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On the Grid: Blockchain May Create New Possibilities for Grid Enhancements and Energy IoT Applications

Just as blockchain technology has allowed for the tracking and authentication of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency transactions, it could similarly mediate transactions in energy units. Blockchain technology — once known...more

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With Fitch and DBRS [by most measures, the #3 and #4 rating agencies in a 3-player game] doling out AAA ratings for bonds backed by non-qualified mortgages that Moody’s has dubbed “risky.” Well worth keeping an eye on this...more

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Here’s an interesting take on the future of the labor market (especially for an emerging generation that is better with a screen than eye contact)—because robots and AI will be able to take over anything that’s routine,...more

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Blackstone is spinning off a new housing maintenance and rental venture in the form of Invitation Homes LP, which could see an IPO as early as January 2017. Invitation Homes is the culmination of a four-year, $10 billion...more

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Federal regulators are on the verge of creating a brand new type of banking license specifically for fintech. Called “special purpose national bank charters,” the licenses are intended to enable fintech companies that accept...more

This Week in FCPA-Episode 31, the Government Speaks edition [Video]

Show Notes for Episode 31, week ending December 2, 2016-the Government Speaks edition 1. Justice Department Assistant Attorney General Sally Yates remarks at 33rd annual ACI National FCPA Conference; 2. Head of SEC...more

Compliance into the Weeds-Episode 20-transaction monitoring [Video]

What is risk and how should it be evaluated? What is the data that should be reviewed to determine if an increase in sales is based on unethical or even illegal behavior? Finally, what happens when you migrate company...more

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A new trading link dropping next week will give international investors access to more than 800 stocks listed on China’s Shenzhen stock market, the boom/bust venue best known for its “rampant speculation”....more

Leveraging the Blockchain to Provide an Unalterable, Distributed Ledger for Transactions, Supply Chains and Other Corporate...

On Monday, November 14, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) hosted a forum to discuss financial technology (FinTech) innovation in the financial services industry. The summit discussed several topics, but the...more

FINRA forces firms into the weeds on security policies

The Securities and Exchange Commission continues to be active in the area of cybersecurity. A recent Letter of Consent issued by the agency’s Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) contained some startling new...more

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On the Hill yesterday, Fed Chair Yellen acknowledged that the recent election would likely mean changes for the economy, but she said it was “too soon” to predict the nature of that economic impact at this time (though that...more

Entering the Sandbox - Guidelines released for FinTech entrepreneurs and entities

Guidelines on entering the Sandbox - On 16 November 2016 the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) released its “regulatory sandbox” (Sandbox) guidelines for FinTech experiments to be conducted in a controlled...more

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The saga of Theranos whistleblower Tyler Shultz, grandson of former Secretary of State (and Theranos director) George Shultz, who faced threats, a familial rift, and a boat-load of legal fees as he tried to expose Theranos’...more

Compliance into the Weeds-Episode 19-SEC and Dodd-Frank enforcement going forward [Video]

In this episode, Matt Kelly and I take a deep dive into a couple of issues surrounding the new Trump administration. The first is the 'Trump Risk' disclosure that several companies have made since the election. The second is...more

SEC Hosts Panel Discussion on Online Marketplace Lending and Crowdfunding in First Ever SEC Fintech Forum

On November 14, 2016, the SEC hosted a panel discussion entitled the “Impact of Recent Innovation in Capital Formation,” as part of its public forum on financial technology (Fintech) innovation held in Washington, D.C., and...more

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SEC chief Mary Jo White has announced that she’ll be stepping down in early 2017—an expected move that nevertheless drives home the reality of the big changes ahead for the securities industry (and many others)....more

CFTC Approves Supplemental Proposal to Regulation AT

On November 4, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) approved for publication in the Federal Register a supplemental proposal (the "Supplemental Proposal") to Regulation Automated Trading ("Regulation AT"). The...more

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And we thought Brexit was something. Buckle up. It’s going to be a wild market ride... Whoa....more

Myanmar’s Yangon Stock Exchange to Establish Blockchain-based Stock Exchange

Daiwa Securities Group, a Tokyo-based securities brokerage, will be working with Myanmar’s Yangon Stock Exchange (YSX) to establish a Blockchain-based stock exchange by integrating Daiwa’s equity trading into the Yangon...more

SEC Announces Agenda, Panelists for Nov. 14 Fintech Forum

On November 3, 2016, the SEC announced the agenda and the panelists for its first ever fintech forum on November 14th. As noted in the announcement, the session, which will begin at 9 a.m. ET, will be divided into four...more

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Wells Fargo is well past the rain, the pouring, and even the flooding. So why not possible liability for its RMBS practices? As part of an SEC disclosure, the bank acknowledge that it’s “in discussion” with the RMBS Working...more

Bitcoin Rebounding Following Security Breach

Bitfinex is a Hong Kong-based digital currency exchange – one of the world’s leading such exchanges, and the self-proclaimed largest exchange by volume for trading bitcoin against the US Dollar. On August 2, 2016, Bitfinex...more

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Merrill Lynch has already staked out the position in response to the DOL’s retirement account fiduciary duty rule that it would no longer offer commission-based IRAs to retirement savers. Yesterday, it effectively doubled...more

Coins Series A Financing Opens Bitcoin to Underserved Global Community

A Philippines bitcoin startup, Coins, recently announced a $5 million investment from global investors, to help it expand its reach to underbanked communities in Southeast Asia. The Series A round is a big shot in the arm to...more

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The CFTC’s reportedly investigating the interest rate swap activities of Citigroup and others. Swaps allow companies to “hedge against a rise or fall in interest rates on the debt that they issue or hold, with banks usually...more

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