SEC Is Closing the Initial Coin Offering in the US

SEC Is Closing the Initial Coin Offering in the US

As it was reported by The Wall Street Journal, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) forced the project management to suspend the initial coin offering, and even cancel the fund-raising completely. The reason for the closure of some ICOs is illegality of fund-raising which entrepreneurs are warned about by the SEC employees.

Taking control of the production of tokens even during project development became possible after increasing the number of the SEC employees. From now on, re-sold ICO coins will be banned and punished with legal litigation.

Basically, closed ICOs refer to the type of the so-called simple agreements for the sale of future tokens, which allow investors to have rights to obtain tokens before their official sale, and then either sell them or exchange for a share of the profits from the company conducting ICO.

The SEC believes that such agreements deal with a structure similar to securities, but strict rules are stipulated for this market.

Earlier this year, simple agreements were used during the conduct of the ICO of the popular Telegram messenger, but to date it is not known whether the SEC sent any requests to the company.

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Cryptocurrency Prices: The Rating Is in the Red Zone

Cryptocurrency Prices: The Rating Is in the Red Zone

According to the trading portal Coinmarketcap.com, Bitcoin (BTC) fell by 2.27% in the last 24 hours. The price at the time of writing is $8122.

The prices of cryptocurrencies are jumping again. Only yesterday they were growing, but today the rating is showing red numbers again. Ripple decreased by 3.27%, Monero lost 6.31%, Stellar fell by 5.10%, the price of EOS is also in the red zone – it dropped by 2.76%.

Ethereum is showing a fall by 2.95%. Its value at the time of writing is $682 per coin.

The total market capitalization is $370 billion. Bitcoin accounts for 37.3% of the total amount. It is $138 billion in monetary terms.

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The Japanese bank MUFG Will Launch Its Own Cryptocurrency

The Japanese bank MUFG Will Launch Its Own Cryptocurrency

After loud statements by Buffett and Gates concerning cryptocurrency, it seemed that at least the state institutions of countries would refuse from it, but a Japanese bank Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group still decided to acquire its own cryptocurrency, MUFG Coin, in 2019.

“Regarding the speculation (in) media reports, these reports are not based on any announcement by MUFG, and the details have not been decided,” the bank’s spokesman said in an emailed statement to Reuters. “However we can only say that it’s true that MUFG is conducting demonstration experiments on the ‘Coin’ within the company utilizing a blockchain technology.”

According to NHK Japan, the digital currency MUFG Coin will be tested for suitability in several regions of the country. 100,000 people who are associated with the company will be able to participate.

Representatives of the bank will provide an opportunity for users to use the cryptocurrency as a means to pay for goods and services in shops and institutions. The bank’s digital currency can be transferred to the accounts of those who participate in the project. If the idea is successful, then MUFG will be the first Japanese bank that has its own digital currency.

The MUFG coin can be used exclusively in Japan. In the world market it can be traded in pairs at non-financial currency exchanges instead of USTD (Tether cryptocurrency, tied to the dollar).

Those people who have downloaded and installed an application that automatically converts deposits into MUFG Coin will be able to take part in the test of the new currency. The cost of one coin is equal to one yen.

We remind you that the management of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group announced its intention to launch a  cryptocurrency exchange with the national currency, as well as a service with split Bitcoin-accounts.

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