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Some of the biggest news for Crypto this year (SEC) ?token sold in a functioning network ARE NOT securities?
Company Filings | More Search Options Company Filings | More Search Options Remarks at Protecting the Public While Fostering Innovation and Entrepreneurship: First Principles for Optimal Regulation University of Missouri School of Law Thank you, Thom [Lambert], for that kind introduction. I am delighted to be part of this conference, but am sorry that I cannot be there in person. I had high expectations when I picked up Thom's book on regulation shortly after it first came out several years ago.[1] Those expectations were exceeded by the clear and compelling way in which the book wrestles with the difficulties faced by regulators as they seek to design regulations that solve problems without creating larger problems in the process. As the book explains, regulation . . . always involves trade-offs. The $64,000 question is how policymakers should proceed to ensure that they strike those trade-offs in a manner that creates as much social welfare as possible.[2] I appreciate the book even more now that I am sitting in a regulator's seat. Incidentally, as a regulator, I must give the standard disclaimer that the views I express today are my own and do not necessarily represent those of the Securities and Exchange Commission or my fellow Commissioners.


SEC.gov | Executives Settle ICO Scam Charges
Company Filings | More Search Options Company Filings | More Search Options Washington D.C., Dec. 12, 2018 Two former executives behind an allegedly fraudulent initial coin offering (ICO) that was stopped by the Securities and Exchange Commission earlier this year have been ordered in federal court to pay nearly $2.7 million and prohibited from serving as officers or directors of public companies or participating in future offerings of digital securities. AriseBanks then-CEO Jared Rice Sr. and then-COO Stanley Ford were accused of offering and selling unregistered investments in their purported AriseCoin cryptocurrency by depicting AriseBank as a first-of-its-kind decentralized bank offering a variety of services to retail investors.


LunaDNA SEC filing says they want to give people tokens in exchange for genomic and health data
PART II INFORMATION REQUIRED IN OFFERING CIRCULAR An offering statement pursuant to Regulation A relating to these securities has been filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Information contained in this Preliminary Offering Circular is subject to completion or amendment. These securities may not be sold nor may offers to buy be accepted before the offering statement filed with the Commission is qualified. This Preliminary Offering Circular shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy nor may there be any sales of these securities in any state in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful before registration or qualification under the laws of any such state. We may elect to satisfy our obligation to deliver a Final Offering Circular by sending you a notice within two business days after the completion of our sale to you that contains the URL where the Final Offering Circular or the offering statement in which such Final Offering Circular was filed may be obtained.

DJ Khaled and Floyd Mayweather Jr. Charged With Unlawfully Touting Coin Offerings
Company Filings | More Search Options Company Filings | More Search Options Washington D.C., Nov. 29, 2018 The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced settled charges against professional boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. and music producer Khaled Khaled, known as DJ Khaled, for failing to disclose payments they received for promoting investments in Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs). These are the SEC's first cases to charge touting violations involving ICOs. The SEC's orders found that Mayweather failed to disclose promotional payments from three ICO issuers, including $100,000 from Centra Tech Inc., and that Khaled failed to disclose a $50,000 payment from Centra Tech, which he touted on his social media accounts as a "Game changer." Mayweather's promotions included a message to his Twitter followers that Centra's ICO "starts in a few hours. Get yours before they sell out, I got mine?"

SEC statement. Decentralized exchanges should register? This is piratebay all over again
Company Filings | More Search Options We're sorry, but the page you're looking for might have been removed, had its name changed, or is temporarily unavailable. To report a broken link, please email webmaster@sec.gov. We regret any inconvenience, and we thank you for your interest in the SEC website. U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Company Filings | More Search Options

SEC.gov | Statement on Digital Asset Securities Issuance and Trading
Company Filings | More Search Options Company Filings | More Search Options Division of Corporation Finance, Division of Investment Management, and Division of Trading and Markets In recent years, we have seen significant advances in technologies including blockchain and other distributed ledger technologies that impact our securities markets. This statement[1] highlights several recent Commission enforcement actions involving the intersection of long-standing applications of our federal securities laws and new technologies. The Commission's Divisions of Corporation Finance, Investment Management, and Trading and Markets (the "Divisions") encourage technological innovations that benefit investors and our capital markets, and we have been consulting with market participants regarding issues presented by new technologies.[2]  We wish to emphasize, however, that market participants must still adhere to our well-established and well-functioning federal securities law framework when dealing with technological innovations, regardless of whether the securities are issued in certificated form or using new technologies, such as blockchain.

SEC Press Release: Two ICO Issuers [Airfox, Paragon] Settle SEC Registration Charges, Agree to Register Tokens as Securities
Company Filings | More Search Options Company Filings | More Search Options Washington D.C., Nov. 16, 2018 The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced settled charges against two companies that sold digital tokens in initial coin offerings (ICOs).  These are the Commission's first cases imposing civil penalties solely for ICO securities offering registration violations.  Both companies have agreed to return funds to harmed investors, register the tokens as securities, file periodic reports with the Commission, and pay penalties. According to the SEC's orders, both CarrierEQ Inc. (Airfox) and Paragon Coin Inc. conducted ICOs in 2017 after the Commission warned that ICOs can be securities offerings in its DAO Report of Investigation.  Airfox, a Boston-based startup, raised approximately $15 million worth of digital assets to finance its development of a token-denominated ecosystem starting with a mobile application that would allow users in emerging markets to earn tokens and exchange them for data by interacting with advertisements.  Paragon, an online entity, raised approximately $12 million worth of digital assets to develop and implement its business plan to add blockchain technology to the cannabis industry and work toward legalization of cannabis. Neither Airfox nor Paragon registered their ICOs pursuant to the federal securities laws, nor did they qualify for an exemption to the registration requirements.

