Tagged: david burton

FINRA Approved Reg CF Crowdfunding Portals: 38 and Counting

Last time we checked in back at the end of December, there were 36 FINRA approved Regulation Crowdfunding (Reg CF) portals in operation. Today, that number has increased to 38 as two more entrants have entered the Reg CF space. As for portals that have… Read More

Heritage: Congress Must Remove Anti-Competitive Barriers to Cryptocurrency

Here is an interesting write up that should make cryptocurrency advocates happy. The Heritage Foundation, a leading policy think tank in Washington, DC, published a report at the end last year telling Congress and other public authorities they need to back off of Bitcoin and… Read More

Is FINRA Broken? Does FINRA Need to be Fixed?

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority or FINRA is currently in the midst of a comprehensive review of its rules and practices. The internal project has been labeled FINRA 360 and is said to ensure that FINRA is operating as the most effective self-regulatory organization it can be…. Read More

Return of Congress: Two Congressional Hearings to Watch Next Week

Congress returns next week hopefully reinvigorated and ready to reduce regulation and pass meaningful tax reform following some time off. Congress has not accomplished too much this year, much like many past years, but hope springs eternal and after a bumpy start of the year… Read More

Commissioner Piwowar Shares Insight into Securities Rulemaking, Fintech & SEC Direction on Capital Formation

Commissioner Michael Piwowar, who was Acting Chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) until the successful appointment of Jay Clayton, visited with David Burton of the Heritage Foundation earlier this week providing a unique glimpse into the world of the SEC. Burton, who is… Read More

Time for Reform: FINRA Posts Special Notice Requesting Comments on How to Best Further its Mission

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority or FINRA is seeking feedback on how to best execute on its mission to regulate members who operate in the securities industry. FINRA has come under criticism in recent years as losing touch with its membership and negating its “Self-Regulatory Organization”… Read More

Absolutely Vital: Improving Entrepreneurs Access to Capital

Entrepreneurship and the creation of small business is vital to the economic growth of the country and the welfare of the nation. This is a simple, indisputable fact. Yet too frequently, small business and entrepreneurs get pushed to the side as policymakers and regulators focus… 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

Needed Policy Reforms to Improve Entrepreneurs’ Access to Capital

Capital formation and entrepreneurship improve economic growth, productivity and real wages. Existing securities laws impede entrepreneurial capital formation. To promote prosperity, Congress and a reconstituted Securities and Exchange Commission need to systematically reduce or eliminate state and federal regulatory barriers hindering entrepreneurs’ access to capital…. Read More

House of Representatives Passes Several Bills to Boost SMEs. Now Off to the Senate

The House of Representatives passed four bills this week designed to help smaller businesses access the capital they need to expand, hire and grow the economy.  Small businesses are the economic engine of the country. Small businesses provide 55% of all jobs and 66% of all… Read More

Reg D: Congress Must Act to Allow Sophisticated Investors Access to Private Placements

Under Reg D more than a trillion dollars is raised each year for companies that are not publicly traded. This market is huge – far larger than the annual rate of IPOs. Yet these private placements are only available to “accredited investors”: Individuals who earn… Read More

Comments Due for US Treasury Proposal to Add Compliance & Cost to Crowdfunding Portals

FinCEN, a bureau of the Department of the Treasury, has proposed changing the regulatory definition of a “broker or dealer in securities.”  The proposed amendment will impact crowdfunding portals as created under the JOBS Act of 2012.  According to FinCEN; “these amendments would require funding… Read More

The Reason Treasury Wants Crowdfunding Portals to Be More Like Broker Dealers: Turf

Last month the US Department of Treasury, Division of Financial Crimes and Enforcement Network (FinCEN), announced a proposed rule change that will impact Reg CF crowdfunding portals. Now the concept of a crowdfunding portal is a new approach that was legalized under the JOBS Act… Read More

Request for Comments: Department of Treasury Asks for Feedback on Proposal to Have Crowdfunding Platforms Become More Like Broker-Dealers

Last week Crowdfund Insider reported that the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), an arm of the Department of Treasury, had published a proposed rule change that will impact the nascent investment crowdfunding industry. The proposed change will require funding portals to adhere to the Bank Secrecy… Read More

A Robust & Liquid Secondary market for Securities of Entrepreneurial Firms Promotes General Prosperity

Creating an exchange or market where smaller, entrepreneurial firms (SME’s) may efficiently and effectively see their shares trade in a public and transparent fashion is a good thing.  Giving people the opportunity to sell shares in a small company is a method of exit for… Read More

House Financial Services Committee will Discuss Proposals to Enhance Capital Formation Including Venture Exchanges

The House Subcommittee on Capital Markets & Government Sponsored Enterprises, part of the Financial Services Committee, will meet today (Wednesday, May13th) to discuss multiple proposals designed to improve access to capital for SMEs.  Smaller businesses generate the bulk of economic growth, and correspondingly job creation,… Read More

How Do You Create a Robust Secondary Market for SMEs? Watch this Video to Find Out

The subject of venture exchanges, or secondary markets for small cap companies, is a hot topic right now.  Sparked in part by the signing of the JOBS Act, and the new securities exemptions now coming into play, investing in SMEs is better for everyone if… Read More

97 Recommendations That Would Lead to a Resurgence in Entrepreneurial Activity in the United States

Capitol Hill is an ever-revolving series of meetings, hearings and committees that too frequently get mired in petty political squabbles and posturing. Most of what occurs on the Hill these days is lost to much of the rest of the country who are simply too… Read More

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the (2014 SEC Government Small Business) Forum

As one who has represented small and emerging growth companies over the past 36 years in navigating access to the capital markets, I have closely followed the legislative and regulatory developments in Washington, D.C. since the enactment of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act of… Read More