Liquidity for the crowdfunding market webinar: key takeaways

By Vanessa Malone This week, Horizon, Crowdie Advisors and the Crowdfunding Professional Association (CfPA) hosted a webinar to discuss the state of liquidity in the crowdfunding market. Crowdfunding pioneer and Horizon President, Mark Elenowitz; and JOBS Act lawyer and Crowdie Advisors Principal, Maureen L. Murat, Esq., discussed progress for the crowdfunding industry, the legislation that […]Continue Reading

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GameStop stock frenzy re-ignites call for the democratization of finance

How “Reddit Investors” put the spotlight on capital market access By Vanessa Malone For the last month, in true Main Street versus Wall Street fashion, the world witnessed Reddit community wallstreetbets take a stand against Wall Street by pumping the stock prices of GameStop (GME) and various others to counter Wall Street hedge funds that were […]Continue Reading

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AML compliance updates for 2021

Anti-Money Laundering Act “AMLA” of 2020 and the implications  By Vanessa Malone AML compliance updates for 2021 are off to a strong start and regulated entities would do well to prepare for the scope of these changes.  On January 1, 2021, Congress passed the National Defense Authorization Act. In this included the Anti-Money Laundering Act […]Continue Reading

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Horizon & MERJ announce ‘Upstream,’ an exchange built to unlock liquidity in the global crowdfunding market

How Upstream plans to unlock liquidity in the $5bn crowdfunding market By Vanessa Malone This week we announced that Horizon has signed a joint venture and licensing agreement with MERJ Exchange, an affiliate of the World Federation of Exchanges, to launch “Upstream,” a revolutionary app-based market for crowdfunded securities. Over the last few years, billions […]Continue Reading

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Spotlight on our white-label exchange software, Open Order Book

By Vanessa Malone Since the launch of Horizon’s white-label exchange software, Open Order Book, we’ve been working to deliver the technology to regulated entities and power a global network of investor-driven securities exchanges. The technology couples with a cutting-edge retail trading app where investors of all levels can buy, sell, and instantly settle securities directly […]Continue Reading

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The importance of KYC technology for online sports betting companies

KYC & AML compliance is at the forefront of sports betting. What can your company do to stay competitive & in compliance in 2021? By Vanessa Malone In 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the Professional and Amateur Sports Provision Act of 1992 (PASPA), clearing the way for states to legalize online sports betting. In just […]Continue Reading

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What is equity crowdfunding?

What is equity crowdfunding and what could the future have in store? By Vanessa Malone Equity crowdfunding is a capital raising method typically utilized by startups and small businesses, whereby companies leverage social media, email, and other digital marketing efforts to sell securities to fans and customers. We have the JOBS Act of 2012 signed into […]Continue Reading

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SEC increases capital raising limits for equity crowdfunding

By Vanessa Malone What the new equity crowdfunding amendments could mean for issuers and investors This week, the Securities and Exchange Commission “SEC” officially amended rules under the Securities Act of 1933 to simplify and improve common securities exemptions companies use to raise capital.  The welcomed updates to capital raising vehicles Regulation A+ (Reg A+), […]Continue Reading

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Horizon launches sports platform that will allow fans to invest in their favorite professional athletes

Led by former NFL players and executives Ryan McNeil, Ray Farmer, & Garrick Jones Yesterday, we announced that Horizon has partnered with former NFL executives and players Ryan McNeil, Ray Farmer, and Garrick Jones to launch Global Fan Exchange “GFX,” a sports platform that will allow fans to invest and ultimately trade shares tied to a […]Continue Reading

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KYC/AML compliance as a competitive advantage for financial institutions

KYC/AML compliance shortcomings and opportunities  By Vanessa Malone In the last few months, major cracks have been revealed in the current Know Your Customer “KYC” and anti-money laundering “AML” compliance landscape for financial institutions. In May 2020, a leaked bulletin prepared by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation reported that bad actors are likely using […]Continue Reading

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