Tag Archives: Regulation


Crypto vs Institutional Investors: What Issues Must Industry Players and Governments Address?

  By David Drake   Cryptocurrencies have captured the attention of a growing number of companies and institutions. The Dutch audit firm, KPMG, is among the latest firms to focus on cryptocurrencies. As one of the leading four global audit firms, KPMG launched a report that clearly shows digital assets are worth considering, but insist that institutionalization is key to […]

Government vs Industry Players: What Role Does Each Have in Bringing Institutional Capital to the Crypto Market?

  By David Drake   Cryptocurrencies are becoming essential to the global market. According to KPMG, they are indeed vital, but will take time before they reach their full potential. Currently, the crypto market is primarily speculation-driven as retail investors choose startups based on their ability of their crypto product to add value. Because of their nature and unpredictability, KPMG […]

Top 3 Ways to Attract Institutional Investors to Crypto Assets

  By David Drake   KPMG, a Big Four Audit Corporation, issued a report on last month agreeing, to a large extent, with the sentiments of other bullish investors that are already circling. According to the company, ignoring cryptocurrencies now is somewhat an impossibility. While institutional investors have remained on the fence regarding this nascent asset class, KPMG, in its […]

What Really Needs to Happen to Attract Institutional Participation In Crypto-Assets?

  By David Drake   Crypto-assets are worth paying attention to, according a report recently released by KPMG. The audit firm points out that crypto-assets have the potential to solve some of the challenges that current economies face but must first attract institutional participation. The report argues that institutions, such as exchanges, fintech companies, banks, payment providers, broker dealers, and […]

Top 10 Rules of Thumb for Startups

In my more than 20 years as a serial entrepreneur and investor, I have seen a few common mistakes among startups and entrepreneurs. Here are some tips to fix those mistakes: 1. Know What You Don’t Know When I visited New Zealand, I found that majority of their small and medium-sized enterprises had no board advisors at all. This is […]

SEC Proposes Rules to Enhance Oversight of Dark Pools

November 19, 2015 Dear Friends, The SEC has voted to propose new rules to enhance transparency and regulatory oversight of dark pools. Pursuant to the new rules, alternative trading systems (ATS) that trade stocks listed on a national securities exchange (NMS stocks), including dark pools, would be required to publicly disclose detailed information via the new form ATS-N, including: Information […]

SEC’s Goals for 2015

November 21, 2014 Dear Friends, The SEC outlined its objectives for 2015 in its Financial Report for Fiscal Year 2014, including the following regulatory initiatives: Implementation of Comprehensive Regulatory Framework for OTC Derivatives; Acceleration of the Implementation of Executive Compensation Disclosure Requirements; Consider Uniform Fiduciary Standard of Conduct for Investment Advisers and Broker-Dealers; Review of the Accredited Investor Definition; Establishment […]

SEC Adopts Regulation SCI

November 20, 2014 Dear Friends, The SEC voted to adopt Regulation Systems Compliance and Integrity (SCI) requiring “comprehensive new controls for technological systems…to ensure any issues are promptly corrected and communicated to market participants and the Commission,” said SEC Chair Mary Jo White.   Certain self-regulatory organizations, alternative trading systems, plan processors, and exempt clearing agencies (“SCI Entities”) must adopt […]

Pension Funds Side with Hedge Funds over EU

Reuters reports British pension funds are joining the battle against European Union’s proposed regulations on the hedge fund and alternative investment universe. The National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) and a director at Hermes, manager of the largest corporate scheme in Britain, said the rules could restrict investment choices and returns, further affecting the ability of pension funds to provide ample […]