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SEC debates regulatory approach to FinTech

Joe Mont | November 14, 2016

The future is now for financial innovations, but the excitement cannot overshadow investor protections. That was the message at the Securities and Exchange Commission’s inaugural forum on FinTech, a daylong event held on Nov. 14.

The rapid development of new platforms and technologies for financial services, which has been accompanied by tremendous growth in private investment and growing attention from regulators, “makes this an ideal time to bring the relevant stakeholders together to discuss both the role of FinTech in our securities markets today, and where it is headed,” SEC Chair Mary Jo White said at the open of the day’s events. “With global investment in FinTech companies estimated to be over $19 billion last year, it is safe to say that [it] is well on its way to playing an important role in the future of the securities...

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