Future of ICOs, SEC verdict, and the Howey Test

Future of ICOs, SEC verdict, and the Howey Test

With significant discrepancy between The DAO and virtual good-esque ICOs, we can expect the latter to be safe from the vice grip of US regulators for the foreseeable future. Entrepreneurs can still look towards ICOs as potential opportunities post the investigative report – but keep an eye out for further developments.

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Strategies for safe token sales and aggressive ICOs

Strategies for safe token sales and aggressive ICOs

Earlier this week Crypto Insider published a post with practical advice to Initial Coin Offering (ICO) planners, followed by a post covering recent statements by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), according to which ICOs should be subject to the requirements of the federal securities laws. Here I’m posting more thoughts on ICOs and token sales.

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After AlphaBay: Mitigating harm, holding tight to the big picture

After AlphaBay: Mitigating harm, holding tight to the big picture

The representatives of nation-states often refer to their attacks on the crypto-heavy darknet as a war on drugs. In practice it’s a war on their populations, but there’s probably some benefit in playing along with the martial terminology. Let’s apply a little history – both the bang-bang kind and the crypto kind – to this Dutch/Fed/also-ran takedown of Hansa and AlphaBay.

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The SEC now wishes to regulate ICOs and token sales

The SEC now wishes to regulate ICOs and token sales

Yesterday Crypto Insider published a roundup of recent articles with practical advice to Initial Coin Offering (ICO) planners. The difference between your ICO and an IPO must be “BIG,” noted one of the articles, “or the SEC will come after you!” Later in the day the SEC said that ICOs should be subject to the same safeguards required in traditional securities sales.

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