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The Ledger: ‘ICO’ Settlement Learnings, Apple Card, Bitcoin Trading Faked

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has been cutting deals in recent months with cryptocurrency projects it has deemed to be in violation of the so-called Howey test, a rule-of-thumb for determining whether an asset qualifies as a security and, therefore, must be registered with the agency. I spoke with some of the entrepreneurs who ran afoul of the commission to learn what they might have done differently and where they believe the industry is headed.

Victor Santos, CEO of Airfox, a peer-to-peer lender that raised $ 15 million in a 2017 “initial coin offering,” or ICO, expressed regrets about his company’s fundraising on a call with Fortune. As part of an agreement reached with the SEC in the fall, Airfox agreed to pay the agency a penalty of $ 250,000, to offer investors a refund of their money plus interest, and to file regular, audited financial statements moving forward, turning the startup into something of a quasi-public company. “What we’re hoping for is by us being compliant,” Santos says, “we’ll be ready when new regulation comes out.”

Santos is hoping his interaction with regulators will “open up the mind of the SEC to create new types of frameworks, like Switzerland has done,” he tells me. Particularly, he would like U.S. regulators to recognize different classes of crypto assets, such as “payment,” “utility,” and “asset” tokens, that fall under different legal regimes, some outside the traditional classification of securities. (For comparison, see this legal brief on the Swiss state of affairs out of PricewaterhouseCooper.) Whichever way the chips fall, Santos says he felt that working with the SEC would be a better bet for his company in the long term than fighting it.

“The golden days of crypto, with free-flowing capital everywhere, without know-your-customer and anti-money-laundering [compliance] anywhere–that’s not gonna last,” Santos says. His advice to peers: “Outside of moving to Switzerland,” he says, “you have to register with the SEC.”

Another cryptocurrency project, Gladius, which raised just under $ 13 million in a 2017 ICO to build a decentralized content distribution network, also recently settled with the SEC. The outcome was similar to Airfox’s, except Gladius dodged having to pay a financial penalty to the commission. The SEC let the company off the hook with a lesser punishment because Gladius was the first cryptocurrency business to self-report its violation to the agency in the fall–a move that 20-year-old CEO Max Niebylski described on a call with Fortune as “jumping into the jaws of the beast and making it to other side.”

Now Niebylski says he is offering input to the SEC on ways the commission might update its regulations. One area Niebylski deems to be “grossly outdated,” he says, is a stipulation requiring companies to be able to reissue securities. This condition is, typically, not a problem in a world that transacts in classic equity shares. But as any cryptocurrency enthusiast will tell you, blockchain-land is incompatibly quirky. Investors who lose the private keys to their digital wallets have little recourse to recover their precious cryptocurrency. Once tokens are gone, they’re gone.

It remains to be seen how U.S. regulators will ultimately come to grips with the cryptocurrency question. The Brookings Institute’s Timothy Massad, former chair of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, is calling on the SEC to take the lead as the industry’s main watchdog. Meanwhile, Ted Livingston, CEO of the Tencent-backed chat app Kik, has pledged to fight an expected SEC enforcement action relating to his startup’s 2017 token sales. The courts may have the final say.

Amid all the uncertainty, at least one thing remains clear: the SEC is willing to forgive the sins of transgressors, at least in part, as the Gladius case shows, as long as they come clean. Regulators have kicked the log, in the other words, and now we must to see what creepy-crawlers slither out from underneath.

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DECENTRALIZED NEWS

To the Moon… Apple debuts credit card in partnership with Goldman Sachs and Mastercard. Square wants to pay Bitcoin developers in Bitcoin. Banks should warm up to fintech startups. ICE’s Bakkt, which has yet to launch, is valued at more than $ 700 million.

…Rekt. Bitcoin is in the dumps. Most of the trading is fake, anyway. U.S. budget deficit is out of control. Ex-Enron CEO is exploring blockchain. Mexico considers banning crypto exchanges. Facebook failed to protect people’s passwords. Recession watch: the yield curve inverted.

BALANCING THE LEDGER

Bermudian Premier David Burt dropped by Fortune’s offices to share his plans for stimulating the island’s economy on the latest episode of Balancing The Ledger. He discussed cryptocurrency regulations, taxi-hailing apps, and Canada’s disastrous QuadrigaCX cryptocurrency exchange.

BUBBLE-O-METER

Fake it till you make it. The overwhelming majority of spot Bitcoin trading on unregulated cryptocurrency exchanges is fake, claims a lengthy report out of Bitwise, an asset manager vying to list the world’s first Bitcoin exchange-traded fund, or ETF. Out of aggregated $ 6 billion in average daily Bitcoin trading volume reported by the top 81 exchanges on CoinMarketCap.com, a popular industry tracker, only about 5% is real, says Bitwise. That’s a mere $ 273 million.

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Golden goose. Facebook is reportedly planning to launch a price-fixed “stablecoin” backed by a basket of global currencies. Ted Livingston, CEO and cofounder of the Tencent-backed chat app Kik, believes that the company’s ultimate ambition is to dethrone the U.S. dollar as the world’s global reserve currency. While that might sound extreme–especially given that Facebook hasn’t even debuted its product yet–Livingston details the path by which this might be achieved in a post on Medium.

