Today on our DC Forecasts crypto news site we share with you the latest breaking news coming from the US Securities and Exchange Commission for charging the EtherDelta decentralized exchange founder with operating an unregistered exchange.
As a decentralized Ethereum exchange, the platform let users trade Ethereum-based tokens easily without having to register or to create an account or even moving their funds and trusting an exchange-controlled wallet. The trading was supervised and managed by a smart contract and the entire exchange infrastructure was maintained by an operator.
According to the US Securities and Exchange Commission, the Ethereum-based exchange, EtherDelta, illegally allowed all the users to trade tokens that are considered securities under federal law. This action makes the EtherDelta an unregistered securities exchange.
“We are witnessing a time of significant innovation in the securities markets with the use and application of distributed ledger technology. “But to protect investors, this innovation necessitates the SEC’s thoughtful oversight of digital markets and enforcement of existing laws,’’ an SEC official explained.
EtherDelta’s founder, Zachary Coburn, calmly consented to the charges and agreed to pay a fine of $300,000 in disgorgement plus the additional $13,000 in prejudgment interest and last, $75,000 for a penalty fine. However, the exchange founder hasn’t really denied nor admitted the allegations, just agreed to pay the fines.
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“Ultimately behind the scenes, they [crypto companies] are going to have to use a bank to move funds. There’s more partnership instead of competition in that space… When it comes to margins and capabilities, payments is never something that grows in margin, nobody wants to pay for a payment…so you need highly efficient and large players.”Karpovich also responded to a question regarding how far the eCommerce industry is from using crypto to facilitating payments. He explained that blockchain - the underlying technology of cryptocurrencies - will be used to facilitate payments behind the scenes. However, he also added that according to him, blockchain won't have a huge impact on consumers.
“I think ultimately you’ll find that the technology behind the scenes will be blockchain, I don’t know that you’ll notice anything as a consumer in that space. I think that you’ll still continue to use the payment type that you prefer, be that a wallet, a card, or a bank account,” he noted.When asked about his anti-crypto sentiment - which is somehow shared in the JPMorgan circles - Karpovich said that there is a difference between adopting blockchain and speculating on cryptocurrencies.
“There’s a difference between trading a cryptocurrency that’s in the market that’s ubiquitous, versus using the technology to enhance your payment infrastructure,” he concluded.
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‘’Binance Lite is a simple site for users to easily buy bitcoin with cash at physical store fronts. This model makes it really easy to bring new users into crypto, starting with Australia, where the government has taken proactive steps to support the blockchain industry. Users won’t have to open complicated online accounts to start using the service.’’The crypto market in Australia was a little behind than other markets in the world such as South Korea or Singapore because the banks didn’t support the crypto businesses in Australia. Back in 2017, during the strongest crypto rally, reports show that the larger Australian banks closed the accounts on multiple crypto investors. However, starting last year, the government of Australia began its proactive approach in regulating the crypto space and the blockchain industry so the investors are now hopeful that they could improve the market in the long run. Zhou also said that more than $5 billion in crypto was traded in crypto in 2018 in Australia and that since then the government is funding blockchain startups and companies by issuing bonds on the blockchain. The government has also started to accept crypto on airports such as the airport in Brisbane and even held a voting trial on the blockchain. He finished his interview by saying:
“Binance Lite also completes a comprehensive value chain for the Binance ecosystem in Australia. For example, users can show their friends how to buy bitcoin from Binance Lite stores, immediately load it up onto Trust Wallet on their phones, and go on to spend this bitcoin in shops accepting bitcoin payments through TravelbyBit, the payments startup Binance invested in last year.’’
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