The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has launched a new “FinHub” described as a strategic hub for innovation and financial technology or Fintech.
According to the SEC, the FinHub will serve as a resource for public engagement on the SEC’s Fintech related issues and initiatives. These initiatives include distributed ledger technology (or blockchain), automated investment advice, digital marketplace financing, and artificial intelligence/machine learning. The FinHub also replaces several internal working groups at the SEC that have focused on similar issues.
The FinHub will be led by Valerie A. Szczepanik, Senior Advisor for Digital Assets and Innovation and Associate Director in the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance.
“The SEC is committed to working with investors and market participants on new approaches to capital formation, market structure, and financial services, with an eye toward enhancing, and in no way reducing, investor protection,” said SEC Chairman Jay Clayton. “The FinHub provides a central point of focus for our efforts to monitor and engage on innovations in the securities markets that hold promise, but which also require a flexible, prompt regulatory response to execute our mission.”
The FinHub will:
- Provide a portal for industry and the public to engage directly with SEC staff on innovative ideas and technological developments;
- Publicize information regarding the SEC’s activities and initiatives involving FinTech on the FinHub page;
- Engage with the public through publications and events, including a FinTech Forum focusing on distributed ledger technology and digital assets planned for 2019;
- Act as a platform and clearinghouse for SEC staff to acquire and disseminate information and FinTech-related knowledge within the agency; and
- Serve as a liaison to other domestic and international regulators regarding emerging technologies in financial, regulatory, and supervisory systems.
Szczepanik said the SEC has been engaged for some time in efforts to understand emerging technologies.
“By launching FinHub, we hope to provide a clear path for entrepreneurs, developers, and their advisers to engage with SEC staff, seek input, and test ideas.”