Tagged: perspective

Reg CF: 44 FINRA Approved Crowdfunding Portals and Counting

In June, we updated readers on the number of FINRA approved Reg CF portals. At that time the count stood at 41 regulated crowdfunding platforms. As of today (September 21, 2018), that number has now increased to 44 FINRA approved Reg CF platforms as three new… Read More

Turbocharging Digital Content Creation With Blockchain Technology

The advent of the internet has, without a doubt, forever changed the face of digital content, whether it’s movies, music, eBooks or games. Providing creators with a radical new way to instantly publish content and have it reach huge audiences globally is a vast improvement… Read More

BlockEx Throws Support Behind UK Treasury Committee Suggestions for Regulated Crypto-Asset Market

UK blockchain startup BlockEx has formerly thrown its support behind some of the recommendations pitched by the UK Parliament Treasury Committee that issued a pointed report pertaining to cryptocurrencies this week. BlockEx is a digital asset exchange and also a participant in the Financial Conduct… Read More

CryptoMom: SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce Talks Crypto, Cautions that Regulators Can be Too Risk Averse thus Undermining Fintech Innovation

Securities and Exchange Commissioner (SEC) Hester Peirce delivered a speech at the Cato Fintech event in SF this week tackling an important topic: That of regulators (and policymakers in general) being too risk averse. This is a truism in policy. We elect, or appoint, public… Read More

Perspective: Equity Crowdfunding Isn’t Your Only Option

Sugru is a good product. The moldable glue is pliable and somewhat resembles modeling clay, although it cures to a rubber-like texture. It adheres well to glass, leather, metals, and even plywood. In 2010, Time Magazine dubbed it one of the 50 best inventions of the year,… Read More

Why the Charity Sector Desperately Needs to Adopt Blockchain Technology

Currently, all eyes are fixed on the financial applications of blockchain technology. The idea of transferring money between two parties without a bank’s involvement is revolutionary stuff. Transferring money for charitable purposes is also fraught with middlemen. Charities, just like financial institutions, are beset by… Read More

“The Case Will Proceed to Trial”:  Taking the RECoin / Diamond & Other ICO Actions One Step at a Time

As has been reported widely, digital token sales (sometimes referred to as initial coin offerings or ICOs) arguably are becoming increasingly important as a new form of capital raising.  To date, certain regulators (including the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”)) have provided ongoing… Read More

The Success Story of the Fintech Revolution in China

In the last couple of years, China has emerged as the global leader when it comes to the Fintech sector. It accounts for approximately 75% of the world market when it comes to online lending. It has seen tremendous growth in internet loan and third-party… Read More

Bloomberg: Crypto Crash of 2018 Now Worse than the DotCom Contraction

The cryptocurrency market has lost 80% of its value since December 2018, with some altcoins, led by Ethereum, down over 90%. The crash that followed the burst of the dot-com bubble in 2000,  on the other hand, involved a correction of only 78% percent, says… Read More

FCA Chief Andrew Bailey Comments on CryptoAssets, Innovation in Financial Services

Speaking at the FCA Annual Public Meeting today, Financial Conduct Authority Chief Executive Andrew Bailey delivered a wide-ranging speech on the state of the FCA.  Within prepared remarks, Bailey briefly mentioned innovation in financial services, and specifically cryptoassets. Bundling up “operational resilience” and the consequences… Read More

Blockchain & Cryptocurrency Update: China, Trade Wars, and NEO

As the second largest world economy, China is important to examine when considering the crypto market. For most of us, the world revolves around markets, news, and innovation within the United States. However, many may be missing moves made by the Chinese government as it… Read More

29 Apply for Hong Kong Virtual Banking License, More to Follow with First Approvals as Soon as Years End

Multiple reports have indicated that 29 firms have made the cutoff for the first batch of virtual banking licenses in Hong Kong. Announced in September 2017, the push for digital banks in Hong Kong was designed to “bring Hong Kong into a New Era of… Read More

Music on the Blockchain

Blockchain, as we all know, is the technology behind cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin, and now it is all set to revolutionize the music industry.  Other industries across domains have started leveraging Blockchain technology to explore functions such as transparency, automation of execution, direct payments in… Read More

Wonga: A Post Mortem

Wonga enjoyed a meteoric rise to fame. The company achieved £300 million of revenue in 2012, just six years after it was founded. Managing growth of this nature is enormously challenging and one doesn’t need to look far to spot similar issues at other warp… Read More

The Problem with Banking Today … is Banking

The idea of banking has been around for thousands of years. Archaeologists traced its origins back to ancient Mesopotamia, where tablets show that individuals recorded lending transactions. Then, as civilization created value for items like grain, rare jewels and, eventually, coinage and cash, banking practices… Read More

Perspective: The Need for Trust in Cryptocurrency Exchanges

One of the most significant impediments to mass cryptocurrency adoption is the lack of trust and security in the industry. Users have witnessed or experienced themselves a plethora of malicious attacks and illegitimate business practices on trading exchanges which leave them less prone to being… Read More

Paper: Two Bills in Congress May Fix the Profoundly Flawed Definition of Accredited Investor, but One Bill is Better

The current definition of an accredited investor is profoundly flawed and a travesty of rule making. Everyone knows it. As it stands today, an accredited investors must earn at least $200,000 (jointly $300,000) or have a net worth of $1 million beyond a primary residence…. Read More

SEC Chairman Jay Clayton Talks Initial Coin Offerings, Access to Capital at Entrepreneurship Festival

Speaking at the 36|86 Entrepreneurship Festival in Nashville today, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairman Jay Clayton addressed the all important topic of entrepreneurship and access to capital. During his tenure at the SEC, Clayton has consistently expressed his intent to improve the ability of smaller… Read More

The Virtual Commodity Association May Help Virtual Currencies Gain Credence but What About Other Crypto Exchanges?

Last week, the Virtual Commodity Association (VCA) officially launched and quickly scheduled a meeting for September. The inaugural members included several well-known names in the virtual currency sector. Bittrex, Bitstamp, bitFlyer USA and Gemini Trust Company were announced as founding members. At the same time, Maria… Read More

President Trump: It’s High Time for a few More Tweets to SEC Chairman Jay Clayton

President Trump:  It’s High Time for a few More Tweets to SEC Chairman Jay Clayton Any good litigator can tell you that the difference between success and failure is often the ability to ask the right questions – at the right times – and asking… Read More

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