Exclusives https://www.benzinga.com/views/taxonomy/term/145889 en Payment Processing, Banking Issues Continue To Hinder Small CBD Brands https://www.benzinga.com/markets/cannabis/19/08/14258252/payment-processing-banking-issues-continue-to-hinder-small-cbd-brands <p>Many <a href="https://www.benzinga.com/topic/cbd">CBD</a> companies continue to report issues with payment processing as well as maintaining a bank account.</p> <p>The issue has also been discussed in the U.S. and other countries, like the U.K., where recent regulations may be adversely impacting businesses.</p> <p>Tyler Beuerlein is a cannabis banking expert and serves as the chairman of the banking and financial services committee for the National Cannabis Industry Association</p> <p>Banks are still sitting it out, he told Benzinga.</p> <p>&ldquo;Most financial institutions are risk averse by nature and are not yet willing to take on the regulatory compliance burden of banking this industry,&rdquo; Beuerlein said, adding that &quot;at least a few&quot;&nbsp;U.S. banks are taking on hemp-based accounts.</p> <p><strong><em>Don&rsquo;t miss out on the top cannabis stories of the day.</em></strong><em>&nbsp;</em><a href="https://www.benzinga.com/cannabis/newsletter/"><em>Click here</em></a><em> to sign up for our daily insider newsletter.</em></p> <h3>Account Closures</h3> <p>Braden Perry is a regulatory and government investigations attorney with Kennyhertz Perry, LLC. Local banks, state-chartered institutions and community credit unions are still more likely to work with the industry, he said.</p> <p>&quot;But it&rsquo;s important to remember that it is still federally illegal, and the Bank Secrecy Act makes even the state-chartered banks subject to money laundering issues and can make banking a federally illegal substance difficult, if near-impossible.&quot;</p> <p>Several CBD companies reported friction with banking institutions, both at the federal and smaller level.</p> <p>Evan Nison is a cannabis entrepreneur and former lobbyist who has worked with prominent names like Whoopi Goldberg on&nbsp;launching ventures in the industry.</p> <p>On July 22, 2019, Nison said that his&nbsp;New Jersey-based CBD smoke shop was informed that his account with <strong>Bank of America Corp</strong> (NYSE: <a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/bac#NYSE">BAC</a>) would be closing in 21 days.</p> <p>Nison said he was sent a letter stating the account&#39;s closure&nbsp;at a&nbsp;time when he was exploring ...</p><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/markets/cannabis/19/08/14258252/payment-processing-banking-issues-continue-to-hinder-small-cbd-brands alt=Payment Processing, Banking Issues Continue To Hinder Small CBD Brands>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> BAC Cannabis CBD CVS Elliot Blackler News payments USB Top Stories Exclusives Markets Interview BAC US0605051046 CVS US1266501006 USB US9029733048 News Cannabis Top Stories Exclusives Markets Interview Benzinga Tue, 20 Aug 2019 21:41:49 +0000 Andrew Ward 14258252 at https://www.benzinga.com WealthBar's Portfolios Consistently Outperform The S&P 500 https://www.benzinga.com/fintech/19/08/14294250/wealthbars-portfolios-consistently-outperform-the-s-p-500 <p>All types of investors can access to wealth-building opportunities that outperform the broader market, Neville Joanes, CIO and portfolio manager at <a href="https://www.wealthbar.com/">WealthBar</a>, a <a href="https://www.benzinga.com/topic/fintech">fintech</a> that specializes in online investing, said in an interview with Benzinga.&nbsp;</p> <h3>About WealthBar</h3> <p>Founded in 2013 by&nbsp;Tea and Chris Nicola, WealthBar is a financial advice and portfolio management tool for Canadians.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;Anyone across Canada can sign up and access our platform. With that, they receive financial advice from a certified financial planner, and then&nbsp;they receive an investment portfolio that has been curated by one of our portfolio managers,&rdquo; Joanes said.&nbsp;</p> <p>The product combines automated investing with human financial advice.</p> <p>The fintech&nbsp;offers numerous customized portfolios&nbsp;tailored for investors of all wealth types.</p> <p>In 2018, WealthBar was acquired by CI Financial, a global asset and wealth management advisory service. The acquisition improved back-office capabilities and ...