Tagged: securities and exchange commission

SEC Sues Daniel Pacheco, Purveyor of Alleged $26.5 Million Crypto Pyramid Scheme “IPro”

The SEC has filed a civil suit against Daniel Pacheco, 45, of San Clemente, California, alleging he pervaded a cryptocurrency-based pyramid scheme called “IPro” that collected more than $26.5 million USD from investors: “The SEC’s complaint, filed Wednesday, alleges that from January 2017 through March… Read More

Van Eck Bitcoin ETF Proposal Delayed Again as SEC Seeks Specific Feedback from the Public

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has once again delayed Van Eck/Solid X’s application (for a rule change) to sell shares for a Bitcoin-based exchange-traded fund (ETF) on the Cboe’s BZX exchange. The request for a rule change to enable the Van Eck Bitcoin… Read More

SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce Gives Props to Bermuda and Crypto Custody Approach

Securities custody is a challenging service even for analog firms. Crypto brings with it a whole host of nuanced hurdles when providing custody for digital assets. There are a few firms that have successfully launched custody for crypto – such as PrimeTrust. Fidelity is providing… Read More

The SEC and CFTC Join in Signing IOSCO Multilateral Memorandum of Understanding on Cross Border Enforcement

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) have both signed the IOSCO Enhanced Multilateral Memorandum of Understanding Concerning Consultation and Cooperation and the Exchange of Information (EMMoU). The announcement comes following the 44th Annual International Organization of Securities Commissions… Read More

SEC Delays Decision on Bitwise Bitcoin ETF Proposal, Seeks Comments From Interested Parties

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has granted itself more time to consider a request for a rule change that would allow Bitwise Asset Management to list a Bitcoin ETF product. Bitwise is a subsidiary of ICE, owners of the New York Stock exchange… Read More

SEC and OSC Take Action Against NextBlock Global and Alex Tapscott for Misleading Investors

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) have jointly taken action against Alex Tapscott and NextBlock Global Limited for misleading investors pertaining to digital asset investments. Both agencies require Tapscott-NextBlock to pay penalties affiliated with the securities offering. According to… Read More

Long Term Stock Exchange, Created by Eric Ries, Receives SEC Approval to Operate as a National Securities Exchange

On Friday, the Long Term Stock Exchange (LTSE) received good news from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as it was approved as a national securities exchange. The LTSE is the creation of Eric Ries, an entrepreneur, VC, and creator of the lean startup concept…. Read More

Like a Jackson Pollock Painting: SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce Criticizes Commission’s Approach to Digital Assets, Says it Has Stifled Growth

SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce has polished her pen once again with another thought-provoking speech addressing Fintech innovation and, more specifically, digital assets. Speaking at the Securities Enforcement Forum, East Palo Alto, California (by video), Peirce pointedly criticized the Commission for stifling the emergence of security… Read More

SEC Director of CorpFin Bill Hinman Provides Crowdfunding Update at Small Business Capital Formation Advisory Committee Meeting

Earlier this week, the inaugural meeting of the Small Business Capital Formation Advisory Committee (SBCFAC) took place at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in Washington, DC. The new Committee brings together a diverse group of small business proponents including several Fintechs. Led by Martha… Read More

Bitwise Presentation to SEC Provides Insight into BTC ETF Push as Well as Bogus Crypto Exchange Marketplace

In March, Bitwise Asset Management pitched their case regarding the creation of a Bitcoin ETF to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). While providing a compelling argument as to why the SEC should move forward with their ETF, the presentation also provided some interesting insight… Read More

When Does A “Digital Asset” Qualify As A Security? A Deeper Dive Into Recent SEC Guidance.

Here’s a question for all of you. Between coins, tokens, stamps, tickets, vouchers, and chips, which of these qualifies as a “security” under U.S. Securities laws? It’s actually a trick question, they all do! Well, technically speaking, they all could potentially qualify as securities. The… Read More

Has the SEC Slammed the Brakes on Blockchain Innovation?

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has talked up their innovation cred and support of Fintech for years. Under previous Chair Mary Jo White, the SEC held the very first Fintech Forum which saw both industry participants and policymakers engage with each other in collaborative… Read More

SEC Orders Suspension of Trading for Bitcoin Generation, Inc

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has ordered the suspension of trading for Bitcoin Generation, Inc. The company traded under the symbol BTGN on OTC Markets Link (previously Pink). According to a profile on OTC Markets, Bitcoin Generation is an Oklahoma based company that “specializes… Read More

SEC Now Considering Applicants for “Financial Analyst, Cryptocurrencies” Position

The US Securities and Exchange Commission has been seeking submissions from among the “best and brightest” in the field to join the agency as its Financial Analyst, Cryptocurrencies in Washington, DC. The SEC’s chosen “Crypto Specialist,” as it were, will be expected to, “Develop and… Read More

SEC Announces Members of Small Business Capital Formation Advisory Committee

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has announced the new members of the Small Business Capital Formation Advisory Committee. The Committee will hold its first meeting on Monday, May 6, 2019, at the SEC’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. The Committee replaces the Advisory Committee on… Read More

SEC Shares Agenda for May 31st Fintech Forum, Blockchain to be Hot Topic of Discussion

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has posted the agenda for the upcoming Fintech Forum scheduled to take place on May 31st. The event, entitled the 2019  Fintech Forum, will take place at SEC headquarters in Washington, DC. It will simultaneously be live-streamed on the… Read More

Here is the List of SEC Approved Alternative Trading Systems

Many crypto sector platforms are seeking to be approved as “alternative trading systems” or ATSs. An ATS can be very similar to an exchange with a different set of reporting requirements which are not quite as stringent. OTC Markets, a securities marketplace that many people… Read More

When You Mine Crypto are You Creating a Security? Templum Presses the SEC to Decide if Miners Must be Broker Dealers

Mining is a vital part of the cryptocurrency industry today. While some industry followers believe that crypto mining will go away in the not so distant future, it remains an active pursuit for individuals and companies to mint digital money using racks of computers. In… Read More

Marketplace Lending Platform Prosper Settles Fraud Charges Brought by SEC, Pays $3 Million Penalty

Leading marketplace lending platform Prosper has settled fraud charges for misstating returns, according to a release from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).  Without admitting or denying the allegations, Prosper has consented to an SEC order finding it violated an anti-fraud provision of the Securities… Read More

Two Firms Forced by SEC to Drop Term “Blockchain” From ETF Product Names

The recent proliferation of themed ETF offerings- up five-fold 2014 to 2018- is leading to careful scrutiny of product names by the SEC, Bloomberg reports, and at least two firms, Amplify and Reality Shares, appear to have been required to drop the term “blockchain” from… Read More

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