Tagged: initial coin offerings

SEC Issues Investor Alert on Self Directed IRAs, Includes Special Warning on Digital Assets such as ICOs

Last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission issued an investor alert on Self Directed IRAs. As one would expect, the individual investor manages these retirement accounts without the assistance of an investment advisor. A self-directed IRA is held by a custodian that allows investment in a broader… Read More

Darren Marble: Bullish on the Emerging Security Token Offering Market in the US

Darren Marble, CEO and founder of CrowdfundX, a firm that provides a modern spin on financial marketing for the new world of Fintech and online capital formation,  recently commented on the trends and observations in the U.S. security token market. In the write up, Marble made various… Read More

Bpifrance Wants to Help the French Initial Coin Offering Ecosystem

Bpifrance, a French public investment bank, is looking to support initial coin offerings. According to a report in Les Echos, the leading French business newspaper, Bpifrance wants to be ready to support “cryptomonnaies” before the Pact law goes into effect. It was announced earlier this… Read More

56% of Cryptocurrency Startups Gone in Four Months

A study of the Twitter activity of 2,390 ICOs (initial coin offerings) has found that, four months after completing their initial token sales (ICOs), only 44.2% of crypto firms are still in business. The study by Boston College School of Management professor Leonard Kostovetsky and… Read More

While Most Go Bust, are Successful ICOs Underpriced?

ICOs (Initial Coin Offering) have established themselves in the last year as an effective tool to finance technological start-ups, generally linked to the digital world: from January 2017 to May 2018 about 12 billion dollars were collected issuing tokens. As with more traditional equity offerings,… Read More

Securities Token Roundtable Meets to Upgrade ERC20 Smart Contracts for Blockchain based Security Token Offerings

The flight to Barbados isn’t a short one.  I left home at 5am and didn’t get into Barbados until after midnight thanks to a minor delay caused by inclement weather surrounding Miami.  I heard that it’ll take roughly 35 hours for another person who’s coming… Read More

President of Autorité des Marchés Financier Addresses ICOs in Speech to Finance Committee of French General Assembly

Last week, Robert Ophèle, President of the Autorité des Marchés Financier (AMF), presented the 2017 AMF annual report to the Finance Committee of the National Assembly. Ophèle took the opportunity to address a wide range of topics but notably on the list was the Pact Act… Read More

SEC on ICO’s: The Central Thing is Decentralization

In June 14 comments before the “Yahoo Finance All Markets Summit: Crypto,” William Hinman, Director of the SEC’s Division of Corporate Finance, stated: ETHER is not a security Decentralization and means of promotion are key to determining whether a token is a security. A digital… Read More

Abu Dhabi Global Market Issues Crypto Regulatory Framework

The Financial Services Regulatory Authority (FSRA) of the Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) and its CEO Richard Teng have been very active in the blockchain and virtual currency spaces of late. Fresh on the heels of an announcement earlier this week that the FSRA /… Read More

Facebook Partially Reverses ICO Advertising Ban that Never Really Worked

Facebook has done an about face on their initial coin offering advertising ban – at least for a lucky few pre-approved platforms and exchanges. It appears that Facebook is recognizing the fact these are regulated securities and thus quite similar to other investment offers. Facebook… Read More

Testimony Provided by SEC Chair Jay Clayton Appears to Indicate Ethereum Not Being a Security is Commission Policy, Not Opinion

Earlier this month, the crypto markets quivered with repressed joy and moved higher when Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Director of Corporate Finance, William Hinman, declared that Ethereum is not a security. ETH advocates breathed a sigh of relief. Hinman stated; “And putting aside the… Read More

Are Initial Coin Offerings Good for the Economy?

At a party this Spring on the 30th floor of an apartment that overlooks Lake Ontario, an accountant said something fascinating. A majority of the recent growth in the North American economy, she claimed, had occurred mainly at the level of stock speculation. The reason… Read More

Mulling an ICO? Look Beyond Glitzy Ads, Ask Tough Questions

  It’s fair to say there’s been a huge swell of investor interest in Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) – from crypto enthusiasts and retail investors, increasingly through even to institutions. These ‘token sales’, involving  the sale of newly minted coins based on Ethereum, saw businesses… Read More

French Enlightenment: Comments Provide Insight into France’s ICO Aspirations

  Just as North America is drawing a line in the sand, drawing a hard line that defines just about all initial coin offerings as securities, France appears to be heading in a different direction. Organized by the Autorités Des Marchés Financiers (AMF), France launched a consultation… Read More

Lithuania Posts Initial Coin Offering Guidelines

Lithuania has published a set of guidelines seeking to provide greater clarity for cryptocurrencies and initial coin offerings (ICOs). Vilius Šapoka, the Lithuanian Minister of Finance, wrote that his country has seen an ” explosion of ICOs and blockchain based projects.” This explosion has created… Read More

SEC Boss Jay Clayton Says Crypto Tokens Traded and Used to Fundraise are ALWAYS Securities and Thus Regulated

Cryptocurrency used to fundraise for business ventures are regulated securities, cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin are not, and relevant laws will reman, the same, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairperson, Jay Clayton, said yesterday on CNBC. The point made by Clayton draws a hard line for any… Read More

Report: France to Have Bespoke ICO Regulations in Place by 2019

France decided earlier this year they wanted their country to be a destination of choice for initial coin offerings (ICO). The mission was outlined by Bruno Le Maire, the Minister of the Economy and Finance of France, who labeled cryptocurrencies a revolution. Now we have a… Read More

AML and Sanctions Compliance Issues Facing Cryptocurrency Companies

Over the past few years, continued advancements in the payments industry and financial services technology have significantly expanded the way money financial transactions are processed and managed.  Banks and payment and technology firms are accelerating efforts to innovate and adapt financial services alternatives to meet… Read More

Hosho Founder: Regulators Must Crack Down on Cryptocurrency Fraud

Last week, the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) announced Operation Cryptosweep – an attempt to shut the door on scam initial coin offerings (ICOs) that have polluted the digital assets marketplace. The profound abuse and fraud has marred this new sector of finance harming… Read More

House Financial Services Subcommittee: Representative Sherman Tells SEC to Shut All ICOs Down, Representative Emmer Sees “Real Opportunity” with Crypto

Last week, while New York City saw thousands of cryptocurrency enthusiasts discuss the benefits of digital assets and blockchain, a House Financial Services subcommittee reviewed initial coin offerings with the leaders of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Enforcement Division. The Congressional Hearing provided a… Read More