Opinion

Editorial opinions and perspective on Fintech.

The New Proposed “Accredited Investor” Definition Changes And Why They Are A BIG Deal

While it passed somewhat under the radar with the holiday season, on December 18, 2019, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) released a proposal to significantly amend the existing “accredited investor” definition; which is integral in determining who can participate in private securities transactions. The… Read More

House Financial Services Committee Postpones “Rent a Bank” Hearing, Reschedules Fintech Task Force Meeting

The US House Financial Services Committee, Chaired by Representative Maxine Waters, has adjusted this month’s schedule a bit. Crowdfund Insider published January’s schedule last week but on Friday several important changes were made. First, the Hearing for the Fintech Task Force has been moved up… Read More

Shuttered: Once a Leading Industry Voice, the UK Peer to Peer Finance Association Disbands as Industry Transitions

The UK Peer to Peer Finance Association (P2PFA) is no more. Once a leading industry voice the Association that once represented the biggest names in the P2P lending industry has made the decision to disband. The news was revealed in a series of reports with… Read More

LatAm Fintech Revolution Part 3: Hunting for the Next LatAm Unicorn. Fintech Investments are Glowing Red Hot!

Whenever there’s opportunity, the money flows. There’s no exception here to a 400 million people market. Latin America is the next fertile ground for homegrown venture capitalists and international money when it comes to Fintech. U.S. and international VCs are on the hunt for the… Read More

Hello Luxembourg: Fintech Map Displays Robust Financial Services Innovation Ecosystem

Luxembourg is a relatively small EU country that has long been home to a good number of financial services firms. In fact, with a population of just 615,000, it is one of the smallest countries in Europe but it also claims one of the highest… Read More

“Real Life Regulators” – North American Securities Administrators Association Launches Podcast Covering Fraud Enforcement Activities of State Securities Regulators

The North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) has announced the launch of a new podcast series covering the escapades of securities regulators around North America. Entitled, Real Life Regulators, the podcast’s goal is to review and discuss fraud cases regarding the financial services industry. Christopher… Read More

Dancing with Howey: Telegram’s Recent Public Notice on TON Blockchain

On Monday, Telegram, makers of the popular private messaging app Telegram, issued a public notice to, “clarify certain aspects of the TON Blockchain and Grams,” as the company, “continue(s) to prepare for a successful launch of the project.” TON is intended to function as a… Read More

On the Record: IMF Chief Economist Says CBDCs Won’t Supplant the US Dollar & Synthetic Hegemonic Currencies are “Improbable”

There has been a good amount of discussion regarding Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs) – digital iterations of the Euro, Dollar etc. Many central banks are experimenting with the concept. Another thought-provoking idea is the creation of a “synthetic hegemonic currency” as proposed by the… Read More

Provenance Blockchain: A One-Stop Shop for Token Issuance and Compliance?

As the “public blockchain” space is being tempered now by market forces, regulation and reality, companies running or looking to set up an investing platform or manage token issuance may want to take a look at the Provenance Blockchain, a privately-developed DLT (distributed ledger technology… Read More

Have Your Say: The SEC is Accepting Feedback on Update to the Definition of an Accredited Investor

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is on the cusp of a significant update to the definition of an accredited investor (AI). Depending on the final rules, the Commission could broadly expand access to private securities offerings – a sector of the capital markets that… Read More

European Central Bank Publishes Paper on Advantages and Risks Associated with CBDCs

CBDCs Could Disintermediate in a Structural Way the Banking System. The European Central Bank (ECB) has published a paper on Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs).  CBDCs are the state form of stablecoins – cryptocurrency based off a single asset like the Dollar, Euro or Pound… Read More

Perspective: Why Startup Boards are Here to Stay

Startups are a new concept, business is not. Disruptive ideas still need structural backing to become as revolutionary as many startups promise. This means maximizing traditional management models to realize the radical. Startup boards, however, are often overlooked and underappreciated. Most boards are made as… Read More

LendingTree Chief Economist: Bitcoin a “Scam” and “Pyramid Scheme”

LendingTree Chief Economist Tendayi Kapfidze told reporters at Yahoo Finance January 1st that Bitcoin is “a pyramid scheme” and a scam with no particular utility. Kapfidze made the comments just after co-panelist Oliver Pursche, Chief Market Strategist at Bruderman Asset Management, described his own cryptocurrency investments and… Read More

The Top Ten Fintech Predictions for 2020

To my Fintech friends, this is my 4th annual “Top Ten” Fintech prediction. I started this tradition at Crowdfund Insider back in January 2017. As we are saying goodbye to an incredible Fintech year of 2019, I see another seismic change in 2020 for our… Read More

Predictions for ArtificiaI Intelligence and Fintech for 2020

Throughout the past year, the use of artificial intelligence (AI) and other forms of technology within the financial services industry has continued apace. This will increase further as it dovetails with enriched natural language processing (NLP) through 2020 and into the coming decade and lead… Read More

Swiss President and Finance Minister: Facebook’s Libra, “In This Form, Has Thus Failed”

Switzerland’s finance minister and outgoing president, Ueli Maurer, says he doesn’t think Facebook’s proposed Libra cryptocurrency project can proceed in its current form, Reuters reports. This is mainly, “because central banks will not accept the basket of currencies underpinning it,” Maurer claimed. “The project, in… Read More

Perspective: The State of Crowdfunding and Where it’s Headed in 2020

The concept of crowdfunding has been around since the dawn of civilization. Think about the priest passing around the bucket in church, communities coming together to help a member in need, or the example that is probably most familiar to us all – taxes! The… Read More

There are Now Three Reg CF Funding Portals that Have Been Suspended Due to Unpaid FINRA Fees

The number of FINRA regulated “funding portals,” investment crowdfunding platforms that have been approved to issue securities under Reg CF, has continued to move upward since the new entity was created under the JOBS Act of 2012. Today, there are well over forty funding portals…. Read More

France’s Alternative Finance and Fintech Leaders Take Stock of a Successful 2019

The French community of Fintech startups gathered at the annual dinner of the France Fintech Association to review the achievements of the past year and celebrate the holiday season. Crowdfund Insider took the opportunity to ask leading executives in Fintech and alternative finance to take… Read More

SEC Small Business Capital Formation Advisory Committee Tells Commission to Harmonize Rules, Just Don’t Touch Reg D

Last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Small Business Capital Formation Advisory Committee published several letters regarding recommendations to the Commission pertaining to the concept release on regulatory harmonization. A specific letter was posted regarding updates necessary for Reg CF as well as a… Read More

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