Tagged: risk

Financial Stability Board Issues Report on Fintech: “Regulators Need to Understand the Impact”

The Financial Stability Board (FSB) has weighed in on the burgeoning Fintech sector of finance. The FSB has been analyzing “financial stability implications” potentially created by Fintech innovation. The FSB says it is specifically seeking to identify “supervisory and regulatory issues that merit authorities’ attention”…. Read More

Minimizing Potential Litigation & Regulatory Risks for Crowdfunding Platforms

Crowdfunding regulations were enacted with the goal of providing small businesses access to capital without imposing arduous registration and disclosure burdens.[i]  In that regard, the regulations have shown significant promise. Commentators have rightfully highlighted the substantial benefits to both issuers and investors based on their… Read More

Commercial for YayYo Reg A+ Crowdfunding “IPO” Offer May Push Promotion Too Far

Earlier this month I was running CNBC in the background and a commercial came up that caused me to pause. On the screen was a besuited old white male pitching the next great investment. Coming off a bit like a used-car salesman, I learned later… Read More

Does Online Lending Create Less Systemic Risk than Traditional Credit? It Depends…

One of the frequently touted benefits of peer to peer/marketplace lending is the heightened transparency associated with loan originations processed online.  The financial crisis of the last decade was in part fueled by the disconnect between lender and borrower. As mortgages were securitized, sliced and… Read More

Neuroprofiler: Risk Profiling & Suitability Testing Based on Behavioral Finance

  Neuroprofiler is a French startup whose online application uses the latest advances in behavioral finance to help investors determine their psychological investment profile. The company’s ambition is to provide financial services with suitability testing tools that are not only fully compliant, but also add… Read More

PwC Studies German Risk Management, Utilizes Auxmoney to Determine Private Lending Market Potential

Credit marketplaces such as auxmoney ensure that up to 4.3 million more people get access to credit, as would be the case via conventional lenders like banks, according to a recent PricewaterhouseCoopers study. PwC investigated the effects of new forms of risk assessment with its complementary, digital… Read More

Weighing the Risks for the “Crowd” in Equity Crowdfunding

  Now that the long awaited and much anticipated federal crowdfunding rules under Title III of the JOBS Act have become effective, startup companies can raise seed capital from everyday, non-accredited retail investors through online equity crowdfunding platforms. Many of these investors are excited to… Read More

Fitch: Confidence in Marketplace Lending ABS Gets Hammered

The marketplace lending industry is getting hammered of late.  The after-shock reverberations following the resignation of Lending Club co-founder and CEO Renaud Laplanche continues to be a hot topic of conversation. Today, Fitch has come out with a report stating “investor confidence in marketplace lending… Read More

Singapore’s Silver Bullion Debuts One-Month Bullion Secured P2P Loans

On Wednesday, Singapore-based bullion retailer, Silver Bullion Pte Ltd., announced the launch of its 1-month bullion secured peer-to-peer(P2P) loans. Silver Bullion previously offered loan durations of 6 months, 12 months and 24 months secured by physical gold and silver collateral stored in its vault, The Safe… Read More

Crowdfunding Platforms Must Be Conscientious In Disclosing Borrower Credit Information

  In translating the JOBS Act into final regulations, the SEC sought to protect investors in myriads ways: limiting certain opportunities to accredited investors, implementing caps on the annual amount certain investors may invest, and requiring certain disclosures, among other things. Understandably, the bulk of… Read More

P2P ISA Challenge: “We Recognize that We as an Industry Need to Work to Persuade Advisers to Embrace P2P Lending”

The Innovative Finance ISA is a huge opportunity for the peer to peer lending industry.  Yet the introduction of the new ISA also highlights an ongoing issue for P2P platforms: The profound need to inform and educate potential investors and advisors of their services. Sure… Read More

Symbid States Investors are Ignoring Risks. Lack of Transparency & High Interest Rates Creates Unsustainable Trajectory

Symbid [OTCQB:SBID], one of the world’s first investment crowdfunding platforms, is warning about industry risk.  The company is warning that “investors are too preoccupied by interest rates and ignoring the risks”. According to Symbid, this lack of awareness has compelled them to launch a media… Read More

Crowdfunding Risks And Regs: FCA Chair And Acting CEO Tracey McDermott Speaks Before Treasury Select Committee

Last week, Financial Conduct Authority Chair and acting CEO Tracey McDermott visited Parliament last week, and spoke before the Treasury Select Committee on topics including alternative financing sources. She addressed questions of risk for investors in crowdfunding and peer-to-peer lending, as well as the role of regulation…. Read More

The Next Big Crowdfunding Risk

The investment crowdfunding space is on fire – growing by more than 1000% a year. Within real estate alone, total investment is projected to hit $2.5 billion by the end of December. Meanwhile, FinTech has become glorified as a revolution in finance ready to take… Read More

SIPP P2P Lending Surges Despite Financial Advisors’ Risk Anxiety; Anticipate Updates from ISA and FCA

Self Invested Personal Pensions (SIPP) assist marketplace lenders such as Ablrate and Ratesetter (the first consumer P2P platform to be available through a SIPP),  in sourcing loans.  Research from Yorkshire Building Society “highlighted a lack of understanding about peer-to-peer investment (P2P) and the potential risks it poses… Read More

In Germany, Awareness of P2P Lending Lags UK By Three Years, And Lags US By Another Three Years: Video

    In Germany, investment crowdfunding is doing well–both debt-based and equity-based crowdfunding jumped notably in Q1 2015 versus Q4 of 2014, according to numbers from the German Crowdfunding Network. What of the country’s peer-to-peer lending? Dominik Steinkuehler, co-founder and CEO of Lendico, a multinational P2P lending platform,… Read More

Advice: Conducting Diligence to Mitigate Risk for Deep Technology Startups

As more investors start to look to equity crowdfunding, to get beyond the typical mobile app startup, it’s important to see what’s going on in deep technology. We define deep technology as companies founded on a scientific discovery or meaningful technological innovation. Deep technology startups… Read More

In China, ‘Finding The Right Balance Between Financial Reform And Risk Prevention Will Be One Of The Most Important Issues Of Our Time’

  “Finding the right balance between financial reform and risk prevention will be one of the most important issues of our time,” writes Ruizhe Zhang of Dagong Global Credit Rating Co Ltd, in a recent China Daily op-ed on ECNS. Following the release of Internet finance guidelines… Read More

Singapore’s Silver Bullion Launches Bullion-Backed P2P Loan Platform, Among World’s First

    Would a “Safe Room,” a storage facility filled with 80 tonnes of silver and a tonne of gold, worth about S$120 million total, increase your confidence about participating in a peer-to-peer loan platform? Silver Bullion, a Singapore-based bullion retailer, is counting on it. The company just launched… Read More

How Good Is Too Good? The Underwriting Risks Of Crowdfunding Real Estate Deals

The awareness and popularity of real estate based equity crowdfunding (i.e. “RECfunds”) continues to grow exponentially. As do the number of real estate crowdfunding portals. RECFunds offer substantial benefits to today’s investors including access to multiple types of projects, smaller barriers to investment, and portfolio… Read More