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US Judge Rules ICOs Covered By Federal Securities Laws

US Judge Rules ICOs Covered By Federal Securities Laws
On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Raymond Dearie in Brooklyn, New York said that U.S. federal securities laws may cover initial coin offerings (ICOs), per Bloomberg report. This week's ruling enhances the regulatory framework that governs cryptocurrencies by leveraging existing rules that already regulate the U.S. stock market. The New York case involves a Brooklyn businessman, Maksim Zaslavskiy, who promoted digital currencies that he claimed were backed by investments in real estate and diamonds. Prosecutors said the hard assets didn't exist. Zaslavskiy "was charged with conspiracy and two counts of securities fraud for his role in allegedly defrauding investors in two initial coin offerings," per Bloomberg. The defendant argued that the coins were currencies, not securities. However, prosecutors countered that the ICOs were investment contracts that should be classified as securities and thus fall under federal securities laws. The ICOs' investors never received any digital asset. The Zaslavskiy case could have broader implications for a burgeoning cryptocurrency industry. It shows that government prosecutors will after shady individuals who defraud Main Street investors. "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," Judge Dearie said in the ruling. "Simply labeling an investment opportunity as a 'virtual currency' or 'cryptocurrency' does not transform an investment contract — a security — into a currency." In other words, calling a coin "cruptocurrency" doesn't necessarily make it as such. Charges For HempCoin Broker U.S. regulators announced other actions this week. As cryptocurrency prices were exploding last year, you may have heard of HempCoin. It's proprietor is now in legal trouble. On Sept. 11, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) charged a broker from Massachusetts with fraud and unlawful distribution of unregistered cryptocurrency security — HempCoin. "This case represents FINRA’s first disciplinary action involving cryptocurrencies," the agency stated on its website. From January 2013 through October 2016, Timothy Tilton Ayre "attempted to lure public investment in his worthless public company, Rocky Mountain Ayre, Inc. (RMTN) by issuing and selling HempCoin – which he publicized as 'the first minable coin backed by marketable securities'" FINRA said in its complaint. Ayre made fraudulent, positive statements about RMTN’s business and finances. The firm was quoted on the Pink Market of OTC Markets Group and traded over the counter. Lesson: Don't Defraud People The U.S. regulator alleges that in 2015, Ayre bought the rights to HempCoin and repackaged it as a security backed by RMTN common stock. HempCoin was marketed as "the world’s first currency to represent equity ownership" in a publicly traded company and promised investors that each coin was equivalent to 0.10 shares of RMTN common stock. "Investors mined more than 81 million HempCoin securities through late 2017 and bought and sold the security on two cryptocurrency exchanges." Ayre faces charges of unlawful distribution because he never registered HempCoin and no exemption to registration applied. FINRA alleges that the broker made "materially false statements and omissions regarding the nature of RMTN’s business, failing to disclose his creation and unlawful distribution of HempCoin, and making multiple false and misleading statements in RMTN’s financial statements." Financial regulators are going after cryptocurrency entrepreneurs who defraud the public, especially retail investors. The above actions show that crypto operators cannot behave with impunity. Articles by Marvin Dumont: 2 Nobel Prize Winners To Research Blockchain Economics Vitalik: Price Boom Is Over As ETH Drops Below $200 Gemini Dollar, Tied To US Dollar, Approved As World’s First Stablecoin High-Paying Blockchain Jobs Are Offering Security In Uncertain Times Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article belong solely to the author. Information contained herein should not be construed as investment advice.

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Ampleforth Launches on TRON and Two Other New Blockchains

Ampleforth Launches on TRON and Two Other New Blockchains

Ampleforth (AMPL), the algorithmically stabilized smart money protocol, is now launching on three new blockchains: TRON, Acala (Polkadot), and NEAR.

According to the announcement, the move is part of Ampleforth’s plans to provide a core monetary asset to users on multiple blockchains, helping to support the rapidly developing decentralized finance (DeFi) ecosystem on these chains. 

What is AMPL?

Simply put, Ampleforth is an alternative to stablecoins as a blockchain-based store of value and stabilized unit of purchasing power. Unlike these assets which are usually backed by fiat currencies such as the US dollar (USD) or euro (EUR) to maintain a stable value, the value of AMPL is instead entirely set by supply and demand.

This is achieved with a novel solution: changing the amount of AMPL in circulation to meet demand. When demand for AMPL increases, so too does the supply, when demand decreases, so too does the supply — this process is known as a rebase. This essentially means the amount of AMPL a user holds in their wallet expands or contracts based on changes in the total supply. 

To put this into perspective, if you were holding 1,000 AMPL one day, the next day you might be holding 1,100 AMPL if there is a 10% positive rebase. Likewise, you could be holding 900 AMPL if there is a 10% negative rebase. This process is non-dilutive, which essentially means you will always maintain the same proportion of the entire supply. If you owned 1% of all AMPL before a rebase, you will still own 1% of all AMPL after. 

The system is designed to provide a new type of “base money” that is uncorrelated with traditional markets, including fiat and cryptocurrency markets — instead, having its value and circulating supply set based on the demands of its users. This represents a new building block for DeFi, since AMPL can be used as an uncorrelated asset, debt instrument, collateral, and much more without any ties that go back to fiat money. 

Why TRON?

Although the Ampleforth protocol was launched on three new blockchains: Acala, NEAR, and TRON, the latter of these is arguably the most prominent. 

