Crypto Market Continues Slow Bleed Out But Tokens Record 20% Gains

Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Over the past 24 hours, the crypto market has lost about $4 billion of its valuation against the US dollar. Major cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin (BTC), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Ethereum (ETH), and Ripple (XRP) extended their losses by 2 to 8 percent. The price of BCH dropped from $236 to $215, by nearly …

Phase Two of SEC’s Enforcement is Slow Painful Grind For Crypto

Twitter Facebook LinkedIn According to Kobre & Kim government enforcement defense and securities litigation attorney Jake Chervinsky, the second phase of the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)’s enforcement on crypto is a painful and slow grind for the sector. Earlier this week, the US SEC cracked down on Paragon and AirFox, two initial coin …

How SEC’s Paragon Ruling Could Send Many Crypto ICOs to Bankruptcy

Twitter Facebook LinkedIn The recent crackdown on two initial coin offerings (ICOs) Paragon and AirFox by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) could lead to many blockchain and crypto projects declaring bankruptcy in the coming months. As CCN reported on November 16, Paragon and AirFox were ordered to pay a $350,000 fine to the …

CFTC Cracks Down Harder on Cryptocurrency Fraud Under Trump

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has bolstered its police actions in the last fiscal year, driven largely by cryptocurrency cases, according to The Wall Street Journal. Under President Trump, the federal derivatives market regulator levied about $900 million in civil penalties in 2018 alone, exceeding the annual amount in five of the eight years …

Inside the Wall Street Practice that Could Ruin Bitcoin

Note: This is part 3 in a multi-part article series exploring rehypothecation and commingling in bitcoin and other cryptocurrency markets. Part 1 and part 2 are interviews with Caitlin Long and parts 3 and 4 ask the question, “How did we get to a place that where laws look like this?” In order to understand …

Texas Regulators Shut Down Three Cryptocurrency Scams

The Texas State Securities Board has issued an emergency action to halt the deceitful offerings of investments in three cryptocurrency related schemes. The agency entered a cease and desist order against Coins Miner Investment Ltd, DigitalBank Ltd, as well as Ultimate Assets, who is charged for offering Texans misleading ROIs and promising to grow an …

Did SEC Chairman Jay Clayton Just Throw Shade on Ether?

A new statement issued by Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairman Jay Clayton has some within the cryptocurrency community questioning whether the agency could change its tune on ether — the native currency of Ethereum — which a top official previously said should not be regulated as a security. SEC Chair: Staff Guidance Non-Binding Clayton, …

Does Bank of America’s Crypto Custody Show Irrelevance of Bitcoin ETF?

This week, $312 billion Bank of America (BoA) filed a patent to offer crypto custody, targeting large-scale institutional investors and retail traders. Some experts have said that the efforts of major financial institutions to create institutional products around cryptocurrencies will bolster the adoption of crypto in US markets, which will naturally lead to other publicly …

How the Effort of Bakkt Could Lead to the Approval of the First Bitcoin ETF

The SEC has disapproved 10 Bitcoin exchange-traded funds (ETFs) in the past month but analysts believe Bakkt can assist the launch of the first bitcoin ETF. Bakkt’s Efforts in Finding Trusted Price Formation Last month, the SEC officially rejected the Winklevoss Bitcoin ETF filed with the Bats BZX Exchange with a 92-paged document which explicitly …