Not that long ago the world’s reserve currency was gold, where the value of a dollar was pegged to the value of gold. But then one day the US decided to unpeg the dollar from gold, paving the way for the dollar to replace gold as the world’s reserve currency. So here is my question: what will stop Facebook from doing the same?

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The Bank is celebrating a new generation of Queens in America who are claiming their thrones. From scientists to activists, from educators to entertainers, Black women are changing the world.

 

The impact of #BlackGirlMagic cannot be denied. Some of the most important political and civil rights leaders have been Black women such as Harriet Tubman, Shirley Chisolm and Angela Davis. Some of the most important artists and entertainers have also been Black women, such as the late Queen of Soul (Aretha Franklin), Queen Bey (Beyoncé), Queen Latifah, Q.U.E.E.N. Janelle Monae, Nobel laureate Toni Morrison and of course Oprah Winfrey.  And from 2007 to 2018, the number of businesses owned by black women grew by a stunning 164%. According to Forbes, in 2018 there were 2.4 million Black women-owned businesses. In almost every sector, Black women reign!

 

“We agree with Maya Angelou,” states Teri Williams, President & COO. “If you’re always trying to be normal you will never know how amazing you can be. We encourage the Black community to celebrate the amazing past, present and future Queens in our community.”

 

OneUnited Bank introduces the Queen Card and the Royalty #WearYourCrown Campaign to take the #BankBlack and #BuyBlack Movement to the next level.

OneUnited has been at the forefront of promoting economic empowerment in the black community. In 2014, it launched the Unity Visa Card, offering those trying to rebuild their credit a secured credit card, as opposed to a prepaid debit card.

The financial institution also made news after partnering with the team from the urban radio show, The Breakfast Club, in an effort that raised over $ 700,000 to support social justice initiatives and activists.

 

 

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Despite the plummeting prices, buying your way into the world of cryptocurrencies is getting easier every day. 

Binance, the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange by volume, announced on Thursday it now supports purchases via credit and debit cards. 

Visa and Mastercard are currently supported, and users can buy Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin and XRP. To do so, go here, choose the coin, enter the amount of coins you want to buy, enter your credit card details and you’re ready to trade those with the 150 coins and tokens supported by Binance.  Read more…

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Investigators are looking for a man who may be part of a “ring of thieves” targeting small businesses in the Houston area.

Click 2 Houston reports, surveillance cameras at a Pool Supply store captured images of the suspect entering the store and helping load a nearly $ 3,000 pool heater into a truck.

According to store owner Jeff Harper, there was nothing unusual about the transaction at first.

“We accepted the credit card, the customer paid for the heater and came and picked up the next day, it was gone,” Harper said.

The man reportedly called himself Christopher, and said he was calling from Austin, and needed the heater “for a job.” He said he would call around to check on pricing and call back.

When he did, Harper checked his phone number, address and email, to be sure he was legitimate.

But two weeks after the sale, American Express informed Harper the credit card used to buy the heater had been stolen from someone in Michigan.

According to police this incident is connected to a large ring of thieves and Harper is not the only victim.

“It takes a lot of effort for me and my dad to even buy that heater to be able to sell to someone,” Harper’s son, Dylan, said. “For someone to just come in and just take it and then there’s no recourse. We don’t have that money in our account.”

Click 2 reports, the bumper on the white van that hauled away the heater had been stolen from a junkyard to disguise the getaway vehicle.

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New breed of card skimmers at gas stations pose high-tech threats

A virulent new breed of skimmers at gas station pumps are using cutting-edge technology to steal your money.

That’s prompted money expert Clark Howard to renew his warning about selecting your method of payment when you fill up very carefully.

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Report: Internal Bluetooth-powered skimmers are epidemic

Skimmer scams at gas pumps have always been a perennial problem. These devices — designed to capture the info from inserted cards so that bogus plastic can be created in your name and maxed out — are now going very high-tech, according to one new report.

The Orlando Sentinel says the new breed of skimmers are inside the pumps themselves, rather than being an external appendage that a criminal puts on a pump hoping no one notices.

One of the key features of the newest kinds of skimmers is that they use Bluetooth technology and cell signals to transmit your card data via text messages.

That means the criminals operating these things can be miles away; across the country even!

“They never even have to come back to the gas station [to get the data],” one academic who studies skimmers told the newspaper.

Florida in particular is having trouble with the new high-tech approach to crime. Nearly 700 skimmers have been found on gas pumps in the Sunshine State during just the first 10 months of 2018 — more than in all of 2017.

Some chain gas stations have come up with new ways to try to thwart the criminals. But it’s unclear how well those solutions work against the new technologies being used by crooks.

And unfortunately, this problem isn’t local to the Sunshine State. It could happen anywhere.

Clark Howard: Beware of using a debit card to pay at the pump

The new development has caused Clark to reiterate his warning about paying with debit at the gas pump.

“The devices are so small and so sophisticated and they get a signal of your card while you’re still at the pump,” the money expert says.

“It goes to the heart of why you should never use pay at the pump with a debit card. You have no risk if it’s a credit card, but you have great risk with a debit card.”

“If you punch in your [PIN at the pump], banks say that you’re considered guilty until innocent because they say you’ve been careless with your [PIN].”

So if you must pay with a debit card for gasoline, Clark says there’s only one way to do it: Pay inside the gas station with the attendant at the cash register!

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