Opinion

Editorial opinions and perspective on Fintech.

Theresa May is Out. Brexit Worries Rise as Uncertainty Increases Risk Meanwhile Fintechs Persevere

Long-embattled Prime Minister Theresa May has announced she will depart her office on June 7th thus initiating a scramble as to who will replace her in a historically important time for the UK. The ramifications of Brexit are profound and inestimable. But it is clear… Read More

Insurtech: Do We Need a New Model for Insurance?

Technology has changed us; it’s undeniable. It’s a safe bet to say that technology is going to continue to change us too.  It will continue to revolutionize how our society lives, works, plays, and transact business.  Today, 57 percent of the world’s population is now… Read More

Former SEC Enforcement Chief: Accepting Crypto Payments Adds a More Criminal Than Cool Cachet

Former SEC Office of Internet Enforcement Chief John Reed Stark has used his latest blog post at LinkedIn (“The Bitcoin Plague Spreads to Retail”) to strongly advise American retailers not accept cryptocurrency payments: “Given its complete and utter lack of oversight and meaningful licensure, the… Read More

Neutral Dollar Stablecoin Founder Slams Tether

Matt Branton, CTO of Neutral and architect of Neutral Dollar – an aspiring stablecoin, has slammed stablecoin leader Tether in a statement. Neutral Dollar (NASD) is a stablecoin pegged to a basket of four other stablecoins (USDC, PAX, DAI, TUSD) which just recently went live…. Read More

Fintech Unicorn Transferwise Raises $292 Million at $3.5 Billion Valuation: No Need to Go Public as there is an Ocean of Private Capital

Fintech Unicorn and stealth bank Transferwise has raised $292 million at a valuation of $3.5 billion. According to multiple reports, Transferwise has doubled its valuation in contrast to its last funding round. The round was said to be over-subscribed. Transferwise last raised capital at a… Read More

Circle Fires 30 Employees Due to “Restrictive Regulatory Climate in the US”

Digital asset firm Circle has let go 10% of its workforce or 30 individual employees. Circle founder and CEO Jeremy Allaire explained the move in a series of tweets. Allaire said: “We made these changes in response to new market conditions, most importantly, an increasingly… Read More

Three Years of Reg CF: 44 Funding Portals, 9 Departures, 1 Suspension & $200 Million Raised

Last week Regulation Crowdfunding, or Reg CF as it is affectionately called, celebrated its 3rd birthday. While the JOBS Act legislation that created online capital formation was signed into law in 2012, final rules for Reg CF did not become actionable into about 4 years… Read More

Many Have Written that Blockchain is Overhyped. Is Finance Listening?

As Bitcoin noses the $8000 USD mark and fans and crypto-dedicated media praise the end of “Crypto Winter,” investors and fiduciaries are well advised to have another look at articles circumspect about “blockchain,” the technology undergirding Bitcoin that has been praised as the “foundation of… Read More

Exchanges and Issuers Risking Hot Water By Selling IEO (Initial Exchange Offering) Tokens

IEO (initial exchange offering) “fever” is proving more short-lived than the ICO (initial coin offering) version, and that is probably a good thing. By promoting “IEOs” –crypto tokens of a slightly different stripe– exchanges and pundits have hoped to revive some of the excitement, action,… Read More

Circle CEO Jeremy Allaire Pleads Case for US Policy Change Regarding Crypto

Jeremy Allaire, CEO and founder of digital asset firm Circle, took to the pages of the site’s blog to lament the state of regulation in the US when it comes to crypto. Allaire said his post was driven in part to their decision to “geofence,”… Read More

Comptroller Otting Discusses Fintech Charter During House Financial Services Committee

Last week, Comptroller of the Currency Joseph Otting testified in front of the House Financial Services Committee. The hearing was entitled, “Oversight of Prudential Regulators: Ensuring the Safety, Soundness and Accountability of Megabanks and Other Depository Institutions.” The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency… Read More

Assure Services Claims to be the Largest SPV Service in the World and it Has Many Fintech Platforms as Clients

Recently Crowdfund Insider encountered a successful service that is not exactly a high profile business in the Fintech world. Back office fund management provided by Assure Services. What we did not realize is that many Fintech platforms are outsourcing their fund management so they may… Read More

The Wall Street Blockchain Alliance Responds to SECs Digital Asset Guidance. Applauds Commission’s Effort While Stating the Guidance Raises New Questions

The Wall Street Blockchain Alliance (WSBA) has published a response to the recent guidance on digital assets from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). In early April, the SEC, Division of Corporate Finance, issued its first No-Action letter (NAL) to Turnkey Jet pertaining to the… Read More

Traders Rule: Bitcoin Tanks as Large Sell Order on Bitstamp is Investigated

Bitcoin has reversed its recent bull run to a new 12 month high of around USD $8000 to now hovering just above USD $7000. The gut churning reversal is being blamed by some as being caused by a huge sell order accepted and executed on… Read More

Reg CF 3 Year Anniversary: Republic Reports on Progress & Change as a Leading Crowdfunding Platform

Regulation Crowdfunding, commonly called Reg CF, celebrates a birthday today. On May 16, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) allowed issuers to use the securities exemption to raise capital online from both FINRA approved “funding portals” as well as broker-dealers. Part of the JOBS… Read More

SEC Fintech Forum will Focus on Digital Assets, Some Crypto Industry Participants Have Set Low Expectations: “Just for Show”

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has scheduled a Fintech Forum to take place at the end of this month at their headquarters in Washington, DC. Blockchain and digital assets will be the main topic of discussion. But while interest in the event, which will… Read More

Regtech: FCA Opens Survey to Regulated Firms to Better Understand Costs of Reporting

The UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has long pursued and promoted beneficial Fintech innovation. One very important, and perhaps underappreciated subcategory of Fintech is Regtech or regulation technology. While some jurisdictions have been slow to research the potential for digital regulation and compliance, the FCA… Read More

Killing VASPs: G8 Swatting VASPs Globally (Crypto Exchanges, Custody, Tokens)

G8’s AML Body FATF Seeks Killing Crackdown on Crypto Exchanges and Tokens of All Types Crypto exchanges of all types and similar services (virtual asset service providers or ‘VASPs’) should be absorbed by traditional banks or disappear altogether. This seems to be the view of… Read More

While the Uber IPO May have Stumbled, Early Investors Still Killed it

Early stage investing is a very risky endeavor yet this is where most of the big money is made. Today, an initial public offering (IPO) is too frequently more of an exit opportunity than a chance to generate wealth as companies wait as long as… Read More

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