Tagged: securities and exchange commission

Bitcoin focused Fintech Firm Blockstream Reports that Recent BTC Price Correction Is One of 2021’s Mildest

Bitcoin-focused Fintech firm Blockstream has published its Markets Weekly report., Blockstream‘s report, dated December 3, 2021, notes that Fidelity has established a new BTC ETF in Canada, while GS is considering BTC lending. As mentioned in the report, VanEck has filed for a mining ETF,… Read More

We Need More Investor Protection in Crypto Assets, SEC Chair Gary Gensler States: “It’s best not to wait for a big spill on aisle three”

During the opening comments at the Securities and Exchange Commission’s meeting of the Investor Advisory Committee, SEC Chair Gary Gensler once again rang the warning bell on the need for greater oversight of the fast-growing digital asset/crypto sector. Gensler stated in prepared remarks: “… with… Read More

SEC Charges Latvian Citizen Ivars Auzins with $7 Million Crypto Fraud

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has charged Ivars Auzins, a citizen of Latvia with crypto asset fraud. The SEC states that the defendant also went under the names of Ron Ramsey and Daniel Gaines. According to a statement by the SEC, Auzins allegedly defrauded… Read More

SEC Investor Advisory Committee Scheduled to Discuss Digital Assets and Investor Protection

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Investor Advisory Committee will be discussing digital assets or crypto on December 2nd. According to the agenda, a panel discussion will be hosted  entitled “Helping to Ensure Investor Protection and Market Integrity in the Face of New Technologies.” This… Read More

SEC Obtains Final Judgement on Marijuana Company Offering Totaling $6 Million

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has obtained final judgment on an enforcement action that involved a securities offering for an erstwhile marijuana-based firm. According to the SEC, on November 19, 2021, the US District Court for the Central District of California entered final judgments… Read More

SEC Halts Two Token Offerings by American CryptoFed, Pending Hearing

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has halted two token offerings by American CryptoFed DAO LLC, a Wyoming-based organization. According to the SEC, the Division of Enforcement alleges that in September American CryptoFed filed a “materially deficient and misleading registration form known as a Form… Read More

SEC Posts Agenda for Next Asset Management Advisory Committee Meetings

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has posted the agendas for two upcoming Asset Management Advisory Committee (AMAC)  meetings. The first is on October 28 and the second on November 3. According to the SEC, the two meetings will include a discussion of matters in… Read More

SEC Commissioners Comment on Meme Stock Report: Is There a Problem Here?

Earlier today the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published its “meme stock” report – otherwise known as the Staff Report on Equity and Options Market Structure Conditions in Early 2021. As was covered earlier, this report addresses the Gamestop/Robinhood/Reddit odyssey where retail investors created a short… Read More

SEC Issues Report on Market Structure Including Meme Stocks: Observers Say Nothing New Here

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has issued its anticipated report on market structure, including the emergence of Meme stocks – like GameStop. Some observers said there was little new in the report as it towed the line of SEC Chairman Gary Gensler’s recent proclamations…. Read More

SEC Chairman Gary Gensler Looks to Rein in Crypto Exchanges, Digital Assets and Stablecoins

Yesterday, SEC Chairman Gary Gensler testified in front of the House Committee on Financial Services sharing his perspective on the goals of the SEC and why it needs more money to fulfill its mission. As anticipated, much of the testimony swirled around digital assets and… Read More

Ethereum Experiences Burst of New User Adoption in Q3 due to NFTs, Bitcoin Records Steady Gains: Report

The team at Coin Metrics, including researchers Nate Maddrey and Kyle Waters have released their State of the Network Q3 2021 wrap-up report. In the latest edition of the State of the Network report, the Coin Metrics team has taken a data-driven look at what… Read More

SEC Chairman Gary Gensler to Testify in Front of House Committee on Financial Services, Will Request More Funding

The House Committee on Financial Services will be holding a virtual hearing tomorrow entitled “Oversight of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission: Wall Street’s Cop Is Finally Back on the Beat.” SEC Chairman Gary Gensler will traipse back to the Capitol to update the Committee on… Read More

SEC Commissioner Peirce Says Commission Should Consider Expanding Definition of Accredited Investor, Improve Crowdfunding Exemptions

Speaking at the opening of the SEC’s Small Business Capital Formation Committee meeting held earlier this week, Commissioner Hester Peirce shared her opinion on several key topics regarding access to investment opportunities and improvements for crowdfunding exemptions. The subject of the definition of an accredited… Read More

SEC Charges Two Individuals for Meme Stock Wash Trading

The Securities and Exchange Commission has charged two individuals for engaging in a fraudulent scheme designed to collect liquidity rebates from exchanges by wash trading put options of certain “meme stocks” in early 2021. The SEC’s complaint mentions stocks like GameStop, AMC Entertainment, Blackberry, and… Read More

SEC Files Charges Against Analyst that Allegedly was Front Running Big Trades

The Securities and Exchange Commission has filed charges against a quant analyst for “perpetrating a years-long front-running scheme that generated illicit profits of at least $8.5 million.” Sergei Polevikov, who worked at two asset management firms, allegedly abused his position to benefit from information he… Read More

SEC Small Business Committee Schedules Meeting, Will Tackle Private Company Investing as Well as IPOs

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s Small Business Capital Formation Advisory Committee will meet on Monday, September 27. The Committee was created by Congress to support the Commission with advice and recommendations on rules, regulations, and policy matters relating to small businesses, which have been ignored… Read More

Regulation by Intimidation? Coinbase Decides to Axe its Lending Feature Following SEC Threat to Sue

On September 7, 2021, Coinbase (NASDAQ:COIN) published a blog post stating the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) had informed the company it would sue over its forthcoming Coinbase Lend service. Now, Coinbase has submitted to the significant threat of a lawsuit and abandoned its Lend… Read More

App Annie Hit with Fraud Allegations from SEC, Settles Charges

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has leveled fraud charges against App Annie and its co-founder and former CEO Bertrand Schmitt. The SEC says App Annie and Schmitt have agreed to settle the fraud charges and will pay a penalty of over $10 million to… Read More

SEC Chairman Gensler on Crypto Asset Markets: It’s More Like the Wild West, “Rife with Fraud”

Tomorrow (September 14, 2021), SEC Chairman Gary Gensler will testify in front of the Senate Banking Committee. The hearing is a periodic meeting for the Committee and is entitled “Oversight of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission”. In prepared testimony, Gensler focuses much attention on investor… Read More

Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong Hammers SEC’s “Sketchy” Behavior as Regulator May Sue Digital Asset Firm for Lending Program

Yesterday, Coinbase (NASDAQ:COIN) posted a notice regarding receipt of a Wells Notice from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) indicating the regulator may sue it due to its planned Coinbase Lend program. Around the same time Coinbase announced the regulators’ investigation, CEO Brian Armstrong took… Read More

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