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US Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin on Crypto: “VASPs will be required to implement the same AML/CFT requirements as traditional financial institutions”

Last week, FATF President Marshall Billingslea of the US, chaired the Plenary meeting under the U.S. Presidency in Orlando.  US Secretary of Treasury Steven T. Mnuchin was on hand to provide remarks on the accomplishments of the group. As part of his speech at the… Read More

Freetrade Returns to Crowdcube Tomorrow to Raise £5 Million

Challenger stockbroker app Freetrade is returning to the pages of Crowdcube to raise capital once again. The highly popular company topped their £500,000 crowdfunding goal in May in about 12 minutes. Back in April, Freetrade attempted to launch an offering but Crowdcube’s servers struggled with… Read More

As Chinese P2P Lending Market Rapidly Consolidates, Report Says Some Platforms Look to Other Countries for Solace

The peer to peer lending market in China was at one time similar to the ridiculous ICO market. Full of big promises that ended up being empty commitments. Allegations of fraud in the P2P sector in China has been far larger than the ICO sector… Read More

Study Using Crowdcube Data Says Investment Crowdfunding Has Been Good for Young Entrepreneurs but Not Minorities

A study published in the Small Business Economics: An Entrepreneurship Journal by faculty at Florida Atlantic University College of Business and the University of Bergamo in Italy, says that investment crowdfunding has been good for young entrepreneurs but not so much for minority founders. While… Read More

Bitbond CEO Says FATF is Going Too Far with Global Guidelines for Crypto Industry

Bitbond, a Germany-based global online lending platform that is in the process of issuing one of the first security tokens, says guidelines issued by FATF impacting “virtual asset service providers” or VASPs – has gone too far. Bitbond, licensed by BaFin, is in the midst… Read More

MarketInvoice Report Says UK SMEs Now Valued at Almost £3 Trillion

MarketInvoice, a Fintech in the invoice financing sector, has published their “MarketInvoice Business Insights survey” based on responses from 1,000 business owners of UK Ltd companies between 31st May and 5th June 2019. According to their results, the lack of finance options is considered to… Read More

Reg CF Topped $200 Million Raised in May

Reg CF, the crowdfunding exemption that allows issuers to raise up to $1.07 million online, has topped the $200 million mark, according to StartEngine – a crowdfunding platform that tracks the exemption’s progress. In May, according to the report, issuers raised $5.7 million pushing the… Read More

SunTrust Bank Goes Fintech with Online Lending from LightStream

Online lending is the future. Everybody knows that. It is easier, faster, and more convenient for both lender and borrower. Over the past decade or so, a good number of direct lenders, be they balance sheet, marketplace or other, have cropped up to service the… Read More

Lawcloud: SEC Report on Reg CF Uncovers Issuer Non-Compliance

LawCloud, formerly doing business as iDisclose, issued a not last week addressing the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Report on Regulation Crowdfunding (Reg CF). The report is a point in time snapshot of sector progress for the smallest sector of online capital formation. In brief,… Read More

Oh the Irony: Hedera Hashgraph Thanks Facebook for Imitating its Blockchain Tech

Hedera Hashgraph, one of several aspiring iterations of blockchain, or distributed ledger technology, designed to address existing shortcomings in DLT 1.0, has paid for a full-page advertisement in the Wall Street Journal mocking Facebook. Last week, Facebook officially launched “Libra” its spin on crypto. The… Read More

V20 to Discuss Challenges from FATF Guidance Impacting Virtual Asset Service Providers

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) is out with their “Guidance for a Risk-based Approach: Virtual Assets and Virtual Service Providers.” This guidance, which was widely expected to be released today, should be rubber-stamped at next week’s G20 meeting in Japan. The proposals included in… Read More

LendingClub Rings the Opening Bell at NYSE as It Marks 3 Million Borrowers

The largest provider of personal online loans in the US, LendingClub (NYSE: LC), got to ring the bell at the New York Stock Exchange today. The event was to celebrate the marketplace lending platform’s 3 millionth borrower. To date, LendingClub has originated over $50 billion… Read More

Algorand Raises $60 Million in Token Auction

Singapore based Algorand successfully raised $60 million in a dutch auction token sale this week. The Algorand Foundation said the auction was “met with overwhelming demand” as they distributed the first 25 million Algos to global auction participants. Algorand boldly claimed this was the “start… Read More

Allison Lee Confirmed as SEC Commissioner

Allison Lee has been confirmed by the US Senate as a Commissioner at the Securities and Exchange Commission. Earlier this month, Lee testified in front of the Senate Banking Committee as part of the confirmation process. Lee has spent the bulk of her career at… Read More

Robo.cash Funds One Million Loans in Europe

Robo.cash is reporting its millionth loan funded. According to the peer to peer lending, for the first five months of 2019, the platform has shown a 26%-increase in the number of funded loans and a 54%-increase in the amount of new investors, compared to the… Read More

CEO of deVere Group Says Facebook’s Libra Means Traditional Banking is Finished

Facebook’s push into cryptocurrency has engendered an exceptional amount of debate and discussion. Some people think it is great. Others, not so much. It doesn’t help that Facebook is a company that has a penchant for abusing their user data while claiming transparency and actually… Read More

FundersClub Celebrates Portfolio Company Slacks Exchange Listing as Share Price Booms

Slack (NYSE:WORK) completed a direct listing on the New York Stock Exchange this week. A direct listing is not a capital raising effort, it is a move by a company to provide liquidity for existing shareholders while remaining compliant under the law. Slack kicked off… Read More

Report Says No Libra Crypto in India as Facebook Has Not Received Necessary Government Permission

A report indicates that Facebook may have to skip over India when it launches Libra, its cryptocurrency based off a basket of stable assets. According to the EconomicTimes, “a person directly in the know” said Facebook has failed to ask for, and receive, regulatory approval:… Read More

Republic’s Note Tokens Continues to “Test the Waters” as Reg A+ Filing is Pending

Republic, a crowdfunding and digital asset platform, launched one of the most interesting crypto offerings back in April. Republic announced the launch of Note digital tokens as a path to reward platform users who are engaged with their capital formation community. In just a few… Read More

A Future of Fintech: Bank of England Publishes Future of Finance Report Identifying Trends Shaping Financial Services

The Bank of England has published a report entitled, “Future of Finance: Review on the Outlook for the UK Financial System: What it means for the Bank of England.” The report is authored by Huw van Steenis. According to the document, van Steenis’ mission was… Read More

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