Texas Cryptocurrency Businesses Agree to Halt Token Offerings After Cease and Desist

Texas’ state securities regulator announced it had reached an agreement with four cryptocurrency companies it accused of selling unregistered securities, according to an order released on Feb. 21. The result of a nine-month process, Mintage Mining, BC Holdings and Investments, Social Membership Network Holding, Nui Social and manager Darren Olayan agreed to refrain from offering cryptocurrency tokens to investors. As respondents listed in the order, the entities will also pay an administrative fine of $25,000. In July last year, the Texas State Securities Board (SSB) identified token offerings by the…

Danish Government’s Energinet Signals Iota Deal to Improve Energy Sector Offerings

Danish state-owned energy company Energinet has expanded its partnership with distributed ledger network Iota to investigate use of its technology in new areas, Iota revealed in blog post Jan. 30. Energinet, which is an independent enterprise under Denmark’s Climate and Energy Ministry, wants to examine how it could leverage Iota’s Tangle technology in the energy and Internet of Things (IoT) markets. The two entities have worked together on a data marketplace initiative since late 2017, a larger project involving other companies. Energinet market developer André Bryde Alnor commented on the…

Security Token Offerings (STOs) Could be Big For Korean Crypto Industry

If 2017 and early 2018 were seen as the year(s) of the ICO then 2019 could well be the year for the STO, security token offering, according to latest research from South Korea. Security Tokens Still Need Regulation Initial coin offerings were seen as a great way to launch a project by selling tokens for it in cryptocurrency, which was predominantly Ethereum. However the scammers and shysters soon took advantage of this relatively easy way of making money at the behest of the uninitiated, and on the back of the…

Bitcoin Giant Grayscale Bolster Institutional Offerings, Launches Stellar Lumens Trust

While Bitcoin (BTC) and a majority of cryptocurrencies, save for Augur’s REP, have remained in a mundane price lull to start 2019, this industry’s upstarts have forged ahead. Grayscale Investments, a self-proclaimed “global leader in digital asset management,” recently launched an investment vehicle centered around Stellar Lumens (XLM) in a seeming bid to spark Wall Street interest. Related Reading: Bitcoin Startup BitGo May Spark Wall Street Participation In Crypto Meet Grayscale’s Trust For “Ripple Competitor” Stellar Lumens On Thursday, Grayscale, one of crypto conglomerate Digital Currency Group’s foremost branches, launched an…

2018 Sees 550% Uptick in Exempt ICO Securities Offerings Filed With the US SEC: Report

2018 witnessed a significant uptick in the number of initial coin offerings (ICOs) authorized by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to sell securities to large-scale investors, according to financial news channel MarketWatch, Jan. 11. MarketWatch reportedly compiled its data for 2018 by searching the SEC’s Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval (EDGAR) system for keywords such as “coin,” “ICO,” “token,” “initial coin offering” and “saft.” Their research reportedly found 287 results for evidently ICO-related fundraisings that were accepted by the agency to offer securities under what is…

Initial Exchange Offerings Restore Agility to Blockchain’s Original Fundraising Model

One of the most groundbreaking concepts to emerge from blockchain over its short lifespan has been the initial coin offering, or ICO. In this article, the author will discuss an emerging trend called “Initial Exchange Offerings” or IEOs. Reading about blockchain or cryptocurrency in any newspaper will allude to this unique type of public offering, which draws parallels with its cousin the IPO. An ICO is when a company issues blockchain tokens that it will then sell in exchange for common cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin or Ethereum, which are more fungible.…

French Financial Regulator Blacklists Four Crypto Websites for Unauthorized Offerings

The French stock market watchdog, the Financial Markets Regulator (AMF), has blacklisted four crypto-related websites for unauthorized investment offerings, according to an official statement published Friday, Dec. 14. The AMF announcement notes nine companies that are allegedly operating without necessary regulatory approval, including four crypto-related firms. In the announcement, the stock market regulator warns investors about the increasing number of unregistered investment projects, claiming that “new unauthorized actors appear regularly.” The recent blacklist includes such crypto-related websites as iminage.com, elos-patrimoine.com, infoconso.info, and live-crypto.com.net. Elos-patrimoine claims to offer “risk-free” crypto investments,…

Beijing Financial Authority Warns Against ‘Illegal’ Security Token Offerings

The director general of the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Financial Work has warned that Security Token Offering (STOs) fundraising is “illegal” activity, independent Beijing-based media outlet Caijing reported on Dec.1. The Beijing Municipal Bureau of Financial Work had hosted a “2018 Global Wealth Management Forum” on Dec. 1 where Huo Xuewen, the Beijing financial watchdog’s director, underlined the risks associated with fundraising through a STO fundraising: “I will make a risk warning to those who are propagating in Beijing and want to issue [a] STO. Don’t do it in Beijing.…

Coincheck adds more offerings; the exchange adds FCT and XRP

Japanese cryptocurrency exchange Coincheck has added more offerings to its platform as it shakes off the effects of this year’s hack. According to a statement by Monex Group, the exchange now supports Ripple (XRP) and Factom (FCT). Monex Group is the parent company for Coincheck Inc which operates the Coincheck cryptocurrency exchange. The move comes after another similar step in late October when Coincheck reintroduced services for selected cryptocurrencies. Rising from the ashes In October, Coincheck let customers open accounts and make deposits for Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum Classic (ETC), Litecoin (LTC)…