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  Turkish Ministry of Finance Turns to ICOs Hoping to Restore Feverish Economy
Posted by: Moro45 - 09-24-2018, 06:09 AM - Forum: ICO News - No Replies

Turkish Finmin suggests going for ICOs to raise the fallen economy

Earlier this week, Turkish media reported the passing of the new economic program suggested by the Finmin. It believes this will help boost the economy by nearly four percent by the end of 2018.

New regulator created

The Finmin mentioned that a new state agency has been specially set up to help the local economy rise. This regulator along with the Ministry of Finance will strive to face and get over the challenges the economy is facing. The forecast is for the economy to get stable within the next two years as well as getting the economy to rise in 2019.

Before that, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the US political leader Donald Trump have had big falling out. This resulted in the Turkish Lira dropping heavily, bringing the country to wild inflation.

Finance Ministry turns its face to ICO hype

According to a Turkish-language website dedicated to crypto assets, in its new economic program Turkish Finmin underlines the necessity to take into account the new trend of initial coin offerings, which are now suppressed in many countries trying to protect investors from frauds, and make use of it.

However, no other media have reported this.

Link to post:

https://u.today/turkish-ministry-of-fina...sh-economy


  Bitcoin Faucet
Posted by: Elmerrelve - 09-22-2018, 05:03 PM - Forum: Computer Industry - No Replies

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What do you imagine when you hear the word cranes? I will assume that you thought about building or water faucets. In addition, there are also bitcoin cranes, which generate passive earnings.
More information on what is a bitcoin cock
Bitcoin faucet is a specialized site that, with a certain periodicity, gives its users bitcoin, or more precisely satoshi - bitcoin. To get their satos users need to register on the site, enter captcha, their address bitcoin purse. This algorithm of actions can be repeated after a certain period of time and again get Satoshi.

Bitcoin faucet (bitcoin faucet) - this is an advertising service, most often a one-page site for which visits or the performance of a certain task, a cash bonus is paid to the specified purse-currency purse. Cranes distribute both Bitcoin and other crypto-currencies - Ethereum, Litecoin, Dogecoin, Dash, Peercoin, Primecoin.
Users go to the cranes in order to earn satosh (the share of Bitcoin currency). Before picking up their reward, they perform a number of actions: look through advertising, introduce captcha and get their satos. The main visitors of our project are residents of foreign countries.

Join and receive from 10 to 999 satoshi every 20 minutes
http://btc.darknets.info


  Measuring the Impact of the SEC’s Enforcement Program Related ICO
Posted by: 666333 - 09-22-2018, 03:41 AM - Forum: ICO News - No Replies

ICOs and Digital Assets

Let me start with our approach to addressing misconduct in the ICO and digital asset space.  As many of you know, in just a few years, cryptocurrency and ICO markets have grown into a phenomenon.  As of the second quarter of 2018, ICOs have reportedly raised over $16.7 billion, which compares to roughly $4 billion raised by ICOs in all of 2017, and less than $100 million in 2016.[13]  The novelty of ICOs, coupled with excitement about the potential utility of the underlying blockchain, or distributed ledger, technology, makes these offerings particularly enticing for some investors.  But the exuberance around the ICO market can obscure the fact that these offerings are often high-risk investments.  For instance:

- The issuers may lack established track records.
 
- They may not have viable products, business models, or the capacity for safeguarding digital assets from theft by hackers.
 
- And some of the offerings are simply outright frauds

We in the Enforcement Division recognize the need to protect investors from these risks while balancing the potential this technology could have for capital formation.  We do not want to stifle the legitimate use of technology and innovation to facilitate capital formation, but anyone who seeks to do so must do it in compliance with the federal securities laws.

The Enforcement Division’s work in this area reflects a balancing of these interests.  And, it is reflective of several of the principles Steve and I articulated in the annual report – the focus on Main Street investors, keeping pace with technological change, and assessing our resource allocation.  We have tried to strike the balance by being proactive and working collaboratively with experts both within the agency and outside of it.  Here is how we have accomplished this.

Last fiscal year, the SEC issued a Report of Investigation addressing the application of the federal securities laws to the offer and sale of virtual tokens created and distributed on a blockchain by an entity called “The DAO” (the “DAO Report”).[14]  In the DAO Report, the SEC applied longstanding securities law principles to conclude that this virtual token constituted an investment contract and therefore was a security, and to reiterate the fundamental principle that the federal securities laws apply – including those relating to offers, sales, and trading – regardless of whether the security is certificated or issued on a blockchain.[15]
Then, at the close of last fiscal year, the Commission announced the formation of the Cyber Unit and folded the Enforcement Division’s already-existing digital asset expertise into the Unit.[16]  The Commission did this because the emerging issues presented in this area warranted a consistent, thoughtful approach.

