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Most beginning entrepreneurs do not find themselves in a situation where the money they need to start their business is readily available. In fact, the opposite is true, with many entrepreneurs struggling even to acquire the necessary funding to create a prototype. For these small scale, low budget entrepreneurs, equity-based crowdfunding serves as a viable […]
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On November 7th, the OTC Markets Group released a new stock promotion policy. This policy aims to improve the overall market transparency for investors, while addressing the issue of misleading, manipulative, or fraudulent stock promotion. Fraudulent Promotional Campaigns The wide use of digital media has allowed companies to interact and reach investors in a variety […]
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Rule 15c6-1(a) – From T+3 to T+2 In March 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) amended Rule 15c6-1(a), shortening the settlement cycle from T+3 to T+2. The “T” in “T+2” and “T+3” stands for transaction date, the date that a transaction occurs. T+ (1, 2 or 3) represents the settlement date, the date that […]
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One of the common issues that small businesses encounter is the challenge of finding the funds to invest and grow. This is particularly problematic for an entrepreneur or a startup business, that may not be as well-known or may not have built a strong reputation. An equity crowdfunding solution may be the ideal match for […]
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On June 8, 2017, the House of Representatives passed “The Financial CHOICE Act” (“Creating Hope and Opportunity for Investors, Consumers and Entrepreneurs”). The act regulates banking institutions’ qualifying capital through numerous exemptions and policies. Further, the act repeals the Financial Stability Oversight Council’s authority while overhauling multiple parts of the Dodd-Frank Act. The act proposes […]
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Introduction At the beginning of his opening remarks in May of 2017, SEC Commissioner Michael Piwowar expressed that he was happy to be involved in the SEC-NYU dialogue in which he shared his views on the IPO market. Piwowar has a thorough background in economics, politics, and finance – including an employment history in economics, […]
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In our contemporary society, software has been created for every imaginable need, both professionally and personally. There are programs for accountants, financial planners, engineers, architects, and many other careers. Now, there is also a software program for companies that offer stock options to their employees, and the software is more popular than ever. This web-based […]
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On April 12, 2017, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) published three regulatory notices proposing amendments to three of their rules regarding capital formation, corporate financing, and safe harbor, respectively. The first notice describes FINRA as a self-regulatory organization (SRO) with primary emphases on “investor protection” and “market integrity,” while striving to create and empower […]
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Trump has announced his nomination of Walter ‘Jay’ Clayton, a man who is leaning towards less regulation, to be the head of the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission. Donald Trump said of Clayton, “Jay Clayton is a highly talented expert on many aspects of financial and regulatory law, and he will ensure our financial institutions can thrive and […]
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There are certain basic features and powers that every corporation holds. One corporate power is the right to sell stock in exchange for ownership in the company.  The purchasers of the shares become owners and are also known as shareholders or investors. A shareholder can gain ownership through receiving stock grants, awards, and gifts. The […]
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