Politics

Paul Niederer Slams Australian Crowdfunding Legislation in Public Comment

Paul Niederer, former CEO of the Australian Small Scale Offerings Board (ASSOB) – the very first platform established to raise capital online, posted a comment letter in response to the proposed Australian Crowd-Sourced Funding Bill (crowdfunding for the rest of the world). Never one to… Read More

EY: Public Listings Have Declined by More than 50% Since 1996 Peak (Deck)

As part of the SEC Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies meeting last week, there were two presentations on the decline of IPOs in the US. The first was provided by the law firm Goodwin was shared earlier on Crowdfund Insider. Also in attendance… Read More

Acting SEC Chairman Piwowar Talks Crowdfunding & Small Business Advocate to Open ACSEC Meeting

SEC Acting Chair Michael Piwowar was present to open the meeting of the Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies (ACSEC) last week. Piwowar, a Republican appointee, took the opportunity to highlight several policy issues. While pointing to the importance of small business as the… Read More

Why Are More Companies Staying Private? (Deck)

Why are more companies staying private? That’s a good question. Many moons ago, it was the ambition of most young promising companies to get big enough to “go public” and do an initial public offering (IPO). Becoming a listed company was viewed as a stamp… Read More

SEC Acting Chair Michael Piwowar Statement on NASAA Data Sharing Agreement

SEC Acting Chair Michael Piwowar released a statement at the signing of the agreement between the Securities and Exchange Commission and the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) today. NASAA is the association that represents and lobbies on behalf of state and provincial securities regulators…. Read More

SEC & NASAA Sign Agreement to Share Data on Intrastate Crowdfunding

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) have signed an information-sharing agreement regarding new rules to facilitate intrastate crowdfunding offerings and regional offerings take effect. NASAA is the lobbying group that represents state securities regulators. According to the… Read More

The Invest in America Act: Supporting Entrepreneurs & Innovation While Empowering Everyday Americans

  First off, we all owe Tony a debt of gratitude for actually drafting this set of regulations. Legislative drafting is yeoman’s work especially when it comes to tax law. This new legislation solves for two extremely important problems in the U.S. economy and society…. Read More

SEC Schedules Investor Advisory Committee Meeting for March 9th

The Securities and Exchange Commission has scheduled their first Investor Advisory Committee (IAC) meeting for 2017. The meeting will be held at the SEC offices in Washington, DC on Thursday, March 9 from 9:00 AM to 11:55 AM. These meetings are open to the public and… Read More

Calling All Would-be Angels: “Invest In America Act” Bill Could Help You Find Your Wings

Start-ups and small businesses represent the heart of the American economy and fostering this sector is integral to continued innovation and job growth in the U.S.  Access to capital however, is always a critical issue for these types of businesses and angel investors often represent… Read More

Here is Equitise’s Comment on the Australian Crowdfunding Legislation

Equitise is an investment crowdfunding platform set up to operate in New Zealand and Australia. While New Zealand created a bespoke regulatory regime to allow equity crowdfunding to evolve some time ago, Australia has struggled to enact new rules. This week, the Australian Senate published… Read More

Australia Senate Publishes Report on Crowdfunding Bill

Today the Australian Senate published a report on the Corporation Amendment or Crowd-Sourced Funding Bill – the legislation designed to improve the investment crowdfunding sector in Australia. The provisions of the bill were referred to the Economics Legislation Committee. The committee recommended that the bill… Read More

Housing Whitepaper: Government Actions May Boost Online Lenders

The Housing Market is broken in the UK. The demand / supply imbalance has driven up prices of residential property not just in London but across the UK.  While good for sellers, buyers have struggled.  The UK government has recognized the economic challenge and has… Read More

Singapore Has Just Published a Document on their Next Phase of Growth & Fintech /Alternative Finance Plays a Big Role

Singapore’s Committee on Future Economy (CFE) has identified seven strategies for Singapore’s next stage of growth in its report. Singapore has experienced an enviable period of economic growth and prosperity. The island city-state tmaintains one of the highest standards of living in the world. The… Read More

FINRA Unravelled: Is the Securities Regulator in Need of Profound Reform?

FINRA, or the “Financial Industry Regulatory Authority”, is one of the most powerful financial regulators in the United States. It is also a private corporation that performs its duties as a “self-regulatory organization” (SRO). FINRA oversees the thousands of broker-dealers and other financial industry participants… Read More

IW Capital’s 2017 Investor Index Reveals: Nearly Half of UK Investors Positive about Brexit, Two Fifths Fearful of Trump and 73% Lack Faith in Theresa May

UK-based private equity firm, IW Capital, announced on Thursday the release of its 2017 investor index. This new report reveals the impact of 2016’s biggest events, which consists of Brexit, Donald Trump’s U.S. Presidential win, and Theresa May. According to IW Capital, the new research… Read More

IOSCO: Fintech Regulators Should Foster International Cooperation & Information Exchange

Bank regulatory bodies need to coordinate their strategies for dealing with emerging financial technology at a global level, says a new report from International Organization of Securities Commissions (Iosco). The Iosco Research Report on Financial Technology highlights the growing intersection between fintech and securities markets across a number… Read More

Forthcoming ACSEC Meeting to Tackle Several Important Issues: Secondary Markets & Dearth of IPOs

The SEC’s Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies (ACSEC) is scheduled to meet in Washington, DC next week at SEC HQ.  On the Committee’s agenda are two important issues: Secondary market liquidity for Regulation A Tier 2 and non-exchange listed companies and why companies are… Read More

OCC Fintech Charter: We Need a Government that Embraces Financial Innovation

The Office of Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) is an independent bureau within the United States Department of the Treasury that was created by the National Currency Act of 1863 (154 years ago, 20 years before the automobile was invented by Karl Benz from Germany)…. Read More

Philadelphia Fed President Patrick Harker Says Regulation is Key to Protecting Fintech Innovation

Patrick T. Harker, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, delivered a speech today on Fintech innovation and the importance of regulation. Harker stated that regulation is not only about protecting consumers but it is important to protect innovators as well; “It’s in their… Read More