Following creation of the Cyber Unit and issuance of the DAO Report, the Commission has taken several important actions.

- Where the technology is merely a veneer for an alleged fraud, the Commission has taken enforcement action.[17]  For example, the Commission charged the three co-founders of Centra Tech, a purported financial services start-up, with orchestrating a fraudulent ICO that raised more than $32 million from thousands of investors.[18]  The Commission also obtained court orders freezing the assets of Titanium Blockchain Infrastructure Services Inc. and AriseBank and, importantly, orders appointing receivers to identify and take control over the defendants’ digital assets.[19]  These efforts are great examples of our work to preserve assets and protect investors.

- Another tool we have used frequently is a Commission order to suspend trading when there is a question about the information available to investors about a security.  This has been particularly important when companies with publicly traded securities have suddenly claimed to shift to blockchain-related businesses or when there is confusion about products that are being quoted.  This fiscal year, we suspended trading in the stock of nine different issuers because of these questions.[20]
 
- The Enforcement Division has also used other methods to provide information to investors, including by making public statements.  We have issued, together with other Divisions, three public statements regarding conduct in the ICO space that concerned us.  For example, last November the Division, along with the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”), addressed the potentially unlawful promotion of ICOs by celebrities and others.[21]  Almost immediately afterward, the anecdotal evidence we saw suggested a dramatic decline in the number of celebrity endorsements of ICOs.

There are two other important points I want to convey.

- First, we have tried to be thoughtful about how to handle ICO registration cases that do not involve fraud.  We want to recognize legitimate efforts to use new methods to raise capital, but we also want to make sure investors receive the information, and protection, they are entitled to under our laws.  The Commission’s settled order against a business called Munchee was an important step.[22]  In that case, the Commission brought a non-fraud enforcement action against an issuer that, after the Commission’s DAO Report, conducted an unregistered securities offering through an ICO.  The Commission did not order Munchee to pay a penalty in that case because it cooperated quickly and refunded its proceeds back to investors.[23]  Aside from Munchee, the Commission has brought other non-fraud cases against individuals who have taken advantage of public interest in blockchain technology with illegal stock sales that violate Section 5.[24]  Section 5 cases stress the importance of full and fair disclosure to investors when securities are offered and sold to them.  And, to the extent that the Enforcement Division has other pending investigations in this area, we will likely recommend more substantial remedies against issuers that fail to comply with the registration requirements.
 
- Second, we are also looking beyond the issuers of ICOs.  Very recently, the Commission announced a settled order against two individuals who ran a self-described “ICO Superstore” that operated as an unregistered broker-dealer and participated in unregistered offerings.[25]  On the same day, the Commission filed a settled action against a hedge fund manager that violated an investment company registration provision based on its investments in digital assets.[26]

That is a broad outline of how the Enforcement Division has approached ICO and digital asset matters – with a focus on bringing cases that deliver broad messages and have an impact beyond the individual cases.  These considerations are not limited to determining which cases to ultimately bring, but also play a role in determining which matters to open and investigate.  We are very focused on considering – at the outset – whether and why pursuing a particular matter is a good use of our resources. 

Given the potential of ICOs to fundamentally alter the process by which issuers raise money, they have a significance to our markets that far outweighs strict notional dollar amounts.  So, matters related to ICOs and crypto-assets must be a focus for the Division of Enforcement.  And so far, our focus and work is paying dividends.  Our commitment to meeting these emerging cyber-related issues head on stands to greatly benefit investors both today and in the future.  Through our ongoing efforts, I am confident that the Commission will continue to play a leading role in bringing this new and emerging market within the umbrella of investor protection that the federal securities laws require.

Link to POST: https://www.sec.gov/news/speech/speech-avakian-092018


  talketh ICO
Posted by: ICOMAN - 09-21-2018, 09:09 AM - Forum: Financial Services - No Replies

Website: https://talketh.io/

I think this ICO is interesting to invest:

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Whitepaper: https://talketh.io/docs/TalkethWhitePaper.pdf


  idap.io ICO
Posted by: ICOMAN - 09-21-2018, 09:05 AM - Forum: Financial Services - No Replies

The First Complete Crypto Derivatives Exchange

WRC20 token based on Wanchain

Zero Trading Fee on buying 20,000 or more IDAP tokens

IDAP reference price on idap.io Exchange: 50% Premium to ICO price

Website: https://www.idap.io/


  Austria Planning New Regulations for Cryptocurrency, ICOs
Posted by: ICOMAN - 09-21-2018, 03:40 AM - Forum: ICO News - No Replies

Austria has joined the list of countries planning to regulate cryptocurrencies and will use as a model existing rules for the trading of gold and derivatives.

