Crypto News | SEC Rules ETH NOT Security; Binance Adds XRP

The cryptocurrency market is making a comeback this week, after closing out last week in the red. Crypto news was pretty slow last week, but it has picked up a bit today. This morning, CoinCenter released news that the SEC Chairman confirmed that ETH is not ruled as a security by the regulator. In addition to this big news, Binance announced it has added XRP and credit card payment support to its Trust Wallet app. Let’s get into it! Jay Clayton Rules ETH a “Non-Security” When investors began taking notice of…

SEC to Review NYSE Arca Bitwise Bitcoin ETF Proposal

Yet another journey to launch a bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) has begun. According to a published notice, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has begun reviewing a proposed rule change for a bitcoin ETF filed by NYSE Arca and Bitwise. The Commission now has 45 days from the date of publication to make a final decision on whether to approve, reject or extend the rule change. Should the SEC require more time to review the proposal, it can extend the review period up to 90 days, once it gives…

Chat App Kik Says It Will Fight SEC Over Possible ICO Action

Canada-based messaging app company Kik is planning to fight a likely U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) enforcement action over its 2017 initial coin offering (ICO). According to a report from The Wall Street Journal on Sunday, Kik founder and CEO Ted Livingston said that the firm’s token, kin, works like a currency and is not “an unregistered security” as believed by the SEC. Kik raised almost $100 million via a sale of the token last September. With ICOs having diminished in number, in part due to the threat of regulatory…

CoinShares CSO: SEC Unlikely To Approve Bitcoin ETF, Crypto Concerns Remain

Although the regulatory status of Bitcoin exchange-traded funds (ETF) remains up in the air, talk on this subject matter has picked up heading into 2019. On one hand, there are an array of optimists claiming that 2019 will be the year of cryptocurrency-backed ETFs. On the other hand, there are cynics who believe it is too earlier for the crypto market to handle such an investment vehicle. Interestingly, a number of guests onto technology entrepreneur Ran NeuNer’s recent installment of CNBC Africa’s “Crypto Trader” claimed that they don’t expect for…

Most Cryptos Need CFTC’s Light Touch, Not SEC Oversight

United States congressman Darren Soto has said that most cryptocurrencies should not be regulated under the country’s securities regulator. Soto made his comments in an interview with financial news channel Cheddar on Jan. 10. According to Soto, crypto should be overseen by the Commodities and Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) — rather than classed as securities under the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)’s charge. Soto, a Democrat, is a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for the 9th District of Florida, and spearheaded a bipartisan…

U.S. SEC Delays Decision on VanEck’s Bitcoin ETF Until February 2019

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has postponed its decision to approve or disapprove the VanEck/SolidX bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF). Per an official document published by the agency, the new deadline to review the VanEck proposal has been shifted to February 27, 2019, which the regulator claims would afford it the time needed to review the potential rule change further. The SEC stipulates that the commission must either approve or disapprove a proposal no later than “180 days after the date of publication of notice of the filing of…

VanEck, Cboe and SolidX Meet With SEC to Discuss a Bitcoin ETF

Having met the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in August 2018, officials of VanEck, SolidX and Cboe BZX Exchange have met with the Commission again, in the latest attempt to convince the regulator to approve the nation’s first bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF), according to an official presentation submitted to the SEC. The firms gave the pitch to the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance, Division of Trading and Markets, and Office of General Counsel. The presentation given to staffers of the agency was focused on comparing the cryptocurrency market to…

SEC Charges DJ Khaled and Floyd Mayweather for ICO Promotions

Nobody gets away with fraud in the SEC’s eyes. The latest pair to be hit with SEC charges include pro-boxer Floyd Mayweather and music producer DJ Khaled. SEC Charges Mayweather and Khaled The Securities and Exchange Commission charged the pair with the improper promotion of initial coin offerings or ICOs for cryptocurrencies. Neither party revealed to investors that they were, in fact, paid large sums of money to promote certain ICOs. According to CNBC, a settlement announced Thursday disclosed the charges. According to the settlement, Mayweather never spoke of a $100,000 promotional…

Does VanEck Bitcoin ETF Address the Concerns of SEC Chairman on Manipulation?

Twitter Facebook LinkedIn CCN is expanding. Are you our next full-time journalist from the West Coast USA? Send us your CV and examples here. Earlier this week, US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairman Jay Clayton said at a conference in New York that to approve a Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF), the SEC needs to see a market that is free of manipulation. Clayton stated: “What investors expect is that the trading in that commodity that’s underlying the ETF is trading that makes sense, is free from the risk or significant…

Expect the SEC to Target More Token Exchanges After EtherDelta

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) settlement with the founder of EtherDelta is likely the first of many enforcement actions to come against crypto token exchanges. Until recently, the SEC’s scrutiny of the cryptocurrency industry largely focused on projects and teams that raised money through initial coin offerings (ICOs) in possible violation of securities laws. But a person familiar with the SEC’s thinking told CoinDesk Thursday that crypto trading platforms have become a significant priority for the agency’s enforcement division. As such, the news that the SEC had charged EtherDelta founder Zachary…