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Bruce Davis, MD of Abundance, Shares Insight & Perspective on FCA Regulatory Review


Bruce Davis is a founder and Joint Managing Director at Abundance, a peer to peer investing platform focused on renewable energy projects. He is also part of the original team that launched Zopa – the very first peer to peer lending platform to set up… Read More

Massive Rule 147 Amendments May Be On The Horizon Impacting Intrastate Crowdfunding


Almost a year ago, the SEC proposed certain amendments to the current Rule 147 which were intended to help foster, and increase the viability of, Intrastate crowdfunding. While little has been heard about these amendments since their release (except from Intrastate proponents like me of… Read More

Title III Crowdfunding Might Not Be What Many Expected


I have been immersed in the equity crowdfunding industry since late 2015 and have tried to collect as many different perspectives on the industry from as many experts as possible. And while it is hard to predict the ultimate fate of an industry that had… Read More

On Investment Crowdfunding, Diversification & the Wisdom of the Crowd


Still Time to Fix the Fix Crowdfunding Act One of the cardinal rules of investing is  diversification – a critical ingredient for long-term portfolio growth.  This rule applies with equal, if not greater, force when investing in “Title III Regulation CF Crowdfunding” securities – open… Read More

Marketplace Lending: The Challenge of Keeping It Simple And Transparent


LendIt Europe gathered over 900 attendees from 50 countries on the banks of the Thames river to network and hear about the latest trends in online direct lending. The tone of the conference was clearly set by the UK keynote speakers. The UK being 4… Read More

China: WeiyangX Fintech Review


CreditEase is Confronted with Another Tuition Loan Fraud Earlier this month, Chinese p2p lending platform CreditEase was confronted with another tuition loan fraud. TOEIC English, a TOEFL training institution which launched a collaborative tuition loan product with CreditEase, was found shuttered with no reason. Students… Read More

Youngry is First Reg CF Crowdfunding Offer to Fund on Republic


Republic, the Reg CF crowdfunding platform related to AngelList, has had its first successful funding round.  Youngry, described as the ESPN for entrepreneurship, successfully completed its equity crowdfunding offer topping its goal by 130%. Youngry successfully raised $65,920 from 143 investors in its 75 day crowdfunding… Read More

How to Fix the Fix Crowdfunding Act


Let me begin by saying god bless Congressman Patrick McHenry. He is out there on the front lines actually trying to make a difference and help entrepreneurs and small businesses get off the ground and succeed. Of course, no good deed goes unpunished, and a… Read More

Vincent Bradley of FlashFunders: We are Heads Down Right Now Building Momentum with Reg CF


Late last year, FlashFunders co-founder and CEO Vincent Bradley stated in an interview; “The recent passing of Title III is a clear sign that the SEC believes this industry is a viable solution for companies to raise capital. By creating further regulatory processes in regards to… Read More

There are Now 17 Registered Reg CF Platforms. Can they be Sustained?


Reg CF investment crowdfunding (Title III of the JOBS Act) has only been actionable since May of this year. At the end of May, there were 10 FINRA/SEC approved Regulation CF platforms with only a handful listing live investment opportunities. The approved platforms at the… Read More

Ruth Hedges: Crowdfunding Will Be Ubiquitous


Ruth Hedges is from the early days of crowdfunding in the United States. Part of an original group of committed individuals who advocated on behalf of updating antiquated securities regulations, Hedges is a founding member of the Crowdfund Intermediary Regulatory Advocates (CFIRA); the group originally… Read More

Lord Adair Turner: Direct Lending May Make the Financial System More Stable


  The answer is keep it simple, and  keep it transparent. The above statement came from Lord Adair Turner in a speech delivered at LendIt Europe this week. He was reflecting upon how peer to peer lending can avoid situations of systemic risk as exemplified… Read More

The Regulatory Framework for Peer-to-Peer Lending Industry in Thailand : A Consultation Paper Issued by the Bank of Thailand


The Peer-to-Peer Lending Industry in Thailand Peer-to-peer lending, which is also known as social lending or crowdlending, has drastically increased in the recent years in many countries around the world. The total volume of peer-to-peer lending activities has been growing rapidly. A good example is… Read More

NextGen Reports on Reg A+ Market: Reviews Early Data on 131 Filings

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A new report from NextGen Crowdfunding, authored by NextGen Chief Strategy Officer Richard Swart, reviews all Reg A+ filed since June 2015 up until June of 2016.  NextGen analyzed 131 companies that have taken advantage of updated rules established by the JOBS Act of 2012…. Read More

China: WeiyangX Fintech Review


PowerEgg Drone: Most crowdfunded campaign in the drone industry ever! Up to 30th September, 2016, PowerEgg Drone from PowerVision has raised more than ¥86.3 million (USD $12.87 million), becoming the most funded campaign on JD.com’s crowdfunding platform. The previous record belonged to Niu.com which raised… Read More

UK P2P Finance Association Releases Major Research on Economics of Peer to Peer Lending


The UK Peer to Peer Finance Association (P2PFA) has released a commissioned study on the economics of the peer to peer lending market in the UK.  The independent assessment, provided by the economic consulting firm of Oxera, analysed the risks, costs and benefits of peer-to-peer… Read More

Filling a Real Estate Gap: 1031 Platform “Realized” Provides Pre-Packaged Replacement Properties


The real estate crowdfunding, for both debt and equity, is now fairly established as an option for investors. A diverse group of platforms has emerged serving various of sectors of real estate for different investor classes. One area of recent interest is the 1031 sector… Read More

State of the States: An Intrastate Crowdfunding Update


While I have kept both my statutory summary pages and comparative summaries relatively up to date, it has been quite a while since I have done an editorial update on Intrastate Crowdfunding. With the increased number of active Intrastate regulations, as well as the growing… Read More

Congressman Patrick McHenry: “I will continue to work on the three Fintech bills I’ve now introduced”

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Congressman Patrick McHenry is in his sixth term in the US Congress where he represents the citizens of North Carolina’s 10th District. McHenry is also the Chief Deputy Whip, where he assists Majority Whip Steve Scalise in rallying the GOP members to support important legislative… Read More