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CEI Report: Stablecoins Need to be Private to Succeed

The Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), a non-profit DC think tank that advocates on behalf of free markets, has published a paper on stablecoins as well as central bank digital currencies. While CBDCs are state-managed digital currencies, perhaps utilizing blockchain technology, stablecoins are issued and managed… Read More

CEI Comments on JOBS Act 4.0: “we encourage bipartisan support of the legislation”

The Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), a free market-focused think tank that supports innovation in financial services, has posted a comment letter forward to Senator Patrick Toomey, ranking member of the Senate Banking Committee and advocate of the JOBS Act 4.0. Earlier this year on the… Read More

Competitive Enterprise Institute Securities Expert on Crypto Legislation: “It will have many positive effects”

John Berlau, a securities and regulatory expert at the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) has shared his initial thoughts on the bi-partisan legislation posted today by Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Cynthia Lummis. Berlau, long a supporter of beneficial Fintech innovation believes the legislation is a solid… Read More

JOBS Act of 2012: Ten Years of Legalized Investment Crowdfunding

  The JOBS Act of 2012 was signed into law by President Barack Obama ten years ago today, on April 5, 2012. In a rare moment of bipartisanship, Republicans and Democrats joined together to help private firms raise much-needed growth capital via online securities offerings…. Read More

CEI Senior Fellow Says George Washington Would Have Been A Cryptocurrency Advocate

Writing in advance of President’s Day, Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) Senior Fellow John Berlau posits an interesting opinion. Berlau, a frequent commentator on policy that impacts financial services, says George Washington, the first US President and Revolutionary War hero, would have likely had “a fondness… Read More

Don’t Do It: CEI, a DC Think Tank, Tells Federal Government Not to Issue CBDC

While multiple countries around the world are pushing forward with a central bank digital currency (CBDC) and the US is reviewing the pros and cons, one prominent DC-based think tank is telling public officials not to move forward on a digital dollar. The Competitive Enterprise… Read More

Policy Expert Comments on Removal of IRA Clause from Social Spending Bill that May Have Impacted Securities Crowdfunding

Last week, CI reported that a damaging clause included in pending legislation had been pulled from the language of the bill. The portion of the legislation was ostensibly designed to halt IRA investors (investment retirement accounts) from holding private securities in these tax-sheltered, retirement vehicles…. Read More

$3.5 Trillion Social Spending Bill Includes Section Banning Private Securities from Retirement Accounts, May Impact Investment Crowdfunding

  Earlier this month, John Berlau, a Senior Fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), wrote an article discussing the controversial $3.5 trillion social spending bill that is currently stuck in the US Senate due to intraparty disagreements. While initially pitched as “infrastructure” or “reconciliation”… Read More

Perspective: Crypto Should Divorce From the Progressive Movement

Progressives should love cryptocurrency, the latest innovation that brings power to the people. Turns out, they don’t. Perhaps surprisingly, it is precisely because crypto circumvents the corporate, permissioned, speech-controlled online world that angers progressives. Crypto threatens to nix not just the corporation but also the… 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

John Berlau to SEC Commissioner Jackson: Companies Going Private and Delisting to Escape Regulatory Costs Have Contributed to a Massive Decline in the Total Number of Public Companies

Towards the end of April, SEC Commissioner Robert J. Jackson Jr. delivered a heartfelt speech in Cleveland about the decline of initial public offerings (IPOs) in the US. While there has been much debate regarding the cause of this decline (with some questioning whether it even… Read More

Will CFPB Move to Limit Arbitration Undermine Alternative Finance?

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)recently proposed banning arbitration regarding certain  consumer financial agreements and to allow the legal process to take hold in the case of a dispute. The CFPB posted the proposal this past May, outlined as follows: First, the proposed rule would… Read More

Half a Crowdfunding Fix: HR 4855 Passes House Financial Services Committee with Several Changes

HR 4855, or the Fix Crowdfunding Act, was approved by the House Financial Services Committee on a solidly bipartisan vote of 57-2.  The bill, sponsored by Congressman Patrick McHenry, was created in response to multiple shortcomings intrinsic to existing Title III or Reg CF investment… Read More

CEI’s John Berlau on Forthcoming Title III Rules: SEC will Eliminate Burdensome Requirements

Anticipating the forthcoming vote and final rules on Title III, retail crowdfunding, later today by the SEC, John Berlau from the Competitive  Enterprise Institute believes the Commission will provide much needed regulatory relief; Today’s equity crowdfunding rules from the Securities and Exchange Commission implementing Title… Read More

CEI to Congress, Regulators: End Millionaires Only Rule Now

CEI Report on Crowdfunding Tells Congress & Regulators to End ‘Millionaires Only’ Rules for Investment During Global Entrepreneurship Week, the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) released a new report on how regulation threatens entrepreneurs and their abilities to start businesses, create jobs, and bring new products… Read More

Troops Rallying For Smarter Rules Around Equity Crowdfunding

There are a lot of people with high hopes for the equity crowdfunding industry in the United States, including the legislators that saw the JOBS Act through. However, it seems there is also increasing concern that the entire exemption could fall flat without some serious… Read More

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