</p><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/fintech/19/08/14294250/wealthbars-portfolios-consistently-outperform-the-s-p-500 alt=WealthBar&#039;s Portfolios Consistently Outperform The S&amp;P 500>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> Chris Nicola CI Financial DIA Fintech Neville Joanes QQQ SPY Tea Nicola WealthBar Exclusives Interview DIA US78467X1090 SPY US78462F1030 QQQ US73935A1043 Fintech Exclusives Interview Benzinga Tue, 20 Aug 2019 20:31:35 +0000 Renato Capelj 14294250 at https://www.benzinga.com 'We Are Continuing To Innovate': Sterling Trading Tech Plans To Build Out Infrastructure, Add Support For New Assets https://www.benzinga.com/markets/cryptocurrency/19/08/14287988/we-are-continuing-to-innovate-sterling-trading-tech-plans-to-build-out-infrastructure-add- <p>Andrew Actman and Jim Nevotti of <a href="https://www.sterlingtradingtech.com/">Sterling Trading Tech</a>, a buy- and sell-side trading solution, discussed getting ahead in a high-competition industry with Benzinga.&nbsp;</p> <h3>A Look At Sterling&#39;s Offerings&nbsp;</h3> <p>Sterling Trading Tech&nbsp;is a technology company for global stocks, options&nbsp;and futures markets.</p> <p>STT processes 5% of daily U.S. equity volume, according to the company&nbsp;</p> <p>In the last two years, STT has launched two tools: the Sterling Risk Engine and the Sterling Entitlement Manager.&nbsp;</p> <p>SRE is a &quot;Risk-as-a-Service,&quot; or RaaS, cloud-based, low-cost risk analytics tool.</p> <p>&ldquo;It allows you to apply risk-based haircuts against portfolios,&quot; said Actman, who is Sterling&#39;s director of business development.&nbsp;.</p> <p>The all-encompassing solution consolidates multiple risk platforms into one. It leverages quantitative and statistical analysis to manage real-time risk for hundreds of portfolios. The platform&#39;s capabilities ...</p><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/markets/cryptocurrency/19/08/14287988/we-are-continuing-to-innovate-sterling-trading-tech-plans-to-build-out-infrastructure-add- alt=&#039;We Are Continuing To Innovate&#039;: Sterling Trading Tech Plans To Build Out Infrastructure, Add Support For New Assets>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> Andrew Actman Fintech Jim Nevotti sell side Sterling Trading Tech STT Exclusives Interview Fintech Exclusives Interview Benzinga Mon, 19 Aug 2019 20:39:12 +0000 Renato Capelj 14287988 at https://www.benzinga.com 'The NFL Is More Popular Than Ever': DraftKings CEO Talks Explosive Sports Betting Growth https://www.benzinga.com/news/19/08/14293165/the-nfl-is-more-popular-than-ever-draftkings-ceo-talks-explosive-sports-betting-growth <p>DraftKings&#39; sports betting launch in New Jersey has been immensely successful and the company is eyeing consistent growth as it launches into more states.</p> <p>Since the company launched legal sports betting in New Jersey in August of 2018, CEO Jason Robins says the state now makes up nearly a third of DraftKings revenue despite making up less than 3% of the U.S. population.</p> <h3><strong>Continued Expansion</strong></h3> <p>As the company expects to launch in Indiana, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Iowa over the course of the upcoming NFL season, DraftKings could see sustained growth for years as more states allow for legal sports betting.</p> <p>&ldquo;The entrance into new states could have us see 50% growth for many years to come and this doesn&rsquo;t even count international expansion,&rdquo; Robins told Benzinga.</p> <p>Robins says the advent of legal sports betting has turned DraftKings from a nice growth company into hyper-growth mode and he doesn&#39;t see it letting up anytime soon, nor ...</p><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/news/19/08/14293165/the-nfl-is-more-popular-than-ever-draftkings-ceo-talks-explosive-sports-betting-growth alt=&#039;The NFL Is More Popular Than Ever&#039;: DraftKings CEO Talks Explosive Sports Betting Growth>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> DraftKings gambling Jason Robins nfl sports betting Sports Top Stories Exclusives Interview General Sports Top Stories Exclusives Interview General Benzinga Mon, 19 Aug 2019 18:09:15 +0000 Brett Hershman 14293165 at https://www.benzinga.com 'Doing The Impossible': FREĠNAN Leverages AI, Small Data To Produce Trading Insights https://www.benzinga.com/fintech/19/08/14269231/doing-the-impossible-fre-nan-leverages-ai-small-data-to-produce-trading-insights <p><a href="https://www.fregnan.com/">FREĠNAN</a>, an <a href="https://www.benzinga.com/topic/artificial-intelligence">artificial intelligence</a>-driven investment research tool,&nbsp;leverages small data to create industry-leading financial models and risk assessments, CEO Vince Julier told Benzinga in an interview.