Opinion

Editorial opinions and perspective on Fintech.

Black Eye: Estonia Hit by Shuttered P2P Investment Platforms, Impacted Investors Look for Answers

Last month, Crowdfund Insider reported on two debt-based investment platforms based in Estonia closing their doors leaving investors with many questions and apparently no money. Envestio tweeted that the problem had to do with a “well-planned set of actions aimed to cause significant financial and… Read More

CBDC: Former CFTC Chairman Christopher Giancarlo Says US Fed Must Issue a Digital Currency

Christopher Giancarlo, former chairman at the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), recently stated that it may be time for the US Federal Reserve to introduce a digital currency. Giancarlo, whose comments came during Yahoo Finance’s On the Move show on February 21, said that… Read More

Funding Trends: How Startups Will Raise Capital in 2020

Any new blockchain startup needs funding, but where does that all-important juice come from? While venerable entities (let’s not list them, presumably, you know what and who they are) certainly have the means to plank billions into their chosen ventures, they can’t be expected to… Read More

Telegram ICO: A Two-Phase Offering Does Not Inoculate an ICO from Federal Securities Law

As we have previously reported, Telegram is engaged in a legal battle with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in what may be the biggest SEC cryptocurrency case yet.  One the one side, you have Telegram that raised over a billion dollars from a digital… Read More

Perspective: Don’t Blame the SEC, the Definition of “Accredited Investor” Was Never the Problem

Recently, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed changes to the definition of “accredited investor.” Many issuers and intermediaries hoped the SEC would expand the definition of “accredited investor,” to include qualitative conditions, such as education, or by lowering quantitative thresholds, such as income and… Read More

Sherwood Neiss of Crowdfund Capital Advisors Updates on Reg CF Progress: “Successful Reg CF companies have pumped almost $1 billion into local economies”

Crowdfund Capital Advisors (CCA) and its co-founders have been a leading voice advocating on behalf of online capital formation since Sherwood “Woodie” Neiss and Jason Best helped to create the language of the JOBS Act law that legalized securities crowdfunding in the United States. Neiss… Read More

Fed Governor Lael Brainard Discusses Digitalization of Payments and Currency, Says Fed is Researching CBDC

Fed Governor Lael Brainard delivered a speech in California this past week discussing the “Digitalization of Payments and Currency.” Brainard has been at the forefront in discussing Fintech innovation providing unique perspective from her perch at the Federal Reserve. She said that BigTechs and Fintechs… Read More

How to Overcome the Challenges Funders Face in 2020

In my former life as an investment banker I didn’t really pay the world of Fintech much heed. In my mind, Fintechs were the reserve of tech-savvy millennials or early adopters and not something for a Generation X Luddite to pay much attention to. Even… Read More

Chamber of Digital Commerce: Commissioner Peirce’s Digital Asset Safe Harbor Good for Token Innovation

As details continue to circulate regarding the newly proposed digital asset safe harbor for non-security tokens, industry insiders are welcoming the news. Revealed by SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce today, the proposal could “create a path for digital token innovators.” Amy Davine Kim, Chief Policy Officer… Read More

SEC Small Business Capital Formation Advisory Committee Meeting: Private Investment in Early Stage Firms Rise, Public Companies Decline. What to Do …

This week, the SEC Small Business Capital Formation Advisory Committee met at the Commission to discuss access to capital around the country. Multiple presentations were delivered on the state of access to capital including one by the Office of the Advocate for Small Business as… Read More

The Wall Street Blockchain Alliance Asks IRS to Clarify Crypto Tax Approach

The Wall Street Blockchain Alliance (WSBA) has posted a letter addressed to the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) asking the agency to clarify its stance on crypto and taxation. In the past, the IRS has issued several statements and warnings to holders of cryptocurrency with… Read More

Banking as a Service: Goldman Sachs Sizes Up Cloud based Financial Services for Fintechs & Other Banks

Marcus by Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS), a digital bank serving customers in the US and UK, is expected to play a significant role in the future of the world’s most successful investment bank. During the recent Investor Day, Goldman outlined its vision for both corporate and… Read More

University of Oxford: Tokenization Offers Exciting Possibilities for Real Estate but Cautious on Single Assets, Smartlands Counters Thesis

Security Tokens and Real Estate. Recently the University of Oxford published a paper on digital assets and real estate. Entitled, “Tokenization: the Future of Real Estate Investment?“, the document believes there is potential in tokenizing the popular asset class but also sees certain challenges. For… Read More

Electronic Transactions Association Publishes Report on How Fintech is Helping the Underbanked

The Electronic Transactions Association (ETA) has published its annual report on Fintech and how it helps the population that is underbanked or not banked at all. The ETA is a trade association representing the payments and transfer sector of Fintech – a sector that is… Read More

Reminder: House Financial Services Committee to Host Hearing on “Rent-a-Banks” this Week

On Wednesday, February 5th at 10AM, the House Financial Services Committee will hold a hearing entitled, “Rent-A-Bank Schemes and New Debt Traps: Assessing Efforts to Evade State Consumer Protections and Interest Rate Caps.” The Hearing will most certainly address the emergence of Fintechs, specifically online… Read More

Perspective: What the Next Three Years of Reg CF Holds

Regulation Crowdfunding (Reg CF) celebrates its fourth birthday this year and many numbers are pointing to success – including the 10,000 jobs created by issuers raising capital under the exemption and the more than $200 million in capital raised. However, despite the successes, critics still… Read More

Women in Fintech: Paris Fintech Forum Takes Hold of Gender Diversity Issue

Every year, the Paris Fintech Forum (PFF) makes a special effort to invite as many female Fintech founders and CEOs as possible to share the stage at its CEO-only conference. However, Laurent Nizri, the CEO of Altéir and PFF organizer, admits that he struggles to… Read More

Digital Assets: What to Do When the SEC Comes Calling

Last week, the Wall Street Blockchain Alliance (WSBA), in partnership with the global law firm of Linklaters, hosted a forum on dealing with investigations or inquiries from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Enforcement actions or investigations by the SEC in the world of securities… Read More

Tradeteq CFO on European Companies Opening Offices in UK Post Brexit: The Outlook for UK Finance and Fintech is Positive

Last week, Crowdfund Insider covered a report on the UK and how European financial services firms were being compelled to open new offices in light of Brexit. While a good amount of digital ink has covered the number of firms shuttering offices or lowering headcount… Read More

Scott Purcell Slams the SECs Proposed Update to the Accredited Investor Rule: “it still remains policy that only rich people are permitted to get rich”

Outspoken entrepreneur and CEO of Prime Trust Scott Purcell has shared his thoughts on the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) proposal to modernize the current definition of an accredited investor. At the moment, an accredited investor in the US is measured by a wealth metric…. Read More

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