The government's central concern is curbing the use of cryptocurrencies for money laundering, Bloomberg reports. Likewise, it wishes to extend oversight measures for traditional financial products to crypto assets.

"Cryptocurrencies are significantly gaining importance in the fight against money laundering and terrorism financing," Finance Minister Hartwig Loeger was quoted as saying. As a result, he went on to say, "We need more trust and security."

Loeger outlined several measures the government plans to implement, including requiring cryptocurrency market participants to identify all trading parties and to disclose trades of €10,000 ($12,300) or more to the government's financial intelligence unit.

The regulation will also cover initial coin offerings (ICOs), Loeger said. The government will apply existing rules regarding market manipulation, insider trading and front-running, and organizers will be required to submit "digital prospectuses" to the country's Financial Market Authority (FMA).

The finance minister's statements come on the heels of a report that the Austrian government is seeking suspects in an alleged bitcoin scam by a company called Optioment, which may have resulted in investor losses of up to $115 million.

Loeger also suggested that the European Union should implement cryptocurrency regulation. This may well come to fruition as the European Commission announced Thursday that top central bank and market supervision figures in addition to unidentified "market players" will meet next week to discuss the matter.

Link to post: https://www.coindesk.com/austria-cryptoc...rivatives/


  ICOs Capitulate, 300,000 ETH Sold
Posted by: 666333 - 09-14-2018, 05:20 AM - Forum: ICO News - No Replies

Some 160,000 eth has been sold by ICOs during the past 10 days, with another ◊120,000 sold in the previous 20 days, making it a total of ◊283,000 (~$54 million) within the last 30 days.

That’s triple the amount sold in August, with much of this selling by ICOs done during the past few days as in effect it seems they capitulated.

Eth sale by ICOs by date, Sep 2018.
As can be seen, for August ICOs were selling between ◊1,000 to ◊5,000 a day with an occasional ◊10,000 plus here and there.

For September, however, we have a huge sell-off of ◊82,000 on September the 4th, just a day before ethereum’s price effectively crashed.

Then, on the 8th of September we have a ◊28,000 sell-off, with circa ◊10,000 being a more common number for this month.

Of course this data is not completely accurate. It is based on the movement of eth from addresses known to belong to ICOs.

Mistakes can be made and in a way are to be expected, but Santiment is very responsive in correcting them. During a miscalculation of sorts regarding Digix, for example, Nemo Cerovac of Santiment told Trustnodes:

“Digix seems to be holding funds on a contract instead of a regular address, so the system inaccurately had their contract address marked as a team wallet.

This caused an error in SANbase, and the wrong amount was live from Sep. 4th to Sep 6th, when we discovered the bug and corrected it to 69k ETH – the actual amount spent.”

As a further example Etheroll has clarified that what was marked as spent was in fact casino payouts, with that too now seemingly corrected.

So they are estimates but indicative as 2-3 mistakes out of 670 tracked tokens of which 128 have any eth is a fairly decent failure rate.

The biggest sale by far has been that of Digix. Prior to it, their eth holdings had a paper value of about $150 million, above the then market cap of DigixDAO.

Their sell-pressure, which may have contributed to the flash sell-off last week, has now halved the value of their eth holdings. In addition, the DigixDAO market cap is still below it at currently $68 million.

Making it a double whammy, as they’ve not only halved their eth holdings, but they’ve also halved their Digix holdings. Which means hopefully the rest of the ICOs now sober up and seriously consider some professional funds management.

Not that Digix is necessarily solely to blame, the second ICO for example sold ◊28,000 with a further ◊17,000 by the third. But one can argue Digix wasn’t being very smart in quickly sending ◊54,000 to Gemini instead of slowly liquidating over months. Not that they necessarily sold it all, but appearance is very much a factor.

They could have, for example, collateralized either through DAI or in a more traditional manner by taking out a loan with eth as collateral. They could have sold some of their tokens, rather than eth, which may have had less effect on both. They could have arranged promissory or actual ownership of the eth in chunks of say ◊1,000.

In other words, they need a professional treasury manager as their instant liquidation, at least in appearance, may have been far more costly than it needed to be.