&nbsp;</p> <h3>About The CEO&nbsp;</h3> <p>Julier, a director and founder at FREĠNAN, worked in commercial management, group planning, and finance at <strong>BP plc </strong>(NYSE: <a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/bp#NYSE">BP</a>) for more than 20 years.</p> <p>He founded two private equity and financial advisory firms, and was Assistant Keeper of the Privy Purse in Queen Elizabeth II&#39;s&nbsp;royal household.</p> <p>&ldquo;I started the company with the hypothesis that I apply these techniques to equities and equity research,&quot; he said of artificial intelligence and economic valuation methodologies.&nbsp;</p> <h3>What Is FREĠNAN?</h3> <p>Investment managers are negatively impacted by cost and regulation.</p> <p>The passing of MiFID ...</p><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/fintech/19/08/14269231/doing-the-impossible-fre-nan-leverages-ai-small-data-to-produce-trading-insights alt=&#039;Doing The Impossible&#039;: FREĠNAN Leverages AI, Small Data To Produce Trading Insights>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> AI Bai BP Fintech Fixed Income FREĠNAN machine learning MiFID II Vince Julier Web Harvesting Exclusives Interview BP US0556221044 Fintech Exclusives Interview Benzinga Mon, 19 Aug 2019 15:26:37 +0000 Renato Capelj 14269231 at https://www.benzinga.com Whole Foods To Stock British Beyond Meat Competitor Meatless Farm: 'We Are One Of The Healthiest Products Out There' https://www.benzinga.com/news/19/08/14241987/whole-foods-to-stock-british-beyond-meat-competitor-meatless-farm-we-are-one-of-the-healthiest-produ <p>One of the most contentious topics in the investing world is undoubtedly the explosion of interest in plant-based meat products.</p> <p>The industry is becoming a bit more crowded with U.K.-based&nbsp;Meatless Farm announcing its entrance into&nbsp;<strong>Amazon.com, Inc.</strong> (NASDAQ: <a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/amzn#NASDAQ">AMZN</a>)&#39;s 450 Whole Foods locations after signing an exclusive partnership with the grocery store.</p> <h3>Where&#39;s The Beef?</h3> <p>The products will be stocked directly next to those of industry incumbent&nbsp;<strong>Beyond Meat Inc</strong> (NASDAQ: <a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/bynd#NASDAQ">BYND</a>), CEO Robert Woodall told Benzinga in an&nbsp;interview.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;When we look at the competitive set, we believe we are one of the healthiest products out there. We tried to keep a simple ingredient list and we have some of the strongest&nbsp;nutritional values. By working with Whole Foods,&nbsp;they demand their flavors are natural &mdash; any flavors must be naturally derived,&rdquo; he said.&nbsp;</p> <p>Meatless Farm said its products differ from those currently available in that they have a more European flavor that is more neutral and not as highly smoked as that of U.S.&nbsp;competitors.</p> <p>&ldquo;Whole ...</p><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/news/19/08/14241987/whole-foods-to-stock-british-beyond-meat-competitor-meatless-farm-we-are-one-of-the-healthiest-produ alt=Whole Foods To Stock British Beyond Meat Competitor Meatless Farm: &#039;We Are One Of The Healthiest Products Out There&#039;>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> AMZN BYND Meatless Farm NSRGY TSN Whole Foods Top Stories Exclusives Interview AMZN US0231351067 TSN US9024941034 NSRGY US6410694060 BYND Top Stories Exclusives Interview Benzinga Fri, 16 Aug 2019 18:28:54 +0000 Brett Hershman 14241987 at https://www.benzinga.com Trading Bandwidth For Crypto: NOIA Brings New Tech, Cisco Partnership To Programmable Internet Space https://www.benzinga.com/markets/cryptocurrency/19/08/14261091/trading-bandwidth-for-crypto-noia-brings-new-tech-cisco-partnership-to-programmable-intern <p>Domas Povilauskas, co-founder and CEO at the blockchain and AI internet infrastructure company&nbsp;<a href="https://noia.network/">NOIA Network Limited</a>,&nbsp;told Benzinga his firm aims to shape the future of the internet.