The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has quietly begun considering two Bitcoin ETF proposals, public documents show. Continue reading SEC Quietly Puts Bitcoin ETF Proposals Back on the Table
Ethereum crashed under $500 yesterday after SEC Enforcement Division Co-Director, Stephanie Avakian, made the announcement that the agency was investigating “dozens” of crypto companies involved in unregistered ICO’s. Continue reading Ethereum (ETH) Fell Below $500
The rising popularity of Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) — and an accompanying spate of fraud and market volatility — has prompted an overdue debate in Washington, D.C., and around the world, about the proper regulatory policies for ICOs and cryptocurrencies more generally. Some of the most common questions involve the appropriate division of authority between the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and whether their authority should reach deep into the heart of the cryptocurrency ecosystem, the spot market. Still, others contemplate whether or not an entirely new or alternative regulatory regime is needed for cryptocurrency and token fundraisers, not only here but also in Europe and elsewhere. Continue reading ICO White Paper
The top US securities regulator has signaled its intent to crack down on cryptocurrency exchanges for alleged violations of federal laws governing securities trading. In a statement dated March 7, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) wrote that cryptocurrency exchanges that list ICO tokens the agency deems to be securities are operating “potentially unlawful” trading platforms. While most token issuers have sought to skirt securities regulations by categorizing their tokens as “utility tokens,” SEC Chairman Jay Clayton has repeatedly said that the majority of ICOs he has observed constitute securities offerings. As the SEC’s statement indicates, the “security” classification implicates not just companies that distribute their tokens through ICOs but also exchanges that list them on their trading platforms.
Telegram closed its pre-sale ICO at record-breaking numbers. The team sent a document to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in which they claim that they have generated $850 million, so far. The SAFT backed ICO was aimed at major venture capital firms and other cryptocurrency whales. For putting money in early, these investors will receive discounts on the platform’s GRAM tokens. The public token sale is set for March and the team anticipates it will raise another $600 million more. However, that number may grow after the immediate success of the Telegram pre-sale. The messaging app was founded by Russian entrepreneurs Pavel and Nikolai Durov who banked on their social media company VKontakte. Telegram runs very similarly to WhatsApp but is said to be more secure. Its current business model currently makes no revenue, as Pavel Durov currently pays for all the app’s expenses via the $300 million made from their first social media company. Despite all the excitement around the mobile messaging application and the insane amount of money raised in its pre-ICO, some individuals remain unimpressed. There have been many critics that have questioned the app’s security in the past. The app doesn’t encrypt its messages by default and many just assume it does, but it must be turned on as an additional setting.