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Widespread Fraud in ICOs and Penny Stocks Shocked SEC’s Jay Clayton John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

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First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff Thank you to all who donated to the Gofundme campaigns mentioned in the newsletter yesterday. I could not be more proud of you all for your outpouring of support and generous response. The goal for Anthony Di Benedetto has nearly been reached and the goal for the Burns family has been exceeded even more.~JJL As heart-pulling as the stories in JLN were, yesterday was a somber day for me as I attended a wake for a childhood friend who made the ultimate decision. His brother asked all of us in attendance to reach…

SEC charges ICO backers with fraud; Libor alternative; UK gender pay gaps John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff Dr. Richard Sandor, chairman and CEO of AFX, will discuss his personal journey of innovation throughout the capital markets during a keynote presentation at Fintech Exchange 2018 in Chicago on April 26.~JJL Speaking of the AFX, they set a volume record in March.~JJL CME Group put out a couple of pieces about Asia recently. In case you missed it, March 22 had The Growing Influence of Asia In Derivatives Trading and on March 29 CME published Asia’s Growing Role in Energy Trading. Sensing a theme yet?~SD According to their 2017 Corporate Citizenship Report,…

Cryptocoin Market Met Its Match?; Blackstone, Thomson Reuters Said to Weigh Tradeweb IPO, Sale John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read More Questions Than Answers For A Potential CryptoMarketsWiki ICO John Lothian – JLN In the announcement of CryptoMarketsWiki last week, I mentioned that the project would explore the initial coin offering process from an editorial and strategic perspective. If our due diligence works out, we may go ahead and conduct an ICO and use the token in our business operations. But there are lots of questions to answer before we get there. In fact, there are lots of questions we don’t even know yet, let alone know the answers. However, if we are going to build the central…

More Questions Than Answers For A Potential CryptoMarketsWiki ICO Blog,Commentary,CryptoMarkets,Fintech,Mwiki

In the announcement of CryptoMarketsWiki last week, I mentioned that the project would explore the initial coin offering process from an editorial and strategic perspective. If our due diligence works out, we may go ahead and conduct an ICO and use the token in our business operations. But there are lots of questions to answer before we get there. In fact, there are lots of questions we don’t even know yet, let alone know the answers. However, if we are going to build the central knowledge base for the cryptomarkets world, having real life experience with the product would be…

As SEC Subpoenas to Tech Companies in Digital Tokens Market Increase, What Issuers Need to Know Blog,Commentary,Exchanges, OTC & Clearing,Feature,Fintech,Investing & Trading,Mwiki,ReformWiki,Regulation

  The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) reportedly has revved up its focus and issued a significant number of subpoenas targeting technology companies in the digital token space, following on earlier pronouncements from the agency that it would expand its focus on ICOs and cryptocurrencies. The subpoena process is one of the primary weapons in the SEC’s enforcement arsenal, and ICO issuers will need to understand what they can expect over the next few weeks.  What is a subpoena? A subpoena is a formal request from the SEC staff for documents or testimony, which can be enforced with a court…

ICO Rules and Regs: Initial Coin Offerings Under Regulatory Spotlight Blog,Feature,Fintech

So you want to launch an initial coin offering? Better buckle up and lawyer up. At the FinTank CryptoCon event in Chicago on Thursday, two attorneys addressed the complexity and pitfalls that come with launching an ICO. Barbara Jones, an attorney with GreenbergTrauig, said there continues to be some ambiguity over regulation of ICOs. SEC Chairman Jay Clayton has said numerous times that he has not seen a token from an ICO that is not a security. Meanwhile, Commodity Futures Trading Commission Chairman Chris Giancarlo is considering tokens as commodities, and has said the commission will pursue any cases involving…

Chinese-backed bid for Chicago Stock Exchange hits a snag; Nasdaq seeks boost from bitcoin products; Clash Between Founder and Protégé Plunges Och-Ziff Into Crisis John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff The FIA’s volume release today revealed global futures and options volumes in 2017 were flat, with 25.1 billion contracts traded. Options volumes were up 11 percent and futures volumes slipped 6.6 percent. The top exchange by volume was CME Group with 4 billion contracts traded, up 3.7 percent from 2016, followed by the National Stock Exchange of India with 2.4 billion contacts, up 16.3 percent and the Intercontinental Exchange with 2.1 billion contracts (futures and equity options), up 4.3 percent. ~JK John Lothian News revamped its MiFID II page in Marketswiki. The page…

Don’t Get the Munchees! A Lesson from the SEC Blog,Commentary,Fintech,Investing & Trading,Mwiki,Regulation,Regulation & Enforcement

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…

US financial regulators warn investors on bitcoin risks; Asian buyers spur bitcoin rise John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes By JLN Staff A new survey from DTCC shows geopolitical risk as a top 5 concern of 69 percent of those surveyed – an all-time high. Plenty of other fun stats and infographics in there to digest.~SD Deutsche Boerse turned 25 years old. I believe I was once told that the average age of the people who started it was 28. ~JJL Have you seen the Chicago Blockchain Project?~JJL Yesterday’s JLN Options newsletter covered the lack of FX volatility, the potential for bitcoin options and the short vol trade.~SD The NFA staff coordinated the donation…