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  Pre-Sale live ICO Attrace
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  Regulators Sue ICO Company That Falsely Claimed SEC Approval
Posted by: Roma - 10-12-2018, 10:08 AM - Forum: ICO News - No Replies

The Securities and Exchange Commission said Thursday that it secured an emergency court order against an initial coin offering and its organizer who had claimed to have received approval from the agency.

According to the Oct. 11 statement, Reginald Buddy Ringgold allegedly claimed that the ICO was given the green light by regulators. Ringgold and BlockVest, the agency said, "were using the SEC seal without permission, a violation of federal law, and falsely claiming their crypto fund was 'licensed and regulated.'"

"Blockvest and Ringgold also allegedly misrepresented Blockvest's connections to a well-known accounting firm, and continued their fraudulent conduct even after the National Futures Association (NFA) sent them a cease-and-desist letter to stop them from using the NFA's seal and from making false claims about their status with that organization," the SEC said in a statement.

In June, BlockVest's website referred to "receiving Reg A+ approval from the SEC," and in April had filed with the agency for an exempted sale of $100 million worth of "BLV tokens," public records show.

A hearing is scheduled for Oct. 18, the SEC said, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California.

Quote:"We allege that this ICO is using both the SEC seal and a made-up crypto regulatory authority to trick investors into believing the ICO was approved by regulators," Robert Cohen, who leads the SEC Enforcement Division's Cyber Unit, was quoted as saying. "The SEC does not endorse investment products and investors should be highly skeptical of any claims suggesting otherwise."

The developments represent the second court action from the SEC on the ICO front. As CoinDesk reported Wednesday, the agency is seeking to enforce a subpoena as it probes alleged pump-and-dump practices and claims about a different $100 million ICO.

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  South Korea to Decide on ICO Legality in November, Official Says
Posted by: Roma - 10-12-2018, 04:26 AM - Forum: ICO News - No Replies

The South Korean government will make a decision in November on whether it will allow initial coin offerings (ICOs) again in the country, a top-level official has said.

Hong Nam-ki, head of the office for government policy coordination, told lawmakers during the National Assembly's annual audit on government actions that regulators in the country have been reviewing the topic in recent months, as CoinDesk Korea reported on Thursday.

Hong added that the Financial Services Commission (FSC), South Korea's markets watchdog, has been conducting surveys on ICOs since September.

"We are going to form the position of the government in November based on the results of the investigation at the end of October," he went on to say.

Hong was responding to the question on ICO permission raised by Jeon Haecheol, a lawmaker from the ruling Democratic Party, who voiced support for lifting the current ICO ban.

Jeon said during the questioning:

Quote:"If we waste time, the blockchain industry could face huge difficulties. We need to look at very realistic and specific ways to nurture the blockchain industry, and I think permitting ICOs is one of them."

That said, Choi Jong-gu, chairman of the FSC, voiced his concern again in a meeting today against the idea of allowing ICOs, according to a news report from Yonhap.

"Many people say ICOs should be allowed, but ... uncertainty remains, and the damage is too serious and obvious," he was quoted as saying.

In September 2017, the FSC notably issued a ban on domestic ICOs, following a similar move made by regulators in China. However, Hong said some crypto projects continued selling tokens to domestic residents by registering their businesses overseas.

In May, lawmakers from the National Assembly, the country's legislative arm, pushed for the removal of the ICO ban. And last month, CoinDesk reported the FSC was investigating token sales projects with a questionnaire seeking information on extensive project details as part of its effort to review the ICO ban case.

Elsewhere in Hong's remarks, he reiterated the government's commitment to supporting blockchain development with a government budget of 34 billion won ($30 million) in the coming years.

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  United Arab Emirates to Allow ICOs as Corporate Funding Option
Posted by: ICOMAN - 10-09-2018, 10:46 AM - Forum: ICO News - No Replies

The United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.) has announced plans to introduce new rules that would permit initial coin offerings (ICOs) as a fundraising method for domestic companies.

Intended for introduction in 2019, the new rules would allow firms to raise capital via crypto token sales as an alternative to traditional methods such as IPOs, according to a Reuters report published Monday.