 

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In the second half of 2020, TRON has massively expanded its DeFi ecosystem and is now the second most popular blockchain for DeFi applications after Ethereum. Unlike Acala and NEAR, which are still somewhat in their nascent stages of ecosystem development, TRON already has many of the most important DeFi building blocks in place. 

It already has a TRC20 decentralized automatic market maker protocol (AMM) in JustSwap, liquidity mining platforms like SUN and DMDT, and its own DeFi lending and borrowing protocol with Zethyr Finance. As a result, it is most poised to benefit from the uncorrelated adaptive money. 

“Tron’s ecosystem is obsessed with cutting-edge DeFi assets and capabilities, which is why everyone is so excited about AMPL,” said Justin Sun, founder of TRON, CEO of BitTorrent in the announcement. “We expect deep liquidity pools to form early on in order to support widespread use for trading and collateral as soon as possible.”

 

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Brad Garlinghouse notes now much of an impact Fiat inflation has had on the world of crypto in 2020

Brad Garlinghouse notes now much of an impact Fiat inflation has had on the world of crypto in 2020

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  • Many people have predicted that in 2021, the world of cryptocurrency will spike to highs not seen before.
  • Brad Garlinghouse has recently said that next year will see a plethora of adoption when it comes to the growth of digital assets and the overall industry as people look to diversify their portfolios.

Many people have predicted that in 2021, the world of cryptocurrency will spike to highs not seen before.

To that end, the chief executive officer of the San Francisco-based blockchain company Ripple, Brad Garlinghouse has recently said that next year will see a plethora of new adoption when it comes to the growth of digital assets and the overall industry as people look to diversify their portfolios.

He said:

“Looking forward to 2021 as more companies hold crypto on their balance sheets (diversification is key here).”

Brad made his comments during an interview with Julia Chatterley of CNN earlier this week as he went on to say that this year has been particularly exciting for the industry. Numerous gains have been experienced over the course of 2020 and it doesn’t seem that it is slowing down.

As many of us are well aware, coronavirus has been a big part as to why digital payments have become more popular. Many people are using digital currencies as a form of payment, investment and as a store of value. Big institutional investors such as PayPal is one company that has been getting further involvement within the industry.

On this topic, the CEO noted that numerous governments from all over the world have played a big part in boosting the performance and adoption of several cryptos over the course of this year.

“Many governments around the world are printing more fiat currencies. Here in the United States, you see trillions of dollars in stimulus and that means we’re inflating the US dollar.”

Over the course of 2020, the world of cryptocurrency has grown massively with many people predicting that this growth is only going to increase in the coming year. The CEO went on to discuss the long-term value of my crypto assets. He specifically mentioned the store of value and the utility as he highlighted:

“The long-term value of any digital asset is going to be derived from its utility.  One utility is a store of value and you’re seeing that across Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies that don’t have an inflationary dynamic.”

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FinHub arm of The SEC set to become an independent office

FinHub arm of The SEC set to become an independent office

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  • In an announcement, the securities and exchange commission and their financial technology team will soon become an independent office. 
  • Launched two years ago, the strategic hub for innovation and financial technology from the SEC has been the forefront of securities regulation.

In an announcement that was revealed earlier this week on the 3rd of December, the United States securities and exchange commission and their financial technology team will soon become an independent office. Launched two years ago in 2018, the strategic hub for innovation and financial technology (otherwise known as FinHub) from the SEC has been the forefront of securities regulation.

This sidearm for the SEC has been clearly quite busy the past few years as it goes after numerous initial coin offerings and other related things to the crypto industry.

Valerie Szczepanik, the leader of the hub for innovation will now be reporting directly to the chairman of the commission. For now, that is Jay Clayton who is set to stand down from his position next year but speaking on the matter, he said:

"The SEC is committed to innovation in our markets, consistent with our time-tested regulatory framework. Our action to establish FinHub as standalone office furthers our commitment to facilitate the introduction of new technologies for the benefit of investors and the efficiency and resiliency of our markets. The agency is fortunate to benefit from Val's expertise and deep knowledge in the areas of innovation, financial technology and investor protection, and I’m pleased she will continue to lead FinHub as its first director."

Director of the Division of Corporation Finance, Bill Hinman said:

"Not surprisingly, FinHub has thrived under Valerie's leadership. This move to enhance FinHub's role in leading and coordinating policy across all SEC Divisions and Offices will benefit market innovators and strengthen investor protection."

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Willy Woo: $200,000 for BTC next year is “Conservative“

Willy Woo: $200,000 for BTC next year is “Conservative“

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  • Well-known analyst and crypto commentator, Willy Woo has recently given some bullish predictions on the leading crypto coin.
  • Many people are very excited as bitcoin hitting $300,000 by the end of next year is “not out of the question“.

Well-known analyst and crypto commentator, Willy Woo has recently given some bullish predictions on the leading crypto coin.

Many people are very excited for the leading cryptocurrency to reach $20,000 before the end of this year but that could be seen as just a dent in the grand scheme of things as bitcoin hitting $300,000 by the end of next year is “not out of the question“ according to the expert.

Over the course of 2020, bitcoin has been appreciating in value by more than 175%. In March, the coin was priced somewhere in the $3000 range but now, we are looking at $18,000/$19,000 at the least.

But the analyst believes that it still has more room for further gains for the coin. 

The price point of $200,000 is seen as “Conservative“ to the analyst.

The analyst has been well known to be bullish over the past few weeks. He has even predicted that XRP, the token from the San Francisco company ripple, will have an exciting year despite having a lacklustre one in 2020.

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