Opinion

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

Comptroller of the Currency, Thomas Curry, Delivers Speech on Importance of Fintech Innovation

“That ability to adapt and evolve to meet the changing needs of customers and the marketplace is as critical” Thomas Curry, the Comptroller of the Currency, delivered a speech today at Kellogg School of Management in Chicago. The speech comes at an interesting time as… Read More

OCC Fintech Charter Lawsuit Creates “Increasing Headwinds” for Progress

The Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS), a US organization of state bank regulators, filed a complaint against teh Comptroller of the Currency in the US district court of Columbia this week. The action was against the much debated Fintech Charter that was launched to… Read More

Regulation Crowdfunding: What We See Day to Day

Regulation Crowdfunding is somewhere in the top half of the first inning of a nine-inning ballgame.  I’m not even sure the first batter has seen more than a pitch or two.  It will certainly be fascinating to see how the game develops.  I, for one,… Read More

Congressman Patrick McHenry Slams CFPB, Labels Project Catalyst a Failure

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) was created out of the ashes of the Great Recession. A knee jerk-reaction crafted by elected officials attempting to fix what went wrong, the controversial agency has since earned much criticism while having its structure deemed unconstitutional. At a… Read More

How to Fix Crowdfunding Education (Part 1): Teach the Fundamentals

Since publishing my article “ Why We Need to Address Crowdfunding Education Now ” on Crowdfund Insider last November, I am often asked what would be my first step to fix crowdfunding education. My answer is simple: I would start by teaching crowdfunding – not… Read More

A Peek Into My Crowdfunding Portfolio

Victoria Silchenko called out crowdfunding industry professionals earlier this year for not having invested in crowdfunding companies themselves. So, in that same spirit, I’m opening up my crowdfunding portfolio. Before I disclose, I’m going to say that I am NOT a financial advisor or any… Read More

Huge: Alipay & WeChat Payments Have Risen from $81 Billion in 2012 to $2.9 Trillion in 2016

The UN sponsored Better than Cash Alliance is out with an interesting report on Fintech and payments in China. The Alliance partners with governments, companies, and international organizations that are the key drivers behind the transition to make digital payments widely available around the globe…. Read More

Fintech: Data Standardization is Your Next Competitive Advantage

When I took my first computer science courses in college, my professor often cited the old adage “Garbage in, Garbage out”. Most of the students in the classroom chuckled. For most of us, that was the first time we heard that expression. What he meant… Read More

Harvard Kennedy School Study Recommends P2P Marketplace Policy Overhaul

The proliferation of P2P marketplace, and most importantly online lending brings a competitive challenge for existing financial institutions that is here to stay. Its meteoric rise has provoked regulators around the world to deliberate on the new models of oversight needed to benefit consumers and… Read More

Have the Wheels Fallen Off of Reg CF Crowdfunding?

Crowdfunding, as allowed under Reg CF (created by Title III of the JOBS Act) was designed to improve access to capital for smaller firms in need of funding while providing new investment opportunities for smaller investors. For too many years the little guy has been… Read More

Financial CHOICE Act of 2017 Expected to Include Changes to Jobs Act Exemptions and More

The creation of Representative Jeb Hensarling, the Financial CHOICE Act of 2017 is geared to replace much of Dodd-Frank legislation. Dodd-Frank has become the poster-child for poorly written law that increased cost to financial service firms while increasing the potential of “too big to fail.”… Read More

On a Mission: FCA Updates Mission & Business Plan, Shares Challenges of Fintech

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) released an update this week on both their mission and an accompanying business plan. The lead securities and market regulator, posted its broad strategic objectives, as determined by Parliament; To ensure that relevant markets function well – and three operational… Read More

Startup Bro Culture Really Sucks and it Needs to Change

I’m the founder of a Fintech startup based in Pittsburgh. I’ve built an online platform that connects developers of impactful, neighborhood-building real estate projects with investors — both accredited and otherwise. I spend tons of time, energy, and resources making sure this platform is secure, reliable, and… Read More

BBC: Fintech Provides Better Choices & Services, Enter Monzo, Square (Video)

In this brief video entitled “FinTech How technology is changing the world of finance,” BBC Newsnight spotlights some problems facing SMEs when it comes to collecting payments. Fees overwhelm. Payments delayed. Fintech maverick, Crowdcube campaigner and Monzo CEO Tom Blomfield addresses how lack of competition allows brick… Read More

Financial Innovation Now Submits Recommendations to Senators Crapo & Brown as to How to Boost the Economy

Financial Innovation Now (FIN) has submitted their recommendations to Senators Crapo and Brown, the Chair and Ranking Member on the Senate Banking Committee, as to how best to improve Economic Growth. The proposals follow a public request by the two Senators asking members of the public… Read More

Crowdfunded Unicorn: Is BrewDog’s Deal a Vindication of the Crowdfunding Process?

BrewDog released impressive news this week. The UK-based craft brewery received £213 million for a 22% investment from private equity firm TSG – an entity with $5 billion in assets under management. The investment delivered a £1 billion valuation on the fast growing brewery –… Read More

Report: Crowdfunding in The Netherlands Grows by 33 Percent

In 2016 a total of €170 million was raised through crowdfunding in the Netherlands. This sets a new all-time high for the size of the crowdfunding market in the country. However, for the first time since its rise, crowdfunding in the Netherlands has not grown… Read More

The New Financial World Order: Singapore & China Strengthen Financial Relationship at Singapore – Shanghai Financial Forum

Global economic powerhouse Singapore is tightening its relationship with China as indicated by the 3rd Singapore-Shanghai Financial Forum (SSFF) in Singapore today.  The SSFF is an annual forum that seeks to bring together financial industry participants from Singapore and Shanghai to discuss pertinent market developments and… Read More

Kabbage Co-Founder & Head Fintecher Kathryn Petralia: Power Lending, Predictions & Progress

  “Fintech, online lending, AI and privacy are complicated issues, so we’ve created innovative solutions and approaches that D.C. embraces once they understand them. Our message to Washington is: call us! We have someone to translate tech speak and “bureaucratese” for all of Washington’s questions.”… Read More