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The Battle to Launch a Next-Generation Retirement Product & Control $14 Trillion in Investment Direction

By Dara Albright,CrowdFunding Beat Guest Editor, FinTechREVOLUTION.tv  , Dara Albright Media, In the Fall of 2016, I penned an article entitled, “Modernizing the Self-direct IRA – The Trillion Dollar FinTech Opportunity” – the first in a new series of articles that focuses on next-generation retirement planning. The piece underscored how FinTech will mend America’s flawed retirement system and foster the growth of “digital” investing. This initial report drew attention to the growing necessity for a low-cost, high speed, autonomous retirement solution that would meet the demands of today’s alternative micro-investor. Most significantly, the piece summarized the two distinct individual retirement account prototypes – the Brokerage IRA and the…

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SEC Metrics on Reg A+

On 12/31 the SEC published a report on Reg A activity as of Q3 that has some eye-opening bullets. Here are a few of the key metrics, along with my observations and musings. 147 offering statements filed, of which 81 were qualified (as of the date of the stats) Of the 81 qualified, 49 were Tier 2, 32 were Tier 1 121 days avg time from filing to qualification (Tier 2) 17% used broker-dealers (Tier 2) $18M avg max-raise 20% used “test the waters” 87% equity/13% debt or other offerings $50,000 avg legal costs to file & get qualified $15,000 avg accounting audit costs 50%+…

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Targeted IRRs in Crowdfunding

By Mark Roderick CrowdFunding Beat  Sr. contributing editor and crowdfunding attorney with Flaster/Greenberg PC.   Targeted internal rate of return, or IRR, is used widely to advertise deals on Crowdfunding sites, real estate and otherwise. While target IRR means something to sophisticated sponsors and investors, its widespread and uncritical use makes me a little uneasy, for the following reasons: If pressed, many people don’t know what IRR really means. Investors assume that a higher IRR is better than a lower IRR, but many couldn’t explain exactly why or how. IRR can be misleading. For example, a bond purchased for $100 that pays interest of $10 at the end…

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New to Crowdfunding? Here’s What to Expect.

40Billion.com, Crowdfund Beat Guest Post. With the popularity and success of crowdfunding as a new way to fund new projects, it’s easy for other aspiring entrepreneurs to believe that sites like Kickstarter are their golden ticket to launching a business. But the reality is, crowdfunding isn’t always as simple as it seems. Whether you’re looking to raise a small amount of startup cash or acquire a larger sum through equity crowdfunding, there are a few challenges you might face during the process that you may not have expected. Choosing the right platform The first step is to choose the right platform. Not all of them…

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Mary Jo White is resigning as Chair of the SEC! What’s next for Crowdfunding?

Scott Purcell is the CEO of FundAmerica, Crowdfund Beat Guest post, Exciting news yesterday for small business owners and people engaging in technology-driven finance – Mary Jo White is resigning as Chair of the SEC! On one hand, the SEC has done some great things over the last few years. It’s worked hard to clean up a lot of corruption and bad actors. But it’s also taken years to give us (FinTech industry) the regulations and tools we need to help turn the dream of online private markets into a reality. And while it’s very true that some incredibly smart people at the SEC were…

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THE FINTECH REVOLUTION COMES TO REGIONAL AND COMMUNITY BANKS

Crowdfund Beat Fintech Center.    Manatt Survey Reveals Collaboration, Not Competition, Between Banks and Fintech Is the Way Forward LOS ANGELES – Oct. 24, 2016 – Thousands of regional and community banks are turning to fintech in order to meet the needs of customers who demand services on their computers, tablets and phones, according to a new report by Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP. Conducted in conjunction with Mergermarket, the report, “Growing Together: Collaboration Between Regional and Community Banks and Fintech,”  is based on survey responses of senior executives from regional and community banks (50%), fintech companies (25%), and private equity firms, venture capital firms…

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Improving Legal Documents in Crowdfunding: Get Rid of the State Legends!

By Mark Roderick CrowdFunding Beat  Sr. contributing editor and crowdfunding attorney with Flaster/Greenberg PC. I see lots of offering documents like this, with pages of state “legends.” The good news is that in Crowdfunding offerings – Title II (Rule 506(c)), Title III (Regulation Crowdfunding), and Title IV (Regulation A) – you can and should get rid of them.               The legal case is pretty simple: Before 1996, states were allowed to regulate private offerings. Every state allowed exemptions, but these exemptions often required legends, differing from state to state. The National Securities Market Improvement Act of 1996 added section 18 to the Securities…

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Death to the Accredited Investor Rules

