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Crowdfunding webinar - 9/13/12

This webinar will provide a social investing summary of the law, along with a summary of how investors and businesses can use the law to enter the Crowdfunding market. We will also review current developments. All paying attendees will get a copy of my book: The JOBS Act: Crowdfunding for Small Businesses and Startups [Paperback - Published 9/26/12]  The law targets emerging growth companies and defines them as an issuer with “total annual gross revenues of less than $1,000,000,000 (one billion dollars)..during its most recently completed fiscal
year.”  For potential investors, providing a platform for the sale of emerging company securities does not require registration as a Broker/Dealer, given certain exemption qualifications. To become a funding platform, vendors must fulfill 12 requirements. Equity issuers are subject to certain restrictions/limits.  There are four trading restrictions and three exemptions. Issuers (Emerging Growth Companies) are liable for any untrue statements of …

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IRF Conference identifies responsible investing as key issue for retirement funds
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Responsible Investing (RI) has been identified by government as key focus on the horizon for the retirement fund industry and may even become regulated in the near future. ... "Communication in this regard needs to include how the investment strategy ...
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Research and Markets: Sustainable Investing for Institutional Investors. Risk ...
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Sustainable Investing for Institutional Investors: Risk, Regulation and Strategies explores the key issues related to "Socially Responsible Investment" (SRI) for institutional investors and trustees, including investment strategies, risk and returns ...
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SEC Open Meeting 8/29 on the JOBS Act

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The above is from the SEC's meeting on Rule 506 of Regulation D. This is an important provision that will allow small firms to raise up to $50 million under the JOBS Act. The result of the meeting is that a draft rule will be posted to the SEC website concerning the mechanics of this provision later today. 

Socially responsible investing

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Enbridge alienatingsocially responsible investors
Globe and Mail
The U.S. declaration that Enbridge Inc. ran a river spill cleanup like "Keystone Kops" has cost it a small investor, and a measure of credibility, after Vancity Investment Management said the pipeline company no longer meets its criteria for socially...
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There is now a shift from ethical and socially responsible investing – based on screening out investments associated with social and environmental damage – to social impact investing where commercial returns are blended with the creation of social and ...
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Socially responsible investing

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Hedge fund firms accepting screens to get faith-based business
Pensions & Investments
Hedge fund managers hungry for institutional assets are increasingly willing to incorporate exclusionary screens into their investment approaches to keep portfolios in line with the socially responsible investment values of church-affiliated investors.
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JOBS Act Hearing and Meeting

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As C-SPAN noted, "The JOBS Act (Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act), designed to help small companies raise investment capital, was signed into law by President Obama on April 5, 2012. 

On June 26th, the TARP Subcommittee of  the House Oversight held a hearing on the Security and Exchange Commission's (SEC) efforts to implement the Act. The SEC had 270 days from the signing of the Act to set forth rules. Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC) chaired the hearing. The JOBS Act relaxes some of the regulations put in place by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and establishes the creation of Internet funding portals to facilitate 'crowd funding,' the collective pooling of money to support business projects. Critics worry that the JOBS Act's relaxed regulations will encourage fraud." 

We attended the hearing and found that the SEC will be late in responding to the deadlines established by the law. No mention was made of the recent $2 billion dollar loss at JP Morgan or the LIBOR scandal…

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