Opinion

Editorial opinions and perspective on Fintech.

Financial Services Innovation Act Seeks to Mandate Innovation Offices in Federal Agencies that Impact Fintech

Congressman Patrick McHenry, ranking member on the House Financial Services Committee, has re-introduced legislation that will mandate innovation offices in the numerous federal agencies that have oversight and influence over innovative financial services firms. The Financial Services Innovation Act of 2019 mandates that ten different… Read More

New Regulation of Crowdfunding in Russia

The new law regulating crowdfunding in Russia will enter into force on January 1, 2020. Existing platforms must comply by July 1, 2020. Federal Law No. 259-FZ “On Investments Through Investment Platforms and Certain Amendments to Other Laws of the Russian Federation” dated August 2,… Read More

Telegram Enforcement Action: “A reminder that the SEC not only has considerable enforcement tools but is willing to use them”

Last week, Crowdfund Insider reported on the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) enforcement action against Telegram and the issuance of Gram tokens. The move by the SEC is a doozy and telling. First, Telegram sold about $1.7 billion in a SAFT (simple agreement for future… Read More

Terrifying: “The idea that global centralized monopolies like Facebook would also control money”

Facebook’s attempt to launch a global non-sovereign currency was doomed from the beginning for many reasons. While Facebook will continue to put a smiley face on Libra, in its current form, it is just not happening. And this is not just about Facebook’s penchant to… Read More

Alon Goren of Goren Holm Ventures Shares Vision of Digital Asset Future

Alon Goren has been involved with the Fintech industry for a very long time. From the very early days of regulated crowdfunding (JOBS Act of 2012) to the emergence of crypto and the advent of digital assets, Goren has pretty much seen it all. Several… Read More

Headlines Claiming Institutional Interest in Crypto Down Significantly

Besides injections of Tethers and high-profile proclamations of imminent six-figure Bitcoin valuations, rumours of institutional money shortly avalanching into crypto also fuelled Bitcoin’s parabolic bull run in late 2017. Similar claims of institutional crypto thirst were in the media made this summer, and a price… Read More

World Federation of Exchanges Ask UK Regulators Not to Ban Crypto Derivatives

An advocacy group representing mainstream stock exchanges and clearinghouses from around the globe, the World Federation of Exchanges (WFE), has asked the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) not to ban cryptocurrency derivatives products aimed at retail investors. In a consultation paper issued by the FCA… Read More

SEC’s Concept Release Comment Period Closes. So What Say You on Regulatory Harmonization & Access to Capital?

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) officially closed comments on its concept release regarding regulatory harmonization of securities offerings exemptions on September 24, 2019. But as in past cases, comments have continued to trickle in and we would not be surprised if more follow. That… Read More

Canada Update: Alberta Updates Crowdfunding Regulations but Where Does Canada Stand in the National Harmonization of Rules? What about Fintech Development?

Last week, the Alberta Securities Commission (ASC) adopted a “Blanket Order” for “Startup Crowdfunding Registration and Prospectus Exemptions.” In effect, the ASC was seeking to improve access to capital for smaller firms – a good thing- but the move also highlights the disparity between the… Read More

Everybody is Doing it. No More Commissions at E*Trade Too

One by one, the big online brokers have fallen into line to eliminate commission on US stocks, ETFs and options trading. Yesterday, after TD Ameritrade and Charles Schwab announced zero commission, E*Trade (NASDAQ: ETFC) did the same. Today, shares in E*Trade have changed little as… Read More

Banking Advisors to US Federal Reserve Say Private Currencies Like Libra Pose Risks

Banking advisors to the US Federal Reserve have warned that Facebook’s proposed private currency network, Libra, will disrupt conventional banking and could function as a “shadow banking” system if not properly regulated. They also warned that, “In extremis, alternative currencies could usurp the prudential authority… Read More

Block.one, Creator of EOS, Settles with the SEC. Was it a Slap on the Wrist? Did EOS Get a Pass from the Feds?

Earlier this week it was announced by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that it had settled with Block.one, creator of EOS, regarding allegations of issuing unregistered securities during an initial coin offering (ICO) that raised a record-breaking $4 billion. The fine assessed by the… Read More

Libra Association Schedules Meeting in Switzerland. So What is on the Agenda?

It has been widely reported that the founding members of the Libra Association, Facebook’s stablecoin initiative, have scheduled a meeting to take place in Geneva, Switzerland on October 14th. As the crypto advocates gather, one has to wonder what is on the agenda. First reported… Read More

After Schwab Eliminates Commissions, TD Ameritrade Does the Same

Yesterday, Charles Schwab announced it would eliminate trading commissions on US-listed equities, ETFs and options (keeping a small per contract charge). As Crowdfund Insider predicted, other online brokerages are copying Schwab’s actions as TD Ameritrade (NASDAQ:AMTD) has now done the same. Starting October 3rd, clients… Read More

Crypto Rating Council Sign of Maturity Says Celsius Network CEO

Yesterday, a prominent group of digital asset exchanges joined in announcing a new “Crypto Rating Council” that sets a score on a crypto asset to better establish whether or not it is a security. While the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has dripped out guidance… Read More

Open Letter to PM Seeks to Boost Enterprise Management Incentive Cap to £100 Million in Effort to Boost UK Startups & Entrepreneurship

Earlier this month, Innovate Finance CEO Charlotte Crosswell delivered an Open Letter to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson demanding the Enterprise Management Incentive (EMI) be updated to a cap of £100 million from the current £30 million. Simultaneously, the missive asked the government to increase… Read More

Nick Cowan from the Gibraltar Stock Exchange, and Derek Edward Schloss from the Security Token Academy, Discuss the Future of Digital Assets

Digital Assets are the Future of Securities It is a truism that digital assets are the future of public securities. The ink on paper certificates have had a good run but the digitization of finance is upon us and securities must be digitized. The advent… Read More

An Issuers Point of View: Comments on Reg CF & the SEC’s Concept Release

The deadline for comments on the Securities and Exchange Commission’s “concept release” on regulatory harmonization was yesterday. But even while the official deadline hit on September 24th, we expect that more comment letters from interested parties will be trickling in over the next few days… Read More

SeedInvest Hammers on Definition of an Accredited Investor: “the current accredited investor definition is severely misguided and needs to change”

SeedInvest, one of the largest investment crowdfunding platforms in the US, has posted a comment letter pertaining to the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) concept release on regulatory harmonization. The comment letter is expected to be “one of multiple” letters with this first one addressing… Read More

Funding Circle Provides Lessons from “Foreign Frameworks” in Comment Letter Addressing SEC’s Concept Release on Regulatory Harmonization

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Funding Circle (LSE:FCH), a leading peer to peer (marketplace) lending platform serving SMEs, has posted a comment letter regarding the Securities and Exchange Commission (SECs) concept release on regulatory harmonization. Funding Circle is the largest peer to peer lender in the UK – the country… Read More

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