Decentralization Is Not the Answer

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These are turbulent days for crypto. The price of Bitcoin on Coinbase dipped to $3300 in early December, its lowest point since August 2017. The amount of capital raised through ICOs has declined in the second half of 2018, and the flow of U.S. money into new ICOs dried up well before that. The specter…

International Cooperation ‘Critical’ to SEC Action Against ICOs

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Steven Peikin, co-director of the enforcement division of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), recently described international cooperation as playing a critical role in facilitating investigations in the initial coin offering (ICO) sector. Also Read: Chinese Miners Short BTC Markets to Hedge Against Falling Prices  ‘Daunting Task’ of Identifying Misconduct Speaking at Harvard Law School,…

SEC Chair Explains Key Upgrades Needed for Bitcoin ETF Approval

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The chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has outlined the key changes in cryptocurrency markets he needs to see before he is comfortable with a bitcoin ETF. While some solutions to the problems he mentioned have already been implemented, the chairman insists on seeing more improvements. Also read: Indian Supreme Court Moves Crypto Hearing,…

Nearly 500 Crypto Startups Bank at Silvergate, IPO Filing Reveals

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The California-based operator of Silvergate Bank has detailed its relationships with the cryptocurrency industry as part of its IPO filing with the SEC.

SEC Investigating Crypto Company Salt’s $50M Sale

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Salt Lending Holdings Inc., a lender that uses cryptocurrencies as collateral, is under investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for a roughly $50 million dollar ICO it held in August 2017. Salt, a company tied to prominent bitcoin entrepreneur Erik Voorhees, received a subpoena from the SEC in February seeking records related to…

After Friday’s SEC Actions, Experts Say ICO Party ‘Is Truly Over’

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Friday’s charges against Airfox and Paragon Coin may hint at how the SEC will regulate ICOs going forward.

Why U.S. Congress Won’t Pass Crypto Bills Anytime Soon

Why U.S. Congress Won’t Pass Crypto Bills Anytime Soon

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According to Jake Chervinsky, a government enforcement defense and securities litigation attorney at Kobre & Kim LLP, as of now, the U.S. Congress will not be passing a crypto bill in the foreseeable future. Had drinks yesterday with a friend who's deeply connected in DC. Me: “what do you hear about crypto on the Hill?”Him:…