Opinion

Editorial opinions on the burgeoning industry of CrowdFunding and the associated regulations.

Protecting Consumers’ Access to Credit Act of 2017: Controversial Bill that Helps Online Lenders Passes the House

Today, the House of Representatives passed HR 3299, “the Protecting Consumer’s Access to Credit Act of 2017.” The Bill was approved mainly along party lines as Republicans supported the measure and Democrats voted against it but 16 Democrats crossed over in support of the legislation. The… Read More

Raise-It-All with a Razitall Reg CF Campaign: Interview with CEO Dean Hampton on Crowdfunding Platform Launch

Razitall, a phonetic play on Raise-It-All, is a new crowdfunding platform founded with both entrepreneurs and investors in mind. The goal of the New York-based platform is to help entrepreneurs raise the target amount needed during a Reg CF campaign in order to succeed and to help… Read More

The Future of Banking

Banking is and has been overdue for a makeover. For the most part, the majority of the banking industry is still antiquated but thanks to technological advances in the last couple of years, this is starting to change. I remember not so long ago standing in… Read More

A Tale of Two Cities: SEC & CFTC Heads Testify Before the Senate Banking Committee

Truly, it was a tale of two cities. On February 6, 2018, the U.S. Senate Banking Committee held a hearing on the oversight role of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) in respect of virtual currencies like Bitcoin… Read More

State Bank Regulators Take Step Forward to Streamline Licensing Process for Fintechs. Is this a Good Thing?

Yesterday, the Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS) took a step forward to streamline the process of licensing  Fintech firms seeking to operate across the US. If you are based outside the US you may be surprised to know that banks and Fintechs must comply… Read More

Beauhurst: 2017 Was the Best Year on Record for Investment in the UK’s High-Growth Companies

“This year couldn’t be more different,” Toby Austin, CEO & Co-Founder of Beauhurst The above quote pretty much sums things up. According to the numbers tallied by Beauhurst, 2017 was a gangbuster year for investment into UK high growth firms. Austin adds that; “It’s good… Read More

OurCrowd Leads the Way in Global Investment Crowdfunding

OurCrowd is arguably a vital variable in the rise of Israel’s claim to be the leading nation when it comes to entrepreneurial innovation. The country has established itself as a hotbed for early stage tech firms in a diverse array of sectors. Today, most all… Read More

The Taxman Cometh: Tax Reform May Impact Cryptocurrency Trading

It is that time of year again. Tax time. The dreaded annual routine where you compile all of your state and federal tax forms into an envelope and shuffle it off to your accountant. Alternatively, you may use a tax software and do it yourself… Read More

Facebook Bans Ads For Bitcoin, Cryptocurrencies, & ICOs

On Tuesday, social media giant Facebook announced it is officially banning all ads concerning bitcoin, other cryptocurrencies, and initial coin offerings (ICOs). Facebook Product Management Director, Rob Leathern, stated the platform’s team has created a new policy that prohibits ads that promote financial products and services that are frequently… Read More

Is Bitcoin Broken Beyond All Repair?

The creation of Bitcoin, along with the Blockchain technology that enabled the digital currency, was a revolutionary act that has changed the world of finance forever. Originally envisioned as a transactional digital currency, Bitcoin has evolved more into an investment, or vehicle to speculate, due… Read More

Why Exports and Alternative Finance Could Hold the Keys to SME Growth

2018 has started strongly. According to the UK Office of National Statistics data, it looks like the UK could be starting to overcome its productivity challenges. Meanwhile, manufacturing output is at its highest level in a decade. And, of course, we’ve seen the global economy… Read More

Jason Calacanis Slams Bitcoin, Says Leading Crypto “Could Go To Zero”

Prominent Silicon Valley investor Jason Calacanis visited with CNBC’s SquawkAlley this past week while enjoying some time in Davos, Switzerland. Last month, Calacanis told Squawk that Bitcoin is a bubble. This time, Calacanis said Bitcoin could go to zero and gave it a 1/3 chance… Read More

ICO Industry Adjusts as SEC & CFTC Warn Both Issuers & Advisors Including Attorneys Engaged Token Offerings

  This past week both the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission came out with strong statements warning the exuberant initial coin offering industry (ICO) that regulators will no longer tolerate the flouting of existing securities law. ICOs have increased rapidly… Read More

WAWLLET Bridges Fiat-Crypto Gap, Scores $35M Pre-ICO, Preps for Public ICO

Traditional financial models, be on your guard. WAWLLET, reportedly the world’s first multi-asset wallet and personal financial passport, connecting people, banks and financial services, will launch an up-to-89 million-ICO for its WIN Tokens, valued at $3 USD per Token, on 29 January. 44 million WIN Tokens… Read More

The Australian Tax Office Creates Taskforce on Tax Issues Regarding Cryptocurrencies, FinTech Australia Responds

In December, the Australian Tax Office (ATO) posted an explanation of tax treatment regarding Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. In response to recent media reports that ATO has set up a new taskforce to examine tax issues around cryptocurrencies, FinTech Australia has posted a response. Danielle Szetho, FinTech… Read More

Is California the State Where Crowdfunding Goes to Die? Maybe Not, as Intrastate Legislation Resurfaces

California is a state that has attempted to enact intrastate crowdfunding regulations multiple times. Honestly, I have lost count as to how many times bills have meandered their way through the Sacramento process. Three maybe four times? By now, I am uncertain. So is California… Read More

Letter from Senators Rubio & Menendez Raise Concern About Cryptocurrencies & International Scofflaws

Several days ago, Senator Marco Rubio and Senator Robert Menendez published a letter directed to the US Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin demanding to know what the US government was doing to foil attempts by rogue nations in leveraging cryptocurrencies to skirt imposed sanctions…. Read More

Women Became the Story in 2017

As Oprah Winfrey put it during her acceptance speech at the Golden Globes on January 7th, 2018. The reverberations of her words have re-ignited, for anyone who thought it was a just a trend, the importance of #metoo, the industry-agnostic movement. Actually, it is all-encompassing… Read More

PeerIQ CEO Ram Ahluwalia: 2017 Saw a Resurgence of Growth in Online Lending

  There are several people in the online lending industry, inclusive of marketplace and balance sheet lending, that truly know just about everything going on in this evolving sector of finance. Ram Ahluwalia, CEO and co-founder of PeerIQ is one of these persons. His company… Read More