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What Is the Howey Test and its Impact on Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs)

Category: Altcoins, Blockchain, Business, Crime, Cryptocyclopedia, Finance, Regulation

What Is the Howey Test and its Impact on Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs)

The year 2017 was a seminal year for the cryptocurrency industry, where markets were bullish pushing the cryptocurrency prices to all-time highs. Many emerging altcoin projects were launched, and the industry saw real growth and development. Tucked in between the Cambrian Explosion of the space, observers also witnessed the many iterations of raising capital via Initial Coin Offerings (ICO). While…

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SEC Slaps $50,000 Fine on Delaware-Based Crypto Investment Fund

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SEC Slaps $50,000 Fine on Delaware-Based Crypto Investment Fund

On December 7, 2018, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a cease and desist order and a penalty of $50,000 against Delaware-based crypto assets fund firm CoinAlpha Advisors LLC. SEC Hits Crypto Fund for Violating Securities Law   According to the filing published on the commission’s website, the SEC charged CoinAlpha Advisors LLC for acting as an…

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Bitcoin ETF: SEC Postpones the Decision Until February 27, 2019

Category: Bitcoin, Exchange, Finance, News, Regulation

Bitcoin ETF: SEC Postpones the Decision Until February 27, 2019

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released an official statement on December 6, 2018, postponing the decision on VanEck’s Bitcoin ETF until February 27, 2019. The extension of review period by the financial watchdog didn’t bode too well for the already reeling crypto markets, as bitcoin’s value has since fallen by more than nine percent. Final Call to Be…

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SEC Believes International Cooperation Is Vital In Pursuing Illegal And Fraudulent ICOs

Category: Altcoins, Blockchain, Business, Ethereum, News, Platform, Tech

SEC Believes International Cooperation Is Vital In Pursuing Illegal And Fraudulent ICOs

Steven Peikin, the co-director of the SEC’s Division of Enforcement gave a speech at the Harvard Law School’s Program on the importance of international cooperation in pursuing fraudulent ICOs on December 3, 2018. Peikin highlighted the need for global assistance when it comes to fighting fraud in the ICO and cryptocurrency sector, as many of the sponsors and founders are…

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U.S. Republican Plans to Regulate Cryptocurrencies and Initial Coin Offerings

Category: Blockchain, Ethereum, News, Platform, Tech

U.S. Republican Plans to Regulate Cryptocurrencies and Initial Coin Offerings

Warren Davidson, a U.S. Representative from Ohio recently announced a plan to introduce new regulations for the cryptocurrency and ICO industry via the Federal Government. According to Cleveland.com’s on December 3, 2018, Hamilton is hopeful that these potential regulations can help the financial sector grow. Republican Politician Hopeful for Potential Regulations There is currently unclear regulations when it comes to the…

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SEC Charges DJ Khaled and Floyd Mayweather with Unlawfully Touting ICOs

Category: Altcoins, Business, Crime, Finance, News, Regulation

SEC Charges DJ Khaled and Floyd Mayweather with Unlawfully Touting ICOs

The Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) recently settled charges against two celebrities who failed to disclose their payments for promoting initial coin offerings (ICO). According to the SEC’s press release published on November 29, 2018, while music producer DJ Khaled and professional boxer Floyd Mayweather did not admit nor deny the findings, they both agreed to pay the disgorgement, penalties, and…

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SEC Chairman Jay Clayton Reveals Why The Regulator Will Not Approve A Bitcoin ETF

Category: Bitcoin, Blockchain, Finance, News, Platform, Tech

SEC Chairman Jay Clayton Reveals Why The Regulator Will Not Approve A Bitcoin ETF

Jay Clayton, the Chairman of the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), mentioned at a conference in New York that it’s unlikely for regulators to approve a Bitcoin Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) anytime soon. According to UK Business Insider’s Article published on November 28, 2018, Clayton believes that the current security measures around cryptocurrency asset custody are not adequate, as…

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Report: Cryptocurrency Related Lawsuits Skyrocketed in 2018; Up by 300 Percent

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Report: Cryptocurrency Related Lawsuits Skyrocketed in 2018; Up by 300 Percent

In contrast with the bear market we have watched throughout the year it seems that cryptocurrency-related lawsuits have skyrocketed as far up to 300 percent, reports Dior, November 19, 2018. Crypto Lawsuits Go North While bitcoin continues to go south, the business for digital currency focused lawyers looks to have a bright future ahead. Despite the gigantic market growth, 2018…

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U.S. SEC Opens Investigation into Salt Lending and Former Director Eric Voorhees

Category: Altcoins, Bitcoin, Business, Exchange, Finance, News, Regulation

U.S. SEC Opens Investigation into Salt Lending and Former Director Eric Voorhees

Shapeshift CEO Eric Voorhees and cryptocurrency loans startup Salt Lending Ltd. is under investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) concerning its $50 million ICO in 2017, per a Wall Street Journal article, published November 15, 2018. SEC Seeks Clarity Regarding 2017 ICO Salt was founded in 2016 and is one of the first crypto to fiat loan…

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U.S. Trader Fined $1.1 Million and Sentenced to 15 Months for Commiting Bitcoin Fraud

Category: Bitcoin, Crime, Finance, News, Platform, Regulation

U.S. Trader Fined $1.1 Million and Sentenced to 15 Months for Commiting Bitcoin Fraud

According to a report by Bloomberg, published November 13, 2018, U.S. resident named Joseph Kim has been fined $1.1 million and sentenced to 15 months in prison for orchestrating fraudulent schemes related to bitcoin (BTC), and litecoin (LTC), thus duping his employer and several other customers of their money. Illegal Transfers and Fund Misappropriation In 2017, the U.S. Commodity Futures…

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