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Digital Assets: FTX And Its Billionaire Owner Sam Bankman-Fried Being Investigated By Texas State Securities Board

October 18, 2022

Joe Rotunda, the enforcement director of the Texas State Securities Board (TSSB), found that he could easily apply to join FTX’s yield-earning offering even though he listed his Austin address. The problem? FTX has not registered to sell securities in Texas. It appears, therefore, that FTX has been offering unregistered securities to Texas residents through its yield-bearing cryptocurrency accounts – a matter under investigation by the TSSB since last week.

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Digital Assets: Congress Wants Action Taken Reports On Crypto Fraud From Agencies, Digital Exchanges

September 2, 2022

The Committee shot off a series of letters earlier this week to four agencies, including the Department of the Treasury, the Federal Trade Commission, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and the Securities and Exchange Commission, as well as five digital asset exchanges — Coinbase, FTX, Binance.US, Kraken, and KuCoin, asking for details of actions taken to “identify, investigate, and remove or flag potentially fraudulent digital assets or accounts,” as well as highlight discussions around “whether to adopt more stringent policies.”

Digital Assets: Grayscale Protests SEC Rejection Of Spot Bitcoin ETF, Files Suit Against Regulator

June 30, 2022

Grayscale Investments, the largest digital asset manager globally, has filed a suit against the SEC for rejecting its application to convert the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust into a spot bitcoin ETF. Donald B Verrilli Jr., former U.S. Solicitor General, and a top lawyer for the Obama administration, whom Grayscale hired early this month, filed a petition for review with the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Digital Assets: CFTC Hauls Winklevoss-Owned Crypto Exchange Gemini To Court Alleging “Misleading” Statements in 2017

June 3, 2022

In a press release issued Thursday, June 2, 2022, the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) revealed it had taken Gemini to court for “making false or misleading statements of material facts or omitting to state material facts to the CFTC in connection with the self-certification of a bitcoin futures product.”

Digital Assets: BoE Official Likens Crypto To Subprime, Warns Of 2008-Like Crash

October 15, 2021

In a speech on Wednesday, Jon Cunliffe of the Bank of England called for tough regulations on cryptocurrencies, drawing a parallel between the $1.2 trillion subprime mortgage market in 2008 and the growth of the crypto market from a mere $16 billion five years ago to its $2.3 trillion capitalization today.

Artificial Intelligence: China Unveils Guidelines For Ethical AI

October 4, 2021

China’s Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) has released a document titled “New Generation Artificial Intelligence Ethics Specifications” that specifies six ethical guidelines for the implementation and use of AI, rests all decision-making with humans, and addresses issues such as fairness, security, discrimination, privacy and data leaks.

Digital Assets: SEC Chairman Gary Gensler Is All For Regulating Cryptos

August 3, 2021

Speaking on a Bloomberg interview on Tuesday, Gary Gensler, chairman of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, said he supported more regulatory protection of the crypto space. His comments had a negative effect on the price of bitcoin, the leading cryptocurrency, which at one stage fell below $38,000.

Digital Assets: The SEC Puts Off Its Decision On The VanEck Bitcoin ETF To June 17

April 28, 2021

In an announcement today the Securities and Exchange Commission deferred its decision on the application by the Cboe BZX Exchange on March 1, 2021, to list shares of the VanEck Bitcoin Trust through a proposed rule change.

Artificial Intelligence: The European Commission Declares Its Regulatory Approach To AI

April 22, 2021

The European Commission (EC) on Wednesday set forth new rules and actions for governing AI with the twin objectives of guaranteeing the safety and fundamental rights of people and businesses while strengthening AI uptake, investment, and innovation across the EU.

Artificial Intelligence: Leaked EU Draft Shows Strict Proposals Against Misuse Of AI

April 15, 2021

A draft set of proposals obtained by Bloomberg shows that the EU could fine AI and tech companies as much as 4% of global revenue if they fall foul of the EU’s new norms for the use of AI. Further, these proposals include a ban on AI-powered mass surveillance or systems that rank social behavior.

Digital Assets: India Plans To Criminalize Crypto-Assets (Reuters)

March 15, 2021

A Reuters report today, which quoted a senior Indian government official, said India plans to outlaw cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin, making anyone trading or holding them punishable with fines.

Digital Assets: Ripple Refutes The SEC’s Charges In 100-Page Reply

March 5, 2021

Ripple claims XRP is a virtual currency, not a security, and the SEC has no authority to regulate it as one. Ripple Labs on Thursday filed its answer to the complaint by the US Securities and Exchange Commission that ripples distributions of XRP constituted investment contracts and were subject to registration under the Securities Act…

Alternative Investments/Digital: CBOE Ignites Bitcoin ETF Hope; Files To List VanEck’s BTC ETF

March 2, 2021

The pressure is now building upon the SEC for approving a bitcoin ETF. Shortly after the Canadian regulators approved two bitcoin ETFs, the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) has notified the US SEC of its intention to list the BTC ETF from investment management firm VanEck and its Bitcoin Trust.

