Tagged: perspective

Perspective on Crowdfunding: This New Industry Will Flourish

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  Two years after Title II of the JOBS Act, known as 506(c), went into effect well over one billion dollars of financings have been closed through online funding portals under this provision and 506(b). The year over year growth has been substantial.  Entrepreneurs and… Read More

The Fix Crowdfunding Act is Mostly About Investor Protection

Protect and Serve Police

  Last week the House Subcommittee on Capital Markets, part of the powerful House Financial Services Committee, debated several important bills that may boost access to capital for SMEs.  One of the bills, the Fix Crowdfunding Act (HR 4855), has the profound potential to turn… Read More

What the First Consolidation Among French Lending Marketplaces, Lendix’s Acquisition of Finsquare, Tells Us

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Lendix, the lending marketplace that recently become number 1 in SME marketplace lending in France, announced that it has acquired crowdlending platform Finsquare. This first instance of consolidation in the French market certainly is not the last. This acquisition illustrates four trends and issues in… Read More

Crowdfunding is Crowdfunding to a Crowd: But Any Other Name Would Work As Well

The Crowd Benjamin Money Stadium

Exploring the dynamics of equity crowdfunding and provoking thought about what crowdfunding means to you.  Crowdfunding has always existed, and will continue to exist, as long as there are people and scarcity of resources. People have pooled and transferred resources for the benefit of another,… Read More

To Boost Entrepreneurship, SMEs Need Better Access to Capital

Small Business Loans Value SBE Council

This past week during a hearing at the House Subcommittee on Capital Markets, Raymond Keating of the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council) delivered prepared remarks to the Representatives in attendance. The title of the hearing was the JOBS Act at Four: Examining Its… Read More

Busted for Crowdfunding? It’s Rehab Time on Capitol Hill This Week!

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  In my last article on Crowdfund Insider, entitled: “JOBS Act Crowdfunding Begins on May 16, 2016: Don’t Get Busted for Solicitation!,” I warned of one of the hidden dangers for companies embarking on a Title III equity crowdfunding campaign – which goes live on… Read More

View from Above: Cloud Lending CEO Sees Banks Embracing Fintech, Marketplace Lending

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  As lending and other banking services migrate to online services rather than brick and mortar locations, startups and established financial service companies alike are seeking help in making the transition to internet finance.  Cloud Lending is one of the companies aiding in this transition… Read More

A New Bill Looks To Fix The Current “S Corp” Rules For Easier Crowdfunding; Why It Needs To Do More

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A new Bill (H.R. 4831) was recently introduced by Representative J. French Hill which looks to amend the rules of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (the “Code”) concerning  “subchapter S” qualified corporations (“S Corps”), and the limited number of permitted S Corp shareholders, to… Read More

Bank of England States Lending to SMEs Increases in February, GLI Says Not So Fast as Longer Term Problems are Concealed

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The Bank of England has released the monthly statistics regarding lending and according to the BOE lending to non-financial SMEs grew by £0.7 billion compared to an average monthly increase of £0.2 billion over the previous 6 months. Certainly an improvement.  Louise Beaumont, an executive… Read More

Reg A+: A Successful First Year Despite Regulatory Ambiguities 

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The “democratization of investment” in historically closed industries have been the buzzwords of choice since the JOBS Act was signed into to law in 2012. But only since March 25, 2015, when the SEC voted to adopt the proposed rules implementing Title IV, was access… Read More

Crowdfunding Platforms Must Be Conscientious In Disclosing Borrower Credit Information

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  In translating the JOBS Act into final regulations, the SEC sought to protect investors in myriads ways: limiting certain opportunities to accredited investors, implementing caps on the annual amount certain investors may invest, and requiring certain disclosures, among other things. Understandably, the bulk of… Read More

JOBS Act Crowdfunding Begins on May 16, 2016: Don’t Get Busted for Solicitation!

Solicitation from Wikipedia by Kay Chernush for the U.S. State Department

  It’s been five months or so since the SEC published its long awaited investment crowdfunding rules.  Though Congress dictated that this task be completed by the end of 2012, the SEC missed the mark by nearly three years.  Now, with rules in hand, and… Read More

Equity Crowdfunding: Have You “Herd” the One About the Stampede?

Herd of Sheep

  Recently, two London School of Economics professors published this fascinating paper on equity crowdfunding. Some industry players were quick to suggest that it provided proof that all investors make informed decisions based on objective investment criteria. I take issue with those interpretations. Examining a few… Read More

Borrowers Beware: Fraudsters Claiming to Represent Crowdfunding Platforms

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  Recently, JD Alois wrote a warning to investors about fraudsters attempting to impersonate officials from the Securities and Exchange Commission. This week, we’re warning borrowers and sponsors about scam artists that claim to work for or with crowdfunding platforms. Fraud in the lending or real… Read More

The Fed Didn’t Hike Rates -Yet.  The Top 3 Reasons It Matters to Small Business Owners

Janet Yellen Fed Announce March 2016

Well, the Federal Reserve has spoken again and though we are all listening, sometimes it’s hard to tell what all those carefully crafted paragraphs actually mean.  So here’s a quick snapshot of the top three things that you, as a small business owner, should know…. Read More