Live Streaming Startup YouNow Files SEC Filing for Compliant Token Earning for App Users

Live streaming startup YouNow, which created the decentralized digital video ecosystem Props in 2017 and is backed by Union Square Ventures, has filed a public offering with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for its Props token. The development was revealed in a press release shared with Cointelegraph on June 19. The YouNow app — which reportedly counts 47 million registered users — has submitted its application as a Regulation A+ filing with the SEC. Pending approval, the initiative could see accredited and retail users alike globally earning…

The SEC Has a New Exchange Traded Fund Application to Review

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has posted a new proposal from Crescent Crypto Index Services, a subsidiary of Crescent Asset Management, for the launch of a crypto-backed exchange-traded fund (ETF). According to the application, the company, which is based in New Jersey, will be looking to monitor the performance of a portfolio of ether (ETH) and bitcoin (BTC). The fund has been named the “USCF Crescent Crypto Index Fund” with “XBET” being its proposed ticker. It will also be sponsored by United States Commodity Funds LLC, a commodity…

“Publicly Traded Crypto Exchange” Bitcoin Generation Hit by SEC Sanctions

An official announcement published on April 29, 2019, has revealed that the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has temporarily suspended the trading of shares in Bitcoin Generation (BTGN), a blockchain-based company out of Oklahoma. The company also operates a crypto exchange platform that supports popular cryptocurrencies, and it bills itself as the “first publicly traded cryptocurrency exchange.” Specifically, the regulator pointed out inaccuracies with information relating to a bond purchased by BTGN from a U.K.-based entity, as well as its stock valuation and the status of its financial…

SEC Required Two ETF Funds to Take Blockchain Off Their Tickers

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) reportedly required two funds to eliminate the word “blockchain” from their monikers, Bloomberg writes April 12, citing sources familiar with the matter. The exchange-traded funds (ETFs) of both Amplify and Reality Shares reportedly mentioned blockchain in early filings. Per Bloomberg’s unarmed interlocutors, the two funds were encouraged to change their names at the last minute in 2018. Despite eliminating the word “blockchain,” the funds’ tickers still refer to the technology. Ampilfy’s funds are traded as BLOK, while the product is described as…

The SEC Guidelines are HERE! Release of Crypto Token Guidance

It’s been nearly six months in the making and now the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has finally published its regulatory guidelines for token issuers. Though many questions remain unanswered, crypto enthusiasts have finally got some clarity on the issue of “tokens as securities.” SEC Guidelines The SEC Guidelines focus on tokens and how and when they may be classed as a security. It includes examples of networks and tokens that fall under security laws, as well as examples of those that don’t. It outlines a number of elements…

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…