The Securities and Exchange Commission recently hit crypto hedge funds with dozen of penalties.
One of the hedge fund managers was charged with registration failures and misrepresentation which makes the SEC’s first legal action against an investment company. The owner of the company allegedly marked itself as a regulated crypto asset fund but it actually operated as an unregistered investment company.
Timothy Enneking, who is the owner, managed to raise more than $3 million in under 5 months under an unregistered public offering. By taking this action, Timothy Enneking broke multiple SEC regulations and he was served a cease letter. The company has since halted all operation and he agreed to pay the investors a $200,000 fine.
The other company to get hit by an SEC penalty was a company named Token Lot. This is also among the first cases to be charged as an unregistered broker/dealer for selling digital tokens in 2017. The company used to sell tokens after the DAO report in 2017 where investors were advised that digital securities must be compliant with federal law. Token Lot was run by Lenny Kugel and Eli Lewitt as a company for buying ICO tokens and it even processed more than 6,000 orders from various investors in more than 200 digital assets. These owners were not really registered as crypto brokers despite the fact that they are dealing in security tokens and also trade company profits for the same. Token Low was investigated in 2017 and the owners decided to stop all operations and refund all the investors the money they invested before.
The founders, however, didn’t deny nor admit the allegations.
Third Audit Attestation Of USDC Stablecoin Reserves Released By Circle
“As of the Report Date and Time, the issued and outstanding USDC tokens do not exceed the balance of the US Dollars held in custody accounts.”USDC is a stablecoin that is based on the Ethereum (ETH) ERC20 token which was first announced in May 2018 after Circle successfully raised $110 million from investors. The CEO of Circe Jeremy Allaire explained more about USDC by saying:
“It’s a version of fiat that can move at the speed of the Internet with global reach, with much less cost, with high levels of security. It’s a huge improvement for how fiat money transmission can work around the world for consumers and for businesses who might want to collect digital payment with tokens.”Circle’s third audit attestation on the stablecoin, shows that the company has a surplus of US dollar reserves that are able to back the circulating coins. The first one was published in November 2018. Also, back in December, the USDC stablecoin was added to one of the largest crypto exchanges in the world-Binance after getting listed on Huobi and OKEx both in October.
Market Sees Red, Losing $1 Billion Overnight While Bitcoin Remains At $3,600
Crypto Analysts: 2019 May Be A Year Of Bitcoin Accumulation
“Similar to 2015, 2019 may be the year of accumulation.’’Another crypto researcher Willy Woo said that while a crash of bitcoin to $3,122 could lead to an increase in volume, it won’t show signs of starting of the accumulation period. He pointed out:
‘’Despite the technical setup that suggests bullishness is possible, there’s not a lot on-chain volume to fuel a prolonged up move. What we saw in the last 7 weeks was a spike of on-chain volume driven by volatility, coins moving to exchanges to trade. The initial volume spike false signalled a faster detox and an earlier end to the bear market, but in fact it was a volatility side effect. That move from $6k to $3k created immense trade volume, but it was in no way a signal that accumulation volume had begun.’’Until evidence for the accumulation of crypto assets shows up, there are still expectations of high volatility levels.
Dmitry Medvedev: ‘’We Should Watch Closely What Happens To Cryptocurrency’’
‘’But this, of course, is not a reason to bury cryptocurrencies. There are both light sides and dark sides, as in any social phenomenon, in any economic institute. And we should just watch closely what happens to them.’’He continued to discuss social inequalities and how the global digital transformation is speeding up saying the cryptocurrency is a part of that fast-going phenomena. The news comes right after major media outlets published the story of Russia’s plan to purchase $10 billion worth of BTC. Turns out that the news was fake. The Russian economist from the Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration Vladislav Ginko pointed out that he strongly believes that Russia might use Bitcoin to fight economic sanctions and this story swamped the media and got massively exaggerated. Russia is, however, preparing a crypto bill that will provide stable cryptocurrency regulation in the next two months. The Duma State will be drafting a regulatory framework in February to regulate ICOs and crypto crowdfunding.
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