Horizon Fintex
Horizon licenses and operates global securities exchanges.
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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 has created opportunities and roadblocks, and a revolutionary use case aimed at unlocking liquidity in the market.

The webinar is now up on our YouTube channel to watch here. Below please find some key takeaways.

Reg A+ and Reg CF by the numbers

  • We’re still in the early days of equity crowdfunding. Regulation…


Are retail trading apps like Robinhood and Coinbase a stepping stone to the next generation of trading?

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By Vanessa Malone

The attention surrounding the GameStop stock frenzy has pushed retail investing interest to an all-time-high.

Over the past few weeks, investing and finance apps like Robinhood, Webull, TD Ameritrade, and others have reached record-breaking daily users and chart rankings in Apple and the Google Play Store.


Partnership to offer U.S. issuers secondary trading liquidity on the next generation digital exchange & trading app

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By Vanessa Malone

Yesterday, we announced that Horizon has partnered with SEC-registered transfer agent Vertalo

The partnership authorizes Vertalo to list U.S. issuers on the Upstream global stock exchange, giving issuers a seamless path to secondary trading on the next generation digital exchange and trading app for crowdfunded securities.

Vertalo, the Cayman subsidiary of US-based SeriesX, has supported the digital securities community with its industry-leading lifecycle management solutions since May 2018. …


How “Reddit Investors” put the spotlight on capital market access

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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 “shorting” the stocks.

GME went from $17 in early January to $325 by late January. As of February 4, 2021 the stock hovers around $67. Despite the drop, this coordinated move cost traditional Wall Street hedge funds billions of dollars.

One of the reasons the GameStop frenzy is making headlines is because it’s being…


Hosted by Horizon, the Crowdfunding Professional Association CfPA and Crowdie Advisors 2/23 @ 3:30pm EST

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By Vanessa Malone

We are excited to announce an upcoming webinar Tuesday, February 23rd from 3:30 to 4:30pm EST hosted by Horizon, the Crowdfunding Professionals Association “CfPA” and Crowdie Advisors to discuss the state of liquidity in the rapidly growing crowdfunding market. Interested attendees may click here to RSVP.

Join crowdfunding pioneer and Horizon President, Mark Elenowitz; and JOBS Act lawyer and Crowdie Advisors Principal, Maureen L. Murat, Esq., as they discuss progress for the crowdfunding industry, the legislation that has created opportunities and roadblocks, and a revolutionary use case aimed at unlocking liquidity in the market.

Context for the discussion:

Liquidity has long…


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By Vanessa Malone

Global Fan Exchange (GFX) is a global hub for fans to invest in and ultimately trade shares tied to the income streams of their favorite professional athletes, musicians, and entertainers.

Our sports division is led by former NFL executives and players Ryan McNeil, Ray Farmer, and Garrick Jones. We are actively recruiting U.S. and international athletes to offer their branded shares to all eligible fans, 18 or over.

We believe GFX represents a natural and exciting evolution of fan engagement. Athletes are given an alternative financing tool to get a head start in their careers and compete…


Anti-Money Laundering Act “AMLA” of 2020 and the implications

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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 of 2020 “AMLA” which is said to be the most comprehensive set of AML compliance reforms since the PATRIOT Act of 2001. The AML Act expands the Bank Secrecy Act (“BSA”) and aims to greatly improve the current AML compliance and monitoring system.

The AML Act sets federal standards for disclosure of beneficial ownership…


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By Vanessa Malone

The global fintech industry is expected to reach $305 billion by 2025. ¹ This growth is reportedly due to the large investments being made into technology-based solutions by banks and firms.

Moreover, fintech is rapidly reshaping how we bank, invest, and perform financial transactions. Technology is gradually moving control away from institutions and into the hands of users, literally. With just a few taps on your smartphone, fintech can empower you to access and manage your finances in unique ways.

We believe that fintech will continue to make large strides in 2021. …


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By Vanessa Malone

Despite the unforeseen circumstances of 2020, Horizon reached some incredible milestones enhancing our securities technology ecosystem and establishing joint ventures to begin building and powering global exchanges.

As we approach 2021, we want to first look back at our biggest accomplishments from 2020.

February 7 — Horizon receives a strategic investment from Element ASA

In February, we announced that Horizon received a strategic investment from Element ASA, an innovative investment company with a growing interest in blockchain technology projects with defensible IP.

Element invests in global growth-stage companies which leverage the digitization of information to create shareholder value. The company identifies undervalued companies and projects, where infrastructure and…


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By Vanessa Malone

Decentralized Finance, or DeFi, refers to financial smart contracts and applications (dApps) deployed on a blockchain, most commonly on Ethereum.

The goals of these dApps are to flip traditional financial applications on their heads and “defy” the current infrastructure by developing their decentralized and non-custodial counterparts.

Instead of relying on a central entity to complete a transaction, digital contracts automatically execute transactions person to person once the established parameters are met. …

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