Opinion

Editorial opinions and perspective on Fintech.

Bitcoin Bull Run. Is the Halving and Massive Government Stimulus Fueling Bitcoin’s Rise?

May is here meaning spring is emerging for parts of the world. For all of the world, it also means that Bitcoin is on the cusp of the next Halving (or the Halvening). The Bitcoin Halving takes place every four years. This is when the… Read More

New Analysis Claims that Ethereum (ETH) Price Might be Manipulated by Certain Large Crypto Exchanges and “Whales”

A recent analysis of the top 10,000 Ethereum (ETH) wallet addresses suggests that the world’s second-largest digital asset (by market cap and overall adoption) could potentially see its value increase significantly in the foreseeable future. This, as the blockchain network prepares to transition from proof-of-work… Read More

Go Digital Or Die: Capital Market Players Have A Known Answer Sheet

What happens when a business is forced to try something new amid a crisis? Usually a lot of pain and a lot of failed attempts. But today’s capital market players may have it easy. While major Wall Street banks and asset managers are being forced… Read More

Does the Marketplace Lending Model Make the SME Lending Challenge Worse?

This is an interesting discussion. Todd H. Baker and Kathryn Judge, both from the Columbia Law School, posted an article earlier this month on banks and Fintechs in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic. As most people recall, during the last big financial crisis, policymakers fumbled… Read More

Christian Faes Founder and Chairman of LendInvest Comments on UK Government Support of SMEs During COVID-19 Crisis

Christian Faes is the founder and Chairman of one of the most successful Fintechs in the UK. While there may be better-known names in the Fintech world, LendInvest, a property finance platform, has emerged as a leader not only in the sector of finance it… Read More

This Weekend, China Will Launch the Blockchain-based Service Network that Drops Cost of DLT Utilization Down to a Couple Hundred Dollars

The Blockchain-based Service Network (BSN) in China aims to change the existing problem of the high cost of developing and deploying blockchain applications by providing public blockchain resource environments to developers. According to BSN, just like the internet, the ubiquity of access can greatly reduce… Read More

How The Coronavirus May Cripple Venture Capital But Could be a Boon for Equity Crowdfunding

It’s no secret that there has always been a disconnect between the Venture Capital (VC) industry and the Startups that they fund. VCs are the embodiment of old school funding and their investments have, until recently, been the judge, jury, and executioner for countless innovation… Read More

Industry Chatter Indicates Many Online Lenders are Laying Off Employees, Some Fintechs May Never Recover

Yesterday, Crowdfund Insider covered the news that LendingClub (NYSE:LC), the largest Fintech consumer lender in the US, was furloughing and eliminating jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The crisis has apparently driven the elimination of 471 individual jobs. Shockingly, LendingClub’s President saw his position eliminated…. Read More

Dear Chancellor: Rangewell Demands More Transparency in CBILS in Open Letter Addressed to Rishi Sunak

Rangewell, a firm that works with UK SMEs and their advisors to help them find, compare, and apply for business finance, has published another 0pen letter directed to Chancellor of the Exchequer Rushi Sunik. Late last month, Rangewell published a different open letter addressing the… Read More

UK Government Adds COVID-19 Program to Support Early Stage Ventures. Is it Enough?

In a widely anticipated move, HM Treasury announced a new package of bailout programs for early-stage ventures that did not qualify for programs initially set into place to support the COVID-19 battered economy. There have been profound concerns that younger, entrepreneurial firms that require ongoing… Read More

As PPP Money Runs Out, Lendio CEO Launches Petition to Add Money. Over 35,000 Have Now Signed the Request While Congress Remains Frozen on Any Additional Funding

As has been widely reported, the Paycheck Protection Program – part of the CARES Act that provided SMEs with 2 months of payroll loans that may be forgiven – has run out of money. The widely lauded plan has struggled to distribute the funds as… Read More

Competition and Markets Authority Approves Amazon’s Investment in Deliveroo as COVID-19 Harms Company’s Financial Position [u]

This is interesting because it is indicative of the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has provisionally approved Amazon’s (NASDAQ:AMZN) investment in Deliveroo. Before the Coronavirus, the investment was not a given as the CMA was “concerned that… Read More

Canada: National Crowdfunding and Fintech Association Calls on Government to Do More with Fintechs to Mitigate COVID-19 Impact

The National Crowdfunding and Fintech Association of Canada (NCFA) has published an open letter demanding the Canadian government to engage and leverage Fintechs to help in the battler against the COVID-19 crisis. Addressed to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, along with several of his Ministers,… Read More

Crowdfunding Industry Insider Criticizes SEC Proposal on Special Purpose Vehicles for Reg CF

Special Purpose Vehicles or “SPVs” have long been requested by FINRA regulated platforms participating in the Reg CF sector of crowdfunding. Under current rules, SPVs are not allowed to be utilized. This may soon change as the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has proposed enabling… Read More

Europe: 3 Largest Digital Banks Have Over 18 Million Users and Growing Larger

The three largest European digital banks have over 18 million registered users combined. That number is predicted to soar to over 23 million by the end of this year, according to a writeup by Finanso. Today, Revolut (UK) is the biggest at over 10 million… Read More

#PutFinTechToWork – Innovate Finance CEO Publishes Open Letter in Support of Fintech

Charlotte Crosswell, CEO of Innovate Finance, has posted an open letter in support of Fintech utilization during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the UK, the government has received some criticism for being slow to empower Fintech’s to help facilitate the Coronavirus programs designed to support the… Read More

HM Treasury Expected to Announce Support for Startups Hit by COVID-19 Crisis

Startups and early-stage firms are vital to any economy that seeks to foster robust growth and wealth creation. Yet many early-stage firms are focused more on growth than earnings, and thus would not qualify for the programs bundled together by the UK government during the… Read More

Perspective: What the Proposed SEC Changes Mean for the US Crowdfunding Industry

Earlier this month, The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced a set of amendments to the exemptive framework under the Securities Act of 1933. This includes a notable update to Reg CF – increasing the funding cap from its current $1.07 million to $5 million…. Read More

COVID-19 Induced Economic Decline: What Does this Mean for Cryptoassets?

It will take some time to fully understand the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic but clearly the economic fallout will be profound. Markets have tanked, default risks are rising and unemployment is moving up rapidly in a historic fashion. Simultaneously governments everywhere are moving… Read More

The Blockchain Association Files Amicus Brief in Support of Telegram’s Battle with the SEC

Telegram has been engaged in an ongoing battle with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regarding the sale of GRAM tokens – an offering that raised $1.7 billion. The legal fisticuffs kicked off last October when the SEC filed an emergency action and obtained a… Read More

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