DJ Khaled and Floyd Mayweather Jr. Charged With Unlawfully Touting Coin Offerings


The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced settled charges against professional boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. and music producer Khaled Khaled, known as DJ Khaled, for failing to disclose payments they received for promoting investments in Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs). These are the SEC’s first cases to charge touting violations involving ICOs. The SEC’s orders found […]

Abu Dhabi’s Al Hilal Bank Uses Blockchain to Sell Sukuk in Secondary Market

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Abu Dhabi’s Al Hilal Bank has executed the world’s first sukuk transaction using blockchain technology, it said on Monday. The Islamic bank used the distributed ledger technology, best known as the underpinning of crypto-currency Bitcoin, to sell and settle in the secondary market a small portion of its $500 million five-year sukuk, issued in September. “Al […]

Bitcoin’s Backers Now Want Acceptance from the System they Sought to Supplant


In the aftermath of the global financial crisis, Satoshi Nakamoto — a digital nom de currency — published a white paper laying out his or her vision for an electronic, peer-to-peer currency that could provide an alternative to the failures of Wall Street, the regulatory structure, and the rest of the financial system as it […]

SEC Details Action Taken Against ICOs During Financial Year


The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Division of Enforcement has published its annual report, which includes a summary of the action taking by the regulator against ICOs over the course of the last financial year. The SEC states that “Given the explosion of ICOs over the last year,” it has sought to pursue “cases […]

SEC Stops Fraudulent ICO That Falsely Claimed SEC Approval


The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that it has obtained an emergency court order halting a planned initial coin offering (ICO), which backers falsely claimed was approved by the SEC. The order also halts ongoing pre-ICO sales by the company, Blockvest LLC and its founder, Reginald Buddy Ringgold, III. An SEC complaint unsealed yesterday […]

SEC Seeks Sanctions Against Individuals Behind Alleged Cryptocurrency Scam PlexCoin

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The case launched by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) against PlexCorps, also known as PlexCoin, and the individuals behind this scheme – Dominic Lacroix and Sabrina Paradis-Royer, continues at the New York Eastern District Court, with the US regulator having hard time to make the defendants co-operate, or, at the very least, […]

NY Crypto Exchange Report Bearish for Bitcoin ETF Plans

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A new report drafted by the New York attorney general’s office (OAG) alleges that a significant number of cryptocurrency exchanges may be vulnerable to market manipulation, a finding that could prove ominous for hopes among investors that federal regulators will approve a bitcoin ETF or other exchange-traded crypto products in the near-term. Bitcoin, according to […]

SEC Starts to Battle Unruly Crypto Hedge Funds


This week, on the same day, two United States regulating bodies — the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and its ruling organization the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) — reported filing objections against non-compliant crypto players who made some false statements regarding their businesses. While the SEC barely needs any introduction for those who follow […]

FINRA Charges Broker With Fraud for Trading Unregistered Cryptocurrency


The U.S. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has filed a complaint against Timothy Tilton Ayre, charging him with securities fraud and the illegal distribution of an unregistered cryptocurrency, according to a statement released on FINRA’s website Tuesday, September 11. In the complaint, FINRA, overseen by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), states that Massachusetts-based […]

SEC Suspends Trading in Bitcoin and Ethereum Exchange-Traded Product


The regulator pointed to “a lack of current, consistent and accurate information” in the two crypto investment vehicles issued by Swedish firm XBT Provider AB following their entry into the US market last month. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Sunday issued an order to halt the trading in Bitcoin Tracker One (CXBTF) […]

SEC Denies Bitcoin ETFs Because Applicants Do Not Fit Industry Archetype


The reason the U.S. Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) has insofar denied crypto exchange traded funds (ETFs) is because the crypto industry does not fit the applicant archetype, according to the CEO of crypto payment startup Abra, CNBC reported September 4. Speaking in an interview with CNBC’s “The Coin Rush,” Bill Barhydt suggested that the […]


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