Opinion

Editorial opinions and perspective on Fintech.

Outgoing CFTC Chairman Giancarlo: Regulation of Futures and Blockchain Should Be Largely Led by Markets

In a speech delivered to delegates of the Commissione Nazionale per le Societa e la Borsa (CONSOB- Italy’s securities regulator), CFTC Chairman J. Christopher Giancarlo highlighted his organization’s commitment to regulating commodities markets, including the cryptocurrency sector, in a manner that gives room for innovation. He… Read More

A Problem with Crypto-Assets that are Securities: They Can be Plastic in Nature

Last week, Crowdfund Insider reported on the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) consultation pertaining to “crypto asset trading platforms” or “CTPs.” As part of the consultation, IOSCO presented a series of issues and risks affiliated with digital assets and the trading of these assets… Read More

Analyst Identifying “Demographic Challenges” for Facebook Cryptocurrency May Be Missing the Point

An analyst writing in the latest issue of the Diar Newsletter has argued that Facebook is facing considerable “demographic challenges” to the success of its anticipated venture into cryptocurrencies. The venture, tentatively dubbed “GlobalCoin,” is now being developed at Facebook by a team of blockchain,… Read More

Head of German Bundesbank Advises Against Creation of Central Bank Digital Currencies

The President of Germany’s central bank, Jens Weidmann, has warned that implementing central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) could lead to the destabilization of global financial systems, especially during times of fiscal crisis. The warning came during a speech delivered at the opening of the Bundesbank… Read More

SoFi’s Recent Investment from Qatar Showed Little to No Increase in Valuation Compared to Prior Round

SoFi, one of the largest Fintechs in the US, just closed on a $500 million funding round led by the Qatar Investment Authority. The valuation of the Fintech was reported at $4.3 billion – well into Unicorn status but not much of an approvement in… Read More

Will New Coinbase/Visa Crypto Card Enable Money Laundering?

Though cryptocurrencies were created to offer an alternative to traditional banking -and to affront it- the past two years have been characterized by crypto’s quest for legitimacy. To be fair, cryptocurrency exchanges with long-term interests, including Coinbase and Gemini, have attempted to be compliant from… Read More

When Howey, the SEC & CorpFin Met Bourbon

Some time ago, I started a small collection of interesting bourbons. A trip to Frankfurt, Kentucky, and a visit to Buffalo Trace, helped to seal my interest. During the trip, I purchased several bottles of 20-year-old Pappy Van Winkel, which I consumed at my leisure… Read More

Kik Battle Line: DefendCrypto Fund Seeks to Challenge the SEC & Current Regulatory Approach with Crypto

Kik Interactive Inc., a company based in Canada, raised about $100 million selling Kin tokens in an initial coin offering (ICO) during the midst of the hot crypto issuance market in 2017. First sold to accredited investors in a SAFT, once the platform was functional,… Read More

IPO Fail: It’s Better to Invest Early in Private Markets as Public Offerings are Too Often Just an Exit for Big Money

For years, there has been a discussion regarding the initial public offering (IPO) conundrum. Back in the day, smaller investors could join alongside institutional money to capture wealth in an IPO. Today, too frequently, that is simply not the case. The big money has been… Read More

3 Challenges of Scaling a Fintech Company Across Borders

Investments in Fintech surged in 2018, reaching US $55 billion worldwide and doubling that of the year before, according to Accenture. Fintech companies are also getting bigger. Currently, 19 out of Forbes’ 50 Most Innovative Fintech Companies in 2019 have valuations of US$1 billion or… Read More

House Financial Service Committee’s New Task Forces Schedule First Hearings on Fintech Regulation and AI

The House Financial Services Committee under the leadership of Representative Maxine Waters announced the creation of two new task forces earlier this month. The Committee created a task force on Fintech  (Financial Technology) and AI (artificial intelligence). Yesterday the Committee included the first two meetings… Read More

GlobalCoin: More Details Emerge Regarding Facebook’s Forthcoming Stablecoin

A new report reaffirms that leading social platform Facebook is planning its very own cryptocurrency. The BBC has entered the mix by providing new details on the digital coin dubbed GlobalCoin for its international approach. The “Stablecoin” is expected to launch in Q1 of 2020,… Read More

Theresa May is Out. Brexit Worries Rise as Uncertainty Increases Risk Meanwhile Fintechs Persevere

Long-embattled Prime Minister Theresa May has announced she will depart her office on June 7th thus initiating a scramble as to who will replace her in a historically important time for the UK. The ramifications of Brexit are profound and inestimable. But it is clear… Read More

Insurtech: Do We Need a New Model for Insurance?

Technology has changed us; it’s undeniable. It’s a safe bet to say that technology is going to continue to change us too.  It will continue to revolutionize how our society lives, works, plays, and transact business.  Today, 57 percent of the world’s population is now… Read More

Former SEC Enforcement Chief: Accepting Crypto Payments Adds a More Criminal Than Cool Cachet

Former SEC Office of Internet Enforcement Chief John Reed Stark has used his latest blog post at LinkedIn (“The Bitcoin Plague Spreads to Retail”) to strongly advise American retailers not accept cryptocurrency payments: “Given its complete and utter lack of oversight and meaningful licensure, the… Read More

Neutral Dollar Stablecoin Founder Slams Tether

Matt Branton, CTO of Neutral and architect of Neutral Dollar – an aspiring stablecoin, has slammed stablecoin leader Tether in a statement. Neutral Dollar (NASD) is a stablecoin pegged to a basket of four other stablecoins (USDC, PAX, DAI, TUSD) which just recently went live…. Read More

Fintech Unicorn Transferwise Raises $292 Million at $3.5 Billion Valuation: No Need to Go Public as there is an Ocean of Private Capital

Fintech Unicorn and stealth bank Transferwise has raised $292 million at a valuation of $3.5 billion. According to multiple reports, Transferwise has doubled its valuation in contrast to its last funding round. The round was said to be over-subscribed. Transferwise last raised capital at a… Read More

Circle Fires 30 Employees Due to “Restrictive Regulatory Climate in the US”

Digital asset firm Circle has let go 10% of its workforce or 30 individual employees. Circle founder and CEO Jeremy Allaire explained the move in a series of tweets. Allaire said: “We made these changes in response to new market conditions, most importantly, an increasingly… Read More

Three Years of Reg CF: 44 Funding Portals, 9 Departures, 1 Suspension & $200 Million Raised

Last week Regulation Crowdfunding, or Reg CF as it is affectionately called, celebrated its 3rd birthday. While the JOBS Act legislation that created online capital formation was signed into law in 2012, final rules for Reg CF did not become actionable into about 4 years… Read More

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