</p> <h3>About NOIA</h3> <p>The company&#39;s genesis was with an experienced team of network engineers who leveraged new technologies to improve existing networking infrastructures, Povilauskas told Benzinga.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;We started with content delivery networks and then we came up with the content blockchain delivery network where people are sharing their instant connections and you can use their capacity, on their computers, to basically deliver the internet content more efficiently.&quot;&nbsp;</p> <p>This was the beginning of NOIA&rsquo;s Decentralized Distributed P2P Content Delivery Network venture. After securing new funding and growing its team of experts, the firm launched NOIA Cache, an open source technology.</p> <p>This technology attracted thousands of members into the community&nbsp;via the installation of over 5,000 network nodes that helped deliver content to a number of websites, the CEO said.&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;Then we kind of had to stretch ourselves to survive the winter. We got into segment routing, a protocol introduced by one of our top ...</p><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/markets/cryptocurrency/19/08/14261091/trading-bandwidth-for-crypto-noia-brings-new-tech-cisco-partnership-to-programmable-intern alt=Trading Bandwidth For Crypto: NOIA Brings New Tech, Cisco Partnership To Programmable Internet Space>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> BGP Blockchain Border Gateway Protocol Cryptocurrency CSCO Decentralized Internet Transit Exchange Distributed Ledger Tech DITEX Domas Povilauskas Fintech IPv6 ISP NOIA NOIA Cache NOIA Network Limited Segment Routing SRv6 Token Exclusives Markets Tech Interview CSCO US17275R1023 Cryptocurrency Fintech Exclusives Markets Tech Interview Benzinga Wed, 14 Aug 2019 18:33:41 +0000 Renato Capelj 14261091 at https://www.benzinga.com DiversyFund CEO: Real Estate Investment Platform 'Great For Anyone' https://www.benzinga.com/fintech/19/08/14250032/diversyfund-ceo-real-estate-investment-platform-great-for-anyone <p>In an interview with Benzinga, Craig Cecilio, co-founder at the <a href="https://www.benzinga.com/real-estate">real estate</a> investment platform DiversyFund, discussed the firm&#39;s mission of unlocking wealth-building opportunities for experts and novices alike.</p> <h3>About DiversyFund</h3> <p>Started in August 2016 by Cecilio and Alan Lewis, DiversyFund is a wealth creation tool that offers multimillion-dollar crowdfunding investment opportunities to everyday Americans.</p> <p>The venture was born out of a realization, according to the company:&nbsp;traditional ways of raising money are dated, and&nbsp;new technology reduces risk and increases opportunity.</p> <p>The firm&#39;s core area is building wealth through the ownership, funding and sale of properties over the long-term for a profit.&nbsp;</p> <h3>How The Platform Works</h3> <p>The firm is not ...</p><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/fintech/19/08/14250032/diversyfund-ceo-real-estate-investment-platform-great-for-anyone alt=DiversyFund CEO: Real Estate Investment Platform &#039;Great For Anyone&#039;>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> Alan Lewis Craig Cecilio crowdfunding DiversyFund Fintech REIT Exclusives Interview Real Estate REIT Fintech Exclusives Interview Real Estate Benzinga Tue, 13 Aug 2019 18:43:00 +0000 Renato Capelj 14250032 at https://www.benzinga.com Neurotrope's Approach To Alzheimer's Disease: 'Our Improvement Data Is The Best Anyone Has' https://www.benzinga.com/general/biotech/19/08/14046592/neurotropes-approach-to-alzheimers-disease-our-improvement-data-is-the-best-anyone-has <p>Dr. Daniel Alkon, the chief scientific officer at <strong>Neurotrope Inc </strong>(NASDAQ: <a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/ntrp#NASDAQ">NTRP</a>), discussed the fight against Alzheimer&#39;s disease in an interview with Benzinga.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Benzinga:</strong> What is bryostatin, and how is it used for the treatment in patients with moderate to severe Alzheimer&#39;s disease?