- February 1, 2017; Vol. 4, Number 2

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How 2016 Reshaped Financial Services for Generations to Come

by Dara Albright

2016 will be etched in time as one of the most unpredictable and metamorphic years in our planet’s history. While every fragment of civilization will feel the effects of 2016, the year will leave an indelible imprint on financial services, global political landscapes and mass media for generations to come.

The year began with the renaissance of the retail investor and ended with a massive crowdfinance conference that centered, for the first time, on the actual crowd (“retail”) investor.

In between was the successful completion of the Elio Motors Reg A+ offering, the first phase of investment product ingenuity through JOBS Act exemptions, the launch of the first retail retirement technology, the “fix crowdfunding bill,” the introduction of congressman McHenry’s new fintech legislation aimed at fostering financial innovation, the implementation of Reg CF, lots of industry turmoil, a surprising Brexit vote, and perhaps the most co

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