Tagged: initial coin offerings

Autorité Des Marchés Financiers in France Receives 82 Responses on Initial Coin Offering Consultation

The Autorité Des Marchés Financiers (AMF) in France has just published the results of a consultation regarding initial coin offerings (ICOs). According to the AMF, a large majority of respondents expressed support for the establishment of an appropriate legal framework for this new type of fundraising. The… Read More

January Best Month Ever for ICOs as $1.51 Billion Raised According to One Report

Even as jurisdictions around the world seek to get a handle on the frothy initial coin offering market, January appears to have delivered a gangbuster token month. According to TokenReporter, January was a record month for capital raised by ICOs at $1.51 billion. This topped… Read More

Pump & Dump Digital Currency: Commodity Futures Trading Commission Warns Investors to Watch Out for These Scams

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has issued a warning to consumers to beware of pump and dump scams that have become somewhat prevalent in initial coin offerings and digital currencies in general. The CFTC says it has received complaints from customers who have lost… Read More

Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission Warns on ICOs, Takes Action Against Exchanges & Issuers

  The Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) has issued another alert regarding the risks of investing in initial coin offerings (ICOs) and dealing with cryptocurrency exchanges. Last fall, the SFC fired a shot across the bow of ICO issuers stating certain ICOs may… Read More

Barry James’ Podcast Channel ICOrad.io Launches: Aims to Bring Entrepreneurs Up to Speed on the Blockchain, Other Cryptocurrencies, & ICOs

ICOraid.io, a new podcast channel, was recently launched with a mission to bring entrepreneurs up to speed about opportunities and issues surround blockchain technology, along with the rise of cryptocurrencies and initial coin offerings (ICOs). The show was notably created and hosted by The Crowdfunding Centre’s Founder… Read More

The ABCs of Investing in ICOs

Initial coin offerings (ICOs) have recently become very popular, causing investors of all levels of sophistication to consider buying ICO tokens (or coins). Regardless of whether you view ICO tokens as “investments,” or whether you want to buy tokens for their utility function to make… Read More

Facebook Bans Ads For Bitcoin, Cryptocurrencies, & ICOs

On Tuesday, social media giant Facebook announced it is officially banning all ads concerning bitcoin, other cryptocurrencies, and initial coin offerings (ICOs). Facebook Product Management Director, Rob Leathern, stated the platform’s team has created a new policy that prohibits ads that promote financial products and services that are frequently… Read More

SEC Chair Jay Clayton Addresses ICOs in Speech Including Rebuke to ICO Advisors

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairman Jay Clayton delivered a speech today to the Securities Regulation Institute. While covering several topics, Chair Clayton hit upon the hot subject of initial coin offerings (ICO) and the swirling regulatory environment delivering a stern rebuke to market… Read More

The Empire Strikes Back: Traditional Debt and Equity Capital Providers Get Smart(er) About Token Sales

With thanks to Greg Murphy of Outlier Ventures for his contribution to this article. Now that 2018 is well underway, traditional debt and equity capital providers would be wise to re-examine many of their familiar forms of contracts to identify new risks – and realize… Read More

Ryan Feit, CEO of SeedInvest, Updates on 2017 Progress & Crowdcube Partnership

SeedInvest is one of the most selective investment crowdfunding platforms in the US. Launched in 2012 by Ryan Feit and James Han when the JOBS Act of 2012 was signed into law, the two founders most likely had no idea how long it would take… Read More

Recent Cease & Desist by Texas Regulators Targeting BitconnectX ICO May Foreshadow More Enforcement Actions

The regulatory drums are getting louder when it comes to initial coin offerings (ICOs). The first shot across the virtual bow was the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Report addressing the DAO and the fact it was an unregistered security. Since last July, there have been… Read More

World Funding Summit Wrap Up: A Discussion with Victoria Silchenko on the Future of Finance

This past November Crowdfund Insider had the opportunity to participate in the World Funding Summit in Los Angeles. Organized by Economist and Entrepreneur Victoria Silchenko, the event has updated and changed over the years as the Fintech industry has quickly expanded beyond capital formation. In… Read More

Financial Conduct Authority Publishes Regulatory Considerations for ICOs

Buried within the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) Distributed Ledger Technology (IE Blockchain) Feedback Statement on an earlier discussion paper was a section dedicated to Initial Coin Offerings (ICO) and regulatory requirements. The FCA, like much of the rest of the world, is seeking to enable… Read More

Head of Israel Securities Authority Says No to Bitcoin Listings, But Sees Promise in Initial Coin Offerings

Shmuel Hauser, the Chairman of the Israel Securities Authority, published a statement today addressing Fintech, Bitcoin and Initial Coin Offerings, in an extended comment on regulations and the changing financial landscape. Hauser stated; “From a regulator perspective, we want make sure that Fintech will not… Read More

Is South Korea Backtracking on ICO Ban? FSC Vice Chair Moderates Stance on Token Offerings as New Task Force is Formed

This past week saw a bit of reversal in South Korea’s stance on Initial Coin Offerings (ICO). In September, it was reported that Korea had decided to totally ban ICOs following a similar approach by China. But during a presentation at the National Assembly by… Read More

Priming the ICO Pump: Don’t Get Sucked In

If you’ve been under a rock for the last year or so, you might not know that “initial coin offerings” or ICOs are the hottest thing in the financial market today. As if the fact that the overwhelming majority of ICOs aren’t regulated in any… Read More

Monetary Authority of Singapore Publishes Guidance on Initial Coin Offerings

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has published a document providing guidance on Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs). Entitled “a Guide to Digital Token Offerings,” the document seeks to clarify when an ICO is in fact a security, and thus regulated and the application of securities… Read More

Germany Cautions on ICOs as BAFIN Says Offers are Attracting Fraudsters

Germany’s financial regulator, the Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin), has published a consumer warning today on Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs). BaFin said the purchase of cryptocurrency coins or tokens may result in substantial risks for investors calling them highly speculative. The agency said the high… Read More

New Zealand Clarifies Stance on ICOs, Cryptocurrencies as FMA Publishes Commentary: “All tokens or cryptocurrencies are securities under the FMC Act”

The New Zealand Financial Markets Authority (FMA) is out with a statement on both cryptocurrencies and Initial Coin Offerings (ICO). New Zealand, a relatively small country that has been fairly supportive of Fintech, stated it wants to “facilitate responsible innovation, and ensure that the regulatory… Read More

Initial Coin Offerings Need Governance Now

It is clear with the Tezos Greek tragedy, many Initial Coin Offering (ICO) investors are worried about investing in complex and sometimes shady structures. The founders visiting the Swiss city of Zug to set up their foundation may find their days numbered. The idea to… Read More