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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

SoFi to Go Public in $8.65 Billion SPAC Deal with Chamath Palihapitiya’s Social Capital

Chamath Palihapitiya, CEO of Social Capital (NASDAQ:IPOE), has announced that SoFi will go public via a SPAC deal that is worth $8.65 billion via CNBC According to a Tweet by Palihapitiya, his thesis is based on the challenges of incumbent banks and the benefits of Fintech… Read More

$239 Million was Raised using Reg CF During 2020, this Amount Could Double in 2021

The year of COVID-19 was a difficult time for all. 2020 saw government-mandated lockdowns, a shift to virtual offices, and a health crisis that has not been experienced in many decades. While all industries had to adapt, some thrived – typically tech-centric firms that have… Read More

Top Crypto and Blockchain Predictions for 2021 and Beyond – Part 1

Bitcoin (BTC) and other cryptocurrency platforms such as Ethereum (ETH), Litecoin (LTC), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Binance Coin (BNB), Chainlink (LINK), and Polkadot (DOT) are being increasingly adopted by a diverse group of users across the globe. Many more institutions and fairly large publicly listed companies… Read More

2021 Should See Some Big Fintech IPOs

2020 was a pretty good year for initial public offerings (IPOs). According to a tally put together by Renaissance Capital, 216 IPOs booked $78.1 billion during the year of COVID-19. Additionally, IPOs gained, on average, a whopping 75% – said to be the biggest post… Read More

The Top Ten Fintech Predictions for 2021

Fintech enthusiasts welcome back to my 5th annual “Top Ten” Fintech prediction series. This year I’ve met a lot of powerful movers and shakers in the Fintech space. My take away from these meetings and interactions is how little do I know about this ever-expanding… Read More

Happy New Year! LendingClub’s Acquisition of Radius Bank Approved by the OCC

LendingClub (NYSE:LC) will start 2021 on a high note it seems. The online lender and aspiring digital bank has had its acquisition of Radius Bank approved by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), according to many reports. Additionally, the decision letter was… Read More

The Time of COVID: The Biggest Fintech Stories of 2020

2020 was a challenging year for the entire world. The ongoing health crisis surprised everyone as the world dove into a pandemic, pummeling the global economy and impacting everyone. In many respects, Fintech emerged as a beneficiary of COVID-19. Digital transformation of financial services were… Read More

The Five Biggest Crowdfunding Stories of 2020

Online capital formation has emerged as an effective path for private companies to raise much-needed growth capital fueling innovation and creating jobs. Once the realm of VCs and angel investors only, investment crowdfunding now enables retail investors to access promising young firms at an early… Read More

Doug Ellenoff Comments on Updates to the Exempt Offering Ecosystem. Momentum in SPACs Expected to Continue

  Doug Ellenoff, the Managing Partner of Manhattan law firm Ellenoff, Grossman and Schole (EGS), has been involved with the Fintech sector since the early days of the JOBS Act – the legislation that eventually legalized investment crowdfunding. He is not only deeply engaged with… Read More

The Four Digital Banks of Singapore

Earlier this month, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) announced the first four digital banks approved by the regulator. The first digital banks out of the gate are the culmination of a multi-year process where MAS. In June 2019, MAS announced it would approve up… Read More

China: WeiyangX Fintech Review

WeBank Reduces Upper Limit of Microloan to ¥200,000 WeBank, the Tencent-backed digital bank, announced that it would reduce the upper limit of its microloan product (Weilidai) from ¥300,000 to ¥200,000 from December 26th. According to WeBank, the reduction was a response to the “Commercial Bank… Read More

Crypto Industry Insiders Comment on SEC Complaint Against Ripple Alleging Sale of Unregistered Securities in XRP Distributions

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) lawsuit against Ripple is the largest enforcement action attacking the sale of a cryptocurrency to date. The SEC alleges the sale of an unregistered security in the issuance of XRP, Ripple’s native token. Ripple has been quick to defend… Read More

SEC Charges Ripple, Christian Larsen and Bradley Garlinghouse, with $1.38 Billion Sale of an Unregistered Security

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has publicly posted the complaint charging Ripple with the sale of an unregistered security. Including in the enforcement action are Christian Larsen, the company’s co-founder, executive chairman of its board, and former CEO; and Bradley Garlinghouse, the company’s current… Read More

Reg CF: 62 FINRA Regulated Crowdfunding Portals. How Many Will Endure?

To issue securities under Reg CF (Regulation Crowdfunding), a platform must either be a FINRA regulated funding portal or a broker-dealer. In this sector of online capital formation, both types of regulated entities issue securities under this rule. Periodically, we re-visit the number of FINRA… Read More

NextSeed and Republic Discuss Acquisition: See Opportunity in Blockchain, Plan for Global Expansion

  Last month Republic, a leading investment platform and crowdfunding marketplace, announced it had acquired the assets of NextSeed small business investment platform for an undisclosed amount. NextSeed co-founder and CEO Youngro Lee became Chief Operating Officer of Republic while remaining CEO of NextSeed Securities… Read More

Crypto Wallet Provider Ledger Hacked: Customer Database Said to be Compromised

Ledger, a crypto wallet provider based in Paris, France, has apparently experienced a security breach according to a tweet from the company. Ledger stated yesterday that they have been alerted to the dump of a customer database on Raidforum. The company said that it is… Read More

China: WeiyangX Fintech Review

China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission Issues Regulations Towards Internet Insurance On December 14th, the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission (CBIRC) issued the “Internet Insurance Business Regulatory Measures.” Key contents of the Measures include: clarifying the nature of Internet insurance business and applicable regulations… Read More

Omar Arab: EVP of Corporate Business at VeriTran Explains how Low-Code Platforms Help Deploy Seamless Fintech Applications

We recently connected with Omar Arab, EVP of Corporate Business at VeriTran, a leading low-code platform provider for enterprises. Arab talked about how low-code solutions make it easier for everyone, including non-programmers, to create applications for a wide variety of use cases – including banking… Read More

Blockchain Infrastructure Platform Paxos Secures $142 Million in Series C Funding Round Led By Declaration Partners

  Paxos, a blockchain infrastructure platform, today announced it has closed a $142 million Series C round of funding. Declaration Partners, the investment firm backed by the family office of David M. Rubenstein, led the round, with participation from Mithril Capital, PayPal Ventures, RIT Capital Partners plc, Ken Moelis, Alua Capital,… Read More

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