&nbsp;Can you comment a bit more on the drug?</p> <p><strong>Alkon:</strong> Bryostatin is a chemical that was found in the sea&nbsp;and is manufactured by bacteria, that live&nbsp;on bryozoan, which are similar to algae.</p> <p>Roughly 20 to 30 years ago, a chemist from the University of Arizona&nbsp;went diving to find a chemical that has anti-tumorigenic properties. He identified this compound, and the National Cancer Institute has sponsored this ever since, with over 63 trials in roughly 1,500 patients.</p> <p>Originally the algae were used to try and stop cancer. It did not prevent it, but it laid down a profile for safety, so we [knew] what dosing levels were safe.</p> <p>With around $250 million dedicated to preclinical research, our studies identified this compound as potentially having multi-modal efficacy&nbsp;for Alzheimer&#39;s disease.</p> <p>The NCI has been our sponsor for the last 10 years, providing this compound for free.</p> <p><strong>Benzinga:</strong> I heard that bryostatin does not just treat the symptoms, but treats the disease itself. Is that statement accurate?</p> <p><strong>Alkon:</strong>&nbsp;When we look at the data very carefully, it helped patients have better and improved memory. For the time in 100 years of research a compound has shown&nbsp;that it [made] patients better [and]&nbsp;not just slowed down the process of decline.</p> <p>The improvement is measured with the Severe Impairment Battery, which has about 12 different measuring factors, including memory and&nbsp;hallucination. Each gives us a composite measurement.</p> <p>Our data showed that ...</p><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/general/biotech/19/08/14046592/neurotropes-approach-to-alzheimers-disease-our-improvement-data-is-the-best-anyone-has alt=Neurotrope&#039;s Approach To Alzheimer&#039;s Disease: &#039;Our Improvement Data Is The Best Anyone Has&#039;>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> Alzheimer's disease Biotech Bryostatin Daniel Alkon NTRP Exclusives Interview General NTRP Biotech Exclusives Interview General Benzinga Sun, 11 Aug 2019 20:20:38 +0000 Othanas Economopoulos 14046592 at https://www.benzinga.com Flat Subscription Rate, Custom Algorithms And Mobile Plans: Meet iFlip https://www.benzinga.com/markets/cryptocurrency/19/08/14236297/flat-subscription-rate-custom-algorithms-and-mobile-plans-meet-iflip <p>The <a href="https://www.benzinga.com/topic/artificial-intelligence">artificial intelligence</a>-based investing tool <a href="https://iflipinvest.com/">iFlip</a> is leveraging technology and mathematics to empower people&#39;s finances, co-founder and CEO Randy Tate told Benzinga.&nbsp;</p> <h3>&#39;No One Seems To Remember 2008&#39;&nbsp;</h3> <p>The Financial Learning Information Platform, or iFlip, is an automated and self-directed investing software platform.&nbsp;</p> <p>Tate and co-founder Kelly Korshak saw a fundamental flaw in the way mutual funds operate:&nbsp;fee structures and poor management were weighing on growth opportunities, Tate said.&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;When you look at mutual funds that have Sharpe ratios of 0.35, that is crazy risky &mdash; but no one seems to remember 2008.&quot;&nbsp;</p> <p>The software uses mathematical algorithms to &quot;hedge people out of the market&quot; and avoid large downturns, he said.&nbsp;</p> <p>Last year, iFlip&rsquo;s algos beat the S&amp;P 500 by 12%&nbsp;while owning the S&amp;P only 60% of the time, according to the company.&nbsp;</p> <p>Backtesting iFlip&rsquo;s platform&nbsp;over the past 20 years&nbsp;revealed that users would have saved a hypothetical $70,000 in asset management fees in that time period, significantly improving its value proposition for prospective investors, according to the company.&nbsp;</p> <p>The platform&#39;s&nbsp;signature offerings are portfolios comprised of ...