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Monday, 22 December 2014

#Crowdfunding the EU

Suddenly it's all go on the EU crowdfunding front.

It's too early to expect anything conclusive - both ESMA and the EBA say they are merely supporting the Commission in its broader efforts to embed crowdfunding in a range of policy areas - but it's good to see official recognition of the benefits of crowdfunding, as well as the risks, and some sunlight on the highly technical challenges to accommodating the new business models. Let's hope they consider how any changes will impact customer experience, marketability and the need to scale these platforms quite quickly.

In addition to regulatory reform, it would be great if the EU agenda could evolve to include realigning traditional tax incentives to boost personal investment in new asset classes.

More on the detail soon!