Opinion

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

Paul Atkins: Dodd Frank was a Slapdash Effort

Former SEC Commissioner and Trump administration advisor Paul Atkins chatted with CNBC today about the forthcoming Dodd-Frank replacement. Dodd-Frank was the pinnacle legislation crafted during the ashes of the Great Recession designed to address shortcomings within the financial services industry. While its intent may have… Read More

France’s Online Alternative Finance Doubles in Size – Crowdfunding Grows 40%

The French Crowdfunding Association (Financement Participatif France) released today the 3rd edition of its annual industry Barometer. For the first time, the data was compiled by auditing and consulting firm KPMG, which lends to the Barometer additional weight. The association was represented, among other board… Read More

We Need a Regulatory Framework for Cross-Border Crowdfunding Offerings

  Sara Hanks is well known in the alternative finance/crowdfunding space. Hanks is CEO and founder of CrowdCheck –  a due diligence, disclosure and compliance services for online capital formation. She is a Board member of CFIRA and is the current Chair of the SEC’s… Read More

Financial Innovation Now Tells CFPB to Examine, Not Regulate, Consumer Access to Digital Financial Records

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), launched an inquiry into consumers seeking access to their financial records.  At the time of the announcement, CFPB Director Richard Cordray stated; “Consumers should be able to use their financial records and account information and securely share access in… Read More

Paul Niederer Slams Australian Crowdfunding Legislation in Public Comment

Paul Niederer, former CEO of the Australian Small Scale Offerings Board (ASSOB) – the very first platform established to raise capital online, posted a comment letter in response to the proposed Australian Crowd-Sourced Funding Bill (crowdfunding for the rest of the world). Never one to… Read More

BondMason CEO Stephen Findlay Comments on RBS Move into Online Lending via NatWest

Last week, NatWest – part of the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) – announced a new online platform designed to simplify the loan making process for UK SMEs.  Borne out of an ‘Innovation Cell’, working with Fintech firm Ezbob Limited,  “Esme” has been developed in… Read More

EY: Public Listings Have Declined by More than 50% Since 1996 Peak (Deck)

As part of the SEC Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies meeting last week, there were two presentations on the decline of IPOs in the US. The first was provided by the law firm Goodwin was shared earlier on Crowdfund Insider. Also in attendance… Read More

Acting SEC Chairman Piwowar Talks Crowdfunding & Small Business Advocate to Open ACSEC Meeting

SEC Acting Chair Michael Piwowar was present to open the meeting of the Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies (ACSEC) last week. Piwowar, a Republican appointee, took the opportunity to highlight several policy issues. While pointing to the importance of small business as the… Read More

Why Are More Companies Staying Private? (Deck)

Why are more companies staying private? That’s a good question. Many moons ago, it was the ambition of most young promising companies to get big enough to “go public” and do an initial public offering (IPO). Becoming a listed company was viewed as a stamp… Read More

The Invest in America Act: Supporting Entrepreneurs & Innovation While Empowering Everyday Americans

  First off, we all owe Tony a debt of gratitude for actually drafting this set of regulations. Legislative drafting is yeoman’s work especially when it comes to tax law. This new legislation solves for two extremely important problems in the U.S. economy and society…. Read More

Calling All Would-be Angels: “Invest In America Act” Bill Could Help You Find Your Wings

Start-ups and small businesses represent the heart of the American economy and fostering this sector is integral to continued innovation and job growth in the U.S.  Access to capital however, is always a critical issue for these types of businesses and angel investors often represent… Read More

FINRA Unravelled: Is the Securities Regulator in Need of Profound Reform?

FINRA, or the “Financial Industry Regulatory Authority”, is one of the most powerful financial regulators in the United States. It is also a private corporation that performs its duties as a “self-regulatory organization” (SRO). FINRA oversees the thousands of broker-dealers and other financial industry participants… Read More

OCC Fintech Charter: We Need a Government that Embraces Financial Innovation

The Office of Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) is an independent bureau within the United States Department of the Treasury that was created by the National Currency Act of 1863 (154 years ago, 20 years before the automobile was invented by Karl Benz from Germany)…. Read More

Proposed OCC National Fintech Charter Comments & Feedback

Last December, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) – part of the Department of Treasury-  proposed a “National Bank Charter for Fintech Companies”. The exploration stirred up a hornet’s nest of public officials that were not too pleased the OCC would think… Read More

One Simple Thing Reg CF Issuers Can Do To Raise More Money Crowdfunding

Since Reg CF became effective, I’ve noticed a disturbing pattern in Reg CF deals—their valuations and economic terms are oftentimes unjustified. Unlike a normal angel or VC investment, which includes back and forth negotiations on terms with a lead investor, Reg CF issuers largely set… Read More

Here is the Executive Order Regarding Financial Regulations Signed by President Trump

President Trump signed another Executive Order today. This time it was targeting financial regulations and the growing morass of regulation that has been piled upon the electorate. In a televised presser, President Trump signed the order on “Core Principles for Regulating the United States Financial… Read More

Stuart Law of Assetz Capital Predicts Big Demand for New Investment in Housing

The UK government is expected to publish soon a White Paper on the UK housing challenge. Housing starts are at an all time high but hurdles remain as demand continues to outstrip supply. Expectations are for “radical plans” to be outlined to help the government… Read More

Finance Disrupted: Is London’s Fintech Crown Debatable?

The State of Fintech in the United Kingdom. Observers in London see a paradox at the heart of today’s financial technology sector. If Fintech is all about playing the cutting edge and disrupting the mainstream, how come so many Fintech players and commentators obsess so… Read More

Update: Fintechers Walnut, Artoo & CreditVidya Comment on Founders of the Union Budget 2017

CEO and founders from India-based fintech platforms Walnut, Artoo and CreditVidya weighed in to comment on yesterday’s Founders of the Union Budget 2017 given by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, noting its potential impact in increasing access of digital services and  building a more inclusive economy: “The Budget announcements are… Read More

FoundersClub Responds: Each Immigrant FC Founder Creates 159 US Jobs

In a recent post, FoundersClub Christopher Steiner reflected on current concerns with the US’ newest president and hostile immigration policy, “The last five days have led to a great deal of introspection across industries regarding relationships with, and even dependencies on, the greatest American ally of… Read More