By Jorge Newbery,  CrowdFundBeat contributing Guest Editor,  Founder and Chief Executive Officer of American Homeowner Preservation LLC The American Dream is dying. Social mobility in America has all but perished for the majority of Americans. With an extraordinary concentration of wealth amongst the richest, working-class Americans are often shut out of opportunities that could allow them to rise. Investments enable citizens to bolster their incomes and plan their financial futures. But, while rules and regulations prohibit most Americans from participating in higher yielding ventures, our society’s wealth gap will continue to widen. The inequality of investment possibilities can be largely attributed to the Security and Exchange…

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The Equity Crowdfunding Paradox

By Jorge Sanchez III Partner, Nouvantage.com, Crowdfund Beat Guest Contributor, Crowdfunding is a broad classification used to categorize a variety of modern digital funding activities aimed at engaging wide networks of people. In this article I will refer to the equity crowdfunding of venture capital. Investing is a risk-taking endeavor where return on investment is the premium harvested by investors for allocating funds to a venture executing a business plan and confronting the risk of failure and loss of capital. The uncertainty of the outcome that the business pursues gives rise to the primary barrier to investment, information asymmetry. Investment decisions are information driven and based…

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Pros and Cons of Regulation A+

“The Fix Crowdfunding Act”

BY Lauren Leibowitz, Principal at 1st BridgeHouse Securities, LLC, Crowdfund Beat Sr. contributing editor, The Evolving Crowdfunding Regulations: Now Presenting “The Fix Crowdfunding Act” On April 5, 2012 the JOBS Act was passed. On October 30, 2015 Title III: Equity Crowdfunding final rules were passed which marked all 7 Titles of the JOBS Act were approved. Recently, the ‘‘Fix Crowdfunding  Act’’ was  introduced to Congress to improve Regulation Crowdfunding.  FINRA and SEC has taken an approach of letting the crowdfunding industry cultivate the business model and the regulators will oversee and implement regulations on an as needed basis. The integration of technology within the private capital markets is…

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SEC’s Guidance On Advertising By “REG CF Title III”Issuers

SEC’s Guidance On Advertising By “REG CF Title III”Issuers

By Mark Roderick Shareholder, Flaster/Greenberg P.C. CrowdFund Beat ‘s  Sr.Guest Editor. The SEC just provided guidance for Title III issuers in the form of Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations. You can read the CD&I’s themselves here. Before Filing Before filing Form C (the disclosure document used in Title III) and being listed on a Funding Portal, a Title III issuer may not take any action that would “condition the public mind or arouse public interest in the issuer or in its securities.” That means: No Demo Days No email blasts or social media posts about the offering No meetings with possible investors After Filing Once a Title III…

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HEADLINE NEWS

Civic Crowdfunding Can Reduce Bike Lane 'Bikelash'  CityLabThis collective fundraising technique can help defuse anti-cyclist sentiment before it dooms protected bike lanes and other new infrastructure. [...]

How To Keep Your Crowdfunding Campaign On Target  ForbesWhy do some startups smash their crowdfunding targets with apparent ease while others crash and burn? It's all down to great planning, a funding reality check ... [...]

Crowdfunding is a popular way to raise money. Just don't count on getting a refund if something goes wrong.  Chicago TribuneRob Loukotka launched his fifth Kickstarter project in the summer of 2017. Within a month, the Chicago-based artist had raised more than $20,000 online from [...]

Should Kickstarter and Indiegogo be responsible for gadgets that don’t ship?  The VergeSome crowdfunded gadgets raise their funding goal but never make it through the manufacturing process to successfully ship their product. Kickstarter and ... [...]

Currently Crowdfunding: A Better Screwdriver, a Vertical Garden That Will Actually Fit in Your Space and More  Core77.comNavigating the world of crowdfunding can be overwhelming, to put it lightly. Which projects are worth backing? Where's the filter to weed out the hundreds of . [...]

Former Florida men are crowdfunding a Florida Man card game  Orlando WeeklyFlorida Man, notorious for his nutty and illicit adventures, is now a card game. This Cards Against Humanity-style game uses headlines inspired by real Florida... [...]

Bandcamp launches in-house vinyl crowdfunding and pressing service  FACTBandcamp is getting into the vinyl pressing business with the launch of a new crowdfunding *service* aimed at making it easier for artists to release their music on ... [...]

UniBo spin-off Mysurable launches crowdfunding campaign to speed up development of muscle loss monitor  Science BusinessHealthy ageing is one of the biggest challenges of our time, since the increasingly large portion of the population is getting over 65. Mysurable, an innovative ... [...]

How crowdfunding changes the game for investors  WRAL Tech WireThis story was written for WRAL TechWire Innovator partner INVESTinNC. In many states, including North Carolina, up until a couple of years ago, it used to be. [...]

St Louis' Crowdfunding Platform Nvsted Celebrates First Birthday  Crowdfund InsiderSt. Louis, Missouri based crowdfunding platform Nvsted announced on Thursday it was celebrating its first birthday. As previously reported, Nvested. [...]

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