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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Horizon $5M Series A Funding Round now open for investments

Own a piece of the fintech company unlocking global retail liquidity in the multi-billion dollar crowdfunding market By Vanessa Malone Due to the unforeseen circumstances caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Horizon took a pause on capital raising and instead focused our efforts on enhancing our securities technology ecosystem and creating meaningful partnerships with whom to […]Continue Reading

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FinCEN Files highlight glaring issues with current AML system and AML compliance programs

Considerations for financial institutions looking to re-approach their AML compliance programs By Vanessa Malone Last week, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) announced a plan to make significant reforms to the U.S. anti money laundering system. Coincidentally this announcement came just days before the release of the “FinCEN Files,” a culmination of a 16-month long […]Continue Reading

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Mark Elenowitz | Interview with Equity Crowdfunding Pioneer Mark Elenowitz

Horizon’s President Mark Elenowitz led the first Reg A+ IPO to list on NYSE. Where does he see the future of equity crowdfunding going? By Vanessa Malone The SEC reports that the amount of new capital raised through exempt securities offerings (e.g., Reg D, Reg A+, and Reg CF offerings) has outpaced capital formation raised […]Continue Reading

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Is DeFi the next ICO bubble?

By Vanessa Malone On July 25, 2020, the amount of collateral locked in Decentralized Finance(DeFi) projects reached $4 billion, double what it was just two weeks prior. What is DeFi and where is it headed? What is DeFi? Decentralized Finance, or DeFi, falls deep within the crypto sector of fintech. It refers to digital assets, financial […]Continue Reading

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Why NBA player Dinwiddie’s token offering wasn’t a failure, just a stepping stone

By Vanessa Malone According to the Form D filed with the SEC on July 22, 2020; NBA’s Spencer Dinwiddie of the Brooklyn Nets has raised $1.35 million through a security token offering backed by his basketball contract.  The goal was to sell 90 bond tokens priced at $150,000 per token. Out of the 90 tokens […]Continue Reading

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FBI leak targets AML deficiencies in private investment funds

Why investment advisors, hedge funds and private equity firms should prepare compliance programs for increased regulatory scrutiny By Vanessa Malone In a leaked bulletin prepared by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation in May 2020, the agency reported that “threat actors” are likely using hedge funds and private equity firms to launder money and avoid […]Continue Reading

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Fintech’s responsibility to balance usability with consumer protections

By Vanessa Malone The digitization of financial services has blurred, if not completely erased the lines between finance and technology.  Fintech has been making waves for years, but a tsunami in the form of the COVID-19 pandemic expedited its position as the clear new business model. For example, Microsoft’s CEO says the company has seen […]Continue Reading

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Fintech culture is here to stay

By Vanessa Malone Fintech, refers to technology or software innovations meant to disrupt current financial processes from the enterprise level down to the consumer. As the name suggests, it represents the intersection of finance and technology to reduce costs, simplify processes, and expand financial services to digital storefronts. Players include governments, traditional financial service companies, […]Continue Reading

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Horizon’s one-stop shop for exempt securities offering technology

How we’re equipping Reg A+, Reg Cf, and Reg D issuers  By Vanessa Malone Last week we announced a change in our corporate name from Horizon Globex to Horizon Fintex. This name change reflects our commitment to bring liquidity to the growing exempt securities market with our proprietary fintech. To go along with our new name […]Continue Reading

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