The news was revealed by the head of the U.A.E.'s securities watchdog, Obaid Saif al-Zaabi, who said at a seminar today:

Quote:"The board of the Emirates Securities & Commodities Authority has approved considering ICOs as securities. As per our plan we should have regulations on the ground in the first half of 2019."

Draft rules covering ICOs are already being drawn up by the regulator in conjunction with advisers from outside of the country, Zaabi said, adding that it is also working with stock markets in Abu Dhabi and Dubai to prepare trading platforms for the new digital assets.

Reuters indicates that a double-whammy of low oil prices and lackluster equities markets in recent years have dampened IPO activity in the U.A.E. and across neighboring nations.

As well as providing a legal basis for ICOs, the country may also draw up a new law to boost the number of IPOs by allowing family owners sell up to 100 percent of firms under their control. The measure is currently awaiting approval from the prime minister's office, Zaabi indicated.

If and when the new ICO regulations come into law, the move would mark the U.A.E. as one of the countries in the world to have brought in a regulatory framework for the blockchain funding method.

Malta, for one, recently passed several bills to provide a legal basis for ICOs, cryptocurrency and blockchain technology earlier this year as part of its plan to become a "Blockchain Island."

The island nation's prime minister recently said in a U.N. speech that cryptocurrency is the "inevitable future of money."

Bermuda, too, is hoping to attract more businesses to the island by providing legislation that would allow initial coin offerings under certain conditions. It has also set up a task force with the remit of boosting cryptocurrency commerce.


  European Securities Regulator to Report on ICO Rules by 2019
Posted by: ICOMAN - 10-09-2018, 10:43 AM - Forum: ICO News - No Replies

European regulators are determining whether to regulate initial coin offerings (ICOs) as securities sales on a case-by-case basis, Reuters reported Monday.

European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) chair Steven Maijoor told the European Parliament economic affairs committee that some ICOs resemble financial instruments, which would place them within a specific regulatory framework. However, the regulator is still analyzing how best to regulate ICOs which do not fall within that bucket.

He told the committee:

Quote:"The subsequent question is what do we do with those ICOs that are outside the regulatory world. We will assess that as a board. We expect to report by the end of the year."

The news comes less than a week after ESMA revealed it was budgeting more than €1 million to monitor cryptocurrencies and other fintech activities next year.

As previously reported, the agency's 2019 Annual Work Programme set aside €1.1 million for activities revolving around financial innovation, including crypto assets.

At the time, the document stated that ESMA's objective over the upcoming year was to "achieve a coordinated approach to the regulation and supervisory treatment of new or innovative financial activities."

Moreover, the regulator intends to compile advice for EU institutions, market participants and general consumers, though it did not provide any specifics.

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  South Korea's Policy Chief Calls for Legalization of ICOs
Posted by: PrimTR - 10-03-2018, 03:39 AM - Forum: ICO News - No Replies

The chairman of Korea's National Policy Committee has called for the legalization of initial coin offerings (ICOs), provided that a regulatory framework is put in place.

According to a report from CoinDesk Korea on Tuesday, Min Byung-Doo, who is a member of the country's governing Democratic party, said that, with token sales becoming a global trend, "I do not want the ICO door closed completely ... The state should not ignore [the issue]."

The policy chief spoke earlier Tuesday during 8th plenary session of the National Assembly, at which lawmakers posed questions to the administration.

In order to create trust in the industry, ICOs should also be regulated, Min stressed. However, the official pointed to reluctance on the part of the government to draw up new rules as a prevailing issue.

Specifically, he said that "fraud, speculation and capital laundering must be strictly prohibited," and the crypto industry would need to self-regulate and introduce safety standards as well.

The country's financial watchdog, the Financial Services Commission, announced a ban on ICOs in September 2017, although the law has not yet been enacted, according to the report.

The lawmaker pointed to the economic advantages of token sales, saying that while there is a pessimistic view of cryptocurrencies in some quarters, many token projects are seen as having a viable future.

