Opinion

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

VentureCrowd: Crowdfunding Will Be Part of Every Startups Capital Raising Stack

VentureCrowd is a multi-asset crowdfunding platform providing early stage, property and “crowd credit” funding in Australia. Currently, VentureCrowd only caters to sophisticated or high net worth individuals.  Each early stage investment listed on its platform has already secured a professional lead investor thus allowing a smaller… Read More

Crazy Talk: Independent Community Bankers of America Wants to Stop SoFi From Getting Bank Charter

The  Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA), a lobbying group representing small banks, wants to put the Kibosh on SoFi offering banking services in the US. As was recently reported, SoFi has applied for a Charter as it seeks to broaden its services to a far wider audience…. Read More

UK Explores Possibility of New US Trade Agreement Following Brexit

The US Trade Representative, Robert Lighthizer, met with the UK International Trade Secretary Dr. Liam Fox yesterday. This was the first visit between the two trade reps since the UK election. According to the UK government, discussions included the possibility of a new trade arrangement… Read More

Alibaba Must Acquire Starbucks, WeWork, Airbnb, Uber, Tesla & PayPal

During July 2016, I was part of a delegation of US Fintech executives visiting our counterparts in Hong Kong, Shenzhen, and Shanghai, China. We toured and visited some of the most exciting Fintech platforms in China such as LuFax, CreditEase, Tencent (the creator of WeChat),… Read More

FCA Director of Competition Chris Woolard Cautions on Usage of Bitcoin

Chris Woolard, the Financial Conduct Authority’s competition Czar, has commented on the usage of cryptocurrencies. As reported by FN news, Woolard said; “We don’t prohibit regulated firms from engaging in digital currency trading, nor do we prohibit banks from offering banking services to deal with… Read More

Zelle Says “We heard you needed a better way to pay”. But is Anyone Listening?

Zelle, the erstwhile Venmo killer, is the creation of a cabal of traditional banks. As of this month, 86 million mobile banking customers will be able to utilize the peer to peer payments platform to send money via mobil banking apps. The list of the… Read More

France to be an Inclusive and Open Startup Nation says President Macron at Viva Technology

Yesterday the President of France, Emmanuel Macron received a standing ovation from an audience of tech startups and large businesses at Viva Technology. He spoke of France as a startup nation embracing hyper-innovation, of a revolution, a complete change of mindset. He shared his vision… Read More

Bloomberg Report is Critical of Online Lenders

A report from Bloomberg this week takes certain online lending platforms to task regarding the fact that some online lenders are not verifying income status.  The report also says that even if there are errors in loan applications the loan may still be approved. More… Read More

Transferwise Updates on US Business Progress

Transferwise, a European Fintech Unicorn, has provided an update on progress in the United States. The company crossed the Atlantic about 2 years ago and management hasn’t looked back since. As of today, Transferwise has completed 2 million transfers totaling almost $11 billion. That’s a… Read More

Where is the Crowd?

  At a lightly attended alternative finance conference last month, Dr. Richard Swart spoke about the anaemic growth of the US crowdfunding industry. He made the point that we (industry participants including portals, broker-dealers, escrow banks & trusts, transfer agents, investor accreditation services, accountants, lawyers,… Read More

3 Takeaways from Mary Meeker’s 2017 Internet Trends Report

This article highlights three takeaways for Fintech firms from Mary Meeker’s 355-page-long report: 1) The Internet’s center of gravity shifts to Asia; 2) The biggest get bigger; 3) Fintechs must use gamification to improve customer engagement. Since 2001, Mary Meeker, a Partner at venture capital… Read More

Treasury Report Seeks to Deliver Regulatory Relief to Banks & Credit Unions

The US Department of Treasury is out with its first report in a series addressing regulatory reform regarding the financial services industry.  Due to the enormity of the task, Treasury will divide its review of the financial system into a series of reports. While Fintech… Read More

Here is the Presentation that Explains How Ant Financial, Part of Alibaba, Will Dominate Finance

Alibaba has been a trailblazer in many ways. One area that Alibaba wants to dominate is finance for both consumers and SMEs and they are well on their way.  Ant Financial, their financial services subsidiary, is executing on this vision and last week Eric Jing,… Read More

Hong Kong Report: Is Regional Rivalry Harming Fintech Development?

The Asia Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (ASIFMA) is out with a report on the evolving Fintech sector and the authors are prodding regulators to work more closely together in a regional approach. ASIFMA is based in Hong Kong and while Hong Kong is… Read More

Congressional Testimony on Fintech Innovation: “Today We Are Following Not Leading”

This past week the House Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection, part of the Energy and Commerce Committee, held a hearing on Fintech innovation as part of their disruptors series. During the hearing several witnesses delivered prepared statements to the Committee members and one clearly… Read More

The Key to Monzo’s Digital Banking Success

Traditional banking is facing tough times ahead. It’s easy to see why. The UK has lost 40% of its banks and building societies since 1989, considering usage of online banking has more doubled since 2007. After all, who wants to queue for an hour to see… Read More

House Approves Financial CHOICE Act, the Dodd-Frank Replacement

Dodd-Frank has proven to be a horrible act of legislation. A reactionary swipe directed towards the financial services industry following the calamity known as the Great Recession, many portions of the law have not yet been fully enacted. The new regulations are simply too convoluted… Read More

At $3 Billion in Loans, Amazon is Quickly Becoming a Huge SME Lender

Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) announced today that it had originated over $3 billion in loans to more than 20,000 small businesses since 2011. One billion of those loans came in the past 12 months. Peyush Nahar, VP for Amazon Marketplace, released a statement on the milestone; “We… Read More

Here is the European Commission Consultation Paper on Fintech

Earlier this year, the European Commission published a consultation paper on Fintech. Entitled, “Fintech: A More Competitve and Innovative European Financial Sector,” comments are starting to be published as the deadline nears (June 15, 2017). The ESMA published their comments today. The consultation was predicated… Read More