Tagged: perspective

OCC Fintech Charter Lawsuit Creates “Increasing Headwinds” for Progress

The Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS), a US organization of state bank regulators, filed a complaint against teh Comptroller of the Currency in the US district court of Columbia this week. The action was against the much debated Fintech Charter that was launched to… Read More

Regulation Crowdfunding: What We See Day to Day

Regulation Crowdfunding is somewhere in the top half of the first inning of a nine-inning ballgame.  I’m not even sure the first batter has seen more than a pitch or two.  It will certainly be fascinating to see how the game develops.  I, for one,… Read More

Congressman Patrick McHenry Slams CFPB, Labels Project Catalyst a Failure

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) was created out of the ashes of the Great Recession. A knee jerk-reaction crafted by elected officials attempting to fix what went wrong, the controversial agency has since earned much criticism while having its structure deemed unconstitutional. At a… Read More

GOKey: Details Revealed on Collapse of High Profile Indiegogo Hardware Campaign

This is a cautionary tale not just for backers of ostensible promising hardware presales campaigns but for hardware creators with little to no experience on manufacturing and shipping hardware from Asia. GOKey, a rewards based project posted on Indiegogo in 2014, raised over $1.2 million… Read More

How to Fix Crowdfunding Education (Part 1): Teach the Fundamentals

Since publishing my article “ Why We Need to Address Crowdfunding Education Now ” on Crowdfund Insider last November, I am often asked what would be my first step to fix crowdfunding education. My answer is simple: I would start by teaching crowdfunding – not… Read More

Fintech: Data Standardization is Your Next Competitive Advantage

When I took my first computer science courses in college, my professor often cited the old adage “Garbage in, Garbage out”. Most of the students in the classroom chuckled. For most of us, that was the first time we heard that expression. What he meant… Read More

Have the Wheels Fallen Off of Reg CF Crowdfunding?

Crowdfunding, as allowed under Reg CF (created by Title III of the JOBS Act) was designed to improve access to capital for smaller firms in need of funding while providing new investment opportunities for smaller investors. For too many years the little guy has been… Read More

On a Mission: FCA Updates Mission & Business Plan, Shares Challenges of Fintech

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) released an update this week on both their mission and an accompanying business plan. The lead securities and market regulator, posted its broad strategic objectives, as determined by Parliament; To ensure that relevant markets function well – and three operational… Read More

Startup Bro Culture Really Sucks and it Needs to Change

I’m the founder of a Fintech startup based in Pittsburgh. I’ve built an online platform that connects developers of impactful, neighborhood-building real estate projects with investors — both accredited and otherwise. I spend tons of time, energy, and resources making sure this platform is secure, reliable, and… Read More

Report: Crowdfunding in The Netherlands Grows by 33 Percent

In 2016 a total of €170 million was raised through crowdfunding in the Netherlands. This sets a new all-time high for the size of the crowdfunding market in the country. However, for the first time since its rise, crowdfunding in the Netherlands has not grown… Read More

The New Financial World Order: Singapore & China Strengthen Financial Relationship at Singapore – Shanghai Financial Forum

Global economic powerhouse Singapore is tightening its relationship with China as indicated by the 3rd Singapore-Shanghai Financial Forum (SSFF) in Singapore today.  The SSFF is an annual forum that seeks to bring together financial industry participants from Singapore and Shanghai to discuss pertinent market developments and… Read More

Once Again, the SEC Publishes Small Business Forum Report but This Year May Be Different

Earlier this month the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published their annual report pertaining to the yearly SEC Government -Business Forum on Small Business Capital Formation. The gathering is mandated by law and has taken place since 1982. Each and every year a group of… Read More

FCA: It is Our Job to Provide the Conditions that Simplify Regulatory Complexities & Give Space for Firms to Innovate

Christopher Woolard, Executive Director of Strategy and Competition at the FCA, delivered a Keynote address today at the Innovative Finance Global Summit 2017. Woolard, the FCA’s champion for competition and thus a champion for consumers, delivered an important message regarding their regulatory mission: “It is… Read More

The JOBS Act Celebrates 5 Year Anniversary

The Jumpstart Our Business Startups or JOBS Act is celebrating its 5th year anniversary. This is the law enacted during the Obama administration that legalized three different iterations of investment crowdfunding. The JOBS Act under Title II enabled Reg D (506c) issuers to “generally solicit”… Read More

The OCC Fintech Charter is a Key First Step, Not the Last Word

  The technology transforming the financial sector is creating a historic opportunity to make financial services better and more accessible for all Americans. With this technology, consumers are finding new opportunities to borrow more affordably, save, invest, and transmit money.  While Americans prize the innovations… Read More

Here is the Letter Theresa May Sent to EU President Tusk Triggering Article 50 as the UK Separates from Europe

Embedded below is the letter UK Prime Minister Theresa May sent to European Council President Donald Tusk initiating Article 50 and thus commencing the UK’s departure from the European Union. The final results of negotiations will have a profound impact on both the UK and continental Europe’s… Read More

European Commission Considers Passport For Fintech Firms in Recognition of Consumer Benefits

The US Fintech marketplace is saddled with 50 different state regulators and innumerable federal agencies touching financial services. The UK is dealing with Brexit ramifications and its divorce proceedings with continental Europe. Meanwhile, the European Commission is considering passporting Fintech services in recognition of the profound benefits… Read More

Congressman Patrick McHenry on Financial Inclusion through Technology

On Monday, March 6, 2017, Congressman Patrick McHenry gave keynote remarks at the Lendit Conference in New York City. Among the themes of his speech, McHenry talked about the need for financial inclusion, citing a statistic that counties with less than 100,000 in population saw… Read More

The OCC Issues Draft Requirements for a Fintech Charter. Is a Charter for Innovative Financial Firms Dead in the Water?

As expected, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency has published a draft licensing manual regarding the creation of a Fintech Charter. The draft is a supplement to the agency’s existing Licensing Manual and explains how Fintech firms may apply for special purpose bank charters…. Read More

Shortage of Risk Capital Hobbles Early Stage Companies in Europe

Early stage companies need funding to launch and grow. That is a fact. But early stage companies are the riskiest of firms and thus unable to attract debt or bank financing. The solution is to ask friends, families and, perhaps, angel investors to provide equity… Read More