SEC Moves to Make Decision on VanEck-SolidX Bitcoin ETF Proposal

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The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is now weighing whether to approve the nation’s first bitcoin-based exchange-traded fund.

US Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Issues Its First Crypto Disciplinary Action

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The U.S. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority has taken its first disciplinary action involving cryptocurrencies. The authority charges a broker with fraudulent and unlawful distribution of unregistered crypto securities. The owner allegedly “attempted to lure public investment in his worthless public company” by issuing “the first minable coin backed by marketable securities.” Also read: 160 Crypto Exchanges…

US Regulators Give Update on Crypto Crackdown

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Since the ICO fervor of 2017, regulators worldwide have increased scrutiny on emerging cryptocurrency projects and investment schemes. On Aug. 28, U.S. regulators released an update on their coordinated cryptocurrency crackdown. NASAA Updates ‘Operation Cryptosweep’ The North American Securities Administration Association (NASAA) updated its progress on initial coin offering- (ICO) and cryptocurrency-related investment product investigations,…

SEC Fines and Permanently Bars Founder of Fraudulent Oil Exploration Token

SEC Fines and Permanently Bars Founder of Fraudulent Oil Exploration Token

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The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has taken action against an oil and gas exploration company and its founder who “perpetrated a fraudulent initial coin offering (ICO) to fund oil exploration and drilling in California.” The token sale failed to raise money but the tokens were issued as part of a bounty program, which…

Winklevoss Twins Charge Ahead Despite Second Bitcoin ETF Rejection

Winklevoss Twins Charge Ahead Despite Second Bitcoin ETF Rejection

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Undaunted by the SEC’s second Bitcoin ETF proposal rejection, Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss appear to be charging full steam ahead with their cryptocurrency exchange and custodian, Gemini. For the twin brothers, the commission’s green light may have granted Gemini the largest rush of institutional capital seen in this industry. Now, with Gemini ranked 24th largest exchange…

Beyond the ICO Part 2: Regulation Breeds Specialization

Beyond the ICO Part 2: Regulation Breeds Specialization

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Fraudulent ICOs have stolen billions in investor capital, damaging market sentiment and capturing negative attention from strong-handed regulators around the world. There’s no doubt that the shape of ICOs is changing–but what role will regulators play in the future development of the ICO model? As market participants begin to adapt to exit scams, a set…

It’s Not Them, It’s Us. 5 Reasons Why Crypto Has an Image Problem

It’s Not Them, It’s Us. 5 Reasons Why Crypto Has an Image Problem

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The rise of the internet in the 1990’s brought concerns about pirated software and various illegal activities, but as internet usage grew, these concerns largely fell by the wayside. Today, we see much of the same happening to the cryptocurrency industry and its growing image problem. Shady business practices, high-profile hacks, environmental challenges, speculation, market…

Rejection Aside, Calls for a Bitcoin ETF Are Only Escalating

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Despite the rejection of a bid for a bitcoin ETF, the crypto market remains confident other proposals will persevere.

Crypto Stock Exchange Operator Pleads Guilty to Fraud

Crypto Stock Exchange Operator Pleads Guilty to Fraud

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Jon Montroll, who ran the now-defunct bitcoin investment platform BitFunder, has plead guilty to securities fraud and obstruction of justice charges.

Prominent Investor: Not a Dime Will Come to Crypto Until Regulators are On Board

Prominent Investor: Not a Dime Will Come to Crypto Until Regulators are On Board

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Shark Tank star Kevin O’Leary, AKA “Mr. Wonderful”, said on CNBC’s Fast Money that he firmly believes not a dime from institutional investors will come into the crypto market, at least in the short-term. Custodianship Isn’t Enough, Regulators Have to be On Board Over the past 12 months, especially in early 2018, the narrative of…