Raising the vast sums of money that have been raised in some token sales, Min said:

Quote:"We can see that the flow of investment is clearly changing compared to ICO and angel fundraising. The ICO has raised $1.7 billion for Telegram and $4 billion for Block.One, It is getting bigger and bigger."

Efforts thus far
Several bills seeking to provide a legal framework for cryptocurrencies have already been proposed to the National Assembly in South Korea, with such legislation coming under the jurisdiction of the Political Affairs Committee, CoinDesk Korea previously reported.

With Min being chairman of the committee and now strongly expressing his belief that ICOs should be allowed in law, the odds of regulations being passed in the near future may have just increased. However, any legal measures must pass a vote of the Politburo Committee at a future plenary session.

Further, while Prime Minister Lee Nak-yeon is a supporter of blockchain technology, he has said that the government banned ICOs over concerns about "side-effects and market overheating."

In separate statements today, Min told a panel discussion with the Korean government's science chief, "Let the government, the National Assembly and the blockchain association quickly create a working group to block fraud, speculation, money laundering and develop the block-chain industry."

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  Most ICOs Didn't Take Funding Hit Despite Ether Price Decline: Research
Posted by: Frover - 10-02-2018, 03:54 AM - Forum: ICO News - No Replies

Despite the big drops in cryptocurrency prices since late last year, ICO projects haven't lost money on average, according to new research from BitMEX.

The research team from the cryptocurrency trading platform published the new work Monday, having teamed up with crypto data cruncher TokenAnalyst to track the ethereum (ETH) balances of 222 ICOs over time.

Specifically, the researchers looked at the amount of ETH raised by the projects and the U.S. dollar value of the gains and losses that arose from the cryptocurrency's price shifts.

The researchers say that the fall in the value of ETH this year did not cause hardship at projects overall.

On the contrary, the paper summary states:

Quote:"At the macro level, the projects appear to have already sold almost as much Ethereum as they raised (in US$ terms). Of the Ethereum still held by the projects, even at the current c$230 price, projects are still sitting on unrealised gains, rather than losses."

BitMEX notes that the totals provided in the paper may be lower than some other sources, as they looked only at ETH balances and did not include funds raised via other tokens.

The team indicates that, following the fall in the value of ETH, some in the industry had raised the possibility of a "downward price spiral" due to big pools of ETH held by ICO projects. Further, the price drop was feared to raise the likelihood of "panic selling" across projects.

However, the 222 ICOs tracked raised $5.5 billion-worth of ETH in total, according to the work, and appear to have since sold a very similar amount – producing a total only $11 million less.

Further, the projects still hold 3.8 million ETH, around 25 percent of the tokens originally raised, says BitMEX.

It adds:

Quote:"However, in US$ terms, these projects have essentially already sold the same amount of Ethereum which they originally raised, leaving them a nice holding of US$830m of Ethereum."

The researchers do stress that the data is "somewhat skewed" by the EOS project, which raised around 70 percent of the ETH (by USD value) of all the projects tracked. However, removing the EOS from the data, still leads to "similar" conclusions, they say.

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Total tracked ethereum holdings of the 222 ICO projects (daily data) vs ethereum price (Source: Ethereum blockchain, BitMEX Research, TokenAnalyst, Token Data, price data from Etherscan)

Regarding unrealized profits and losses, BitMEX says the ICOs still have net gains of $93 million based on an ETH price of $215 (at press time, an ether is worth $230).

"It may surprise some that ICOs are still in a net unrealized profit situation, but many of the Ethereum balances were built up before the price rally at the end of 2017," the team says.

So, while some projects may have experienced major losses, the gross losses across projects comes to $311 million, per the data. That is "more than offset" by $403 million in gross unrealized gains, the researchers say.

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  US Lawmakers Ask SEC to Clarify ICO Regulations
Posted by: 666333 - 10-01-2018, 06:26 AM - Forum: ICO News - No Replies

A group of U.S. lawmakers are asking Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) chairman Jay Clayton to clarify when initial coin offerings (ICOs) are considered securities sales.

