Politics

Comments on Theresa May’s Modern Industrial Strategy: I Believe the Government Will Succeed in Making the Country the ‘Global Britain’

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Yesterday, Prime Minister Theresa May revealed her vision for a modern industrial strategy for the UK. The policy proposal was released during her first regional cabinet meeting. May is engaged in a tight-rope walk of policy as she manages ramifications of Brexit while crafting an… Read More

Brian Korn on OCC Fintech Charter: Novel Attempt by Regulator to Adjust to Changing Times

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The concept of a Fintech Charter for emerging firms in the financial services industry has generated plenty of attention on Capitol Hill and with Fintech entrepreneurs. Originally pitched by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency towards the end of last year, a comment… Read More

Here is the UKs Paper on Corporate Governance Reform

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Brexit fallout has created an “all-hands” situation for the UK. Departing the EU poses many challenges including the possibility for a diminished access to the single market. Prime Minister Theresa May, entrusted to manage one of the most challenging policy environment in recent history, has… Read More

Voice of Reason: Mercatus Explains Need for Fintech Charter to Boost Innovation

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“If you want something new, you have to stop doing something old” ― Peter F. Drucker The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) rattled the cages of big finance and state regulators in proposing a possible “Fintech Charter” to license and regulate emerging… Read More

FINRA Issues Report on Blockchain & Implications for Securities Industry

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FINRA has published a report (embedded below) on Blockchain or Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) and its implications for the securities industry. The publication is entitled; “Distributed Ledger Technology: Implications of Blockchain for the Securities Industry.” FINRA, or the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, is the self-regulatory organization… Read More

Turf War! New York State Department of Financial Services Tells OCC to Back Off Fintech Charter

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    I expect to see more of these comment letters as battle lines have clearly been drawn regarding the debate on the proposed Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) Fintech Charter. In brief, the OCC has proposed crafting a Fintech Charter for… Read More

Financial Innovation Now: We Support the OCC Fintech Charter

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Financial Innovation Now (FIN) has sent a letter to the Office of the Comptroller (OCC) of the Currency in support of the OCC’s initiative to support Fintech innovation. FIN is an alliance of big tech including; Apple, Amazon, PayPal, Intuit and Google (Alphabet). As big… Read More

Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance is Conducting Three Different Fintech Surveys

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The Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF) is in the midst of a research push. The CCAF is in the midst of not one, but three different surveys on the alternative finance ecosystem. Late last year, the CCAF announced a unique partnership with the Financial… Read More

White House National Economic Council Publishes Framework for Fintech

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Better late than never, the National Economic Council, part of the Obama Administration’s White House, has published a “Framework for Fintech” outlining their principles for policy on financial innovation. Adrienne Harris, a Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and Alex Zerden, a Presidential… Read More

Deadline Nears for Comments on Proposed OCC Fintech Charter

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  The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency is still accepting comments on the proposed Fintech Charter for financial firms looking to operate with a federal charter. The deadline was initially set for January 15th but one report says the OCC has pushed the… Read More

House Financial Services Committee Chair Hensarling Says Dodd Frank is on its Way Out

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The Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act has become an iconic act of legislation for the Democratic party. Not because it is good legislation but because its demise represents a profound retrenchment of what they fought so hard to accomplish. This is a… Read More

Marketplace Lending Association to Congress: Please Ensure that America is a Place Where Fintech Can Flourish & the Federal Government is a Partner, Rather than an Obstacle

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The Marketplace Lending Association has called on Congress, and the incoming Trump Administration, to become a catalyst for Fintech innovation and not an obstacle. In a letter addressed to House and Senate leaders, Nathaniel Hoopes, Executive Director of the MLA, asked Congress to move  away… Read More

Marketplace Lending Association Expands Adding 11 New Members

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The Marketplace Lending Association (MLA) has announced the addition of 11 new members. Joining founding members Lending Club, Prosper and Funding Circle are the following lending platforms: Affirm Upstart CommonBond Avant PeerStreet Marlette Funding Sharestates Able StreetShares New Associate Members include dv01 and LendIt The MLA… Read More

Back to Work: Helping Angels Lead Our Startups Act Passes the House

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The Helping Angels Lead Our Startups Act or HALOS Act passed the House today with solid bipartisan support. The final vote stood at 344-73.  The HALOS Act, sponsored by House Small Business Committee Chairman Steve Chabot, addressed a nagging issue regarding when a business may make… Read More

Two US Senators Come Out Against Proposed OCC Fintech Charter

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Senators Sherrod Brown and Jeffrey Merkley have published a letter, sent to Thomas Curry, Comptroller of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), bashing his push to create a Fintech charter for innovative financial firms. Brown and Merkley state; “While we share your… Read More

Finland Reports Rapid Growth of Investment Crowdfunding During 2016

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Finland’s Ministry of Finance has published an update on the nascent Finish crowdfunding industry.  According to their report,  Finland’s crowdfunding market more than doubled in size during 2016. The Finish government estimates the total amount raised during 2016 stands at €153 million in contrast to the… Read More

CFPB Changes Senior Leadership But Director Cordray Stays Put

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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has announced several high level leadership changes within the Bureau. The positions announced today are: the Chief of Staff; the Chief Information Officer; the Chief Financial Officer; the Assistant Director of Consumer Lending, Reporting, and Collections Markets; and the… Read More

Jay Clayton to Join SEC During Unprecedented Need to “Cut the Red Tape”

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Financial regulations are often enacted with little concrete definition, to say nothing of quantification, of their costs and benefits. Regulators and economists have little understanding of causal mechanisms that may provide benefits and incur costs. Worse, they often think they know cause and effect, either… Read More

Attorney Jay Clayton is Trump’s Pick for SEC Chair [u]

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Multiple news sources are reporting that Jay Clayton will be President-elect Donald Trump’s selection for the Chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Reuters published a statement by President-elect Trump; “Jay Clayton is a highly talented expert on many aspects of financial and regulatory law, and… Read More