Tagged: finra

Newest Reg CF Crowdfunding Platform, Mr. Crowd, Has Roots in Hong Kong

Mr. Crowd and Money

The list of approved and regulated Regulation CF platforms is growing. The roster now stands at 15 FINRA regulated crowdfunding platforms.  The most recently approved platform, ‘Mr. Crowd’ has an interesting progeny as it is being launched by Allen Au and his Ksdaq, Inc. corporation…. Read More

There are Now 14 FINRA Approved Funding Portals as Created by Title III of the JOBS Act

Crowdfunding united states

Title III of the JOBS Act created a new securities exemption that allowed equity crowdfunding for non-accredited investors. This new exemption, also called Reg CF, may be viewed as another step in the capital ladder to complement Title II of the JOBS Act (accredited crowdfunding)… Read More

Brief: TruCrowd Receives Title III Crowdfunding Approval From FINRA

Vicent Petrescu

On Tuesday, equity crowdfunding platform TruCrowd announced that it has received approval from the FINRA to become a funding portal for Title III offerings. Under the Title III rules, which went into effect on Monday, the general public may now invest in capital raising by start-up… Read More

FINRA Tells Investors to Consider the Risks Under Title III Crowdfunding

Money

With Title III of the JOBS Act going into effect this upcoming Monday (May 16th), the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has issued an alert to investors about the risks under the Reg CF law. Earlier this year, both the SEC and FINRA finalized the rules for funding portals… Read More

StartEngine is Ready For Regulation Crowdfunding: Announces Approval from FINRA & SEC

Ron Miller

With Title III of the JOBS Act finally going into effect on May 16th, StartEngine has announced it has received approval from FINRA and the SEC to operate a Reg CF funding portal. Title III crowdfunding will join the other two variants of investment crowdfunding, Title… Read More

IOSCO Lists Crowdfunding, Cryptocurrencies on List of Investor Risks

The Earth Globe World

The International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) has included crowdfunding, bitcoin / cryptocurrencies in their March report as part of their long list of investor risks and concerns regarding financial stability. IOSCO is the international body that brings together securities regulators from around the world…. Read More

Report: SEC Has Received 30 Applications for Title III Crowdfunding Portals

Reg CF Title III

Title III crowdfunding will join the other two variants of investment crowdfunding, Title II and Title IV (Reg A+) this coming May to create a more vibrant capital ladder for companies seeking to raise capital using the internet. While no exemption is perfect, both accredited… Read More

Scottsdale Capital Advisors Challenges FINRA Authority to Regulate in Federal Court

Accountability

Scottsdale Capital Advisors Corp is challenging the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s (FINRA) ability to act as a securities regulator in Maryland federal court by stating it does not truly have a Congressional mandate to wield such power. The lawsuit is in response to proceedings pertaining… Read More

Working To Change The Definition of Accredited Investor – A Tale of Two Schweikert Bills

Should you be an accredited investor

  There has been a lot of chatter and debate lately on how, or even if, the current definition of “accredited investor” should be substantively changed. To date, however, there has only been one affirmative action taken to actually change the definition which I am… Read More

Crowdfunding Portals Prepare for Title III Retail Crowdfunding

Gates Open for Title III

Last week both the SEC and FINRA finalized the rules for funding portals to offer securities under Title III of the JOBS Act of 2012.  The journey to get to this place has been long and at times challenging as regulators and industry participants debated… Read More

SEC Files Notice of Amendment & Accelerated Approval for Reg CF Funding Portal Rules (Document)

SEC Securities and Exchange Commission Green

The Securities and Exchange Commission submitted a filing last Friday regarding FINRA’s regulatory role pertaining to investment crowdfunding portals operating under Title III of the JOBS Act.  According to the SEC, FINRA just responded (January 21st) to several comment letters and the Commission is now… Read More

Potential Pitfalls of Regulation CF – Part II: Practical Concerns for Funding Portals

Look Out for Traps Charlie DeTar

As discussed in part one, the SEC’s final Regulation Crowdfunding rules require thorough analysis to not fall prey to potential traps. While I firmly believe that we can make crowdfunding work regardless of the roadblocks set forth, it does not mean that we can afford… Read More

OurCrowd Founder and CEO Jon Medved Shares his Vision on Crowdfunding, Startups, SPVs and Liberal Arts

jon medved

  “I think that what OurCrowd and others have done in this space until now has been quite subversive and wonderful and democratic.” OurCrowd, which is run by serial entrepreneur and venture capitalist Jon Medved, has put at least $170 million to work in roughly… Read More

Will Reg A+ Issuers Be Required to Undergo Rigorous FINRA Review?

Bumpy Road Danger

In a little over a week Title IV of the JOBS Act, commonly called Reg A+, will become actionable.  We are already hearing chatter about companies planning on using the new exemption. Whenever a new chapter is written in the Securities Law Book there is… Read More

FINRA Launches Online BrokerCheck Research Tool, But Does It Work?

BrokerCheck Promos

Early last week the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) rolled out a multi-million dollar ad campaign promoting its online research tool called “BrokerCheck.” BrokerCheck is free online database intended to provide the investing public with an east way to research brokers and investment advisers before… Read More