</p><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/markets/cryptocurrency/19/08/14236297/flat-subscription-rate-custom-algorithms-and-mobile-plans-meet-iflip alt=Flat Subscription Rate, Custom Algorithms And Mobile Plans: Meet iFlip>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> AMZN Cryptocurrency FB Fintech iFlip Kelly Korshak NFLX Randy Tate SPX SPY Exclusives Markets Interview SPY US78462F1030 AMZN US0231351067 NFLX US64110L1061 SPX FB Cryptocurrency Fintech Exclusives Markets Interview Benzinga Fri, 09 Aug 2019 18:55:21 +0000 Renato Capelj 14236297 at https://www.benzinga.com BMO InvestorLine President: 'The More Innovation In This Space, The Better' https://www.benzinga.com/fintech/19/08/14222632/bmo-investorline-president-the-more-innovation-in-this-space-the-better <p>BMO InvestorLine is designing its investing products to keep investors playing the markets and is focused on innovation, Silvio Stroescu, the president of the&nbsp;<strong>Bank of Montreal </strong>(NYSE: <a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/bmo#NYSE">BMO</a>) division, told Benzinga in an interview.&nbsp;</p> <h3>BMO&#39;s Products&nbsp;</h3> <p>BMO offers&nbsp;tools that cater to all types of investing, from passive to active:&nbsp;its three main products are InvestorLine Self-Directed, SmartFolio&nbsp;and adviceDirect.</p> <p>&ldquo;We do the analogy of flying a plane and we say if you want to fly the plane and be the pilot, then the online brokerage model is for you, and that&rsquo;s InvestorLine, and that&rsquo;s the one that&rsquo;s been around for 30 years,&quot; Stroescu told Benzinga.&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;At the other end of the spectrum, if you want to fly and get somewhere, but you don&rsquo;t want to fly the plane &mdash; you just want to tell the pilot the destination and just be taken there &mdash;&nbsp;we have the autopilot mode and that&rsquo;s what we refer to as SmartFolio.&quot;</p> <p>SmartFolio falls into the <a href="https://www.benzinga.com/topic/robo-advisors-0">robo-advisor</a> category, he said.&nbsp;</p> <p>In the middle, BMO offers an actionable intelligence solution.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;The hybrid model, in the middle, which is called adviceDirect, is like ...</p><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/fintech/19/08/14222632/bmo-investorline-president-the-more-innovation-in-this-space-the-better alt=BMO InvestorLine President: &#039;The More Innovation In This Space, The Better&#039;>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> adviceDirect BMO BMO Harris BMO Investorline Fintech Silvio Stroescu SmartFolio University of Toronto Exclusives Interview BMO CA0636711016 Fintech Exclusives Interview Benzinga Thu, 08 Aug 2019 18:07:49 +0000 Renato Capelj 14222632 at https://www.benzinga.com CrowdStreet Brings Crowdfunding To Commercial Real Estate Investing https://www.benzinga.com/fintech/19/08/14185677/crowdstreet-brings-crowdfunding-to-commercial-real-estate-investing <p>In an interview with Benzinga, CrowdStreet&rsquo;s Shawna Wright-Smith and Tore Steen discussed how their platform strives to democratize&nbsp;commercial <a href="https://www.benzinga.com/real-estate">real estate</a> endeavors through crowdfunding.</p> <h3>About CrowdStreet</h3> <p>Founded in 2012, founders Steen and Darren Powderly took advantage of regulatory maturation.</p> <p>Title II of the Jobs Act signed by President Barack Obama improved access to commercial real estate opportunities, allowing investors, through platforms like CrowdStreet, to crowdfund commercial real estate projects, removing the need for private offerings.</p> <h3>How The Platform Works</h3> <p>Through the online marketplace, investors, on their own, or under the guidance of the included advisory service, diversify their portfolios with allocations in funds or individual deals.</p> <p>In accordance with Regulation D of the Securities Act, ...</p><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/fintech/19/08/14185677/crowdstreet-brings-crowdfunding-to-commercial-real-estate-investing alt=CrowdStreet Brings Crowdfunding To Commercial Real Estate Investing>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> crowdfunding Crowdstreet Darren Powderly Fintech Shawna Wright-Smith Tore Steen Exclusives Interview Real Estate Fintech Exclusives Interview Real Estate Benzinga Fri, 02 Aug 2019 16:21:57 +0000 Renato Capelj 14185677 at https://www.benzinga.com Kickin' Game With Kevin Irwin, The Experience Manager Of StockX https://www.benzinga.com/news/retail-sales/19/08/14082683/kickin-game-with-kevin-irwin-the-experience-manager-of-stockx <p>As the popularity of <strong>Nike&rsquo;s </strong>(NYSE: <a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/nke#NYSE">NKE</a>) Air Jordans soared throughout the 2000s, people waited for days at a time just for a chance to cop the highly coveted kicks.