What you need to know: Although only a few platforms dominate regulated crowdfunding, new entrants will find it difficult to monetize their platforms because of cost and limitations exemption. Real estate crowdfunding may find strategic alternatives. In the UK, the Financial Conduct Authority will add more regulations to alternative finance but these new rules will encourage innovation. In the US, the Trump administration may improve the plight of business by lifting excessive regulations. In Australia, policy makers may create a more viable ecosystem for crowdfunding.

Why this is important: The worldwide changes expected for crowdfunding will hasten its development and acceptance thus favoring the public.

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