… Read More

Patch of Land Moves Into Single Family Rental Market in Utah

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Patch of Land is offering $4 million in a portfolio of single family rental properties in Utah.  The offer is to refinance a grouping of 36 properties in the Ogden / Salt Lake City metro areas.  The deal is structured as four 24 month loans… Read More

Oppo Ice Cream Shares Path to Crowdfunding & Business Success

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  Oppo Ice cream is a bit like the Holy Grail of food: Ice cream that tastes great, is low calorie and is good for you.  The creation of two brothers, Charlie and Harry Thuillier, the duo were exposed to many different natural foods while… Read More

SeedUps Canada Changes Direction. Leave’s the Crowd Behind For Now

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  Last week Crowdfund Insider interviewed Sandi Gilbert, CEO and co-founder of SeedUps Canada, on the convoluted regulatory environment established in Canada. The article was in part a follow-up to an earlier article that described the rule-making approach in Canada as Dead in the Water…. Read More

Is the FDIC Poised to Add Regulatory Burdens to Online Lenders?

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An article in WSJ.com today states the “regulatory advantage may be fleeting” for online lenders. The author pointed to an initiative by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) that may add new rules for banks working with online lenders that could add cost to these… Read More

P2P Lender Arboribus Received Regulatory Approval in Spain

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The Comisión Nacional del Mercado de Valores  (CNMV) in Spain has approved Arboribus to operate as a Participatory Financing Platform (PFP) joining a growing list of regulated platforms. Arboribus is an online lender providing access to capital for SMEs. A PFP is a new type of… Read More

Robo-Advisor Bambu Receives $400,000 in Seed Funding

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Singapore-based Robo-advisor Bambu has received USD $400,000 in seed funding. Tigerspike and angel investors from Singapore funded the round. The funding will be used to boost the Bambu team and to build out the product and expand into other regional markets. Bambu is an advisor that offers… Read More

Swiss Bank Invests in Crowdfunding Platform Investiere.ch

Steffen Wagner

Investment crowdfunding platform investiere.ch has closed a series B funding round led by Swiss bank Zürcher Kantonalbank. Existing shareholders and other angels also participted in the round.  The bank now becomes a “significant minority shareholder” in the crowdfunding platform. The investment totaled CHF 3.5 million… Read More

Eureeca Self Crowdfunding Round is a Turning Point for Business

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Dubai-based Eureeca has released a statement following their successful self-crowdfunding round where they raised $400,000 in 12 days. Sam Quawasmi, co-CEO and co-founder, called the event an important one for platform growth.  Today Eureeca has over 12,000 active investors from 42 different countries. “This year has… Read More

Three Chinese Fintech Firms Incubate in Australia as Part of Fintech Asia Program

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The Turnbull government announced in February of this year their intent to establish Australia as an Asia-Pacific hub for Fintech. The Hon. Scott Morrison MP said at that time; “FinTech will have an important role to play in Australia’s innovation future, that’s why the Turnbull Government… Read More

Whatever Happened to the Ascenergy Crowdfunding Fraud Case?

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The case of the Ascenergy crowdfunding fraud came to light just as Reg CF or Title III crowdfunding rules were announced to the public in October of 2015.   Ascenergy, an aspiring oil and gas operation, had raised about $5 million from approximately 90 investors,… Read More

SeedUps CEO Sandi Gilbert on Canada Crowdfunding Regulations: “It’s a Mess”

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  A few weeks back Crowdfund Insider published an article on the regulatory environment in Canada that labeled new crowdfunding securities exemptions as “Dead in the Water“.  In brief, regulators in multiple provinces have enacted rules that were ostensibly created to foster entrepreneurship and access… Read More

CFPB Announces Advisory Board/Council Members. Heavy on Banks. Light on Alternative Finance

Richard Cordray

The youngest financial regulatory agency of them all, the Consumer and Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), has announced its new Advisory Board and Council Members. The CFPB, established under Dodd-Frank, was mandated to create these advisory boards and councils. While the various groups were represented by many… Read More

Reg D: Congress Must Act to Allow Sophisticated Investors Access to Private Placements

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Under Reg D more than a trillion dollars is raised each year for companies that are not publicly traded. This market is huge – far larger than the annual rate of IPOs. Yet these private placements are only available to “accredited investors”: Individuals who earn… Read More

India Official: Banking is Necessary. Banks are Not

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In Mumbai this week there was an annual banking conference where Indian government officials presented or participated. The Hindu interviewed Reserve Bank of India Deputy Governor R Gandhi and he made several interesting statements. According to Gandhi; “Banking is necessary, but banks are not adding…… Read More