Sec Charges EtherDelta Founder With Operating An Unregistered Exchange
Company Filings | More Search Options Company Filings | More Search Options Washington D.C., Nov. 8, 2018 The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced settled charges against Zachary Coburn, the founder of EtherDelta, a digital "token" trading platform. This is the SEC's first enforcement action based on findings that such a platform operated as an unregistered national securities exchange. According to the SEC's order, EtherDelta is an online platform for secondary market trading of ERC20 tokens, a type of blockchain-based token commonly issued in Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs). The order found that Coburn caused EtherDelta to operate as an unregistered national securities exchange.

SEC released a hub for their interactions with FinTech today. Blockchain technology discussed in depth. Haven't read any of it yet, but definitely something we should all take a look at (SEC.gov | Finhub).
Company Filings | More Search Options Welcome to the SEC's Strategic Hub for Innovation and Financial Technology (FinHub). As financial technologies, methods of capital formation, market structures, and investor interfaces continue to evolve, FinHub will play an important role in facilitating the SEC's active engagement with innovators, developers, and entrepreneurs. In addition to being a resource for information about the SEC's views and actions in the FinTech space, FinHub is also a forum for engaging with SEC staff by clicking the ENGAGE WITH FINHUB? button below. In recent years, the SEC has encountered a number of issues relating to the blockchain and distributed ledger technology. These terms generally refer to databases that maintain information across a network of computers in a decentralized or distributed manner. These networks commonly use cryptographic protocols to ensure data integrity. Blockchains are often used to issue and transfer ownership of digital assets that may be securities, depending on the facts and circumstances. To learn more about the SEC's activities in this evolving space, click below.

Well let's see it then
Company Filings | More Search Options Company Filings | More Search Options Washington D.C., Oct. 11, 2018 The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced a new strategic plan to guide the agency's work over the next four years with a primary focus on investors, innovation, and performance. The plan's goals reflect the agency's commitment to its longstanding mission while leveraging the opportunities and addressing the challenges that come from fast-evolving markets, products and services. Our new strategic plan is a concise, straight-forward explanation of the goals that will guide us as our markets evolve. It is based on the core values that have motivated the women and men of the SEC for over 80 years, including, most importantly, serving the interests of our long term Main Street investors.

SEC Commissioner and "CryptoMom" remarks before the Cato Institute?s FinTech Unbound Conference and re-iterates her support for Bitcoin as an asset class
Company Filings | More Search Options Company Filings | More Search Options Thank you, Peter, for that introduction.  I appreciate the opportunity to be part of this conference.  I do have a couple of disclaimers.  I will begin with our standard SEC disclaimer: The views that I will express today are my own and do not necessarily represent those of the Commission or my fellow Commissioners.  Indeed, with respect to one particular issue I will be discussing today, my disagreement with my colleagues is sufficiently public and pronounced that it may not even warrant a disclaimer.  I speak, of course, of my dissent from the Commission's decision to reject an exchange-traded product that was designed to give investors access to bitcoin.[1] 




SEC: Ethereum is not a security
Company Filings | More Search Options Company Filings | More Search Options William Hinman Director, Division of Corporation Finance Thank you Andy. I am pleased to be here today.[1] This event provides a great opportunity to address a topic that is the subject of considerable debate in the press and in the crypto-community whether a digital asset offered as a security can, over time, become something other than a security.[2] To start, we should frame the question differently and focus not on the digital asset itself, but on the circumstances surrounding the digital asset and the manner in which it is sold. To that end, a better line of inquiry is: Can a digital asset that was originally offered in a securities offering ever be later sold in a manner that does not constitute an offering of a security In cases where the digital asset represents a set of rights that gives the holder a financial interest in an enterprise, the answer is likely no. In these cases, calling the transaction an initial coin offering, or ICO, or a sale of a token, will not take it out of the purview of the U.S. securities laws.

BTC ETFs have just been registered by the SEC! Very Bullish news!
As filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on June 5, 2018 UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION Washington, D.C. 20549 REGISTRATION STATEMENT UNDER THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933 (Exact name of Registrant as specified in its charter) (State or Other Jurisdiction of Incorporation or Organization) (Primary Standard Industrial Classification Code Number) (I.R.S. Employer Identification No.) 200 Park Avenue New York, New York 10166 (212) 273-9585 (Address, including zip code, and telephone number, including area code, of Registrant's principal executive offices) Chief Executive Officer SolidX Management LLC 200 Park Avenue New York, New York 10166 (212) 273-9585

Statement on Potentially Unlawful Online Platforms for Trading Digital Assets
Company Filings | More Search Options Company Filings | More Search Options Divisions of Enforcement and Trading and Markets Online trading platforms have become a popular way investors can buy and sell digital assets, including coins and tokens offered and sold in so-called Initial Coin Offerings ("ICOs").  The platforms often claim to give investors the ability to quickly buy and sell digital assets.  Many of these platforms bring buyers and sellers together in one place and offer investors access to automated systems that display priced orders, execute trades, and provide transaction data. A number of these platforms provide a mechanism for trading assets that meet the definition of a "security" under the federal securities laws.  If a platform offers trading of digital assets that are securities and operates as an "exchange," as defined by the federal securities laws, then the platform must register with the SEC as a national securities exchange or be exempt from registration.  The federal regulatory framework governing registered national securities exchanges and exempt markets is designed to protect investors and prevent against fraudulent and manipulative trading practices.

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