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Don’t Get the Munchees! A Lesson from the SEC Standard

The Securities & Exchange Commission (“SEC” or the “Commission”) has made good on its promise to pursue companies that engage in what it views as unregulated offerings of securities by way of initial coin offerings or “ICOs.” Specifically, the Commission recently pursued a company called “Munchee” that created an iPhone application for people to review restaurant meals. To fund the creation of its app, Munchee began an ICO seeking to raise $15 million and, in return, issue its token known as a “MUN.”  The company issued a white paper in connection with its ICO. In that document, Munchee indicated that…

Asia Pacific Financial News from John Lothian News – December 21, 2017 Standard

Lead Stories China to Shake Up Global Market With Yuan-Based Oil Futures Contract; Chinese traders, analysts expect start by early 2018 By Georgi Kantchev – WSJ China is preparing to launch its own yuan-based oil futures contract, a move set to shake up the 96 million barrel-per-day global crude market currently dominated by trading in London and New York. https://goo.gl/FMoxQ4 Cameron sold out more than China Bruno Maçães – The Royal Gazette When it was announced earlier this week that former British Prime Minister David Cameron had accepted a leadership role in a new $1 billion UK investment fund intended…

Asia Pacific Financial News from John Lothian News – December 19, 2017 Standard

Lead Stories South Korean cryptocurrency exchange to file for bankruptcy after hacking Reuters Staff A South Korean cryptocurrency exchange said on Tuesday it is shutting down and is filing for bankruptcy after it was hacked for the second time this year, highlighting concerns about security as trade in bitcoin and other virtual currencies boom. https://goo.gl/mmcpy4 China issues new code of conduct to tame overseas investors; New guidelines set out 36 dos and don’ts to bring order to booming sector Frank Tang – South China Morning Post Beijing has imposed a 36-point code of conduct for the country’s private enterprises to…

Asia Pacific Financial News from John Lothian News – December 18, 2017 Standard

Lead Stories Hong Kong Listings Rule Changes Set to Transform Market, Li Says By Benjamin Robertson and Rishaad Salamat – Bloomberg HKEX on Friday proposed allowing dual-class share companies; Profitability requirement for biotech companies also dropped Hong Kong Exchanges & Clearing Ltd.’s proposal to change which companies are eligible to list in the city will boost the pipeline of initial public offerings, according to Chief Executive Officer Charles Li. https://goo.gl/LHtGVH Trump to label China as a strategic ‘competitor’; Beijing accused of pursuing policies of economic aggression to weaken US Demetri Sevastopulo in Washington – FT President Donald Trump will describe…

Asia Pacific Financial News from John Lothian News – December 13, 2017 Standard

Lead Stories Deutsche Bank Says ‘Mrs. Watanabe’ Behind the Surge in Bitcoin By Julie Verhage – Bloomberg Japanese retail investors seen shifting from currency trading; Men actually hold the majority of Japanese trading accounts That term is often used to describe the individual Japanese investor, traditionally a housewife who runs her family’s finances. And that’s who behind the surge in bitcoin, according to a Deutsche Bank AG note Thursday. https://goo.gl/6AgXNz All Chinese Oil Traders Want for Christmas Is a Futures Contract Bloomberg News Speculation growing that domestic contract will be listed soon; Chinese commodities trading has slowed this year, data…

Asia Pacific Financial News from John Lothian News – December 12, 2017 Standard

Lead Stories The Force Behind Bitcoin’s Meteoric Rise: Millions of Asian Investors; Retail investors, mostly in Asia, are pushing the price of bitcoin to new heights By Steven Russolillo in Hong Kong and Eun-Young Jeong in Seoul – WSJ Behind the stunning rise of bitcoin lies a new force in global financial markets: millions of individual Asian investors. https://goo.gl/aYsvDC Bitcoin surge prompts legal bid to remove Mt Gox from bankruptcy; Creditors say 40-fold rise in value means exchange’s assets now dwarf its liabilities Leo Lewis in Tokyo – FT A group of creditors pursuing a potentially vast bitcoin fortune from…

Asia Pacific Financial News from John Lothian News – December 11, 2017 Standard

Lead Stories China’s ethical bonds take it to top spot in green paper league; Country is joint-largest source of issuance, along with France Kate Allen and James Kynge in London – FT Chinese banks are using ethically labelled bonds to refinance existing loans, helping to propel the country to become the world’s biggest issuer of green paper. https://goo.gl/VHPJJr DEUTSCHE BANK: A major financial crisis is almost twice as likely in China as anywhere else in the world Will Martin – Business Insider The probability of a financial crisis starting in China is almost twice as high as in any other…

Asia Pacific Financial News from John Lothian News – December 8, 2017 Standard

Lead Stories From taxis to temples, Alipay’s fast-expanding cashless world; Ant Financial’s empire raises concerns of customer data use by Beijing YUSHO CHO and JOYCE HO, Nikkei HANGZHOU/HONG KONG — To fully understand the changing concept of consumer credit in China, one need look no further than Alipay, the online payment platform operated by e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding’s affiliate, Ant Financial Services Group. https://goo.gl/g4SrP9 Automating Asia Pacific’s Liquidity-Sourcing Needs; Firms are on the lookout for the ultimate piece of cutting-edge technology in liquidity that will outshine the competition Ayden Koh – Finance Maganates As the world’s financial products become…

Asia Pacific Financial News from John Lothian News – December 7, 2017 Standard

Lead Stories Coffee Glut Hinges on Whether Top Growers Will Hold Back Sales By Isis Almeida , Mai Ngoc Chau , and Fabiana Batista – Bloomberg Current prices aren’t attractive for growers, ICO’s Sette says; Brazil, Vietnam will need to rebuild stockpiles: RCMA’s Gruber Hoang Thi Thom, a coffee grower in No. 2 producer Vietnam, isn’t keen to sell this year’s harvest. https://goo.gl/QwXo8j Asia to Stay World’s Fastest Growing Region by 2030 Financial Tribune The global economy is continuing its gradual recovery from the financial crisis, with the latest data pointing to a broad-based pickup. However, longer term Asia is…