Here it comes – the cryptocurrency exchanges are now under scrutiny.  Last year, regulators in the United States were firmly focused on the mechanics and fairness of Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs). By now it seems settled that ICOs need to comply with the federal securities laws. So now it is time for cryptocurrency exchanges to…
tZERO is conducting the first major Security Token Offering (STO). tZERO, like Polymath, is positioning itself as a leader in the movement to transition securities like stocks and bonds to the blockchain. tZERO’s niche in this space is trading. It owns controlling interests in broker-dealers, SEC registered trading platforms, and even an investment advisor. Picture Schwab, but all…
It has been all the rage lately for blockchain startups to do a token airdrop instead of an initial coin offering (ICO). Now that the SEC has made clear that ICOs are securities offerings, everyone is trying to find a workaround. Why? Because crypto has democratized investment opportunity. The notion that ground floor investment opportunities should…
The Bitconnect scam is a good example of why crypto investors should not fear regulation. If you haven’t heard of the recently-shuttered cryptocurrency platform, it had all the hallmarks of a Ponzi scheme. Despite blaring warnings from the internet writ-large, investors chased after too-good-to-be-true returns and lost nearly everything. The Bitconnect Scam Bitconnect described itself as…
So it looks like the Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) is taking a hard look at cryptocurrency pump and dump schemes. And its offering awards to whistleblowers of 10 to 30 percent. That’s good, because manipulation has always been one of my chief concerns about crypto markets. Consider that market manipulation is generally illegal in…
2017 was the year of the Initial Coin Offering or “ICO”. I believe 2018 will be the year of the Security Token Offering or “STO”. What does this even mean, and why should you care? THE ICO’s LATENT DEFECT – ITS A SECURITIES OFFERING Prior to 2017, the ICO was rare. There was the Ethereum…
This is going to sound like a bold claim: Polymath is the biggest thing in crypto. I know, everyone seems to be focused on the “next bitcoin” or “next ethereum.” And Polymath is not it. So why is Polymath such a big deal? Because it aims to put the stock market on the block chain.…
This blog post will discuss the “microbusiness” license available under California’s Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (the “Cannabis Act”). A microbusiness license is for operations that want to handle small batches of cannabis products from cultivation to retail. A detailed description of the information necessary to apply for a microbusiness license  can be found in…
Updated February 20th, 2018 A few days ago, California joined a handful of other states to legalize marijuana for recreational use. But you already knew that. That’s why you’re here, to find out what’s involved. Legal Marijuana in California If you’re in California, there are nearly 180 provisions that make up the Medicinal and Adult-Use…
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