Stop Moving the Goal Posts

Earlier this month, representatives from options exchange CBOE, fund provider VanEck, and blockchain startup SolidX met with top Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) brass, and — unsurprisingly — the group’s pending bitcoin ETF application was at the top of the agenda. Bitcoin Market Reaching Maturity In the meeting, which was held on Oct. 9, VanEck …

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 …

SEC Director Vows ‘More Substantial’ Enforcement Against Illegal ICOs

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) co-director of enforcement Stephanie Avakian mentioned in a Sept. 20 speech that the regulatory agency is most likely going to recommend “more substantial remedies” against those who fail to follow proper initial coin offering (ICO) registration requirements in the future According to a transcript of the speech posted on …

Coinbase Joins Race For A Crypto ETF, Seeks Help From BlackRock

Coinbase has thrown its hat in the ring to launch a cryptocurrency exchange-traded fund (ETF) and has approached BlackRock for help, according to unnamed sources interviewed by Business Insider. BlackRock, which manages $6 trillion in assets, has pioneered ETFs and has a blockchain working group. Coinbase, which announced a cryptocurrency index fund for accredited investors …

CBOE President Cautiously Hopeful on Bitcoin ETF Prospects Despite SEC Action

CBOE Global Markets Inc. could well become the first company to win approval for a bitcoin ETF, but whether that coveted accomplishment materializes remains to be seen. For his part, Chris Concannon, CBOE’s president and CEO, said that he is optimistic that the Securities and Exchange Commission will grant his wish, but he recognizes that …

Crypto ETF Rejection Sends Bitcoin Price Below $8,000

Within hours that the SEC announced that it has rejected a proposed bitcoin ETF submitted by the Winklevoss Twins, the bitcoin price dipped below the $8,000 mark and is now currently teetering back and forth across that psychologically-significant level. CCN reported on the breaking ETF announcement earlier today. About the ETF The announcement comes after the …

CFTC Does Not Regulate Retail Crypto Markets: Chairman Chris Giancarlo

The United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Commissioner J. Christopher Giancarlo has stated that the agency’s primary remit is not to exercise regulatory jurisdiction over cryptocurrency trading markets and other cash markets, but to deal with fraud and compliance in large futures markets. He made this comment while responding to a question from Rep. …

US Lawmaker Calls For ‘Light Touch’ on ICO Regulation

US Rep. Warren Davidson (R-OH) said a “light touch” regulatory framework is needed for the initial coin offering (ICO) market during a CNBC  “Squawk Box.” interview. Davidson is a member of the House Financial Services Committee of the House of Representatives. “We want to make sure that the United States’ capital markets stay strong and …

ICOs are Securites, Can’t Be Any More Clear: SEC Chairman

Get exclusive fiat and cryptocurrency analysis on Hacked.com for just $39 per month. Click here now! The SEC held a public forum on June 13, “Investing In America: Atlanta Town Hall Meeting.” The town hall was highly anticipated because regulators planned on speaking about cryptocurrency regulations and innovation. The session was open to the public …

Despite Warnings, ICO Promoters’ Self-Reporting is ‘Underwhelming’: SEC

Get exclusive fiat and cryptocurrency analysis on Hacked.com for just $39 per month. Click here now! ICOs are securities, according to the SEC, but few are reporting themselves as such. As CCN reported, the SEC announced this week that it isn’t planning to update its securities framework to accommodate ICOs, which behave much like securities …