Digital Assets: South Korean Central Banker Engages In Bitcoin Bashing

February 25, 2021

Bank of Korea Governor Lee Ju-yeol, when speaking at a parliamentary session on Wednesday, said crypto-assets such as bitcoin had no intrinsic value and were victim to highly volatile price swings.

Alternative Investments/Digital Assets: Valkyrie Joins The Race To Launch A Bitcoin ETF

January 25, 2021

Valkyrie Digital Assets LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Valkyrie Investments Inc., has thrown its hat in the ring to obtain SEC approval for the launch of a bitcoin ETF. On Friday, Valkyrie submitted its application to the regulator for the “Valkyrie Bitcoin Fund,” to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

FinTech: China Tightens Antitrust Regulatory Screws On Fintechs

January 22, 2021

The People’s Bank of China published a draft set of rules on Wednesday for anti-trust regulation of the non-bank payment providers in the fintech sector. The draft is in the public opinion domain until February 19.

FinTech: China Mounts Anti-Trust Probe Into Alibaba In Regulatory Crackdown

December 24, 2020

China’s State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) announced Thursday an investigation into Alibaba’s (NYSE: BABA) allegedly monopolistic practice of barring its merchants from selling on competing e-commerce platforms. Merchants must agree to sell their products only on the behemoth’s online shopping platform.

Digital Assets: SEC Has Ripple In The Dock; Garlinghouse Fires Back

December 23, 2020

The SEC on Tuesday charged Ripple and two executives for raising over $1.38 billion via an unregistered securities offering.
The SEC filed the complaint in the federal district court in Manhattan alleging that the defendants violated the registration provisions of the Securities Act. It prayed for injunctive relief, disgorgement with prejudgment interest, and civil penalties. The two executives named in the complaint are Christian Larsen, Ripple’s co-founder, executive chairman of its board, and former CEO; and Bradley Garlinghouse, the company’s current CEO.

FinTech: Large Chinese Fintechs Stop Taking Online Deposits For Banks

December 23, 2020

On Friday, the Jack Ma-controlled Ant Group’s Alipay platform, which offers an impressive array of financial products to its customers, removed online deposits that it was accepting on behalf of several banks. The reason – regulatory restrictions.

Digital Assets: Clayton’s Parting Shot At Crypto – SEC To Sue Ripple

December 22, 2020

The SEC will likely sue Ripple, CEO Brad Garlinghouse, and co-founder Chris Larsen, according to Fortune. The SEC will charge the defendants for selling XRP tokens, which it alleges are unlicensed securities. XRP ranks third in the pecking order of cryptocurrencies with a market cap of $23 billion. The SEC would make the case that XRP is a security and it needed to be registered as an investment contract prior to its sale.

FinTechs: Call For Regulating Australian Buy-Now-Pay-Later Fintechs

December 22, 2020

In an article titled “Fintech Risk in 2021,” Halverson warns of heightened fintech risk in 2020 following free central bank “helicopter” money, overenthusiastic private equity and venture capital firms, and exuberant stock markets. In particular, he points to fintechs offering buy-now-pay-later (BNPL) products that have captured consumers’ fancy and encouraged them to increase their indebtedness.

FinTech: Chinese Regulators Keep Up Rhetoric Against (Very Large) Fintechs

December 21, 2020

The barrage of regulatory voices against the “fintech-that-shall-not-be-named” continues. In the latest call to hobble giant fintechs such as the Ant Group, former finance minister Lou Jiwei said regulators should restrict the number of banks that they can partner with.

Digital Assets: OSL The First Crypto Exchange To Be Licensed By Hong Kong’s SFC

December 18, 2020

The Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) licensed OSL Digital Securities to operate a regulated brokerage and automated trading service for digital assets. OSL is now the world’s first SFC-licensed, listed, digital asset wallet-insured, Big-4 audited digital asset trading platform for institutions and professional investors, it said in an announcement.

FinTech: Top Chinese Regulatory Watchdog Airs Fintech Concerns

December 2, 2020

In an article in a newly released book from the central government explaining the country’s economic priorities and development plan for 2035, Guo warned of a disturbance in global financial markets if the United States stepped up its strategic containment and rivalry with China. Given this circumstance, China is taking steps to address financial vulnerabilities that could stem from fintech giants such as the Ant Group.

Digital Assets: Gazprombank (Switzerland) FINMA-Cleared For Crypto Bank Accounts

November 2, 2020

Gazprombank (Switzerland), the wholly-owned Swiss arm of Russia’s Gazprombank (JSC), announced October 29 that it had received regulatory clearance from the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority to offer crypto custody and trading services to its institutional and corporate clients.