Opinion

Editorial opinions and perspective on Fintech.

Quote: Private capital raising is now outpacing capital raising in our public markets, yet our Main Street investors have no effective access to investments in private capital offerings

In the US, the definition of an “Accredited Investor” is an individual who earns over $200,000 a year or has $1 million in net assets minus their primary residence. If you are married, that number moves higher. Yet, as it stands today, this definition does… Read More

No Tethers, No Go Up: Critics Note Crypto Price Slump as No New Tethers Issued

Skeptical crypto-twitter commentators are throwing shade on the controversial stablecoin Tether, claiming a correlation between recently stable cryptocurrency prices and the cessation of “printing” at Tether, a company that has minted more than $4.15 billion synthetic USDs for the use in trading of cryptocurrencies. Self-declared… Read More

Future Fintech: The Fight for the Digital Banking Crown

As 2019 moves into its third quarter, the once burgeoning industry of digital banking is starting to make serious waves in the financial world – and investors are taking notice. Big players like Monzo, Starling, N26, Revolut, and EQIBank have recently completed massive funding rounds… Read More

SEC Settles with Blockchain based Health Care Platform SimplyVital Health in Regards to Initial Coin Offering

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filed an Administrative Proceeding earlier this week regarding an initial coin offering (ICO) affiliated with SimplyVital Health – a company that pursued an ICO in late 2017 and early 2018. The SEC claims that SimplyVital sold unregistered securities. SimplyVital… Read More

Venmo Speeds Up Money Transfers. But Will It Be Able to Compete with “FedNow”?

Popular money transfer service Venmo is polishing its money movement cred today. In a blog post, Venmo claims it will transfer your money in “minutes.” Venmo states: “This may sound familiar- and it is. Last year we launched Instant Transfer via debit card, allowing users… Read More

Fintech P2Binvestor has Financed Over $1 Billion in Lending: A Discussion with Founder Krista Morgan

P2Binvestor (P2Bi) is an online lender providing access to capital for businesses which are typically not able to access traditional bank financing. The 5-year-old Fintech lender provides term loans and lines of credit based off of a borrowers assets – mainly accounts receivable. P2Bi explains… Read More

P2P: Why SME Debt Is A Must-Have For Any Investor Portfolio

Thanks to the rise of peer-to-business (P2B) lending, the concept of Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) debt as an asset class has altered for the better. With low risk of default and high-interest rate returns, it is now possible to invest in SME debt at… Read More

Report Says Low FICO Score Individuals Being Approved for Apple Card

The Apple Card (NASDAQ:AAPL) is rolling out all of this month with registered individuals receiving email notifications to sign up for the virtual/physical card. Managed by Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS), the Apple Card expects to launch with interest rates (APRs) ranging from 12.99% to 23.99% when… Read More

Digital Banking: LendingClub Gets Some Fintech Love as it Pursues National Bank Charter

Shares in LendingClub (NYSE:LC) are rising during another down market day as the trade war with China has no end in sight and political tempers flare. Shares are currently trading over 10% higher following yesterday’s Q2 earnings report where LendingClub said it expected to finally… Read More

Fund Manager: Looming Crises in Asia Pushing Capital into Bitcoin and Gold, “But Real Rates of Return Will Come Down”

Kyle Bass, a fund manager who predicted the 2008 economic crisis says the troubles in Hong Kong, US-China trade tensions and Chinese debt are probably incentivizing capital flight into Bitcoin, gold, and other currencies as investors and citizens seek refuge from a depreciating yuan. “If… Read More

Report States that Reg CF Has Topped $250 Million in Commitments but Falls Short of Potential

Regulation Crowdfunding (Reg CF) has topped $250 million in investment commitments. This number includes both successful and unsuccessful offerings so the amount actually invested would be somewhat lower. This report is courtesy of Crowdfund Capital Advisors (CCA), a consultancy and data provider that has long… Read More

LendingClub: America Does Not Need Another Credit Card, Apple Card Spells Disaster for Consumers

Apple Card, a “new kind of credit card” launched by Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) in partnership with Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS) is expected to be made available to the public within the next few days. In fact, it has been reported that invitation emails have already gone out… Read More

Active Participants and Digital Assets: The SEC Coins a New Term

Raising capital by issuing tokens that rely on distributed ledger or blockchain technology has been clouded by regulatory uncertainty since the practice emerged during the initial coin offering or “ICO” boom. As entrepreneurs seek to use blockchain technology to build new networks and tokens, this… Read More

Digital Chamber of Commerce Comments on IOSCOs Consultation on Crypto Asset Trading Platforms: Balancing Regulation and Innovation

In May of 2019, the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) kicked off a consultation on “crypto-asset trading platforms” or “CTPs.” The goal of the Consultation is to assist IOSCO members in evaluating the issues and risks relating to trading in digital assets and the… Read More

House Financial Services Committee to Hold Hearing on Securities Exemptions, IPOs & Retail Investment

Both the US House and Senate are out of session now as the pols exit the sweltering heat of Washington, DC, during the month August for a summer recess. Congress returns the following month to continue its work and the House Financial Services Committee, under… Read More

A Global Phenomenon: The Benefits of Coordinated International Regulation for the Blockchain Industry

“Regulation” is not often a word associated with “benefits” in blockchain and cryptocurrency circles. Indeed, many governments have been sharply criticised following the roll-out of regulatory guidelines addressing the flourishing blockchain industry. Some even suggest that it is a lack of regulation which has allowed… Read More

Arca: It’s All Speculation, Crypto No More So. Also, Please Buy Our Tokens

The latest blog post from “full-service (digital asset) investment management firm” Arca tries to contend that crypto-asset investing is not much more speculative than traditional sorts. But Arca is not a neutral commentator. The company has invested early in LEO tokens, for example. LEOs are… Read More

SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce Visits Fintech Hotspot Singapore, Comments on Cross Border Regulation of Digital Assets

SEC Commissioner  Hester Peirce is in Singapore, a noted Asian Fintech hub, talking about digital assets. Peirce, speaking at the SUSS [Singapore University of Social Sciences] Convergence Forum, addressed the audience about innovation – something that frequently makes regulators nervous. Change is hard. Alluding to… Read More

UK Financial Conduct Authority Provides Final Guidance on Cryptoassets: Better Defines Utility Tokens

FCA: “any token that is not a security token, or an e-money token is an unregulated token.” The UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has published its much anticipated final guidance on cryptoassets following a feedback period on prior commentary. The FCA has now established which… Read More

Senate Hearing on Blockchain & Crypto: Still Questions but Less Hostility (as No Facebook Presence)

The US Senate Banking Committee held a hearing today entitled Examining Regulatory Frameworks for Digital Currencies and Blockchain. The Hearing is part of an ongoing process of education and understanding regarding the emerging digital asset ecosystem and the technology that supports it. Earlier this month,… Read More

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