It's here!

Posted by Somer Powell on Dec 13, 2016 10:58:41 AM

Announcing the launch of our newly resdesigned website!  

We've redesigned our website with you in mind.

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Topics: New Website

The Age of Entrepreneurs

Posted by Angie Goertz on Dec 8, 2016 3:36:13 PM

When you think of an entrepreneur, who comes to mind? The popular image of a young genius clad in a grey hoodie, toiling away in a dorm room is inaccurate, says CNBC. The reality is, “[i]ndividuals turn to entrepreneurship throughout their lives.”

The online report points to First Round’s recently released results from its 2016 survey, “State of Startups.” More than 700 founders responded, revealing a wealth of information. Highlights include:

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Topics: Small Business, Finance, reg a+, crowdfunding

Tesla’s Slow Response to the SEC

Posted by Angie Goertz on Nov 30, 2016 9:17:29 AM


While Tesla’s cars can accelerate from zero to 60 miles per hour in mere seconds, the company’s communication with the Securities and Exchange Commission over its accounting took months. 

According to a Market Watch report, after Tesla filed a joint proxy statement and prospectus announcing its proposed acquisition of Solar City Corp on Aug. 31, the SEC reached out regarding the company’s accounting. Several letters between the SEC and Tesla’s lawyers overseeing the acquisition, five amendments to the original registration filing and at least one conference call followed. As the report cleverly states, the company got the memos, but not the message.

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Topics: Compliance, SEC, Tesla

Banks Eager to Dig into New Policies

Posted by Angie Goertz on Nov 23, 2016 3:06:01 PM

This Thanksgiving, the chance of President-elect Trump’s victory dividing some tables is high. By contrast, banks large and small are now fairly united in their optimism for the new administration.

The New York Times recently reported that while small banks only first cheered Trump’s win, big banks have followed. Both are benefiting from expectations that regulations will be rolled back on aspects ranging from banks fees to lending rules. They’re also looking forward to potentially higher interest rates under the proposed stimulus package. But, as the Times points out, the President-elect’s position on the banking industry has been conflicting at times and details of his plans aren’t yet crystal clear.
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Topics: Finance, Banks

Leaving London: Banks’ Brexit Strategy

Posted by Angie Goertz on Nov 18, 2016 2:29:34 PM

As millions across the United States prepare to exit their homes for Thanksgiving travel, four major U.S. banks are making their own preparations to leave London when Brexit takes effect.

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Topics: Banking, Brexit

Post-Election Reflection: The Banking Industry

Posted by Angie Goertz on Nov 9, 2016 1:20:28 PM

Now that it’s official, what does Donald Trumps presidential victory mean for the banking industry? According to The Wall Street Journal, banks could enjoy higher interest rates and lighter regulation, but their shares could also be affected by either greater political risk or U.S. protectionism.

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Topics: Banking

Crowdfunding Just Got a Little More Crowded: Elio Motors

Posted by Trevor Fillingame on Oct 31, 2016 2:30:40 PM

Driving in style doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. It also doesn’t necessarily require 4 wheels! Elio Motors is a “car” manufacturing company out of Phoenix, Arizona that got its start from visionary and founder, Paul Elio. Paul Elio took note of the drastic increases in both gas and vehicle prices. With full intentions of alleviating this problem, Elio unveiled his plan to produce a two-seated three-wheeled vehicle that would get 84mpg at a low price of $6,800. Today, the car sells at a $7,300 base price, and, surprisingly enough, it doesn’t look like some distasteful piece of machinery from a science fiction book.

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Frankfurt Hoping to Make a Mark after Brexit

Posted by Angie Goertz on Oct 24, 2016 9:18:30 AM

As the United Kingdom and the world slowly adjust to the impending reality of Brexit, several European cities have emerged as potentially bridging the financial services gap between London and the EU.

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Topics: Finance

The Great British Banking Fines Falloff

Posted by Angie Goertz on Oct 12, 2016 4:06:00 PM

With highly contentious politics dominating U.S. headlines, let’s travel across the pond for more positive news: UK bank penalties have plummeted by 99.7 percent. 

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Topics: Banking

Achtung! Deutsche Bank Predicts Difficult Compliance Cleanup

Posted by Angie Goertz on Oct 4, 2016 9:51:59 AM

In last week’s blog Banks Show Growing Interest in Blockchain, we urged you to “Buckle up!” This week as we turn to Deutsche Bank’s compliance cleanup effort, we invoke Bette Davis’ famous “Fasten your seat belts” line because the wounded financial giant is predicting a bumpy night road ahead.

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Topics: Compliance, fintech