Yet for any Digix there are a lot more projects which might not care at all. That will now hopefully begin to change as eth investors become wiser and more demanding through the benefit of experience, but what we are struggling to establish is just how much ICOs have now left.

That’s because Santiment data does not really seem to be accounting, in their data of current ICO holdings, for the sales. That’s based on it being ◊3.3 million during early August and it being ◊3.3 million now.

It may be the case new ICOs may have raised eth in the meantime, cancelling the eth sold, but it may also be the case that the circa ◊400,000 sold in the past two months should be discounted.

That would make it current holdings of ◊2.9 million, currently worth about half a billion dollars, with ◊2.87 million of it held by the top 30 projects.

Most of them are pretty decent projects, and we’re sure they would have learned from the Digix fiasco. They moreover seem to be liquidating a lot more slowly and gradually, rather than in one big scoop which necessarily affects the price.


In addition, if they haven’t capitulated by now then perhaps the worst is over. Otherwise, their weight is currently very light so it would be good for eth™ as it would increase distribution at a lower cost.

Copyrights Trustnodes.com 

Post link: https://www.trustnodes.com/2018/09/13/ic...0-eth-sold


  The Bank of Russia Says Its ICO Experiment Was a Success
Posted by: Frover - 09-12-2018, 06:23 AM - Forum: ICO News - No Replies

The Bank of Russia has successfully conducted an experiment on token issuance, an official said Monday during the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, Russia, news agency TASS reported Tuesday.

Ivan Semagin, deputy director of the financial development department of the bank, told attendees of the forum that the regulator had tested conducting "an experimental ICO based on the existing infrastructure" in the Bank of Russia's sandbox. Though the experiment was a success, there are still some issues, he said.

"In the framework of the 'sandbox' ... technically everything went well, but there were a lot of issues from a legal point of view," he explained.

He did not explain what these legal concerns were.

The test was originally announced in May, when Russia's largest state-funded retail bank, Sberbank, together with Russia's National Settlement Depository (NSD), said they were working on a test ICO. The experiment was expected to involve a company named Level One as an ICO issuer, Sberbank as the "issuance coordinator and anchor investor" and the NSD as the custodian, recording and settling transactions, as well as safeguarding the assets.

At the time, Sberbank senior vice president Igor Bulantsev said in a statement that "many Sberbank clients are interested in this type of investment, and we plan to promote this service proactively once the appropriate legislative framework comes into effect; we will be one of the drivers to institutionalize and popularize this type of transaction."

Editor's note: Statements in this article have been translated from Russian.


  U.S. Judge Says Initial Coin Offering Covered by Securities Law
Posted by: Frover - 09-12-2018, 05:44 AM - Forum: ICO News - No Replies

A federal judge has ruled that U.S. securities laws may cover an initial coin offering, handing the government a legal victory in its effort to regulate billions of dollars in cybercurrency offerings much like stocks.

The ruling came in a criminal case against a man charged with promoting digital currencies backed by investments in real estate and diamonds that prosecutors said didn’t exist. U.S. District Judge Raymond Dearie in Brooklyn, New York, said on Tuesday that the government can proceed with a case alleging that an initial coin offering is a security for purposes of federal criminal law.

About $18.7 billion has been raised this year by so-called ICOs, according to data compiled by Coinschedule.com. Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Jay Clayton has said the fundraising method should be regulated, adding that he believes the market has become rife with fraud as it quickly expanded with the popularity of digital currencies and blockchains.

“This ruling affirms the SEC’s position that it has authority over ICOs and that market manipulation and anti-fraud provisions in the law apply," Peter Henning, a professor at Wayne State University’s law school in Detroit, said in an interview. "The defense here was arguing that it’s not a security, but the judge has rejected that claim, saying that this case can fit under the securities laws, and that’s an important first step."

Can Bitcoin Be Regulated? U.S. Courts Are About to Decide

The New York case, which prosecutors said was the first criminal prosecution of its kind, involves Maksim Zaslavskiy. The Brooklyn businessman was charged with conspiracy and two counts of securities fraud for his role in allegedly defrauding investors in two initial coin offerings. He’d argued that the ICOs at issue weren’t securities but instead currencies. Zaslavskiy also said securities law was too vague to be applied to initial coin offerings.

In his ruling Tuesday, the judge said it will ultimately be up to the jury to decide whether the ICO at issue was a security, but the allegations in the indictment would support such a finding. The judge’s decision focused on the particulars of Zaslavskiy’s alleged ICOs, and not on other ICO transactions, but if upheld on appeal, the ruling could have broader ramifications.