</p> <p>If you were one of the unlucky souls left without a pair of new sneakers at retail, you had two options: suffer the inflated prices set by resellers on <strong>eBay Inc</strong> (NASDAQ: <a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/ebay#NASDAQ">EBAY</a>) &mdash; or wallow in sorrow while everyone else flexed in their new Js.</p> <p>Detroit-based StockX changed that dynamic with the creation of a stock market for consumer goods. It operates much like the NASDAQ does with stocks and options, except instead of exchanging shares of a company, people trade merchandise like sneakers and streetwear.</p> <p>Josh Luber, the company&#39;s co-founder and former CEO, stresses the fact that the primary purpose of StockX is to connect buyers and sellers on a free market platform.</p> <p>Unlike websites like eBay and Flight Club where prices are arbitrarily set by sellers, StockX operates with complete transparency of information, allowing for the true market value of products to emerge in real time.</p> <p>&quot;It&rsquo;s whatever the true market value is. The idea was always that this could be the way to do that for consumer goods,&quot; Luber said <a href="https://thehundreds.com/blogs/content/how-i-got-here-josh-luber-of-stockx">in an interview with &ldquo;The Hundreds.&quot;</a></p> <p>Three-year-old StockX <a href="https://www.benzinga.com/news/19/06/13984401/stockx-reaches-1b-valuation-latest-vc-funding-round-the-largest-ever-for-a-michigan-company">reached a valuation of more than $1 billion</a> with its latest funding round in June.</p> <p><em>See Also: <a href="https://www.benzinga.com/news/19/07/14136535/3-motor-city-ceos-share-lessons-from-their-biggest-hits-and-misses-always-be-ready-to-shoot-your-sho">3 Motor City CEOs Share Lessons From Their Biggest Hits And Misses: &#39;Always Be Ready To Shoot Your Shot&#39;</a></em></p> <h3>Face ...</h3><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/news/retail-sales/19/08/14082683/kickin-game-with-kevin-irwin-the-experience-manager-of-stockx alt=Kickin&#039; Game With Kevin Irwin, The Experience Manager Of StockX>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> Air Jordans Dan Gilbert Detroit EBAY Josh Luber Kevin irwin Kevin Irwin II NKE Quicken Loans StockX The Hundreds Retail Sales Exclusives Interview EBAY US2786421030 NKE US6541061031 Retail Sales Exclusives Interview Benzinga Thu, 01 Aug 2019 18:43:00 +0000 Devonte Kavanaugh 14082683 at https://www.benzinga.com TradingView Integrates More Brokers And Features, 'Twitch For Traders' https://www.benzinga.com/fintech/19/07/14164998/tradingview-integrates-more-brokers-and-features-twitch-for-traders <p>In an interview with Benzinga, Pierce Crosby, general manager at <a href="https://www.tradingview.com/">TradingView</a>, the largest online social networking and data analysis tool for financial markets, discussed new features like Lightweight Charts and live streaming, as well as plans to integrate&nbsp;direct trading via TradeStation and Interactive Brokers, among others.</p> <h3>About Crosby</h3> <p>Crosby previously worked for StockTwits and for Thomson Reuters&nbsp;as a researcher and reporter.</p> <p>He said he joined <a href="https://www.benzinga.com/topic/tradingview">TradingView</a> because of its progressive take on innovation within the SaaS and fintech space; the focus of his job is on&nbsp;expanding TradingView&rsquo;s U.S. presence.</p> <h3>About TradingView</h3> <p>Founded in 2011, TradingView provides social network and market analysis tools to non-professional traders.</p> <p>The platform offers a Bloomberg-esque experience &mdash; users have access to professional charting and analysis tools, as well as publishing and viewing trade ideas within a social networking community.</p> <p>The firm is also responsible for powering features on more than 40,000 websites, including Investopedia, Yahoo Finance, Investing.com, Thomson Reuters and CoinDesk.&nbsp;</p> <h3>Platform Access</h3> <p>The website is&nbsp;free to use; traders can chart and interact with the community at no cost.</p> <p>&ldquo;For the most part, the platform is 100% free and open to use; people don&rsquo;t have any idea that is the case, and that&rsquo;s been a large struggle we&rsquo;ve had to go through,&rdquo; Crosby said.