In the letter, Representatives Ted Budd, Warren Davidson, Tom Emmer and Darren Soto, along with 11 co-signers, request that Clayton clarify how it is approaching token sales, saying that "current uncertainty surrounding the treatment of offers and sales of digital tokens is hindering innovation in the United States and will ultimately drive business elsewhere."

The letter continues, saying:

Quote:"We believe the SEC could do more to clarify its position. Additionally, we are concerned about the use of enforcement actions alone to clarify policy and believe that formal guidance may be an appropriate approach to clearing up legal uncertainties which are causing the environment for the development of innovative technologies in the United States to be unnecessarily fraught."

As such, the letter continues, the lawmakers are asking the SEC to clarify when token sales should be classified as "investment contracts," whether a token sold as a security can later become a non-security and what tools are available for the "SEC to offer more concrete guidance to innovators."

The letter does not provide a timeline, noting that "such guidance will, reasonably, take time, caution and deep consideration." As such, the letter says the questions are aimed at providing formal guidance in the long-term.

Friday's letter comes just days after Davidson hosted a forum in Washington, D.C. asking leaders in the cryptocurrency space to express any grievances they had with regulations in the U.S.

During the forum, multiple representatives from blockchain startups, cryptocurrency exchanges and venture capital funds emphasized the need for clarity around token sales.

While the SEC has, to date, focused on enforcement actions against malicious actors, CoinList general counsel Georgia Quinn noted that these actions have not provided a clear explanation of what is allowable within the U.S.

This lack of clarity has pushed businesses to leave the nation outright, said Joyce Lai from ConsenSys.

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  The ICO market is not collapsing. It's maturing.
Posted by: Norman - 09-28-2018, 04:15 AM - Forum: ICO News - No Replies

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This graphic shows every token sale that successfully raised at least $100k from the beginning of 2014 through the end of last month, August 2018. The bar chart at the bottom displays the total dollar amount raised in each month (details below).

Token Sales: August, 2018
The state of the ICO market as of 31-August-2018

Key takeaways:

Despite a rash of claims to the contrary, the ICO market remains quite robust with $1.4 billion raised in August -- an increase of 44% over the prior month
All signs point to a maturing ICO market: fundraising grows more competitive, more established companies wade in, and security tokens show their first signs of life.
For the first time, Singapore hosted more ICOs than the U.S.
How much has really been raised by ICOs so far?
Most token sale statistics available online rely strictly on third-party reported figures, which may be outdated and in most cases exclude projects that do not report their fundraising publicly. There is no consensus among them as the numbers vary between $14 billion and $21 billion as of August 2018.

Paradoxically, accurate information about fundraising occurring on the most open, transparent database in the world remains stubbornly difficult to find.

Although blockchains are technically transparent, they are functionally opaque. Elementus collects, organizes and analyzes data directly from the blockchain. Our technology enables us to read the Ethereum transaction ledger like an open book. By identifying the various wallets controlled by ICO projects, we are able to calculate their fundraising totals with a high level of precision.

In total, we estimate ICOs have raised $28.4 billion as of the end of August, 2018.

While investor appetite for tokens has fallen significantly from its peak last February, the picture is not nearly as bleak as the market collapse many are reporting.

In August, ICOs raised nearly $1.5 billion, on par with the amount raised during the bull markets of last November. In fact, the majority of historical ICO fundraising occurred during the current bear market. Of the total $28 billion raised to date, $15.9 billion occurred between February, 2018 and August, 2018.

Furthermore, much of the sharp rise-and-fall trend exhibited in the chart above can be attributed to just three ICOs -- EOS ($4.2bn, Jun17-Jun18), Telegram ($1.7bn, Feb18-Mar18), and Tatatu ($575m, Jun18). With these outliers removed, the picture looks reasonably stable, particularly given the wild fluctuations seen in the crypto markets over the same period.

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The market for physical and mental health has grown dramatically in recent years, mainly because people need an avenue to relieve stress. According to a report released by the Global Health Institute, the global total wellness industry’s market value stands at 3.4 trillion US dollars and is three times the size of the global pharmaceuticals industry!


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