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Does Online Lending Create Less Systemic Risk than Traditional Credit? It Depends…

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One of the frequently touted benefits of peer to peer/marketplace lending is the heightened transparency associated with loan originations processed online.  The financial crisis of the last decade was in part fueled by the disconnect between lender and borrower. As mortgages were securitized, sliced and… Read More

Oil & Gas Crowdfunding Platform Crudefunders Completes First Reg CF Offer

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Investment crowdfunding is not just for startups. While originally anticipated as a vehicle to fund the next cool startup, crowdfunding is being utilized to finance a growing variety of businesses – large and small – and industries. So why not Oil & Gas? Crudefunders has… Read More

China: WeiyangX Fintech Review

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China’s Leading Auto Financing Companies Set-up Self-Regulating Organization in Shenzhen. On the 23rd November, auto financing self-regulatory regulatory group “Che Dai Quan” (literally meaning auto financing group) was set up in Shenzhen. A number of leading auto financing companies joined this organization, including; RRJC, touna,… Read More

Red or Black: BrewDog EquityforPunks USA Offers Investors Chance to Double their Stake or Lose it All at the Roulette Table

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BrewDog is adding a new twist to its EquityforPunks USA crowdfunding round, and it is a bit of a gamble. The Scotland-based craft brewer will allow investors the opportunity to bet it all on the spin of a roulette wheel. Win, and you double your… Read More

Women in Fintech Powerlist Published by Innovate Finance

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Innovate Finance has published a “Women in Fintech Powerlist” for 2016. Approximately 200 women in Fintech globally have been featured on their list. The list was created to celebrate the contributions of women who increasingly play a vital role in the development of the global… Read More

Crowdcube Spain’s Pepe Borrell: Creating & Growing an International Portfolio

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  Managing Director Pepe Borrell has been a force behind financial disruption and innovation in Spain, navigating Spanish, Catalan and British financial regulations and raising international funding for national startups and SMEs. Borrell entered the crowdfunding sector with experience garnered from time spent as a consultant for RJCE,… Read More

Indiegogo CEO David Mandelbrot Shares Insight into Equity Crowdfunding Push: “We Have a Lot of Exciting Things Planned for 2017”

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Indiegogo entered into the investment crowdfunding sector with a big splash this month. Partnering with MicroVentures, a FINRA approved Reg CF portal and Broker-Dealer, Indiegogo launched with four diverse investment opportunities: BeatStars, Republic Restoratives, Play Impossible, and ArtCraft Entertainment. Three of these offers have hit… Read More

The US Government is Worried that Usage of Digital Currencies will Lead to Tax Avoidance

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The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) published a document this fall that reviewed the growing usage of Bitcoin and other digital currencies in the private sector. While acknowledging there are benefits to “virtual currencies” including lower transaction fees and faster transfer of funds… Read More

PatentAngels Wants to Crowdfund Companies with Patent Rights

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Investment crowdfunding covers many different verticals. From early stage to later stage companies from debt to equity from real estate to revenue share. The internet can be a great leveler of information and opportunity. Patents can be a plus for early stage companies as investors… Read More

Finally. Australian Parliament Re-Introduces Crowdfunding Legislation

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The Australian House of Parliament has re-introduced legislation to improve the environment for investment crowdfunding. The bill, or Corporations Amendment (“Crowd-Sourced Funding”) Bill 2016, has been widely anticipated to begin the legislative process this year.  The bill was introduced by the Treasurer, Scott Morrison, MP…. Read More

Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond’s Autumn Statement: Further Support for Business Including Fintech

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Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond delivered the annual Autumn Statement designed to deal with Brexit repercussions while announcing that in the future only a single major fiscal presentation will be delivered. HM Treasury will move to a single fiscal event will be made after the… Read More

China: WeiyangX Fintech Review

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JD Finance Has Been Carved Out of JD.COM On November 15th, JD.COM announced it would transfer/sell all the shares it held in JD Finance. In other words, JD.COM will no longer be the legitimate owner of JD Finance. This corporate reorganization was said to make… Read More

Mark Elenowitz of TriPoint Global: Reg A+ is the Future of IPOs

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There has been a lot of buzz within the investment community regarding the updated exemption created under Title IV of the JOBS Act.  Regulation A+, or just Reg A+, was crafted by the SEC and Congress to allow issuers to raise up to $50 million… Read More

German Finance Ministry Publishes Report on Fintech: Very High Growth in Recent Years

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The German Federal Ministry of Finance or Bundesministerium der Finanzen, has published a report on the emerging Fintech sector. The document, authored by Prof. Dr. Gregor Dorfleitner and Jun.-Prof. Dr. Lars Hornuf (with the assistance of Matthias Schmitt & Martina Weber), quantifies the emergence of disruptive… Read More

Neuroprofiler: Risk Profiling & Suitability Testing Based on Behavioral Finance

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  Neuroprofiler is a French startup whose online application uses the latest advances in behavioral finance to help investors determine their psychological investment profile. The company’s ambition is to provide financial services with suitability testing tools that are not only fully compliant, but also add… Read More

The Development of Investment Crowdfunding in South Korea

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The Amendments to the Financial Investment Services and Capital Markets Act (the Capital Markets Act) passed the South Korean Parliament in July 2015 and went into effect on January 25th, 2016, laying the framework for investment crowdfunding in South Korea. The adoption of investment crowdfunding… Read More

OurCrowd’s Jon Medved: Business is Booming

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OurCrowd’s co-founder and CEO Jon Medved is one of the most vocal advocates in the investment crowdfunding sector.  Medved has created one of the most prominent funding marketplaces, eschewing borders and definitions to raise capital for promising early stage companies around the globe. A best… Read More

SeedInvest Update: Interest is Growing in Crowdfunding but Improvements Will Help

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At the Annual SEC Government-Business Forum on Small Business Capital Formation SeedInvest, a prominent US based investment crowdfunding platform, delivered an update to the Commission and forum participants.  SeedInvest is a full stack investment crowdfunding platform. They work with issuers looking to raise capital under Reg… Read More

KissKissBankBank Gives Crowdfunding its First Bricks & Mortar Home in the Heart of Paris

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Today, KissKissBankBank & Co, the French brand which operates three crowdfunding platforms, rewards-based platform KissKissBankBank, interest-free lending platform hellomerci and crowdlending platform Lendopolis, opened la Maison du Crowdfunding, the first brick-and-mortar crowdfunding store worldwide. The store is part of the brand’s strategy to reach customers… Read More

Unstacking the Deck Against SME’s in Washington: A Call for an SEC Small Business Advocate

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With a new administration set to take the reins of power in the White House in January 2017, not to mention a new, Republican appointed Chair of the SEC in the offing, when it comes to the interests of small business’s access to capital, many… Read More