&nbsp;</p> <p>Users who wish to obtain improved data feeds must pay small fees that are passed ...</p><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/fintech/19/07/14164998/tradingview-integrates-more-brokers-and-features-twitch-for-traders alt=TradingView Integrates More Brokers And Features, &#039;Twitch For Traders&#039;>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> Fintech Pierce Crosby stocktwits Thomson Reuters TradeStation TradingView Twitch Exclusives Interview Fintech Exclusives Interview Benzinga Wed, 31 Jul 2019 20:10:29 +0000 Renato Capelj 14164998 at https://www.benzinga.com 'I Didn't Want To Die': Why One Woman Turned To Trading Options To Fund Life-Extending Stem Cell Treatments https://www.benzinga.com/government/19/07/14152125/i-didnt-want-to-die-why-one-woman-turned-to-trading-options-to-fund-life-extending-stem-cell-treatme <p>Nov. 22, 2017 started as a relatively uneventful day for Yvonne Shore.</p> <p>She went to her job &mdash; &quot;the best job ever&quot; &mdash; as a car dealership auditor in Atlanta.</p> <p>But for Shore, 70, the past few months had not been normal. She had been having a hard time breathing &mdash; deep breaths especially.</p> <p>Though she&rsquo;d led an active life &mdash; having once jet skied across the U.S. &mdash; she was finding herself out of breath faster than usual. She would work one day and have to take off the next.</p> <p>Frustrated, Shore went to her doctor. She wasn&rsquo;t exactly expecting good news, but she had know way of knowing just how bad the news would be.</p> <p>Up until this point, Shore had led &ldquo;the most beautiful life.&rdquo;</p> <p>Originally from Madison, Wisconsin, she spent most of her career as an executive secretary. Even the periods of turmoil seemed to work themselves out. It was the death of her mother and end of her first marriage in quick succession that prompted her cross-country jet ski excursion, which led to her resettling in Atlanta, and in turn her second marriage.</p> <p>On Jan. 26, 2018, she learned she had chronic bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and emphysema. Shore was told she was unlikely to live past Christmas.</p> <h3>&lsquo;A Miracle Treatment&rsquo; &mdash; But At A Cost</h3> <p>According to the American Lung Association, <a href="https://www.lung.org/lung-health-and-diseases/lung-disease-lookup/copd/learn-about-copd/how-serious-is-copd.html">11 million people</a> have been diagnosed with COPD and <a href="http://www.healthcommunities.com/emphysema/overview.shtml">3.1 million</a> with emphysema, though many more could be living unknowingly with the diseases.</p> <p>The Center for Disease Control estimates that <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/copd.htm">8.6 million</a> people have chronic bronchitis.</p> <p>Though they can be treated with inhalers, antibiotics, steroids or a lung transplant in severe cases, no known cures exist for emphysema or chronic bronchitis, which can lead to COPD.</p> <p>COPD is the <a href="https://www.lung.org/lung-health-and-diseases/lung-disease-lookup/copd/learn-about-copd/how-serious-is-copd.html">third leading cause of death</a> in the United States, according to the ALA.</p> <p>Shore said she tried inhalers and medications, but none were helping. That was when she heard about an experimental stem cell therapy treatment at the Nashville Lung Institute.</p> <p>The problem: Shore needed $12,000 just to walk in the door, and it wouldn&#39;t be covered by insurance.</p> <p>She found a possible solution online.</p> <p>&ldquo;I had always wanted to learn the stock market ...</p><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/government/19/07/14152125/i-didnt-want-to-die-why-one-woman-turned-to-trading-options-to-fund-life-extending-stem-cell-treatme alt=&#039;I Didn&#039;t Want To Die&#039;: Why One Woman Turned To Trading Options To Fund Life-Extending Stem Cell Treatments>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> AMZN BAC COPD GOOG GOOGL NFLX Yvonne Shore Health Care Options Top Stories Exclusives Markets Interview General AMZN US0231351067 GOOG US38259P7069 NFLX US64110L1061 BAC US0605051046 GOOGL US38259P5089 Health Care Options Top Stories Exclusives Markets Interview General Benzinga Wed, 31 Jul 2019 19:49:08 +0000 Rachel Cunningham 14152125 at https://www.benzinga.com