“Per the indictment, no diamonds or real estate, or any coins, tokens, or currency of any imaginable sort, ever existed -- despite promises made to investors to the contrary," Dearie said in his ruling. “Simply labeling an investment opportunity as a ‘virtual currency’ or ‘cryptocurrency’ does not transform an investment contract -- a security -- into a currency.”

Fundraising Tool

ICOs are a fundraising mechanism used by blockchain startups that are similar to initial public offerings in equity markets. In an ICO, however, the money is raised before a product is ready for market. A team of developers and designers offer digital assets for sale that will be needed later on to access the software that’s being developed. In theory, if there is demand for that software -- say a service like Uber but that is hosted on a decentralized network like the Ethereum blockchain -- the coins used to access that service will be in demand and therefore rise in value.

Federal regulators have urged investors to be cautious with ICOs and stepped up efforts to police the market for digital tokens, which companies and individuals have used to raise billions of dollars for projects or ventures. After a record $5.8 billion was raised in June, according to CoinSchedule, the pace has cooled as the prices of Bitcoin and Ether have tumbled.

Clayton has repeatedly said the vast majority of the offerings should be registered and that the coins trade on secondary markets like other securities the SEC regulates. But ICOs have been slow to subject themselves to the agency’s oversight, and just a relatively small number of issuers are moving to register. In a January interview, Clayton pledged to sanction more firms “if people don’t change their ways.”

‘Investment Contracts’
Prosecutors argued that investments offered by Zaslavskiy in the two ICOs -- ReCoin Group Foundation and Diamond Reserve Club -- were "investment contracts" that were securities under federal securities laws.

Zaslavskiy’s investors never received any digital asset, nor did he ever purchase any real estate, hire a broker for investments or sell more than 2.8 million tokens as he claimed in marketing materials, Dearie said Tuesday.

“There was no blockchain, no real estate, there were no diamonds," Dearie told the defense at a hearing to dismiss the case in May. "It just wasn’t there. It’s a gossamer. There’s just nothing to it."

Mildred Whalen, a lawyer for Zaslavskiy, didn’t immediately return a voicemail message seeking comment. His client has denied wrongdoing. John Marzulli, a spokesman for Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Richard Donoghue, whose office is prosecuting the case, declined to comment. An SEC spokesman also declined to comment.

Gregory Xethalis, a lawyer at Chapman & Cutler LLP, who specializes in cryptocurrency-related issues, noted the court rejected Zaslavskiy’s argument that federal securities laws were too vague to put him on notice that it applied to his alleged conduct.

“It demonstrates that you can’t rely on an argument that the law is insufficiently clear and put your head in the sand,” Xethalis said. “It’s saying that operating in a grey area will not bar the court from hearing cases that allege securities laws violations in ICOs.”

The case is U.S. V. Zaslavskiy, 17-cr-0647, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York (Brooklyn).


Link to post: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/...rities-law


  Research: ICOs See Lowest Funding Level in 16 Months
Posted by: Yan888 - 09-11-2018, 08:09 AM - Forum: ICO News - No Replies

Funding for Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) has seen its hardest slump in 16 months, Bloomberg reported September 10. Analysis from Autonomous Research shows that in August, startups raised $326 million, which is the smallest amount since May 2017.

According to Autonomous Research, Ethereum (ETH) blockchain-based ICOs have been recognized as the spark for the ETH price surge in 2017. However, they are currently the purported reason for the currency’s price slide, as some projects cash out to cover expenses amid concerns over a bearish market.

The new analysis comes as legislators and regulators globally express concern regarding ICOs. Last week, Members of the European Parliament along with blockchain experts discussed possible regulations for ICOs. One member pointed to the “dramatic increase” of ICO volumes in 2018, despite the increasing number of reports on fraudulent ICO projects.

Peter Kerstens, chairman of the the European Commission's Taskforce on Fintech, said that the fact that ICO tokens are not “intermediated,” which means there is no third party between issuers and investors, is the main point of concern from a regulatory perspective.

A recent report from Belgian think tank Bruegel presented last week calls for unified E.U.-level legislation on cryptocurrencies, ICOs, and more scrutiny on how crypto is distributed to investors. Bruegel reportedly notes that the virtual nature of cryptocurrencies limits the development of regulations, while entities operating crypto trading platforms could face stricter disclosure rules, even a potential ban.

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) revealed plans to increase scrutiny of cryptocurrency exchanges and ICOs in its “Corporate Plan” published last week. Specifically, the agency plans to ensure any “threats of harm” from the nascent industry are mitigated as part of its regulatory remit.

Post link: https://cointelegraph.com/news/research-...-16-months