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FINRA Report Cautions on Digital Assets Communications and “Game Like” Activity on Trading Venues

FINRA’s 2021 Report on Examination and Risk Monitoring Program mentions several current topics including digital assets and “game like” trading. According to the report, Exam Findings regarding digital asset trading has uncovered shortcomings when it comes to investors using digital asset marketplaces. To quote the… Read More

FanVestor Approved as a FINRA Regulated Funding Portal

FanVestor CF, LLC, a subsidiary of EdenLedger Inc. has received regulatory approval from FINRA to operate a registered funding portal. As a funding portal, FanVestor will be able to issue securities under Reg CF. Currently, an issuer may raise up to $1.07 million but a… Read More

Netshares Scores Approval by FINRA to Operate as a Broker-Dealer and Crowdfunding Portal

Netshares Financial Services, a U.S.-based digital investment bank and regulation crowdfunding (Reg CF) platform, announced earlier this week that the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has approved its New Membership Application to commence operations as a registered broker-dealer. Netshares revealed that it will bring offering… Read More

Reg CF: 62 FINRA Regulated Crowdfunding Portals. How Many Will Endure?

To issue securities under Reg CF (Regulation Crowdfunding), a platform must either be a FINRA regulated funding portal or a broker-dealer. In this sector of online capital formation, both types of regulated entities issue securities under this rule. Periodically, we re-visit the number of FINRA… Read More

Openfinance Securities Receives FINRA Approval for Updated Digital Securities Alternative Trading System (ATS)

Openfinance Securities, LLC, the Broker-Dealer and ATS behind the Openfinance digital securities trading platform, announced on Friday it has received approval for digital securities trading enhancements to its membership agreement with FINRA, relying upon the SEC’s recent Staff no-action letter clearing Openfinance’s digital ATS business… Read More

Common Owner is Newest FINRA Regulated Funding Portal

Common Owner is the newest FINRA regulated funding portal, according to a note from the crowdfunding platform. Common Owner says that after a long vetting process, they were recently approved to offer securities under Reg CF [Regulation Crowdfunding]. Common Owner joins more than 50 funding… Read More

SEC Issues No Action Letter to FINRA Regarding ATSs and Digital Asset Trading

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Division of Trading and Markets, issued a no-action letter to FINRA yesterday afternoon that impacts certain trading platforms that serve as markets for digital assets that are securities. FINRA is a self-regulatory entity that coordinates with the SEC regarding… Read More

tZERO Approved by FINRA to Offer Retail Brokerage Services

tZERO, a subsidiary of Overstock (NASDAQ:OSTK), has received approval from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) to offer retail brokerage services for digital securities and provide issuers with investment banking and placement agent services in connection with capital raising activities. tZERO CEO Saum Noursalehi called… Read More

Reg CF: The Number of FINRA Regulated Funding Portals Increases as Investment Crowdfunding Grows

  The number of FINRA regulated funding portals continues to increase. Created by the JOBS Act of 2012, a “funding portal” is a bit like a broker-dealer light and may offer securities under Reg CF (Regulation Crowdfunding). While an approved broker-dealer may sell securities under… Read More

Regtech Software Provider iComply Lists in the FINRA Compliance Vendor Directory

Canadian regtech company iComply Investor Services announced on Wednesday its listing in the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Compliance Vendor Director, which notably features vendors that offer products, solutions, and services to firms overseen by the U.S. regulator. Founded in 2017, iComply claims to be the… Read More

FINRA Posts Paper on ArtificiaI Intelligence in Financial Services, Requests Comments

FINRA’s Office of Financial Innovation has posted a report on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the securities industry. Financial services firms are incorporating AI into a growing number of services. FINRA is seeking to engage with this sector of Fintech to better understand the impact on… Read More

Fintech AlphaPoint Raises $5.6 Million, FINRA Board of Governors Member Joins AlphaPoint Board

AlphaPoint, a Fintech that powers digital asset exchanges, has raised an additional $5.6 million in new funding, according to a note from the company. Simultaneously, AlphaPoint has announced a significant appointment as FINRA Board of Governors Member, and CEO of Janney (a wealth management firm),… Read More

There are Now Three Reg CF Funding Portals that Have Been Suspended Due to Unpaid FINRA Fees

The number of FINRA regulated “funding portals,” investment crowdfunding platforms that have been approved to issue securities under Reg CF, has continued to move upward since the new entity was created under the JOBS Act of 2012. Today, there are well over forty funding portals…. Read More

FINRA Slams Robinhood with $1.25 Million Fine for Trade Order Routing Shortcomings

FINRA, the regulator for US broker-dealers, has slapped Robinhood – a Fintech trading platform, with a $1.25 million fine for violations pertaining to order routing. While long rmored inside the industry, Robinhood has been assesed the penalty due to “best execution violations.” Robinhood is a… Read More

FINRA Selects Amazon Web Services as Cloud Service Provider for Market Surveillance Data

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), a private US-based corporation that acts as a self-regulatory organization, has chosen Amazon Web Services (AWS) (NASDAQ:AMZN) as its cloud service provider for market surveillance data. AWS’s cloud services will be used by FINRA’s consolidated audit trading (CAT) subsidiary…. Read More

Grayscale Receives Regulatory Clearance from FINRA to Offer Publicly-Traded Digital Currency Fund

New York-based Grayscale Investments has obtained regulatory approval from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) to list the first publicly-traded digital currency index fund. According to a press release, the company’s Digital Large Cap Fund (DLC) will be listed on over-the-counter (OTC) markets and trade… Read More

IOICM Receives Approval From the FINRA For Membership Application

IOI Capital and Markets, LLC (IOICM), an SEC registered broker-dealer and a wholly-owned subsidiary of iownit capital and markets, Inc. recently announced the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has approved its membership application. IOICM reported that the approval allows it to be a placement agent… Read More

FINRA Posts Regulatory Notice on Digital Assets

FINRA, the regulator of broker-dealer in the US, has posted a notice on digital assets encouraging firms to “notify FINRA if they engage in activities related to digital assets.” The notice appears to be more of an extension to en existing request. FINRA states: “Last… Read More

Reg CF Update: Three New FINRA Regulated Portals Enter – One is Blockchain Based, One is Canadian & One to Finance Videos

Reg CF (Regulation Crowdfunding) is a unique securities rule that allows companies to raise up to $1.07 million from both accredited or non-accredited investors. Created by the JOBS Act of 2012, Reg CF is the smallest of the three online capital formation exemptions. Reg D… Read More

Crowdfunding Platform Silicon Prairie is Approved as a State Regulated Broker Dealer (No FINRA Oversight)

Silicon Prairie, an investment crowdfunding platform that offers securities as a Reg CF portal as well as under intrastate securities exemptions, is now a broker-dealer. But Silicon Prairie is not required to be regulated by FINRA as it has received approval to operate under the… Read More

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