Tagged: perspective

Swimming Against the Tide: Bank of America Throws Shade, Says Bitcoin is Just Pure Speculation

Bank of America has published a report on Bitcoin and it is swimming against the tide as the bank throws shade at the world’s most popular crypto as just a vehicle for speculation. The story has been picked up by many outlets at a time… Read More

Are NFTs the New ICO? Could NFTs be Deemed Securities? A Top Digital Asset Attorney Explains

It is hard not to know something about the booming Non-Fungible Token or NFT market. Following Beeple’s sale of a digital work of art “Everydays—The First 5000 Days,” auctioned by Christie’s for a whopping $69 million, NFTs officially became a “thing” with non-stop coverage on… Read More

The Under-Appreciated Significance of Coinbase Going Public

Once the Coinbase registration statement becomes effective and Coinbase shares trade publicly, a sea change will have occurred in the US without most people recognizing it.  Part of that unacknowledged difference will be the broader awareness of blockchain and cryptoasset trading it brings. It is… Read More

As Fintech Industry Matures, the Need for Policy Advocacy Grows: OLPI and MPL Merge to Form American Fintech Council

Financial technology or Fintech has been growing at a rapid pace for years now. Starting with online capital formation, today a growing number of sophisticated financial services are going through a much-needed. digital transformation. This can mean better/cheaper access to services for more consumers and… Read More

UK Budget Includes Support for Tech, Special Economic Zones and More. Government Seeks to Attract Scientific Superstars

Earlier today, Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak presented the budget for 2021. Obviously, the government policy on spending comes at a difficult time as COVID-19 is still very much with us yet glimmers of relief are showing as the vaccine takes hold. The Chancellor… Read More

Karsten Wenzlaff of the German Crowdfunding Association Provides Insight into Harmonization of Pan-European Crowdfunding Rules

Last year, the European Union approved pan-European crowdfunding rules that will apply to all member states thus finally offering a harmonized approach to online capital formation. Crowdfunding advocates and European platforms had long recognized the unnecessary friction intrinsic to raising capital based on national regulations… Read More

Perspective: What Can Investors Learn From The GameStop Saga?

Social media-hyped stocks took a beating on 18th February, with shares of game retailer GameStop (NYSE:GME) closing at around $40. The share price dove from an all-time high of $483 earlier this month, ending a wild ride for amateur investors still holding their position. The… Read More

SPAC JOFF Fintech Acquisition Raises $414 Million in Hunt for Fintechs

Yesterday, JOFF Fintech (NASD:JOFFU) filed an 8-K with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in regards to its initial public offering (IPO) that floated on the Nasdaq on February 9th. The SPAC indicated that it had raised $414 million, including warrants, in a hunt for… Read More

GameStop and DeFi: Let’s Not Be So Quick To Judge

Fellow DeFi adherents, let’s slow down on the outrage about GameStop (NYSE:GME) and the traditional finance system (TradFi).   Blockchain and DeFi offer lots of advantages over TradFi, but TradFi is not completely broken and DeFi is not necessarily vastly superior.  Two core characteristics make… Read More

Miami Goes All In on Bitcoin as Mayor Francis Suarez Looks to Use BTC for Payments, Florida Wins Again

Miami Mayor Francis Suarez is going all-in on Bitcoin as he announced via Twitter that he has requested the city manager to research a vendor to facilitate Bitcoin payments as well as paying employees in Bitcoin. Crypto insiders quickly embraced the move with Anthony Pompliano… Read More

SEC Office of Advocate for Small Business Shows Need to Improve Exemptions, Make Access to Capital Easier

Recently, the SEC’s Office of the Advocate for Small Business Capital Formation (OASB) shared a presentation outlining the performance of securities exemptions during 2020. The presentation reviewed the utilization of Reg D, Reg A+, and Reg CF as these are the main avenues to raise… Read More

How Tax Authorities Should Treat Cryptocurrency Staking Rewards

  Let me start with a confession: I am not smart enough to be a tax lawyer, certainly not a US tax lawyer.  The intricacies of the US tax code defy my brain’s attempts to systematize a coherent taxonomy.  The tax code is too complex… Read More

Banks Focus on Digital Transformation Strategy in Increasingly Competitive Industry

Last week it was reported that KeyCorp (NYSE:KEY) is planning to introduce a version of its digital banking platform to serve the needs of healthcare workers. The new digital bank solution may be rolled out on March 30, 2021, which is National Doctors’ Day. The… Read More

Robinhood Allows Users to Trade in GameStop, Shares Rise While Chattering Class Points Fingers

Robinhood CEO and founder Vlad Tenev visited with CNBC last night professing that actions taken to mitigate trading in GameStop (NYSE:GME) was to protect Robinhood as well as its users. Tenev’s decision to shut down purchases of GME was joined by outrage, not just by… Read More

Presidential Action Taken by Biden Administration May Delay Investment Crowdfunding Improvements

Yesterday, Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff Ronald Klein distributed a Presidential Action by President Joe Biden that is poised to impact recent improvements to security crowdfunding including the Reg CF and Reg A+ exemption. Entitled Regulatory Freeze Pending Review, President Biden has… Read More

Fintech Advancement in the Time of COVID-19

As with most years, I started 2020 with a sense of optimism, looking forward to another productive year at work and doing the Appetite for Disruption podcast with my co-host Troy Paredes. In fact, he and I wrote an article discussing 2019 that focused more… Read More

Ethereum Rising: Number 2 Crypto Reaches New Highs, Insiders Predict ETH’s Future

As Bitcoin has rocketed to new all-time highs, it has sucked much of the oxygen out of the crypto news space. But Bitcoin’s rise has been joined by some other cryptocurrencies running higher – most importantly, the number 2 crypto Ethereum. In the last week… Read More

2021: The Year of the Smart Contract – Can the Law Keep Up?

  While recent headlines may be focused on the meteoric rise of Bitcoin, another disruptive technology derived from the famed cryptocurrency may have even more profound implications for the future: blockchain-based “smart contracts.” A wide variety of companies are already experimenting with the ability of… Read More

Derivatives Attorney Shares Insight into Changes at CFTC with New Administration: Increased Regulation May Hamper Innovation

The Biden Administration continues to announce new appointments as it looks to fill out the bench of federal appointees following the inauguration on January 20, 2020. For the securities and financial services industry, many questions exist as to how this leadership transaction will impact policy…. Read More

Real Estate Crowdfunding vs. Stocks: Risks and Returns

With plenty of options out there, choosing which investment opportunity is right for you is a potential minefield. You can look into the traditional market investments such as stocks and mutual funds, but there is also the burgeoning real estate crowdfunding market to consider. This… Read More

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