Tagged: sec

SEC Seeks to Scale Disclosure Requirements

mary jo white November 2015

The Securities and Exchange Commission has proposed amendments that would increase the financial thresholds in the “smaller reporting company” definition. The proposal is in recognition of the fact that smaller firms are not as well-equipped and financed to endure the costly reporting requirements. “Raising the… Read More

SEC Quietly Injects Life Into Title III Crowdfunding Solicitation!

Reg CF Securities for Sale

  When it comes to capital formation for SME’s through federal legislation, one can usually count on the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) to do their best to block or narrow any new paths which Congress or the SEC may seek to create.  The… Read More

GlobalCrowdTV Settles with SEC, Acknowledges Violations of Federal Securities Laws

Stop Fraud

Steven J. Muehler, operator of the Alternative Securities Markets, Blue Coast Securities and GlobalCrowdTV, has settled with the Securities and Exchange Commission while admitting the conduct violated federal securities laws.  The proceedings by the SEC came out of an apparent “scheme to defraud”  by Muehler…. Read More

SEC Approves Investors Exchange as a National Securites Exchange

IEX on iPhone

Last night the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced they had approved Investor’s Securities Exchange or IEX as a national securities exchange. IEX must satisfy certain standard conditions specified in the Commission’s order before it is able to begin the process of transitioning its operation… Read More

OTC Markets Tells SEC: Extend Eligibility of Reg A+ to All Smaller Reporting Companies

Regulation A+ SEC

OTC Markets (OTCQX: OTCM) has filed a petition with the Securities and Exchange Commission requesting the SEC to extend amendments under Reg A+ to a far wider range of SEC reporting companies. R. Cromwell Coulson, CEO of OTC Markets, explained that Reg A+ securities offerings… Read More

SEC Investor Advisory Committee Schedules Meeting for June 7th

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The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has scheduled its next meeting of the Investor Advisory Committee (IAC) for June 7th commencing at 11AM ET ending at 1230PM.  The committee will convene via a telephonic discussion. The public may dial in at: 1-888-240-3210, participant code 7250901. According… Read More

NASAA Tells SEC to Make Definition of an Accredited Investor Less Inclusive

Should you be an accredited investor

The North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) has published a comment letter expressing their opinion on the definition of an Accredited Investor. As mandated by Dodd-Frank, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) must review the current definition on a periodic basis. As it stands today,… Read More

SEC Commissioner Piwowar Nails it in Remarks to ACSEC Discussion on Accredited Investor Definition

Michael Piwowar ACSEC 2

“Should the Commission consider doing away with the notion of a so-called “accredited investor” altogether?” The above question is posed not by this digital publication but by a sitting SEC Commissioner, Michael S. Piwowar. The Commissioner was speaking at the recent gathering of the Advisory… Read More

Comments on SEC’s Compliance & Disclosure Interpretations Regarding Regulation Crowdfunding Guidance

Anthony Zeoli at SEC

  The crowdfunding regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) became effective on May 16, 2016, and the agency has issued Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (C&DIs) providing interpretive guidance on Regulation Crowdfunding. “It is encouraging to see the SEC being so proactive in issuing… Read More

ACSEC Debates Definition of an Accredited Investor. SEC States 8 Cases of Possible Fraud Associated with JOBS Act Exemptions

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    The SEC Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies met yesterday at the SEC HQ on Capitol Hill. The main topic of discussion was the definition of an Accredited Investor. SEC Chair Mary Jo White was joined by her two remaining Commissioners, Michael… Read More

Brief: Lending Club Receives Subpoena from Dept of Justice


Lending Club (NYSE:LC)  received a federal grand jury subpoena last week, after founder and CEO Renaud Laplanche resigned from the board following an internal review of lending and financial practices. According to the P2P lender, $22 million in loans were sold to a single investor against “express instructions as… Read More

Brief: Seed Equity Ventures to Offer Title III Deals As New Rules Go Into Effect

todd crosland

On Monday, Seed Equity Ventures announced it is set to off offer investment crowdfunding deals to non-accredited investors on its platform as Title III rules go into effect. Under Title III rules, the general public may invest in capital raising by start-up companies through crowdfunding. CEO of Seed Equity Ventures,… Read More

FINRA Tells Investors to Consider the Risks Under Title III Crowdfunding


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

Bipartisan SEC Small Business Advocate Bill May Soon Become Law

S. 2867 Small Business Advocate

The bipartisan SEC Small Business Advocate Act of 2016 (HR 3784) sponsored by Representatives Duffy  (R-WI) and Carney (D-DE), cruised through the House of Representatives earlier this year.  The bill seeks to create a firmer voice advocating on behalf of small business within the Securities and Exchange… 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

SEC ACSEC Committee Will Review Definition of an Accredited Investor on May 18th

Should you be an accredited investor

The SEC Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies (ACSEC) has announced its next meeting scheduled to take place on Wednesday, May 18th at SEC headquarters. According to information provided by the SEC, ACSEC will review and discuss the very important subject regarding the definition… Read More