Arca Funds Files With SEC to Issue Stablecoin-Like Digitized Shares on ETH Blockchain

Arca Funds, an American institutional-grade investment manager, is seeking regulatory approval to issue digitized securities on blockchain, according to a filing document released on April 12. The company has filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to issue its Arca UST Coins — digitized shares that will be authenticated and then recorded in a form of ERC-20 compatible tokens on ethereum (ETH) blockchain. Arca elaborated that authentication of a transaction before it is recorded will allow the blockchain to store only valid and authorized transactions, and once…

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…

Blockstack Files With SEC to Raise $50 Million in Reg-A+ Crypto Token Sale

Blockstack, the New York-based blockchain software provider launched in 2017 to create the infrastructure for a decentralized internet, has announced it intends to raise $50 million in a token sale that would leverage the SEC’s Regulation A+ crowdfunding exemption. While the move still requires regulatory review, the sale would enable Blockstack to raise capital through the U.S. securities markets via a subsidiary, Blockstack Token LLC, which would sell a token called Blockstack Stacks (STX) in a securities offering designed to be more flexible than an IPO. Introduced in 2012 under…

Polychain’s Assets Drop $376 Million Since August, SEC Filings Show

A new filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) shows that prominent venture fund Polychain had $591.5 million in assets under management at the end of March. That’s down considerably since the firm’s August 2018 filing, which showed $967.8 million in assets under management. That’s a loss in value of $376.4 million. The Wall Street Journal was the first to report that the company was no longer a billion-dollar operation. Polychain is one of the most elite funds serving startups in the crypto industry. Founded by Olaf Carlson-Wee, the…

SEC Can’t Stop Ethereum (ETH) Sell-off, Asset Bearish Below $170

Ethereum (ETH) prices steady but yet to clear $170 SEC new guidelines is massive for Ethereum (ETH) but sellers are back In an effort to improve and provide clarity on the legitimacy of cryptocurrencies, the SEC has released a new set of guidelines. One topic that has always dominated the discussion when it comes to the SEC and cryptocurrencies is ICOs. From the new guidelines the SEC seems to be accepting ICOs which it has previously seemed to be against. Price wise and Ethereum (ETH) bulls are in the forefront…

The SEC Just Released Its Long-Awaited Crypto Token Guidance

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has published fresh regulatory guidance for token issuers, nearly half a year in the making. The guidance focuses on tokens and outlines how and when these cryptocurrencies may fall under a securities classification, according to the document.  SEC Director of Corporation Finance William Hinman first revealed that the regulator was developing new guidance for crypto tokens last November, and other members of the agency, including FinHub head Valerie Szczepanik and Commissioner Hester Peirce, have repeatedly said that SEC staff was working on the…

SEC Issues First ‘No-Action’ Letter Clearing ICO to Sell Tokens in US

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has issued a “no-action” letter to TurnKey Jet, Inc., agreeing that tokens used by the business-travel startup are not securities. The regulatory stamp of approval is contingent upon the company using its tokens under certain conditions. Those conditions include: Token-generated funds cannot be used to develop the company’s platform technology (such as its app). The tokens will be immediately useful. The TKJ tokens will remain at a fixed price of one U.S. dollar. The tokens can only be used for air charter services.…

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…

US SEC Releases No-Action Letter Confirming TurnKey Jet ICO Tokens Are Not Securities

On April 3, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has issued a no-action letter to TurnKey Jet, confirming that the TKJ tokens issued during the startup’s initial coin offering (ICO) are not securities. In the letter, the regulator specifies that it considered that the platform will be fully developed and operational at the time the tokens are sold, and the funds won’t be used to develop the platform. It also mentions that the tokens will be immediately usable and have been marketed for their utility, not potential profits.…

US SEC Seeks Crypto Specialist Attorney Advisor to Develop Plan for Crypto Securities

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is looking to hire a crypto specialist attorney advisor for its Division of Trading and Markets (TM). The new job listing was posted on March 29 to the official government employment portal, USAJobs. The successful candidate will reportedly be tasked with establishing “a comprehensive plan to address crypto and digital asset securities” in coordination with TM staff and members of other SEC offices and divisions. The new hire would be expected to develop and maintain expert-level industry knowledge of crypto and digital…